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EV funding ignored by councils

Not a single Scottish council has applied to the UK government for funding for electric vehicle (EV) charge points. The UK government has set aside £4.5m for councils to buy and install electric charging points. However, only five have so far applied for funding – most of which are in London. The Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland is aiming to […]

JLR plans Irish tech centre

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has laid out plans to open its first European research and development base in Ireland. The vehicle manufacturer is set to recruit 150 engineers for a new team to work on software for autonomous and electrified cars. The move comes on top of JLR’s announcement early in 2017 that it needed to hire 5,000 engineers and […]

Golf tops December enquiries

Data from ContractHireAndLeasing.com shows that the Volkswagen Golf was the most enquired about new car in December. Retailers and leasing brokers advertising offers on the ContractHireAndLeasing.com marketplace last month received the most enquiries about the Golf, followed by the Audi A4 and then the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Unprecedented consumer demand for the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE drove the model’s ascent to […]

White remains car-buyers’ favourite

White remains the most popular car colour in the UK for the fourth year in a row, according to figures from the SMMT. It topped the charts with 20.51% of all new cars registered in 2016, which is 552,329 cars. Black was the second most popular choice, with grey in third place, with market shares of 20.16% and 17.29% respectively. […]

Used buyers keen for soft search

Used car buyers are 11 times more likely to enter their personal details into a dealer’s online motor finance facility if it doesn’t leave a footprint on their credit record, new research from iVendi shows. James Tew, iVendi CEO, said that offering potential customers the option to make a ‘soft search’ and look at range of suitable offers was crucial […]

VRA gets hydrogen insight

Leading experts in the hydrogen car market will be speaking at 2018’s first meeting of the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Being held at the Swindon offices of fleet management specialists Arval, the meeting will take a look at developments in hydrogen technology, availability of cars and likely sales. The town is the centre of the UK’s largest hydrogen trial for vehicles, […]

MG Cannon passes BSI

MG Cannon Westbury has passed the BSI Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair. The company said, ‘We recognise the safe repair of modern vehicles has never been more challenging, new lightweight materials, innovative technology and complex body designs all affects the repair process. ‘We have and will continue to invest in the latest equipment and technology to keep ahead, giving our […]

All eyes on Lookers

National motor retailer Lookers has shown its commitment to the Glasgow area by investing over £12m in the opening of two cutting edge dealerships in the city, including the biggest Jaguar site in Scotland. Taggarts, which is part of the Lookers group, is relocating its Jaguar and Volvo businesses from Maryhill Road, Glasgow and Windmillhill Street, Motherwell to new, purpose […]

Painting the world of F1

Spies Hecker, paint suppliers to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport World Championship winning team, gained unprecedented access to the team’s Paint Shop in the run up to the last race of the 2017 season. Spies Hecker has been responsible for the paint on the team’s Silver Arrows race cars for more than four years. Based in Brackley, over the course of […]

EV savings for SMEs

As many as 435,000 SMEs could each save up to £1,440 a year with their first electric vehicle (EV), which could deliver £625m in cumulative savings for UK businesses. This is according to new research revealed by joint industry and government campaign Go Ultra Low. A survey of UK SMEs, commissioned by Go Ultra Low for its recent Summit, Preparing […]

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