Marshall Motor Group has appointed two new group MDs who will divide the retailer’s brands between them, in a move believed to be similar to that of Pendragon with its Stratstone and Evans Halshaw branches. Mark Robinson, former CEO and founder of Vantage Motor Group, and Trevor Fussey, former Stratstone boss, were last week both […]

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Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a new “refined” franchised model with “key adaptions”. The decision is a departure from JLR’s former stated intention to move to pure play agency this year. Following the reveal, dealers embraced the fact that their views had been acknowledged and said the franchised model was “robust” and provided “stability” for […]

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Banks are in a “holding pattern” as the FCA investigates whether there has been systematic harm with discretionary commission models, says Kate Robinson from regulatory adviser Avyse Partners. However, the issue is not “black and white… the responsibility has been pushed towards the banks but the brokers were involved in this process. “From a lender’s point of […]

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Mark Raban has resigned as CEO of Lookers and will leave the group at the end of this year. The announcement comes as the retailer has also announced around 200 redundancies linked to the privatisation of the business. A spokesman for Lookers said: “A number of people linked to the central support function of running […]

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Retailers need to sell 23% more cars under an agency model to see equal profitability with the franchised system, according to John O’Hanlon, founder of Waylands. O’Hanlon, speaking at last week’s Vehicle Remarketing Association conference about future challenges facing the industry, said: “We need to sell over 23% extra cars just to stand still under the agency […]

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Broad Oak’s Nissan dealership in Canterbury Kent has won a Global Award from the manufacturer, as the best-performing Nissan franchise in the UK. The Canterbury dealership was rated against businesses in key Nissan markets globally and impressed the assessors with both its excellent customer service and its showcasing of the Nissan selection of vehicles. Broad […]

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The latest ICDP: European Top 50 Dealer Groups 2022 has concluded that carmakers are increasingly attracted to working with fewer, larger dealer groups who are more process driven with superior IT systems. The report detailed the consolidation taking place across Europe with larger groups acquiring smaller owner-operators. Report authors Steve Young and Peter Bailey said: […]

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It has been announced that the SLM Group has bought SMC Motor Group for an undisclosed sum. New Brands SLM Group operates dealerships in East Sussex, Kent and East Anglia, including five Toyota, one Vauxhall, one Suzuki, one GMW ORA dealerships. They also operate two used car SLM Select businesses and two body repair Centres. […]

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Auto Retail Network will help retailers explore the solutions and steps necessary to protect their business from the risk of cyber criminal activity at a conference in London on 17 January 2024. Held in partnership with Salesforce, each session is designed to address the business concerns of retailers, delivering advice in a ‘non techy’ and […]

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MG Motor plans to complete its UK dealer network by the end of 2023. The company aim to fill nine open points. Commercial Director Guy Pigounakis commented: “We will fill every major open point we have in the UK,” before adding that his company had benefitted from established manufacturers appearing to consider moves away from […]

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