Pentagon Group, the dealer group rated 21 in the Motor Trader Top 200 with annual turnover of £377.7m has launched a new website. New features include a parts quotation system, online service booking and an accident repair feature that allows customers to upload photographs of their vehicle damage and get a quote. Other features include improved HD enabled independent car video reviews provided by caranddriving.com […]
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M25: not a single motorist caught by speed cameras in a year Drivers speeding on the M25 have not been issued with a single ticket from its overhead cameras over the past year. Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the network of 36 new digital cameras intended to enforce variable speed limits on the London orbital motorway. The failure […]
Laura Brailey has been appointed senior manager national sales at Mazda Motors UK.Brailey joined Mazda in 1995. Previous roles at Mazda in the UK have included north-west business manager, used car and feet marketing manager and regional business manager south. In her new role she manages a team of 14 business and regional managers.Mazda said focusing on core volume models Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda MX-5 […]
JCT600 is set to invest £4.7m in a new Audi dealership in a project that will create a two storey used car display area. The showroom will be built at Centurion Park, York. JCT600 has obtained planning permission for a major redevelopment that will see the existing dealership demolished and replaced with a 17 car showroom featuring a two storey external used car display area […]
Zolfo Cooper has been appointed as administrator of credit hire firm Drive Assist UK. Zolfo Cooper partners Alastair Beveridge, Ryan Grant and Simon Wilson were appointed as joint administrators of Drive Assist and its subsidiaries Millennium Motor Group and Soll Car Rentals. Alastair Beveridge, partner at Zolfo Cooper and joint administrator said: “Unfortunately, in recent months the companies have experienced the loss of a major […]
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Norwich-based Robinsons Motor Group has acquired Cooks Motor Group, which includes four sites in East Anglia, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will take the group’s turnover to over £216 million. It takes the group to 18 sites and all Cooks staff and management will be retained. It is not yet clear if the Cooks sites will now be rebranded as Robinsons. Robinsons already operate Audi, […]
Peter Vardy group is opening a used car supermarket in Hillington, Glasgow in the second half of 2013. The six-acre site will have a showroom with space to display 400 used cars indoors, ranging in price from £3,000 to £30,000.It is planned that the new Hillington site will also be home to the groups new head office. The Peter Vardy group was established in Scotland […]
From January 19 next year there will be four categories of motorcycle licence. Here, we explain what it means, particularly for newcomers to motorcycling who can find the whole system baffling. The AM category is a moped-only licence, which you can hold from the age of 16. An A1 licence is open to 17-year-olds upwards and restricts riders to 125cc, without L-plates. The A2 licence […]
BMW has unveiled a concept version of the new 3-series coupé, which will become a standalone model called the 4-series. The 4-series is said to represent “a new focus for the 3 Series with its own individual character and a standalone design”, and expands BMW’s model range in much the same way that the 6-series is a coupé version of the 5-series saloon. Although a […]
Nidd Vale, one of the longest established dealer groups in Yorkshire, has gone into administration following “financial issues” it failed to resolve with Santander, the business’ banking provider. “We have been working closely with Nidd Vale Motors to try to resolve financial issues. However, after failing to reach a resolution, administrators have been appointed to look at the best options for the future of the […]
CAR DEALER Ewards winner Essex Auto Group has launched a brand new website. Winners of the Franchised Dealer Website of the Year Award back in 2009, the group clearly hasn’t rested on its laurels: keeping things up to date with an entirely new look and feel. The new website, which went live at the end of November, took 12 months of preparation and planning – ensuring that […]
RRG, the Salford-based multi-franchise group, has acquired the West Riding Group for £10m. The deal includes the West Riding Group’s Toyota sites in Bradford, Silsden (Keighley) and Huddersfield and its Lexus business in Bradford. RRG is rated 20 in the Motor Trader Top 200, with a turnover of £378.2m, while the West Riding Group was rated at 177 on turnover of £40.6m. The acquisition is […]
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Arnold Clark has extended its reach in England with the acquisition of Moorland Motors for an undisclosed sum. The deal increases Arnold Clark’s Vauxhall representation to 19 sites across Scotland and England. It will continue to represent Chevrolet at the single site business but not Suzuki. via Arnold Clark acquires Blackpool’s Moorland Group.
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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has begun a search for a new chief executive. Paul Everitt will be moving to a new position outside of the automotive sector at the end of January 2013. via Head of motor trade body to quit.
Skoda is moving to change the look of its dealer network as the brand grows its range and its market penetration. The brand’s Ideal Plan initiative will see it move away from its traditional outlets… via Skoda’s growth to squeeze smaller dealers.