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  • Kia Motors UK appoints new aftersales director

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Kia Motors UK has appointed Chris Lear as aftersales director following the retirement of Hamish McCowan
    Lear moves from his previous role as national aftersales manager, a position he has held for nearly 11 years.
    Lear said: “It is an absolute privilege to be taking over from Hamish who has superbly guided the After-Sales’ growth of Kia in the UK for the last 15 years.

  • DS Automobiles appoints UK sales director

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    DS Automobiles has appointed Rob Thomas to a new position as UK sales director.
    Thomas was previously sales director at Banque PSA Finance. He starts the new role in August located at the UK Headquarters at Pinley House in Coventry.

  • Donnelly takes on Jaguar franchise in Northern Ireland

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    Donnelly Group has taken on the Jaguar franchise in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, joining its existing Land Rover business.
    The move is part of the network shake up of the Jaguar Land Rover network that has taken place in the past few years.
    The Donnelly Group has been a car dealer in Northern Ireland since 1947 when Peter Donnelly started a vehicle repair and taxi business.

  • Vertu appoints COO David Crane as board director

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Vertu Motors has appointed David Paul Crane as an executive director of the company with immediate effect.

    Crane is currently the group’s chief operations officer (COO), having been appointed to this role in 2017.

  • Dealers freeze recruitment as market hardens

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    A growing number of franchised dealers have put a block on recruitment to cut costs as new car sales fall.

    That’s the view of Coachworks Consulting, which said dealers were not replacing staff who leave and this is hitting their profitability.

  • MG Motor appoints new network development manager

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    MG Motor UK has appointed David Allington (pictured) as network development manager.

    Allington was most recently business management manager with Fiat Group, responsible for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Chrysler Jeep.

  • Lookers looks to inspire young people with workshop visit

    Monday, July 16, 2018

    Lookers North East Repair Centre has teamed up with Nacro, a social justice charity, to bring disadvantaged young people into the workplace.

    The site welcomed a group of young people with the aim of encouraging them back into education and training.

  • Bosch opens training centre in Doncaster

    Monday, July 9, 2018

    Bosch has opened a £1.5m training centre in Doncaster for the delivery of automotive apprenticeship programmes and technical training.
    The 36,846 square foot facility includes eight workshop areas and 12 classrooms providing training to around 300 apprentices throughout 2018, for Bosch’ partners Renault, Nissan and Suzuki.

  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars appoints sales channel boss

    Monday, July 9, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has appointed Melanie Evans as head of sales channel development and customer relations from 1 August. She will be based at the Goodwood HQ in West Sussex.
    Evans joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2011, initially as dealer marketing and digital manager, progressing to head of commercial development and then her current role as head of bespoke sales and marketing.

  • Marshall chief finance office to step down from group

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Mark Raban, chief financial officer of Marshall Motor Holdings, is to step down from his position.
    Marshall has started looking for a replacement and Raban will remain with the company until an appointment is made.
    Raban joined Marshall in 2014 and played a key role in the company’s stock market flotation.
    He has 15 years’ experience at CFO and FD level and has worked in the retail sector with Selfridges and the US firm Borders and in automotive retailing he served a seven year stint with Inchcape Retail.