JLR’s seventh straight year of growth saw sales rise 20% to 583,313 units, almost triple the 2009 figure. Europe accounted for nearly one-quarter of the global total, with sales up 26% at 138,695 units.
The government is committed to switching off the U.K.’s analog radio signal when digital audio broadcasting coverage reaches 50% of radio listeners. The current share of all radio listening via digital platforms is 45.5%.
The Nissan survey finds 56% of U.K. drivers see autonomous vehicles being of the greatest value to the personal mobility of the disabled, while 42% cite the visually impaired and 30% believe the elderly would benefit the most.
Ford’s Fiesta was the top-selling model for the eighth straight year with 120,525 units, well ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa (77,110) and Ford Focus (70,545). Volkswagen’s Golf tallied 69,492 deliveries, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai’s 62,692.
The Toyota HiLux’s 42,104 sales topped the charts to mark the first time a light-commercial vehicle led the market in Australia, and the pickup also set a record for deliveries of all-wheel-drive vehicles.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says the surge in demand for U.K.-built engines follows billions of pounds of investment in new plants to serve Britain’s booming vehicle-production sector.
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. began the year predicting a full-year result down 3.5% from 2015’s record 666,674 deliveries. But November’s 12.5% drop left the market off 13.7% at 515,293 units after 11 months.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.