On this Sunday’s special Motor Trade Radio podcast, Andy Bruce CEO of Lookers, updates Philip Nothard on the progress of the group’s BEN Charity Industry Challenge.
Last year Andy was nominated as the industry leader to follow Jeremy Hicks and Daksh Gupta to raise funds for the motor industry’s hard working charity. The ambitious Lookers Electric Charge will see staff across Ireland and the UK undertake a 2,000 mile carbon neutral EV relay drive from dealer to dealer.
The Electric Charge started in May in Dublin and will finish in Eastbourne later in the year, taking in a grand total of 155 dealerships along the way where a wide range of fundraising activities will take place.
Andy provides an update on how the BEN Charity Industry Challenge is going and how you can make a donation to support this worthy cause.
He also has time to talk business with an update on market trends over the first half of 2018.
Philip and Curtis discuss Franchised car dealers reverse 2017 losses into a small profit in May – ASE, TC Harrison blames Brexit vote for profit decline, Swansway Group profits flat despite 40% turnover increase in 2017, Lookers buys Pollendine Motors’ and more
Joining Philip Nothard today is Suzanne Dibble, former ITV and Virgin Group lawyer who is an expert in the minefield that is GDPR. Suzanne offers practical, actionable tips on how you can ensure compliance and dispels some of the myths around GDPR.
Today we chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as @AMChatter reports on the @VertuMotors acquisition of Hughes Group for £21.8 million support by an interview with @MikeAllenZeus courtesy of @Directorstalk.
Sunday 1st July exclusive with Ali and Umesh discussing why Independent #dealers should get involved with the Masterclasses organised by the @IMDA2017
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COXAutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as @AM reveals the top 100 performing franchised dealer groups in the UK. Whilst @CarDealerMag revealed who won what at Car Dealer Power 2018 with @RadarVideoUK being Highly commended for Video Provider of the Year.
@Dailytelegraph reports on the potential gamechanger for #EV as @BP_plc opened its chequebook to buy Chargemaster, the UK’s biggest electric vehicle recharging operator.
@Motortrademag reports twice on #WLTP as Cap hpi forecasts wave of car dumping prior to WLTP deadline and NFDA highlights dealers’ concerns. @BBCNews report on the UK boss of BMW says a no-deal Brexit would push up the cost of its cars.
@AMChatter DS will officially be its own franchise as of July 1 and it will mean Citroen dealers will no longer be able to sell DS products under their existing contract agreement.
And finally…. don’t forget to tune in tomorrow’s Sunday 1st July exclusive with Ali and Umesh discussing why Independent #dealers should get involved with the Masterclasses organised by the @IMDA2017
This special Motor Trade Radio podcast is themed around digital car shopping. With a growing number of car makers and dealer groups offering online car sales, Curtis Hutchinson quizzes our special guest panel on current and future digital shopping trends for retailers and buyers. Panel Guests Philip Nothard Co-host MotorTradeRadio and Cox Automotive Dermot Kelleher Director of Marketing & Insight, Media Solutions James Davis Director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim Stuart Masson Editor at The Car Expert & The Van Expert Host Curtis Hutchinson Co-host MotorTradeRadio & Curtis Hutchinson Communications
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COX AutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as @BBCNews reports on the Audi chief Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions probe whilst @SunMotorsUK headline reads BACKTRACK: Total ban on petrol and diesel cars might NOT come into force by 2040, according to Government. @Motortrademag exclusive reports on analysis carried out by @CoxAutomotiveUK that #dealers have reduced their exposure to #diesel holding less stock than they did a year ago. @AutoRetail report exclusively that @Rockar101 promises profitability in 2018 and @AutoNewsEurope reports that VW, Ford eye alliance to develop 'potential products across a number of areas' And finally…. don’t forget to tune in tomorrow’s Sunday 24th June exclusive panel show 2 of 2 titled ‘Online Car Sales: Is Digital Delivering?’
Is Diesel Still the Daddy? Find out on our special Motor Trade Radio podcast this Sunday...on Father’s Day! I’ll be posing all sorts of questions themed around the ongoing diesel debate to our special guest panel:
Curtis Hutchinson asks the questions and joining Cox Automotive’s Philip Nothard on the panel are: Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at Motors.co.uk Stuart Masson, editor of The Car Expert and The Van Expert websites James Davis, director of commercial vehicles at Manheim Remarketing and the man who came up with the title for this week’s show. Respect! Listen for free today!
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COX AutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as @AutoNewsEurope reports on Jaguar Land Rover launches subscription lease service whilst @BBCNews reports on the Land Rover Discovery model moved to Slovakia from the UK.
From Friday the 22nd of June, Derek Blair hosts the brand new monthly 'Sell more vehicles podcast', focusing on how to sell more cars, vans, commercial and leisure vehicle using paid-for social media ads.
@AMChatter reports on London Motor Show 2018 primed as sales lead generator for car dealers and a topic we will be discussing on the Sunday 24th June Panel Q&A episode, as @DealerWeb_8tech says Car buyers reluctant to spend over £15,000 online.
@Motortrademag reports Cox Automotive launch of Vehicle Insight, a new product that uses wholesale and retail data to help dealers buy, price and sell vehicles and Motorpoint supermarket profits surge 71% to £20m.
Today we chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as the UK new car market grew by 3.4% in May with 192,649 new units registered. The growth followed a -8.5% decline in the previous May when demand was impacted by VED changes etc,
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COX AutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we discuss the stories of the week as @AMChatter reports on @HendyGroup acquiring Portsmouth's @Unbeatablecar used car supermarket.
@Motortrademag reports that big SUVs are coming under pressure and experiencing some of the biggest prices falls in the used car market. Whilst, @AMChatter reports on @CaffynsGroup 16% profit decline amid ‘very disappointing’ performance of volume car brands.
@AutoRetil reports Retail group @JohnsonsCars has reported a reduction in certain manufacturers’ volume targets - “Manufacturer volume targets have been met naturally” and @AutoExpress highlight that UK petrol and diesel fuel prices increase for 59 consecutive days.
And finally…… the IMDA is proud to announce its first ever 'Best Practice' Masterclass. Click here for tickets
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COX AutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we discuss the story of the week from @AMChatter as @VolvoCars has teamed up with online retail specialist @AmazonUK in a bid to drive convenient access to its vehicles with a ‘Prime Now test drives’ initiative. Whilst @Motors.co.ukpartners with Top Gear to give its car dealer partners' stock “even greater exposure” online
@Motortrademag reports #dealers can boost their sales conversion rates by offering test drives geared towards customer usage, according to Coachworks Consulting
@AMChatter reports Auto Trader will bypass traditional auction houses in a shake-up of fleet remarketing that will enable leasing companies and larger fleet operators to sell ex-company cars direct to dealers before the vehicle is de-fleeted.
@AMChatter reports on two industry appointments, as Citroen boss Bek Hassan is leaving the UK for a new senior position in Paris with parent PSA Group. His replacement will be Karl Howkins, who is currently managing director of Opel Switzerland. And, Rawdon Glover appointed new managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK.
And finally…… a @Motortrderadio exclusive interview with Jim Reid, as The IMDA are proud to announce its first ever 'Best Practice' Masterclass. Click here for tickets
@PhilipN_auto & @curtis_hutch chat about @Facebook has signed a deal with @Motors.co.uk appearing on Marketplace and @WaylandsVolvo, the dealer group set up by ex-Ridgeway CEO @johnfohanlon1 has bought its second site, Fawcetts Garage’s Volvo in #Newbury
Britain's new car sales rose in April but car market remains in decline, sales and profits drop as Cambria rebalances its mainstream brands with luxury franchises. While Vertu Motors are 'on the front foot' despite decline in turnover and profits.
chat about this week’s news as @amchatter reports - Now Motor Retailing has gone into administration, however its five Vauxhall dealerships have been rescued by PSA's own dealer group, Go Motor Retailing, and @EdenMotorGroup, whilst @ASE_global report the average UK dealer made a profit of just under £107,000 in March, marking a fall of £7,700 from the prior year total.
@PendragonPLC appoints director to spearhead used car sales reported on @Motortradermag
@Dailymirror reports New MOT rules to be introduced on 20 May introducing new defect categories covering Minor, Major and Dangerous and stricter rules on diesel emissions.
And finally…… Don’t forget the @MotorTradeRadio @LondonMotorShow listener offer -Click here and the invitation to join the Q & A panel on the day.
chat about this week’s news as we add some context to two stories this week from @COXAutomotiveUK reported on @Motortradermag as dealers used car margins decline in ‘challenging’ first quarter story of the week and forecasting that used vehicle sales will remain strong as the industry heads into the second quarter of 2018.
End doubts over diesel's future, says Ford boss reported on @BBCNews and @CoachworksUK is calling on car brands to review the soft skill shortfall which is limiting aftersales staff ability to engage with customers.
@BBCNews reports that the number of cars made in the UK during March fell by 13.3% from a year earlier as both domestic and overseas demand for vehicles declined.
@amchatter reports Europe records best Q1 new car registrations total since 2000.
And finally…… Don’t forget the @MotorTradeRadio @LondonMotorShow listener offer -Click here and the invitation to join the Q & A panel on the day.
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of @COX AutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as we add some context to the story of the week – as all Vauxhall franchise contracts are being terminated as the brand begins a complete refranchising programme reported by @amchatter and @AutoNewsEurope report that PSA Group will focus its slimmed-down Opel/Vauxhall dealership network across Europe on sales performance and customer satisfaction.
Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two of its UK factories as demand for diesel cars slumps because of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown report @AutoNewsEurope
@MotorTraderMag reports that independent retailers must offer PCP funding on used cars in order to grow sales over 2018 and compete against contract hire companies launching B2C services.
@amchatter reports on the news that @CoxAutomotiveUK promotes Kieran TeeBoon to managing director of @DealerAuction1
And finally…… Don’t forget the @MotorTradeRadio @LondonMotorShow listener offer -Click here
New mobility partnership sees BMW and Mini cars offered on ‘pay as you go’ basis and Car dealer losses grew to £18k in February, says ASE. Competition to intensify in used car market with new openings. Costs, not the environment, will drive switch to electric cars. Plus new 2018 Ford Focus revealed
Today Philip Nothard of @COXAutomotiveUK is joined by Curtis Hutchinson to chat about this week’s news and Philip adds some context, as @BBCNews report about UK car registrations plunge in March whilst Vauxhall to build new Vivaro van at Luton.
Join Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson as they discuss the headlines from around the automotive industry this Easter Saturday.
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of COX Automotive is joined by Curtis Hutchinson
chat about this week’s news as AM reports plans to “cull more than 100 of Vauxhall’s 324 UK retail locations” and Ford announces new retail partnership with Rockar in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre.
KPMG appointed administrators to North Wales-based Nissan and Citroen retailer, whilst former Leekes home furnishing store to reopen as Trade Centre UK supermarket. Group 1 retailer considers introducing its US value brand to sell older part-exchanges and former Jaguar Land Rover director Peter Bell joins Manheim as managing director.
And finally…… London Motor Show partners with drivetribe
Philip Nothard of COX Automotive interviews James Davis Director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim. James shares his what’s happening in the UK new van market as we end Q1and how the wholesale market is performing. Then James dusts off his crystal ball, to share his views for the remainder of 2018 and beyond and more importantly the impact and considerations regarding the external influences affecting the commercial vehicle market.
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard of COX Automotive is joined by Curtis Hutchinson chat about this week’s news as Marshall Motor Holdings reports 19.4% turnover growth and increased profit for 2017. TrustFord named Fleet Dealer of the Year at the Fleet News Awards 2018, plus Karl Davis, managing director of Coachworks Consulting, on why entering industry awards is good for staff morale as well as business.
A spat between two iconic marques about who leads the way in EV luxury, as car wars erupt between Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce and carmakers should pay for air pollution, say MPs.
And finally…… GM said to plan Airbnb-like service for sharing vehicles.
Stay tuned to listen to an exclusive interview with Daksh Gupta – CEO of Marshall Motor Group and tune in for the Sunday Podcast to hear James Davis, Director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim shares his view of the CV market.
Philip Nothard of COX Automotive interviews Liam Quegan, MD at NextGear Capital UK & Ireland. Liam gives a stock funding market overview and insights into how Q1 has been shaping up while discussing thoughts on a recent visit to the US.