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New car marketNewsNewsdigestShowroomAMAwardsNew carnewsAM IndexRecruitment Continues overAM Digest News round-upDealer newsPendragon gets Leeds BMW sitePendragon has bought Scotthall BMW in Leeds from Jardine Motors Group. Jardine had operated the site, which is a case study on aftersales in the December 2011 issue of AM magazine, for 20 years. BMW said it will continue its partnership with Jardine in the south of England. The transaction is due to complete in the New Year, and all staff will transfer to Pendragon.Source AM December 20Read more....Award for Smithy GarageMitsubishi Motors UK has named Smithy Garage in Gwynedd, Wales, as its 2011 Dealer of the Year. The award was presented to John Roberts, a director of the franchise, at Mitsubishi's annual dealer conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. The carmaker said Smithy Garage, founded by JH Roberts in 1939 and still under family ownership, managed by the founder's sons John, David and Einion, has an established and respected name in its area. It also has a strong reputation for outstanding customer service, a major part of the criteria for the award - 95% of its customers would recommend the business to friends and family.Source AM December 20Read more....Listers' first Land Rover siteListers, the predominantly German and Japanese focused dealer group, has invested in its first Land Rover dealership. It has acquired a site from Droitwich Garages, adding a Land Rover sales and service centre (Listers Land Rover Droitwich) to its porfolio, plus an additional Seat dealership (Listers Seat Droitwich), also on the site.Source AM December 15Read more....Last-minute service slotsBowker Motor Group, with BMW and Mini dealerships in Preston and Blackburn, has signed up with with a view to offering full online discounted servicing to value-conscious customers.Source AM December 14Read more....Kwik-Fit under watchful eyeThe UK motor industry is watching the new owner of Kwik-Fit closely to see whether it will combine its market-leading tyre chain with its existing nationwide wholesale operation. Itochu Corporation said when it bought Kwik-Fit that it would keep the retail business, which has 676 centres in the UK, separate from its Stapletons Tyre Services distribution operation. However, now Itochu has been given clearance by competition authorities to run the businesses freely, the tyre industry is watching closely for signs of integration or co-operation between Kwik-Fit and Stapletons.Source AM December 16Read more....Peugeot dealership closesCar dealer group Nidd Vale closed its Peugeot dealership in Ilkley on December 23. Managing director Neil Crossley told the local newspaper