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NFDA’s Dealer Attitude Survey Reveals Concerns Around EV’s

NFDA 11/04/2024

Published on Monday 8 April 2024, NFDA’s Winter 2024 Dealer Attitude Survey (DAS) was carried out over five weeks between the end of January and the start of March 2024, asking franchised dealers questions about the on-going business relationship with their respective manufacturer(s). The survey attracted 2,321 responses from 32 franchised networks, equating to a strong response rate of 63%.  

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MARCH’S POWERED TWO-WHEELER (PTW) NEW REGISTRATIONS FALL BELOW THOSE OF THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, ELECTRIC EXPERIENCES MODEST GROWTH

NMDA 09/04/2024

“March’s typically anticipated boost in registrations, driven by being a plate change month, fell short with a slight -3.7% decrease when compared to March 2023. Despite this, new powered two-wheeler (PTW) registrations still performed admirably with 16,803 total registrations in the month,” says Symon Cook, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) commenting on the latest MCIA registration figures.  

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NEW CAR MARKET RECORDS BEST MARCH SINCE PRE-PANDEMIC, NFDA CALLS FOR PRICE INCENTIVES AS PRIVATE DEMAND LAGS BEHIND FLEET

NFDA 04/04/2024

“March signals a twentieth month of consecutive growth for the automotive sector, a remarkable milestone for the industry” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT new car registration figures.  

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2024 STARTS OFF STRONGLY FOR POWERED TWO WHEELERS, ELECTRIC ADOPTION REMAINS SLOW  

NMDA 26/02/2024

“With the final months of 2023 signalling a challenging time for motorcycle sales it is promising to see a turnaround as we enter 2024. It is encouraging to see these positive sales when we look at the current economic climate and the impact of the usual winter months.” says Symon Cook, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), commenting on the latest MCIA registration figures.  

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AUCTION MARKET IS STRONG AND STEADY, NAMA REPRESENTATIVES REVEAL    

NAMA 26/02/2024

“The auction market overall is very strong with prices achieved and conversion rates showing very healthy levels of demand with the ability to absorb supply. The outlook remains positive with a note of caution regarding a change in market conditions at Easter," said Paul Hill, National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) spokesman, following a meeting this week (Tuesday 20 February 2024) with NAMA representatives.

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NBRA RETURNS WITH GREENER BODYSHOP AWARDS 2024

NBRA 17/01/2024

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is delighted to announce the date and venue for the 2024 Greener Body Shop Awards (GBSA), showcasing the repairer industry's commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The event is set to take place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on 10 September 2024.  

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DECEMBER ROUNDS OFF DISAPPOINTING YEAR FOR PTW REGISTRATIONS AS NMDA CALLS FOR CLARITY FROM GOVERNMENT IN NEW YEAR

NMDA 15/01/2024

“December’s figures round off what has been a disappointing year for PTW registrations. Whilst models such as adventure, naked and road sport saw an increase on 2022 figures, it appears that uncertainty around the economy and supply chain issues have had a considerable impact on registrations throughout 2023,” says Symon Cook, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) commenting on the latest MCIA registration figures.

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BIKE MARKET TAKES A HIT AS GOVERNMENT FAILS TO INSPIRE CONFIDENCE WITH ELECTRIC PTW

NMDA 08/12/2023

“With the wet, windy and cold weather approaching, it is unsurprising that the November figures experienced a decrease in registrations. Nevertheless, it is still disappointing, as it had appeared that the market was gaining considerable ground,” says Symon Cook, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) commenting on the latest MCIA registration figures.  

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As diesel light commercial registrations increase EV LCVs fail to keep pace

NFDA 05/12/2023

“It has been encouraging to see further growth in the light commercial registration market but it is disappointing to see that electric vans have failed to increase as we approach the implementation of the ZEV mandate in January” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT’s new passenger van registration figures.  

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MARKET CONTINUES STRONG YEAR BUT ELECTRIC MARKET NEEDS STIMULATING

NFDA 05/12/2023

As we approach the end of the year, the latest figures for November are testament to what has proven to be a year of growth for the sector,” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT’s new passenger car registration figures.

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PRA COMMENTS ON LATEST RAC FUEL ANALYSIS

PRA 04/12/2023

We have been working closely with both the Competition and Markets Authority and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero as they develop their fuel price transparency scheme. Amidst a cost-of-living crisis, the PRA is doing all it can to ensure that motorists have access to the best information possible.

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AUCTION HOUSES GEAR UP FOR FINAL PUSH OF THE YEAR

NAMA 23/11/2023

“Auction houses are continuing to witness a trend of price realignment, with a slight uptick in volume for November. Dealers are starting to adopt a targeted approach for stock, in anticipation of a positive bounce in the new year,” said Paul Hill, NAMA Advisor, following NAMA members and valuation guides met on 21 November 2023 to discuss current market conditions and future outlooks.

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Missed the turning – government fails to instil confidence and reassure the industry in the latest Autumn Statemen  

NFDA 22/11/2023

“In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, and as we approach a general election year, the Autumn Statement 2023 is highly anticipated and comes at a critical time for the economy. For the automotive sector more specifically, challenging trading conditions remain. Today’s fiscal budget was the Government’s opportunity to outline a clear and strategic vision to support the automotive sector in its transition to net-zero, and it has been an opportunity which has largely been squandered,” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) following the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt’s, Autumn Budget 2023.

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CONTINUED GROWTH FOR LCV MARKET BUT ELECTRIC POTENTIAL REMAINS UNTAPPED

NFDA 06/11/2023

“The Light Commercial Vehicle market continues to perform strongly after a tenth consecutive month of growth, the figures published today showing growth is now above pre-pandemic 2019 levels,” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT’s new van registration figures.

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ENCOURAGING SIGNS OF CONTINUED EV GROWTH, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

NFDA 06/11/2023

 “With October being an important bellwether following September’s plate change, it is positive to see the fifteenth month of continued growth for the automotive sector. As we approach the end of the year, it has been encouraging to see sustained growth for the sector despite external hardships including the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and the uncertainty surrounding governmental policies,” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT’s new passenger car registration figures.

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’73 PLATE CHANGE SETS PTW MARKET BACK ON TRACK

NMDA 12/10/2023

“As predicted last month’s new number plate has proven to be a month of success for Power Two Wheeler (PTW) registrations” says Symon Cook, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) commenting on the latest MCIA registration figures.

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Confirmation of ZEVM trajectories sparks concerns for NFDA

NFDA 02/10/2023

Today, 28 September 2023, the Government announced revisions to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, which requires manufacturers to sell an increasing number of zero-emission vehicles each year. This decision comes after the government recently decided to delay the ban of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035.    

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INDEPENDENT GARAGE ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO I.C.E. BAN DATE CHANGE

IGA 21/09/2023

Following the government's decision to extend the timeline for the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035, the Independent Garage Association (IGA) is pleased to welcome the approach, allowing for much-needed time to address the challenges related to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and the affordability of EVs, particularly in the face of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.  

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NBRA EVALUATES THE UK PRIME MINISTER'S DELAY OF PETROL AND DIESEL BAN TO 2035

NBRA 21/09/2023

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) expresses its concerns over the recent announcement by the UK Prime Minister to postpone the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035. While the economic realities facing the UK cannot be ignored, it is important to recognise that delaying essential environmental initiatives can have its own set of economic and ecological repercussions.  

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NEW CAR SALES DRIVEN BY ELECTRIFICATION GROWTH IN AUGUST

NFDA 05/09/2023

“Whilst August is traditionally a quiet month for motor retail in the run up to September's plate change, dealers are reporting a positive month for trading. New car sales continue to steadily increase year-on-year, driven by the electrification of the UK car parc.” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA)

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Latest safe car wash app report raises concern for CWA

PRA 02/08/2023

Commenting on the newly released data from The Clewer Initiative's Safe Car Wash App, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Car Wash Association (CWA) said: “I am deeply concerned to see the report highlighting the widespread exploitation taking place in hand car wash businesses, especially as a third of all reports submitted through the app raised significant concerns regarding modern slavery and exploitation. The shocking 127% increase in the number of high-scoring reports referred to the Modern Slavery Helpline (MSH) compared to the previous 6 months is alarming.

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NMDA ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND REVAMPED DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY

NMDA 12/06/2023

“The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) is pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of our Dealer Attitude Survey (DAS). The survey provides a comprehensive overview of the motorcycle retail sector’s satisfaction levels in key business areas that affect the relationship with their respective manufacturers. We are excited to have also joined forces with a data analytics company, Metryx, to provide a new and refreshed look for the report, providing an easier, more accessible read” said Symon Cook, Head of the NMDA which represents Power Two-Wheeler Retailers across the UK.

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TENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF NEW CAR SALES GROWTH FOR INDUSTRY

NFDA 05/06/2023

“The positive momentum in new vehicle sales has continued with franchised dealers seeing strong growth across electric vehicles, hybrids and petrol vehicles. This is a trend we expect to continue through the summer months.” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commenting on the latest SMMT’s new passenger car registration figures.

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