Automotive News

Attracting New Talent to the UK Automotive Industry
- 05 December 2019
Attracting New Talent to the UK Automotive Industry
Autocar and Ennis & Co have launched a new initiative to attract fresh talent to the automotive sector. The Drivers of Change competition is seeking to identify and promote the best talents from across three areas: technology, digital and retail. Applicants must either apply from outside the automotive industry, or work in a different automotive discipline to the one which they are applying to enter the competition. Steve Cropley, Autocar's editor-in-chief, said: "With the automotive industry changing so rapidly and in so many exciting ways, there has never been a better time for fresh talent with new ideas and different ways of working to break through and make a difference." To enter, participants will need to submit a short-written piece on why they should win, as well as a creative video. Three finalists from each category will be invited to attend the annual SMMT Dinner in November 2020, where the winners will be announced. The lower age limit for entries is 18.
Deathly Silent Cars Made Safer with Aftermarket Product
- 05 December 2019
Deathly Silent Cars Made Safer with Aftermarket Product
New research shows millions of Brits could benefit by switching to an electric vehicle - but a road safety expert warns many are still 'silent killers'. Vehicle safety expert Chris Hanson-Abbott OBE, of Brigade Electronics, says drivers thinking of making the change must be aware of how dangerously quiet the cars can be. Chris, who introduced the reversing alarm to the UK back in 1976, says the popularity of electric vehicles is soaring - and with good reason. He added: "The best EVs can now cover more than 200 miles on a single charge, the cost benefits are tangible, and the environmental impact is profound. But drivers must be wary of their safety limitations." In a bid to tackle the issue, Brigade has developed an aftermarket solution - the Quiet Vehicle Sounder. It is designed to save lives by producing a distinctive sound. It is highly directional, enabling a pedestrian to tell where the vehicle is, and it varies in pitch and tone as the vehicle speeds up or slows down.
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
- 05 December 2019
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
Advance discounted tickets for the 2020 Donington Historic Festival are now on sale. And, with Early Bird discounts available until the end of January, there are special savings to help make the festive budget go that bit further. Friday 1st May, Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May 2020 will see Donington Park become a bustling living motorsport and motoring museum, with packed grids of racing cars spanning some nine decades treating spectators to hugely competitive, full-on racing, while displays and parades - including dozens of car club stands - will showcase classic road cars of all shapes and sizes. Advance discounted ticket prices start at £10 for the Friday qualifying day, while an Early Bird three-day weekend adult ticket giving access to the everyday of the event is just £35. There are special discounts for teenagers aged 13-15 and children aged 12 and under are admitted to this family-friendly event for free. For further information and to book your Early Bird tickets please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.
Britain's Best Breakdown Providers Revealed
- 05 December 2019
Britains Best Breakdown Providers Revealed
Britain's best breakdown recovery providers have been revealed, with the AA rated best overall. This is according to exclusive research by What Car? magazine. Quizzing motorists on both the time it took to for patrols to reach them as well as whether the problem was fixed, What Car? ranked each of the eight major breakdown cover providers. The AA was found to reach stranded motorists the quickest, while the RAC proved to be the best at roadside repairs. Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: "Most motorists will experience a breakdown at one point or another. The 2019 Reliability Survey shows most motorists are reached in less than an hour, and our research found breakdown cover can cost as little as £19 for a whole year, so it's an investment worth making."
Growing Need for Skills to Bridge the 'Retirement Cliff' in Engineering
- 28 November 2019
Growing Need for Skills to Bridge the Retirement Cliff in Engineering
WR Engineering, one of the UK's leading engineering and manufacturing recruiters, has urged employers to address the growing skills gap in the sector, as record numbers of engineers prepare to retire and leave the workforce. With a recent report into the engineering labour market by the ECITB revealing that 91,000 engineers and 29,000 engineering technicians will have retired by 2026, targeted action will be needed to prevent lasting damage to the sector. Lewis Richards, Managing Director of WR Engineering said: "It's clear that concerted efforts will be needed to ensure the current skills shortage doesn't turn into a talent crisis. As a sector that contributes so much to the UK's overall economy, avoiding this is of paramount importance."
A Fully Electric Car Is the Best Choice for 1 in 5 Buyers
- 28 November 2019
A Fully Electric Car Is the Best Choice for 1 in 5 Buyers
An electric vehicle is the best option for nearly one-in-five new car buyers in the UK, according to exclusive research. The What Car? What Fuel calculator found a whopping 63.8% of new car buyers should opt for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle as their next car. Analysis of the daily mileage, driving habits and vehicle requirements for more than 8400 users of the What Fuel? Calculator shows 19.2% of drivers could use a fully electric vehicle (EV) as their daily driver without compromising their routine. "There are more than 20 different fully electric vehicles available," said What Car? editor Steve Huntingford, "with many giving their petrol and diesel counterparts a serious run for their money. Yet electric ownership is lagging behind its potential." He hopes that the more people learn about the benefits of running and owning an electric car, the faster the technology can reach its full potential.
FORD SCORES UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL VAN OF THE YEAR 2020 AWARD
- 28 November 2019
FORD SCORES UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL VAN OF THE YEAR 2020 AWARD
Ford of Europe scored a unique 1-2 in the International Van of the Year Award 2020 competition. It secured the prestigious title for the sixth occasion, with its range of Transit Custom Hybrids, comprising the Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models. Voted by a select panel of European Commercial Vehicle editors and expert journalists from 25 countries, the new Ford Transit Custom Hybrids won the election comprehensively, scoring 97 points, with its nearest challenger (coincidently from its own stable) the new Ford Transit EcoBlue Hybrid in second place on 54 points. Hans Schep, General Manager Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe commented: "We are very proud that the IVOTY jury has singled out our Transit Custom Hybrid range for this prestigious award. Van operators need practical and efficient electrified vehicles that are tailored to their business needs, and our new Hybrid Transits offer a range of solutions to suit different customer use cases."
Barn-Find Jaguar XK120 Comes To Market For First Time In 50 Years
- 15 November 2019
Barn-Find Jaguar XK120 Comes To Market For First Time In 50 Years
A rare 1954 Jaguar XK120 in barn-find condition is set to get classic car collectors bidding when it goes to auction this month with The Market, the original online classic car auction house. Residing on a farm in Wales for the past 50 years as an ongoing restoration project, the classic Jaguar is one of just 151 right hand drive, fixed-head coupe models made for the UK market, of which around 57 are believed to exist today. Presented in partially-built yet largely complete condition, the car is for sale from its second owner. It has its original chassis and engine for an auction estimate of £25,000 to £35,000. A certificate from Jaguar Heritage which accompanies the car confirms that it was manufactured on 16th March 1954 and distributed by Byatts of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, originally finished in Birch Grey with a grey leather interior. Potential buyers looking to purchase a car with The Market pay only what they bid with no additional fees or commission. The auction will run online only and begin on 20th November, closing at 8pm on 27th November.
Cambridge University Students Create World's Most Efficient EV
- 15 November 2019
Cambridge University Students Create Worlds Most Efficient EV
Cambridge University students have collaborated with F1 engineers and Bridgestone to design and build a four-seat solar-powered electric car. it can travel from London to the Scottish Highlands at a speed of 50mph on the same power it takes to boil a kettle. The cutting-edge vehicle pushes the boundaries of automotive battery technology, efficient tyres and aerodynamics. It weighs in at only 550kg due to a specialist ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre chassis and body panels tooled by Portsmouth based Formaplex. Bridgestone, the world's largest tyre and rubber company, also worked with the team to develop low rolling-resistance tyres. Xiaofan Zhang, CUER's Programme Director, said that this was "designed to demonstrate the technology behind electric vehicles and renewable energy and will visit schools next summer with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers. We have plenty of positives to take forward and are already in search of our next challenge."
New Electric Race Series For DTM
- 15 November 2019
New Electric Race Series For DTM
For 35 years, the DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world. And now, they have unveiled their spectacular conceptual vision of how touring car racing could evolve - using electric vehicles powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology. This visionary new electric-drive series, which could run alongside DTM, will provide manufacturers with an unprecedented opportunity to design and develop its own high-performance electric vehicles of the future. "This is a courageous and innovative concept", said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. "You have to look far ahead if you want to shape the future of motor sports and offer racing with alternative drive systems that inspires the fans. It is obvious that manufacturers who want to become involved in motorsport are increasingly focusing on alternative drive concepts." With a high-performance electric powertrain, these futuristic race cars would be capable of power outputs exceeding 1000bhp for brief periods of time, and of achieving top speeds in excess of 300kph (185mph).
Peugeot Keeps Maxxis Tyres On The Road
- 15 November 2019
Peugeot Keeps Maxxis Tyres On The Road
Maxxis Tyres, a global tyre manufacturer of a range of bicycle, motorcycle, car and light truck tyres, has recently taken delivery of a fleet of 12 all-new PEUGEOT 508s for use by the company's UK field sales team. The new fleet includes a mix of Allure and GT Line Fastback models. Standard safety equipment for all models includes: PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance, Advanced Automatic Emergency braking, Distance Alert and Active Lane Keeping Assistance with road edge detection, Active Blind Spot Detection and PEUGEOT Smartbeam Assistance. Maxxis Tyres chose the all-new PEUGEOT 508 because it met the company's requirements for fuel economy, low emissions, comfort, suitability for work and home use and attention to design detail. The cars are all being supplied through John Grose PEUGEOT Ipswich.