July 23, 2014

Car manufacturers and the iPhone generation

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It’s true to say that they really don’t make a bad car anymore. Gone are the dark days of the pre-glasnost Skoda and the Austin “All Agro” when cars were seemingly thrown together and would be lucky to see the year out before succumbing to one major malfunction or another. These days’ cars get ever more sophisticated and in this gadget hungry, … [Read more...]

Suzuki UK Launches New Online Store

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The growing digital age in which we live has certainly created enormous new trends in retail shopping. High street stores and start-up businesses have migrated to the online world, in search of customers further afield. Admittedly, there is little wonder with spiralling costs of rent, staff and taxes on the High Street. Even larger firms have opted … [Read more...]

What’s in a number?

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The SMMT are releasing positive new cars sales figures month in month out, seemingly bucking the trend in the rest of Europe, but is everything in the garden as rosy as it may at first appear? Scratch beneath the surface and the so called new car “sales” figures reveal a somewhat different picture.  We know for a fact that many franchise car … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 4% in October

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October 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 4% in October according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 157,314 cars were registered in the month, with the market 4% or 6,062 units up on October 2012 (which was up 12.1% (or 16,308 units) on October 2011). “With October new car registrations up we … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 12.1% in September

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September 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 12.1% in September according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 403,136 cars were registered in the month, with the market 12.1% or 43,524 units up on September 2012 (which was up 8.2% (or 27,136 units) on September 2011). “The September new car … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 10.9% in August

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August 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 10.9% in August according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 65,937 cars were registered in the month, with the market 10.9% or 6,504 units up on August 2012 (which was up 0.1% (or 87 units) on August 2011). “UK new car registrations have now risen … [Read more...]

Smoke and mirrors in the UK car market

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It seems as if the motor trade in the UK is going from strength to strength. Sales are buoyant, the order banks are filling up, there are many new models coming to market and f&i income is at an all-time high. Scratch beneath the surface however and many dealers will tell you that it’s not all it seems. Although the headlines will say that … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 12.7% in July

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July 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 12.7% in July according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 162,228 cars were registered in the month, with the market 12.7% or 18,344 units up on July 2012 (which was up 9.3% (or 12,250 units) on July 2011). “Strong business and consumer confidence in July … [Read more...]

Believe it or not Subaru drivers are the safest on the road

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The Subaru is shaking off its image as a ‘boy racer’ classic. According to analysis by MoneySupermarket, drivers of the Japanese brand are the least likely to make a claim for an ‘at fault’ accident on their car insurance.1 The UK’s number one comparison site analysed over 13 million car insurance quotes run on the site over 12 months, and of … [Read more...]

Happy days are here again – or are they?

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Last week seemed to be bursting with good news for the UK, rugby and tennis wins, house prices on the up and reports of economic upturns and corners turned. Add to this the fact that summer has apparently decided to make a long overdue appearance then the overall effect is a resounding “feel good” one. However (you knew that was coming didn’t … [Read more...]

Sponsored Video – Tour de France, Skoda the team behind the team

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Czech car manufacturer, Skoda will once again be the official sponsor and auto partner of the world’s most famous bike race, the Tour de France. This time it is extra special as this will be the 10th time Skoda have sponsored the race, which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. There is also a bicycle connection with the famous Czech car … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 13.4% in June

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June 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 13.4% in June according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 214,957 cars were registered in the month, with the market 13.4% or 25,443 units up on June 2012 (which was up 3.5% (or 6,389 units) on June 2011). “Boosted by consistently strong private demand and … [Read more...]

UK new car market being “force fed” by the manufacturers

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As the numbers keep telling us the new car market in the UK is seemingly in robust health and on the up and up, but is the story underneath as rosy as the headlines suggest? Whilst I would be the last one to do-down any worthwhile signs of economic recovery it is worth pointing out that the overriding reason that the UK new car market is showing … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 11% in May

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May 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11% in May according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 180,111 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11% or 17,823 units up on May 2012 (which was up 7.9% (or 11,857 units) on May 2011). “The performance of new car registrations in May marks a … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 14.8% in April

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April 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 14.8% in April according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 163,357 cars were registered in the month, with the market 14.8% or 21,035 units up on April 2012 (which was up 3.3% (or 5,576 units) on April 2011). “The UK new car market continues to perform … [Read more...]

Buoyant new car market presents challenges for dealers

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Trade buyers are now actively seeking older, higher mileage, small, economical cars to stock their forecourts, as buyers continue to look for bargains. There are now 2 district variety of customers, those who 'rent' their cars like our American cousins through PCP’s or other leases and those who pay cash. You may say that is how it’s always been … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 5.9% in March

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March 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 5.9% in plate-change March according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 394,806 cars were registered in the month, with the market 5.9% or 21,971 units up on March 2012 (which was up 1.8% (or 6,374 units) on March 2011). “UK new car registrations … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 7.9% in February

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February 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 7.9% in February according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 66,749 cars were registered in the month, with the market 7.9% or 4,881 units up on February 2012 (which was up 2.5% (or 1,556 units) on February 2011). “UK new car registrations have risen … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League – January 2013

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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...]

Could the 13 plate change be unlucky for dealers?

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carbuzz.co.uk asked over 2,000 car buyers whether the upcoming 13 number plate would put them off buying a new car. Cars registered between 1st March and 31st August will carry the 13 number plate. There was speculation over the DVLA potentially allowing people to skip out the ‘unlucky’ 13 plate altogether and revert to the 62 plate, … [Read more...]

Do your homework and you may be able to afford a better car than you think

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Despite the bad weather we have recently had it looks like business is brisk although, on the downside, dealers are telling us that margins are under pressure. It is safe to assume that this is going to be a fairly important year and dealers are keen to ensure that q1 is set up to give them the best start possible. The competition with the new car … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 11.5% in January

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January 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11.5% in January according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 143,643 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11.5% or 14,790 units up on January 2012 (which was up 0.03% (or 42 units) on January 2011). “The new car market has started the year … [Read more...]

Jaguar Land Rover announce creation of 800 new jobs

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As other car manufacturers are handing out bad news to hundreds of workers who are set to lose their jobs, Jaguar Land Rover are announcing the expansion of its production at its Solihull plant, with 800 openings being created to support the production of new models. The Tata-owned company saw a 30 per cent rise in global sales in 2012 totalling … [Read more...]

Car Makers Champions League 2012

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Decembers’ new car registration figures are in so who won the league? Who made it into Europe? Who got relegated? We can now take a look at the final table for 2012 and check the standings of the various top 20 manufacturers we have followed throughout the year in the Car Makers Premier League. The SMMT welcomes a better than expected year … [Read more...]

Bad news for Honda but no real surprises

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These are frightening times for workers at Honda with over 800 redundancies being planned less than a year after they announced a multimillion pound investment at their Swindon plant. In periods like this you sit back and wonder what the future holds if this can happen to a giant like Honda, and at this point I have to declare a personal … [Read more...]