Marshall Motor Holdings plc, one of the leading automotive groups in the UK, have announced the proposed closure of 6 dealerships. These proposed closures are Honda Mountsorrel, Nissan Boston, Vauxhall Welwyn City, Maserati Oxford, Select Oxford and Citroen Cambridge. Marshall Motor Holdings will be retaining their Citroen authorised repairer status in Cambridge. The first three […]

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Prestige brand retailer HR Owen says it has a “strong order book”. They have recently reported strong results, including positive performance from its aftersales division. The group’s results show rising earnings and it has also taken on more employees. Their labour force is up to 541 from 499 for the last year. The retailer’s results […]

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Facebook is pushing into the car listings space via its Marketplace section. The move will happen initially in the US. The aim is to connect buyers to cars in their localities. It will allow them to filter search results by year, make, model, mileage, transmission and vehicle type. Facebook has linked with a small number […]

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Isle of Wight retailer, Leslies Motors, is planning to open a new showroom on the outskirts of Newport. Leslies has applied for planning permission to redevelop a yard at Blackwater, formerly used by a plant hire business. The franchise has yet to be announced, but it is understood it will either be Toyota or Hyundai. […]

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Sytner Group is to open a new Mercedes Benz dealership on a five-acre site at Carlisle’s Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone. Sytner will move from its existing location in Rosehill to the new location. Kingmoor offers government incentives including up to 100% business rate discount – worth a maximum £275,000 over five years. They will also […]

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Porsche Retail Group’s results for 2016 have shown profits of £7.65 million, up from £6.95m for the previous year. The group said it had increased new and used vehicle sales by 5.45%. They added there had been strong demand throughout the year, with margins remaining strong. In the second half of 2016, the group began […]

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BMW has reset retailer targets for the rest of 2017. This follows negative feedback from retailers in the first half of the year. The German premium brand had the biggest fall in the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey earlier this month. They have attributed the poor performance to a drop in retailer profitability. “In response […]

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Franchised retailer relationships with their car manufacturer partners has reached an all-time low, according to the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. The average score dropped 0.5 to 5.6 against the January 2017 survey. Only seven of the 29 brands surveyed saw their scores increase in the latest set of results. Relationships have been on a downward […]

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LSH Auto has submitted plans for a new Mercedes-Benz dealership and test drive facility. They plan to redevelop a five-acre site in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The site, owned by developer Aucott and Tamworth Council, is located south of the A5 bypass by the Ventura Retail Park. If approved, the move should create around 400 new jobs. […]

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South African firm Motus has bought Pentagon Motor Holdings for an undisclosed sum. Motus Corporation acquired Pentagon through the South African’s vehicle division Imperial Holdings. Pentagon operates 21 franchsied dealerships in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. They represent brands including Vauxhall, Peugeot, Seat, Mazda, Citroen, Kia, Renault, Nissan, Fiat and Mitsubishi. Established in […]

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