Volvo Car UK has appointed Mike Johnstone as Marketing Strategy Director with immediate effect. During his time in the industry, Mike has worked in a number of key marketing and sales roles, most recently as International Director of Marketing for Harley-Davidson. Commenting on his appointment, Mike said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Volvo at such an exciting time for the company. With Volvo's incredible new range of premium cars - and with more desirable products just around the corner - now is the perfect time to help the company market these cars to a new, wider audience." In his new role, Mike take responsibility for developing and implementing an integrated marketing strategy to help support Volvo's ambitious growth targets.
Kawasaki's range of motorcycles has something to suit everyone. They have over 20 models in the current line-up and they are offering a number of finance deals to encourage buyers to buy and ride a 67-plate registration motorcycle. The new Ninja ZX-10R and ZX10RR has been tested, refined and approved by Double World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea. And the ZZR1400 has beautifully matched up Kawasaki's top-rated engineering with the rider's desire for ultimate performance. Visit www.kawasaki.co.uk to see the full range or to locate your nearest dealer.
A 1954 Jaguar XK120 that features unique bodywork by famed Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina was seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, USA over the weekend. It could be the rarest Jaguar ever. The full nut and bolt restoration took 6,725 hours by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars. In 2015, CMC purchased the car from a German gentleman who had owned it since 1978 but without ever restoring it. CMC took on the challenge and have restored every nut and bolt of the vehicle. David Barzilay, Chairman of CMC's operating board, said: "Some of the original parts were impossible to find so we had to remake items such as the bumpers and chrome work by hand from photographs." The full body restoration included a complete new front end, new rear quarter panels, inner arch panels, boot floor, sills and door skins as well as a full chassis repair and repaint. Part that were remade included the front and rear bumpers, 80% of the original chrome work, rear screen and screen surround, along with a full interior re-trim. There's a video featuring this rare Jaguar at: https://youtu.be/mGR6J9we3yQ
The Bodyshop Awards recognizes the skills of all those who work within the vehicle repair industry. And it's good news for Nationwide, who have four finalists in this year's event. Just one is Ryan Sutherland from NCRC Edinburgh, who has been named as a finalist in the Panel Apprentice of the Year Award. Ryan, who joined Nationwide in 2015 said: "I feel like all my hard work is paying off. I have been supported well throughout it all and all the Nationwiders I have worked with have taught me the skills I needed to get to where I am today!" Ryan's General Manager, Jim Anderson, is extremely proud of what he has achieved. "Ryan is hard working, uses his initiative and always gets his head down and gets on with the job in hand. He is a real asset to the team." All the finalists will attend the event at the Birmingham Metropole on 29th September to enjoy the evening and hopefully pick up an award!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Ford's StreetScooter WORK XL, is a new electric van based on a Ford Transit chassis fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain. In a joint project with Deutsche Post DHL, Ford is supplying around 150 vehicles in 2017 for DHL to use in its urban parcel delivery service in Germany. J??rgen Gerdes, Member of the Board of Management Post - eCommerce - Parcel, at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: "The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment. It is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas, and. with this commitment, we are also underlining our claim of being the market leader in green logistics." The WORK XL will have a load volume of 20 cubic metres and provide stowage space for more than 200 parcels. The e-van is fitted with a modular battery system delivering 30 kWh to 90 kWh of power, giving it a range of between 80 km and 200 km. The early build e-vans will be manufactured in the StreetScooter plant in Aachen, Germany. Deutsche Post Deutsche Post DHL, StreetScooter and Ford plan to build 2,500 e-vans by the end of 2018.