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Motor Trade Radio is a weekly podcast focussed on the needs of today’s franchised and independent car dealerships, as well as suppliers and OEMs. Available to stream wherever you are, it presents a blend of industry headlines, interviews, expert opinion, top tips and entertainment wrapped up in a chat-show style platform. Join co-hosts Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson for #AllTheChatterThatMatters!

Feb 18, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Derek Blair discuss the week’s headlines from Motortrader.com, including this week’s lead headline, that PSA has confirmed it is in talks to buy General Motors’ European Opel and Vauxhall operations.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to boost its London sales operations by opening two new sites, including a flagship facility operated by Sytner, as well as significantly upgrading its existing showrooms in the capital.

They also look at reports that New car prices have risen by an average of 5.2% in the past seven months following the Brexit vote to leave the EU.

In another news, Britain’s used car market surged to record levels in 2016 with 8.2 million vehicles finding new owners, up 7.3% on the previous year. Pendragon saw underlying pre-tax profits rise 7.6% to £75.4m on turnover up 1.9% to £4.4bn for the year ending 31 December. And the group plans to open five used sales outlets in the first half of 2017 and is actively pursuing five additional sites for the second half.

And finally, Derek and Philip discuss the 2017 Motor Trader Top 60 Movers & Shakers, sponsored by Motors, reveals the key personalities in UK car retailing, those individuals who have influenced the motor retail sector over the past year and are set to make their presence felt over the course of 2017.