August 2006 vehicle production figures

Commercial Vehicles Home20,853240,4534,38344,94625,236285,399 Total72,959990,3068,746130,18581,7051,120,491 -17.6%-19.1%10.0%-16.3%-13.9%-18.7% Total vehicles Export52,106749,8534,36385,23956,469835,092 -24.9%-8.0%-19.0%-3.7%-24.3%-7.5% Source:Cars % of total71.4%75.7%49.9%65.5%69.1%74.5% -27.4%-3.8%-36.0%4.7%-29.7%-3.0% SMMT LtdAug-06YTD 2006Aug-06YTD 2006Aug-06YTD 2006 % of total28.6%24.3%50.1%34.5%30.9%25.5%Cars: ‘While August car production was lower this year than in 2005, the car industry has been boosted by recent announcements from Nissan and BMW, both of which have made commitments to UK plant investment’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘This is not only testament to the skills and abilities of the UK manufacturing workforce, but it will help support the supply of large-scale components from British-based companies.’ Commercial Vehicles: ‘Commercial vehicle production for export shows an encouraging trend, fuelled by demand on the mainland’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production for the UK has dropped a little this year, following some industrial restructuring. Overall, the outlook is good both in the UK and mainland Europe.’ This month’s plant focus is Rolls-Royce in Goodwood. Click below for detailsDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Running with your arms bent does not make you go any faster

Mr Yegian and his team predicted a “mechanical tradeoff” exists between the elbow and shoulder joints which “would… It may feel strange, look bizarre, and attract puzzled glances, but running with your arms straight may be as efficient as bending them at the elbow. He subjected the question to scientific testing after his interest was aroused when he saw a straight-armed jogger pacing through the campus. “If straight arms are better for walking, why aren’t they better for running, and vice versa?”, asked Andrew Yegian, a PhD candidate at Harvard University. The surprising findings emerged after an academic researcher questioned the unthinking, near-universal habits of both walkers and runners. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more