Nissan joins the roll of honour
THE news that Nissan’s UK production at Sunderland last year reached 480,000 chimes with a report from Prof Garel Rhys (Cardiff Business School) that three companies have made more than half a million cars in one year in Britain.
The first recorded was in 1964 when BMC made 720,000 Austin, Morris and MG cars. Its successor, British Leyland, with more marques including Jaguar, Triumph and Rover, set what may remain the all-time record of 916,000 in 1972. That same year, Ford made 632,000 cars in Britain.
LAST week’s snippet on the latest BMW Z4 was erroneously accompanied by a picture of the rear of the new Porsche Boxster. The main change to the Z4 is the improved folding hard-top, with stronger linkage enabling it to be opened or closed at speeds up to 25mph. Prices from just under £30,000.
MITSUBISHI will launch its still secret premium model at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the first time at the Swiss show for a global launch by the Japanese carmaker best known for its Shogun 4x4 and its Evo road racers. Of the new model, its says it is “a car of substance that will reflect a gradual transformation in Mitsubishi’s design language.”
TEST an Infiniti before March 15 and you could be one of five couples in Europe to win a VIP trip to the Spanish Grand Prix, with up to three nights’ accommodation, VIP status and so on.
NISSAN is trialling what it modestly describes as “a ground-breaking self-healing iphone case.” Since 2005 Nissan has been using a “selfhealing” paint finish for fine scratches on its premium cars. The chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap – “healing” the blemish.