HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.
Monday, May 14
CONTINUED demand for the Range Rover Evoque and has led Jaguar Land Rover is to spend an additional £1bn with UK suppliers. Read more
ETERNITI Motors, which debuted its Artemis super-SUV at Beijing’s Auto China show which ran until earlier month, recorded its first sales at the event.
THE used car market reacted to the typical seasonal pressures as values fell in the post-Easter period, says BCA. Read more
MINI has unveiled its fastest ever car – the John Cooper Works GP . It’s the second incarnation of the GP, and only 2,000 will be produced.
Tuesday, May 15
CHEVROLET has revealed an all-new SUV will join its portfolio make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. Read more
INDUSTRY experts believe Volvo’s new V40 – the most important car the Swedish firm has produced in 20 years – will have comparable RVs to the Audi A3.
VAUXHALL is replacing the core of its petrol and diesel line-up in the next 12 months with three all-new engine families. Read more
PORSCHE’S new hyper-car, the 918 Spyder, has begun road trials ahead of its September 2013 launch. The plug-in hybrid manages 760bhp, and returns 94mpg and just 70g/km of CO2.
Wednesday, May 16
NICK Connor has been appointed managing director of Volvo Car UK as well as its Ireland and Iceland subsidiaries. Read more
PEUGEOT has served up two highly-specified ‘Roland Garros’ Special Edition Coupé Cabriolets – the 207 CC at £18,795, and the 308 CC at £25,845.
SEAT has revealed its dropping into the exciting GTI Treffen event at Wörthersee in Austria with the Ibiza Cupra Concept, a Mii FR, and a pair of racing Leon and Ibiza models.
VOLKSWAGEN is tuning in to customer demand and fitting DAB radios as standard on all models – from Polo to Phaeton. Read more
Thursday, May 17
VAUXHALL has confirmed that its next-generation Astra will be built at the company’s manufacturing plant at Ellesmere Port. Read more
MOTORS.CO.UK, the UK’s second largest car search network, has announced its plans to partner with local newspaper group Johnston Press. Read more
UK CAR manufacturing rose by 9.3 per cent in April, and was up 11.8 per cent over the first four months of the year, says the SMMT.
KWIK FIT, the UK’s largest automotive repair and servicing company, today announces that it will take on 320 apprentices in 2012.
Friday, May 18
WITH a record 35,977 new cars registered in Europe during April, Hyundai achieved a 1.3 per cent increase in sales over the same month in 2011.
NEW car finance sales were up 33 per cent by value and 22 per cent by volume in March compared with March last year, says the FLA. Read more
SUPERCHIPS has announced a range of Bluefin ‘Plug-in and go’ releases. 148bhp 1.6-litre Ford Ecoboost engines gain 30bhp, 158bhp 1.6-litre Ecoboosts gain 34bhp, and 178bhp 1.6-litre Ecoboost gains 20bhp.