Monthly Archives: June 2011

Nissan Qashqui expands UK base

It has been announced that the next generation Nissan Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, securing jobs and adding around £200m in investment to the plant, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed. Announcing the news alongside Prime Minister David Cameron, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the new Nissan Qashqai will be entirely designed, engineered and built […]

Big rise in commercial vehicles registrations for May

Commercial vehicle registrations were up by 17.7 per cent in May 2011 compared to the same month in 2010 at to 23,026 registrations. Rolling figures for the  year are also up by 23.7 per cent to 284,239. “May’s van and truck registration totals showed sustained confidence in the commercial vehicle market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT […]

Toyota & Honda hire thousands of contract workers

Japans leading car makers Toyota & Honda have been suffering a shortage of parts and therefore operating at reduced capacity  in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami. To increase production Toyota has said it will take on up to 4,000 workers starting in July, whilst Honda said it will hire about 1,000 contract […]

New Sales Boss for Nissan Europe

Paul Willcox has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe, as of 1st July 2011, taking over from Simon Thomas, who will be leaving the company after 20 years, in order to pursue a career outside Nissan. EVP and Chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East, India and European region […]

Car industry crackdown on crimes

A BBC special report shows that the car industry has declared victory in war on thieves.  Unless criminals can get their hands on the keys, new cars are all but impossible to steal. The number of thefts have declined dramatically but the industry admits in the future thieves may overcome some of the high-tech security […]