Plau­dit time again for BMW

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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