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New Hyundai store in Bluewater Shopping Centre

Rockar Hyundai breaks the mould with initial figures

ROCKAR’S digital Hyundai store in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre has recorded ‘impressive’ sales figures in its first spell of trading. Over the first 10 days of being open for business, Rockar recorded 3,500 visitors to the store and 6,500 visits to its website. Forty-two test drives took place on the very first working day. Although unwilling to

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TrustFord appoints Steve Hood as chief operating officer

FORD of Britain’s solely-owned dealer group TrustFord has appointed Steve Hood as chief operating officer. Steve Hood was previously the strategy director at the dealer group. He has broad automotive experience and is returning to TrustFord following three years working as the director of sales operations in Ford of Europe. During his recent role he has been

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Two key appointments helping turn Harratts around

” TWO recent appointments by West Yorkshire-based car dealership Harratts are playing a key role in the firm’s revival in fortunes. The arrival of group operations director Craig Fraser, a chartered accountant, and the appointment of Wayne Bowser as non-executive director are contributing towards a turnaround after a challenging couple of years for the family-owned business. As a former semi-professional footballer,

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Dealers ‘need to think carefully’ about which products to offer in FCA era

DEALERS need to give careful thought to which products to offer to customers in the new FCA era, says The Warranty Group. The difficulty is to identify products that offer a good deal for the customer and allow you to demonstrate compliance but also maintain a worthwhile level of profitability, explained Ian Simpson, sales and marketing

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Strong growth in new car sales across Europe

OCTOBER saw strong growth in the European new car market, with sales up by seven per cent compared to the same period last year. Progress was again driven by higher demand in Europe’s big five markets with sales in Spain up 31.1 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest analysis from JATO Dynamics, the automotive intelligence specialists. Great

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Dishonest salesman caught selling items from part-exchange cars

A CAR salesman has been ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work after taking items from part-exchange cars and selling them on eBay. Graham Mays, 53, from Alan Way, Colchester, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to taking items from vehicles between August 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014,

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Mitsubishi volunteers help transform garden for disabled girl

” THE mother of a girl with profound disabilities has paid tribute to children’s charity, WellChild, and volunteers from CCR Mitsubishi and Ardent Office Solutions who joined forces this week to transform the family’s garden. Through one of its renowned Helping Hands projects, WellChild was joined by 13 members of staff from CCR Mitsubishi dealerships in Swindon,

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Big Mike: Was old Jack hearing things? A drive round the block revealed all

WHEN you’ve worked in the motor trade for as long as I have, you’ll have met quite a few characters along the way. Some good, some bad, some plain hilarious… I was reminded of this the other day when I had a bitter-sweet phone call from a family I’ve dealt with for many years. The elder statesman of

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West Way expands into London with Nissan

WEST WAY, the UK’s largest Nissan dealer group, is building on the carmaker’s continued success with the acquisition of two outlets that will see it expand into London for the first time. The purchase from West London Motor Group of its prominent Nissan outlets in Mill Hill and Hanwell takes West Way’s portfolio to 14 sites

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