Lookers takes on Verve Van Centre from Administrators

verve van centre

One of the UK’s top dealer groups, Lookers plc has acquired VW Commercial Van Centre, Glasgow from KPMG, the administrators recently appointed to former owner, Verve Limited, for an undisclosed sum. The deal secures the employment of almost all of the 36 staff who had worked in the division, which is located at Baillieston, around […]

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December Truck Registration Madness

Iveco UK Managing Director ClaudioZanframundo

Vehicle registration analysis: the year that was 2013 The number of commercial vehicles registered during 2013 has led to a gross distortion in the market, far outweighing even the predictions of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, according to Iveco UK Managing Director Claudio Zanframundo. Speaking at Iveco’s 28th annual State of the Nation […]

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MERCEDES-BENZ UK BREAKS SALES RECORDS IN 2013

Mercedes Actros

Mercedes-Benz have broken their records for sales of cars, vans and trucks in 2013 – with vans up 21% and trucks up by a massive 35%. The Vans division beat its previous 2007 record by registering 30,257 vans throughout 2013.  The New Sprinter, introduced in the second half of the year, helped lead the charge, […]

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FORD CV SALES PERFORM WELL IN 2013

Ford vans

The Blue Oval has recorded its 48th consecutive year of market leadership in the UK, and has had its best sales results since 2009. Ford’s CV market leadership remains unchallenged since with a 20.9 per cent share for the full year in 2013 – total sales of Ford CVs were up from 66,457 in the […]

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Solid Performance

VW Crafter

Sales were up for Volkswagen commercial vehicles wordwide – albeit by a slim 0.3%.  There was growth in some markets – notably in South America, whilst sales in most of Europe failed to get going – even in Germany where saes were down by almost 7%, contributing to an overall fall in VW van sales […]

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Bevan Acquires Supertrucks

Supertrucks Bevan

Supertrucks, the UK’s largest manufacturer of frail vans, have been acquired by the fast-growing Bevan Group. Supertrucks operates from a production facility in St Helens, Merseyside and was founded in 1981 by former Chairman Peter Wright, who is staying on for the time being in a consultancy role. The decision by West Midlands-based bodybuilder Bevan […]

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ISUZU ADDS TWO NEW DEALERS

Watts Truck & Van

Isuzu has added a new dealer in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, and Cardiff following the appointment of Gormley Motors and Watts Truck & Van as official Isuzu sales, aftersales and service dealers. Gormley, based on Ballygawley Road in South Tyrone has been trading for 45 years. Visitors to the garage will now be able to test […]

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FORD DELIVERS 10,000 TRANSIT CUSTOMS IN THE UK IN FIRST YEAR

Ford Transit Customs Success

The new Ford Transit Custom has passed a major milestone, reaching 10,000 sales in the UK in the first 12 months of launch. More than 5,500 Transit Custom vans have been sold to UK fleets, with Kelly Fleet Services placing the biggest order yet of 232 vans. Transit Custom is also proving a popular choice […]

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RAA extends its remarketing deal with Manheim

Manheim Auction

The Retail Automotive Alliance Ltd (RAA) has confirmed a new deal with Manheim for the remarketing of more than 25,000 vehicles annually. The RAA comprises 23 independent dealer groups. The RAA’s partnership with Manheim will see in excess of 18 bespoke sales held each week around the country. Part-exchange vehicles from retail activity generated by […]

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FORD TAKES THREE OF THE SIX TOP SELLER PLACES

Ford Transit dealer

Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “As well as having three of the top six best sellers this month, Ford is increasing sales and share across most of its vehicle range, providing a secure basis for our long-standing market leadership.” UK commercial vehicle sales in November were up 21.5 per cent, […]

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