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Big Mike: Look out for those who may be preyed upon this Christmas

IT’S a cautionary tale from me this month, I’m afraid. And a timely one, too, because hardened traders such as I know the festive season should really be rechristened the ‘silly season’ for ridiculous buyers coming out of the woodwork. Honestly, though, I thought I’d seen it all… but I hadn’t. Regular readers of this column will

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Swansway Group provides some seasonal cheer for children

THIS Christmas, 20 charities have benefited from the Swansway Group Santa Patrol, the seasonal fund-raising initiative run by the North West-based dealer group. Swansway purchased £10,000-worth of toys and shared them out across their dealerships with instructions that they should be given away to disadvantaged children. David Smyth, director of the award-winning business, said: ‘As a family business,

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Dealers must keep up with digital revolution, says Renault chief

RENAULT chief Ken Ramirez believes dealers have a long way to go to catch up with the digital revolution that is changing the way customers do business. In an exclusive interview with Car Dealer, Ramirez – who is managing director and responsible for Renault and Dacia in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus – says the

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Russian sales suspended after slump in value of the rouble

SEVERAL car manufacturers have suspended vehicle deliveries to dealerships in Russia after a sharp decline in the value of the rouble. The Russian currency has suffered because of falling oil prices and sanctions imposed by the West over the crisis in Ukraine. As a result, automakers have lost hundreds of millions of pounds. At the start of the

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Steve Hood takes over as new boss of TrustFord

TRUSTFORD has a new boss. Ford of Britain today announced the new chairman and chief executive officer of its dealer group is Steve Hood. The previous chairman and CEO, Stuart Kerr, has left the business to ‘pursue opportunities outside the group’. Hood, pictured, was appointed chief operating officer in November, and now he has moved up, this

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Google: Dealers need to be wary of mobile tipping point

Google believes car dealers who are not visible on mobile will fall out of favour with buyers after a ‘digital tipping point’ was reached in 2014. In an exclusive interview with Car Dealer Magazine, Scott Sinclair, Google’s industry manager for automotive, revealed that this year more consumers looked up car search terms on mobile than on

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My confessions: A seasonal rhyme for Christmas time

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the site, Nothing was selling, there wasn’t a bite. The price boards were hung on the cars with due care In the hope that a customer soon would be there.   The salesmen were nestled all snug at their desks, While visions of upselling danced in their heads. And the boss in his seasonal tie and

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Juke Nismo RS is eighth new Nissan to arrive in 2014

THE sportiest Juke ever,  the Nismo RS, is arriving in Nissan showrooms. Priced from £21,995 on the road, the car is the eighth new Nissan to be introduced in 2014. With improved performance, a sharper chassis set-up, more powerful brakes and extra equipment, the new RS is billed as a more extreme and focused version of Nissan’s

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Finance firm’s charity efforts are really motoring…

ONE of the UK’s leading motor finance providers has raised more than £7,000 for Cancer Research UK with a sponsored 250-mile static cycle challenge. Together, 16 employees of Close Brothers Motor Finance covered the equivalent distance between the company’s Livingston base and its Doncaster headquarters, with each member of the team pedalling more than 30 miles. The

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