Smart Unveils #1 SUV; Johnson meets Zelensky; Jeep boss shocked by EV acceptance; Oldest building association celebrates record – Bilhandlare Magazine

Smart reveals production-ready electric SUV

Smart has revealed a production-ready version of its upcoming #1 electric SUV at an event in Berlin.

The #1 – pronounced “hashtag one” – marks a significant change in direction for the company, best known for its quirky, space-saving city cars.

Although a concept was unveiled at last year’s Munich Motor Show, this is the first time the production car has been seen in public.


Johnson meets with Zelensky

Boris Johnson has said the West will provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to ensure it can never again be invaded by Russia, after holding surprise talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

After the prime minister’s unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital, Downing Street said Britain would send 120 armored vehicles as well as new anti-ship missile systems.

Appearing alongside Zelensky in a taped broadcast, Johnson said the West would continue to “scrape up” sanctions against Moscow, as he praised the courage of the Ukrainian resistance.

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Jeep boss ‘shocked’ by EV acceptance by its customers

Jeep’s design chief has said the company is working “furiously behind the scenes” as the brand plans to electrify its line-up.

Speaking ahead of the public unveiling of the brand’s latest concept cars at the Easter Jeep Safari – an event in Utah that attracts 50,000 owners from around the world – Mark Allen, director of exterior design at Jeep, said he was “shocked” by the acceptance of electric vehicles by the brand audience.

While a battery-electric Wrangler is not yet confirmed for production, Allan hinted that the brand was working on it. He said: “We are very conscious of Jeep’s survival and every car manufacturer will be largely based on electric.”

The world’s oldest construction association celebrates record results

The world’s oldest remaining construction company has reported record results for the last financial year.

Scottish Building Society, founded in 1848, has seen its balance sheet grow by almost 40 per cent over the past two years, leading to pre-tax profits of £2.4m and mortgage assets worth £454m for the financial year ended 31 January , 2022.

Chief executive Paul Denton praised staff for their “tremendous work” during the pandemic as one of the reasons the mutual has performed strongly.

Extinction Rebellion organizes sit-in protests in London

Extinction Rebellion climate activists marched through central London on Saturday, staging sit-ins at several landmarks to call for an end to investment in fossil fuels.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in the morning before moving to Oxford Street and Regent Street, where they sat in the road and blocked traffic in the heart of the capital’s shopping district.

Extinction Rebellion has promised to “block off parts of the city for as long as possible” every day for at least a week and for the next three weekends.


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Tesco profits to rise to £2.7bn but faces cost of living questions

The City will be keen to hear from Tesco how bosses at the supermarket intend to support shoppers during the cost of living crisis, as the company reveals its full-year results on Wednesday.

Analysts expect the grocery giant to maintain momentum after a particularly busy Christmas that saw it dominate its share of the market.

Consensus in the City puts the group’s operating profit in the region of £2.75bn after bosses said profits would be above expectations.

The sell-out crowd cheers the Grand National as the punters return to the races

A sell-out crowd of 70,000 cheered on Grand National winner Noble Yeats as the players were allowed back onto Aintree Racecourse for the steeplechase for the first time since 2019.

Showers of rain and hail on Saturday failed to dampen the spirits of racegoers who arrived for the final day of the three-day Grand National Festival at the Merseyside circuit, and the sun came out for the world-famous race.

The Duchess of Cornwall presented the Randox Grand National trophy to owner Robert Waley-Cohen and congratulated her son Sam Waley-Cohen, who won his last race before retirement.

Dry for most

Although the day will start chilly for most, it will be a dry and fine day.

It will be cloudier in Northern Ireland and western Scotland but it will also feel warmer today.

The weather will remain dry in most areas overnight although there will be a few showers.

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