Big saloons are dropping like stones across Europe.
Sales of BMW 6 Series cars collapsed 82%, Tesla Model S 52% and Jaguar XJ 38%, but the Mercedes CLS mid-size model improved 76% and its AMG GT lifted 18%, reports JATO Dynamics, which said they had suffered with the expansion of SUV and Crossover models.
With the holiday season in full flow the RAC can reveal that eight in 10 (82%) of the UK’s 22 busiest airports have increased their short-term charges for picking up and dropping off passengers by car since last year.
Only Gatwick, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol and Cardiff airports have kept their prices for both drop-off and pick-up the same.
The latest Thatcham Research car security ratings that measure the vulnerability of new car keyless entry systems, sees yet more cars rated as ‘Poor’.
Half of the eighteen cars launched and assessed by Thatcham so far this year have been confirmed as defenceless against relay attacks.
At the DEF CON security convention in Las Vegas last weekend carmakers and suppliers that have increasingly recognised the need to collaborate with cyber experts who specialise in discovering vulnerabilities challenged them to beat their systems.
Attendees who visited the car hacking site had to escape from a vehicle by deciphering the code to open its trunk, control its radio volume and speed, and lock the doors through their computers and without touching them.
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (DPCA) based in Wuhan, central China, will halve its workforce to 4,000 as it closes one plant and sells another under plans.
The urgent action is seen as the only way for the joint venture to continue as the Chinese market dramatically slows and for PSA to remain a manufacturer in the country as it struggles to cut costs, which have included a review of its future Vauxhall operations at Ellesmere Port after Brexit.
The Chinese new car market is imploding and home produced models are worse affected.
Sales have steadily declined and the start-up electric car market is failing after the Chinese Government slashed incentives, the economy is suffering from the US trade war and the average Chinese worker holds onto money for essentials and sees a car as something which is not necessary.