Nissan starts production of the new Note in Sunderland, while Ford promises to increase its range in Europe over the next five years
16 September 2013

Ford will bring 25 new vehicles to Europe in the next five years. Ford of Europe president Stephen Odell said the ambitious plan is meant to ensure that when the EU car market recovers, Ford is ready to take advantage. 

Production of the new Nissan Note has started in Sunderland. Following a £125 million investment from Nissan, the plant has created an extra 2000 jobs in the UK automotive industry. Nissan has already received over 14,000 pre-orders for the car since July.

A long-wheelbase version of the Volkswagen Up city car is in development. However, the new model is unlikely to come to all markets and "not China and not Europe". The new model is expected to offer more rear legroom than current three and five-door variants.

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Nissan Note
The Note was strongly influenced by Nissan's Invitation concept

The second-generation Nissan Note is a spacious Fiesta alternative, despite dynamic dullness compared to the Ford

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16 September 2013

I though Ford had effectively pulled out of Europe to make "world" cars, hence the reason the 3 year old "new" Mondeo hasn't arrived here yet.. Does Fords left hand even know it has a right hand, never mind what its doing, they will be talking about ambitious plans to restart vehicle production in Dagenham next.

16 September 2013
Citytiger wrote:

I though Ford had effectively pulled out of Europe to make "world" cars, hence the reason the 3 year old "new" Mondeo hasn't arrived here yet.. Does Fords left hand even know it has a right hand, never mind what its doing, they will be talking about ambitious plans to restart vehicle production in Dagenham next.

I read the article as meaning Ford would make versions of existing or future models available in Europe (maybe those we wouldn't have got before), rather than introducing models specifically designed for the European market. But I might be wrong.....

18 September 2013

Hopefully this means a sexy new coupe body and interior for the very capable but blancmange mould looking Focus ST Ecoboost....

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