Plaudit time again for BMW
BMW also bangs its gong this week. For the third year running, it has won the Industry Supplier Award at the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards.
The company was commended for its progressive approach to sustainability, with the use of EfficientDynamics and MINIMALISM technologies to reduce energy consumption in BMW and MINI vehicles, as well as the quality of information it provides to fleet operators in the industry.
At Geneva, its display included the Rocketman Mini concept, previewed here last week. Strange name? BMW says it is only a concept at this stage.
At 134 inches, it is small for a modern Mini but nearly 14 inches longer than the BMC Mini.
That other very small car, the (Mercedes-Benz-owned) Smart was strutting at the show with a fully-open, allelectric Forspeed. A concept only, it could cover 84 miles on a charge. Expect the uprated e-tech motor in the 2013 e-Smart.
Nissan’s success in Britain bowls merrily on. It produces something like one in three of all cars made in Britain and has created wealth in the Sunderland region.
This week, Nissan celebrates making the millionth Qashqai in just over four years – of which more than 800,000 have come from Sunderland. The others are made in Japan and China. Qashqai, a cross between a hatchback and 4x4 SUV, was designed and engineered by Nissan GB.
Global sales at Volvo reached 373,525 last year, up 11.2 per cent. Volvo, which became Chinese owned in 2010, has now decided to invest in a new factory in Chengdu, China, and look at the possibility of a second factory in Daqing.