Round-Up: SMMT warns about no-deal Brexit, New Mazda 3, Merc opens pop-up store

SMMT warns about no-deal Brexit

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Three-quarters of UK automotive businesses believe a ‘no-deal’ Brexit will damage their operations, a new survey by the Society of Motor Manufactuers and Traders has claimed.

According to the SMMT, the results “highlight the critical need for a Brexit withdrawal deal and transition to prevent the industry falling off the cliff-edge on March 29 when the UK leaves its largest and closest trading partner, the EU.”

Half of the companies surveyed claimed that contingency measures are already being implemented while 12% have relocated overseas and another 10% have reduced their employee headcount.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Frictionless trade as part of the EU single market and customs union has driven the success of the UK automotive industry so the fact we are leaving is already painful, and already causing damage. Leaving without a deal would be catastrophic – plants will close; jobs will be lost. Leaving is not what we wanted, but we recognise that the withdrawal agreement has been hard-fought and, crucially, delivers a transition period which steps us back from the cliff-edge. We need a deal now, and we need an ambitious deal for the future that guarantees frictionless trade with our most important market – nothing else will do, and we urge all parties to remember what’s at stake.”

New Mazda 3 revealed

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Mazda has revealed its all-new 3 lower medium model ahead of its roll-out next year.

It will be the first model to introduce the brand’s Skyactiv-X engine, a spark plug-controlled compression ignition petrol unit that claims to dramatically improved efficiency over a standard petrol engine, although the brand has not  yet released efficiency information.

“The all-new Mazda3 begins a new era for Mazda,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO. “The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world.”

Merc opens pop-up store in Brighton

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Mercedes-Benz has opened a pop-up shop in Brighton.

Models including the A-Class  and the all-electric Smart EQ Forfour will be on display, while the store will sell Mercedes-branded gifts and a Formula One simulator is available to try.

The store is located on the lower level of Churchill Street shopping centre, adjacent to Debenhams and Lakeland, and will be open for seven weeks until 10 January.