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Carmakers fear rising trade barriers after Brexit

A storm is brewing as clouds gather over Bristol Port, with the rain set to fall on tens of thousands of vehicles parked in the port’s car compounds, ready for export by ship, or destined for UK dealerships. It is an apt backdrop for the UK automotive sector’s current predicament. …

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Volkswagen puts Herbert Diess in the driving seat

Volkswagen has replaced its chief executive with Herbert Diess, who takes on responsibility for the entire company after overseeing the VW brand. He takes over from Matthias Mueller, who was appointed in 2015 at the height of the diesel emissions scandal. Mr Diess has clashed with unions and is known …

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Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1,000 contract staff

Jaguar Land Rover says it will not be renewing the contracts of 1,000 temporary workers at two factories. The UK’s biggest carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, blamed “continuing headwinds” affecting the car industry. It said it was continuing to recruit large numbers of engineers and apprentices and it remained …

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Jaguar Land Rover’s diesel dependency

JLR was very exposed to the demise of diesel. Recent figures from the trade body showed sales of diesels fell a whopping 37% in March compared with the previous year. Unhappily for JLR, 90% of its vehicles are powered by diesel engines and there are critical industry voices that say …

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UK car registrations plunge in March

Car registrations plunged in March, according to figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Preliminary data shows the UK new car market shrank by 15.7% last month compared with 2017. Demand for diesel vehicles fell 37%, but demand for petrol was flat and that for …

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