odysseus2000 wrote:There is fantasy which is the current VW approach that they can carry on as is and there is reality that BEV will cause lots of job losses in legacy auto. The Japanese motor makers have decided to get ahead of the curve and have the job losses away from Japan, i.e. in UK.
Yeah, it's a pity that a company's market share is so rigidly defined in law otherwise anybody with confidence in their product, their manufacturing capability and their knowledge of how to sell cars might see a real opportunity.
Jobs will be created and destroyed, but anybody who is shedding manufacturing capacity in an attempt to hibernate through the transition is putting themselves in a very weak spot.
The plant closures all occurred after the referendum. All the companies who closed plants warned that a vote to Leave would severely undermine their ability to maintain a presence in the UK as politely as they could whilst trying not to be seen to be getting involved in UK politics. They went as fart as holding meetings with the government and warning their staff of the consequences of a Leave victory. They manufacture their cars from parts imported from the EU using a JIT production method, and then export the cars for sale in the EU, and you are seriously suggesting that raising non-tarrif barriers in to their supply chain and the very real risk of export tariffs on exports of the finished product were incidental to the spree of plant closures and the complete absence of investment following the vote to Leave...?