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Motor Trade Radio

Motor Trade Radio is an internet-only radio show focussed around the needs of today’s franchised and independent car dealerships. Downloadable to iPhone / iPad (iOS), desktop and android devices, it brings a daily blend of expert opinion, industry news, top tips and entertainment wrapped up in a chat-show style platform. Each episode is just 20-30 minutes long, so busy dealers can even listen to it on their way to work.

Sep 9, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of, Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson of to discuss the latest headlines, Renault, Nissan, Kia, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Abarth have become the latest brands to announced scrappage schemes in the UK to boost sales in the September plate-change and the final quarter of 2017.


Whilst, New car registrations fell for the fifth consecutive month in August, down -6% to 76,433 units; year-to-date the market is down -2.4%, with 1,640,241 registered, according to figures from the SMMT.


In other news, Kia is the most highly rated franchise by dealers in the latest Summer NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey, scoring 9.2 points. And, the majority of dealers are dissatisfied with the new car volume sales targets being imposed by carmakers as they move into the September plate-change.


is piloting virtual reality technology to enable customers to view dealer showrooms on Facebook. The 3D virtual showroom technology has been developed by Radar Video and has been developed to boost dealers’ social media marketing enquiries and sales.


And finally, is opening what it claims to be the world’s smallest car dealership, in a London phone box, in a move to promote its Order Online car buying platform. Whilst, Cambria has reported it is trading in line with expectations for the 11 months to 31 July 2017.


A shout out, to the Jaguar Land Rover Channel Swim Challenge has raised £185,000 for motor industry charity Ben - Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, swam the English Channel, along with 13 of his colleagues in 16.5 hours in a two-team relay on Thursday 24 August.


The Motor Trader Summit has been awarded continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation by the Institute of the Motor Industry.