PRESS RELEASES

NFDA WELCOMES BREXIT TALKS PROGRESS

15/12/2017

Donald Tusk, European Council President, has confirmed that EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase. The EU has also published its guidelines for phase two of the negotiations. These negotiations will focus o...

NFDA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO OPERATOR’S LICENSE CONSULTATION

14/12/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Commercial Vehicle sector welcomes the government’s response to the operator’s license consultation, which will grant exemption from requiring an operator license for fleets using alte...

NEW CAR MARKET CONTINUES DOWNWARD TREND

05/12/2017

“The new car market continued its downward trend in November and it is now year to date -5.0% down on last year, in line with initial forecasts. While alternative fuel vehicles continued to grow significantly, registrations of new dies...

NEW VAN MARKET DECLINES IN NOVEMBER

05/12/2017

“New light vans registrations declined by -11.1% in November; year to date, the market is now -4.1% lower than in 2016. All segments experienced a negative trend during the month, however year to date ‘pickups’ and light vans between 2...

NFDA COMMENTS ON AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

22/11/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, comments on the measures announced in today’s Autumn Budget. Diesel  A Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) su...

IAIN STEWART MP VISITS BRIAN CURRIE DEALERSHIP ON MILTON KEYNES TAKEOVER DAY

21/11/2017

Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South and Member of the Select Committee on Transport, visited National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) member Brian Currie DAF on Friday 17 November. On Friday, Milton Keynes celebrated its ‘T...

NFDA CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND FUEL DUTY FREEZE AHEAD OF BUDGET

15/11/2017

“Uncertainty surrounding Brexit and current negotiations has affected consumer confidence over the past months, it is essential that Government ensures that economic policy supports business and consumer spending in the forthcoming Aut...

NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES FURTHER IN OCTOBER

06/11/2017

“Despite the October new car market declining by -12.2%, the Alternative Fuel Vehicle segment grew by 36.9%. Although the continuous increase in alternative fuel vehicles’ sales is encouraging, in the short and medium term, they will n...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET DOWN IN OCTOBER

06/11/2017

“The new light commercial vehicle market saw a decrease of -7.4% in October, which continues to reflect businesses and consumers’ uncertainty surrounding the economy and Brexit”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised D...

INTEREST RATES RISE: NFDA COMMENTS

02/11/2017

“The highly expected decision of the Bank of England to raise interest rates from their record low of 0.25% to 0.5% is likely to have only a small impact on consumers and affect car buyers only marginally”, said Sue Robinson, Director ...

NFDA COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MEMBERS RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT SKILLS SHORTAGE

31/10/2017

“NFDA Commercial Vehicle members are increasingly concerned about the skills shortage in the commercial vehicle sector as the UK leaves the EU. It is crucial that skilled technicians remain available to the UK to ensure that the indust...

RMI CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE WITH THE INDUSTRY

19/10/2017

“It is vital that the government encourages both economic and consumer confidence  and enables investment, in order for the retail motor industry to progress and thrive in a stable environment”, said RMI Chairman Peter Johnson, speakin...

NFDA WORKING WITH DEALERS TOWARDS GDPR COMPLIANCE

17/10/2017

“With the approaching deadline of 25 May 2018 for all organisations to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation, NFDA has been working very closely with dealers to assist them in meeting the challenge of compliance. Howev...

FRANCHISED DEALERS SEEN AS THE SAFEST PLACE TO SERVICE A CAR

10/10/2017

“It is extremely encouraging to see that franchised dealers continue to be seen by consumers as the safest place to get their car serviced”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) commenting o...

NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES IN SEPTEMBER

05/10/2017

“The new car market reached a total of over 2 million vehicles registered in the year to date and is now down by -3.9% on last year, in line with forecasts. The figures are lower year on year as a result of the record September in 2016...

NEW VAN MARKET FIGURES SHOW SIGNS OF UNCERTAINTY

05/10/2017

“September’s decrease of -4.2% in registrations of light commercial vehicles reflects the uncertainty which has been affecting businesses and private buyers over the past months”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised ...

NFDA DISAPPOINTED BY MILEAGE FRAUD CONSULTATION RESPONSE

14/09/2017

“NFDA is disappointed to see that Government continues to ignore the serious issue of mileage fraud. This fraud is costing the UK nearly 1.5 billion every year and, with over 500,000 cars estimated to have a false mileage history, is p...

THE DIESEL DEBATE: NEW TOOL FOR NFDA MEMBERS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC

12/09/2017

“With the confusion and media speculation surrounding diesel and emissions, the NFDA and its members are striving to help consumers understand the issue. It is in the interest of the automotive industry that consumers have accurate and...

BBC’S ANDREW NEIL ANNOUNCED AS GUEST SPEAKER AT RMI ANNUAL DINNER

06/09/2017

BBC Presenter Andrew Neil will be the guest speaker at this year’s Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) Annual Dinner, on Thursday 19 October at the Landmark Hotel, London. Scottish journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil currently ...

NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES IN AUGUST IN LINE WITH 2017 FORECASTS

05/09/2017

“August is usually a quiet month for the new car market and this is reflected in the decrease in registrations, down -6.4% on the same period in 2016 and -2.4% year to date, in line with forecasts”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the N...

UK NEW VAN MARKET SHOWS MODERATE GROWTH IN AUGUST

05/09/2017

“It is positive to see that the new light commercial market grew moderately in August by 1.5% in what is a low volume month in terms of registrations as customers wait for the new registration plate in September”, said Sue Robinson, Di...

NFDA SUMMER 2017 DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

04/09/2017

“The overall relationship between franchised car dealers and manufacturers recorded an average score of 5.6* in the Summer 2017 Dealer Attitude Survey, which is -0.5 points down from the last survey and -0.6 lower than the same time la...

LOCAL MP VISITS NFDA TRUCK DEALER MEMBER

30/08/2017

Chris Heaton-Harris MP visited National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Commercial Vehicle member, Brian Currie DAF Truck dealership in Northampton today, (Wednesday 30 August 2017). Chris Heaton-Harris who has been a Member of...

NFDA WELCOMES FORD SCRAPPAGE SCHEME

22/08/2017

“The NFDA welcomes the decision by Ford to launch an incentive for UK consumers to trade in cars over seven years old. We believe that motorists who had previously purchased high emission vehicles must not be penalised by the Clean Air...

HM TREASURY TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF DEBIT CARD CHARGES

10/08/2017

“It is extremely positive to see that following our persistent efforts HM Treasury has acknowledged the impact that debit card charges are having on the retail automotive industry and confirmed that they will review the issue over the ...

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS DECLINE IN JULY

04/08/2017

“New passenger car registrations declined by -9.3% in July which is usually a quiet month. Year to date, the market is lower than last year but remains in line with forecasts. Following recent Government’s announcements and given the d...

VAN MARKET REMAINS ON COURSE FOR A STABLE YEAR

04/08/2017

“With speculation and uncertainty about the state of UK’s economy, it is encouraging to see light commercial vehicle registrations grow in July”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which ...

NFDA COMMENTS ON DIESEL AND PETROL VEHICLE BAN

26/07/2017

Whilst we recognise that Government has to address the urgent issue of a clean air quality policy, we are concerned that the total focus may be heavily placed on the automotive industry. A ban on diesel and petrol vehicles is obviously...

MP VISITS NFDA MEMBER DEALERSHIP

21/07/2017

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP visited National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) member, Inchcape Mercedes-Benz dealership in Loughborough today, (Friday 21 July 2017). Nicky Morgan, who is Member of Parliament for Loughborough, and...

DEBIT CARD CHARGES: NFDA WRITES TO GOVERNMENT TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPACT

13/07/2017

“The NFDA has written to HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to highlight the serious impact that the debit card charges introduced by the Interchange Fee Regulation are having on our members”, s...

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES MARK SECOND STRONGEST FIRST HALF-YEAR

05/07/2017

“New car registration figures for June demonstrate the stability of the UK new car market. Although being -1.3% down on last year’s record performance, the market remains at near record levels marking the second strongest first half-ye...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET GROWS IN JUNE

05/07/2017

“It is reassuring to see the new light commercial market up to 3.5 tonnes recover in June with a 1.8% increase after four months of decline. In the first half of the year, the market is still -3.7% down on 2016, but remains stable”, sa...

NFDA WORKING WITH DEALERS TO MEET GDPR CHALLENGE

30/06/2017

“With the approaching deadline of 25 May 2018 for all organisations to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is imperative that organisations have a compliance strategy in place, as failure to comply will re...

LIFE AFTER BREXIT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR UK AUTOMOTIVE RETAIL, AN NFDA AND ICDP DISCUSSION PAPER

26/06/2017

“Assessing the implications of Brexit remains very difficult, but while uncertainty and changes ahead will present challenges, there are potential opportunities for the retail automotive sector, which is resilient and capable of adapti...

NFDA COMMENT: QUEEN'S SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“With the importance of securing a beneficial Brexit deal for the UK, and ensuring certainty and stability as soon as possible, we are pleased to see that Brexit was the top priority in today’s Queen’s Speech”, said Sue Robinson, Direc...

CURRENT RULES ON LOGBOOK LOANS TO BE REPLACED

21/06/2017

“It is extremely positive to see that following persistent lobbying efforts, current legislation on logbook loans will be replaced with a new act which will ensure more protection for both consumers and businesses”, said Sue Robinson, ...

BREXIT AND PROFITABILITY CONCERNS DRIVING PESSIMISTIC MOTOR DEALER SECTOR OUTLOOK FOR 2017

19/06/2017

Only 24% of UK dealers expect an increase in profits in 2017; a drop of 20% from 2016. 8 out of 10 dealers say Brexit uncertainty will have adverse impact on the sector. Used car performance expected to have most positive im...

NFDA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY PLAN

16/06/2017

“With diesel cars’ emissions accounting for only 11% of London’s nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and approximately 18% of roadside NOx emissions across the UK*, it is paramount that the Government adopts a wider approach which does not focus so...

NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES IN MAY, BUT REMAINS SET FOR A STRONG YEAR

05/06/2017

“New passenger car registrations declined in May but year to date the overall new car market remains strong. The General Election may have a short-term impact on consumer confidence, but franchised car retailers continue to see solid f...

VAN MARKET SLOWS IN MAY

05/06/2017

“Light commercial vehicles registrations fell by -5.3% in May, in what is a possible realignment of a market which was extremely buoyant last year. Ahead of the elections, dealers report a degree of uncertainty for customers who are li...

RMI OFFERS FREE MOT TRAINING FOR MEMBERS

01/06/2017

To celebrate the opening of a new Academy of Automotive Skills in Runcorn, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is offering free MOT Tester training to its members. To support MOT businesses in the North of England, the RMI is ...

NFDA 2017 GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTO

19/05/2017

“A Free Trade Agreement, easy and affordable access to finance, a national retail strategy and a fair and transparent fuel policy are the main policies outlined in the NFDA manifesto ahead of the 2017 General Election”, said Sue Robins...

EUROPEAN PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS DECLINE IN APRIL, REMAIN STRONG YEAR TO DATE

16/05/2017

“With Easter falling during the month and following record performances in the first quarter of the year, the decline of -6.6% in EU passenger car registrations seen in April was expected,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National F...

NFDA COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY PLAN

05/05/2017

“The largest gains in air quality will come by encouraging the uptake of the latest low emission vehicles of all fuel types. It is positive to see that the Government will be consulting on the issue. This needs a consistent and coordin...

UK NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES AS EXPECTED IN APRIL

04/05/2017

"As expected, following an all-time high result in March, April saw a -19.8% decline in new vehicle sales as a result of a number of factors, including the increase in VED on 1 April, which prompted buyers to bring their purchases forw...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET DOWN IN APRIL

04/05/2017

“Following a very strong period, registrations of light commercial vehicle registrations decreased by -18.8% in April. It is concerning to see that the 2.5 – 3.5t segment, which is usually very resilient, declined substantially by -23....

NFDA COMMENTS ON FCA’S MOTOR FINANCE ENQUIRY

02/05/2017

“Franchised dealers have made huge efforts to be compliant with consumer credit rules, they are highly regulated and can only offer car finance under strict conditions” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Ass...

WHAT STOPS UK MOTORISTS FROM BUYING AN ELECTRIC CAR?

26/04/2017

“Price, charging infrastructure and battery range are the main concerns for motorists when considering to buy an electric car. It is vital that the Government takes this into consideration and continues to actively encourage, alongside...

COMMENT ON FRANCHISED DEALERS’ LABOUR RATES

26/04/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK notes the results of the motoreasy survey published today. The research, highlighted the difference in labour rates ac...

NFDA COMMENT ON THE FCA BUSINESS PLAN 2017/18

20/04/2017

"Strong vehicle sales are vital to the UK economy and it is important that any consumer credit regulation is proportionate and does not harm this", said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association* (NFDA), com...

INDUSTRY WELCOMES SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN EU PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS

19/04/2017

“It is encouraging to see that the EU car market continues to recover in March, with an 11.2% increase in EU passenger car registrations”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA)*, commenting o...

NFDA CONSUMER ATTITUDE SURVEY SPRING 2017: FINDINGS ANNOUNCED

06/04/2017

“The NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey Spring 2017 has confirmed trends and revealed new interesting findings about consumer behaviour in the car aftersales sector. These will continue to help dealers target specific areas to improve the c...

HIGHEST MONTH EVER FOR THE UK NEW CAR MARKET

05/04/2017

“The first quarter of 2017 has seen a record number of 820,016 new cars registered, a 6.2% increase on 2016. Going forward, following record results, a stabilisation in the market is expected”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the Nation...

VAN MARKET STABILISES IN MARCH

05/04/2017

“Light commercial registrations under 3.5 tonnes were down -0.9% in March - and the same year to date for the first quarter of 2017”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercia...

NEW CAR TAX IS HERE: NFDA COMMENTS

01/04/2017

“New vehicle tax rates come into force today, 1 April 2017. New vehicles registered with the DVLA from now on, will incur new, and, in many cases, more expensive rates. It is imperative that dealers are fully aware of the changes and a...

ARTICLE 50 TRIGGERING: NFDA COMMENT

29/03/2017

“Following the triggering of Article 50, the NFDA will engage constructively with the Government to ensure the retail motor sector is actively involved in the process going forward”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchis...

DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY WINTER 2017: PROFIT RETURN

23/03/2017

“It is positive to see that when evaluating their satisfaction with profit return, the majority of dealers gave a response which was higher than the neutral score of 5.0*. However, the average score for both current and future profit r...

NFDA’S CONCERNS SUPPORTED BY THE HOUSE OF LORDS

16/03/2017

“Following the evidence submitted by the NFDA, it is extremely positive to see that the House of Lords has endorsed our position regarding a number of issues which surround the future of the automotive industry post Brexit”, said Sue R...

NFDA COMMENTS ON THE BUDGET 2017

08/03/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle across the UK, comments on the measures announced in today’s Budget.   UK Economy The Office for Budget Responsibility (OB...

UK NEW CAR MARKET STABILISES IN FEBRUARY

06/03/2017

“Demand for new cars in the UK stabilised in February with a total of 83,115 units registered.  It is positive to see the alternatively fuelled vehicle market performing well, up 48.9%, and growing market share. The skill and expertise...

NFDA WINTER 2017 DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

06/03/2017

“The overall relationship between franchised car dealers and manufacturers recorded an average score of 6.1* in winter 2017, which is unchanged from the same time last year, but 0.1 lower than in the summer 2016 survey”, said Sue Robin...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET DECLINES IN FEBRUARY 2017

06/03/2017

“It is concerning to see how swiftly the new light commercial vehicle market went from the positive results shown over the past few months, to the decline in sales seen in February”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchis...

NFDA SUPPORTS PPI DEADLINE

02/03/2017

"The NFDA supports the FCA’s deadline of 29 August 2019 for making payment protection insurance complaints as it will give certainty to dealers”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), commen...

NFDA JOINS CALLS FOR BETTER ROADS

23/02/2017

“The need for the Government to invest in road maintenance, development and connectivity, was one of the main points outlined in the NFDA’s Budget submission to the HM Treasury. We are pleased to see that recent figures* confirm the im...

NFDA HIGHLIGHTS INDUSTRY ISSUES IN 2017 BUDGET SUBMISSION

14/02/2017

“Continued strong and open trade with the EU was a focal point included in the NFDA’s letter sent to the HM Treasury in advance of Budget 2017”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which r...

NFDA MEMBERS MEET MPS AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

09/02/2017

“The key contribution of the retail motor sector to the UK economy was the theme of the dinner held yesterday at the House of Commons. With over 500,000 people employed in the sector and a combined turnover of 61.3bn across the top 200...

DRIVING DIGITAL 2017: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AUTOMOTIVE RETAILING

08/02/2017

“Following last year’s success, Driving Digital 2017 aims to provide you with a number of useful insights into the world of digital marketing and automotive retailing.  Keynote speakers will take you on a journey through the digital la...

NEW UK CAR MARKET OFF TO A STRONG START

06/02/2017

“The UK new car market grew by 2.9% in January with 174,564 new vehicles registered. The performance reflects the strength and importance of the retail motor sector adding to the growth of the UK economy”, said Sue Robinson, Director o...

2017 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET OFF TO RACING START

06/02/2017

”It is positive to see that light commercial vehicle registrations continued to grow last month with a 1.2% uplift in sales compared to the same period last year ”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Associa...

NFDA COMMENTS ON SCRAPPAGE SCHEME PLAN

03/02/2017

“Following speculations on the Government’s plan to introduce a scrappage scheme for diesel cars, the NFDA will be monitoring the situation and looking to engage with manufacturers and Government to ensure that the scheme has the desir...

DEALERS MUST BE AWARE OF UPCOMING VED CHANGES

31/01/2017

“Many dealers are still not aware of the new Vehicle Excise Duty rates which will be introduced from 1 April. This is a complex issue and it is vital that dealerships are able to clearly communicate the changes to consumers to avoid fu...

RMI WARNS AGAINST UNNECESSARY MOT EXTENSION

23/01/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a consultation seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years, and the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is warning motorists tha...

NFDA COMMENTS ON PRIME MINISTER’S BREXIT SPEECH

17/01/2017

“It is positive to see that the Government has revealed further details regarding its Brexit strategy which will allow businesses to start planning their future. During this transition period it is vital that the UK economy remains sta...

NATIONAL POTHOLE DAY: NFDA COMMENT

16/01/2017

“The amount of potholes we see on UK’s roads is very concerning as this is not just a serious safety issue, but an economic one too,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents fr...

UK NEW CAR MARKET REACHES RECORD 2.69 MILLION REGISTRATIONS IN 2016

05/01/2017

“New passenger car registrations reached an annual all-time high in 2016 with a total 2.69 million units registered, 2.3% more than last year, despite an uncertain political and economic landscape”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the N...

2016 MARKS THE STRONGEST VAN MARKET EVER

05/01/2017

“New light commercial vehicle sales rose 1% in 2016 compared with last year, marking the highest light commercial vehicle market ever with a total of 375,687 units registered”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dea...

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