November 23, 2014

New car registrations up 3.7% in December

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December 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 3.7% in December according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 123,557 cars were registered in the month, with the market 3.7% or 4,369 units up on December 2011 (which was down 3.7% on December 2010). Year to date UK new car registrations rose 5.3% in 2012 … [Read more...]

What to expect in 2013

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As yet another topsy turvy year in the motor trade draws to a close, there are many things to be optimistic about and many lessons learned from these uncertain times. Behind every stat there is a story. For example, on the face of it, we will register more new cars than last year with a probable 5% increase which on the surface is fantastic but, … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League November 2012

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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...]

The numbers game: BMW plots out its future

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Like most German car manufacturers, BMW are putting a lot of effort into exploiting those niche markets and its most recent big reveal, the 4-Series, is just one of a line of models that will effectively fill the gaps of the firm’s roster of offerings. The Munich-based company has also let the M6 GranCoupe out the bag in the last week to rival … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 11.3% in November

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November 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11.3% in November according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 149,191 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11.3% or 15,164 units up on November 2011 (which was down 4.2% on November 2010). Year to date the market is up 5.4% to 1,921,052 … [Read more...]

The Aston Martin deal: How it stands

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Aston Martin have confirmed it is currently under offer for a stake in the famous motoring brand and it is thought that a deal could be made within the next week, if not the next few days. Kuwaiti finance firm Investment Dar Co. and owners of the brand are looking to sell part of AML and last week had reportedly agreed to sell a minority stake … [Read more...]

Tata Motors Partner with the Chery Automobile Co.

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It’s official, Tata Motors, maker of Jaguar Land Rover, has partnered with Japanese company Chery Automobile Co. and will shortly commence building work on the Changshu facility in Jiangsu province, which is due to open between 2014 and 2015. The new partnership will be called the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company and is reported to be … [Read more...]

Sunday Times Driving

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It will be interesting to see how the times new classified site driving.co.uk fairs in the current market. It appears it will be continuing the high end theme that has been a hallmark of the Sunday Times motoring section for many years. Interestingly the site will also combine the advertising of thousands of premium brand cars alongside reviews and … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League October 2012

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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...]

New “car” aimed at teenagers hits the road

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It looks like any other supermini. But this is no ordinary car - in fact, it’s not technically even a car. The Aixam Coupe S is classed as a light quadricycle, dubbed carpeds, which means it can be driven by 16-year-olds holding a moped licence. To qualify as a quadricycle, vehicles must weigh less than 350kg and have a power output not … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 12.1% in October

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October 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 12.1% in October according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 151,252 cars were registered in the month, with the market 12.1% or 16,308 units up on October 2011 (which was up 2.6% on October 2010). Year to date the market is up 5% (83,823 units) to 1,771,861 … [Read more...]

Ford set to cut 1400 jobs in the UK

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The UK motor industry took a big hit on Thursday when Ford announced that it would be closing both its Southampton plant and its Dagenham stamping operations, meaning the loss of 1400 jobs. Ford is in the midst of a massive European restructuring process which has already led to the closure of the American firm’s Mondeo plant in Genk, Belgium … [Read more...]

Really no excuse for buying the wrong car

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Deciding what car to buy is obviously an important decision making process (we all know what happens when you get that wrong) but the “when” can be just as vital. There is generally always an optimum time to buy for any model and a selection of models within any brand which are slow sellers are therefore likely to attract a more attractive (from a … [Read more...]

10 Car Manufacturers That No Longer Exist

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Many manufacturers have a long and successful history and are still producing thousands upon thousands of vehicles to this day. However, what about those that are no longer in existence and are fading away from our memories as each day goes by? Here we list 10 manufacturers that are no longer producing cars. Hummer A civilian version of the … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League September 2012

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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...]

New car registrations up 8.2% in September

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September 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 8.2% in September according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 359,612 cars were registered in the month, with the market 8.2% or 27,136 units up on September 2011 (which was down 0.8% on September 2010). Year to date the market is up 4.3% (67,515 units) to … [Read more...]

Bentley return to motorsport

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At the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the unveiling of the Continental GT concept took the world by storm and opened an exciting new chapter in Bentley’s history. Now, ten years on, Bentley is repeating the same feat with a Continental-based GT3 race car currently being developed by a dedicated motorsport team at the company’s factory in … [Read more...]

The 2013 Aston Martin DB9

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In the process of ridding itself of the Virage, Aston Martin have updated its old faithful the DB9 and borrowed a few styling cues from its now defunct brother along the way. The DB9 is about to enter its tenth year of production and Aston have decided that as part of their refreshed line-up for 2013, the model should be given a similarly new … [Read more...]

A very long dark tunnel

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Car dealers are being fairly optimistic about September as a whole as many we have spoken to have managed to get some good footfall and convert some business. It is reckoned that most dealers like to go into the “plate change” month hoping to have achieved 50% of the September target in order to have a chance of getting near to it by the end of the … [Read more...]

Revealed: The Jaguar F-type

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The new Jaguar F-type has been revealed ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut at the end of September, following a leak on a US website featuring three examples of the car. Coined as the long-awaited successor to the legendary and iconic E-type, the F-type is Jag’s attempt to offer customers a sports coupe below that of its flagship XK models. The … [Read more...]

New innovation for aprrentice engineers

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There are very few sectors where technology and innovation move faster than the automotive industry, an industry which offers well-respected and well-paid long-term career opportunities for today’s graduates. However according to a PriceWaterHouseCoopers report in 2011, 46% of automotive CEOs say the task of finding the right talent is becoming … [Read more...]

Ford EcoSport Launch

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I don't quite get Ford's latest bonkers styling, but they have recently revealed that the all-new EcoSport, their latest sports utility vehicle, as they have called it, will go on sale in Europe within the next 18 months as Ford expands its line-up in the growing European SUV market. EcoSport is based on Ford’s global B-segment platform and … [Read more...]

Car Makers Premier League August 2012

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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...]

New car registrations up just 0.1% in August

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August 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up just 0.1% in August according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 59,433 cars were registered in the month, with the market 0.1% or a negligible 87 units up on August 2011 (which was up 7.3% on August 2010). “New car registrations remained broadly stable in … [Read more...]

Car Boss – Into production

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Welcome to our imaginary world of The Car Boss. Continuing where we left off (Car Boss - Looking good) thing are starting to come together... On 1st August, production re-started at the SAAB Trollhatten plant. The re-launch set out by the new owners, SAAB PCG, is an exciting time for the Swedish Manufacturer. The town of Trollhatten is expected … [Read more...]