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Jaguar Land Rover, growth and product strategy – part 1

By Andrew Marsh, 10.12.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | Manufacturer Profiles | Public
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Not long ago whole automotive sector suffered badly with the effects of the global financial market decline with the effects in terms of delayed model replacements still being seen more than 6 years later. Many vehicle manufacturers did the unthinkable in order to survive – a few did not. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) suffered more ...

Jaguar Land Rover, growth and product strategy – part 2

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: In-depth | Manufacturer Profiles
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New factories, new countries The three UK vehicle assembly plants  – Halewood (home of the Discovery Sport and Evoque), Castle Bromwich (Jaguar XF X260 and XJ X351), Solihull (home to all other models including XE and F-type ). These existing plants were joined by Pune in 2011, which builds vehicles on a small scale from ...

Emissions test melt down – what next for VWG?

By Andrew Marsh, 23.09.15
News Articleed in: Business News | Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Der neue Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Group (VWG) did the unthinkable and took a risk with a market that they dearly want to expand. However lying about vehicle emissions is a point of law. OEMs who have lied to USA authorities in the past have been told very quickly – in a matter of days – to: Stop selling all ...

All change at Mercedes-Benz

By Andrew Marsh, 12.11.14
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
On the 11th November 2104 Mercedes-Benz decided to introduce some important changes: Maybach as a halo brand – just as Mercedes-AMG now functions as a higher performance orientated sub-brand, so the introduction of Mercedes-Maybach allows even more luxurious versions of vehicles to appear. The first will be selected models from the W222 ‘S’ class range. ...

Production volumes in check but some vehicle manufacturer profits soar

By Jack Regan, 07.08.13
News Articleed in: Business News | Manufacturer Profiles | Public
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Interesting views from Ferrari and Porsche as the mid-year financial performance is declared – both have strong sales, but are aware their markets are slowing. For volume manufacturers the slowing rate of market expansion pace in China along with an apparent cyclical downturn in the Russian market. Broadly the un-expectedly strong North American market, continuing ...

Volvo all new engine family starts production

By Andrew Marsh, 16.05.13
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Volvo VEA engine SOP
Effectively Geely (owners of Volvo) did not own any engines currently used in the Volvo brand. Until now. This week Volvo Car Group started production of a new pivotal part of their future powertrian strategy – an all new for cylinder engine, produced with either petrol or diesel fueling. This one engine family will replace ...

The birth of McLaren Automotive as a consultancy?

By Andrew Marsh, 09.04.13
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Honda NSX concept
For many decades there was a profitable business in building vehicles on behalf of vehicle manufacturers, with many famous names such as Ghia, Touring, Pininfarina, Bertone, Hueliez, Karmann and more. Those arrangements from the 1950’s and 1060’s changed as the very purpose of out-sourcing manufacturing – to reduce capital expenditure in return for a higher ...

Happy 100th birthday Aston Martin

By Andrew Marsh, 17.01.13
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Happy birthday Aston Martin 150113
On the 15th January 1913 the company Bamford and Martin was formed, assembling their first car after a series of highly successful modified Singers. That first car used a ladder chassis from Isotta-Franschini, and engine manufactured to the company specification by Coventry Simplex and a whole gaggle of parts from major suppliers. As was usual ...

Fiat Panda plant gets lean award – but is on short time work

By Andrew Marsh, 09.11.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
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Fiat has built small cars for many decades with style, character which are usually immensely attractive to both European as well as the main export markets of South America. They have struggled to produce convincing competitors for the C segment (Ford Focus / Volkswagen Golf) and really come off second best in the larger D ...

Renault’s long held dream to revive Alpine becomes reality

By Andrew Marsh, 05.11.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Alpine A110 and A442B
There is a small manufacturing plant less than 1km from the sea port of Dieppe. There is also a large out of town shopping area, also not far from the port. And yet – this is where the first Renault Kangoo was engineered by Alpine offshoot Berex, the first turbo charged engines for Renault F1 ...
 
 
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