SEAT has  become the fastest-growing volume car brand in the UK so far this year. The Barcelona-based brand  achieved 14% growth in the overall market, which has declined by 8.8%. It has sold 2997 more units than it had at the same point last year. Impressively, it has grown its share of the overall UK […]

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Solus Vauxhall group, Thurlow Nunn, has had its franchises reconfirmed following the manufacturer’s notice of termination across its network. Group managing director, Simon Bottomley, said: “It has been necessary to terminate all contracts for both legal and operational reasons such that a new network structure can be shaped. I can confirm the excellent news that […]

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SsangYong could fill some of its 35 network open points from the pool of Vauxhall retailers soon to lose their franchise. Vauxhall has issued termination notices to all 326 of its franchise retailers and will only reappoint just over 200. SsangYong boss Nick Laird announced he was hoping to recruit some of those losing out […]

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Vauxhall plans to reduce its number of franchise dealers by about a third as consumers change the way they buy cars. PSA, who bought Vauxhall last year, plans to reduce the total from 326 to about 200. Their plan is to return the loss-making Vauxhall and Opel businesses to profitability. Vauxhall sales plunged by more […]

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Ford is working with Rockar to open a new-look five-car showroom in the refurbished Next store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre. Test drives will be available from the Arndale Centre and new cars can be handed over there. A  team of 15 product experts and support staff are being recruited for the store, which opens […]

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Subaru UK, the SUV brand, announces the expansion of its UK dealer network with four new appointments across the UK. Following the relaunch of the brand in the UK,  Subaru is strengthening its dealer network across the UK. The growing popularity of the brand is an added attraction to potential franchises, especially with the launch […]

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The number of franchised dealer sales points in the UK fell by 216 in 2017. Auto Retail Networks Franchising Report 2018 reveals the number is below the 5,000 mark to a new low of 4,832. The fall was driven by changes in the volume brand network. Ford surrendered the largest number of sites with an […]

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Korean 4×4 brand SsangYong is strengthening its presence in Scotland with 2 new franchised dealers;  Frasers of Edinburgh, and Lawrence of Kemnay in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. This is the second SsangYong delaership for Frasers, who already have a successful site in Falkirk. They are now SsangYongs  largest dealer in Scotland. Andrew Dickson, director and dealer principal […]

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Franchised retailers have punished their manufacturer partners with an all-time low score in the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. The January 2018 survey saw a drop of 0.3 to a score of 5.3 out of 10 for the main question: ‘How would you rate your manufacturer overall?’ This marks the third time in a row […]

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Donalds Group, once of East Anglia’s longest serving dealer groups, has begun construction on two new showrooms in Ipswich. Daniel Stone, CEO, met with directors to carry out the traditional ground-breaking ceremony.  The new dealerships, at the Futura Park Business Estate, will be home to Mazda and Volvo franchises. The existing Mazda and Volvo dealerships […]

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