MET Technician #JobVacancy in Leeds. Salary £25-29…

MET Technician #JobVacancy in Leeds. Salary £25-29,000. Ideally commercial and car experience required and ATA . nl@arc-uk.net for details.

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Recruiting for a motor trade accountant in Grimsby…

Recruiting for a motor trade accountant in Grimsby for main dealer. Email nl@arc-uk.net for full details.

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BMW X4 review – Telegraph

If nothing else, the X4 is proof that BMW doesn’t base its new model strategy on feedback from journalists, who tend to find its bigger brother, the X6, about as desirable as flatulance. Instead, it has taken the crazy tactic of monitoring what customers buy, and building models it believes they might want. So while the X6 might not be popular in the UK, it […]

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Sacked salesman in attempted spending spree at motor auction

A salesman who was fired posed as his former employers to order nearly £300,000 of cars through BCA after getting drunk. Paul Donkin was asked to leave Durham Hire and Sales after just two months of working for the firm, the Sunderland Echo reports. In a drunken rage, he used the company’s log-in details to buy 24 cars from an online trade auction run by […]

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Car Sales Executives needed for prestige dealer in…

Car Sales Executives needed for prestige dealer in West London. Email nl@arc-uk.net for full details #JobVacancy

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Toyota still the world’s most valuable car brand

TOYOTA has been named the world’s most valuable car brand for the second year in a row, with its value increasing by 21 per cent to £17.6 billion in 2014. Second car company on the BrandZ list was BMW whose value rose seven per cent. Mercedes-Benz (£12.7 billion) came in third and Honda (£8.3 billion) was fourth. Ford saw the highest increase in the top […]

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Swansway profits rise 57% to £5.1m in 2013

Family-run Swansway Group saw pre tax profits rise  57% to £5.1m on turnover ahead 28% to £370m in 2013. Swansway’s return on sales was 1.4% compared to 1.1% in 2012, according to newly filed returns. Swansway operates 17 franchised dealerships across the North West and West Midlands. Swansway director, Peter Smyth, said: “We know our staff are engaged and happy. Indeed for the last four […]

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Bangers4BEN 2014 takes an Italian Job theme – register now! – Car Dealer Magazine

GET your hands in your pockets and get those feelers out – it’s that time of year again where you need to bag a banger for our annual charity event. Bangers4BEN returns for the seventh year running and 2014 takes on a classic caper theme – The Italian Job. Read on how you can register today. We’ve always tried to make our annual charity run […]

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Luxury and premium car sales drive Inchcape

Inchcape saw turnover increase by 2.5% to £2.2bn at actual currency (up 11.4% at constant currency) in the four months to 30 April. Like for like revenue was up by 0.8% at actual currency (up 9.5% at constant currency). Inchcape said demand for new cars was ahead of last year as the group continued to benefit from sustained growth in the premium and luxury segments. […]

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Audi dealers probed by BBC Watchdog over claims

Audi dealers have been investigated by the BBC Watchdog programme for making false claims about the safety testing of some cars in the Audi range. Undercover researchers in the programme, which is broadcast this evening, found that nine out of 10 Audi dealers falsely claimed the Audi A5 was Euro NCAP safety tested. Six of the dealers claimed the Audi A5 had achieved the maximum […]

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Ford builds dealer training facility in Daventry

Ford is building a new training facility on its existing parts distribution site in Daventry, Northamptonshire. The new entity will merge the functions of the Technical Training Centre located in Daventry and the Henry Ford College in Loughborough. Loughborough provides training for technicians, sales staff and management throughout Ford’s national dealer network. It will deliver courses to adult learners up to Diploma and Masters Degree […]

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Common standard for management training launched by the IMI

A common standard for automotive management and leadership has been launched by The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Their aim is to cut out replication of training as managers move from one franchise or car manufacturer to another. The new Automotive Management and Leadership Competency Framework allows the transfer of programmes or qualifications if people move from one company to another. So far 29 manufacturers and dealer […]

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General Manager #jobvacancy at volume dealership i…

General Manager #jobvacancy at volume dealership in South West London. Exc. package, email ch@arc-uk.net for details!

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Account Manager sought for Events company. Must ha…

Account Manager sought for Events company. Must have experience and live in Northants! email nl@arc-uk.net for full details

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Vertu buys Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships for £8.2m

Lancashire-based Hillendale Group has been bought by Vertu Motors for £8.2m with a mix of cash and shares for Hillendale’s Land Rover dealership in Nelson and Jaguar dealership in Bolton. For the year ended 31 December 2013, Hillendale generated sales of £34.9m and EBITDA of £1m, with Vertu stating that the business would be earnings enhancing in its first full year of ownership. This is the group’s […]

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Mark Fields to succeed Mulally as Ford CEO

Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally is retiring on 1 July and will be replaced by Ford chief operating officer Mark Fields (pictured). Heir apparent Fields was appointed to the COO slot in late 2012. Mulally, 68, is to retire from the board as well as from his CEO post and has no immediate plans to work elsewhere. Mulally was appointed CEO in 2006, joining from […]

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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 review – Telegraph

At 8,000rpm the new Lamborghini Huracan howls like a pack of wolves gargling 98 Octane fuel. Pull the paddle under your right forefinger – click, clunk – another gear slots home and before you have time to think the big V10 is climbing back through the revs, gaining speed in 20mph gulps. So Lamborghini’s much anticipated Gallardo replacement is fast. Who’d have guessed? But it’s […]

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Technician retires after 50 years service

Steve Singh has built up such a strong repartee with customers during 50 years of looking after Ford cars in Taunton that many of them drop by for nothing more than a cup of tea. Now he’s retiring the management at Taunton Ford arranged a suitable send-off and presented him with an engraved watch. After starting straight from school as an apprentice at Ford dealers […]

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Used cars drive Pendragon profitability in Q1

Pendragon, the UK’s largest dealer group, expects underlying profits for 2014 to be “comfortably” ahead of expectations In an interim management statement for the three months to 31 March it said Q1 gross profits rose 12.5% and operating profits rose 31%. The performance was driven by used cars, which saw like for like gross profits up 19%, accounting for nearly half of the gross profit […]

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