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British car manufacturing slumps to disastrous levels: worst January since 2009

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The alarming results from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) were sparked by plant shutdowns, Covid-19 regulations and trading conditions after Brexit. The global shortage of semiconductors also played a part, Autocar reported.

The UK made 68,790 cars in January 2022, a drop of 17,262 from the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “It’s another torrid start to the year as global supply issues and structural changes squeeze output while model changes impact production scheduling.

“The UK automotive manufacturing industry is, however, fundamentally strong and recent investment announcements are testament to the potential for growth, not least in terms of rising EV production.”

The SMMT said production for overseas markets dropped by 17.5 percent and domestic production fell by 30.8 percent.

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Wollongong’s new status as a Bike City isn’t just about the best – it’s also for the rest. In the early hours of Friday morning the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) awarded coveted Bike City recognition to Wollongong. While the city will host the UCI Road World Cycling Championships next year, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Bike City honour wasn’t solely for the best cyclists. Read more: The sweet secret behind a Wollongong cycling family “It’s not just about the elite, the specialists in that space,” Cr Bradbery said. “It’s about recognising cycling as a lifestyle opportunity and facilitating it not only for leisure but for active transport and that’s what we want to head towards.” The honour came Wollongong’s way in part because in 2022 it will host the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, an event Cr Bradbery said would be a boost for the city.

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