HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.
Monday, March 12
SEAT announced the ‘majority’ of its refreshed Ibiza range will be cheaper than the outgoing model. The £9,995 asking price for the entry-level model remains, though.
THE Volkswagen Group announced sales revenue grew 25.6 per cent to €159.3bn (£132.1bn) and operating profit rose by more than half to €11.3 billion (£9.3bn) in 2011.
RENAULT group marketing director has confirmed the maker has bought the Alpine name to use in the UK. Read more
Tuesday, March 13
AFTER a record year in 2011, the BMW Group targets another year fr growth. Earnings before interest and taxes margin of 10 per cent is targeted at the groups’ automotive sector.
MORE than 33,000 people bought new cars using car finance in January, says the FLA. Read more
AUTOMOTIVE dealer website provider Razsor has signed up its 3,000th customer in just 15 months since launch. Read more
Wednesday, March 14
JAGUAR Land Rover has created 1,000 new jobs Halewood Operations manufacturing facility, near Liverpool. Read more
SAIC Motor, MG Motor UK’s parent company, has 10 graduates places on offer. Graduates will be offered a two year training programme which includes an exciting three month placement in China.
SKODA is continuing its growth in 2012 by posting a rise of 12 per cent rise over the last two months compared to 2011. Read more
KIA has been received two honours for its Picanto and Rio models in the internationally-acclaimed red dot awards.
Thursday, March 15
VOLKSWAGEN has announced its Up city car is now in showrooms. Prices start at £7,995 and the German firm is offering PCP finance packages from £79 per month.
FORD will preview this summer’s blockbuster film ‘The Sweeney’ by showing off its new Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Stunt drivers will put on a special car chase.
SEAT has given its sport Leon FR+ an aggressive sports body kit. Called FR+ Supercopa, the car is styled by Seat Sport and prices start at £22,530.
Friday, March 16
SOURCES close to the administration of Seward (Wessex) Ltd have confirmed there are several interested parties. Read more
UK car manufacturing rose 23.5 per cent in February and was up 19.6 per cent over the year-to-date, says SMMT figures. Read more
THE Government and vehicle manufacturers are going to have to introduce long-term incentives and price cuts if they hope to create a sustainable market for ultra-low emission vans, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has warned.
A LAST call for entries is being made for the Green Apple Awards for Car Dealerships, supported by Car Dealer Magazine. Read more