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Aston Martin names Nissan’s Andy Palmer as its new CEO

NISSAN executive vice president Andy Palmer will be the new CEO of Aston Martin, it’s been revealed. According to the Financial Times, Brit Andy Palmer is moving to the exotic car maker to help it regain ground it has lost to rivals – namely Ferrari and Bentley. The Financial Times says Palmer was at the top of

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New scrappage scheme will boost struggling Russian market

THE sluggish car market in Russia is to be boosted by the introduction of a new scrappage scheme. The Russian government has reportedly put aside £164 million to provide the owners of cars that are at least six years old with an incentive to buy a new vehicle. Discounts of at least 40,000 roubles (£640) will be

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German brands dominated Auto Trader searches in August

GERMAN car brands dominated Auto Trader searches in August the company has revealed. Collectively BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz accounted for 34.2 per cent of searches on the site, according to figures for August 2014 released today. Of these, cars made by BMW and Audi headed the list (taking 10.3 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively),

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Car Care Plan’s delight at double Power triumph

ONE of the winners at this year’s Car Dealer Power awards has told of their delight at winning their award. Car Care Plan was voted by dealers to be the best GAP provider in the marketplace over the past 12 months. Last year’s winner, AutoProtect, was highly commended in the category, as was Mapfre Abraxas. Car Care

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Now we’re 64! Customers arrive to pick up their cars on plate-change day

IT’S one of the two most important dates in any car showroom’s calendar – plate-change day. And dealerships up and down the country seem to be enjoying a busy spell of activity as customers arrive to pick up their sparkling new cars. Among the first to receive their new vehicle were customers Mr & Mrs Lathan (pictured)

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Vertu trading ‘in line’ with market expectations

DEALER group Vertu has announced that it is trading ‘in line’ with market expectations. In a brief trading update published ahead of its half-Year results to be published next month, the north-east based company said: ‘The group has continued to trade in line with market expectations. ‘On August 27, 2014 the group opened a new Fiat Brand Centre in

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Halfords relaunches car parts business

HALFORDS has relaunched its car parts business – targeting a UK market worth £2bn with an increased range of more than 130,000 individual products. Branded as Car Parts Direct, the offer enables customers to order any product in-store, online or via the Halfords mobile App with next working day delivery or better – 66 per cent

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DVLA runs out of tax disc paper

AS THE DVLA prepares for the abolition of the paper tax disc, it has been revealed that there is a shortage of the special perforated paper used in its production. Any tax disc that is issued between now and October 1 will be printed on ‘normal’ paper and not the traditional perforated variety because the agency

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Web of mystery: Suzuki recalls 19,000-plus Kizashis in USA

MORE than 19,000 Suzuki Kizashis are being recalled in the USA and the root of the problem is SPIDERS! The Japanese car maker has had to issue the recall for cars built between 2010 and 2013 after it was discovered that spiders are being attracted to cars’ exhausts pipes. It’s here that they spin their webs causing

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