Dealers under pressure from manufacturers

By Creditplus | Monday, September 3, 2012

The majority of car dealers say the relationship with their brand partners is getting worse as manufacturers continue to demand high investment levels. This is despite the fact that vehicle sales are low in comparison to pre-recession levels, resulting in tighter profit margins for dealers. According to the National Franchised...

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Bentley's GT Speed gets Russian unveiling

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Bentley Continental GT Speed, the new performance flagship of the company, has made its global debut in Russia. Unveiled at the Moscow International Auto Salon, the new model is part of a trio of headline displays, the other two of which are cars new to the Russian market. The...

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New Veloster Turbo hits showrooms

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The new Veloster Turbo will hit showrooms next month as Hyundai prepares for its launch on September 24. Designed to meet dealer demand for a souped-up Veloster, the 184bhp turbocharged version of the Veloster one and two-door coupe will be priced at £21,995. Available on a variety of car financing...

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Choosing Lexus SUV no taxing decision

By Creditplus | Friday, August 24, 2012

Company car drivers opting for the Lexus RX 450h can save thousands of pounds in tax and enjoy the sophistication and refinement of the luxury SUV at the same time. The model's full hybrid system brings tax benefits unequalled by its premium brand rivals such as the BMW X5 and...

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Jaguar tops customer satisfaction poll

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 23, 2012

Motorists have voted Jaguar as the best car dealership when it comes to customer satisfaction in a survey published by What Car? The company scored 86.1% in the poll, which was carried out by American based JD Power, with Lexus, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz occupying the next three places in the...

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Vauxhall TV ad deemed misleading

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 23, 2012

Car manufacturer Vauxhall has been told one of its TV adverts is misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The advertising watchdog has told Vauxhall it must not suggest the range-extended EV Ampera is capable of 360 miles on electricity alone. The TV advert describes the car as "driving electricity...

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California dream of driverless cars a step closer

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Science fiction was driven a bit closer to reality when California's governor rode in an autonomous car to sign legislation clearing the way for driverless vehicles in the state. Jerry Brown arrived at the headquarters of Google, which has been developing the driverless technology and calling for new regulations, in...

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Online ex-fleet car auctions grow

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

British Car Auctions (BCA) says online auctions and new technology are changing the remarketing of ex-fleet vehicles, allowing fleets and leasing companies to reap better benefits. Whether buying or contracting a hire vehicle, consumers should be informed about changes in the market to take advantage of better re-sale values and...

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Mercedes-Benz launches new CLS estate

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The all-new estate version of the Mercedes-Benz CLS will be available to order for customers in the UK from September, with prices starting from £49,360. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake is a five-seater but also has the capability of providing a load area of 1,550 litres, increased from 590 litres...

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Legislation to pose fleet firms problems

By Creditplus | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act on 1 October looks set to create a major administrative problem for fleet operators. The Home Office insists the new legislation will assist with the 'restoration of British liberties' as it includes policies such as a ban on wheel clamping on private...

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New Auris set for Paris unveiling

By Creditplus | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Toyota has announced it will showcase the new Auris at the Paris Motor Show in September. The Japanese firm claim the new model offers improved dynamics, attractive styling and more in-car technology, while also being cheaper to run. Sporting a renovated exterior, including a newly-designed grille, angular headlights and LED...

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Hand gestures to control car radios

By Creditplus | Monday, August 20, 2012

New technology allowing drivers to control car radios, telephones and climate with hand gestures or even by raising an eyebrow may not be far away. Mercedes-Benz showcased an experimental system called Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience (DICE), which lets motorists control basic functions with hand gestures, at the Consumer Electronics...

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Does your car have the power you think it does?

By Creditplus | Saturday, August 18, 2012

Car buyers are faced with numerous facts and stats when choosing their next car. Many have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Who ever obtains the fuel consumption figures some car brands boast of? Which drivers are able to reproduce the quoted 0-60mph time that was recorded by...

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Volvo announces new business class

By Creditplus | Saturday, August 18, 2012

Swedish motor manufacturer Volvo has announced a new range of models that have been specifically designed to appeal to company car drivers and lease firms. The S60, V60 and V70 line-ups will all feature a Business Edition, offering users all the latest technology including satellite navigation, Bluetooth, upgraded audio and...

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Car production increases by over a fifth

By Creditplus | Friday, August 17, 2012

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that a total of 119,882 cars were produced in the UK last month, an increase of more than a fifth (22%) compared to the same month in 2011. The latest figure takes the total for 2012 up...

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Ford leads UK fleet car sector

By Creditplus | Friday, August 17, 2012

Ford car sales are up in 2012, giving it the lead in the UK fleet car sector with a 15.9% market share for the year to date. Ford's fleet vehicle sales represent 62% of its total vehicle sales. It sold 95,752 cars and 32,654 vans in the opening seven months...

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Dealers predict £5 billion September

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Around 330,000 new cars will be registered during September, with motorists spending approximately £4.95 billion, according to the industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In 1999 the registration plate changed to the twice-yearly March and September system, that uses the year as an identifier, rather than...

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Chevrolet to unveil new SUV at Paris show

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chevrolet has revealed its new compact SUV will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Trax has a high driving position and size that make it suitable for city driving. Smaller than the Captiva, the Trax measures 4.25 metres long and just under 1.8 metres wide. Trax designers...

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Businesses 'must take steps' to cut crashes

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Employers are being called on to set stricter driving regulations for workers under 25 in a bid to cut down on crashes. Road crashes are the pre-eminent cause of death and injury in the 15-24 age bracket in Britain, with almost a quarter (23%) of 18-24 year olds having crashed...

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New Mazda3 and Mazda5 models released

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Four special versions of the Mazda3 and Mazda5 - the Venture Edition models - are being introduced this summer to give motorists in Britain even greater style and value, priced at £17,495 (OTR) with car finance available. The quartet are available now and, inside and outside the car, they have...

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