We’re looking for the best large car dealership

” YOUR dealership works hard – so if you reckon you’re the best, why not be recognised for it? Car Dealer Magazine’s Used Car Awards is the biggest event of its type in the automotive industry and our trophies are highly prized. They’re the sign of confidence to show customers that you are totally trustworthy. In the run-up

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Lookers buys Benfield Motor Group for £87.5m

” LOOKERS has added Benfield Motor Group to its expanding portfolio for £87.5m in cash, it was announced today. It comes hot on the heels of the Manchester-based business buying Amersham Jaguar from Jardine Motors Group. Also known as Addison Motors Limited, Benfield is one of the largest private motor retailing companies in the UK. Lookers managing director Nigel

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Nissan announces £100m investment in UK production of second-generation Juke

FIVE years after inventing the small crossover, Nissan today announced that a new-generation Nissan Juke is slated for production in the UK. The estimated £100m investment is a further endorsement of the quality of output from the Sunderland plant, and a statement of Nissan’s intention to remain the undisputed crossover leader. Following the launch of the second-generation Nissan Qashqai

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Peter Vardy sees sharp acceleration in sales and profits

SCOTTISH-BASED car company Peter Vardy has accelerated into the fast lane with a high-powered set of results for the first half of 2015 with profits rising by 64 per cent over the same period last year. The group, which now employs more than 800 people in a portfolio of sites from Aberdeen to Glasgow, generated an underlying EBITDA

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Are you the best mid-size dealer in the country?

” HAVE you made your nominations yet for our Used Car Awards? It’s the biggest event of its type in the automotive industry and brings in hundreds of entries, with everyone understandably eager to take home one of our coveted trophies, so it’s crucial that you get your nominations in – and soon. If you think you do

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Kia announces plans for stand-alone hybrid model

KIA is set to launch a new dedicated hybrid model next year, the maker has confirmed. Speaking at the launch of the facelifted Cee’d hatchback, Kia UK’s President and CEO, Paul Philpott, announced that a model similar to the Toyota Prius would be arriving next year, cementing rumours of a stand-alone hybrid from the manufacturer. ‘It’ll be a

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New 65 plate success painting false picture, says Glass’s

A FALSELY buoyant picture is likely to be painted by this month’s new plate change – despite the probability that it will show the 42nd consecutive monthly increase in new car registrations. Glass’s, publishers of the motor trade bible Guide, say that the situation is being complicated by record levels of pre-registrations and there are some worrying factors about to

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New MD at Motors.co.uk as changes made to leadership team

COX Automotive today announced changes within the leadership team at Motors.co.uk. The changes strengthen its connection to its parent company in the US, classified giant Autotrader.com, and see the appointment of Phill Jones, pictured, as its new managing director. Motors.co.uk’s current managing director, Andy Coulthurst, is stepping down from his current role to take up a new role outside of

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Retailers ‘should tread carefully with PCP deals in September’

AUTO TRADER is predicting that more than seven in 10 new cars will be financed on PCP deals this month – but retailers are being warned to be careful. The UK’s largest digital marketplace for buying and selling new and used vehicles has forecast a market of 450,000 units in September, continuing 41 months of growth. Attractive PCP deals

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Midnight handovers galore as 65-plate cars hit the road for the first time

IT’S one of the two biggest days of the year in any car dealership’s calendar – the day the registration plate number changes – and many showrooms across the UK held special midnight handover events early today. The Peter Vardy BMW and Mini dealership in Edinburgh was among those welcoming buyers to its showroom as the

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Lookers plc buys Amersham Jaguar from Jardine Motors Group

LOOKERS plc has further expanded its Jaguar operation in the UK by acquiring the Amersham Jaguar business from Jardine Motors Group. The purchase, the price of which was not disclosed, brings to five the total number of substantial, standalone Jaguar businesses operated by Manchester-based Lookers. Amersham Jaguar, which is located on London Road, to the north-west of Watford and

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