Subaru has appointed Wingrove Motor Company as its new dealer serving Newcastle. The new 200 square metre purpose-built showroom is located on West Road on the same site as one of Wingrove’s two Citroen sites and will trade as Subaru Newcastle. The family business, which was founded in 1925, is run by Peter Dalkin, the former 1980s rally driver, and his daughter Louise Parker. “My […]
I overheard a couple of colleagues talking about the discounts availabe on the Vauxhall Insignia recently. This 2009 Car of the Year is still doing good business, selling 32,610 in the UK last year, yet apparently they can be had for just four-figure sums. “Yeah, but it’s an Insignia,” said one as if that explained everything. The problem is that however well the Insignia drives, […]
Buying two cars brings two unfortunate dealer experiences. Nice little article in Car Dealer Magazine about buying a car. I know not every dealer is like this but why am I not surprised? via Baggott: Buying two cars brings two unfortunate dealer experiences | Car Dealer Magazine.
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Marshall Motor Group has appointed of Robert Newbold as head of business development, succeeding Sue Myers. Reporting to Commercial Director, Chris Sheppard, Robert Newbold will lead the delivery of the Group’s sales process and F&I strategy. He joins Marshall from the Vindis Group, another privately-owned business, where he held the same position. Daksh Gupta, chief executive of Marshall, said: “This is a critical appointment for us and […]
Infiniti has appointed Derek Munro to the new position of used car remarketing manager. He joins from Peugeot where he was national used vehicle sales manager. Munro reports to regional director for North Europe Steve Oliver. “Joining the company just before the new Q50 is due to arrive is a key time for us to explore many new sales areas which until now we have […]
JAGUAR dealers should prepare for selling DOUBLE the amount of cars when the new saloon arrives. In an exclusive interview with Car Dealer Magazine, global brand director Adrian Hallmark said the new BMW 3 Series rivalling saloon will propel Jaguar back to the volumes the network was used to with the X-Type. ‘Dealers can look forward to selling double the amount of cars they were […]
ARMED raiders used a handgun to rob a car dealership in Exhall near Conventry on Monday evening. Police were called to Conventry Car Mart, on Bayton Road, at 6.50pm after two men used the weapon to threaten a member of staff before hitting him in the face in order to raid the dealership offices. The pair arrived at the site on a green and blue […]
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Used Car sales hit 7.1 million units in 2012, outpacing new car sales by climbing 6.4% and returning to pre-recession levels according to figures from the BCA Used Car Market Report. The 2013 BCA Report also reveals that the used car market reached a record high in terms of value in 2012, at £38.1 billion, outperforming the total new car market value by £5.8 billion. […]
The Office of Fair Trading has cleared JCT600’s acquisition of Gilder Group following an investigation from the department over competition concerns. The nine site acquisition of £200m turnover Gilder Group in an eight-figure deal has boosted the JCT600 business by almost a third to become the UK’s 12th largest motor retailer. Gilder held franchises for Audi, Volkswagen and Seat in south Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. […]
Renault aims to more than double its market share following the radical purge of its UK operations at the end of 2011 which saw it slash its model line up and dealer network and pull out of the volume daily rental market. The brand’s market share has slumped from 3.1% in 2010 to just 1.67% in the year to date. “We cannot continue at below […]
JENNINGS’ new Kia dealership is set to create 20 jobs in the North East. The new franchise, which is set to open later this month, will be based on Opus Park, Preston Hall Farm, Stockton. This move will be Jennings Motor Group’s second partnership with Kia, following the opening of the franchise in Washington, Wearside, which opened back in 2011. According to The Northern Echo, […]
Opel Monza concept at Frankfurt This sleek rendering of a future GT is the star of the Frankfurt show for many. Vauxhall/Opel’s Monza concept features magnificent gullwing doors Photo: ANDREW ENGLISH By Andrew English, in Frankfurt1:12PM BST 10 Sep 2013Comment Certainly the best looking Vauxhall/Opel concept for many a long year and possibly my favourite car of the show. Those double gullwing doors are simply magnificent […]
BMW Group heads to Frankfurt in fine fettle, having achieved its highest ever sales for the month of August. The 139,648 vehicles delivered worldwide represents an increase of 14.8% over the same month last year. Worldwide sales for the year-to-date are also at an all-time high, with 1,246,528 vehicles sold so far in 2013. An increase of 7.7% over the same period in 2012. BMW […]
Ex-Tesco Cars managing director Douglas Rotberg is now heading up TootCompare, a comparison site for car servicing and MOTs. The independent site enables motorists to compare the prices from 10,000 franchised dealers and independent garages. Customers enter their car registration and their postcode and TootCompare provides a breakdown of the car service providers in the area from its database. Customers can browse the list by […]
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My score? A woeful 50% 🙁 The Motoring Quiz – Telegraph.
Some interesting looking concept cars being unveiled but it’s the new entry level Caterham 7 that really excites me! Frankfurt motor show preview part two – Telegraph.
Land Rover has been voted the most highly rated franchise in the NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. It is the third survey in a row where the brand has taken the top slot. Mini was in second place followed by BMW, Kia and Audi while the five least valued franchises were Honda, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Volvo and Jaguar. Overall the survey for summer 2013 showed that dealers […]
Toyota GB has announced the appointment of Matt Harrison (pictured) as its new president and managing director, replacing Jon Williams who is leaving the company to join a private Toyota distributor outside Europe. Harrison, who will lead both Toyota and Lexus brands in the UK, has been the company’s commercial director since the start of 2011 and takes up his new position on 2 September. […]