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JLR New EV Test Facility    

This space age-looking room isn’t a sneak peek at Stormzy’s hi-tec recording studio, it’s Jaguar Land Rover’s brand new facility to test the next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference. The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at Gaydon will ensure future vehicles meet current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics.Continue reading “JLR New EV Test Facility    “

Marshall – More Change     

Constellation Automotive-owned Marshall Motor Group has pulled out of the Kia UK franchised dealer network just weeks after long-term CEO Daksh Gupta’s departure was announced.  Are the two matters related?  Constellation says not, according to reports in AM Online. But this week we saw Drayton Motors take over Marshall’s Scunthorpe Kia franchise and we hearContinue reading “Marshall – More Change     “

Another New EV Name     

Ares, the Modena-based luxury coachbuilder, has announced the development of a whole new range of electric mobility luxury products including one-off vehicles and small series supercars, along with a motorcycle. It seems its S1 Project, an own-designed supercar, will be the star of the Ares show, and it intends to hit the luxury SUV marketContinue reading “Another New EV Name     “

Beaulieu Celebrates ‘Nifty Fifties’    

Beaulieu will be celebrating a golden era of motoring with a brand new Nifty Fifties display, as part of International Autojumble, returning on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September for a packed weekend of buying, selling and automotive enjoyment. Following in the tyre-tracks of the nostalgia-fuelled Forgotten Favourites display at last year’s show, Nifty Fifties will bring together classic vehicles dating from 1950Continue reading “Beaulieu Celebrates ‘Nifty Fifties’    “

Used Car Supply May Never Return to pre-Covid Levels    

The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has issued a statement saying that, due to changing manufacturer strategies, used car supply may never return to anywhere near its pre-pandemic levels. Philip Nothard, VRA’s chair, said that some manufacturers see greater profits to be made from reducing supply and keeping new vehicle prices high. “For decades, car manufacturingContinue reading “Used Car Supply May Never Return to pre-Covid Levels    “

Bland is Beautiful at Festival of the Unexceptional     

Hagerty, the auto enthusiast brand, has launched its 2022 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, taking place on Saturday 30 July in Lincolnshire and featuring really rather mundane specimens in mint condition. We love it! Think Bluebird over Bugatti and you’ll get the idea. Festival is the only car show to celebrate a Chevette, applaud an ApplauseContinue reading “Bland is Beautiful at Festival of the Unexceptional     “

BenWell From Ben     

To mark the beginning of World Wellbeing Week, Ben, the automotive industry charity, is proud to announce the nationwide launch of BenWell – its pioneering new wellbeing platform, developed specifically for the automotive industry in partnership with Wellonomics. Underpinning BenWell is an insight-led app and web portal which automotive businesses can use to take theContinue reading “BenWell From Ben     “

Lookers ‘Optimistic’ Despite ‘Inflationary Pressures’     

Lookers is keeping sharply focussed and optimistic as it reports that “significant inflationary pressures” are affecting the car retail sector’s performance. In its H1 trading update, Lookers showed that its pre-tax profits were expected to drop around 10% – from just above £50m to around £45m – on 2021’s H1 where Covid lockdowns struck againContinue reading “Lookers ‘Optimistic’ Despite ‘Inflationary Pressures’     “

Tesla Autopilot Crashes     

US regulators are stepping up their investigation of Tesla’s Autopilot function following over a dozen Tesla crashes into parked emergency vehicles over the last four years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a statement saying that the investigation it launched last year is being upgraded.  Around 830,000 cars across all four Tesla makes –Continue reading “Tesla Autopilot Crashes     “

Cazoo Cuts Jobs    

Just days after Carzam went under, the highest profile online used car pioneer, Cazoo, announced that around 750 people in its workforce will be losing their jobs in a bid to cut costs. We have previously reported that Cazoo’s share price has plummeted spectacularly by over 80% since its high profile NYSE listing and nowContinue reading “Cazoo Cuts Jobs    “

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      “