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Infiniti announces permanent showrooms for Westfield shopping centres

INFINITI has announced it will open permanent two-car showrooms at both Westfield London centres this spring. The aim is to spread brand awareness further and expand its cut of the premium car market. The Japanese carmaker has already set up pop-up showrooms in Westfield Shepherds Bush and Stratford City, which will remain for the foreseeable future. However, the

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Don’t forget to enter the Car Dealer Power awards

WOW, you’ve been busy. And a million, million thanks-yous…. We launched the Car Dealer Power awards in the current edition of the magazine, and we have been bowled over by the number of replies we have already received. The awards aim to discover – and reward – the best manufacturers and suppliers, and we have already received

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Best week of trading ever for Motorpoint

MOTORPOINT has enjoyed the best ever week of trading in the 17-year history of the company. The car supermarket sold an incredible 994 cars last week, equivalent to one every four minutes, smashing the previous record which was set in April 2013. This news comes on the back of a bumper sales year for Motorpoint, which sold

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Swansway take top honours at Volkswagen awards ceremony

FAMILY-owned and run Swansway Group has won the Volkswagen Retail Group of the Year Award 2014. Swansway owns and runs Crewe Volkswagen and Wrexham Volkswagen, placed first and second respectively in the Volkswagen One Business Awards. This has never been done by any dealer group before and is an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that the

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Peugeot: We’re regaining our old reputation for quality

PEUGEOT believes it’s finally ridding itself of the problems surrounding its old 307 and regaining its reputation of building solid, reliable and fun cars. Car Dealer caught up with Vince Clisham, pictured, Peugeot’s product manager for the new 308 GT, at the model’s international launch in Lisbon. We got straight to the point: Peugeot hasn’t always had the

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Back on dry land… the cars stranded aboard stricken ship in the Solent

SOME of the cars which were inside the rescued cargo ship Hoegh Osaka have now been retrieved from the vessel, having suffered varying degrees of damage. The 51,000-tonne ship was run aground off the South Coast earlier this month and spent almost three weeks stranded on a sandbank in the Solent. It ran into trouble when an

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HR Owen chooses HPI-powered vehicle appraisal software

HR Owen has selected AUTOi, the vehicle appraisal software powered by HPI, to deliver increased accuracy and competitive valuations across its network. After a three-month trial, HR Owen is rolling out AUTOi across its dealerships to bring them detailed management information, plus fast, easy and accurate appraisals to help dealers get the best price on

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Used car values continue to rise in April says BCA

Why it’s vital to make sure the price is right!

THE annual publication of the BCA Used Car Market report underlines just how important it is for dealers to offer used vehicles at an attractive price point for motorists, writes Simon Henstock, UK network operations director for BCA. The ‘right car at the right price’ was cited by 39 per cent of respondents in this year’s survey, and

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Squirrel ate my Toyota…

NOW here’s a headline we never thought we’d write on Car Dealer…. Tony Steeles was delighted when he took deliver of his brand-new Toyota Aygo, and parked it proudly outside his house. It gained admiring glances from passers-by – and the local squirrel population. In fact, Tufty and his friends liked it so much they nibbled off

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