Category Archives: News

Two appointments for Bodyshop Solutions

Bodyshop Solutions is further expanding its team with two new appointments. Jayne Spikings has joined as technical sales, further strengthening its northern field sales team, and will be demonstrating and selling the full range of bodyshop equipment that the company offers. She comes with a great deal of bodyshop practical experience, having had six years with Evans Halshaw, Leeds, as […]

Axalta opens waterborne plant in Shanghai

Axalta Coating Systems has opened a latest generation manufacturing facility in Shanghai to produce waterborne coatings for China’s growing automobile market. The newest and one of Axalta’s most advanced waterborne production facilities, the plant reflects the key role that China plays in Axalta’s global strategy, which is focused on providing sustainable coating products and application systems for customers while reducing […]

GAP is ‘still essential’

GAP is ‘still an essential part of the aftersales product portfolio’ as the FCA’s consultation period draws to a close, believes The Warranty Group. Divisional director Ciaron Whelan said that most dealers who already have a structured approach to sales will be able to continue selling GAP in a broadly similar manner to today while satisfying FCA requirements. He said, […]

Motor industry sends careers SOS

Poor provision of careers advice is a road block to economic growth, says Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Poor provision of careers advice is a road block to economic growth, says Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The warning follows IMI sponsored research from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC), which showed that 45% of current industry apprentices had received […]

Deferring car insurance cover can halve premiums

Amending the date on which you want your car insurance policy to become ‘active’ could reduce your premium by hundreds of pounds, according to Which? research. Which? Money collected quotations from 15 major providers for a Ford Focus driver living in South London – and found that changing your start date by just one day can make a significant difference.  […]

Website metrics indicate good sales news

Online activity at is indicating another potentially record-breaking year for car sales. Visits to the UK’s biggest car-buying brand’s website topped 3.9 million in January, with mobile traffic up 23% compared with the same month last year. The metrics indicate a high degree of buyer intent and could signal another record year for car sales, after a standout year […]

Aston Martin targets female buyers

The BBC reports that Aston Martin plans to broaden its range of cars to attract more female buyers as well as younger drivers. New sportscars, a four-seater and a small SUV are in the pipeline as the UK company tries to reverse falling sales in the face of stiff competition from larger premium carmakers. ‘The brand has to be relevant,’ […]

Volkswagen invests €11.5bn in R&D

Volkswagen invested €11.5bn in research and development last year, more than ever before and more than any other company worldwide Speaking on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, underscored, ‘Volkswagen is an innovation think tank. We develop technologies that point the way well into the future.’ According to Martin, the […]

Brake’s Giant Walk

Brake is encouraging teachers to register for Brake’s Giant Walk, promoting the benefits of walking to school and to help teach road safety. This event takes place on Wednesday 10 June, and every year sees tens of thousands of children learning about road safety in their classroom, promoting the benefits of safe walking and cycling to school, and calling on […]

VW wins Car of the Year

As the world’s car companies gather in Geneva for the biggest event of the year, brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance has released its annual review of the state of their brands. Every year, Brand Finance puts thousands of the world’s top brands to the test. They are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful, and the most […]

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