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New car marketNewsNewsdigestShowroomAM AwardsNew carnewsAMIndexRecruitmentAM Digest News round-upthere will be a small number of compulsory redundancies at the dealership, but many members of the 13-strong staff have been offered alternative jobs in Nidd Vale's other businesses. It also represents Vauxhall, Mazda, Seat and Saab in Harrogate and Vauxhall in Wetherby.Source AM December 13Read more....Expansion plannedBugle Inn Motor Company has revealed plans to expand its Chorley Nissan dealership in Wigan. It wants to buy land at the back of its current site to add a used car supermarket, commercial vehicle showroom, electric vehicle centreĀ and extend its current service facilities. The project would double its current workforce to 60 in Wigan, reports the Wigan Today website.Source AM December 13Read more....Manufacturer newsMore aggression from VolvoVolvo is planning to be "more direct, aggressive and competitive" in its marketing strategy, after admitting that the brand had been neglected for a number of years. The Swedish car marque, bought by Geely Holding Group from Ford last year, hopes to strengthen its perception as a luxury brand and has set out an ambitious growth strategy to increase global sales to 800,000 units by 2020, up from the current 450,000 vehicles.Source Marketing Week December 16Read more....MG deal for financeGMAC UK, once part of General Motors' finance division, has signed a contract with MG Motor as the launch phase in a bid to broaden its manufacturer client base. MG is GMAC UK's fourth car brand. It is also the preferred finance supplier to Saab and GM's Vauxhall and Chevrolet.Source AM December 19Read more...China puts levy on US carsChina will levy duties on some cars made in the US in the latest escalation of trade disputes between the two countries. China's commerce ministry said that vehicles were being dumped on the Chinese market, causing damage to the domestic industry. The taxes will affect models from General Motors, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and BMW that have been made in the US. China is now the world's largest vehicle market.Source BBC December 15Read more...Vauxhall tops recalled car listVauxhall recalled more cars than any other manufacturer in 2011, according to data from VOSA. 2011 saw 179 vehicle recalls, with more than 900,000 owners receiving a letter from their car maker's service department. In total, more than 435,000 Vauxhalls were recalled. Top marks went to Bentley, Caterham, Daihatsu, Ferrari, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Lotus, Perodua, Proton, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen with not a single recall in 2011.Source Auto Express December 29Read more... Continues

New car marketNewsNewsdigestShowroomAM AwardsNew carnewsAMIndexRecruitmentAM Digest News round-upSales growth to slow in 2012Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors expect sales growth in 2012 to be sharply slower than 2011 due to the global economic downturn. The South Korean carmakers expect sales to rise by 6% in 2012 to seven million vehicles. Their combined sales rose by 15% in 2011. Source BBC January 3Read more...Jaguar Land Rover plans growth Jaguar Land Rover is planning to double the size of its Merseyside factory and create 1,500 new jobs in a major boost to the Coalition's drive to rebalance the economy. JLR's Land Rover plant in Halewood is at full capacity producing the new Range Rover Evoque.Source Daily Telegraph January 3Read more...Bentley demand soars in ChinaLuxury carmaker Bentley saw sales surge 37% in 2011 amid strong demand from China. The Volkswagen brand was profitable for the first time since 2008 and is planning "robust" growth in sales this year. The US remains Bentley's number one market with 2,021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. China took second spot with sales almost doubling to 1,839.Source Daily Telegraph Jan 3Read more...Economy newsConfidence nears record lowUK confidence was at a near-record low in November, according to a survey from the Nationwide Building Society. The Nationwide Consumer Confidence Index rose to 40 from its record low of 36 in October. It is still at about half its long-term average of 77, and any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment.Source BBC December 20Read more...Bleak winter economic warningThe eurozone is facing a "bleak" winter, audit firm Ernst & Young says. A "mild" recession is likely in the first half of next year, leading to economic growth of just 0.1% for the whole of 2012, it predicted. Ernst & Young also said unemployment in the eurozone was unlikely to fall below 10% until 2015. Source BBC December 15Read more...Drop in retail demandRetail sales fell by 0.4% in November from October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. The fall is slightly more than the 0.3% monthly drop that economists had forecast and comes amid big discounting by High Street stores. Source BBC December 15Read more...'Double standards' from taxmanThe taxman has been accused of double standards for its drive to crack down on small businesses while allowing big companies off hefty tax bills. HMRC is planning to hit up to 20,000 small businesses with spot checks on their tax paperwork. Source Daily Telegraph January 3Read more...