The Autocar guide to what will happen in the motoring world in 2019
(… and it could smash our website online)
The maximum extremely expected automotive of the century? Probably. If there’s one automotive that will make our website online smash, from sheer collection of readers, it’s the Defender. Lucky we’ve were given a formidable website online, then… Jim Holder
Car makers will co-operate extra
It wasn’t see you later in the past that marques that have been owned through the identical corporate couldn’t fathom tactics to paintings in combination (we’re speaking about you, Saab), overlooking the attainable to save tens of thousands and thousands in building prices through sharing technology internally.
Now, despite the fact that, it’s all the rage for marques that aren’t even owned through the identical corporate to paintings in combination, be it PSA and BMW, BMW and Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Mercedes, Mazda and Fiat, Audi and Hyundai, or Ford and Volkswagen.
Expect to see this development accentuate as automotive makers face up to the demanding situations (and prices) of creating hybrid, electrical and hydrogen powertrains at the identical time as making an investment in connectivity, autonomy and extra. Jim Holder
Jaguar Land Rover will make a comeback
Things aren’t sensible at JLR presently. Which comes as slightly a surprise. We’re all so used to repeated stories of stellar gross sales good fortune, particularly at Land Rover, that contemporary information of JLR reverses (sending dad or mum Tata Group’s stocks a lot nearer to ‘junk’ standing than is at ease) makes horrifying, out-of-character studying. But I are expecting a JLR comeback later in 2019. President Trump turns out nearer to therapeutic his rift over price lists with the Chinese that has price JLR “thousands” of vehicle gross sales there. The present internet of uncertainty over Brexit should certainly succeed in a more impregnable foundation through March – even though there will certainly be lingering issues to clear up – and (as Autocar readers will be smartly mindful) each Jaguar and Land Rover are identified to have a chain of engaging, rule-changing vehicles to release this yr and subsequent.
Meanwhile, JLR’s full-steam enlargement of its Gaydon HQ, which is developing a house for no fewer than 12,000 engineers, continues to discuss loudly of long-term corporate self belief. Most importantly, the other people in the back of the contemporary explosive enlargement of JLR’s trade are nonetheless on the activity (their ranks augmented through others of identical ability), so it’s tricky to see why they received’t construct an outstanding restoration – and shortly. Steve Cropley
We’ll be told extra about Ineos and Ford’s Bridgend plant
This yr will have to see the emergence of extra element about ‘Projekt Grenadier’, the rugged 4×4 that British chemical corporate Ineos plans to promote in 2021 as a religious successor to the discontinued Land Rover Defender.