The Week: February 20-24

Time 5:21 am, February 25, 2012

HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.

Monday, February 20

MINI will reveal its Clubvan Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. If it goes into production, it’ll be the modern interpretation of the 1960 Morris Mini Van.

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

CITROEN will be showing off the DS4 Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. It packs 256bhp and has been jointly developed with Citroen Racing.

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.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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