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2018 Motor Trader Awards Shortlist revealed

Motor Trader has revealed the finalists for the 2018 Motor Trader Awards. Over 100 individuals and companies have made the shortlist, recognising best practices in the car retailing sector. Motor Trader’s team of roving judges will be visiting the shortlisted companies and will report their findings back to the judging panel. This year for the first time the awards include ...

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Charles Hurst appointed as Ferrari classic car workshop

Lookers subsidiary Charles Hurst, which represents Ferrari in Belfast, has been nominated as a Ferrari Classiche Officina dealership for Northern Ireland. A total of 49 Ferrari Dealers in 20 markets worldwide are now authorised ensure the correct maintenance and repair of Ferrari cars over 20 years old with factory backing from Maranello. They commit to maintaining a dedicated workshop ramp and ...

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Sales staff urged to tailor test drive routes for customers

Dealers can boost their sales conversion rates by offering test drives geared towards customer usage. That’s the view of Coachworks Consulting, the independent automotive consultancy, which urged sales managers to assess the way test drives are offered. The call follows What Car? research showing how the average buyer is planning to test at least two new cars before making their ...

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Vauxhall: The refranchising of a network

Last month, Stephen Norman, managing director of Vauxhall Motors, announced the brand would refranchise its dealer network. This will see all existing contracts terminated at the end of a two-year notice period, after which the dealers will be eligible to submit new franchise applications. Norman noted that Vauxhall is the second-largest dealer network (after Ford) in the UK and that ...

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Hendy highlights Ford, Kia, Mazda and Seat strong performances in 2017

Hendy Automotive’s trading performance in 2017 held up “extremely well” despite market conditions becoming more difficult in the second half. According to results filed at Companies House the group, which now represents Ford, Kia, Honda, Iveco, Mazda, Renault, Dacia, Seat, Suzuki and MG, turned in pre-tax profits of £5m on turnover of £532.8m. The group said its performance in used ...

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CDK Global promotes Connected Workshop’s ‘open’ approach

CDK Global is working with CitNOW in a partnership to give workshops the opportunity to secure more work from VHCs. The move is part of its CDK Connected Workshop, which offers a range of digital aftersales tools, including lead generation and service booking. It is being billed as the “first evidence of CDK’s new open approach to collaboration” across the ...

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Scottish students compete for WorldSkills UK selection

Automotive students from New College Lanarkshire are participating in a national skills competition after the first ever Scottish qualifier was held at the Motherwell Campus. The College’s Faculty of Engineering and Automotive recently hosted eight of the best automotive students and apprentices in Scotland as they competed for a chance to be selected for WorldSkills UK. The College held the ...

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