HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.
Monday, February 20
CAR Dealer launches Car Dealer Power 2012 – the survey that lets dealers say it how it is. Read more
RENAULT has put a price on its new Renaultsport Megane 265 range: The Cup will retail at £24,825 and the 265 at £26,025 when it arrives in April.
AUDI has given its RS5 a slight refresh comprising of styling and mechanical changes. Prices start at £58,725; deliveries begin in April.
Tuesday, February 21
DEALER group Seward (Wessex) has gone into administration. Read more
RENAULT tells us that they will be learning lessons from alliance partner Nissan on how to market EVs to consumers. Read more
VAUXHALL has introduced a fixed pricing structure on consumable car parts through its MasterFit programme.
THE Government has revealed the first vans eligible for the Plug-In Car Van Grant. They include the Ford Connect Electric, Mercedes Vito E-Cell, and the Renault Kangoo ZE.
Wednesday, February 22
DEALER Paul Brayley is expanding his operation by adding Mazda and Kia franchises to his business. Read more
BENTLEY will reveal a sportier version of its Mulsanne at the Geneva Motor Show. It’ll be called the Mulliner Driving Specification.
FORD is previewing its all-new Transit with the Tourneo Concept. Read more
MERCEDES will launch its high-performance version of its new SL later this summer. Along with more power, the new SL 63 AMG will be 30 per cent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.
Thursday, February 23
CONVERTIBLES, the BMW 6 series, and late-plate Bentleys are the hottest cars in the used car market in February, says Glass’s. Read more
SUBARU has confirmed there will be three trim levels for its new BRZ coupe. Prices are expected to be around the £26k mark, but are yet to be finalised.
GENEVA will see the first unveiling of the tourer version of Hyundai’s brand-new i30.
HPI has announced the sad passing of its industry relations director, Alan Bishop. Read more
Friday, February 24
IN two years’ time, Skoda will be ‘unrecognisable’ the firm’s UK brand director has told Car Dealer. Read more
HR Owen has opened its refurbished Ferrari dealership in Old Brompton Road, London. Read more
SPANISH marque Seat has announced it has appointed ex-Rolls-Royce man Ashley Andrews as head of operations in the UK.