24 Jun, 2024

JLR parts crisis leaves almost 5,000 cars awaiting repairs

Delays to the delivery of parts have left almost 5,000 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) cars stuck at dealerships awaiting repairs.

Speaking at the carmaker’s financial update last week, JLR chief executive, Adrian Mardell, said the firm needed to apologize to customers facing delays.

JLR has downsized its UK parts supply network from 18 warehouses to one ‘super-centre’, the Mercia Park complex in Leicestershire, operated by its logistics partner Unipart Logistics.

But since the “transition” started at the beginning of Q4 there have been problems supplying parts for Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships, and authorized repairers, leading to cars being parked up awaiting parts, while the JLR network ran out of loan cars for affected customers .

JLR says the situation is improving, but it is unlikely to be fully resolved until early 2024. There is still a backlog of parts orders.

Mardell said: “It was a planned transition but the transition is taking longer than we would have originally planned and, just to be clear, that’s something that nobody wished for, and that’s something that, as an organization with our partners we’re working with here, we obviously have responsibility for the change.”

The delays are something “we do need to

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Daihatsu, Toyota’s small car subsidiary, shuts down factories due to falsified safety tests

Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Japanese car maker Toyota, has shut down production lines at all four of its factories as the Japanese government investigates reports the company faked safety test results on some car models for more than 30 years.

The shutdown came a week after the company announced it was suspending all vehicle shipments in and outside Japan after admitting to improper testing involving 64 models.

That led transport ministry officials to launch a deeper probe into problems that reportedly persisted for decades.

So far there have been no reports of accidents or deaths due to the falsified tests.

The stoppage is expected to affect thousands of auto parts makers and their employees, potentially dealing a blow to local economies across Japan.

It is just the latest number of safety or other violations revealed to have taken place to at least five of Japan’s major automakers in recent years.

The shutdown

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GM Says It’s Ditching Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for Your Safety

GM’s announcement earlier this year that it would begin phasing out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity on its new EVs and, eventually, all of its future products went over very poorly, to say the least. Those phone-mirroring programs are hugely popular among both new and used car buyers, making GM’s announcement difficult to understand. Now, the company has explained a bit more about its thinking toMotorTrend.

While GM representatives did offer some basic reasons for ditching the beloved programs at the time of the announcement, the whole decision was poorly communicated. A two-page “media fact sheet” listed some benefits to EV route planning and charging as well as the company’s semi-autonomous driving systems Super Cruise and Ultra Cruise; basically, GM can curate more of the experience by doing its own thing. None of that really explains why the company was taking away features customers like enough to make buying decisions based on them as, at the very least, an alternative option.

Stop Using Your Phone While Driving

Tim Babbitt, GM’s head of product for infotainment, gaveMTa better explanation at a press event for the new Chevrolet Blazer EV, the flagship vehicle in the no

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