Inchcape Group announces strong global Q3 performance

THIRD quarter figures released today by Inchcape PLC have revealed a strong performance in constant currency terms, in line with expectations for the year. The company, which trades in 27 markets worldwide, has seen a mixed result in some regions but with solid growth in South Asia, Europe and the UK, the quarter as a whole has been a robust one. Like-for-like revenue in North […]

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Apprentice Assessor – Warwick area

Our client, a major training provider to the automotive sector, is seeking a training professional to take on responsibility for the assessment of apprentice development across a portfolio of dealerships in the Birmingham and Warwickshire area. Location is flexible for this role as our client is after the right person and is able to adjust the area covered to accommodate the right candidate. The essentials: […]

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JCT600 grows apprenticeship scheme in 2016

JCT 600 has grown its apprentice programme in 2016 and now has 185 apprentices working across the business in a variety of roles. The Bradford-based company, which is rated 12 in the Motor Trader Top 200 with annual turnover of £1.03bn, is in the final stages of appointing the last five apprentices in this year’s intake. This year, JCT600 has again offered apprenticeships at most […]

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New car sales soar across Europe, but UK registrations see weak growth

Nearly 1.5m brand new cars were registered across Europe last month, representing a 7.1% increase on 2015 and the strongest September for a decade. All but three European markets reported an increase in new car sales. Romania, Hungary and Latvia saw the biggest leaps of 62.7%, 31.1% and 29.2% respectively. Ireland, the Netherlands and Greece each saw new registrations fall by between 1% and 10%. […]

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Mitsubishi joins Renault-Nissan Alliance

Mitsubishi has joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance following Nissan Motor Company’s acquisition of a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors to become its largest shareholder. With the addition of Mitsubishi, the Alliance will be in the world’s top three automotive groups by global volumes, with sales of 10 million units in the 2016 fiscal year. Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn (pictured) has become chairman […]

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Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress review: the Italians take on Harley at its own game

Perhaps the only way that Moto Guzzi could have aimed its MGX-21 more obviously at American motorcyclists would have been to give it a Stars and Stripes paint scheme, or wire the horn to play Yankee Doodle Dandy when the ignition was switched on. Guzzi has increased sales in Europe recently but is desperate to crack the huge US market, where its large, traditionally styled […]

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Sales System Installation Consultant

We’ve got a really interesting position for someone who currently works in car sales at either managerial or supervisory level and is good with IT systems. The basics of the role are that you would be supporting our clients end users during the installation of their IT system which is used in car showrooms for both front end sales and back end stock management. If […]

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Hard-top Mazda MX-5 set for March showroom debut

The Mazda MX-5 RF goes on sale in March 2017, with the first cars in showrooms a 500-unit range-topping Launch Edition, using the 2-litre 160PS engine and costing £28,995. Versions with the 1.5-litre engine of 131PS will join the range in May, at prices starting from £22,195 – a £2,000 premium over the fabric-roofed MX-5. Previous hard-top versions outsold the soft-tops by three to one. […]

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Mercedes-Benz Retail profits fall 48% to £9m in 2015

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group took a hit in profits in the year to December 2015.The factory owned group saw pre-tax profits fall 48.2% to £9.03m on turnover up 10.6% to £1.92bn. The directors said it considered the performance to be “satisfactory” and said the result for the year was underpinned by a 6.2% increase in new vehicle sales to 28,242 units. The company had a major […]

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Average dealership lost £15,000 in August as RoS hit four year low

The average car dealership lost just under £15,000 in August, the largest loss in the last 12 months, according to figures released by ASE, the dealer profitability specialist. However, ASE said the loss was not as bad as expected and marked a £1,000 improvement on August 2015.ASE’s figures showed a fall in return on sales for the rolling year to 1.15% (2015: 1.32%), their lowest […]

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