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.