Brindley Group has suspended its operations on Sundays. The move is designed to support the health and wellbeing of its staff. The group will retain its digital presence. “By recognising the importance of rest, family time and personal well-being, the Brindley Group are redefining the norms of the motor industry. “This innovative decision is perfectly […]

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US group Lithia has agreed to buy Pendragon’s UK auto retail and leasing operations, including the Evans Halshaw and Stratstone divisions, for £280 million. Under the agreement, the Pendragon PLC business will continue as a listed company, but operating only its Pinewood software business. It will be renamed Pinewood Technologies PLC. Lithia Motors will pay […]

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Lookers has reported a drop in underlying profitability and gross margins in the first half of 2023 following record figures for the past two years. The group’s underlying profit figure was down £1.1 million at £46.1m on a turnover that was up 8.0% at £2.42 billion. Lookers, which is currently the subject of a takeover bid by Canadian […]

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Smart is increasing its initial target of showrooms from 34 to more than 40 to improve geographic coverage. Speaking exclusively to Auto Retail Agenda last week, UK Smart Managing Director David Browne said the network currently had 23 sites and was partnered with 17 groups. His original target of 34 locations will be hit by […]

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Cazoo head of operations James Dower is to leave the business on 31 August. He said he had been proud to lead a “hugely effective operational team that have delivered incredible efficiencies and outstanding performances across the wholesale business. “To the site, field inspection, imaging and logistics teams I would like to say a huge […]

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The rising cost of living and high prices are deterring buyers from purchasing an EV. When asked whether the current economic climate is impacting their vehicle purchase, 43.3% of the 1009 respondents in a recent survey said it is impacting them negatively. They reported having to either spend less, choose a different make or model […]

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New JLR uniform diktat angers retailers JLR has imposed new sales staff uniform rules on retailers following the “House of Brands” PR disaster that appeared to signal the demise of the Land Rover name. Using JLR’s preferred supplier the uniforms cost more than £1,000, according to one retailer. The new rules were published in April […]

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Sandicliffe Motor Group has opened a GWM Ora dealership in Nottingham. This is Sandicliffe’s first showroom for the Chinese brand.  Sandicliffe Nottingham joins an existing GWM ORA network of partners including Lookers Group, Wessex Garages, City Southwest, Peter Vardy Group and Chorley Group. Paul Woodhouse, Sandicliffe’s Chief Executive, said the group is delighted to represent […]

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Smart has opened reservations for the new #1 small electric SUV, which will be sold through a combination of direct-to-consumer and retailer agency sales. Lease and PCP programmes are being handled by ALD, in a system that requires no paper contracts. Twenty two Smart retailers are currently operating the agency model, with further expansion planned. […]

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The Netherlands’ Van Mossel Automotive Group has acquired Germany’s Hugo Pfohe in its first major expansion outside the Benelux region. Hugo Pfohe is one of north Germany’s largest retail groups, with seven brands and a €300m (£261m) turnover. Van Mossel CEO Eric Berkhof said the acquisition “fits perfectly into our European growth strategy”. The retail […]

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