UK Car Industry Has Received Well-Timed Backing

In recent weeks the UK car industry has received a number of financial packages which are aimed at trying to support the sector in the coming years. Private and public sector money could amount to 2.6 billion over five years which will safeguard jobs and also create new roles in the car industry.

The government has already implemented projects to try and support car manufacturing in the UK, with the 400 million vehicle scrappage scheme helping out.  Car owners were able to trade in their old car for a new model and get 2,000 knocked off the asking price for a limited time.

The scheme was a huge success and got a mention in yesterday’s Budget as one of the most positive projects the government has implemented. Chancellor Alistair Darling also mentioned the government’s involvement in persuading Nissan to develop its first electric car at its Sunderland site.

There was some concern that once the scrappage scheme ended the industry would suffer a slump, but the new plans could negate that.

Mercedes-Benz GLS ranks in the top third of the luxury large SUV class that been able to owned by Mercedes GLS Personal Lease or buying Mercedes GLS Used Cars.

Nissan is again helping out and the Guardian reported that the Japanese car manufacturer is spending 420 million on building new zero-emission electric vehicles at its north-east plant.

Around 50,000 Nissan Leafs will have rolled off the production line each year by 2013 and it is set to be the first affordable, mass-produced electric car in the world. The government is backing the project by investing more than 20 million in the scheme and it is also getting 197.3 million in funding from the European Investment Bank.

American car giant Ford is also bolstering the UK car …

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New Models Boost British Car Industry

From Bentley to Mini and electric cars to supercars, 2010 is proving a bumper year for new model launches in the British car industry.

After the credit crunch inflicted temporary closures and cutbacks to the major UK car plants, a range of ground-breaking new models are breathing fresh life back into the sector.

In an exciting series of launches, all-new metal from iconic British brands like Rolls Royce, Bentley, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin and Jaguar – and many more manufacturers besides – are set to roll off UK production lines.

In part one we looked at new car developments at the prestigious marques Bentley and Rolls Royce.

In this second of a series of articles, we take a look at the exciting new cars being developed by three very different but similarly iconic British car brands – Jaguar, Land Rover and Mini.

Mini

Recent announcements from Britain’s famous small-car brand, Mini, have shown the company to be working overtime on a startling array of new models.

Having already revealed a large-scale, five-seat SUV to be called the Countryman, rumours are that plans also include an even larger 7-seat ‘Countryman Plus’ and a three-seat coupe version called the ‘Canyon’.

Far removed from their name, the company is clearly thinking big about the future of the brand!

But as these larger new models will be built by the company’s Magna Steyr production partner in Austria, of more interest to watchers of the British industry will be two further new Mini models that have been confirmed for production in the UK.

Staying more true to the original car’s micro ideals will be a sporty two-door Coupe and a topless Roadster model, both of which were revealed in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Already having won praise for …

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