On this week’s round-up of automotive gossip, we hear how Mini plans to maintain automotive manufacturing in Oxford (so long as it could actually), why the success of the 508 PSE is pivotal for the way forward for scorching Peugeots and extra.
Mini’s Brexit buffer
Mini plans to maintain automotive manufacturing in Oxford “for at the moment” and, regardless of Brexit, will “run the power as a standard enterprise as we’ve performed till now”, manufacturing boss Milan Nedeljkovic has stated. Nevertheless, he admitted that “it’s going to depend upon financial modifications, and it’ll depend upon how the world is altering”. He elaborated: “We don’t have any plans proper now to alter this till, let’s say, the circumstances don’t enable the manufacturing of automobiles within the UK.”
Scorching Peugeots hold on 508
The way forward for scorching Peugeots depends upon the success of the 508 PSE, in line with former UK managing director David Peel, who countered earlier experiences that the GTi badge may return. He stated: “We’ve made it fairly clear that PSE is our sports activities mannequin shifting forwards. [The 508] is a check to see whether or not the market wants one thing like that. However we positively wish to attempt to preserve that motorsport, sporty picture method if it’s viable. If we do, it’s going to positively be LEV [low-emission vehicle] based mostly.” Again in March, Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato stated the GTi badge “remained necessary” to the model and acknowledged its recognition within the UK, suggesting that it may return on the e-208.
Aston’s sub snub
Aston Martin’s model extensions below former CEO Andy Palmer took in every thing from submarines to residence blocks, however the agency intends to be extra targeted on automobiles and racing below its new administration, in line with chairman Lawrence Stroll. “I don’t assume we’ll be doing any extra condos,” he stated. “Simply the one block in Miami and that’s it…”