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Marshall appointed Nissan franchise for Doncaster

Marshall Motor Group has been appointed the authorised Nissan sales & service franchise for Doncaster.

The new dealership on Merchant Way will open on 1 December and create 25 local jobs.

The 1-acre facility will be Doncaster’s only Nissan new car and van, approved used car and van, fleet/business, service and parts franchise serving customers across South Yorkshire and beyond.

This new facility includes 12 car/van double height showroom, 40 used car/van display, 10 bay workshop, a hub of electric charging points, customer lounges, customer interaction areas and a coffee bar.

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Family-owned car dealer Snows Motor Group clocked up £6.4m profit in 2022

Snows Motor Group saw revenue surge £93m last year as the company enjoyed a full 12 months of trading unrestricted by the pandemic.

Profit before tax fell to £6.4m – down from the £7.6m clocked up in 2021, but that included £1.4m worth of Covid support from the government.

Stripping out that extraordinary income booked by the firm as profit in the year before, like-for-like 2022 showed the South Coast-based car dealer business actually increased profits marginally by £200k.

Snows Motor Group turned over £580.2m in 2022, up from £486.3m the previous year.

Car sales accounted for £529.9m and aftersales added £50.3m.

Snows operates 53 franchised dealerships, five approved service centres and a number of used car centres.

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Group 1 UK delivers strong performance, flags up technician shortage

Group 1 turned in a strong performance in 2022 with pre-tax profits up 38% to £61.4m on turnover ahead 15% to £2.2bn.

In accounts filed at Companies House it said the increase in profitability was largely due to rising used car prices last year as demand exceeded supply.

The used car market had been impacted by having fewer part-exchange vehicles generated by reduced new car sales throughout the pandemic and micro-conductor shortage.

In September 2022, the Group 1 acquired Fairfield Motor Group. for £23.5m. This comprised a BMW/MINI dealership and a collision centre, as well as a used car centre, located in Southend-on-Sea. The acquisition is expected to generate an additional annual revenue of £67m for the UK Group.

Group 1 said it had seen increased vehicle profitability due to limited inventories, which continued into 2023. IT said the lack of new vehicle registrations over the past two years means the average age of vehicles continues to increase, which offers increased aftersales opportunities.

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Car dealer Lookers ploughs £2.3m into refurbishment of Volvo showroom

Lookers is ploughing £2.3m into a refurbishment of the Essex Volvo dealership it bought earlier this year.

The car dealer group announced in May that it had bought Waterhouse Chelmsford Volvo, adding 40 staff to its expanding Volvo teams with plans for a multi-million-pound refurb.

Work at the Baynes Place site, which is staying open throughout, is expected to be finished by the end of the year, bringing about ‘a bright, modern, state-of-the-art facility’.

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Lookers says the showroom will ‘put customers at the heart of an exciting and innovative retail experience’ to ‘perfectly showcase the dynamic Swedish brand’s growing portfolio of all-electric vehicles’.

It will feature the latest range of new Volvo models, including the pure-electric XC40 and plug-in hybrids, as well as Volvo Selekt Approved Used vehicles.

Servicing, MOT tests and repairs will also be available, and the showroom will boast the manufacturer’s signature lounge area, with Scandinavian furniture, free wi-fi plus Swedish cakes and coffee.

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Vertu salutes first Mercedes-Benz high voltage tech expert

Vertu Mercedes-Benz of Aylesbury is celebrating one of its senior technicians becoming one of the first in the country to be recognised as a high voltage tech expert by Mercedes-Benz.

Senior diagnostic technician Stuart Finch recently completed the expert in high-voltage systems in motor vehicles programme as part of an inaugural training session hosted by Mercedes-Benz at its training and development centre.

Participants deepened their knowledge of electrotechnical basics and on various standards, guidelines and laws required for the challenges of repairing electric vehicles.

Reflecting on his accomplishment, Stuart Finch stated: "It's a privilege to be one of the first to achieve this distinction. The future of automotive is electric, and I’m elated to be at the forefront of this transition, ensuring that our customers receive a top-notch service."

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TrustFord installs more than 600 solar panels at Dagenham FordStore

TrustFord is aiming to improve its sustainability and has taken a big step with the installation of solar panels at its Dagenham FordStore.

The dealership now has 610 rooftop solar panels, which are expected to produce 182,182kWh of electric power.

The solar installation will help the dealership generate an annual output that is equivalent to the energy required to charge 2,602 All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E’s and will offset about 35.23 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The dealer group has also installed 625 solar panels at its PartsPlus Centre in Thurrock, which are expected to offset about 41.75 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

CEO of TrustFord Stuart Mustoe said: ‘We’ve set ourselves a target to be carbon neutral by 2035.