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Arnold Clark to create EV charging network with £23m rapid charger investment

Car retail giant Arnold Clark is investing £23 million in electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers in a bid to create an Arnold Clark Charge network that addresses motorists EV anxiety.

In an exclusive interview with AM, chief executive Eddie Hawthorne revealed that the first delivery of around 560 150kW rapid charge points are due to arrive in the UK ahead of their installation of four-to-eight charge points at 80 dealership locations spanning the UK.

Access to the network will be 24/7, where possible, with charge point sessions booked via the Arnold Clark app and out-of-hours site access granted via a barrier ANPR-activated barrier system.

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Lookers wants to rebuild Nissan dealership it says is in ‘poor condition’

Lookers is seeking to tear down and rebuild a Nissan showroom that it says is in a ‘poor condition’.

The dealership has been in the Shieldfield district of Newcastle upon Tyne for some 15 years, and plans submitted to the city council say it’s ‘near its end of life cycle’, according to Insider Media.

Three jobs would be created if the scheme was allowed, said Lookers.

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Group 1 Automotive UK profits reach £88.5m in first quarter of 2023

Group 1 Automotive reports that profit grew within its UK operation during the first three months of 2023, up 6.3 per cent to $110.4m (£88.5m).

The Fortune 300 company published its Q1 2023 unaudited results today, revealing that it had broken records for total revenue with its US and UK business reaching $4.1bn (£3.29bn) in the quarter, up 7.1 per cent.

New vehicle sales were up 11.2 per cent in the quarter for its UK retailers, with Group 1 reporting revenue of $347.1m (£278.4m)and profit of $32.6m (£26.2m).

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Bristol Street Motors to expand in Staffordshire as it takes over ex-Cazoo site

Bristol Street Motors is to take over a former Cazoo outlet in Staffordshire.

Robert Forrester, CEO of Bristol Street Motors parent company Vertu, announced on Twitter and LinkedIn today that it would be opening in Tamworth, having completed the lease assignment on the ex-Cazoo outlet last night.

Online self-styled used car disruptor Cazoo opened the £1m customer centre in the market town in November 2020.

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Arnold Clark may face compensation claims over data breach

Arnold Clark may face compensation claims from thousands of customers whose data was breached in late 2022.

One London legal firm claims to be representing 7,500 customers who are seeking redress for the data breach.

Keller Postman UK said it launched an investigation and group action to find out what happened and how this breach affects Arnold Clark customers.

“We believe that failures to adopt standard security measures may have made this attack easier.

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TrustFord to open dealership in Carlisle

TrustFord is to open a dealership in Carlisle joining its existing Parts Plus business on Kingstown Industrial Estate.

The existing site, which has seen an extensive redevelopment – representing an investment of £500000, will offer an enlarged, enhanced, and relaxed showroom space.

The showroom will include new and used car and Motability vehicle sales, as well as aftersales.

TrustFord will also offer mobile service in the market area for technician to visit customers at their home or workplace.

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Arnold Clark to hold Motability Roadshow in Glasgow

Arnold Clark is holding its Motability Roadshow next month in hall three of the SEC Glasgow on Wednesday 3 May. The group hopes to build on the 9,000 Motability vehicles it sold last year.

The Motability Roadshow is a free event which gives attendees the opportunity to view more than 70 cars from more than 17 different manufacturers available on the Motability Scheme, including Vauxhall, MINI, Renault, SEAT and Mazda.

The Motability Scheme enables people to enjoy more independence and freedom by exchanging their mobility allowance for a brand-new car, wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair.

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Sytner opens Graypaul Ferrari dealership in Glasgow

Sytner Group has opened a new Ferrari dealership in Glasgow trading as Graypaul Ferrari Glasgow.

This is the first time Ferrari has awarded an additional franchise for over 15 years, making this the second Ferrari dealership in Scotland and the fifth dealership in the UK for the Sytner Group.

Ferrari customers in Scotland are now served by two dealerships, Graypaul Edinburgh and Graypaul Glasgow.

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TrustFord to fill franchise gap with new Carlisle car dealership

TrustFord is preparing to open the doors at a new car dealership in Carlisle to fill a gap in the Ford retail network left by Arnold Clark’s exit from the franchise.

The Ford of Britain-owned AM100 car retail group has said that it plans to open the new facility, located on Kingstown Industrial Estate, in July.

TrustFord already has a Parts Plus wholesale car parts centre in the Cumbrian town and the creation of its new retail and aftersales facility will represent an investment of around £500,000.

Group chief executive Stuart Mustoe said: “At TrustFord we’re always looking for ways to drive the standard in customer care and that’s why we’re investing across our network.