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Volvo reports record global sales

Volvo Cars reported a new record in global annual sales as 2018 volumes rose by 13.5% to 582,096 cars for the January-to-November period, compared with 513,055 cars in the same period last year. The sales result means that with one more month still to go in 2018, Volvo Cars has already beaten 2017’s full-year sales record of 571,577 cars. In […]

A gift for being prepared

The Motor Ombudsman urges car buyers to do their research during the festive season when buying a new car. The Motor Ombudsman is therefore providing consumers with the following top tips to help steer them in the right direction. Look out for accreditation to a recognised Code of Practice Choosing a retailer that is accredited to a recognised Chartered Trading […]

CarGurus to acquire PistonHeads

CarGurus and Haymarket Media Group announced they have signed an agreement for CarGurus to acquire used car motoring website PistonHeads. Following completion of the acquisition, CarGurus intends to operate PistonHeads as an independent brand, maintaining the site’s popular community and content, while applying CarGurus’ technology to enhance the site experience for users. CarGurus also plans to offer its dealership listings […]

The power of digital advertising

Targeted commercial messages within premium automotive publisher sites can increase traffic to a car brand’s website by 67%. That’s the key finding from a new white paper published by Sophus3. The study, ‘Value Ad: the influence of digital advertising within the car buyer’s journey’, analysed 135 million visits (January to May 2018) to a group of seven UK automotive consumer publishing sites, Autocar, Auto […]

Thatcham Research and Suncorp renew contract

Thatcham Research has announced the renewal of its contract with Suncorp, extending the collaboration that has seen Suncorp distribute Thatcham Research repair data in Australia and New Zealand since 2013. Under the renewed agreement, Suncorp will become the first ever Thatcham Research global associate – this provides one of Australia’s largest financial services brands with access to Thatcham Research’s vehicle […]

Circle Leasing appoints Barry Beeston

Circle Leasing has appointed Barry Beeston as its new managing director. The appointment allows Circle’s co-founder and previous managing director, Aidan Minogue, to step into the newly-created role of chief executive as part of the business’s plans for future growth. Barry joins Circle from INFINITI UK, where he was regional director of northern Europe. He has had an extensive career […]

Most hated aspects of car ownership

Drivers in the UK get more annoyed about MoTs than any other aspect of owning a vehicle, according to research published. The research, which quizzed drivers on the things they hate the most about car ownership, reveals that almost half (47%) of drivers claim their number one bugbear is putting a car through the MoT test, while one in three […]

Changing the way you park

Millions of UK motorists who park on pavements could be forced to change the way they park. At present it is only illegal to park on a pavement in London with Scotland also pressing ahead, but the government is moving forwards and reviewing the situation that could ban it across the rest of the UK. However, a survey by YourParkingSpace.co.uk […]

Motorpoint helps Cash for Kids

Motorpoint is helping Cash for Kids to get mobile in the run up to Christmas. The UK car retailer, based in Sheffield Business Park, is providing the charity with two branded vehicles as part of its drive to support Mission Christmas throughout November and December. Motorpoint has given Allan Ogle and his team at Cash for Kids the use of […]

AXA partners with AutoRaise

AXA is supporting vehicle repair charity AutoRaise in its efforts to attract more young staff to the sector. AutoRaise aims to help the vehicle repair industry address its skills shortage by helping companies obtain government funding and provide a sustainable industry for the future. The charity also hosts events where young people can get hands-on experience of repairing, as well […]

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