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COVID-19 will force auto retailers to embrace digital transformation

3 April 2020 | Mike Vousden

Early reports from most countries around the world indicate that auto sales in March have nosedived as efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis begin to bite. With governments issuing stay-at-home orders, dealerships have seen customer footfall drop significantly or dry up altogether leading to markedly reduced auto sales.

BMW launches F44 2 Series Gran Coupé

13 March 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The worldwide sales launch for F44 has begun. BMW's new 4.5m long sedan is aimed mainly at the USA - expected to take 25 per cent of global volume - where, in the absence of the 1 Series, it becomes the brand's entry-level model. In Europe, Germany is seen as the top market, followed by the UK where 6,000 sales are forecast for the first full year.

World monitors coronavirus - the week

14 February 2020 | Simon Warburton

There seems to be no end in sight for the time being concerning the spread of the coronavirus sweeping around the world, with the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China confirming 1,380 fatalities so far (14 February).

Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.

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China’s shift to online sales gathers pace

13 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in China is reporting that sales have recovered sharply after the COVID-19 slump that hit the market hard in the first quarter. It now says there is a big shift towards online sales and reducing human contact in a digital sales process. Michael Mayer, head of sales and marketing for VW in China, provides an update.

CEO Alain Visser on the future of Lynk & Co

9 October 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The chief executive of VCC and Geely's Lynk & Co division stated on several occasions in recent years that the brand would be selling half a million vehicles annually in 2020. That won't now happen, due to delayed launches in the USA and Europe as well as turbulence in the Chinese market. Nonetheless, what Geely chairman Li Shufu calls his 'disrupter' brand will push ahead with new ways of doing business on three continents.

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English car dealers can re-open from June 1

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Car dealerships will be allowed to re-open in England on June 1 as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased further.

PSA extends EV roadside assistance plan

26 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA has extended its roadside assistance plan on new full electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to eight years or 100,000 miles, in line with the vehicle battery warranty.

SMMT calls for UK car showrooms to re-open

22 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

The UK automotive industry is calling on government to allow the country’s 4,900-strong network of new car showrooms to re-open as a matter of urgency. The UK auto industry's trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) also said there is a GBP61 million daily cost to the UK Treasury of keeping dealerships closed.

TrueCar extends dealer financial support into June

22 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

TrueCar is to continue financial payment relief for its dealer customers through June.

Midlands Future Mobility starts AV trial route

22 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Work has started on the 300km UK Midlands Future Mobility test environment, spanning from Coventry to Birmingham, which will see autonomous vehicles trialled on urban, rural, suburban and highway roads.

BYD delivers 20 electric buses to Montevideo

22 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD and Uruguan distributor, Abriley, have delivered a fleet of 20 pure electric buses to CUTCSA, the country’s largest urban public transport operator in Montevideo.

Renault continues Zity deployment in Paris

21 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault is continuing the deployment of the Zity free-floating service in Paris. 

RHA slams London charge as 'shockingly nonsensical'

21 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned reactivation of London’s vehicle charging schemes will choke business recovery.

RHA cautions 10% UK truck tariff will "stall recovery"

20 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned a 10% UK import tariff on new trucks will stall economic recovery.

All German Volkswagen dealers agree new ID sales model

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

All Volkswagen dealers in Germany have signed the agreement for the new sales model for vehicles from the all electric ID family.

South Africa sets dealer virus rules

19 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has detailed directions regarding the sale of cars and emergency vehicle repairs during Level 4 lockdown.

BYD supplies 12 electric buses to Sao Jose dos Campos

18 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD is to supply 12 pure electric articulated buses to Sao Jose dos Campos' Green Line in Brazil.

FTA wants more UK furloughing flexibility

15 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says it is keen to see more flexibility incorporated into the UK government's furloughing scheme.

RHA urges more help for UK truck operators

15 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is urging the government to do more to help truck operators recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Thailand urged to support sales with scrappage incentives

15 May 2020 | editorial team

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is urging the Thai government to introduce scrappage incentives to help the domestic vehicle market recover quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to local reports.

Nissan names new Infiniti chief

14 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor named Peyman Kargar senior vice president and chairman of Infiniti effective 1 June, 2020.

Tata Motors slowly restarts output, sales and service in India

13 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors announced a restart of Indian manufacturing operations for both commercial and passenger vehicles at plants in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), beginning last week, and at Sanand (Gujarat).

Toyota, Mazda, see China sales rise in April

11 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor both recorded rises in car sales in China in April, their first monthly increases since the novel coronavirus broke out in January, and an indication of the possible return of consumer demand.

BYD Europe teams with RSA in Norway

7 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD Europe is partnering with Scandinavian car and retail distributor, RSA.

Hitachi and Gridserve team on EV infrastructure

6 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Hitachi Capital and Gridserve Sustainable Energy have announced a partnership to create the infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

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