27 Mar 2015: Hyundai Motor UK Ltd has today welcomed the British Government's £6.6 million investment announcement in hydrogen infrastructure. The package of measures will see an initial network of 12 hydrogen refuelling stations, including a pledge to fund the construction of two new stations in the Greater London area, a new mobile refuelling station for the south of England and upgrades to existing stations in Sheffield, Swindon, Wales and London.
27 Mar 2015: Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of around one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential. Mercedes-Benz is the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift by developing its own pickup. A similar example was the successful introduction of the M-Class around 20 years ago. As the first sport utility vehicle (SUV) from a premium manufacturer, the M-Class completely redefined the segment. The new Mercedes-Benz pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment.
26 Mar 2015: Jaguar Land Rover has today reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment has been made at the company's Castle Bromwich plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and upgraded facilities to support the introduction of the all-new Jaguar XF. Amongst the most notable investments at the Castle Bromwich site, in support of the all-new XF, is a £320m state-of-the art aluminium body shop which completes the site's transformation into a global centre of excellence for lightweight vehicle manufacturing.
26 Mar 2015: Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. The highlights of the new GLE include a more appealing front and rear and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and the drive system possible. Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 17 per cent on average compared with the predecessor model series. For the first time in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz offers a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, which combines maximum efficiency with outstanding performance. This multi-talent will even better the already low fuel consumption figures of the efficiency champion the GLE 250 d with the four-cylinder diesel engine, while delivering the performance of a V8 model. The high-performance SUV model, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC, celebrates world premiere at the same time.
26 Mar 2015: Ford Motor Company is celebrating a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost petrol engines: five million have been produced globally since the engine line was launched in 2009. First introduced in Europe in 2010, EcoBoost-equipped vehicles last year accounted for one in four new Ford vehicles sold in the region. The most popular was the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, which in 2014 also was the first engine to be named as International Engine of the Year for three times in a row. More than 230,000 Ford vehicles sold in Europe were equipped with the 1.0-litre engine that is now available in 10 different models - from Fiesta to the all-new Mondeo.