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Life with BYD, stock push, green agenda

This month in Dealer Insight we feature LSH Auto UK, which opened a new BYD showroom in Stockport. Chinese electric vehicles are in the news and attracting a lot of interest from dealers. LSH belongs to a select club, being one of a handful of dealers to partner with the Chinese EV brand. Vaughan Blackman, former LSH Australia general manager, ...

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Consumer Duty, Chinese car brands, winning ways

In the April issue of Motor Trader we look at the new Financial Conduct Authority rules on Consumer Duty that come into force on 31 July 2023 and set higher and clearer standards of consumer protection across financial services and require motor finance firms, brokers and dealers to put their customers’ needs first. It will mean that consumers should receive ...

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Stellantis overhaul, EV sales, Chapelhouse

In February issue of Motor Trader now online we look at Stellantis and its plans for its brands. Stellantis met with dealers at an investor conference held at the NEC, Birmingham. It detailed strategies for the brands to simplify the business , introduce new aftersales and commercial vehicle strategies and push ahead with plans for agency. The group is furthest ...

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Vertu expands, Hedin walks, winning ways

Consolidation was in the air this month with Vertu Motors acquiring the majority of Helston Garages for £120.1m. The acquisition included 28 franchised sales outlets. In a separate deal, Yeomans acquired 12 businesses from Helston Garages. The move saw Yeoman join the VW Group for the first time. It was a significant month for Pendragon, which retained its independence when ...

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EV Retailing, John Clark, Motor finance challenge

The pace of change in EV retailing was the focus of attention at the Motor Trader EV Retailing Summit 2022, which took place at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. Sales of EVs in the UK continue to grow and dealers are at the sharp end with consumers, covering all areas of retailing from new and used EVs through to aftersales, ...

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