The Week: February 6-10

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

Monday, February 6

SEAT has unveiled the five-door version of its Mii city car. The range incorporates the fuel-sipping Ecomotive version, although full pricing is yet to be announced.

NEW car registrations rose 0.03 per cent in January. Despite the small rise, it was welcomed by the SMMT who declared the figures as ‘welcoming’. Read more


TO celebrate its 10th anniversary on sale, Westminister, Autobiography, and Supercharged Autobiography special editions have been created for the Range Rover.

MITSUBISHI has revealed it will not allocate a new model to its subsidiary plant in Belgium from 2013 onwards.

Tuesday, February 7

FIAT has published prices for its new Panda. It’ll be priced from £8,900 for the 69bhp 1.2-litre Pop model. The range-topping Lounge 1.3-litre diesel is priced at £12,250.

THE number of apprentices through BMW’s company and dealership schemes will rise to around 200 in 2012.


SALES of Isuzu pick-up vehicles rose by 11 per cent in 2011, it has been announced. The result put the UK at the top of the firm’s European sales chart.

CHRYSLER is marking its relaunch to the UK with a £10m advertising campaign.


Wednesday, February 8

AUTO Trader highlights that the average price of used cars actually fell 1.5 per cent in 2011, compared with 2010. Read more

BMW Group announces sales of its products in January were 6.6 per cent better than the same month in 2011.

SSANGYONG is launching its first television advertising campaign to support its new Korando.

NISSAN has announced 25 new apprenticeships on its trainee maintenance technician scheme.


Thursday, February 9

ASTON Martin confirms it will be putting into production the V12 Zagato. It’s limited to 150 units and costs £330k.

RAZSOR tells dealers there’s more to social media than just Facebook and Twitter. Read more

CHEVROLET has revealed the Cruze wagon before the Geneva Motor Show in March.

FAMILY owned dealer group Harratts is expanding its Nissan network. Read more


Friday, February 10

VOLVO tells Car Dealer that they would like ex-Saab customers, but they won’t aggressively target them. Read more

RENAULT has teamed up with Yahoo! to find the lady who has the most innovative leap year wedding proposal planned for February 29. The prize? A Twingo worth £10k.

HPI has teamed up with CAP to launch HPI Blackbook+. Read more

MARUTO Suzuki in India has passed the 10 million mark for domestic sales

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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.

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