Nis­san joins the roll of hon­our

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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