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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 […]

Website metrics indicate good sales news

Online activity at whatcar.com 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 […]

The ultimate barn find

The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line has been found in a barn in Surrey and will be auctioned by international auctioneers COYS in London on 10 March. The car was discovered by Chris Routledge, the managing partner of the auction house, and is one of the features of COYS ‘Spring Classics’ auction at the […]

DLG Motor results reflect ‘choices’

Direct Line Insurance Group plc (DLG) has issued its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2014 highlighting gross written premium (GWP) for the Motor division reduced by 5.6% and in-force policies reduced by 2.4%, compared with 2013. In its statement, the insurer stated: ‘The motor insurance market was highly competitive with further premium deflation at the start of […]

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