Imperial Holdings Buy Orwell Truck & Van

Imperial Holdings' UK managing director, Ian Oakes, left, with David Grant, managing director and founder of Orwell Truck & Van

South Africa’s Imperial Holdings , owners of one of the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer groups, has purchased the share capital of Mercedes-Benz dealer, Orwell Truck & Van for an undisclosed sum. With it’s head office at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, and branches in Norwich, Colchester and Newmarket, the business will continue to trade as […]

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Motor Auction Van report Published

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The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) published its Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market report for January. The report shows that during January the average values of used LCV’s at auction across the board decreased from £4,700 to £4,315, equivalent to a 8% decrease between December and January. However this is a less pronounced decline […]

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Dealers more confident, but not yet out of the woods – A Report

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Manheim has published the results of its second annual dealer confidence survey, which invites contributions from more than 5,000 franchised and independent motor retailers. The Manheim Dealer Confidence Barometer shows that dealers have had a mixed year, but are generally more confident about the prospects for 2013. In fact, five per cent more dealers are […]

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Greenhous Named Top UK Vauxhall Van Dealer


Greenhous has told CV Dealer that the company has achieved the top spot for retail market share in commercial vehicles.  Richard Potts, sales director at Greenhous Vauxhall, said that offering a wider range of commercial vehicles combined with competitive offers and specialist support has contributed to a successful year. “Greenhous mirrored Vauxhall’s high achievements within […]

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The new, open plan offices at Hartshorne's Walsall Branch

Hartshorne Group has invested over £500,000 in improvements at the company’s Walsall dealership. Included in the upgrade, the Walsall facility of the Volvo Truck dealer, Hartshorne Group has redesigned the aftermarket offices by joining parts and service together. Walsall Depot Manager David Clive comments that; “Customers must have informed and rapid responses to workshop enquiries.” […]

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DAF Parent, PACCAR Announces Record Annual Revenues

The New DAF XF Euro 6 model for 2013

PACCAR has reported record revenues for 2012, adding to its tally of 74 consecutive years of profit. With record annual revenues of $17.05 billion and only the fourth highest net income in the company’s history of $1.11 billion, DAF’s parent company could be pleased with their performance. This performance comes despite investment in new trucks, […]

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Commercial Vehicle Leasing Sector Struggles after ING Withdrawal


The first figures published by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) since ING closed their UK asset finance operation show that funding of commercial vehicles has become more difficult. The figures for December show that commercial vehicle finance was down 25% compared to December 2011, whilst the overall performance for the year was 4% ahead […]

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Ford to Launch Enhanced Dealer Service “Transit 24” Soon


To be branded ‘Transit 24′, Ford is soon to announce a service improvement from 120 of their dealers to become more focused on the needs of the commercial vehicle customers.  This will include longer opening hours with the aspiration to open 24 hours a day.  This will see the company able to compete alongside Mercedes-Benz […]

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Volvo’s new ‘E-service’ dealer system is being trialled at Northern Ireland’s Dennison Commercials.  The scheme sees electronic copies of service sheets sent to customers by email immediately after work has been completed by the workshop. With the introduction of ‘O’ Licence legislation in Northern Ireland, E-service is helping operators comply with the requirement for accurate […]

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2012 – A Great Year for Daimler – Job Cuts for 2013


According to the management of Daimler trucks, their investment in the development of new trucks paid off in 2012.  Last year Daimler Trucks produced almost as many vehicles in 11 months as it did in the whole of 2011, when the division’s six truck brands (Mercedes-Benz, Fuso, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, and BharatBenz) […]

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