#NADA100 special episode. @PhilipN_cap_hpi is joined directly from @nadaconvention by @Curtis_Hutch of @MotorTraderMag
On this week’s MotortradeRadio.com Philip Nothard and Jim Reid from JimReidVehiclesales discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com.
As College Harwoods Group plans to buy land from Chichester College for a new Jaguar Land Rover business in Pulborough, Philip and Jim look at the novel ways dealer groups are locating land for new showrooms.
They also discuss new research by Marketing Delivery that claims dealers are missing key data out on a third of their customer aftersales records. And new research into 1,000 motorists by the NFDA that shows buyers are increasingly prepared to buy cars online when they are backed up by the reassurance of a franchised dealer.
In another news, Volvo Car UK will launch an online car sales channel in Q2 as part of a strategic move to significantly grow UK sales to become the biggest market in Europe, and Swansway Motor Group is dropping its Swansway Select non franchise used car branding and replacing it with Swansway Motor Match.
Plus, the NFDA has welcomed the Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech outlining the government’s negotiating objectives for exiting the EU.
Finally, legal firm Lawgistics says it has seen a number of dealers on the wrong side of the law when facing test drive speeding tickets.
On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, the first for 2017, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair return to discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com.
This week, Vauxhall is the latest high-profile name to join the line-up of the 2017 London Motor Show. Following the successful relaunch of the event in 2016, the show returns to Battersea Park with Motor Trader as the B2B media partner. New car registrations hit a new record with 2.69 million vehicles sold in 2016, with many commentators predicting a slowdown in 2017.
Lloyd Motor Group, the family-owned Carlise-based retailer, has acquired Clelands Jaguar for an undisclosed sum, and Lookers has bolstered its management team with the promotion of MD Nigel McMinn to the role of chief operating officer. McMinn joined Lookers in 2013 from Benfield.
In another news, Smart has started to sell cars online with deliveries direct to a customer’s home or local dealer within 12 days of credit acceptance, and thousands of UK motorists are to launch a lawsuit against Volkswagen over #dieselgate. The class action is led by UK law firm Harcus Sinclair UK which specialises in large group litigation.
cap hpi has confirmed the last printed edition of the iconic Black Book used car value guide will appear in February. At the same time, it will also phase out its Red and Green books, for commercial vehicles and motor cycles, in a move that will see the group complete its transition to a fully digital service.
Finally, Philip and Derek discuss the big story of the week, with the Sytner Group acquiring the CarShop supermarket chain for an undisclosed sum.