The first was the VW emissions scandal which first reared its head in September, the full effects of which are yet to be felt. It is likely that the impact of this in practical terms will not be felt for some time as the true cost to the company emerges. However, the first negative effects were realised in November as used car sales for VW brands fell by 20% whereas the overall used car market improved by 3.8%.

For models registered in 2020 or after, your vehicle’s Software-Over-The-Air technology delivers wireless updates automatically to your Land Rover, which you can install at a time to suit you. This annual industry event will unpack these issues, explaining how they are likely to impact automotive businesses. Despite these effects, due to nearly two years of extremely tight new car sales, this has meant that the overall market continues to be in a good shape with regards to supply and demand. So although we may be sweltering this summer, the end of the world has not arrived.

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If they want to remain successful, both manufacturers and suppliers will have to offer user-oriented innovations. All these trends are likely to become increasingly apparent between 2020 and 2025 – which means that these are decisive years for manufacturers and their suppliers. The percentage of shared and autonomous mobility in overall road track will rise significantly.

  • As well as a split-screen layout showing more information at once, the update removes the status bar from the top of the screen, and changes the look of the dynamic bar at the bottom.
  • Its sales dropped by 1.2% in 2021 as it was unable to ramp up production across its factory network, due to constrained semiconductor supplies.
  • Specifically, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association , in January-June 2021, EU demand for new passenger cars increased by 25.2% year-on-year to reach 5.4mn units in total.
  • This in turn will increase demand for semiconductors in vehicles, which will potentially be frustrated by the shortage issue.
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The prospect of autonomous vehicles being a place for the consumption of entertainment content is likely to be a key part in the development of EVs, which speaks to a future in which the function of the vehicle is entirely re-written. Previously, Autocar reported that a number of manufacturers were urgently seeking to overhaul their components supply chains as a workaround to ensure continued production. As the uptake of EVs reaches the car driving middle class, plug-in hybrids are providing an intermediate step for a large share of mainstream car buyers. These consumers prefer plug-in hybrids in order to stay flexible and also because there are more models to choose from. This is notably the case in Europe but globally PHEVs are also gaining traction. The share of PHEVs is expected to go down in a few years as FEVs continue to develop, prices reach parity and charging infrastructure is rolled out further.

W European Passenger Car Sales

As we have crossed the half-year mark, we feel that the visibility on the matter is still rather limited with new commentaries appearing almost daily and frequent updates provided on the sales and production impact. With the first half of 2021 already behind us, we are providing an update for our passenger car sector outlook for the full year. In our Automotive Sector Outlook, published in January, we outlined expectations for global passenger car sales growth of 7% to 9% in 2021. At the mid-point of the year, we are inclined to maintain this range, in spite of the continued supply chain headwinds experienced by car manufacturers. While some statistics for the first six months are still being finalised, we believe that things are progressing broadly as we expected with the recovery in sales, underpinned by solid consumer demand in major geographies. For example, Volkswagen passenger cars hopes to update its ID. model range of battery-electric vehicles every 12 weeks.


Please contact your preferred or local Unity dealership for bookings or further information. You must give DVLA evidence or written confirmation if you make any of the following changes to your vehicle. Iain founded Radius Law in 2013 and leads its automotive practice – one of the largest dedicated automotive law teams in the UK representing automotive manufacturers, retailers, parts suppliers and trade associations. In this session, we examined the legal framework around grant funded collaborations and discussed the key risks to be aware of, including IP ownership and compliance with grant terms. Notwithstanding the obstacles faced by the transition to electric, encouragingly EV registrations continue to rise and new players enter the market. Technology is at the forefront of that progress and the pace of change is only likely to increase.

New technologies, like those revealed at CES, are set to introduce colour changing cars and infotainment systems that boast theatre screens. This in turn will increase demand for semiconductors in vehicles, which will potentially be frustrated by the shortage issue. It begs the question as to whether electrification is practically sustainable as the market competes to produce high-tech EVs packed with features. LMC Automotive offers timely reporting of the latest data sets and estimates for several automotive markets around the world including, global car sales, the Chinese, Indian and ASEAN automotive markets and the Western European Diesel market.

Upon completion, you will receive a successful installation notification on your Touchscreen. Software updates provide the ability to further optimise vehicle systems, such as your InControl Touch Pro and vehicle connectivity systems. Receiving software updates on the go means that you will need less visits to your Retailer. The process is simple, easy to follow and can be done at a time that suits you. Autovista24 provides specialist information for Europe’s automotive decision makers. The platform hosts news analysis, original research, interviews, webinars, videos and podcasts.