On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com and we announce our new partnership with InAutomotive.com
SsangYong targets 20 open points as volumes grow, and exclusive Motor Trader story with Steve Gray interviewed. Korean brand is making progress from low base and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has teamed up with Amazon in Italy to sell cars online for the first time. The Amazon deal will initially only be available on Fiat 500, 500L and the best-selling Panda models in Italy, targeting younger consumers, according to a Reuters report of an online FCA conference.
Also in this week’s headlines, Cambria Automobiles turned in a strong performance in the year to 31 August with underlying pre-tax profits up 37.7% to £10.6m on turnover up 17.3% to £614.2m. Cap hpi has launched a new app for Apple devices which provides access to vehicle valuation data in under 15 seconds.
In other news, Pendragon and Lookers are the latest dealer groups to confirm they will be exhibiting at the 2017 London Motor Show. Pendragon’s Stratstone division will represent Aston Martin at the show, while Lookers will represent Skoda. That’s a key finding of new research from Dealerweb, the showroom management system provider, which polled 1,000 motorists across the UK on their expectations of the vehicle buying process when initiated online.
Finally, Derek interviews Thomas Lowcock, Account Manager at InAutomotive, discussing; what is InAutomotive, struggles of the sector and how InAutomotive have helped.
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Phil Hayes discuss some of this week’s industry headlines from Motortrader.com. From Vauxhall launching a scrappage scheme offering customers up to £2,000 towards a new model when they trade-in their car for scrappage to Pendragon announcing plans to recruit 300 technicians before the end of this year. Identifying the increasing demand for skilled roles, the additional 300 vehicle technician jobs, including a number of apprenticeships, will add to the 9,000 strong staff already employed by the company across the UK.
Also in this week’s headlines, Fiat has launched an end of year new-car sales campaign whereby customers will be offered additional cash values on part-exchanges or a £2,500 discount for customers without a trade-in, and the new car market is set to close the year 1.7% ahead of 2015 with 2.678 million units registered, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the SMMT. Last year saw a new record of 2.634m new cars registered, the first time the new car market had surpassed the 2.6 million registrations mark.
In other news, the latest Motor Trader Top 50 Independent Dealers survey tracks strong growth in the sales and profit performance of the UK’s top non-franchised car retailers and Dealers, carmakers and suppliers are signing up for the annual ASE trip to the Nada Convention and Expo in the US.
The 2017 event will be held in New Orleans with the ASE visit running from 25-29 January and Motor Trader once again acting as the media partner.
Finally, Phil Hayes, Founder of BuyersCompared.com, introduces a new way to buy stock from the public; BuyersCompared.com is a new website that lets you control the buying process - a Classified Car Website with a Twist.
�On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard welcomes the return of Derek Blair, show host, as he runs through what’s been keeping him so busy with RadarVideo.co.uk over recent weeks.
Together they discuss some of this week’s industry headlines from Motortrader.com; Dealer group Lookers.co.ukwas positive on the outlook for the remainder of the year saying the EU referendum had not dented consumer demand for cars, and GForces has partnered with HPI to help provide vehicle history checks on dealer websites.
Furthermore, in this week’s headlines, The Irish Independent reports that 7,090 imported used cars were registered for the first time in October, a 75pc increase on October 2015 and Motors.co.uk has built a new website to give consumers a simpler and faster experience to find their next car.
Peoples Ford, the largest privately-owned solus Blue Oval group in Europe, has announced record breaking turnover and profit for the year-ended 31 July 2016. Pre-tax profits for the year increased 27.9% to £7.05m on turnover that grew 10.1% to £260.6m.
Motortrader announces dealers have started signing up for the 2017 London Motor Show with Motor Trader once again serving as B2B media partner and Philip shares the results of the cap hpi market survey, revealing its business as usual for dealers after strong September.
Finally, Derek and Philip share some of this week’s social media news from Vertu and Marshall, plus all the fantastic charity work taking place across the network for @BenSupport4Auto and it’s not too late to donate to #hatsOn4MentalHealth
John Kirwan, Deputy Editor of MotorTrader.com interviews Bill Fennell, MD of the newly launched Motor Ombudsman to discuss the changes from Motor Codes and what this means for the industry.