31st July, 2019
Profitability for franchised dealerships has long been a rocky arena, and the latest figures may provide little comfort. As customers navigate economic and political uncertainty, purchasing a new vehicle understandably slips down the list of priorities.
23rd July 2019
The stage is set for a genuine revolution in electric vehicles. Environmental sustainability and climate change have never been so high on the political agenda. In May, the UK Parliament declared a climate change emergency, heavily influenced by the Extinction Rebellion protests and raft of alarming news stories regarding the health risks of air pollution.
There is no doubt that we are operating in turbulent times. Many segments of the automotive industry are experiencing major challenges.
However, pockets of stability remain. The UK used car market remained stable in the first quarter of the year, with more than two million transactions, and a 30.7% increase in demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars.
Staff training. It’s a key challenge for all organisations. But whilst training staff in the core responsibilities of their role is probably a familiar task, training staff in how to use the software associated with that role can be a newer one.
It is no secret that the continuing uncertainty around Britain’s departure from the EU is having an impact on multiple business sectors. Recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that new car registrations slumped by 3.4% in March, to their lowest level in six years.
The rate of change in the automotive industry is always getting faster, and every year we see new technologies and trends emerging at the OEM level, which then trickle down to affect individual dealerships.
1st December 2018
By Paul Muers
The nights are getting longer, the temperature is dropping – yes, winter is coming.
For drivers, this means a very different set of challenges to those experienced in the summer months. Clearly, the physical conditions on the roads themselves are different to the summer; wet and slippery road surfaces, fallen leaves, snow and ice can all make driving hazardous and increase the risk of accidents.