Jaguar Land Rover is restructuring its executive committee. Phil Popham will become responsible for the global marketing of both brands, with Andy Goss succeeding Popham as group sales operations director. Elsewhere, current Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark and Land Rover boss John Edwards move to new, more senior group roles.
A French court has ruled that registration of Mercedes-Benz models can resume in France. Mercedes-Benz had resisted pressure to use the new R1234yf air-conditioning refrigerant, instead using the outgoing R1234a in its Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and Mercedes-Benz CLA models. Sales of those models in France were suspended in July.
Chevrolet is offering zero per cent APR finance on Spark, Aveo, Cruze and Orlando models. Deposits for the Spark start at £1850, rising to £3048 for the Orlando, while instalments are spread over five years. Chevrolet has also announced fixed-price servicing on all models starting from £349 with the same offer.
Renaultsport has sold the first batch of its fourth generation Clio Cup racer, ahead of the car’s UK competition debut in the Clio Cup Championship next year. The new, 220bhp 1.6-litre turbo car has prompted a three-year renewal of the Clio Cup’s position in the TOCA race support package.
Nissan has started production of the NV200 – New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ – at its plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Nissan has tuned the car to the unique demands of the Big Apple, testing the car for 155,000 miles on the city’s streets. The NV200 could also be destined for use in London in the future.
Mazda has announced the production of ten million cars at its Hofu Plant in Japan. The facility opened in September 1982 and a second plant began operating in February 1992. The two plants currently produce the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. Mazda executives have called the milestone a “tremendous achievement.”