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Help us mark our move to new premises, says Burton dealership

” A DEALERSHIP in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, is appealing for local people to help it mark a milestone in its history. Bosses at TL Darby Volkswagen hope that past and present staff and customers, local historians and neighbouring traders will be able to share photographs of the showroom and its vehicles over the past 48 years for a

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New look for showrooms is going down well with Mazda dealers

MAZDA dealers are showing their enthusiasm for the brand by embracing the company’s new look. Mazda UK is planning to complete installations of the brand’s new visual identity at 80 per cent of its 136-strong network by next March. Managing director Jeremy Thomson sees this as a great endorsement of Mazda with dealers showing their willingness to

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Car dealer fined for selling vehicles from the roadside

MAGISTRATES have imposed a £100 fine on a used car salesman who traded from a residential address without a licence. The dealer, Hasan Tasoglu, of Ash Grove, Palmers Green, in the London borough of Enfield, was prosecuted by the local council for having cars on sale in Albany Park Avenue, the Enfield Independent reported. After complaints from

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‘From a business point of view, a Used Car Award is a big thing’

THERE’S just a week to go if you want to nominate yourself – or someone else – for a 2014 Used Car Award. And if you’re having a few doubts over whether you want to get involved, perhaps the views of Phil Buchan, a winner last year, will persuade you to take part. Phil, sales manager at

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Renault Retail Group names new MD of its European operations

RENAULT Retail Group has announced the appointment of Richard Hemming as managing director of its UK operations. Hemming brings experience spanning more than 30 years in automotive retailing, most recently running the Audi Centre in Dublin with previous roles as principal of Hemming Automotive and managing director of Ford Retail both in the UK and Austria. Working

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Well done Simon! Motorpoint helps smash world record

STRONGMAN Simon Plant has smashed the world record for towing chained-together cars – with a little help from car supermarket Motorpoint. The group’s Derby dealership appeared on The One Show last night and BBC Radio after joining forces with the 42-year-old builder in his bid to pull 14 cars over a distance of 15 feet at

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It’s good news week! Announcements show importance of UK automotive sector

THE UK automotive sector is worth a staggering £10.7 billion to the UK economy, figures just released by the Government have revealed. The impressive statistic was published as it was anounced that the first nine months of 2014 have been the best for car manufacturing for six years. A total of 1,132,017 cars were produced in the UK

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Double-digit sales growth in third quarter for Inchcape

BRITAIN’S fifth largest dealer group, Inchcape, has reported an 11 per cent rise in third-quarter sales, benefiting from strong demand for new cars and the falling age of used vehicles. The firm, which operates in 26 countries and distributes cars for global brands including Audi and Jaguar, posted revenue of £1.7 billion between July 1 and

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‘Truly horrific’: Dangerous tyres that should never have been sold

THE largest-ever nationwide investigation into part-worn tyres has revealed that more than a third of those inspected were faulty or damaged – meaning they should never have been sold. Among the faults found by the independent assessors were dangerous puncture repairs, exposed cords, damaged beads, penetration damage and evidence of being run under-inflated, all factors which

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