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The ‘future’ may not be as far away as some might think

With what sounds like the chiming of a new age of motoring, the ‘future’ may not be as far away as some might think. A number of sources predict the forthcoming UK budget announcements will clear the way for driverless cars and include a possible £400m for electric car charging points and £100m to boost clean car sales, which we can assume will include incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles.

It is said that Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce on Wednesday that driverless cars will be allowed to be tested without any human operator inside or outside the car, signaling a potential change in the legal constraints and rules that apply in many other EU nations, and much of the US.

Of course, the current legal constrictions on autonomous vehicles will need to be re-hauled, to allow the UK to become a world leader in self-driving cars. A significant increase in driver-less cars has been reported within the sector of late with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors confirming trials of self-driving vehicles on public roads for the first time. The plans will help the UK operate in-line with countries such as America and Singapore, who have been keen in leading the way with this research.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has been reported as saying “We support government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy. We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”

Here at John Gibson Associates we are delighted to work alongside companies at the head of development within the automotive sector. We offer recruitment solutions within the traditional dealerships environment as well as manufacturing and product development.

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(source information: The Guardian.com / Autocar.co.uk)

Lookers opens UK’s largest single brand JLR Arch Concept Facility

Lookers PLC has now opened its newest dealership; a £7 million Land Rover retail site in Colchester, which is now the UK’s largest single brand JLR Arch Concept showroom.

The new site includes space for new car display of 9 vehicles, 60 used vehicles and a 15-bay workshop for servicing and repairs. The dealership has moved about 3 miles from Cowdray Avenue to a new location on Axial Way, and has become Looker’ sixth Arch Concept Jaguar Land Rover site in the UK.

Colchester Land Rover’s Head of Business has reportedly commented that they are “extremely excited about the new retail site as it encapsulates everything that is best about Land Rover, namely cutting edge design matched only by a customer experience that is second to none.”

The site will be utilising advanced CitNow eVHC technology to monitor vehicles arriving at the drive-through Service area, as well as filming any work carried out, and facilities are in place to accommodate the new arrivals of hybrids and electric vehicles over the coming years.

Some of the new site features include lounge areas, a bar serving drinks and cakes, a brand heritage display and area to browse Land Rover merchandise, to name but a few.

It is certainly an exciting time for Jaguar Land Rover, with ongoing recruitment for all levels of automotive jobs across the UK within these celebrated franchises.

Contact us at John Gibson Associates on 01904 628077 to find out more about your local JLR opportunities, and help us to help you find your perfect job.

(source information: www.am-online.com/news / www.lookers.co.uk/land-rover/news)

New models announced to stimulate the pickup market

It has recently been reported that Renault, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and, further into the future, PSA Group are all launching pickup vehicles to take on current market leader Ford.

The European pickup market is still relatively small. In the first half 80,300 were sold across Europe, a third of which went to customers in the UK, which is the region’s largest pickup market, according to data from market analysts.

It’s been suggested that the most important recent pickup launch could be the Mercedes X-Class, which is the first ever pickup from a premium manufacturer. It can be used as a rugged, all-terrain pickup, but also as a vehicle for urban lifestyles and families. However, established major players Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota have each introduced an all-new version of their pickup mainstays in the last 18 months, while Ford, Isuzu and Volkswagen have updated their models – with VW introducing a 3.0-litre V6 engine that makes the Amarok the only six-cylinder pickup currently available in the UK.

Another new name in the pickup market is Renault. Its Alaskan pickup is already on sale in some countries, and is expected in the UK in 2018. The Manufacturer plans to move forward from the regional to the global market. With this news, at John Gibson Associates we see this as an exciting time in the industry. So if you’d like to explore job opportunities in this sector or any other area of the Automotive Industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

Call us today on 01904 628077 to see what we can do for you.

(source information: europe.autonews.com / mercedes-benz.co.uk / renault.co.uk)

New models announced to stimulate the pickup market

It has recently been reported that Renault, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and, further into the future, PSA Group are all launching pickup vehicles to take on current market leader Ford.

The European pickup market is still relatively small. In the first half 80,300 were sold across Europe, a third of which went to customers in the UK, which is the region’s largest pickup market, according to data from market analysts.

It’s been suggested that the most important recent pickup launch could be the Mercedes X-Class, which is the first ever pickup from a premium manufacturer. It can be used as a rugged, all-terrain pickup, but also as a vehicle for urban lifestyles and families. However, established major players Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota have each introduced an all-new version of their pickup mainstays in the last 18 months, while Ford, Isuzu and Volkswagen have updated their models – with VW introducing a 3.0-litre V6 engine that makes the Amarok the only six-cylinder pickup currently available in the UK.

Another new name in the pickup market is Renault. Its Alaskan pickup is already on sale in some countries, and is expected in the UK in 2018. The Manufacturer plans to move forward from the regional to the global market. With this news, at John Gibson Associates we see this as an exciting time in the industry. So if you’d like to explore job opportunities in this sector or any other area of the Automotive Industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

Call us today on 01904 628077 to see what we can do for you.

(source information: europe.autonews.com / mercedes-benz.co.uk / renault.co.uk)