July 30, 2014

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...]

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...]

EU tyre labelling legislation comes into force but will it save money or improve safety?

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From 1st November a new Europe-wide tyre labelling system will come into effect. It is being brought in to increase road safety, help make driving more cost effective and reduce the environmental impact caused by tyres. It will apply to all car, 4x4, SUV, van and lorry tyres. Similar to the labels used on white goods, the tyre labelling system … [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...]

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...]

Warranty earns dealer additional £5k profit – in one month

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The seven element 'Safe and Sound' scheme endorsed by Sir Stirling Moss has helped one dealership to create an additional £5,500 profit from warranty sales alone, during the period of just one month. This announcement comes from independent dealership Dunecht 4x4 of Aberdeenshire six months after signing up to the 'Safe and Sound' scheme. As an … [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...]

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...]

UK car manufacturing up 22% in July

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Almost 120,000 cars were built in the UK in July, a rise of 22% over the same time a year ago, and the 13th consecutive monthly increase in production, new figures showed today. A total of 119,882 cars were produced in UK factories last month, taking the year-to-date total to 875,998, an increase of 15%. There were 9,004 commercial vehicles … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 9.3% in July

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July 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 9.3% in July according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 143,884 cars were registered in the month, with the market 9.3% or 12,250 units up on July 2011 (which was down 3.5% on July 2010). “New car registrations rose 9.3% in July, continuing the upward … [Read more...]

The WMS Group win the “Best Warranties” category at the Car Dealer Power Awards

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On the 17th July this year, the WMS Group attended the annual Car Dealer Power Awards ceremony, for which more than 1,000 dealerships had nominated over 200 suppliers that were the best to do business with. The company were delighted to have been shortlisted and even more so when it was announced that they were the winner of the “Best Warranties” … [Read more...]

UK car production down 0.7% in June

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The number of cars manufactured dipped in June but production was still 14 per cent up in the first half of the year compared with 2011, according to official figures. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said a total of 119,193 cars were manufactured in the UK in June 2012, down 0.7 per cent on the June 2011 figure. But in … [Read more...]

A Stirling (Moss) press conference for the WMS Group

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Sir Stirling Moss OBE and wife Lady Susie were the guests of honour at the WMS Group’s press conference, on Friday 6th July 2012. The event which was held at the WMS Group’s head office in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, was attended by over forty guests including journalists from many trade and consumer car publications, and staff from several … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 3.5% in June

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June 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 3.5% in June according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 189,514 cars were registered in the month, with the market 3.5% or 6,389 units up on June 2011 (which was down 6.2% on June 2010). “Driven by demand from private buyers, June new car registrations … [Read more...]

Summer driving master class

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Log on to the Goodyear live webTV show for driving safety tips from Quentin Willson to make sure you get to your destination without incident this summer Show date: 21st June 2012 Show time: 3pm Whether you are planning days out, “stay-cations” or driving to Europe over the Summer the main priority should be to take extra care on the roads … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 7.9% in May

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May 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 7.9% in May according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 162,288 cars were registered in the month, with the market 7.9% or 11,857 units up on May 2011 (which was down 1.7% on May 2010). “May’s 7.9% increase in new car registrations is good news for the motor … [Read more...]

Big profits surge at JLR

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Indian-owned car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has reported a 34% rise in profits after sales hit a record high. In 2011-2012 JLR made pre-tax profits of £1.5bn, up from £1.12bn the year before. Retail sales were up 27% to 305,859 units, with parent company Tata Motors attributing the significant increase to strong demand from China (where … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 3.3% in April

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April 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 3.3% in April according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 142,322 cars were registered in the month, with the market 3.3% or 5,576 units up on April 2011 (which was down 7.4% on April 2010). “A strong April new car market has raised confidence across the … [Read more...]

Hyundai breaks European sales record in Q1

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Hyundai registered a record number of new cars in Europe between January and March 2012 – 114,571 units – resulting in a European market share high for the first quarter of 3.3%. According to figures released today by European industry body ACEA, Hyundai’s sales during the first three months of 2011 represented an increase of 12.5% compared to … [Read more...]

RHA accuse fuel retailers of “naked profiteering” over diesel pricing

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“We have no doubt that diesel prices at the forecourt have rocketed as a result of the uncertainty caused by the threat of a tanker drivers’ strike”, said RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning. “Retailers have doubled their profit margin on diesel over the past month. While the wholesale price of diesel has come down, none of this has been passed on … [Read more...]

New car registrations rise 1.8% in March

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March 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 1.8% in March according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 372,835 cars were registered in the month, with the market 1.8% or 6,374 units up on March 2011 (which was down 7.9% on March 2010). “The important March new car market performed above expectations … [Read more...]

As we predicted Tesco Cars calls it quits

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As we predicted might happen (Tesco will probably not be selling used cars this time next year) supermarket giant Tesco has called it quits on its “Tesco Cars” business, after only 12 months of trading. Motor Trade Insider revealed back in June that the business model was probably unsustainable and just one year on from their fanfare launch … [Read more...]