The automotive industry as whole is continuing to cope with the challenges presented and despite the negative sentiment expressed in the national press, buyers for both new and used cars remain active...

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FCA ISSUES FURTHER INSURANCE GUIDANCE EBAY, GUMTREE AND MOTORS.CO.UK COMBINE AS EBAY MOTORS GROUP WLTP HITS PETROL RVS VOLKSWAGEN CREATES CAR.SOFTWARE DIVISION WORLD NEWS – Renault ‘could pull out...

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After the tough profit performance for the month of August it was great to see UK motor retailers produce a comparatively healthy result for the month of September. The average retailer made a profit...

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The year is almost done and the annualised sales data for new vehicles hasn’t been great for either the UK or Europe. For the UK, the SMMT noted that September’s new car registrations were up 1.3%...

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Volkswagen’s 55 UK franchise-holders who operate 186 outlets are set to consolidate retained profit margins with the latest GTE petrol-hybrid version of the brand’s eighth-generation Passat...

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Given that last September’s registrations plunged by more than 20% as retailers struggled to get hold of volumes of WLTP compliant vehicles, it was hoped that this September’s figures would show a...

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Historically August has been a tough month for motor retail profitability since the registration plate change moved to twice yearly in 2001. If customers aren’t on holiday, then everyone has their...

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Stricter emissions standards under WLTP regulations mean some manufacturers have had to shorted service intervals in order to make sure their vehicles are compliant. The changes could mean increased...

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VERTU SHAREHOLDERS REBEL OVER PAY WLTP SERVICING BOOST EXPECTED AVAILABLE CAR CAUTIOUS FOR 2019 SIR MICHAEL MARSHALL DIES AGE 87 CALIFORNIA OVERRULES TRUMP ON EMISSIONS STOCKWATCH – Inchcape pleases...

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Retailers are carrying 15% more used stock now than a year ago according to Motors.co.uk’s latest Market View. It says that on average franchised dealers are holding 65 units per site against 61 in...

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March is a vital month for UK motor retail. With the launch of the new registration plate it is the top month of the year, both in terms of retailer turnover and profitability. Over the past two...

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  SSANGYONG TARGETS TIE-UP WITH VOLUME RETAILERS JOHN GROSE GROUP CUTS PARTS SALES PREPARE WELL AND PRICE SENSIBLY TO SELL SAYS BCA SEAT MULLS NEW SALES ROUTE WORLD NEWS – Mazda prepared to...

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Last year’s introduction of WLTP emissions testing caught a few manufacturers and retailers off-guard. This year on 1 September there’s a new emissions test coming in called RDE that could cause...

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Inchcape’s UK and Europe retail sales declined nearly 4% and trading profit declined more than 70% in 2018 due to the impact of WLTP emissions regulations. The firm has also taken a £198 million...

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Retailers have a week to add their voices to a Government vehicle tax consultation closing next Sunday amid concerns HMRC isn’t getting enough response from the industry to convince it to adjust VED...

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2018 has certainly been a year when the UK motor sector has had to cope with a significant amount of change and disruption. At the start of the year all we had really to deal with was a set of...

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Twenty-five years ago the premium upper medium sector was a reasonably small and select environs that consisted of just three key models vying for business from the executive company car driver. It...

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January saw a fifth consecutive month of decline in new car registrations, with a 2.9% rise in private sales not enough to compensate for a 3.4% fall in fleet, leaving the market down 1.6% overall....

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The supply issues created by the new WLTP regulations are still weighing heavily on retailers, with many expecting ongoing problems well into the first half of 2019. Combined with the economic...

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The average UK motor retailer produced a strong result in October with a profit of just over £6,000. This compares favourably to the prior year, where we saw a small loss, which is more typical of a...

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