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New car marketNewsCV Show newsUsed car analysisNewsRecruitmentdigestDealerprofileShowroom Continues overAM Digest News round-upDealer newsFord Retail's mobile servicingFord Retail has introduced a mobile service providing aftersales servicing and repairs for Ford and other makes of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The service can undertake most warranty repairs and recall fixes for Ford vehicles on customer premises or at other locations. Called @first Fleet Support, the service covers the London M25 area from bases in Barking, East London, and Hayes, West London, and is primarily aimed at leasing companies and fleet operators.Source AM April 27Read more....Fine for dealer's staff car schemePendragon has been hit with a £35,000 fine by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs after deductions from staff pay took 40 employees below the national minimum wage. The UK's biggest car dealer and parent company of top 20 FN50 leasing company Pendragon Contracts made deductions from employees' pay to cover the cost of a lease car, as well as other benefits.Source Fleet News April 30Read more...Skoda garage closesHayes Garage, which had partnered Skoda in Clacton for more than 30 years, has closed following financial difficulties. Car Finity, which had owned the dealership since 2006, ceased trading last week. Its website now says the dealership will reopen in May as Ricky Hayes Garage.Source AM April 25Read more...Dealer jailed for pensioner attackA former Ford dealer "rained blows" on a pensioner during a road rage incident, a court has heard. David Gill, of Old Port, Cardiff, has been jailed for 12 weeks by Swansea Magistrates Court after it heard he pinned Michael Burns to his car bonnet and punched him several times, leaving him with injuries to his eye, cheekbone and lip. Gill, who had denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm, is set to appeal his conviction. Source AM April 24Read more...Expansion plansA franchised car dealer in Cornwall has submitted a planning application for an extension to its showroom. Hawkins Motors employs more than 200 people across Cornwall and its plans to expand its Blackwater dealership are part of broader investment in the county.Source AM April 30Read more...Stoneacre partners VolvoCar dealer Stoneacre Motor Group has introduced the Volvo brand to its portfolio with two acquisitions this year. It has taken over the Swedish brand's franchise in Lincoln from John Darke Lincoln and in Grimsby from John Morris Motors. Since its beginning in 1995 as a used car supermarket in Scunthorpe, Stoneacre has grown steadily to represent a broad portfolio of main-stream brands, including Ford, Vauxhall, Citroën, Peugeot, Suzuki, Seat, Kia, Hyundai and Fiat.Source AM April 25Read more...

New car marketNewsCV Show newsUsed caranalysisNewsRecruitmentdigestDealer profileShowroomMotorhomes planBorder Cars, one of Mazda UK's key retail partners, has added motorhomes to its retail operation. The business, owned by Mike Fusco, has Mazda dealerships in Dumfries, Stranraer, Workington and Carlisle plus Mitsubishi, Fiat, Ford, Jeep Chrysler and Kia in several of the same locations. Now it has added motorhomes to its portfolio as it looks to diversify the offering at its seven locations.Source AM April 27Read more...Manufacturer newsHonda benchmarkingSoftware and services provider Audatex will deliver a bespoke programme to Honda's 138 approved bodyshops nationwide, culminating in an Estimator of the Year award. As part of its Honda Accident Repair Programme (HARP), the manufacturer has been working with Audatex to develop Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) benchmarking and training.Source AM April 27Read more...IPads for Mercedes dealersAll Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK will have Apple iPads to show customers special features of the new B-Class, as well as apps for the C-Class Coupé. Dealers will be able to show customers the new B-Class Augmented Reality Showroom app designed for showrooms.Source AM April 26Read more...Citroën relocationCitroën UK will leave its Slough base later this year to join sister brand Peugeot UK at Coventry in a cost efficiencies' move. Earlier this year AM reported how Marc Lechantre had been appointed by PSA to oversee the UK operation above the Peugeot and Citroën UK managing directors, with the remit to identify efficiencies. Over the last decade Citroën's UK share of the new car market has fallen from 5.2% to 3.5% while Peugeot's has dropped from 8.4% to 4.9%.Source AM April 25Read more...Parts secured for Saab parcSaab Parts UK has welcomed the news that parts production will restart at Saab Automobile's press and body plant in Trollhättan. Saab Automobile Parts AB recently signed an agreement with the administrators of Saab Automobile AB allowing it the use of Saab's press and body shop plant, including the specialist tooling, for the manufacture and assembly of body parts. A second agreement was also signed to acquire a large number of fully assembled parts and other components.Source Fleet News April 24Read more...Electric vans face tough futureA report commissioned by the Department for Transport has given a pessimistic view of the future of electric vans in the UK and has been described as a "massive wake-up call" for electric van makers and the Government. The AM Digest News round-up Continues Continues over