That Was The Week: The motoring goings-on for February 4-8

Time 5:09 pm, February 8, 2013


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


Monday, February 4

A jury of sixty-six distinguished international automotive journalists has drawn up its list of the best cars of 2012/2013

The 80mph speed limit has been parked for now, according to The Sunday Times

A court has heard that a Mini Clubman with a faulty turbocharger has allegedly poisoned its driver with exhaust fumes over an 18-month period

car-dealer-logoTuesday, February 5

Hang on a minute, I can hear you scream, this Car Dealer Model Year 13 website looks a bit different. And you’d be right – it does. New interim website arrives – read more

Around five per cent of UK motorists have registration plates that are invisible to police cameras, according to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond

Renault replaces Scenic with the off-road inspired Scenic XMOD

07120167_PEUGEOT_508_SALOONWednesday, February 6

NEW car registrations rose 11.5 per cent in January, according to the latest figures from the SMMT. Read more

THE Ford Fiesta has started the year as it means to go on, claiming the number one spot in the January sales charts. Read more

AUDI has launched the industry’s first online booking facility capable of managing servicing and MOT requests in real-time and confirming appointments almost immediately. Read more

Thursday, February 7

TwitterTHE UK car industry’s strong recovery in 2012 could be sustained into 2013, according to analysis of UK social media conversations by business information group Precise. Read more

THE RAC is clamping down on the use of its brand by dealers in the used car sector by implementing a new set of rules. Read more

AUTOMOTIVE website supplier, AutoExposure has launched a new ‘smart’ web platform for car dealers looking to update their online offering. Read more

londonwestsmallFriday, February 8

NEW car sales will increase by 2.7 per cent in 2013, if predictions by Trader Media Group prove to be correct. Read more

MOTOR CODES is on the hunt for Britain’s best garages – asking the public to rate their favourite service centres. Read more

THE amount of cars bought on finance increased considerably in 2012, according to the Finance and Leasing Association. Read more


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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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