Author Archives: Alan Feldberg

Chancellor unveils Autumn Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has allocated an extra £2.3bn for the research and development of new technologies, with a further £540m supporting the growth of electric cars, including the installation of more charging points. However, his Autumn Budget penalises diesel drivers with vehicle excise duty for diesel cars that don’t meet the latest emission standards rising by one band in April […]

Castrol and Volvo extend partnership

Castrol and the Volvo Car Group have renewed their global partnership. The agreement which covers engine oils, gear oils and greases in all new vehicles in Volvo’s global manufacturing facilities will also see the supply of lubricants to Volvo dealers across the globe. The partnership will see the two companies work together on improving fuel efficiency, enabling engines to manage […]

Ford Ka tops used sales list

The Ford Ka was the fastest selling used car in October, leaving the forecourt on average 17 days after arrival. Its average retail price was £6,696. This is according to data from Auto Trader, which found the 2016 Peugeot 3008 (diesel automatic) was the second most popular used car in October, selling in just 18 days for an average price […]

Secret device tracks stolen car

A luxury sports car worth £100,000 has been recovered using a covert device after being stolen from a repair centre in Birmingham, despite having its telematics device removed and fitted with a cloned licence plate. The Porsche 911 was in a Birmingham repair centre on Friday, 27 September. CCTV evidence shows the car was stolen that night at 9:47pm, along […]

FAB adds alternative fuel centre

The recently acquired FAB Recycling has taken operational control of parent company Motorhog’s nine-acre 50,000sqft Gloucester facility, which will also become the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for the dismantling and processing of hybrid, electric and alternative fuel vehicles for the entire Motorhog Group. With a £500,000 investment, the site will be Motorhog’s southern hub for the dismantling and storage […]

Diesel suffers most in declining sales

The decline in the volume of the UK’s new passenger car registrations continues, with the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealing a 12% drop in October 2017 compared to October 2016. New car demand in the UK has now dropped for the seventh consecutive month and the 12.2% October decline represents the second biggest […]

Google to prioritise mobile sites

Garages and workshops could fall off the Google radar if their websites are not mobile responsive. Google’s new Mobile First index will see websites ranked on the mobile version of their webpage, rather than the desktop version, when it launches. Google first officially announced the proposed new Mobile First algorithm at the end of 2016 and has said it is […]

FTA aims to deliver fresh talent

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will hope to attract new talent to the freight and logistics sector at next week’s Skills Show. The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event for young people which will welcome more than 70,000 visitors during its run at the NEC Birmingham, takes place from 16-18 November 2017. Sally Gilson, FTA’s head of skills […]

Cazana secures major backing

Used vehicle database has received investment totaling £1.75m to continue its rapid growth trajectory. Robert Diamond, former managing director of the RAC, has become a key adviser to Cazana, together with Andy Homer, the former CEO of Aviva and AXA. Further investment has been secured from Origin Capital and Passion Capital, which was set up by the same investor […]

Wight move for Fix Auto

Exactly 12 months after opening their second bodyshop in Bournemouth, Fix Auto Portsmouth owners Terry and Chris Clemens are investing a further £260,000 to develop their third site. The brothers, who opened their first Fix & Go express repair facility in Bournemouth last November, are currently transforming a vacant building in the centre of Cowes into what will be known […]

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