Of the many “firsts” that define our teenage years, it is often our first car that we remember most fondly. A pink trainee licence and a £500 banger from the classifieds represents independence, freedom, and the very beginnings of an adult social life – the ability to choose where and with whom we spend our time, without the need for mortifying lifts in our parents’ Espace.
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Electric cars are coming – although it’s fair to say that they’re not for everyone quite yet. The UK plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030, but ahead of that deadline there remains legitimate concern among buyers about how an electric car might suit their lifestyle.
General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co are expected to report strong profits for 2022 next week, powered by premium-priced pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Now, the Detroit rivals must convince investors that last year's profit formula can keep working when costs for EV batteries are rising, high interest rates are cutting consumer purchasing power, and Tesla Inc is slashing prices. Already there are signs the Detroit automakers are scaling back spending to offset competitive and economic pressure.
I’ve been through my reference books to see what they say about adding weight to improve a car’s performance and handling: Carroll Smith’s Tune To Win, Colin Campbell’s Automobile Suspension and Turner and Browning’s BMC Competitions Department Secrets, not one advocates putting 400kg or so of lithium-ion battery, motor and wiring in a car to galvanise its performance and agility.
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Toyota named Koji Sato president and CEO on Thursday, in a surprise reshuffle that sees third-generation chief executive Akio Toyoda step aside to become board chairman of the world's top-selling automaker.The Japanese automaker said Sato, 53, would also become operating officer when the changes to its executive structure take effect on April 1.
Toyota's chief executive will step down as head of the company his grandfather founded, the automaker said on Thursday, handing over to the leader of its Lexus luxury brand as the Japanese giant struggles to meet the shift to electric vehicles. The 53-year-old chief branding officer and president of Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus brand, Koji Sato, will take over from April 1 when Akio Toyoda becomes chairman, it said. The issue of who would take over the top spot at Toyota - Japan's biggest company and one of the world's most influential manufacturers - has been an increasing focus for investors.
UK car production fell to its lowest level since 1956 last year, according to industry figures showing that the global shortage of parts continued to drag on performance. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) had already reported how the sale of new vehicles in 2022 was severely damaged by the lack of key components, particularly semiconductor chips. COVID-led supply chain disruption harmed the ability of UK factories to drive availability to meet demand, though there is optimism the worst is now behind the sector.
French carmaker Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan are closing in on an overhaul of their automaking partnership, in what could mark a sweeping reset of their two-decade alliance. The partnership, which has grown to include junior member Mitsubishi Motors, was founded in 1999 and long dominated by former Renault and Nissan top executive Carlos Ghosn. It gave Nissan a 15% stake in Renault, on a par with the French state, but no voting rights.