Last Transit Made at Southampton – End of an Era

Last Transits Roll off the Line

ommercial vehicle production at Ford’s Southampton plant ended officially on July 26.  The company maintains that all of the 531 employees affected have either chosen redeployment within Ford, voluntary separation or early retirement.  There are some new and expanded Ford operations created in Southampton that are providing positions for 134 of these employees. Ford is […]

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View from the Hill | View

DAvid Hill’s LCV’s David Hill, believes that August will be a slow month as the weather and the holiday season have their usual impact. That said, we still have to make a living and the trade will be on the lookout for unusual vehicles, stock to fit existing orders and anything offering value for money that […]

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Volvo Dealers Achieve Impressive first-time pass rates

Statistics issued by VOSA reveal that Volvo Trucks’ UK dealer network achieved a first time national pass rate of 94.7% for annual MOT tests conducted in the five months to the end of May 2013. This is 14.4% higher than the UK national average of just 80.3% for the same period. The Volvo dealer network […]

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Green Vans at Auction – Viewpoint – Alex Wright – Shoreham Vehicle Auctions

Alex Wright, Shoreham Vehicle Auction’s managing director

Alternatively Fuelled Vans – How will they fare at auction? Alex Wright, MD of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions looks at the future for alternatively fuelled vehicles when they reach their resale at auction.  The future does not look so rosy for electric and hybrid vehicles yet. Van drivers will determine the future performance of alternative fuelled […]

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Janet Orr receives MAN Truck & Bus Bellshill’s award from MAN’s Andy Turner

The MAN delaer network in the UK has been celebrating at the group’s annual awards event. Measured against the MAN Up Time Principle (UTP), which records key customer support functions such as first-time MOT pass rates, parts stock levels, emergency call out timings and PMI schedule adherence in every dealership, as well as against additional […]

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| Artics Up and Vans Bounce Back in June | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | June2013


“The overall CV market rose 7.6% in the first half of 2013 with strong van registrations (up 11.2%) outweighing the uncertain truck market (down 10.4%),” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “Looking ahead to the rest of 2013, we expect the van market to remain stable with a return to a more normal replacement […]

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New Immingham dealership planned for Northside Truck & Van

Northside’s Chris Mansell, right, with warranty and r&m specialist Terry Skelton and service administrator Claire Curtis

Mercedes-Benz dealer Northside Truck & Van has just started construction work on a new dealership at Stallingborough, near Immingham. Northside has acquired the site on Kiln Lane and will develop the new facility at a combined cost of around £2 million. Northside took over the Immingham and Hull areas from failed Mercedes-Benz dealership, H&L Garages […]

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View from the Hill – June 2013 & July Van Market Predictions

David Hill

Summer stock drought but Mitsubishi L200 4×4 remains abundant Based on industry data and feedback from independent and franchised dealers, the monthly bulletins highlight the most significant trends in the UK van market.’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “The market has slowed down as it should do at this time of year. We […]

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Truck Dealers to be Exempt from Driver CPC?


For all truck dealers worried about needing to have a Driver CPC to move trucks around locally, including taking customers on test drives, there is a consultation under way that will clarify the exemptions that apply to such cases.  The first proposal under consideration is to exempt drivers of a vehicle that is being driven […]

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VW Finally Take over MAN

Georg Pachta-Reyhofen MAN CEO

At the start of June the VW board approved the ‘domination agreement’ which means that MAN shareholders will have a choice between compensation and a buy-out of their shares, giving VW total control. Those shareholders choosing a buy-out, will receive a one-off payment of € 80.89 per share. Those shareholders who do not accept the […]

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