September 16, 2014

It could be you!

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Did you know that on the 18th December last year some lucky individual won the jackpot on that days national lottery draw, totalling £956,813? However that person is yet to claim their prize and have until 16th June to do so. Maybe they already have a lot of money and can’t be bothered (in which case please give it to me) but it got me thinking of … [Read more...]

Mitsubishi ASX – stand out from the crowd

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Next up in our line-up of cars from the important crossover segment is the Mitsubishi ASX Mitsubishi ASX review   What is it? The Mitsubishi ASX, known as the RVR in its Japanese homeland and the Outlander Sport in the US, is a compact crossover SUV (ASX is an abbreviation of Active Sports Crossover) which first went on sale in the UK … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – April 2011

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It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Dealers fighting back against Auto Trader price rises

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Car dealers are getting fed up with what they see as Autotrader.co.uk exploiting their market dominance by charging far more than their competitors. Auto Trader are seen as the “Google” of used car advertising so it is a big decision to walk away but according to the newly formed MTAU (Motor Traders Advertising Union) many are doing just that. … [Read more...]

Kia Sportage – altering perceptions

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In line with our new policy of publishing more “real world” car reviews, over the coming few months MTI is going to be road testing a variety of cars from the “crossover” segment. We have lined up an impressive array of vehicles to test starting with the subject of this review, the Kia Sportage and including the following; … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – March 2011

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It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – February 2011

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It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – January 2011

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A new year and a brand new competition. It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year … [Read more...]

I want my car and I want it now!

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Sometimes, as we all know, things can go very wrong, despite the best efforts of all concerned. The following tale of woe does actually have a happy ending but the whole sorry mess could easily have been avoided had attention, as always, been applied to the detail. The story begins with an enthusiastic car buyer (we’ll call him Mr. Smith) … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – November 2010

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It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Depreciation, perceptions and a piece of the pie

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What is depreciation? To some people the depreciation in value a car suffers during their ownership is notional at best. Outside of the trade do many people really care all that much about the depreciation their car has suffered and the ultimate resale value? Well if the popularity of car buying sites such as webuyanycar.com and … [Read more...]

Hyper-Global-General Automotive anyone?

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If you’re one of those people who profess to only buying Japanese, think again if you drive a Nissan because your car is French! The landscape of modern-day motor vehicle manufacturing has changed substantially over the last few years with many manufacturer marques becoming just brand names for the big conglomerates. For example did you know … [Read more...]

Not much joy in the figures for US car market in 2010

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Industry insiders from Automotive News are calling the US new car market at 11.5 million units for the year. This is based on year to date figures for sales of cars and light trucks of 8,573,732 units, a rise of 10.4 percent. A final figure of 11.5 million units would amount to a 10.2% improvement on last year but it should be remembered that … [Read more...]

Land of the rising Nissan

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There can be no argument that Japanese manufacturers, along with quite a few other manufacturers it has to be said, have taken a bit of a hammering in the UK during and post the credit crunch and subsequent recession. Almost to a man they have lost market share and seen the number of new cars registered each month drastically … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – September 2010

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It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – August 2010

It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Kia exceeding expectations

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In the past here on MTI we have tended not to do too many car reviews. This was mainly because we thought the web was awash with them and our contributors preferred to voice their opinion about what they saw as other more pressing matters. Despite this the reviews we have done have all proved popular so we know there is an appetite for them. At … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – June 2010

It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – May 2010

It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers with regard to units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. Who are the Chelsea’s, Man United’s and Arsenal’s at the top and the Portsmouth’s, Burnley’s and Hull’s bringing up the rear? At the … [Read more...]

Cars – a love story

Believe it or not cars are not something I am all that interested in. Of course I am interested in the marketing and selling of cars, that is how I make my livelihood. Being employed in the car industry means I have to be aware of developments in car manufacturing and It would be remiss of me were I not to reveal to you my love of in car gadgetry … [Read more...]

Lada attempts a comeback just at the right time

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So it’s official, we now have a hung parliament and are set for a period of horse trading before some stability returns (if we ever had it to start with). A double dip recession may very well be lurking around the corner and times of austerity are without doubt on the cards for all of us, whoever seizes the reins of power. When it comes to car … [Read more...]

Chris Evans to sell two magnificent Ferrari’s at Monaco Auction

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With the election looming on the horizon and an austere world of belt tightening and general all round pain following on just behind it, it is nice to take a peek into the world inhabited by, how can I put this, the rather more fortunate than the rest of us. Someone who probably sits quite comfortably (in more ways than one) in that bracket is … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – February 2010

It’s time once again for the Car Makers Premier League where each month we take a look at the top 20 manufacturers in terms of units registered and how they compare with the previous month. Who are the Chelsea’s, Man United’s and Arsenal’s at the top and the Portsmouth’s, Burnley’s and Hull’s bringing up the rear? At the end of the year who will be … [Read more...]

Recalls really aren’t that exciting

With the recent problems besieging Toyota and the terrible publicity that surrounds their massive global recall program we thought it might be interesting to take a deeper look into the whole recall issue that affects all manufacturers at some time or another. In car manufacturing recalls come with the territory and millions of vehicles are … [Read more...]

Bad part-exchange appraisal is no recommendation

The following is a cautionary tale which probably ends up telling us as much about human nature as it does about car retailing but it contains a message that anyone in the business would do well to take notice of. It’s a cut throat world, this car business and many people, when presented with an opportunity to make a good profit will, of course … [Read more...]