One in six UK car industry jobs could be lost, warns trade body

The UK car industry’s trade body says one in six jobs are at risk of redundancy without help from the government in restarting production.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said emergency funding, permanent short-time working, business rate holidays, and VAT cuts are needed to stem the flow of job losses.

Showrooms are reopening and production lines are restarting, it said.

But more than 6,000 jobs have been lost in the automotive sector this month.

In common with many manufacturers, carmakers have high fixed costs to pay, such as rent, during a period where sales are sharply down.

And many workers remain furloughed as companies work out how to operate while allowing for social distancing.

“A third of our workforce remains furloughed, and we want those staff coming back to work, not into redundancy,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

“Government’s intervention has been unprecedented,” he added. “But

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2021 Toyota Camry Safety Suite Can ID Cyclists, Pedestrians Better

  • The 2021 Toyota Camry will have updated safety and driver assistance features, Toyota announced today.
  • Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+ includes the ability to better recognize cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The system will also help with a new adaptive cruise control overtake feature that speeds the Camry up while switching lanes.

    A new Camry is on its way and with it an updated driver assistance and safety suite. Safety Sense 2.5+, making its debut on the Camry, will be able to better identify bicyclists and pedestrians while adding intersection alerts and potential automatic braking for left turns.

    Toyota says that the updated Safety Sense 2.5+ has enhancements that help it detect “a preceding bicyclist in daytime and even a preceding pedestrian in low-light conditions.” The update looks to help protect those outside a bit more than the previous version of the system. With rising pedestrian versus car deaths, it’s a welcome addition.

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    Airstream Lineup Expands with Larger Basecamp Trailers

    • Stylish RV maker Airstream is rounding out its lineup of overlanding Basecamp trailer models with new 20-foot floor plans.
    • The Basecamp 20 starts at $45,900 and comes with a larger bed, more storage compartments, a dedicated furnace, and a tankless water heater, among other features.
    • Upgrading to the $48,900 Basecamp 20X improves the trailer’s off-road capability with extra ground clearance and aggressive off-road Goodyear tires.

      With all the talk of off-road SUVs this week, Airstream’s announcement of the expansion of its lineup of Basecamp camping trailers could make anybody start planning future overlanding adventures. In addition to the 16-foot existing model, these two new 20-foot floor plans provide more space for people and storage.

      The Basecamp 20 offers a larger rear-mounted bed to make it easier to take friends or family along on adventures. At the front of the 20-foot models, a four-seat dinette allows for easier in-trailer dining. There’s

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      720-HP Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Is Extreme, Fast, Powerful

      • The sixth in the Black Series from Mercedes-AMG makes 720 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-8 and can exceed 200 mph.
      • Its appearance is as extreme as its performance with liberal use of carbon fiber and an extensive aerodynamics package.
      • Details on price and availability have not yet been released, but since the Black Series is the top of the AMG food chain, the GT Black Series can be expected to cost well above the GT R Pro’s $200,645 starting price.

        Each one of the five AMG Black Series models so far has been an exercise in extreme performance, expensive technology, and extravagant style. And the new AMG GT Black Series tops each one of them: Directly inspired by the AMG GT3 race cars, it is fitted with a 720-hp V-8 engine and a plethora of changes that set it apart sharply from any other AMG GT, including the wild GT

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        How to hunt down a used-car deal from a rental company like Hertz, Enterprise during coronavirus

        As Hertz offers to sell thousands of its cars at steep discounts and millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to coronavirus, now might be a good time to hunt for bargains from rental car companies. 

        “There are definitely good deals out there,” said Rick Ricart, president of the pre-owned vehicle dealership Ricart Automotive in Ohio. “Rentals are down, and rental car companies might be getting aggressive to cut their losses.”

        But there are also things to look out for. 

        Pouncing on a used-car deal just because you see an alluring price could leave you in a financial bind down the line. And with cases of COVID-19 ticking up, buyers should take extra precautions before taking off in a car previously driven by dozens or even hundreds of other people. 

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        Here’s how to smartly and safely find a used-car deal from a rental company in the age of COVID-19:

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        Lordstown Endurance Unveiled, Claiming It Will Be First EV Pickup Out

        • The new EV maker Lordstown Motors officially unveiled its first vehicle, the 600-hp Endurance pickup, at a live event today at its Ohio assembly plant.
        • Lordstown says the truck will have a towing capacity of 6000 pounds and will be priced starting at $52,500 before tax credits.
        • The trucks will be delivered to fleet customers first, in early 2021, with other customers getting it starting in late 2021.

          Lordstown Motors unveiled its Endurance light-duty electric pickup truck at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio today at a live event attended by media. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Vice President Mike Pence both appeared and gave political-campaign-style speeches. Lordstown showed the truck in full for the first time but didn’t provide any new information on the truck’s engineering, although the company has promised it will be groundbreaking.

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          Lordstown

          We’d already seen teaser images of the truck, but this is our

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