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Business News Midlands global car impact stretched from Jaguar Land Rover in Brazil and MG at Longbridge

Brazil factory is a first for Jaguar Land Rover

A brand new SUV option from MG

MG Motor UK has officially launched its all-new SUV, the MG GS, with prices starting at £14,995 and going up to £20,995 for its dual-clutch transmission model. The vehicle, which benefits from a

full five year factory warranty as standard, has been designed and engineered in Longbridge where, currently, two cars - the MG6 and the MG3 – come off the assembly lines. Matthew Cheyne, head of sales

and marketing for MG, said: “This is a great day for us, as we can finally share the information so many people have wanted to know. “This car offers so much for

comparatively little, making it the SUV to choose. The specification on these cars is phenomenal and when you add in the five year warranty it’s a no-brainer. There are some really great features as well, such as the adjustable rear seats that not only recline but fold completely flat making it adaptable for whatever the customer’s lifestyle. “Customers choosing the MG GS

will save money over more expensive SUVs. They will have all the specification they could want and still have money left to enjoy holidays or family days out.”

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new £240m factory in Rio, Brazil, its first in Latin America. The factory, in Itatiaia, is also the company’s first

wholly-owned overseas facility and follows the opening of its Chinese joint venture factory in 2014. The new facility will build both the Range Rover

Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport for Brazilian customers. Vehicles will be on sale in dealers across Brazil this month.

‘The Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport will now be manufactured for the first time in Latin America’

At the plant inauguration, Wolfgang Stadler, executive director, manufacturing, said: “The opening of Jaguar Land Rover’s new world-class facility in Brazil marks the latest exciting milestone in our global expansion. “Land Rover is already Brazil’s market-leader for

mid-sized premium SUVs, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all sales in that segment. “The Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover

Discovery Sport will now be manufactured for the first time in Latin America, building on their existing popularity with customers in Brazil.” The plant includes Jaguar Land Rover’s first

overseas ‘Education Business Partnership Centre’ which will provide a range of classroom activities for up to 12,000 local children each year. These will help them to develop key skills and inspire them to pursue careers at Jaguar Land Rover. Mr Stadler said: “We are proud of the strong links that we have established with the communities close

Jaguar Land Rover’s new factory in Rio, Brazil

to our existing plants and the same is true here in Brazil. Our Education Business Partnership Centre is just one step we are taking to deliver exciting educational programmes to local children of all ages. Our ambition is to encourage them to consider a career in the automotive industry in the future.” The new factory includes a series of environmental

features, such as rainwater collection and the planting of more than 1,200 indigenous trees. The plant includes cutting-edge manufacturing

technologies and has the most advanced Emissions Conformity and Certification facility in South America. As part of its on-going commitment to the Brazilian

automotive industry, Jaguar Land Rover has sourced major components such as seats, cockpit, exhaust, chassis and powertrain assembly from local suppliers, including Benteler and IAC. Jaguar Land Rover has had a presence in the Brazilian

market for more than 25 years. In the first five months of 2016, it saw sales increase by 11 per cent. Land Rover is the leading premium SUV brand in Brazil and Jaguar is one of the country’s fastest growing brands.

AMT lead the fleet to become ultra low

A new initiative has been launched to recognise those UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs). Among the first to receive recognition is AMT Vehicle

Rental, which has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, for opening its vehicle fleets to plug- in cars and committing to boosting their uptake over the next five years. Poppy Welch, head of campaign group Go Ultra Low,

which is behind the initiative, said: “We want to encourage other businesses in the UK to follow the example set by AMT Vehicle Group and support initiatives which encourage more people to drive or own an electric vehicle. “Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but

there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits. Thanks to the variety of models available and their cost-saving potential, this is now a realistic and rewarding option.” AMT recently made a £200,000 investment in

increasing the number of EVs in its fleet, with customers now able to choose from a wide range of energy-efficient models from the high performance Tesla to the Nissan Leaf. Andy Crinson, AMT general manager, said: “As an

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independent company providing prestige and specialist vehicles, we pride ourselves on offering a wide choice of top-of-the-range vehicles and to listening to what our customers want. “With the growing interest in electric vehicles,

we made a conscious decision to invest in the latest eco-friendly models and they are already proving extremely popular. These are available from all our locations, including our new depot on Erdington Road, Birmingham. “We hope that by leading the way and

being among the first rental companies in the UK to also offer premium electric cars and hybrids, we will play a role in introducing more drivers to the benefits of energy-efficient vehicles – technological advances mean that the latest models offer great performance and design along with significant cost savings.” Public and private sector organisations that

already use EVs, or offer them to employees as company cars, are eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, if there’s a commitment for EVs to make up five per cent of their vehicle fleet by 2020.

Andy Crinson, AMT general manager

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