Author Archives: Ruth Draper

Hitachi and eCars247 collaborate

Personal, motor, and retail finance provider, Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, has collaborated with eCars247 to offer a brand new and highly innovative end-to-end e-commerce experience for used car buyers across the UK. eCars247 is the UK’s only entirely online used car retailer with a complete and instant finance service included. Buyers can benefit from competitive pricing, time-saving customer services, and […]

Volkswagen hosts startup competition

As part of their growing digital ambition, Volkswagen Financial Services UK is hosting the second VWFS STARTUP BATTLEFIELD in Milton Keynes on 20 July 2018. The aim is to help identify and promote the latest innovative business solutions to support their customers and business strategy. In October 2017, VWFS Portugal ran the first VWFS STARTUP BATTLEFIELD putting together Europe’s top […]

UK firms ask for flexible rates

The UK’s SMEs are overwhelmingly calling for business rates to be made both simpler and more flexible, research from Close Brothers Asset Finance reveals. Overall, the figure stands at 71%, with businesses at the larger end of the scale feeling particularly frustrated (see table, below). Business Rates are a tax on business properties set by the government; they are collected […]

Volvo invests in automotive sensor company

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has completed the first strategic investment via its newly-founded investment fund by taking a stake in Luminar, a leading start-up in the development of advanced sensor technology for use in autonomous vehicles. The investment in Luminar, based in Palo Alto, California, and Orlando, Florida, deepens Volvo Cars’ existing collaboration with the firm, which currently […]

Marcus Eckermann succeeds as Porsche MD

Marcus Eckermann will join Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Retail Group as managing director on 16 July, taking over from Alexander Pollich who is the new managing director at Porsche Deutschland. Alexander Pollich commented, ‘I am sorry to be leaving Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Retail Group – especially so soon – and appreciate the faith the Porsche AG board […]

Volvo steps up recycling

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced its ambition that from 2025 at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Volvo Cars also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with […]

e-commerce ‘revolution’ leaves manufacturers standing

Many parts manufacturers and retailers are in danger of being left behind as more and more sales move online, warns motor industry e-commerce specialist Dijitul Automotive. The company, which works with businesses including Scorpion Exhausts, Milner Off Road and GS Motorsport, warns that large parts of the industry are in danger of being taken over by eBay and Amazon as […]

Lighting up vehicle charging

Lampposts could be the answer to electric vehicle charging, thanks to help from researchers at WMG, University of Warwick in bringing a new brand of charging points to market – some of which are powering electric vehicles on the University campus. Startup company char.gy created a new electric vehicle charging point product – which can be easily installed onto existing […]

Warning against deadly delays

A new survey reveals that millions of motorists are putting off vital repairs to their car or regular servicing because they can’t afford the garage bills. Gocompare.com is warning penny-pinching drivers that ignoring essential repairs – such as replacing damaged tyres or faulty brakes could render their vehicle dangerous or illegal to drive. Worryingly, the research revealed that potentially dangerous […]

FTA calls for budget fuel tax cut

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the Chancellor to freeze or cut fuel duty ahead of Wednesday’s FairFuelUK event at the House of Commons. Chief executive David Wells has written to George Osborne asking him not to renege on his promise to hold current levels until September. FTA, which represents 14,000 members in the logistics industry, says the […]

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