Friday, February 27, 2009




Nissan has  announced plans to cut its Sunderland  workforce by 1,200. Thousands of unsold cars are stored around the factory's  test track 





Honda is  halting production at its Swindon plant in  April and May, extending the two-month closure announced before Christmas to  four months. Honda and Japanese rival Toyota are  both cutting production in Japan  and elsewhere. Pictured, Hondas await export at a pier in Tokyo 





Earlier  this week Jaguar Land Rover said 450 British jobs would go 





The open  car storage areas in Corby , Northamptonshire,  are reaching full capacity 





Imported  cars stored at Sheerness open storage area awaiting delivery to dealers 





Newly  imported cars fill the 150-acre site at the Toyota  distribution centre in Long Beach  , California 





The  build-up of imported cars at the port of Newark  , New Jersey 





Stocks of  Ford trucks in Detroit , Michigan 





New cars  jam the dockside in the port of Valencia in Spain 





Peugeot  cars await shipment to Italian dealers at the port of Civitavecchia 





Unsold cars  at Avonmouth Docks near Bristol 





With many  manufacturers on extended Christmas shutdown, the number of cars rolling off  production lines in December fell 47.5% to just 53,823 





Thousands  of new cars are stored on the runway at the disused Upper  Heyford airbase near Bicester, Oxfordshire, on December 18, 2008. 





Sales of  new cars in the UK have  slumped to a 12-year-low and production of cars at Honda in Swindon has been  halted for a unprecedented four-month period because of the collapse in global  sales and represents the longest continuous halt in production at any UK car plant.  The announcement comes on a day when the EU's Industry Commissioner Guenter  Verheugen warned the outlook for the European car industry was 'brutal' and  predicted not all European manufacturers would survive the crisis. 






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