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Posted: Thu, 16/08/2018 - 14:12

Volkswagen financial services UK has launched its first sites for Rent-a-Car in the UK.
The initial launch phase sees three Volkswagen retailers and two ŠKODA retailers operate the Rent-a-Car service from its existing showrooms.
Customers will be able to book online by choosing the retailer they want to collect from, booking the vehicle that they want from a selection of the two brands’ models, specifying the dates they want to hire it for and then paying online.
Research shows that a significant number of short-term car rental customers dislike collection locations, ‘hidden costs’ such as unclear damage, fuel and excess mileage charges and high-pressure sales techniques at the collection desk. This new service intends to address those concerns.
The Rent-a-Car service will provide customers with clear pricing of hire costs, and paperless vehicle check-in and out. This includes six-point photography of the vehicle to alleviate potential concerns in relation to vehicle damage charges.

Source - BodyshopMag

Posted: Mon, 13/08/2018 - 12:47

9th August 2018

BMW UK has announced that it is embarking on a technical campaign to examine its diesel vehicles' exhaust gas recirculation modules after the brand made the decision to recall 324,000 cars across Europe due to a risk of engine fires.

A spokesman for BMW UK told AM that the manufacturer had been "in dialogue" with the DVSA over the fault. The BMW Group would carry out "a technical campaign to examine the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation module) on affected vehicles and replace it where necessary" in the UK.

BMW's UK statement added: "This decision was taken in accordance with the EU-approved RAPEX guidelines. BMW UK is in dialogue with the DVSA, the UK regulator on vehicle and driver safety, to agree the most appropriate course of action to handle the campaign and communication to customers."

BMW’s issue with its diesel cars’ exhaust gas recirculation module has meant a second major recall for the brand in a matter of months, following the recall of 312,000 vehicles in May due to a fault which caused a sudden loss of power.

The German premium car manufacturer had failed to inform the DVSA about electrical faults which could stall its cars and lead the brake lights to fail.

It had first received complaints about the fault (affecting 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models) five years earlier, and at least five cars had been fixed under warranty. But it deemed the fault was not "critical".

In May, BMW issued a recall of 36,000 cars in the UK and the premium German car manufacturer advised the owners of 312,000 vehicles – including the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011 – that their vehicles should be returned to its franchised network for a solution to be administered.

In the conclusion of an inquest today, Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner said that the delayed action had raised “critical questions surrounding vehicle safety standards in this country, as well as the conduct of both the DVSA and of BMW UK and BMW AG”.

Posted: Fri, 10/08/2018 - 10:18

It was only a matter of time before we uncovered other companies trying to hide this from the public, its a real shame that the customers are being lied to, I wonder why consumers are finding it hard to trust companies these days.


Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha Motor had followed the admissions of Japanese manufacturers Nissan and Subaru in admitting to improper testing of vehicles for fuel economy and emissions.

Japan’s transport ministry ordered automakers to review their testing procedures and carry out internal investigations into their vehicle testing practices after Nissan and Subaru admitted that they had falsified final inspection results on cars destined for their home market.


Suzuki admitted at a press conference today (August 9) that half of the 12,819 sample cars tested for fuel economy and emissions were inspected under invalid conditions.

Around 4% of the cars inspected by Mazda – just over 70 cars – displayed evidence of irregularities, meanwhile, with 2% of motorbikes raising concerns in Yamaha’s case.

Reuters reported that the Transport Ministry had stated that Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha had cleared vehicles for emissions or fuel efficiency even in cases where they were tested under invalid conditions.


All three brands issued public apologies today.

Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Suzuki chief executive Toshihiro Suzuki said of the brand’s testing procedure: “The checking mechanism was insufficient. We regret that we left the inspections to factories.”

Last month Nissan Nissan admitted that emissions and fuel economy data had been deliberately falsified at most of its factories in Japan.

The Japanese car manufacturer admitted the “misconduct” as it reported the results of its investigation into “nonconformities in the final vehicle inspection process” to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.





Posted: Mon, 30/07/2018 - 15:16

Endeavour Automotive announced that it will also be operating an electric taxi franchise.

Endeavour Automotive have operated a number of Volvo dealerships in and around London since 2014 and from the start of August will also be selling LEVC’s TX from Chiswick

With the TX, LEVC has completely redesigned the taxi, it offers passengers a premium experience in an electrically driven vehicle. On-board wi-fi, phone and laptop charging are all included, effectively making the new taxi a mobile office for passengers. In addition, the more spacious space includes six seats and wheelchair accessibility.

Endeavour Automotive decided to become a franchise holder after seeing the popularity of the new taxi with passengers and drivers, as well as the level of support from both national and city government for the electric taxi project. The team have invested to increase the capacity of their workshop to support the arrival of a new brand.

The firm is also building a number of taxi dedicated fast charge points to give cabbies greater access to charging in West London. These will supplement the 52 dedicated rapid chargers which are set aside for taxi use in London.

Posted: Tue, 17/07/2018 - 14:55

Ford has officially opened its first 'High Street' new car retail space in Next’s store at the Manchester Arndale Centre as part of an alternative car sales channel developed in partnership with Rockar.

The manufacturer’s Buy Online retail platform went live to car buyers last week and plans for the city centre retail space were realised when the Next facility opened its doors to customers yesterday (July 16).

Ford of Great Britain’s chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, once again took to his Linkedin account to mark the landmark moment.  

Barratt said: “Another significant day for Ford of Britain, as we open our first Digital Ford Store, based in the Next store in the Manchester Arndale Centre. This is our first store in store globally.

“Outstanding work from both Julie 'Morris and Louise Coates in the Ford team to bring this concept to life.”

He added: “Customers can now elect to purchase in store direct from Ford using our online platform launched last week, and take delivery from a local dealer, or select to be introduced to their local dealer.”

AM exclusively revealed that Rockar planned to partner with Next and an OEM online in early January, following that story with news of Ford’s move into the Manchester Arndale Centre two months later.

The new-look five-car High Street retail space in the newly-refurbished Next store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre offers shoppers the opportunity to test drive vehicles and new cars can be handed over at the site.

A new Ford team of 15 product experts and support staff has been recruited for Ford with the support of Rockar. The team will not be paid commission for sales.

Ford’s launch of its an online car sales pilot for customers allows them to specify, finance and order a new car for delivery to participating dealers, Ford in Manchester Arndale or to a home address anywhere in the country.

All complementary online offers will be supported by Ford Options, the company’s Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) scheme, and be supported by Ford’s usual warranty and roadside assistance terms.

Speaking to AM earlier this year, Rockar founder Simon Dixon said that Ford’s link-up with Next could pave the way for the introduction of similar retail outlets to more of its 500 UK-wide stores.

He said: “Next has 500 stores across the UK, so the opportunity for us is huge.”


Article sourced from  AM-ONLINE





Posted: Wed, 04/07/2018 - 11:24

Wow what a deal, clearly a company that needs to move some vehicles.  How much is the subsidies going to cost the dealers on this one?

If you are looking to buy a new car this is a great opportunity as a customer to get a great deal and save some money, this should stimulate the market quite a bit.   

Article below, sourced from AM-ONLINE


Renault has announced that between July 3 and October 1 it will offer 0% PCP finance across its entire range, with an additional £1,000 off part exchanges.

The part exchange deal, valid throughout July, applies to the Clio and Captur new EasyLife variants. The offer can be redeemed through a voucher available for download online.

Under the 0% PCP finance offer, the new Clio EasyLife range will be available from £179/month with £179 deposit, while the Captur EasyLife range from £199/month with £199 deposit.

Full list of offers:

  • The Clio Play is available from £13,500 OTR or £179 a month with £179 deposit over 48 months on a 0% Renault Selections PCP.
  • The Clio Iconic TCe 75 is available for £199 a month with £199 deposit with 0% APR over 48 months.
  • The Clio GT Line TCe 90 is £229 a month with £229 deposit with 0% APR over 48 months.
  • The Captur is now priced from £15,300 OTR, an entry price reduction of £315.
  • The Captur Play is £199 a month with £199 deposit with 0% APR over 48
  • The Captur Iconic is available from £16,500 OTR or £229 a month with £229 deposit with 0% APR over 48 months.
  • The Captur GT Line is available from £18,300 OTR or £259 a month with £259 deposit with 0% APR over 48 months.
  • The Mégane Play is £199/month with £3,150 deposit with 0% PCP finance
  • The Mégane Play is available from £17,315 OTR, the Mégane Sport Tourer Play is available from £18,515 OTR, £475 and £335 less respectively than the Expression+ versions they replace. The Mégane Play is £219 a month for 36 months with £3,291 deposit on Renault Selections PCP3.
  • The Mégane Iconic TCe 130 is £219 a month and £3,054 deposit with 0% APR over 36 months.
  • The Mégane GT Line is available from £20,215 OTR, the Mégane Sport Tourer GT Line is available from £21,415 OTR, £575 and £435 less respectively than the previous GT-Line Nav.
  • The Mégane GT Line TCe 130 is £239 a month with £3,777 deposit with 0% APR over 36 months.

Kadjar Dynamique SE Nav is £209/month with £6,698 deposit with 0% PCP





Posted: Mon, 18/06/2018 - 15:46

Volkswagen Group has been fined one billion Euros for cheating diesel emission tests after accepting responsibility for the “diesel crisis” before public prosecutors in Germany.

The fine - equivalent to £880 million - was imposed by the Braunschweig public prosecutor yesterday (June 13) and is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities against a company.

VW does not plan to appeal the ruling, which came after prosecutors established that the brand had sold more than 10.7 million cars between mid-2007 and 2015 which were fitted with an emissions test defeat device.

“Following thorough examination, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it,” Volkswagen Group said in a statement.

“Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step toward the latter being overcome.”

Volkswagen’s fine by German authorities follows a US 4.3 billion dollar plea agreement settled in the US, back in January, to resolve criminal and civil penalties associated with its diesel emissions cheating across the Atlantic.

In total, Volkswagen had set aside a sum of 30 billion dollars to cover fixing cars, buying back cars, clean air fines, penalties and compensation in the US, the BBC reported.

Reuters reported that Munich prosecutors had this week widened an emissions cheating probe into Audi to include chief executive Rupert Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and false advertising.

It said that VW chief executive, Herbert Diess, and the group’s chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch are also still being investigated by Braunschweig prosecutors for suspected market manipulation.

Poetsch, also chief executive of VW’s majority stakeholder Porsche SE (is separately being investigated by prosecutors in Stuttgart over the same suspicions, Reuters reported.  

Source - AM-ONLINE

Posted: Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:36

Volvo Cars has announced new financial and operational ambitions that will position the company as a leading player in the global automotive business by the middle of the next decade.

On the operational side, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars, one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars and half of all cars it offers to customers from its subscription service.

Volvo Cars expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of more than five million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring revenue. This will also offer the company far greater potential to develop connected and other services for customers.

‘Our customers’ expectations are changing rapidly. This means that Volvo Cars is also changing rapidly. These initiatives will help transform Volvo from being purely a car company to being a direct consumer services provider,’ said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

On the financial side, Volvo Cars aims to generate premium-level profitability in line with other premium car makers, driven by increased sales and revenues across all three global sales regions, and a broader range of cars, including sales to the new segment of autonomous ride-hailing companies.

The company’s improved financial performance will also be driven increasingly in the future by industrial synergies generated with its affiliated partner companies.

Volvo Cars expects to benefit from lower procurement costs, shared development costs and economies of scale alongside Polestar, and LYNK & CO, in which Volvo Cars owns a 30% stake.

Source - HERE

Posted: Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:15

Fun fact: 50% of candidates that we have interviewed or re-engaged with we have secured an interview for. Not bad

Posted: Tue, 29/05/2018 - 11:24

The first Mitsubishi new car sales store in the UK is due to open next month at Intu Lakeside shopping centre.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK says the new store provides customers with an additional way in which to engage with the Mitsubishi brand and purchase a new vehicle.


The car brand believes the development of the new store concept, which AM understands is the first of potentially 14 such outlets in the longer term, complements Mitsubishi Motors’ traditional dealer network and its Buy Online facility.

The store has been designed by retail design agency, Dalziel & Pow. It said fixtures and fittings have been chosen to reflect the bold, adventurous nature of the SUV-focused brand with the 1,281 sq ft of space split into experience zones.

The store also represents a further evolution in Mitsubishi Motors’ relationship with automotive retail specialists Rockar, with whom they have collaborated closely throughout the project. 

To read the full article and see images of the site click here AM-ONLINE