THE owner of Jaguar Land Rover gave a Brexit boost yesterday amid plans to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in its British plants. The fresh investment – believed to be imminent and worth hundreds of millions of pounds – is likely to be in electric cars for the future. In January it announced plans to cut some 4,500 jobs, mostly in Britain, on the back of lower Chinese demand and a slump in European diesel sales. There have also been reports that the carmaker’s Indian parent company Tata is considering selling a stake the luxury car after a record corporate loss. But the company has signalled that it would invest in electrification, saying electric drive units would be produced at Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre. It also said there would be a new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, in Birmingham.The new funds would also be a welcome boost to the UK car industry which has been buffeted by bad news in recent weeks. Last month, Jaguar Land Rover’s … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover’s owner unveils plans to invest millions of pounds in British plants for electric vehicles
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The black dust that caked Margaret Gordon’s Venetian blinds was the first bad omen. Her West Oakland neighborhood, criss-crossed by freeways and nestled close to a busy port, was gradually poisoning her lungs, she says. When Gordon moved to an affordable housing complex on 7th and Willow Streets in 1992, she could hear trucks rumbling by throughout the day, shipping goods from the port, crawling along the Interstate 880 underpass and rolling out of the post office parking lot. Gordon was diagnosed with asthma, as were her two grandchildren, who lived in the same building. Respiratory ailments were so widespread among children in the neighborhood that the nurse at Prescott Elementary School carried a shoebox full of inhalers. Two decades later, air pollution still looms near ports and freeways. The transportation sector accounts for 41% of greenhouse gas emissions in California, and 10% derives from heavy trucks, which comprise only 4% of all vehicles on the road. The California … [Read more...] about Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?
Video PlayerClose BERLIN, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- German carmaker BMW announced on Friday that worldwide deliveries increased by 1.4 percent to 225,662 vehicles in November, compared to the same month last year. In the first 11 months, BMW sales rose 1.7 percent to a total of 2.3 million vehicles of all BMW brands, including MINI and Rolls-Royce. In addition to the "successful" luxury segment, BMW profited from its good business with SUVs which saw sales rise by more than 23 percent to a total of 870,267 vehicles between January and November. "After renewed growth in November, we continue to approach a new record for the full year as planned," said Pieter Nota, member of the board of management of BMW responsible for customer, brands and sales. Despite lower sales in Germany and across Europe, the Munich-based carmaker profited from significant growth in key regions like China, with an increase of 12.1 percent, and the United States, with 7.6 percent in November. Between January and … [Read more...] about German carmaker BMW sells more cars in November
The Focus Active is a crossover-style compact. (Ford) Ford is eliminating nearly all of its car models in North America as it reinvents itself as a utility vehicle-focused brand in an effort to improve its operating efficiency and profit margin. The Taurus, Fusion, Fiesta and C-Max will be discontinued, leaving only the Mustang and a new crossover-style compact called the Focus Active in showrooms alongside its growing lineup of SUVs. The all-new Bronco will be revealed next year. (Ford) The move comes just a few weeks after the automaker announced plans to have eight utility vehicles on sale by 2020, including a new Bronco and an all-electric performance model codename Mach 1. The Focus Active is not counted among these. Ford didn’t reveal the fate of the sedans that are currently in Lincoln’s lineup, but said the luxury division as a whole is not in jeopardy despite it being a low performing area in the company. Sedans and hatchbacks will continue to be offered in … [Read more...] about Ford is killing off nearly all of its cars in favor of SUVs
Video PlayerClose BERLIN, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- German carmaker Audi announced on Friday that worldwide deliveries went up by 23.1 percent to a total of 163,350 vehicles last month, which was more than ever before in November. Around 58,300 vehicles had been sold in Europe, a sharp increase of 33 percent, according to Audi, a subsidiary of Germany's largest carmaker Volkswagen. The strong increase of Audi sales in Europe was explained by weak sales figures in November of 2018 that resulted from the switchover to new European pollution standards known as WLTP (or Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles test), for which several Audi models failed to receive certification in time. In November, Audi increased sales in North America by 17.3 percent and in China by 16.8 percent. Both markets had contributed to the "record-breaking figure", the German luxury carmaker noted. In China, a total of 67,402 cars had been delivered in November. Audi recorded high demand for the long-version model A6 L … [Read more...] about Audi reports record number of car deliveries in November