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Dec 24, 2016

Some Christmas Eve fun on this today’s #MotorTradeRadio with Andy Lycett & Jim Reid doing a hilarious #spoof of Derek Blair & Philip Nothard. Subscribe today at www.MotorTradeRadio.com which is supported by cap hpi, Carsnip.com,InAutomotive UK and www.MotorTrader.com

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, the last for 2016, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair are joined by Curtis Hutchinson, to discuss the headlines from Motortrader.com.

This week, an exclusive for MotorTrader.com, as Vauxhall is investigating new ways of showing its cars to potential buyers, and Inchcape UK appoints former Stratstone managing director James Brearley as its new CEO.

Demand for automotive property remains high as dealers look to 2017, and Suzuki has named its dealers of the year.

In another news, Used diesel car values have remained strong over the past year despite environmental and health concerns. Both cap hpi and auction house BCA say negative publicity surrounding diesel has not dented values.

Finally, Philip, Derek and Curtis discuss the MotorTrader TOP200Franchised Dealer Survey, as Sytner narrows gap with Pendragon.

 

Headlines of the week

Vauxhall investigates pop-up stores in metropolitan centres

 

http://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/vauxhall-investigates-pop-stores-metropolitan-centres-20-12-2016

EXCLUSIVE for MT: Volume car boss looks at new forms of retailing

 

Former Stratstone MD appointed to as new Inchcape CEO

 

http://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/former-stratstone-md-appointed-new-inchcape-ceo-21-12-2016

Great move for Inchcape in landing James Brearley

 

Demand for dealer property to stay strong in 2017

 

http://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/demand-dealer-property-continue-strong-2017-21-12-2016

 

Demand for automotive property remains high with property specialist Knight Frank saying most prime dealer property stayed in the sector in 2016 and achieved high prices

 

Suzuki names top performing UK dealers

 

http://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/suzuki-names-top-performing-uk-dealers-20-12-2016

Off to Tenerife for a few days of intensive activity…

 

Diesel used car values remain strong despite health concerns

 

http://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/diesel-used-car-values-remain-strong-despite-health-concerns-19-12-2016

Consumers not concerned about green but question is whether the Gov will change the goalpost

Exclusive
Sytner narrows gap with Pendragon in Motor Trader Top 200

 

http://www.motortrader.com/surveys/motor-trader-top-reports/sytner-narrows-gap-pendragon-mt-top-200-16-12-2016

Will there be an upset in the MT Top 200 next time with a new number one?

Dec 17, 2016

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair, discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com.

This week we hear that two more high profile dealers, Sytner and Clive Sutton join London Motor Show line-up, and the RAC launches a used car code accredited by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

RA Creamer & Son is closing its Jaguar business in Kensington after 90-years with the brand. It is handing back Royal Warrants after 40 years and closing the business by year-end. And dealer leads from online enquiries grew by 62% in Q3, according to new customer research by Dealerweb.

In another news, Motability Operations is holding a series of briefings to provide advice and support for dealers. Motor Trader and Northridge Finance launch a third annual search for the next generation of industry leaders 2017 Motor Trader Rising Stars.

Finally, Philip and Derek discuss Ben’s flagship event of the year – The Ben Ball – raises over £203,000, as Daksh Gupta, CEO of Marshall Motor Holdings Plc hands the baton for Ben’s 2017 Industry Leader (ILC) Challenge to Jeremy Hicks, MD of Jaguar Land Rover UK. Jeremy, who has been a Trustee of the automotive industry charity, Ben for 2 years.

Dec 10, 2016

On this Saturday’s 45-minute episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair, discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com.

Auto Trader is offering dealers the opportunity to advertise their finance deals on used and new cars for free until early 2018. It will also launch a facility to search by monthly payments in the first half of 2017, profitability at the average dealer plummeted to just £187 in October compared to £7,400 a year ago, according to dealer profitability specialist ASE.

Also in this week’s headlines, New car registrations in November rose 2.9%to 184,101 units and year to date registrations are ahead 2.5% to a record 2,514,764 units, driven by Fleet and the UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market soared in November with a record 29,784 units sold.


DS has opened a DS Urban Store at the Westfield Shopping Centre in London. The brand joins Tesla and Infiniti in having retail stores in the shopping centre as the three brands target shoppers.

In other news, The Trade Centre Wales is to open its second new superstore within nine months with the group moving out of Wales for the first time with the opening of a 12-acre, 1,200-car site in the West Midlands in early 2017. The number of vehicle sales completed on Friday 25 November – ‘Black Friday’ – was 23% higher than on Friday 18 November and 17% higher than on 11 November, according to analysis of sales data carried out by Dealerweb, the showroom management system provider.

Also, we have two exclusive interviews; as Philip and Derek speak to Alan Harding from JA Autos, plus, Derek speaks to Will Blackshaw, MD of Blackshaws, a North East dealer group who are approaching their century in business in 2019.  Will talks about MOT Juice who are an agile developer of high yield MOT websites and training & management software for MOT testing stations in the UK.

Dec 3, 2016

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair, discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com.

VT Holdings subsidiary CCR Motor is consolidating its eight Mitsubishi operations by concentrating sales through three main sites at Bristol, Cheltenham and Swindon, whilst Hyundai Motor UK is to launch Click To Buy in January, a website that enables customers to buy new cars online.

Also in this week’s headlines, Swansway has acquired the family-run Thompson Motor Company, which operates three Audi sites in the north west of England, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition sees the Cheshire-based Swansway double its Audi representation in the region to six sites.

As a result of the purchase Swansway, founded in 2003, will have over 1,100 employees and a turnover in excess of £700m. In another news,Zeus Capital analyst Mike Allen warns new-car sales will be the “key weakness” for dealers for the next two years. Dealers report that consumer demand in November witnessed the biggest decline so far in 2016. Over half (56%) of dealers indicated demand had worsened, according to a cap hpi survey of dealers.

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