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McLaren’s Platinum Paint Job Marks Queen’s Jubilee      

McLaren is honouring The Queen’s 70 year reign by unveiling a bespoke Jubilee platinum paint finish and badge 18 years to the day since she opened McLaren’s global headquarters in Woking, the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC). Her Majesty is celebrated with a specially developed platinum silver ‘Platinum Jubilee’ paint. It has been matched to theContinue reading “McLaren’s Platinum Paint Job Marks Queen’s Jubilee      “

Fiat Goes Onto Onto   

Fiat UK is partnering with Onto, the EV subscription service, to provide 600 New 500s to what is said to be the largest electric car fleet in the UK. Onto was founded in 2017 with the goal of accelerating EV adoption and offering a sustainable, flexible and hassle-free alternative to traditional car ownership. Customers can chooseContinue reading “Fiat Goes Onto Onto   “

Will AFP Dealer Standard See Some Dealers Lose Business?     

The newly-launched Dealer Standard, from the Association of Fleet Professionals, sets out a 28-point guide to dealers delivering cars to fleet professionals to ensure the vehicle handover is comprehensive and fully understood by the customer. Speaking to AM Online, AFP chairman Paul Hollick says that it is possible that, as the initiative grows, fleets willContinue reading “Will AFP Dealer Standard See Some Dealers Lose Business?     “

Fancy a Fag?      

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart reckons that nearly sixty per cent of smokers are running the risk of landing a hefty fine, or even a road ban, while smoking or vaping behind the wheel.  Eh?  Who knew? Research commissioned by IAM RoadSmart has revealed that 57 per cent of smokers with a full driving licenceContinue reading “Fancy a Fag?      “

Fancy Working For Bentley?     

Bentley Motors is planning to recruit 100 engineers to work across multiple disciplines within engineering, including supporting the delivery of the ambitious Five-in-Five plan, which commits Bentley to launching a new electric model each year, from 2025, redefining Bentley’s credentials as the benchmark manufacturer in sustainable luxury mobility.​          It’s an ambitious plan and no doubt people acrossContinue reading “Fancy Working For Bentley?     “

Proposal to Reduce MOT Testing Slammed     

“The proposal to reduce the frequency of MOT testing is ill-thought-out and unsafe”, said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised vehicle dealers in the UK. The NFDA has encouraged the Government to ‘reconsider’ Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ rumoured proposal to move to biennial MOT testing. Sue RobinsonContinue reading “Proposal to Reduce MOT Testing Slammed     “

FCA To Boost Diversity on Company Boards      

The FCA has finalised rules requiring listed companies to report information and disclose against targets on the representation of women and ethnic minorities on their boards and executive management, making it easier for investors to see the diversity of their senior leadership teams. The FCA’s approach sets positive diversity targets for listed companies. If they cannot meetContinue reading “FCA To Boost Diversity on Company Boards      “

CitNOW’s Digital Spotlight Awards     

And the winners are…tense and nervous as the hosts fumble with the golden envelopes… CitNOW, automotive retail industry’s communications specialist, has announced the latest winners of its annual Digital Spotlight Awards, where the creativity and best practice in digital customer communications is rewarded. Some dealerships showing the way forward with digital comms stole the show.Continue reading “CitNOW’s Digital Spotlight Awards     “

Warrantywise Targets Growth Via Dealer Partner Plan    

Warrantywise, the third-party automotive warranty specialist, is restructuring its dealer department to build better levels of service and support for retail partners, and to lay the foundations for a period of accelerated growth. The Blackburn-based company, which works with hundreds of dealers, is encouraging dealer partners to invest in servicing and vehicle prep, and toContinue reading “Warrantywise Targets Growth Via Dealer Partner Plan    “

All-Electric Roller Passes -40˚C Winter Tests     

The new all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre has concluded its winter testing in freezing conditions just 55km from the Arctic Circle, surviving -40˚C temperatures in Sweden. The Spectre has now completed a quarter of a planned 2.5 million km testing programme. As CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös says: “The announcement of every new Rolls-Royce motor car carries a greatContinue reading “All-Electric Roller Passes -40˚C Winter Tests     “

On Me Head, Castrol     

English Premier League sponsor Castrol is launching a seven-a-side football tournament for eight teams from workshops and retail partners from across the UK to win the chance to compete at St George’s Park, the official home of England’s national football teams. Taking place on 22 May, teams will get the chance to be coached byContinue reading “On Me Head, Castrol     “

Stellantis Pumps €300M Into Mobility Start-Ups     

Stellantis today announced the launch of a major venture capital fund with the creation of Stellantis Ventures, to invest €300 million in start-up companies developing innovative, customer-centric technologies that could be deployed within the automotive and mobility sector. “We are moving fast in our transformation to a mobility tech company while reimagining the future of mobilityContinue reading “Stellantis Pumps €300M Into Mobility Start-Ups     “

Bentley’s Record Financial Performance      

Super-luxury marque Bentley Motors has announced its financial results for 2021, complementing the company’s record sales performance during the same 12-month period. Operating profits rose to €389 million, which was €369 million more than in 2020. Turnover last year reached €2.845 billion, while an increased level of personalisation and a model mix dominated by Speed,Continue reading “Bentley’s Record Financial Performance      “

DHL’s Sunny Solution     

Delivery and shipping experts DHL Express is installing solar panel units on trucks within its pickup and delivery fleet, reducing fuel consumption in markets throughout the country. Equipping DHL Express medium and heavy-duty trucks with the TRAILAR solar technology is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 KG per year for each vehicle, also loweringContinue reading “DHL’s Sunny Solution     “

Ambulances4Ukraine: Enthusiasts Donate Vehicles     

A husband-and-wife team of classic car enthusiasts from the New Forest are to donate two fully prepared vehicles to support Ukrainian medical services as part of a life-saving mission in Eastern Europe. Donations to the cause can be made here  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ambulances4ukraine?utm_term=q4qk89GYE Richard and Gosia Myers have enlisted the help of a number of local businessesContinue reading “Ambulances4Ukraine: Enthusiasts Donate Vehicles     “

NFDA Survey: What Dealers Really Think of Manufacturers    

The six-monthly NFDA Attitude Survey asked the critical question ‘how would you rate your manufacturer?’ and saw Lexus wipe the floor with the opposition with a massively-impressive 9.8/10 score.  The average score that dealers gave their manufacturers was 6.6/10, slightly up from the previous survey. After Lexus came Kia (9.2) and Toyota (8.9), but Renault (4.0), DSContinue reading “NFDA Survey: What Dealers Really Think of Manufacturers    “

Polestar: Tune In, Man    

Polestar has teamed up with Swedish composer, musician and artist, Lisa Nordström, to create a unique soundscape for Polestar’s retail locations around the world. The soundtrack is also available on over 50 different streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music – and can of course be streamed in Polestar 2 cars. This isContinue reading “Polestar: Tune In, Man    “

Stellantis Donates €1 Million for Ukrainian Refugees     

We make no apologies for this week’s bulletin focussing on the hell that is unfolding in Ukraine.  And we’re chuffed that Stellantis, through its Foundation, has commited €1 million in humanitarian aid to support the Ukrainian refugees and civilians displaced by the current crisis. With the support of Stellantis’ head of operations in Ukraine, StellantisContinue reading “Stellantis Donates €1 Million for Ukrainian Refugees     “

Ford Backs Dealers    

Ford CEO Jim Farley has prompted a sigh of relief from Ford dealers around the world by stating clearly that the manufacturer is sticking by dealers and that they remain integral to the company’s future. In an insightful interview with the Detroit Free Press, Farley spoke freely about the challenges Ford faces, its rivals andContinue reading “Ford Backs Dealers    “

Polestar Opens 3rd ‘Space’ in Solihull     

Swedish electric performance brand Polestar will open its third UK ‘Space’ at Touchwood, the 650,000 square foot shopping destination in Solihull’s town centre. Like previous openings at London Westfield and Manchester’s Trafford Centre, Polestar Solihull aims to continue to change the face of the traditional automotive retail model with its direct to consumer digital-first approach.Continue reading “Polestar Opens 3rd ‘Space’ in Solihull     “