The Week: May 14-18

Time 5:21 am, May 18, 2012

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

VOLKSWAGEN has shown off the striking Polo WRC Street Concept at the 31st GTI Meeting at Wörthersee.

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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.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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