NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT JULY 2017

17/08/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for July 2017. The report shows that overall in July: First time conversion rates increased by 3.8% to 79.2% from June - t...

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 ...

NBRA DIRECTOR RESIGNS

09/08/2017

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) – a federated association of the Retail Motor Industry Federation - has announced the resignation of its Director, Jason Moseley.  Since Jason joined the then NAB/VBRA organisations, he has...

BIKE SALES CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN JULY

09/08/2017

“Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in July – marking 7 consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retail...

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 ...

PRA EXPRESS CONCERNS OVER UK GOVERNMENT’S CLEAN AIR INITIATIVES

26/07/2017

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) welcomes the pragmatic steps being announced today by Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, newly installed Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Rural Affairs & Food (DEFRA). The steps do not:...

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...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT JUNE 2017

24/07/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for June 2017. The report shows that overall in June: First time conversion rates increased by 1.3% to 75.4% from May - th...

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...

NBRA WELCOMES SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT

14/07/2017

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has written to the Minister for Small Business, The Rt Hon Margot James MP welcoming the impending appointment of the Small Business Commissioner in October. The NBRA has shared their thoug...

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...

BIKE SALES CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN JUNE

12/07/2017

“Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in June – marking 6 consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailer...

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...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT MAY 2017

28/06/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for May 2017. The report shows that overall in May: First time conversion rates decreased by -1.2% to 74.1% since April - ...

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...

NBRA RESPONDS TO EUROPCAR INVESTIGATION

26/06/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is disappointed to see Europcar has been  accused in press reports of fraudulently overcharging customers for repairs as Trading Standards raided its UK head office over the weekend”, commen...

NBRA COMMENT: QUEENS SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“The NBRA  is encouraged to see the government’s continued commitment to introducing measures to reduce motor insurance premiums”, said Jason Moseley, Director of The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) ,following the Queen’s speec...

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...

PRA COMMENT: QUEENS SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charge points”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of The Petrol Retailers As...

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...

NBRA CONTINUES TO SUPPORTS ICO’S SEARCH WARRANT

09/06/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has carried out further search warrants at properties in Manchester and Cheshire, as part of an ongoing investigation”, com...

MOTORCYCLE MARKET CONTINUES TO DECLINE

08/06/2017

“Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in May – marking 5 consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers...

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 2017 GENERAL ELECTION POLICY STATEMENT

02/06/2017

“Maintaining the current 3-1-1 MOT testing structure, and implementing a clear three-point strategy to tackle mileage adjustment, are two of the main policies outlined in RMI Policy Statement ahead of the 2017 General Election taking p...

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 ...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT APRIL 2017

26/05/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for April 2017. The report shows that overall in April: First time conversion rates decreased by -8.0% to 75.3% - the rate...

NAMA AGM RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR BEN

22/05/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) held its annual AGM on 20 May in Belfast. A charity auction in aid of BEN – the automotive industry charity, took place following the AGM - raising a record breaking £17,450. Louise...

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...

NBRA ISSUES BODY SHOP ADVICE FOLLOWING DATA SECURITY BREACH

16/05/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has been focusing heavily on protecting member’s interests related to data security within bodyshops over the past 12 months”, comments Jason Moseley, NBRA Director. Working with the Infor...

MOTORCYCLE REGISTRATIONS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND

10/05/2017

“April marked a -16% decline in motorcycle sales with only 10,365 bikes registered – compared to 12,343 bikes put on the road in the same period last year”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA...

NMDA DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY SPRING 2017 RESULTS REVEALED

09/05/2017

“The NMDA is pleased to see that this year’s Spring 2017 Dealer Attitude Survey received a response rate of 32%. Participants in this survey were made up of 74% of independently owned franchise dealers, and 24% privately owned groups. ...

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...

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