Automotive News

ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR MERCEDES-BENZ VANS UK LTD
- 16 January 2020
ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR MERCEDES-BENZ VANS UK LTD
Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 44,130 vehicles in 2019 - a 14.4% increase on the previous year, representing another record broken for the manufacturer. In fact, in 2019, the Brand secured record monthly sales performances in January through to August consecutively, and achieved record Vito, Sprinter chassis, and X-Class sales. Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, added: "We are so proud to keep Britain's businesses moving and record figures like this confirm that we have got it right; not just the right product, but the right services, processes and of course, people." This result positioned Mercedes-Benz in position three in the overall van market (which itself was up just 4.2% overall on 2018), with the Sprinter in the top position for the large van market in the UK. The Brand also lent more money than ever before to businesses requiring a van to keep them moving, and succeeded in lending over £400m, which is +£44m on the previous best ever year.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S NEW SHAPE-SHIFTING SEAT KEEPS YOU WALKING
- 16 January 2020
JAGUAR LAND ROVERS NEW SHAPE-SHIFTING SEAT KEEPS YOU WALKING
Jaguar Land Rover is developing the seat of the future. The 'morphable' seat uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you're walking. The pioneering shape-shifting system being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover's Body Interiors Research division, is designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long. By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with UK drivers covering an average of 146 miles every week. Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: "The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe."
National Pothole Day Highlights Driving Problem
- 16 January 2020
National Pothole Day Highlights Driving Problem
This week was the 5th Annual 'National Pothole Day', focusing attention on the poor state of our local road network. The public opinions outlined through YouGov research conducted on behalf of the Highways job management solution, Re-flow, reinforce the critical need to address our decaying road network. In the shock poll of the UK population conducted for Re-flow by YouGov last week, 42% agree 'I think we have a crisis in the state of repair of roads in the UK', which goes up to 50 % in the East of England and a low of 32% in London. Mike Saunders, Managing Director of Re-flow commented: "With such stinging criticism of the road network from the taxpayer, events like National Pothole Day are a vital date in the calendar to generate support and give visibility to the consensus of disapproval in the state of our roads." He pointed out that the current system of trying to keep on top of patching up the potholes instead of "investing in proper resurfacing" is making roadworkers more like firefighters. It seems drivers agree.