Coronavirus slashes UK car output as industry warns of big hit

By Costas Pitas

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – The British car industry faces losing output worth more than 8 billion pounds ($10 billion) due to the coronavirus outbreak, which cut production in March by a third, falling to its lowest level since 2009, an industry body said on Thursday.

The sector, Britain’s biggest exporter of goods which employs more than 800,000 people, saw factories and dealerships begin to close from mid March with only some having set reopening dates for May.

Automakers around the world have warned of the scale of the challenge affecting manufacturers already struggling to deal with tougher emissions rules, the hit to diesel sales and the cost of electrification and autonomous technology.

In Britain, volumes fell by an annual 37.6% to 78,767 vehicles in March and the sector, which made 1.3 million cars last year, faces a loss of more than 250,000 cars and vans, the

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Coolest Cars Under $15K You Can Buy On Motorious This Week

The collectibility of a car is not limited by a dollar amount.

If you’re looking to start a car collection, add to one, or just want a cool car for a good price, you’re in the right place. Motorious spotlights many vehicles from around the web, and even from our own inventory – while bringing you the latest in collector car news. However, the real unsung heroes of the collector car community are the coolest cars under $15,000 that you should check out this week.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette


This slick black Corvette is powered by a 383 Stroker Small Block Chevy V8. With a little over 84K miles on the clocke, this C3 would make a perfect candidate for a restoration project that doesn’t need a total overall.

See it here.

1992 Pontiac Firebird


This very clean, lower mileage 1992 Pontiac Firebird for your consideration. The car remains

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Revisiting the Toyota Celica’s 50-Year Legacy

Announced at last year’s Daytona 500, Toyota’s decision to bring a four-cylinder variant of the Supra to the U.S. market is good news for anyone who wants more choice in the sports car market. The BMW-based entry-level car gets a 255-hp turbocharged engine and is 200 lbs lighter than the straight-six variant. Underneath, it’s basically a Z4 sDrive30i, which sounds like some sort of inkjet printer. Supra’s a better name. But isn’t a four-cylinder Toyota sports car actually a Celica?

Turning 50 years old in 2020, the humble Celica finds itself briefly touched on in any history of its big brother, then passed right over. There’s a brief mention of the Celica Supra, a long-nosed, six-cylinder GT, then some hurried flipping forward until turbocharging shows up and things get good. That’s a shame, because the history of the Celica is arguably more important, and certainly more interesting, than that of

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These are the longest-lasting car brands for 2020

Ford Raptor.
Ford Raptor.


  • Automotive search engine analyzed more than 15.8 million car sales in 2019 to identify which brands build the longest-lasting cars. 

  • The company found that models from Toyota, Honda, and GMC were the most likely to last for at least 200,000 miles. 

  • German luxury cars from Porsche, Audi, and BMW were some of the least likely to be sold with 200,000 miles on the odometer, according to 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Shoppers looking for a reliable, durable, and long-lasting vehicle may want to prioritize SUVs and pickups from five key brands, according to a study from the automotive search engine and research outfit 

The company looked at more than 15.8 million used-car transactions from 2019 to identify the makes and models that are most likely to last for at least 200,000 miles. It found that on average, only 1% of used

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