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New London design studio will help Infiniti challenge premium brands

INFINITI has declared it aims to cause disruption in the premium sector in an attempt to win more customers. The company has bigger plans than ever before to take on established premium brands by offering models that ‘push boundaries’. The bold statement was announced at the opening of Infiniti’s brand new design studio in London last night. Infiniti

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BCA buys up AutosOnShow and Tradeouts

AUCTION and remarking firm BCA has acquired AutosOnShow and Tradeouts. BCA says the acquisition of the video services company will boost its digital strategy and value-added services. AutosOnShow – which already powers BCA’s Video Appraisal service – has recently launched a new inspection tool and a picture repurposing service. This is on top of a large portfolio

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Car Dealer named Best Business Publication of the Year

CAR Dealer Magazine has been named Best Business Publication of the Year 2014. At a glitzy awards do in central London last night, Car Dealer managing director James Baggott and editor James Batchelor picked up the gong from Headline Auto after beating off competition from Motor Trader, Fleet News, BusinessCar and Professional Driver. It’s the second time

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Lotus announces proposal to cut 325 jobs worldwide

GROUP Lotus has announced a proposal to restructure their workforce which could result in the loss of 325 jobs. Lotus employs 1,215 people worldwide, of which 1,032 are employed at the brands headquarters in Hethell, Norfolk. The proposal would see their staff cut by up to a quarter globally. Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive officer of Group

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Swansway Group adds Jeep to its business

FAMILY-owned dealer group Swansway has added a Jeep franchise to its business. The American brand will join the Swansway Chester multi-franchise site at Huntington, Chester, where the group already retails Citroen, Fiat and Abarth. Swansway Chester operations director, Andrew Wakelin, said: ‘The opportunity to take on the Jeep franchise was simply too good to miss. Jeep is

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BCA creates 200 new jobs with new facility

BCA has announced a major business development in the West Midlands, creating around 200 new job opportunities in the region. The 20-acre Perry Barr, Birmingham site is located between Junctions 6 and 7 of the M6. BCA has applied for planning permission to develop the site as a multi-channel remarking and logistics facility over a 12-month

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Interview: Nissan chairman talks Pulsar and future plans in Europe

NISSAN Europe chairman Paul Willcox chats to James Batchelor about why the manufacturer has returned to the C-segment and why Pulsar is key to Nissan’s future European plans. Why have you returned to the C-segment with Pulsar? We had Almera and Almera Tino previously in Europe and we had a structured line-up 
in what was a more

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Handbook: Nissan Pulsar

It’s been eight years since Nissan fielded a C-segment hatchback – but now the firm is back. Has it been worth the wait?  WHAT IS IT? Ask any Nissan dealer if they remember the Almera hatchback and they’ll reply how great it was that the Japanese firm took the bold decision to axe it back in 2006

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TrustFord: Our customers still don’t know about death of the tax disc

TRUSTFORD has discovered that its customers are still unaware of the tax disc changes due to take place next month. As extensively reported by Car Dealer Magazine, the paper tax disc will be axed on October 1 to make way for a digital service. Interview: We put YOUR questions to DVLA chief exec But despite the DVLA attempting

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