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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 ...

How are non-OEM parts ‘certified’ for use?

By Andrew Marsh, 01.12.15
News Articleed in: Business News | In-depth | Public
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There are a number of companies operating in the collision repair market who offer a ‘certification’ process which implies a quality check. Those companies include MIRRC Thatcham, TuV (Nord, Sud, Rheinland – three independent organisations), and Capa. The common approach by all of these companies is to offer an independent audit of the component in ...

Inside the Vauxhall Astra K…..

By Andrew Marsh, 09.11.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
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Only a few years ago, in the depth of the financial crisis that sent General Motors (GM) into bankruptcy there was a much bigger crisis developing in Europe. One division – Saab – was off loaded with much brand damage in the process only then to go bust – whilst Vauxhall Opel continued to lose ...

Inside the Toyota Prius4….

By Andrew Marsh, 02.11.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
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The latest generation of Prius was revealed in Las Vegas during September 2015, and will start deliveries in Japan by December 2015 – in Europe we will wait until February 2016. The principles are the same as Prius3: 1.8l Atkinson cycle petrol engine driving the front wheels with a one electric motor and one generator ...

Inside the BMW i3 body….

By Andrew Marsh, 26.10.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | Public | Technology Trends
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The i3 has been on sale around the world for more than 1 year, and still represents a step change in automotive engineering, especially from a collision repair point of view. The headline is of course the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell, but as we shall see the shell is a good deal ...
 
 
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