End to Sprinter/Crafter Deal in Sight

Only Sprinters to be made here soon - no Crafters

Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced that it will no longer make Volkswagen’s Crafter van after the end of 2016 when the current agreement expires. Mercedes say this will help them concentrate on volume production for their own brand. The Sprinter is the most successful model produced by the company’s van division with around 150,000 Sprinters built […]

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MAN to grow Service Network

HRVS MAN Dealer Keith Sims Group Ops Director

As trucks continue to improve in performance and reliability, there is no longer such a thing as a ‘bad truck’ on offer in the UK.  This means that the manufacturers have to distinguish their offering in some other way.  The obvious ‘easy win’ is the size and performance of their dealer network.  It is in […]

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RH Commercials on Growth Path

New Recruits L-R Melanie Inse, Gary Standring, Director Paul Pearson, Sarah Charlesworth & Anthony Milwardsmall

East Midlands Renault Trucks dealer RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has taken the bull by the horns and carried out a major recruitment drive in advance of any real signs of upturn in the economy. The company was acquired by managing director, Nigel Baxter only last year from logistics company Kuehne & Nagel. The new owners […]

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MAN to Absorb Euro 6 R&M Increases

MAN's DPF Unit

It will be a long haul to get truck operators to overcome their reluctance to take on board new Euro 6 technology and the perceived associated costs. MAN is trying to put some of these fears to rest by announcing that their R&M rates will not rise for Euro 6 trucks.  This may not seem […]

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Truck Trader Magazine Closure Premature?

The latest Issue of Truck and Plant Locator Magazine

Looking back through my collection of old truck magazines, I noticed a copy of what was Trucklocator Weekly Magazine from February this year, prior to its facelift and entry into the world of high street newsagents. At 64 pages in total February’s magazine had a respectable enough choice of used trucks at 35 pages with […]

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MAN Reveal Euro 6 Pricing

Des Evans: “If the TGX is double-shifted, it costs just £5 an hour – what other ‘man’ would work for less than the minimum wage?”

At a recent press conference MAN released limited details of their Euro 6 pricing.  MAN’s UK ‘direct sales’ approach is unlike other dealer networks – the whole sales team is directly employed by MAN.  This gives the company greater control over the pricing than those manufacturers relying on a network of private capital dealers. There […]

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Grays Truck and Van in Administration – Iveco Steps in

Grays Guildford

The administrators were called into South-Eastern Iveco dealer Grays Truck Centre Ltd on August 9th. In a move first seen some fifteen years ago when Iveco dealer Stormont went into administration, Iveco have bought the assets from the administrators. According to Iveco Director, Nigel Emms,  “Iveco couldn’t allow representation to be compromised in this important […]

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Arne Knaben takes the helm of Volvo in the UK

Arne Knaben has been appointed Volvo Trucks’ Managing Director of Volvo Group UK. He succeeds Ulf Magnusson who is moving to Gothenburg to become Senior Vice President Volvo Buses, Business Region Europe. Arne will report to Bruno Blin who is Senior Vice President SWE Sales Area, Group Trucks Sales & Marketing EMEA. Currently Arne holds […]

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Iveco Dealers Northern Commercials and Stormont Truck & Van unite

Northern Commercials has acquired the trade and assets of Stormont Truck & Van, with Stormont’s network of four dealerships to be re-branded as Northern Commercials sites

Iveco dealers Northern Commercials (Mirfield) Ltd and Stormont Truck & Van Ltd, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Clipper Group Holdings, are coming together to form a single legal entity. Northern Commercials has acquired the trade and assets of Stormont Truck & Van, with Stormont’s network of four dealerships to be re-branded as Northern Commercials sites. […]

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VOSA opens 350th Authorised Testing Facility


Commercial vehicle testing reaches another milestone in the UK as the 350th ATF is opened. VOSA presented Morrisons Regional Distribution Centre in Bridgwater, Somerset, with a certificate on Wednesday 24 July to commemorate the fact it had opened the 350th ATF. Almost 70% of all tests are now carried out at private sites away from […]

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