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  • Toyota is determined to restore its network’s average return on earnings, which slipped from 1.7% to 1% last year, and reverse the related slump in the latest...
  • With registrations on the up at the time of writing and the recession a distant memory, van industry executives at the Commercial Vehicle Show had plenty to...
  • Last month Google introduced a well-trailed change to the way its search engine algorithm rates mobile websites. Search now factors in the speed a site takes...
  • Younger car buyers in the UK may not be the force they are in the US new car market, however Millennials are the driving force behind many of the digital...
  • Digital Dealer is the leading automotive conference and expo for digital marketing in the USA and commands some of the best speakers from both automotive and...
  • A month of modest gains in share prices for the UK’s listed automotive retail companies still saw most of these businesses outperforming FTSE 350 General...
  • The first quarter of any calendar year is always pivotal to motor dealer financial performance. Not only does it represent the opportunity to get a fast start...
  • Three years after Jeep considered abandoning the UK, the brand’s recently appointed head of European, Middle East and African operations, Steve Zanlunghi, has...
  • Peugeot Citroen is overhauling its parts distribution operation to fend off competition from independents. PSA, both in the UK and across Europe, is switching...
  • In 2010 car buyers visited an average of 4.4 retailer forecourts when choosing their next car. By last year, that figure had fallen to just 2.2, according to...
  • Despite the imminent culling of four models from its product range Suzuki’s network of 152 dealers is expected to consolidate last year’s record 37,400...
  • Number two player in the UK van market Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is looking to improve performance even further over the next 18 months, with new Caddy...
  • With Vignale, Focus RS and Mustang all coming its FordStore in Chelmsford, plus ample room to make the most of Ford’s 16 car range, Lookers is confident that...
  • Franchised dealerships tempted to drop their servicing prices in order to compete might want to think again, after data from WhoCanFixMyCar.com indicated that...
  • Fiat Professional has 14 open points in its dealer network that it needs to close, says UK director, Sebastiano Fedrigo. Doing so will increase the total...
  • While sales of car servicing and repairs have benefited from the slowdown in new and used car sales and the ageing car parc, the same forces have contributed...
  • Finding the right car takes a buyer one step closer to a forecourt visit. But most still find the prospect a little daunting and many are wary of making the...
  • The plate change period inevitably sees volumes rise substantially in the wholesale markets and stock levels traditionally remain high until at least early May...
  • Relationships between franchised dealers and car manufacturers have fallen even further since summer 2014, according to the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey...
  • For at least 5 years we have heard, and sometimes stoked, the hype around social media and its role in marketing for the automotive sector.  Many digital...