The government says the zones designated for Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020 are meant to reduce pollution in city centers and encourage the replacement of old, polluting vehicles with modern, cleaner vehicles.
The Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee says dealerships delivered 137,894 units in March, putting the year’s first three months ahead 1% at 322,464 units from prior-year’s 319,220.
The project was launched in 2015 as part of a government effort to support the automotive sector and tire-related industries and boost demand for natural rubber. Officials also envision it as a regional R&D facility.
Ohio State researcher Katrina Cornish has a patent pending for a method of turning eggshells and tomato peelings into replacements for carbon black, the petroleum-based filler U.S. companies often purchase from overseas.
Two of the German-built cars’ three powertrain combinations – front-wheel-drive 2.0L turbo and V-6 all-wheel-drive, both with 9-speed automatic transmission – are locally tuned and unique to Australia.
Tomcar Australia is the beneficiary of a new funding scheme that helps small businesses access the research expertise and capabilities of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.