PSA Group’s decision would be boost to British car industry and workers at Ellesmere PortFrench carmaker PSA Group has warned that it will only build its new Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant if the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, in a stark indic…Read more
April manufacturing fell 44.5% as factories shut down for an EU exit that never cameCar production plunged by nearly half in April as factories shut down to prepare for a Brexit date that never came, prompting renewed anguish from the UK motor industry…Read more
Ralf Speth says he did not discuss possible tie-up with head of France’s PSA GroupJaguar Land Rover’s chief executive has denied the carmaker is in talks with Peugeot over a possible sale.The British company’s Indian owner, Tata Motors, was last week f…Read more
Peugeot Citroën group is known to be interested in loss-making UK carmakerJaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has been forced to deny that it is on the verge of selling the British luxury car brand to the French owner of Peugeot.Britain’s biggest carma…Read more
Consumer uncertainty, new testing rules and decline of diesel lead to 20% fall, says SMMTUK sales of new cars plunged by a fifth in September as new emissions tests caused delivery backlogs, while waning appetite for diesel cars and weaker consumer con…Read more
UK’s biggest carmaker blames faltering sales on Brexit vote and tax curbs on diesel fuel
Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest car manufacturer, is to cut production at its Halewood plant as it blamed faltering sales after the Brexit vote and a tax crackdown on diesel vehicles.
JLR said uncertainty around Brexit and the future of diesel cars had weakened demand. Its sales in Britain and Europe were flat in 2017 and the firm said it it expects tough conditions to continue.Read more
Rising costs and consumer preference for chunkier SUVs prompt move with output set to be reduced by at least 60,000 cars
Vauxhall workers will hear on Monday that nearly a quarter of jobs at the company’s Ellesmere Port site are being cut as the carmaker adapts to the decline of the traditional family car and rising costs.
About 400 of the 1,800 jobs at the site are expected to go by Christmas, largely via voluntary redundancies, as demand for the Astra continues to slip in favour of chunkier and trendier SUVs.Read more
You give no context for your photograph of a worker cleaning a melting pot at the Salzgitter steelworks (Bringing a shine to steelworks, 8 March). To provide some background, you might like to point out to your readers that the local state of North Rhine-Westphalia holds shares in Salzgitter and also in Volkswagen. This doubtless helps ensure that the steel maker gets plenty of offers from the car group. By contrast, Port Talbot’s largest car customer is Vauxhall, which, according to the APPG report, buys 70% of steel requirements from this plant. The purchase of Opal/Vauxhall by Peugeot, which is owned by the French government, might well result in French steel mills supplying more to this group at the expense of Port Talbot.
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The factory that won an Anglo-German struggle for the right to make the Astra just five years ago is once again confronting a highly uncertain future
Vince Cable pushed at the revolving door of General Motors’ New York offices and stepped into the bustle of a February afternoon in Manhattan. As he scanned the street for his awaiting taxi, the then business secretary breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It was 2012, and Cable had just persuaded Dan Akerson, then chief executive of car giant General Motors, to hand production of the seventh-generation Astra to Britain.Read more
Peugeot owner PSA should get similar guarantees to Nissan when it takes over UK carmaker, says shadow business secretary
Theresa May is facing calls to guarantee that Brexit will not harm the operations of Vauxhall after PSA, the French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, announced a deal to buy the British car manufacturer.
Labour said the company would need stronger assurances from the government about UK carmaking after Brexit, despite PSA’s claiming it wants to avoid factory closures and job cuts in the UK. Vauxhall employs 4,500 people in Britain at plants in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, and Luton, Bedfordshire.Read more