Mike Hawes


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The UK automotive industry is investing billions of pounds in new technology to reduce emissions and pass the toughest emission testing regime in the world. Manufacturers must, however, guard all their intellectual property, including information on the emission control systems provided to [national] Type Approval Authorities, as this will be commercially sensitive.feedback
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Oct 09 2017 Pollution
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Aug 04 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock-on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - Brexit

The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit. It is important to remember there are no plans to charge drivers using the latest models and no proposed bans for conventional petrol and diesel vehicles for some 23 years.feedback

Jul 30 2017 - Single market

If we don't secure a new trading relationship with the EU that is free of tariffs and customs checks, British consumers could face significant increases to their annual car repair bill due to new tariffs and other trade barriers. Government must now prioritise an interim arrangement that maintains single market and customs union membership until the right trade deal with the EU is implemented.feedback

Jul 27 2017

Electric is an entirely different technology, it's not so easy to change production lines to electric. We need to make sure that there's encouragement that technology for those plants is developed in the UK.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Brexit

Undoubtedly, the situation has changed.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Single market

The government has been in listening mode but now it must put on the table the concrete plans that will assure the future competitiveness of the sector.feedback

Jul 26 2017

We have had no formal discussions with Government in the past week. We are still waiting – like many others – to see what the formal proposals are.feedback

Jul 26 2017

There is a dialogue with Government but we would welcome one about specific issues.feedback

Jul 26 2017

Currently demand for alternatively fueled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level as consumers have concerns over affordability, range and charging points. We could undermine the UK's successful automotive sector if we don't allow enough time for the industry to adjust.feedback

Jul 26 2017

Outright bans risk undermining the current market for new cars and our sector, which supports over 800,000 jobs across the U.K.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Tesla

Provided consumer and business confidence holds, we expect demand to remain at a similarly high level over the coming months.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Maintaining our current open trade links with Europe, our biggest market, and further developing global markets is vital for this sector.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

What has been proven by official UK government emissions tests is that new cars meet legal requirements. A new, official and robust emissions test will be in place this September, with cars tested on the road for the first time, meaning industry is meeting the toughest standards in the world. Industry is committed to improving air quality across our towns and cities, and we look forward to working with government to encourage the uptake of the latest, low-emission vehicles, regardless of fuel type.feedback

Jun 20 2017

Our biggest fear is that, in two years' time, we fall of a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms. We need government to seek an interim arrangement.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - World Trade Organization

This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - World Trade Organization

The greatest threat to that progress is Brexit. To leave in 2019 without a deal would put the industry in peril, defaulting to WTO tariffs and customs barriers would damage our industry permanently.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

The needle is shifting more towards British content, but we are a long way from the 50-60% shelf for most free trade agreements. We need to have arrangements where EU content counts as UK and vice versa – that should also allow us to take advantage of free trade arrangements with the 30-40 other countries that the EU has.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

We must have the no-tariff, frictionless trade upon which the industry depends.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - British elections 2017

Instead, we need a clear interim arrangement – an arrangement enabling 'business as usual' from day one.feedback

Jun 09 2017

It's important a government is established as quickly as possible to provide political and economic stability.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - British elections 2017

We expected demand in the new car market to remain negative in May due to the pull-forward to March. Added to this, the general election was always likely to give many pause for thought and affect purchasing patterns in the short term.feedback

May 26 2017 - Renault

We can't comment on results from non-official [Emissions Analytics] tests where the methodology is unclear.feedback

May 26 2017 - Renault

The differences between official laboratory tests and those performed in the 'real world' are well known, and industry acknowledges the need for fundamental reform.feedback

May 04 2017 - Easter

We … expect demand to stabilise over the year as the turbulence created by these tax changes decreases.feedback

May 04 2017 - Easter

With the rush to register new cars and avoid VED tax rises before the end of March, as well as fewer selling days due to the later Easter, April was always going to be much slower. It's important to note that the market remains at record levels as customers still see many benefits in purchasing a new car. We therefore expect demand to stabilise over the year as the turbulence created by these tax changes decreases.feedback

May 04 2017 - Easter

With the rush to register new cars and avoid VED tax rises before the end of March, as well as fewer selling days due to the later Easter, April was always going to be much slower.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Brexit

Our experience of trade deals is that they take many, many years. We have the advantage that our regulations are in the same place but all the sounds from Brussels has been to say that it will be the divorce first and the rest later. It is no surprise that this reality is now taking hold in the UK. I think Boris Johnson has accepted as much. We don't always see eye to eye with the hardline Brexiteers. There are around 400 models of cars on the market and it is a very small minority, albeit an important one, made [solely] in the UK.feedback

Apr 26 2017

Much of our output goes to Europe and it's vital we maintain free trade between the UK and EU or we risk destroying this success story.feedback

Apr 26 2017

A large proportion of UK-made cars are the latest low-emission diesels and it's essential for future growth and employment that we encourage these newer, cleaner diesels onto UK roads.feedback

Apr 20 2017

MoTs are is an essential check on the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles. Extending the first test from three to four years is not what consumers or industry want given the serious risk posed to road safety and vehicles' environmental performance.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Carbon

Some recent reports have failed to differentiate between ... much cleaner cars and vehicles of the past.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Climate change

In addition to their important contribution to improving air quality, diesel cars are also a key part of action to tackle climate change while allowing millions of people, particularly those who regularly travel long distances, to do so as affordably as possible.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Easter

These record figures are undoubtedly boosted by consumers and businesses reacting to new VED changes, pulling forward purchases into March, especially those ultra-low emission vehicles that will no longer benefit from a zero-rate fee. This bumper performance probably means we will see a slowdown in April, exacerbated by the fact there are fewer selling days this year given Easter timing. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we still expect the market to cool only slightly given broader political uncertainties as there are still attractive deals on offer.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Driverless cars

The benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles are life-changing, offering more people greater independence, freedom to socialise, work and earn more, and access services more easily. Fully autonomous cars will be a step change for society, and this report shows people are already seeing their benefits. The challenge now is to create the conditions that will allow this technology to thrive.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Article 50

Triggering article 50 has started a race against time to secure a deal that safeguards the future of the UK automotive industry. Government has committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for our industry to be successful. That means certainty in our relationship with our biggest market, tariff-free and open borders so products, parts and investment can flow freely, and continued influence over the regulation that governs the vehicles we build and drive.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Single market

As a highly integrated sector that has maximised the benefits of the European single market, this is perhaps the most significant threat to the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector in a generation.feedback

Mar 22 2017

We must avoid barriers to trade, whether tariff, customs or other regulatory obstacles, at all costs. To do otherwise would damage our competitiveness and threaten the continued success of UK automotive manufacturing.feedback

Mar 07 2017

February is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year and a steady performance was expected following another year of record growth in 2016. We expect to see the market bounce back in March as buyers take advantage of the new 2017 plate, as well as the last chance to buy a car eligible for current lower VED [vehicle excise duty] rates before they change on 1 April.feedback

Jan 31 2017

They will align with what is best for Germany.feedback

Jan 26 2017

We do see companies at least delaying decisions until there is greater certainty. We want trade deals, but they must be the right deals, not rushed deals. Failure to do so could damage UK automotive manufacturing beyond repair.feedback

Jan 26 2017

It would be very hard to overcome that level of additional cost, given that plants operate on wafer-thin margins.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Generally rules of origin require around 50 to 55 percent local content. Currently in the UK, the average car has about 41 percent local content. Being part of the customs union, basically European content counts so that's not an issue.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - World Trade Organization

We need ... a deal which includes participation in the customs union to help safeguard EU trade, trade that is tariff-free and avoids the non-tariff and regulatory barriers that would jeopardize investment.feedback

Jan 05 2017

We're talking about a market that is at peak demand, following the sector's resurgence after the recession. Growth at the rate we have seen can't continue forever.feedback

Jan 05 2017

With the weakening of the pound, that margin has diminished so the really attractive offers won't be as readily available and that is more likely to flow through to the purchase pattern.feedback

Dec 22 2016

These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years.feedback

Nov 24 2016

It is crucial that British-built cars remain attractive to international buyers and exports are not subject to additional tariffs, costs and other barriers to successful trade.feedback

Oct 27 2016

We need government to provide public assurance to investors that our advantages will be maintained.feedback

Oct 05 2016

The ability of the market to maintain this record level of demand will depend on the ability of government to overcome political uncertainty and safeguard the conditions that underpin consumer appetite.feedback

Sep 29 2016

The government must do all it can to maintain the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector, which has been hugely successful in boosting exports, creating jobs and generating economic growth in recent years.feedback

Jun 06 2016

The new car market in May remained high … but the low growth is further evidence of the market cooling in the face of concerns around economic and political stability.feedback

Apr 27 2016

We don't expect any upheaval in the short term, but the medium to long term is more uncertain.feedback

Feb 25 2016

January's figures mark an encouraging start to the year for the UK car industry, following an impressive 2015.feedback

Jun 05 2015

Consumer confidence remains high as buyers continue to capitalise on attractive finance deals, although this could be affected by political and economic uncertainty in the coming months.feedback

May 11 2015 - Volkswagen scandal

As expected, demand has now begun to level off but the sector is in a strong position, as low interest rates, consumer confidence and exciting new products combine to attract new car buyers.feedback

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