Ford closes Southampton and Genk factories

Ford is to closed the Ford Transit factory in Southampton, England after 40 years being produced there. It has also closed the Genk factory in Belgium where the Ford Mondeo/Contour  is built. The Southampton plant will close in July 2013.

According to British website and news programme, ITV News it said that it lost 1,400 jobs in the UK and 4,300 jobs in Belgium.

However next year, Ford is to introduced new Mondeos (to be called Ford Fusion in North America) and Transits.

The reason why Ford closed the factories to restructure its business and to so that the city of Southampton could go out of recession.



Dacia to renew Logan and Sandero

Renault has announced that it will be renewing its Romanian subsidiary’s [Dacia] new Logan and Sandero.

The Dacia Logan, introduced in 2004 and replaced the Dacia 1300 [1969-2004]) and the Dacia Sandero, introduced in 2007 are now going on their second generation. The second generation models will now similar, with the Sandero now being the hatchback version of Logan saloon/sedan.

Outside Europe and North Africa, Dacia models sold under Renault.

2013 Citroën C-Elysée


1st generation (2002-2013)

Rating:  F


2nd generation (2013- )

Rating: A


It is the Citroën that has already been sold in the Chinese market since 2002. Itself based on the Citroën ZX which has been in production in Europe from 1991 to 1998, when it was replaced by the Citroën Xsara, which was introduced in 1997 and continued until 2006, when it was replaced by the C4 introduced in 2004.

China is home to cheap, copy-cat, worse, unsafe and unwanted junk cars. One of China’s best-known cars is the Cherry QQ3 (Cherry QQ or IQ outside China).

The previous model of 2002 (based on the ZX) was built by Dongfeng, a major Chinese car manufacturer and it is not car that European’s or anybody living outside China would want to buy. Not one of my favourite cars. The car tends get’s its grill from the Citroën Xantia  saloon/sedan  produced from 1993 to 2001, when it was replaced by the Citroën C5.

However the new C-Elysée will measure 4.43 metres and will now suit European tastes and will also be available in that market but it will not be sold in the UK, unlike the previous Chinese model of 2002 which was only sold in China and only suited Chinese tastes. It will based on the upcoming Peugeot 301 and will now be built in Vigo, Spain.

The car will have a 1.2 litre VTi petrol/gasoline engine with 72 metric horsepower (PS), a 1.6 litre HDi diesel engine with 92 PS. While the most powerful is the 1.6 litre VTi petrol/gasoline engine with 115 PS.