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Greg Clark’s Vison for the UK to become an Innovator in Automotive Technology

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On Tuesday, less than two weeks after Business Secretary Greg Clark outlined his vision for the UK as a CAV test bed to an SMMT Connected audience, he joined Transport Minister John Hayes in announcing how £109 million will be invested to help create the next generation of cutting-edge vehicles.

Along with a significant financial commitment from industry, government has backed 38 connected, autonomous and low emission vehicle technology projects across Britain, through the CAV2, OLEV and Advanced Propulsion Centre funding competitions. As ever, the winners exemplify the diversity of R&D taking place within the UK. We eagerly await announcements for the CAV3 competition later this year.

The UK is already a hotbed of innovation and we want to be the destination of choice for the development and testing of connected, autonomous and low emission vehicles. Government collaboration and investment, combined with funding from industry, will help this technology flourish and the UK to reap substantial economic and social benefits.

Following last week’s news that diesel cars are proving more popular than ever, SMMT set out to put the record straight on their contribution to air quality, climate change and the functioning of the national economy and society. Delivering only one side of the argument does a disservice to consumers, who must make a decision about which vehicle is right for their driving needs. For many, especially those that cover high miles, the answer will still be a new, Euro 6 emissions standard diesel. These modern cars, which contribute greatly to reducing CO2 emissions, are the cleanest diesels ever produced and, importantly, they will not be subject to charges in the new London Ultra Low Emission Zone.

There remains much more to discuss for UK Automotive as the year goes on and Brexit negotiations begin. The SMMT International Automotive Summit, launched this week, sees a return to the stage of last year’s lively Brexit panel, including Chris Giles, Economics Editor at the FT, and Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. Further sessions will focus on supply chain and retail, as well as the ever-important topic of sustainability, coinciding with the 18th edition of SMMT’s annual Sustainability report. Make sure Tuesday 20 June 2017 is in your diary and then get your tickets here.

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£45 million investment sees 3,000 new jobs for Midlands automotive industry

File photo dated 13/09/06 of the production line for the new Mini at the BMW plant in Cowley, Oxford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 16, 2009. BMW announced today that 850 workers are to be laid off at its Mini car plant. The carmaker said the job losses at its factory in Cowley, near Oxford, would affect agency workers on the weekend shift. The cuts will come into force from March 2 when the plant begins operating five days per week, instead of the current seven. See PA story INDUSTRY Mini. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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The Midlands automotive sector is set to receive a £45 million boost, creating thousands more high-skill jobs for the region, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced.

£35 million in government investment, as well as an additional £10.5 million from local organisations, will be dedicated to a new automotive business zone in Whitley, near Coventry, which is set to become home to nearly 3,000 new -skilled engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs.

This new investment will also improve local industrial transport links, including a new bridge to connect Whitley South to Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering centre and Global Head Quarters, already located in the region.

Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, said, “Our world-class auto sector is leading the way and this new development will create thousands more skilled jobs. It shows how private and public sector can work together to make a difference to the economy.”

For more information on investment in the UK Automotive Industry visit www.smmt.co.uk/investment.

Source: SMMT