The motor trade is calling for the UK to introduce a car scrappage scheme to help jump-start the economy and replace older, more polluting models. It came as Scottish car dealers urged the Scottish government to follow England’s lead and let showrooms reopen in the first phase of easing lockdown. A £400m incentive was offered
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FRANKFURT — German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs, or around 10 percent of its work force, by 2025 as a result of a slump in demand, according to a company memo. ZF, which helps automakers develop gearboxes and hybrid drivetrains, said in an email to employees that half of the
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Following in the trainers-prints of the Mini Hardtop and Convertible, the Countryman crossover SUV is getting its own Britishification. The 2021 Mini Countryman has been refreshed with a new front fascia, upgraded interior, more features, and those all-important Union Jack-pattern LED taillights. The distinctive rear lamps first appeared on the refreshed 2019 Mini Hardtop and
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The organizers of the Geneva auto show have said the event may not be held next year amid a dispute with the local authorities over a bailout and a reluctance by some automakers to attend. The Swiss show was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation, which
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With the 2021 5-Series luxury mid-size sedan, BMW proves that less is more—except when more is more.  The new sedan arrives this July with more power in some versions, more electrified options, and more screens. Its grille takes up comparably less space on its snout than some other BMWs (7-Series, we’re looking at you) and
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It usually takes Beep about a month to launch its self-driving shuttles on a new route. Following a late-night phone call at the onset of the pandemic, the mobility operator implemented a new route in roughly a week to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Planning, mapping, testing and training were fast-tracked so Beep could
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Watch full episodes of Roadkill Extra on Motor Trend On Demand: https://bit.ly/2Ir2j9w Sometimes we do things the right way, other times we build what we can get away with. You need to know a little of both options in order to successfully build a cheap engine, and on this Roadkill Extra, Steve Dulcich gives you
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Nissan is closing its factory in Barcelona with the loss of about 2,800 jobs, according to the Spanish government. The move is part of a worldwide restructuring being unveiled by the Japanese carmaker. The closure could cost Nissan, which has a major UK plant in Sunderland, up to €1bn (£898m), the government said. Car sales
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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn sold out of Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the rental-car company that filed for bankruptcy last week, calling off a roughly six-year bet that lost him almost $1.6 billion. Icahn, 84, sold his entire 55.3 million shares on Tuesday for 72 cents a share, according to a regulatory filing. His holding represented
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American Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are canceling their traditional summer factory downtime at U.S. and Canadian plants in order to boost vehicle inventory as sales improve thanks to easing stay-at-home guidelines. The automakers are eager to replenish inventory after their factories were idled for several weeks in accordance with government coronavirus rules. Detroit 3 automakers
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Volkswagen Group last week withdrew a German social media ad for the redesigned Golf and apologized after it was criticized as racist. The 10-second video posted on its Instagram page showed a man with dark skin being moved around by a large white hand and flicked into a cafe. The name of the cafe is
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MILAN — Marelli said on Wednesday it had secured additional capital and loans worth 130 billion yen ($1.2 billion) from top shareholder U.S. investment firm KKR and Japanese banks. The COVID-19 epidemic has forced most manufacturers to temporarily halt production and almost erased car demand in March and April, leaving automakers and suppliers in need
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Land Rover has a new Defender on its hands for 2020. It’s the first truly new Defender in over three decades, and represents a huge leap in quality, refinement and technology over its predecessor. What it doesn’t represent just yet is a huge leap in performance over the previous generation, but that will come soon
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The Audi A4 sedan is historically the most familiar car in the automaker’s lineup and somehow the most overlooked. Say what? Next to manic coupe crossovers and all-electric wagons, it takes more than just a good value to stand out, apparently.  We give the A4 a 6.7 TCC Rating thanks to its stellar safety scorecard
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Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has not given up on building its FF 91 vehicle, which was first shown at CES in 2017. The company, which has gone through years of financial setbacks and management shuffles, is trying to raise $850 million, CEO Carsten Breitfeld told Bloomberg TV last week. “Obviously, we are impacted like
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