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Car Dealer Magazine issue 153: Our Road Test of the Year in all its glory, what did we rate best?

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Despite all the trials and tribulations of 2020 we were determined to make our ever-popular Road Test of the Year happen – and we managed to do just that before England went into its second lockdown.

Some changes to the format were necessary – but you can find out in issue 153 of Car Dealer what came top out of the Ford Puma ST-Line X, Polestar 2, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-AMG A 45 S, Porsche Taycan Turbo and Honda e, which we put through their paces.

Also in the latest digital issue, we’ve got:


Colin McNab rose from being an apprentice to become a top executive at Charles Hurst in a career spanning 46 years. As retirement beckons, he tells us how much he’ll miss the ‘family’ team – and why he wanted to delay leaving.

We look at the phenomenal success story that is Vanarama as founder Andy Alderson explains why car dealers need to start focusing on how they can make online sales work. Watch our video below and read the feature in the digital edition.


This month, Car Dealer founder James Baggott explains – with good reason – why he’s wary of autonomous vehicles.

Our man on the inside Big Mike wants to get a few things off his chest about England’s second lockdown.

Meanwhile, automotive retail consultant James Litton examines the differences between the previous lockdown and this one.

Electric vehicles

Just as the latest digital edition of Car Dealer was nearing publication came the news that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles was to be brought forward to 2030.

Our in-depth features take an expert look at just what that will mean to car dealers and their customers.


We know how busy you all are, so our news team have boiled down some of the most important stories from the past few weeks for you.

Not only is there a four-page digest of stories from across the automotive sector, there’s also supplier and business news – plus you can catch up on the highlights from Car Dealer Live.


Motoring writer Darren Cassey channelled his inner 007 as drove a 400bhp Land Rover Defender from the new James Bond film.

He also slid happily behind the wheels of BMW and Mini’s most performance-focused models for a comparison drive like no other!


Wales has just finished its firebreak lockdown – but what does that mean to car dealers there?

Also in our handy advice section, we look at

    • The impact that negative interest rates could have on dealers
  • Just what dealers in England can and can’t do during the second lockdown
  • What you need to know about the extended furlough scheme

This is just a taste of what’s available in our bumper 82-page edition, which you can read for free.

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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