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Seat UK Fleet Sales Growth
19 April 2017
Seat UK Fleet has announced its best quarter one results to date. This follows four consecutive years of true fleet sales growth in which the brand has expanded its model range and enhanced its business sales services. "Following record quarter one registrations, and an even better order take the future looks bright," said Head of Fleet and Business Sales at Seat UK, Peter McDonald. "It will strengthen further as the brand continues its product offensive, having recently introduced the updated Leon before launching the New Ibiza and Arona before the year ends." There was a 32 per cent rise in overall fleet sales in quarter one, true fleet sales and Motability volume up by an impressive 86 and 440 per cent respectively compared to quarter one last year. It confirms the Spanish brand as the fastest growing manufacturer in fleet, true fleet and Motability channels. As well as investing in the product portfolio, Seat has invested in the fleet channel with the introduction of initiatives like the four-day-test-drive programme, to improve the accessibility of demonstrator vehicles for businesses, and its Fleet Excellence scheme, which strengthens investment at the dealer level.
Hagerty and RAC Partnership
19 April 2017
Hagerty, the classic car insurer and valuation experts, has announced a new benefit for all their policyholders - RAC Breakdown cover. Angus Forsyth, Managing Director at Hagerty, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the team at the RAC and working with them to the benefit of all our clients. Since we have been working with the RAC team in the past months, we have been impressed with their positive approach and we look forward to the return of their blue rhombus logo that will resonate with the classic car community enormously." To celebrate this new partnership, the RAC will be joining Hagerty and 100 cars at the 'Drive It Day' celebration event on 23rd April along on a scenic tour throughout the Northants, Bucks and Oxfordshire countryside. The tour will arrive at Bicester Heritage, where Hagerty will be hosting its Valuation Arena, a live stage for valuing classic cars. Richard Fuller, head of RAC Commercial Sales, said: "Drive It Day 2017 is a fantastic way to celebrate this new partnership. The RAC has been at the heart of all things motoring since the very early days of the motor car and we're looking forward to being able to celebrate that heritage with Hagerty during the event on 23rd April, and on an ongoing basis providing breakdown services for its customers." All Hagerty policies include RAC Breakdown and Recovery throughout the UK and Europe as an automatic benefit. Other benefits include agreed value at no extra cost, choice of repairer, cover for driving in Europe and discounts for club members.
Citroen's New SUV
19 April 2017
Citroen is premiering a new-generation SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the C5 Aircross. Described as a 'people-minded' SUV, this new model benefits from the latest technologies that ensure easier driving and a modern approach to comfort. Representing a significant step in the development of the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme, New C5 Aircross is the first vehicle to be equipped with a new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. This system delivers improved damping for the exceptional ride comfort that is synonymous with Citroen. "The New C5 Aircross is the symbol of a brand with strong momentum, in touch with the expectations of customers in regions all over the world," said Linda Jackson, Citroen CEO. "It is the first practical illustration of our offensive on the SUV market, illustrating our ability to approach it in our own way, with greater emphasis on character, comfort and on-board well-being. New C5 Aircross will clearly be a major growth driver for Citroen." The New C5 Aircross is scheduled to launch in China in the second half of this year and in Europe in 2018.
Audi Announce Two New Q Models
12 April 2017
Audi is to expand its portfolio with two new Q models. The Audi Q8 is to give the brand a premium SUV in a coupe style that combines great spaciousness with emotive design. It will incorporate the latest technologies in assistance and infotainment systems. It will be built in Bratislava from 2018, where the Audi Q7 is already produced. In 2019, the production of the Audi's first compact utility vehicle, or CUV, the Q4 will begin in Gyor, Hungary. It will be positioned between the Audi Q3 and Q5 and feature the typical Audi, coupe-style silhouette. States Professor Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi's Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, "We will integrate two completely new Q-models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment."
BMW at Auto Shanghai 2017 Show
12 April 2017
The Auto Shanghai is one of the most important motor shows of the year. During the week of 21 - 28 April 2017 there will be more than 1,100 exhibitors showing their new models and technological innovations to both trade and public visitors. BMW will have a high presence with launches of the latest special-edition version of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase, the BMW Concept X2 and revised BMW 4 Series models. And BMW Motorrad is kicking off its 2017 product offensive with the presentation of the revised BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR, plus an ultra-exclusive new model.
MOPAR's Free Prize Draw
10 April 2017
It's known for its quality parts and accessories, but one lucky winner will end up with a complete new car as Mopar celebrates its 80th anniversary. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aftersales brand MOPAR, is celebrating its 80th birthday with a free prize draw. One lucky customer who takes their Fiat to any authorised retailer for customer-paid service or repairs will win a new Fiat 500 1.2 Pop Star. "We are delighted to share the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of Mopar with our customers," says Lee Titchner, Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care Director . "I am already looking forward to handing over the keys to one lucky customer in September, and seeing them drive away in a new 67-plate Fiat 500." The Mopar brand (its name is a contraction of the words 'Motor' and 'Parts') began on 1 August, 1937. First introduced as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the company now encompasses total service, parts and customer care for FCA vehicle owners around the world. With Mopar you can be confident that your car or van has been serviced to the highest standards by factory trained technicians, using approved tools and fitting genuine original equipment replacement parts. To enter the prize draw customers simply need to provide their details and the invoice number for their recent service or repair, at: www.winacarwithmopar.co.uk . The competition is open from now until 31 August, and the winner will be announced in September.
UK Recruitment Drive at Detroit Electric
10 April 2017
Following on the recent announcement of an injection of US$1.8 billion in capital from a joint venture agreement, Detroit Electric's Chief Technical Officer and Company Director Richie Frost has started a recruitment drive to ensure that the best senior team is in place. Frost explains: "Although we secured the long-term funding only a few weeks ago, we were already poised to implement our strategy to become one of the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturers." Detroit Electric was introduced in 1907 by the Anderson Electric Car Company and is now an iconic brand in the global electric vehicle sector. The agreement will allow the completion of the final homologation phase of its all-electric SP:01 sports car and the start of production at Leamington Spa.
The new Volvo XC60 SUV Now Available to Order
07 April 2017
The new Volvo XC60 SUV, the first of Volvo's mid-sized 60 series models to be built on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, is now available to order in the UK. It is powered by Volvo's efficient Drive-E powertrains, and features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars - the S90 premium saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV. Every XC60 comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. As standard, every version of the XC60 is luxuriously equipped. The entry-level Momentum variants for example come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18" alloy wheels. Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We're incredibly excited about the brand-new XC60. Not only does it bring all the style and advanced technology from our larger cars to our best-selling SUV, it is the latest step in Volvo's transformation." The XC60 is available to order now, with on-the-road prices starting at £37,205 for the D4 AWD Momentum version. The first customer deliveries expected in late summer 2017.
Mitsubishi Motors Offers
06 April 2017
Mitsubishi Motors are offering 0% APR Hire Purchase and 5.9% APR representative Personal Contract Plans finance packages across the majority of its range. There is now a £2,500 deposit contribution when customers purchase the recently revised Mitsubishi ASX via the 5.9% APR representative PCP offer. And soon, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - the UK's best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, will have a £2,500 deposit contribution. The diesel version of the Outlander is also included in the £2,500 deposit contribution deal. Mitsubishi has more than 130 dealers across the UK and they all provide excellent customer service for their respective areas. All the offers run until June 28, 2017 and are subject to availability and while stocks last. Offers are for retail customers only and finance is subject to status.
MG Motor UK Sales Growth
06 April 2017
MG Motor UK is celebrating continued success in 2017, after achieving record registrations for March. Figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a 30% rise compared to the same month in 2016. Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, believes this continued success is down to MG's ongoing focus on dealer engagement and positive customer reception to its latest model range. "We believe good business is about selling good value cars, while doing everything to look after dealers and customers," he says. "Other manufacturers make unreasonable demands on their dealer network, we don't. We listen and react to what our dealer colleagues are telling us they need so we can give them the tools to sell MG cars and look after their customers. Overall, these sales figures show a good improvement on last year with a year-on-year increase of 173 additional registrations in March. It means that MG have now registered a total of 1,065 vehicles this year to date.
Fastest Selling Used Car?
05 April 2017
According to Auto Trader, the UK's largest marketplace for used and new cars, the fastest selling used car during March was the Hyundai i10 petrol, automatic. It took an average of just 13 days to leave the forecourt. The 2014 Kia Sportage petrol, manual and 2014 Nissan Micra petrol, automatic came in second and third place, both taking an average of just 15 days. In London, the 2014 VW Polo petrol, manual was the fastest selling, taking just 21 days. But, in terms of body types, the humble hatchback was by far the most popular across the country, taking first place in 11 of the 13 regions, in addition to the national top 10. Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director, said: "The high speed of sale which we've seen across our national list is very reassuring, but looking across the regions there are some top 10 listed cars spending over 40 days on the forecourt. The most effective way to turn cars more quickly, is using data to complement sales experience; pricing according to the live retail market, as well as stocking the cars that are most desirable within your region." Users of i-Control, Auto Trader's data management solution, took an average of just 25 days to sell a car in March, compared to a market average of 65 - 62% faster than those that don't use such up-to-date technology.
The new Volvo XC60 SUV is coming to Bluewater next week.
05 April 2017
Kent shoppers are to be among the first people in the UK to see Volvo's much vaunted new SUV - the XC60. From Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th April, an XC60 T8 R-Design in Crystal White will be on display in Volvo's pop-up shop in the centre. Jon Wakefield, Managing Director, Volvo Car UK, said: "The new XC60 is the latest product in Volvo's transformation, and introduces to our best-selling SUV the premium design, advanced connectivity and pioneering safety technology already seen on the successful S90, V90 and XC90. "We're delighted to be giving visitors to Bluewater such an early chance to see the car. Our pop-up shop will allow customers to explore the car in a relaxed, welcoming environment, which reflects not only the design of our products but also the overall Volvo ownership experience." The XC60 SUV will be in Volvo dealerships later this year. Visitors to the Bluewater pop-up shop will also be able to see the manufacturer's recently launched V90 premium estate and the XC90 SUV. The Scandinavian-inspired pop-up shop, is located on the lower mall of Bluewater, near House of Fraser.
SMMT and Brexit
30 March 2017
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the SMMT, continue to urge the government to keep the automotive industry at the heart of the upcoming Brexit negotiations. The UK automotive industry employs more than 800,000 people across the country, and contributes £18.9 billion to the economy. And Europe is the industry's biggest market. The overall automotive trade with the EU is worth more than £42 billion, which is nearly seven times the value of the next biggest trading partner, the United States. The SMMT list five priorities for UK Automotive in the negotiations: zero tariffs and no trade barriers with the EU; maintaining the arrangements and benefits of the existing Customs Union; guaranteed access to talent across Europe; continuity in rule making through regulatory harmonisation; and securing the UK's position in current and future trading relationships. "Triggering Article 50 has started a race against time to secure a deal that safeguards the future of the UK automotive industry," said Mike Hawes, SMMT's Chief Executive. "The Government has committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for our industry to be successful. Now is the time for them to deliver."
Skoda's Electric Concept Car
30 March 2017
Skoda's first purely electrically driven and autonomous driving concept car the Vision E has been unveiled to indicate the brand's interpretation of electric vehicles for the future. The looks great on the road at 4,645 mm long, 1,917 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall and its design creates a spacious interior. It has the elevated seating position and generous space of an SUV tailored with the gently sloping roof line of a coupe. The electrification of Skoda's model range will begin as early as 2019 with the launch of the KODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive. Skoda's first purely electric series-produced vehicle will follow shortly thereafter in 2020. The brand has bigger expansion plans than that though, looking to eventually have five purely electric cars on the road in different sized models.