From the chair: October 2021

From the chair: October 2021

The Western Group of Motoring Writers recently held its first face-to-face meeting for over a year courtesy of Honda UK and to whom we are very grateful.  By the way, there was no truth in the rumour that Honda PR Emma Butler used the meeting as a rehearsal for...
WOMEN ON THE MOVE AGAINST CANCER SINCE 1979

WOMEN ON THE MOVE AGAINST CANCER SINCE 1979

Women On The Move Against Cancer – better known as WOMAC – is an organisation founded with one aim in mind, to donate to charities that support people who are suffering with the big C – cancer – one of the scariest words in the English language. Since 1979, WOMAC has...
From the Chair: September 2021

From the Chair: September 2021

Electric cars are slowly improving, a development that some members of the WG recently were able to ascertain for themselves driving Honda’s new battery entry to the European market, the E. But while their manufacturers energetically promote them, electric cars remain...
Goodbye to the Honda Civic, your home grown car

Goodbye to the Honda Civic, your home grown car

Looking back four years Honda was enjoying a purple patch, building cars in Swindon and employing 4,000 people. Who would have thought that come 2022 the factory would have been shut and all the jobs would have gone. So say goodbye to the Honda Civic, your home...
From the Chair: July 2021

From the Chair: July 2021

While the pandemic with its daily statistics and intermittent lockdowns has naturally dominated the news for a year-and-a-half, other matters of interest, not to say concern, have often been overlooked. A case in point is the rise and rise of urban clean air zones,...

From the chair June 2021

Slowly, very slowly, things are getting back to normal for motoring journalists, prs, the industry and dealers but no-one knows what that “new normal” will be or how it will work out and that is potentially a sticking point for everyone which will not take...
From the chair: April 2021

From the chair: April 2021

The recent Evergreen affair underlines just how much the motor industry is at the mercy of supply chains over which it has little control. The Suez Canal bottleneck will probably result in some shipments arriving three-to four-weeks late and for car manufacturers it...
Electric Future?

Electric Future?

JLR figured large in the UK business pages last month with the announcement that from 2025 the company would build only EVs. The man delivering this news was JLR’s new CEO Thierry Bolloré, who until October 2019 was CEO at Renault, no stranger to electric cars. Also...
From the chair: March 2021

From the chair: March 2021

There are a few weeds to be taken care of as the motor industry, energy providers, related suppliers and authorities take us down the green road towards 2030 and onwards. The haste and race to have low emission cars and other vehicles on our roads is tripping over...
Siemens back Welsh hydrogen car

Siemens back Welsh hydrogen car

One of the world’s leading technology companies has stepped in to boost plans to build hydrogen vehicles in Wales for global sale. Siemens UK has signed a memorandum of understanding with Riversimple, of Llandrindod Wells, to make their Rasa car and a local delivery...
BREXIT for beginners

BREXIT for beginners

Britain’s departure from the EU has prompted a flurry of information and advice from the Department for Transport, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and the DVLA on rule changes affecting Britons driving in Europe from January 1st 2021.  Here we round up...
Women on the move in hard times

Women on the move in hard times

Women On the Move Against Cancer’s (WOMAC) annual February party is a firm fixture in the automotive calendar and very well supported by the industry, but unfortunately February 2021 will be the first year in more than 40 years that WOMAC won’t be holding its annual...
The UK new car market has fallen by almost a third

The UK new car market has fallen by almost a third

The UK new car market fell by almost a third (-29.4%) in 2020, with annual registrations dropping to 1,631,064 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. A -10.9% decline in December wrapped up a turbulent 12 months, which saw demand fall by...