Motor Trader –

JCT600 named Mercedes-Benz Retailer of the Year 2022

JCT600 has been awarded the title of Mercedes-Benz Retailer of the Year for 2022.

Gary Savage, CEO & managing director, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said: “JCT600 performed consistently strongly across all areas of the business and the team’s collaboration was nothing short of outstanding, with remarkable engagement and positivity during the move to Agency.”

Other winners on the evening included Sytner Group for New Car Sales Team of the Year; Inchcape was awarded Used Car Sales Team of the Year and Vertu Motors won Customer Service Team of the Year.

David Williams, who held the role of Head of the Mercedes-Benz Franchise Board for more than 20 years, was presented with the Le Roy Muntingh Outstanding Contribution award and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Star Award.

AM Online –

Hedin ready to expand in UK after MBRG takeover

Sweden-based Anders Hedin has said he will seek expansion in the UK since gaining his first businesses here with the Mercedes-Benz brand.

In Hedin Group's first quarter results call he said he views his London businesses, bought from Mercedes-Benz Retail Group, as "a foothold" from which Hedin will build up its scale in a marketplace which is the second largest in Europe.

Hedin said: ‘In early April, we completed the acquisition of four Mercedes-Benz dealerships in London and welcomed around 360 new co-workers to the Hedin family.

AM Online

Vertu launches digital self-service features for aftersales

Vertu Motors is rolling out new digital self-service technology for new check-in and check-out solutions across its aftersales departments throughout its network.

The dealer group has signed an agreement with self-service technology business Tjekvik to help minimise queues in the aftersales department at dealerships during peak times.

It is hoped this will create a “hassle-free” drop-off and pick-up experience and unlock new revenue opportunities.

All Vertu Motors retail, Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors dealerships will adopt Tjekvik’s Home and Indoor self-service products, which allow customers to securely check their vehicle in at home on their own device, or in the dealership via touchscreen kiosks.

Car Dealer Magazine –

Jaguar dealership cull begins as Vertu books £1.5m charge for loss of five sites

JLR’s cull of Jaguar dealerships has begun as listed car dealer group Vertu Motors revealed today it will be slashing its Jaguar outlets from six to just one.

Vertu Motors booked a £1.5m impairment charge relating to the ‘terminated Jaguar operations’ in its latest accounts, it revealed this morning in a Stock Market update.

From November, Vertu Motors said only its Leeds dealership will represent both Jaguar and Land Rover – its remaining five sites will lose the Jaguar brand completely.