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AM Digest News round-upIMI and AM Awards 2012 winners Jon Mathers, Unity Automotive Peterborough managing director, and Amarjit Shokar, Romford Mazda dealer principal.Source AM March 27Read more....Manufacturer newsCountdown to Dacia's UK arrivalThere are now less than 100 days until Renault begins official UK distribution of its Dacia budget brand, aimed at offering new cars for used car prices. It has begun promoting the new brand online at with a tagline of "shockingly affordable" ahead of confirmation of prices and line-up on June 28. Dacia will officially open for business in UK Renault showrooms in January 2013 with two launch models, the £9,995 Duster SUV and a £6,995 Sandero five-door supermini. Consumers can sign up on the Dacia website to receive regular news updates.Source AM March 23Read more....BMW recallBMW has recalled 109,000 units of its 5 Series and 6 Series models in the UK which were built between 2003 and 2012 due to the incorrect fitment of a battery cable cover. In extreme cases the fault could cause a fire. The UK recall is part of a global recall of 1.3 million cars in total.Source AM March 28Read more.... ContinuesCutcarwashingcostsandimprovequality.Washwithsafe,scratch-freesoftfoambrushesinaround21?2minutes.Typicalcostoflessthan£2percar.Costsquotedareforarefurbishedunitandincludecapital,installation,maintenance,water,

New car marketNewsDealerprofileUsed caranalysisInsight: RecruitmentPeugeot UKNews digestNew carnewsUsed Toyotas' five-year warrantyToyota has introduced a new warranty programme for customers buying its Approved Used cars with up to 150,000 miles on the clock. This is a Toyota-backed warranty, not a third-party insurance product, and customers can extend the basic 12 months' cover for a further four years. If the car is less than five years old they can choose up to 48 additional months. If it is between five and eight years old then cover is only available for another 24 months.Source AM March 22Read more....People award for carmakersVauxhall Motors and Bentley Motors are the only two vehicle manufacturers to feature among 67 companies in the 2012 Britain's Top Employers list. Organised by the CRF Institute, the list is compiled by research of entrants' HR management, including primary and secondary benefits, working conditions, training, career development and company culture, all scored against a five-star scale. Vauxhall Motors scored four to five stars in every category. Bentley Motors scored three to four stars in every category.Source AM March 26Read more....BMW and Mini service honourThe Institute of Customer Service has honoured BMW Group UK for its commitment to excellent and innovative customer satisfaction. The ICS has presented the prestigious Kcom Customer Feedback Strategy Award to BMW Group UK's first customer director, Richard Price. The award recognises in particular the customer service system in operation in all BMW and Mini UK dealerships that allows every customer to rate their experience on a five-star scale and write specific comments on dealer websites.Source AM March 21Read more....Economy newsConsumer caution with spendingCautious consumers' repayments on credit cards, loans and overdrafts outstripped new borrowing by £305 million in February, figures show. This safety-first approach had led to a contraction in borrowing through loans and overdrafts. The figures, from the British Bankers' Association showed a slowdown in the mortgage market.Source BBC March 23Read more....Vacant shops sign of pressuresThe proportion of shops in Britain lying empty has hit a new record of 14.6% in February, according to figures compiled by the Local Data Company. Vacancy rates had begun to stabilise at the end of 2011, but they have risen in January and February. It is further evidence of a difficult start to the year for retailers. Source BBC March 23Read more....More higher rate taxpayersFive million workers on 'relatively modest salaries' could be dragged into a higher rate of tax as a result of changes to tax threshold announced in the Budget. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimates that 'fiscal drag' could mean that the number of people paying 40% tax could rise from 3.7 million in 2011 to five million by 2014. Source Accountancy Age March 23Read more....