This post is really about what you find if you go looking for news actively rather than waiting for the PR guy from Wolseley to invite you to lunch in the St Martin’s & Chichester club on Pall Mall.
Vauxhall announced today that they have built a million Vivaro vans in Luton. That is quite a number. What would that look like all stacked up 100,000 by 100,000 by 100,000 vans? Vauxhall is now the UK’s number one van manufacturer.
Ford will return to competitive action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2016 with an all-new generation of Ford GT race car, half a century after securing a 1-2-3 finish at the prestigious race with the iconic Ford GT40 in 1966. I just pasted that out of the website directly. Could I find news in chronological order? No. The latest item I could find dealt with driving skills training in the US and there was a download but no special page. Find it yourselves. Ford’s corporate page is slow and cumbersome.
Mitsubishi has announced a new Rugby League partnerships on December 2nd.
Subaru announced (Nov. 2) a renewal of their partnership with Point-To-Point which involves some Subaru-only races
On November 30th, Honda reported that the Civic Type R is the Scottish Hot Hatch of the Year.
On the 2th of November Audi told the world that their production line staff will be using “medical” gloves to reduce strain and injury. The gloves look like biking gloves but have special energy absorbing pads and were design in consultation with a local specialist firm, Spörer AG. More recently (December 2nd) they reported the firms’s attendance at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Yesterday, BMW supported President Obama’s call for a response to the risks of climate change. This bit is worth noting: “Through 2017, the BMW Group will have invested $2.7 million in a public private partnership with the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to significantly improve the performance of Li-Ion batteries for electric vehicles.”
On November 12th Mercedes said that production but not design of their V12 engines will move to Mannheim. Interestingly, one person builds and signs each engine. Apparently the existing plant in Thuringia has not the capacity to cope with the demand for their superbig motors. I read elsewhere they are bringing back in-line sixes.
On the first of December Toyota announced further co-operation with PSA on the van-front. Here’s the first paragraph of the press release: “PSA Peugeot Citroën and Toyota Motor Europe (TME) reveal today the new Citroën SPACETOURER, Peugeot TRAVELLER, and Toyota PROACE. These will be available in MPV versions for private use and in shuttle versions for business uses. Both companies therefore confirm the continuation of the co-operation agreement they signed in 2012.”
And that’s all the news I can find to report today. Of these items, the one relating to BMW and electric propulsion is the most significant long-term. Also notice that BMW are supporting action on climate change instead of acting like Bob Lutz and setting fire to 10,000 tonnes of aviation fuel.