Friday, 19 December 2014
Today the District Court of Midden-Nederland, at the request of the administrator, converted the moratorium of payment, granted to Spyker N.V. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Spyker Automobielen B.V. and Spyker Events & Branding B.V. (collectively “Spyker” or the “Company”) on December 2nd, last, to bankruptcy. The cause for this conversion was that the committed bridge funding did unfortunately not reach the company in time. The administrator will continue his work but now as receiver.
Victor R. Muller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: “None of the ambitions we had when we founded Spyker 15 years ago, has vanished as a result of today’s events. In 2000 we set out to establish a super sports car business from scratch with a global distribution and we achieved that. Over the years we undertook some daring ventures that left their marks on the company which in turn contributed to today’s demise.
However, I would like to make clear that as far as I am concerned “this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning” to quote Winston Churchill. I will relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible and, assuming we will be successful, pursue our goal to merge with a high performance electric aircraft manufacturer and develop revolutionary electric Spykers with disruptive sustainable technology.
This is the moment to express my gratitude to our customers, dealers, suppliers and of course our employees and Board. Their loyalty and support was vital to build the brand over the past decade and a half. They can count on us continuing to live by the Spyker axiom “Nulla Tenaci Invia est Via” (Latin for “For the tenacious no road is impassible”).”
Ford Motor produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, today, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years.
The company decided in late 2012 to shut the factory, which employed about 4,000 people, and relocate production of the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy models to Valencia, Spain.
"It seems so unreal. I think I'll only notice after the holidays. It's winter time, you're at home and have no idea what to do. That's when it will hit," said 60-year-old Rudi Beys on his way to one of his final shifts, adding he felt too young to retire.According to a study carried out by the nearby University of Hasselt, the closure of the plant will cost some 11,800 jobs in the greater region, as suppliers to Ford also have to make cuts.
The final car to roll off the production line on Thursday was set to be a white Galaxy van, which will be emblazoned with the signatures of factory staff and will be donated to a charity.
The final shift ended at 2 p.m. local time. The company will keep a few hundred of its staff over the coming months to dismantle assembly lines.
Following the Genk closure and that of an Opel factory in Antwerp in 2010, Belgium now has just two vehicle assembly plants: Audi in Brussels and Volvo Cars in Ghent.
IRELAND - All-New Ford Mondeo takes Fleet Car Of The Year at the InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards in Dublin.
World premiere for the top athlete: the new MINI John Cooper Works.
The new MINI John Cooper Works offers extreme temperament subject to precise control, making for especially fascinating driving fun in day-to-day traffic. Typical of the John Cooper Works models, these characteristics are created by developing and harmonising technology details for the engine, suspension, body and cockpit based on in-depth racing expertise and geared towards top performance.
MINI Superleggera Vision: British style meets Italian flair.
Future-oriented technology and tradition-steeped automobile craftsmanship are combined in the concept study of a compact roadster created as a collaborative venture between MINI and the Italian design and body manufacturing specialist Touring Superleggera. The MINI Superleggera Vision presents a modern interpretation of a classic open-top two-seater merging British style with Italian flair. Elaborately crafted by hand, the study has an electric motor under the bonnet. The vehicle concept and design are focussed entirely on the essentials: driving fun and aesthetic appeal.
Special/Metallic Paint - £510
Electric Double Sunroof - £1,200
Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Washers - £930
Rear Parking Sensors with Multifuctional Display - £260
Dual Zone Climate Control - £450
Cruise Control - £260
Visibility Pack (dusk & rain sensors, electro-chromatic mirror, power-folding mirrors) - £320
Aluminium Sports Pedals £160
Uconnect™ 6.5-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with satnav - £1,050
BOSE ten-speaker Hi-Fi system - £820
|Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TP 150 HP S&S|
|ENGINE||Layout, cylinders, capacity||In-line transverse 4-cyl 1,368cc|
|Bore × stroke||72×84mm|
|Max power||150hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Peak torque||250Nm at 2,500 rpm|
|Timing system (control)||Toothed belt, hydraulic tappets, MultiAir intake system|
|Supply||MPFI turbo-charging, MultiAir direct valve control system, intercooler|
|Fuel tank||60 litres|
|TRANSMISSION||Drive, Gearbox||Front, Manual six-speed|
|WEIGHTS||Kerb weight||1,290 kg|
|Max. towable braked/unbraked||500 / 1,300 kg|
|PERFORMANCE||Top speed||130 mph|
|0-62 mph (1 person + 30 kg)||8.2 seconds|
|Urban cycle MPG||37.2 MPG (7.6 L/100km)|
|Extra-urban cycle||61.4 MPG (4.6 L/100km)|
|Combined cycle||49.6 MPG (5.7 L/100km)|
|EMISSIONS||CO2 (Certification)||131 g/km (Euro 6)|