Notable Date in Ford History
Ford offers the best-selling commercial vehicle range in Britain and across Europe. And it all began 100 years ago with launch of their commercial vehicle, the Model TT.
The forerunner to today's vans and pickups, in 1917, the Model TT was Ford's first purpose-built one-tonne van. The Model TT was first launched in the U.S, and later built at Ford's Trafford Park factory in Manchester where owners could customise the chassis with a cargo bed
"It is amazing that while in some ways today's vans are a million miles from the Model TT in how they have come on, they fundamentally do the same job as they were designed to do 100 years ago - providing a flexible means of keeping businesses on the move," said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
With four commercial vehicles now carrying the iconic Transit nameplate - Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier - as well as the Ranger pickup, 100 years on Ford is still in the forefront of commercial vehicles. In the UK alone, it has maintained market leadership in the commercial vehicle sector for 51 years - ever since the Transit was introduced in 1965. In 2016, Ford recorded its highest-ever year of commercial vehicle sales with 118,000 units.
New Customer Role at Volvo Car UK
In a newly created role, Volvo Car UK has appointed Nicola Langley as Customer Experience Development Manager. She joins from Onecom, where she was Customer Experience Director. Prior to that, she held customer experience management roles at Vodafone and Virgin Media.
"This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Volvo," said Nicola. "With the brand and its products in the middle of a revolution, there's so much to engage with our customers about." With her background, she brings invaluable non-automotive knowledge and experience to the company where she will be involved in working across the company's training and customer relations departments and the Volvo dealer network to shape the way every customer experiences the brand.
David Baddeley, Volvo Car UK's Operations Director, said: "Nicola has a successful history of helping businesses improve their customer experiences, and her perspectives in this respect will be a great benefit for us as we cement our position in the premium car segment."
UK Used Car Sales Down
According to figures released this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, UK used car sales have declined in the second quarter of 2017.
"With used car sales closely mirroring what we see in the new car market, last quarter's decline comes as no surprise," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "Looking ahead it is vital that government secures the conditions that will maintain consumer and business confidence if we are to see both markets continue to prosper."
Superminis remained the most popular used vehicle type in Q2, with more than 600,000 buyers accounting for a third (32.7%) of the market, followed by small family cars, with almost half a million changing hands. Minis and SUVs were the only two segments to show growth - up 5.7% and 3.5% respectively, echoing the trend in the new car market. With the demand easing over recent months, motorists have a great opportunity to visit their local dealer and negotiate a cracking deal.
Le Mans History
A book - Le Mans: The Official History 1930-39 has been added to a series of six previous volumes of the Le Mans series by the writer Quentin Spurring.
Officially licensed with the ACO, the organisers of the annual Le Mans 24 Hours race, this sumptuous book is the seventh title in this decade-by-decade series and completes coverage of the endurance classic from its very beginning to the end of the 20th century.
Quentin Spurring, who has reported from the Le Mans 24 Hours race on 26 occasions, has been editor of the British magazines Competition Car, Autosport, Racecar Engineering and The Paddock.
Highly detailed year-by-year treatment of the decade's nine races gives unprecedented depth of information and photographic coverage for each year. It also has data that includes technical regulations, entry lists, circuit changes, full results and category awards. It is complete with 368 pages and over 350 photographs and is now available priced at £60.00.
Driving Test Changes
The recent announcement by the Government that learner drivers will be able to practice on motorways follow on from changes to the actual driving test that come into force on Monday 4 December 2017.
There will be four changes to make sure that new drivers have the skills they'll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving. They are: 1. The Independent Driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes. 2. The ability to Follow directions from a Sat Nav. 3. Reversing Manoeuvres - where you'll be asked to either parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay or reverse on the right-hand side of the road. 4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you're driving. Let's hope that following the Sat Nav directions won't lead to the driver and examiner ending up going the wrong way down a one-way street.