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Apr 21, 2018

On this Saturday’s episode of, 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

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Apr 14, 2018

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

Apr 7, 2018

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.

Mar 31, 2018

Join Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson as they discuss the headlines from around the automotive industry this Easter Saturday.

Mar 24, 2018

On this Saturday’s episode of, 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

Mar 18, 2018

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.

Mar 17, 2018

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.comPhilip 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.

Mar 11, 2018

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.

Mar 10, 2018

Today Philip Nothard of COX Automotive is joined by Curtis Hutchinson to chat about this week’s news. February new car sales fall, as diesel continues to lose favour while Stoneacre Motor Group make their third acquisition in 2018

Mar 3, 2018

Philip is joined by Curtis to chat about this week’s headlines. Stoneacre second acquisition of 2018, Inchcape UK margins squeezed with reduced profits in 2017, while German cities ban diesel, Fiat brands to phase out diesel and Citroen drops Picasso name.

Feb 24, 2018

Rockar Hyundai stores handed to Motorline, Mitsubishi appoints Rob Lindley as managing director, Porsche axes all current diesel variants from line-up, VW's Seat makes Cupra a stand-alone brand to help boost profits and Used car buyers search on Sunday between 7pm-9pm, says iVendi

Feb 18, 2018

Philip Nothard of COX Automotive interviews Jim Reid and David Bilsborough of the IMDA to discuss the growth of the association since its launch in November 2017 and a couple of the current industry topics being discussed by its members.  They raise the recent news; that dealers should be checking their Facebook reviews, as many have reported them disappearing overnight.  And the more industry-wide topic of ex-business use vehicles and some best practice for dealers.  And finally, they announce the launch of the first Independent Dealer Round Table event on the 21st February a Manheim Shepshed

Feb 17, 2018

Join Philip Nothard of Cox Automotive and Curtis Hutchinson as they round up the weeks headlines from around the motor trade.

Feb 11, 2018

Philip Nothard of COX Automotive and Andy Conde, General Manager Auctioneers Manheim, discuss the January used car market, the strength of conversion and values, driven by demand for quality and ready to retail product.  Andy explains the importance of highly experienced and knowledgeable auction management teams, to deliver and complete, committed and connected service to customers.  He concludes with observations on the existing balance of supply and demand, and how the remainder of the first quarter of 2018 could perform.

Feb 10, 2018

In this weeks episode, Auto Retail Network reports Renault cuts new car warranty, Motor Trader headlines New car registrations fall -6.3% in January, diesel down -25.6% and also Cox Automotive restructures top management team. AM-Online tells us that Car dealers made £400 loss in December, reports ASE. While Automotive News says Mercedes to electrify, make next Sprinter a better workplace and Daily Telegraph states that Elon Musk sends Tesla car to Mars on SpaceX rocket.

Feb 3, 2018


Daily Telegraph UK car production dips -3% to 1.67m cars, the first drop since 2009 Brexit and diesel fears put the brakes on UK car production

Motor Trader Big Cars receives offers to acquire assets of the company Car supermarket chain ceased trading due to "unsustainable trading conditions"

AM Online Increased administrative burden’ of Apprenticeship Levy blamed for 26.5% decline in new starters Decline in apprenticeship starters in Q1 blamed on red tape burden but automotive sector might be spared the full impact

BBC News UK plans 200-mile 'country roads' driverless trial Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi collaborate on ambitious HumanDrive programme with real world testing starting in December 2019

BBC News Riversimple hydrogen car set for summer debut in Wales Real world trials of 10 hydrogen powered cars set to run for 12 months

Jan 28, 2018

Philip Nothard of COX Automotive interviews Stuart Masson - Editor - The Car Expert and The Van Expert.  They share some of the observations influencing the sector in 2017; from the decline in new-car sales, the changing share of diesel and what the future of the fuel market could look like.  Stuart shares his views of the potential outcome of the pending results from the bank of England and FCA investigations into the finance sector.  They conclude by discussing what 2018 could look like, some of the key factors influencing the year and both the opportunities and threats they could present.

Jan 27, 2018

Catch up on the weeks headlines with @PhilipN_auto and @Curtis_Hutch. Download now for FREE

Jan 21, 2018

Joining Philip is Derek Blair, CEO of Radar Video (and owner of Motor Trade Radio). Today they discuss the proposition Radar offers to the industry and they talk through why most dealers are not using social media effectively to generate more new sales.

Jan 20, 2018

Today Derek Blair and Philip Nothard discuss Volkswagen sales jump to 6.23 million in China, Continental hires JP Morgan for possible structural overhaul and 70% of UK motorists prefer independent garages, according to Servicing Stop.

 Also, job firm warns Brexit will ‘turbocharge’ technician shortage, Lookers invests £12m in Glasgow for Volvo and Jaguar, Rockar partners with Next shops and Mercedes expects 25% of sales will be online by 2022.

Jan 14, 2018

Philip Nothard of COX Automotive interviews Martin Dew, Operations Director of Autoweb Design. Martin discusses what’s been happening at Autoweb Design, and some of the key trends they’ve identified in digital in 2017.  He shares some if the key trends in automotive digital marketing, and what we could expect to see in 2018. Martin also shares his thoughts on how dealers can make sure they are getting the most from their websites, and make more from their digital marketing spend.  And finishes with some thoughts about what to expect for the year ahead in digital and from Autoweb Design.  

Jan 13, 2018

2018 kicks off with @DerekBlair_ & @PhilipN_auto discussing the weeks news from Ben, Aston Martin, Arnold Clark, SMMT and Marshalls.

Jan 1, 2018

Philip Nothard of COX Automotive, interviews Rajiv Kapoor, Head of Operations at WMS Rescue and Recovery. Raj explains the product and why it’s different to other companies in that sector.

Dec 23, 2017

Today's Christmas Special episode of, Philip Nothard of COX Automotive is joined by Curtis Hutchinson to discuss the car retailing highlights of 2017 with a month by month look at the biggest headlines.

Stories covered include Sytner moving into the car supermarket business with two acquisitions, March's record registrations, falling dealer profitability, the growing importance of Facebook for dealers, the launch of the Independent Motor Dealers Association and much, much more!

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, and a thank you for all the support throughout 2017 and we look forward to sharing more dealer news in 2018.

Dec 16, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of, Philip Nothard of COX Automotive joined by Curtis Hutchinson, editor at to discuss the latest headlines, as pre-tax profits up 9.9% to £1.07bn amongst the UK’s biggest franchised dealer groups and Sytner, UK’s biggest dealer group consolidates its used-car business with second car supermarket purchase.

Meanwhile the Finance & Leasing Association reports finance sales now tracking -6% down year on year. 

Cox Automotive releases positive trading figures for November, as trade and retail demand holding up as sector hold for seasonal slowdown. As, Ford extends scrappage scheme for cars and vans into Q1 2018.
And finally, a shout out about Ben’s Industry Leadership Challenge as the baton has been passed to Andy Bruce at Lookers, who will be organising a zero emissions tour of all 150+ Lookers in the UK and Ireland.


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