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Mercedes A Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz is to launch the first-ever A-Class saloon later this year, as part of plans to extend its popular small car line-up from five variants to eight. more

Added 26th April 2018

Fleets Still In Limbo Over WLTP Impact On Company Cars

The Treasury has admitted it still has not made a decision over how company car tax and road tax will take account of the new emissions testing regime. more

Added 23rd April 2018

Ford Focus 4th Generation

The fourth-generation Focus is a technological showpiece, out to re-assert itself in a segment thatís still a core part of the UK fleet sector more

Added 10th April 2018

Vauxhall Luton Plant Extended

Vauxhall Luton Plant Extended

PSA Group is extending the capacity of the Vauxhall van plant in Luton by almost 50%, with a new Vivaro on its own platform due to be built there, alongside Peugeot and Citroën vans, from mid-2019

Confirmed by Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board, the move will bring Vauxhall’s mid-size Vivaro van onto the same EMP2 platform used by the Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert from next year, which is said to safeguard the future of the plant for at least a decade.
The £100m PSA investment, augmented by £9m UK government funding, follows a plan negotiated with the Unite Trade Union and supported by Luton Borough Council, as well as working with stakeholders across Europe. It comes only eight months after the deal to buy Vauxhall-Opel was closed.
In turn, this will boost Luton’s capacity from 70,000 units during 2017, to 100,000 units, while guaranteeing the 113-year-old plant will continue for the lifecycle of the next Vivaro and its Peugeot and Citroën counterparts, all of which will be built at Luton. Extensions to the workforce have not been confirmed yet, but Tavares said the plant had cut manufacturing costs 17% in 2018 compared to 2017, but that a further 20% reduction is needed to become competitive with European plants.
The announcement ends a partnership with Renault for mid-size vans which dates back to 2001 – the outgoing Vivaro was co-developed with the Trafic. Groupe Renault said this will cause less than a 1% impact on its three plants in France, where production of the high-roof versions takes place. It also closely follows the new Combo small van being moved onto the same platform as its Peugeot and Citroën counterparts, replacing its FCA-derived predecessor.
The larger Movano, which is derived from the Renault Master, will continue under the current partnership, though this was launched in 2008 and is likely to be coming close to the end of its life cycle. Peugeot and Citroën’s large vans, the Boxer and Relay, were co-developed with FCA, and launched in 2010. PSA Group sold a record 476,500 LCVs in 2017, a 15% increase on 2016, even when excluding passenger car versions.
Tavares said the plans come despite uncertainty around the UK’s departure from the EU: “Brexit remains a concern for our business. We welcome the recent agreement between the EU and UK about conclusion of term of the transitional arrangements, the clarity allows us to move towards transition more confidently but there’s still work to do to ensure frictionless trade.
“I take on board the assurances of the UK government on seeking tariff free and frictionless trade with EU going forward– there is a clear need to prioritise the automotive industry to make sure UK can continue to build on success seen over recent years.”
Business secretary, Greg Clark, added: “The market for vehicles produced here today is expanding, and we want to supply them well into the future. This is a big step in that direction; 75% of the products made here are exported around the world. It’s one of our most successful manufacturing facilities in the UK, and I’m delighted it will be for the future.”

Source: Van Fleet World

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Added: 4th April 2018


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