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Automotive industry shaken in wake of emissions scandal

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Volkswagen stirs up the automotive industry with emission testing scandal

Volkswagen has today confirmed that the number of vehicles in the UK fitted with the same software behind the diesel emissions scandal, is nearly 1.2 million. This means that the UK is the second most-affected country to have the cheating vehicles re-called, in what is officially the biggest recall of vehicles in history.

Whilst most of the focus has surrounded Volkswagen, other automotive makers such as Audi and Skoda have also confirmed to containing the same software. Audi has said that at least 2.1 million of its diesel-powered cars are affected and they are currently working at full speed to determine a technical solution. Skoda has said 1.2 million of its cars are involved.

In light of this scandal its no surprise then that industry commentators have suggested that other major car-makers may be at fault. Jaguar Land Rover were one of the first to distance themselves from the scandal by making it clear that they do not use any emissions defeat software. The firm reiterated their goal of producing cleaner vehicles and do so by employing 8,000 engineers and technologists across their advanced engineering and design centres in the West Midlands. 

A spokesman for JLR said: “Our latest cars are the cleanest ever and customers who buy vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover can be confident that they will be fully compliant with all EU and US emissions regulations; that they will adopt the latest technology to control emissions and they will be helping improve air quality and meeting CO2 and emission targets.”

The total cost of the investigation undertaken by by VW will be £4.6 billion. It is unclear at this stage what the total cost will be world-wide.

Are you a VW owner and think you may be affected?


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The Future of Autonomous Technology

Research & Development centres are cropping up across the UK in order to keep up with the demand for new autonomous technology.

As a result Land Rover are researching a new remote control technology that represents a stepping stone towards the fully autonomous car. It could be used by the driver to manoeuvre their car out of difficult situations safely or negotiate challenging terrain, whilst walking alongside the car at a maximum speed of 4mph.

Watch the video below to see this technology in action!

Do you want to contribute to future autonomous technology in the UK? Expleo Engineering currently have various Systems & Software Engineering job opportunities working within the Advanced Driver Assistance System departments for several automotive OEMs. View our latest job opportunities now.

Not sure your current skills & experience are enough to get you a job in this area? Let our team of experts give you the best possible advice on the next step of your career. Register your CV with us and we’ll be in touch for an initial, confidential discussion.

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Limited Edition Ford Transit Marks 50th Anniversary

The Ford Transit is 50 years old and to mark the occasion, rally specialist M-Sport has teamed up with Van Sport to produce a limited edition Transit van. Replicating the appearance of M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car (WRC), the special edition Transit comes complete with a WRC-inspired bodykit and hand-crafted leather interior.

A new exhaust gives the van the thrilling sound expected of a sports car, and the new steering wheel, roof spoiler and lowered suspension adds to this look and feel. A unique numbered plate identifies the limited edition status of the vehicle and an exclusive range of M-Sport branding options allow buyers to specify how they would like the vehicle to look.

M-Sport’s Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said: “This is a fantastic project which we are all extremely proud to be involved in. Combining Ford’s driving dynamics and the Transit’s versatility with Van Sport’s ingenuity and style, this product compliments the M-Sport brand which is all about quality, performance and flair.”


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The Rise of Vehicle Technology

As the UKs automotive sector continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled engineers

Over the last couple of years we have seen a huge growth in the automotive industry and it looks to continue for a long time to come.  Key UK OEMs – such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, and Aston Martin – have several new vehicles due to launch in 2015, which has increased the already high demand for skilled engineering staff in this country. According to the Engineering UK 2014 report, overall demand for engineering and manufacturing recruits is up by 40% compared to 2 years ago.  This has meant a huge overall growth in the industry and according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the market grew by 9.4% during 2014.

Expleo Engineering has seen an unprecedented demand for engineers in the last 6 months, especially for highly-qualified technical engineering personnel. The rise in vehicle technology has only added to these pressures, as areas such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Connected Car technology and suchlike all lead us to the fully autonomous car. All this has lead to huge rise in research & development centres cropping up across the UK and beyond, and with a predicted market worth of  €110 billion by 2020, you can understand why.

John McAuley, Managing Director of Edison Technical expressed these views to Brookson who have quoted him in their Economic Outlook 2015: Automotive Sector. Read the full article by visiting the Brookson website.

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