Auto Retail Live: Q1 2022 Briefing

  22 February 2022


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Consumer demand is still ahead of vehicle supply in both the new and used car markets, but as interest rates and the cost of living rises, will this situation continue? And if so, for how long?

Auto Retail Live, on Tuesday 15 March, will examine how retailers can make maximise their online and showroom performance while being supply constrained, how they can boost customer retention and manage the online journey to bring in new buyers.

In Auto Retail Live’s Q1 Briefing we’ll have Jason Cranswick, COO of Marubeni Auto Investment which owns RRG and Norton Way, plus James Buxton, COO of Carzam and Karolina Edwards-Smajda, commercial product director, Auto Trader available online to answer your questions and share their experience of how best to operate in the current market.

In this Auto Retail Live broadcast we’ll also be investigating how retailers can best help customers and hit their new and used car targets.

Key topics for discussion include:

  • Used car pricing outlook
  • New car supply outlook
  • Judging the impact of wider economic factors
  • Online journey management

REGISTER NOW and watch on catch-up for our Q1 Briefing. It’s 40 minutes that will give you practical advice and expert opinion on the quarter, and the race to the end of the year – from some of the most successful operators in the auto retail industry.

Auto Retail Live is a series of business briefings produced in partnership with Auto Trader that will run throughout 2022.

It’s just 40 minutes of your time which will give you the inside knowledge to hit your targets this quarter and to put you in the best position for the rest of 2022… and all delivered in the comfort of your own office!



Jason Cranswick, COO, Marubeni Auto Investment (UK) Jason Cranswick

Jason is the chief operating officer of Marubeni Auto Investment, the company which owns and runs RRG and Norton Way. He joined Marubeni in 2021 having moved from digital retailer Cinch. Previously, he was commercial director for Jardine Motors Group. Earlier in his career he was head of customer quality & network development for Audi UK. Leaving school, Jason started his retail career with John Lewis before joining the motor trade in 1989.


James Buxton, CCO, Carzam James Buxton

James is the chief commercial officer at online independent retailer Carzam a role he moved to almost year ago after more than five years at Audi, latterly as head of fleet. James has also worked for Porsche and Nissan, however he started his automotive industry career in Sytner Group.


Karolina Edwards-Smajda, commercial product director, Auto Trader

Since joining Auto Trader in 2008, Karolina has held many senior roles across business areas including Data & Insight, Strategy, Product & Technology and Commercial. Karolina is now responsible for leading core classifieds commercial product strategy at Auto Trader UK, focused on delivering commercial value for both Retailers as well as Manufacturers & Agencies whilst constantly optimising the consumer experience.


Al Clarke, programme chairman

Al has held senior executive roles with Ferrari, Maserati and the SMMT. Al started his career as a journalist and presenter with a decade working for the BBC and in commercial radio. He has a particular interest in the application of digital technology and connected car services in the automotive industry and regularly speaks at, and chairs events on, these issues.


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