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Despite the trade deal recently reached between the UK and the European Union, the British automotive industry has already suffered irreversible damage.

Before the deal was reached, Nissan opted against building the upcoming all-electric Ariya SUV in the UK, and two years ago ditched plans to build another SUV at its Northern England factory. Honda will also close its only factory in the UK and BMW has delayed work on a next-generation Mini platform and may ultimately decide to build future Mini models in Germany or China.

As part of the trade deal, petrol and diesel vehicles need to be made with at least 55 per cent local content to avoid tariffs. Additionally, EVs and hybrids will need 40 per cent local content, 10 per cent more than what the UK had sought, and until 2023, batteries can have as much as 70 per cent overseas content. However, from 2024-2026, batteries can only have 50 per cent overseas content while EVs and hybrids can have 55 per cent foreign content, Bloomberg reports.

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Car manufacturers will need to make supplier changes moving forward while also making additional customs declarations, certifications, and audits that may encourage them to make investments elsewhere.

“This is still a thin deal with major implications and costs for automotive,” Birmingham Business School professor David Bailey said. “Much will depend on the degree of flexibility allowed and the degree of phasing in.”

The Nissan Leaf is one vehicle that may not have enough local content to avoid tariffs. Meanwhile, ICE and hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla will qualify for tariff-free export to the European Union.

“The timings underscore the urgent need for government to create the conditions that will attract large-scale battery manufacturing to the U.K. and transform our supply chains,” chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes added. “Improving the competitiveness of the U.K. will be essential to help mitigate the additional costs and burdens brought about by our new trading relationship.”

With the next generation expected in 2023 and the crossoverfication of the industry in full swing, you might worry about the little MINI hatchback. But there’s good news for fans of the model, as Bernd Korber, the brand’s boss, says it is safe.

In fact, Korber went so far as to compare the MINI hatchback to the Porsche 911. Speaking to Autocar, he said the hatch is central to the brand’s success.

“Don’t screw with an icon,” Korber told the outlet is MINI’s guiding principal. “The 911 has to be carefully developed over time because it’s what Porsche stands for.” And MINI thinks similarly about the hatchback. So, yes, MINI has had to expand its range with the Countryman and the Clubman, though that doesn’t take anything away from the importance of the hatch to the brand.

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“What’s important is that the entire portfolio needs to have the DNA of MINI,” said Korber. “After more than 60 years, it’s necessary that MINI makes a bold step ahead, but it also has to stay true to its core, and that’s the three-door hatch.”

Anyone who’s afraid of change, though, may be alarmed by hearing Korber calling the next-gen MINI the biggest step in the last 20 years. Fortunately, the brand seems to understand that good steps need to be small enough for people to, you know, step up them.

“We’ll keep what is well known for being a MINI,” Oliver Heilmer, MINI’s design chief, told Autocar. “That’s not just design features but the proportions, compact feel, and friendly personality.”

According to a separate report from 2019, the MINI hatchback will shrink to leave room for a compact SUV marketed under the Traveller name. The change in dimensions won’t be dramatic, but, along with shorter overhands, should give the car an overall more compact look.

許多男人都是愛車成癡,但是這位來自維也納的80歲Ottocar J. 不僅是愛車成癡,更特別鍾愛保時捷車款,日前他才剛買下他的第80輛Porsche車款-Boxster Spyder!

▲80歲Ottocar J.近日剛入手他的第80輛保時捷車款-Boxster Spyder。(圖片來源/Porsche,以下同)

Ottocar的保時捷故事始於約50年前,當時身為業餘賽車手的他在賽道上不斷的被其他駕駛保時捷的參賽者追過,因此他開始存錢在1972年購買了第一台屬於自己的保時捷 911 E,之後更將917、910、956、904加入自己的收藏行列,連Carrera RS都買了9種版本。不久前,Ottocar才從德國 Zuffenhausen 的保時捷工廠帶回了一台邁阿密藍 Porsche Boxster Spyder,是他的第80台保時捷。




現在在車庫中可以看見38輛保時捷車款,Ottocar表示,他每個月每天都可以駕駛一輛不同的汽車,而周末甚至可以開兩輛。他最常開的車是911 R、991、911 Speedster和近兩代的Boxster Spyders,雖然他沒有說出最喜歡的車,不過在旅行的時候通常都會都選擇981 Boxster Spyder




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