JLR Halewood plant's output will be decreased later this year. It's not the best time for car factories in the North West of England. First Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant is facing huge staffing cuts and possibly even closure in the wake of PSA's purchase of the brand, now Jaguar Land Rover – Britain's biggest car maker – is scaling back its operations in the region. Tata-owned JLR is planning to reduce production during the second quarter of 2018, albeit temporarily, at its Halewood plant near Liverpool where the manufacturer builds its Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport models. The reasoning behind the decision comes down to reduced demand because of Brexit uncertainty (surprise, surprise!) and the recent tax increases on diesel cars. Across its three factories in the UK, JLR produces roughly one in three of the country's 1.7 million cars that are built here each year, but sales at home and in … [Read more...] about Brexit Forcing Jaguar Land Rover To Cut Back On UK Production
Production is underway down south, while the fate of five GM plants up north hangs in the balance. A vice president of the United Auto Workers Union has some choice words for General Motors. According to a report from Automotive News, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes isn’t pleased with Chevrolet’s decision to build the new Blazer in Mexico. In fact, he allegedly encouraged people to not buy the new SUV, which is assembled at the company’s plant in Ramos Arizpe about 150 miles south of the U.S. – Mexico border. Automotive News reports that, in a letter to UAW members from January 4, Dittes wrote that he hoped “not a single UAW member, family member ever purchase this vehicle unless it is made in the U.S.A. by our UAW members.” Furthermore, he allegedly called GM “heartless” and accused the company of only caring about money. Of course, a company’s primary goal is to make money, but we get what he’s saying … [Read more...] about UAW Leader Calls GM ‘Heartless’ Over Mexico-Made Blazer
Charts show Toyota's average GHG emissions rose while fuel economy fell, and technology integration is stagnant. Toyota – not to mention General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – made serious waves recently with regards to the state-versus-federal battle over who has authority to set vehicle emissions standards in the United States. In short, these automakers support a single national standard, which falls in line with the Trump administration’s position on the matter. As part of the newly formed Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation and in a separate statement, Toyota expressed complete neutrality on the subject. Thanks to some insight in a recent tweet from Dave Cooke, however, there could be some cracks in Toyota’s claim. As a refresher, President Trump wants a rollback of fuel economy standards set under the Obama administration. Meanwhile, four other automakers – Ford, BMW, Honda, and Volkswagen – made an … [Read more...] about Toyota Defends Record In U.S. Emissions Showdown, EPA Data Disagrees
The plan is to create an EV manufacturing hub. General Motors’ shuttered Lordstown, Ohio factory has a future. Lordstown Motors Corp., a newly formed company incorporated earlier this year, is purchasing the factory, according to the Associated Press. While the plant’s plan to hire 400 production workers is a far cry from the 4,500 GM employed at the factory two years ago, the new company has ambitious plans. Lordstown Motors Corp. plans to make electric trucks at the factory by late 2020, focusing on commercial and fleet customers. However, there’s still a long way to go before workers return to the production line. Right now, the new company is focusing on building out the company’s management team, designing the trucks, securing more investments, and buying the plant.Lordstown Motors Corp. bought the factory because it was a “unique opportunity.” Often, when a factory closes, the equipment inside is quickly bought, often … [Read more...] about GM’s Lordstown Plant Sold To The Aptly Named Lordstown Motors Corp.
He also reveals a few details about the Purosangue – Ferrari’s first SUV. Sergio Marchionne’s unexpected death earlier this year shocked the automotive world. His deteriorating health forced him from the position of CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CEO and chairman of Ferrari just days before he passed. Many didn’t know he was sick – not even FCA. The company learned about his health on July 20, naming a replacement the following day. Ferrari quickly named Louis Carey Camilleri as Marchionne’s successor. In a wide-ranging interview, Piero Ferrari, son of Ferrari founder Enzo, company vice chairman, and 10-percent owner, discusses his experiences and encounters with the Marchionne, who worked hard to spin the Italian supercar company off into its own entity. Ferrari's future is filled with excitement: Ferrari Reveals 2018-2022 Roadmap With More Hybrid Models Ferrari SUV Will be Named Purosangue, Available … [Read more...] about Piero Ferrari Remembers Former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne