European Sales

New car sales grew in May , all be by a small percentage , the main growth being in Germany thanks to incentive schemes and the banning of older diesel cars.

The news was not all good with the UK falling by 4.6% and Spain by 7% , the outlook for the rest of year is not great , with a mixture of the Brexit issue and emission testing.

The industry as a whole is facing possible fines in the billions of Euros , unless improvement on emissions can be met and the push towards electric , lowers the overall profit margins.

Be A Real James Bond

Aston Martin

So now your dreams could become true, if your pockets are deep enough and be the proud owner of an Aston Martin DB5

The carmaker has announced that it is to make 25 , which will also include some of the gadgets such as , revolving number plate , rear smokescreen, battering rams everything bar the ejector seat , which a spokesman joked would have been a nightmare getting past “health and safety”.

The cars will all be silver with 282 bhp and reaching 0-60 in 7.1 seconds with a top speed just short of 150 mph.

So the price just a mere 2.75 million and don’t think about nipping down the shops in one ,they are not going to road legal and will be just for private grounds and tracks , so a real toy for the boys and girls.

Electric Cars and Employment

Electirc Cars

The increase in electric cars will with out doubt have a great influence on employment levels within the motor industry .

Gone will be the days of in the case of Aston Martin where each individual engine has a signed plaque , for the person who built it a lovely personal touch. Some engines can have up 1200 components compare that to its electric counterpart with a mere 24 , it is clear the effect that will have.

A further impact will be the servicing and maintenance of vehicles , which is a main income for dealerships , this will decline and the new technology allows for fewer services due to the fact they are less moving parts so less to go wrong. Added to that the new players Telsa and Volvo are moving away from the big shinny showroom , opting for central shopping centres resulting in less staffing needs.

The switch to electric will without doubt take time and will not be an overnight problems but also without doubt is the long term effect on employment within the industry .

Speed Cameras

speed camera

Speed Cameras around the UK have been found to have varying tolerances , at the start of 2019 it was alleged that some cameras were calibrated to the extent that even one mile over the 70 limit would generate a ticket. From a freedom of information request it was found that most forces use 10% plus 2 miles , so allowing a good error margin for both drivers and speedometers, however the Metropolitan Police are more generous with 10% + 3 miles, citing volume of traffic means a greater tolerance is required. Whilst some forces refused to provide any information for fear of encouraging speeding .

Car Roof Rescue

Car Roof Rescue

Three people had to be saved from the roof of their car, while trying to cross a ford , the Fire Service had to deploy an inflatable raft to bring them back and they warned against crossing fords or any body of water.

Pig

pig

Eddie was driving down the road and met a car coming the other way.

Although there was room to pass , Eddie forced the oncoming car to slow down and he wound down his window and shouted “pig”.

Outraged , the other driver looked in his rear view mirror and swore at Eddie.

Then he hit the pig.

Not everyone has your worst interests at heart, sometimes they just want to help.

Electric ?

2019 sees more new electric models being launched , but sales are still low , in a recent poll buyers were asked to rate their understanding of the technology , they rated their initial knowledge as 2.7 out of 5 rising to 3.4 after a 10 day period but this fell back by a point after 3 weeks, which give rise to concern about conflicting information.

Electric Car
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Further research found cost was a huge factor in the lack of sales followed by concerns over the lack of flexibility afforded by petrol or diesel options.

Aston Martin Increases Female Drivers

Aston Martin

Thanks in a large part to China where Aston Martin’s client base is 50% female together with the emerging Saudi market who have now lifted restrictions on women drivers , the company is seeing an up turn in its sales to women.

The company is keen to expand this market but are keen to state “There will be no pinking and shrinking”¬† and have set up a female advisory board on how to approach this client base from design to advertising , whist not disturbing their current client base being mainly male.

 

Toyota Mirai Arrives at The Natural History Museum

Toyota Mirai and The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum , has taken delivery of a new Toyota Mirai  hydrogen fuel cell saloon and has been purchased with support from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles .

The car will be used for business journeys where public transport is not possible , such as moving expensive or fragile exhibitions.

With the vehicle only emission being water , the environmental impact being low , the museum are looking to move their fleet to being all hydrogen-powered cars.