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Eden Motor Group introduces digital imaging technology to boost online listings

Eden Motor Group is introducing new digital imaging technology at all 21 of its retailers to give it a competitive edge when presenting vehicle listings online.

As part of a new two-year deal starting this month with Auto Imaging, which is part of Citnow Group, Eden said it will be better able to present vehicle imagery “in a more consistent way, provide immediate and more sophisticated quality control of imagery, and help staff upload content more rapidly”.

The Auto Imaging technology gives real-time feedback on image composition and quality when it is captured, helping users to rectify issues as they arise and reducing time-to-web for vehicle listings.

Automation and efficiency are key elements of the Auto Imaging solution and once the images have been collected the app takes care of background replacement and creating a web stock video.

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JCT600 turns in strong performance with profits hitting £43m

JCT600 turned in a strong performance in 2022 with pre-tax profits of £43m compared to £45m in 2021, an exceptional year for used car sales. Turnover rose 11% to £1.45bn.

It sold fewer new and used cars, but the mix was more premium leading to a 20% increase in the average sale price.

During the year it parted company with Stellantis with the closure of Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen sites in Bradford.

It expanded business with a new solus Ferrari outlet in Leeds and bought Caygill Holdings’ VW van centre in Cleckheaton, aftersales business in Leeds and VW used van sales and preparation centre in Batley.

It kept a tight hold on costs with like for like expenses rising 4% in a highly inflationary market. The level of vehicle stock held at year end was £171m compared to £150m in 2021 as demonstrator and courtesy car volumes returned to pre pandemic levels.

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Vertu Motors signs two-year sponsorship deal with Burnley FC

Vertu Motors is to be the Official Automotive Retailer Partner for Burnley FC over the next two years.

Bolstering local ties, Vertu Motors has a Land Rover dealership in nearby Nelson and has several other dealership locations across nearby Bolton, Skipton, Bradford, Keighley and Halifax, with the brand’s community ethos showcased during the partnership last season.

Vertu showed its support for the community with a £2,000 donation to Whitehough Outdoor Centre to help with rising energy costs.

Operated by Burnley FC in the Community, the Club’s official charity, the centre offers outdoor education opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities, people with special educational needs and community groups including former veterans.

Marcus Mellor, head of commercial at Burnley Football Club, said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Vertu Motors for the next two seasons.

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Lookers takeover looks good to go following Constellation undertaking

The takeover by Lookers by Group Auto Holdings looks set to go ahead following a decision by its biggest shareholder to agree to a 130p per share purchase price.

In June Canadian dealer group Alpha Auto Group, a sister company of Group Auto Holdings, tabled a 120p per share offer for the group valuing it at £465m.

The deal was rejected by Lookers biggest shareholder Cinch, which is owned by Constellation.

Global Auto Holdings subsequently offered 130p per share for the group.