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Offline Alfie

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Good news for British jobs. Apparently the UK car industry is booming right now.

Nissan has announced it is to build an all-new family hatchback model in its Sunderland plant from 2014 – in addition to the Nissan Invitation mini MPV revealed at last month’s Geneva Motor Show. The new midsize Ford Focus rival will create an additional 225 jobs at the Nissan facility, plus another 900 at component suppliers to the plant.

Nissan will invest a further £127m in the Sunderland plant to produce the new model, which will be supported by £8.2m of Government aid under the Regional Growth Fund scheme.



Nissan GB will build more cars than Italy
Once all the new cars are on stream, this will take Nissan UK annual production well over the HALF-MILLION mark: as a spokesman revealed today, that’s more than the ENTIRE output of Italy – from a single factory!

The latest UK car production figures, from February, show car manufacturing was up 23.5 per cent in the month, with export production up 21.7 per cent. 81.9 per cent of all cars produced in the UK are exported abroad, “confirming the importance of manufacturing to a rebalanced and prosperous economy," said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
 
"The UK automotive sector continues to attract investment and generate new jobs.”
 
The SMMT also praised the 2012 Budget for aiding the industry: "The Chancellor's actions to improve R&D tax credits and develop a catapult for transport systems and future cities will help trigger substantial extra business investment in the years ahead," said Everitt..
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We are a small country, Jeff.  ;D

There are none so blind as those who will not see.


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The ford focus is a midsize? ::)

You want to see the small ones!

Joking aside, it is a depressing sight to see all the crappy little hatchbacks parked up in Tesco, or wherever. It causes the shoulders to sag a little. UK, browbeaten into driving tiny cars because of rip- off petrol prices and "green" taxes. Bugger.

ps look at the state of that pillock in the motor - heir to Blair indeed. Double bugger.
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We are a small country, Jeff.  ;D






I guess! Still, your large (normal size  ;D ) guys. You would need a shoehorn to get in and out.

I just purchased a second hand van for work. A Chevy Express 3500 cargo van, 2002. You could fit 3 of those in the back. It's fun to watch those mini coopers get the hell out of the way. Oh yeah, I'm green.


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Actually, Jeff, I think the biggest reason people buy smaller cars in the UK is because of the cost of fuel. Petrol is really heavily taxed in the UK and most normal people just can't afford to run a large gas guzzling car. Some people do, of course. Perhaps someone living in the UK now can give us an accurate cost of a litre of UK petrol and you could compare that with a gallon of US gas (divided by 4.54 or 3.78?).
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Gas is expensive here as well. Almost at an all time high.
Very hurtful to businesses. I think that's their plan but that's a different topic.


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Actually, Jeff, I think the biggest reason people buy smaller cars in the UK is because of the cost of fuel. Petrol is really heavily taxed in the UK and most normal people just can't afford to run a large gas guzzling car. Some people do, of course. Perhaps someone living in the UK now can give us an accurate cost of a litre of UK petrol and you could compare that with a gallon of US gas (divided by 4.54 or 3.78?).

UK petrol is about GBP 1.50/litre. Multiply by 4.54 for the cost of an imperial gallon. Bloody expensive.