At Motoring Weekly, we have written many articles about vehicle production and the rise and fall of the numbers as particular vehicles go in and out of favour with the buying public and fleets. Often those decisions are driven by tax or other Government policy changes. We know that in the US, buyers are heading back to SUVs and trucks as the price of fuel settles down - remember back ten years ago when trucks were out because of the huge increases in the price of oil that was filtering down to consumers as ever increasingly expensive fill-ups at the pump. With Ford and General Motors pretty much giving up on building passenger cars in the US with some models coming from Asia and Mexico, we are seeing others change their model line-up. FIAT Chrysler has focused the small cars on Europe with FIAT and Alfa Romeo underpinning some of the more recent Dodge cars before they went to pure performance (where they should be) and Chrysler focused on making SUVs. That leaves the smaller … [Read More...]
Schaeffler, a parts supplier, is closing two factories in the UK and moving production closer to where the product is used. The company cites Brexit as one of their decision inputs, however it look more like a pure economic decision – make the parts where they are needed.
Zotye Auto, who build a wide variety of vehicles in China, mostly licensed from European and Japanese companies, is about to open a new dealer network across the US. They will take marketshare in the cheaper sedan market and the lower priced SUV market.
Nissan is following other manufacturers in cutting production jobs because sales are sliding for traditional petrol powered vehicles. 1,700 will go in the Americas.
Honda will close factories in the UK, Turkey and Japan. The mainstream media blamed Brexit without thinking that two of the countries aren’t even in the EU! The decision was purely based on the balance of production versus sales.
Several different types of metals are used in electric vehicle batteries – the raw materials need to be refined before use and this part of the supply chain is concerning some manufacturers because China is establishing itself as a dominant force which is affecting pricing.
Motus, who created some very high tech motorcycles in the US took the design of the General Motors LS1 V8 and used its concepts to create a V4.
Winter tyres use different compounds and tread patterns to help maximise the grip in difficult weather conditions.
Dan Gurney’s team developed the MC4S a twin-crankshaft motorcycle engine that was an evolutionary step forward for the internal combustion motor.