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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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Who are the automotive firms providing new jobs for the UK?

Many of the UK’s major automotive firms have recently announced further plans to invest and grow within the industry, creating hundreds of jobs for engineers across the sector. Its never been a more exciting time to be an automotive engineer! Find out who the key players are below;

Jaguar Land Rover

jaguar, land, rover, new, jobs, edison, technical, recruitment, automotive, industry, jobs, uk, midlands, manufacturing, car, vehicle, engineeringJaguar Land Rover has made the biggest investment in the UK’s automotive sector by recently announcing a huge investment totalling £600m. The investment will be used to expand both their existing sites in Castle Bromwich & Whitley to support new R&D and manufacturing operations. The need for more innovative vehicle technology has become ever more apparent in the industry with infotainment systems becoming more intelligent than ever. To keep up with this need JLR plan to double the size of its Whitley site and expand the existing Advanced Design and Development Centre, where engineers will create the firm’s next generation of high technology & ultra-low emission vehicles. As for the Castle Bromwich site, £450m will be invested to produce the highly anticipated XE, which has just recently gone into production. All this has resulted in a huge surge of job opportunities and has further secured JLR’s position as a market-leading automotive firm in the UK.

 

The London Taxi Company

london, taxi, company, creates, jobs, coventry, automotive, newsLast month the firm behind the next generation electric green-cab announced plans to invest £250m in a new research, development and assembly plant in Coventry, creating 1,000 jobs.

The new London Taxi will require engineers to design and manufacture a ultra-low emission, electric taxi to meet the new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London from 2018. The new plant will have the capacity to assemble up to 36,000 vehicles a year and is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, significantly increasing the employment / manufacturing sectors, as well as secure long-term economic benefits for the Midlands.

 

Ford

Ford, Focus, RS, Automotive, News, Vehicle, Technology, Motor, Company, IndustryLast year Ford revealed it would pump £190m into its engine production to fund the production of a new range of low carbon 2.0 litre diesel engine, producing far less pollution than previous models. This expansion has created more jobs within Ford’s UK engineering team based within the Dagenham Engine Plant

Edison Technical Recruitment are delighted to be working alongside the major automotive OEMs in the UK. We have many exciting new job opportunities coming up and will continue to do so as the industry grows. For more information please contact john.mcauley@edisontechnical.co.uk.

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Infotainment Systems Growing Fast

Connected vehicle market predicted to grow to €110 billion by 2020

The connected vehicle market could be worth €110 billion by 2020, according to Volkswagen, forcing OEMs to redesign infotainment systems and the human-machine interface.

As the demand for improved in-vehicle systems continues to grow, driven by the consumer electronics industry, many OEMs are investing in research centres to increase development of infotainment systems. Among these OEMs, Jaguar Land Rover has recently opened a research facility in North America, as well as Ford who have opened a research centre in Palo Alto, California.

OEMs are also developing more intuitive human-machine interface systems that minimise driver distraction – moving away from traditional ‘one click for one function’ systems.  They are putting more focus on software development, working closely with third parties such as Google & Apple, to develop additional functions and tap into the app ecosystems.

In recent news, both Google & Apple have gone head-to-head to fight for their place within future connected vehicles. Google are developing their Android Auto system, whilst Apple are developing their rival system, CarPlay. Both infotainment systems are designed to minimise driver distraction, by implementing tasks such as navigation, communication and music apps, creating fully automated systems.

In the coming weeks and months, OEMs around the world will begin selling vehicles capable of running Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or both.  The systems go far beyond the current Bluetooth functionality and allow for Google’s or Apple’s operating system to essentially take over the centre screen and certain buttons within the car.

While the idea of constantly connected drivers using the roads through apps and voice tasks raises concerns about distracted driving, both Google and Apple say their systems are designed with the opposite goal: to make mobile-phone drivers safer.

Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, VW’s head of electrical/electronics development, said: “Smartphones are part of everyday life. Our systems allow you to display and control all functions via the infotainment system. This year we will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use almost any phone in your vehicle.


Edison Technical Recruitment have job opportunities within automotive infotainment systems for automotive OEMs across the UK.  To search our latest jobs, click here.