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The UK’s New Market Leader in Fair, Honest and Wholly Independent Motorhome Buying

SellMyMotorhome.com Flies the Flag for Simplicity, Value for Money and Outstanding Customer Service

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Worksop, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, January 19, 2016 — /EPR AUTOMOTIVE NEWS/ — The United Kingdom has a new market-leader in independent motorhome buying – all thanks to an innovative, simple and fully-comprehensive service package. SellMyMotorhome.com set up as a small business with big ambitions, though has already topped the table as Britain’s leading independent buyer of motorhomes and recreational vehicles.

Traditionally something of a complicated process, SellMyMotorhome.com has brought genuine simplicity and fairness to the motorhome selling process for the very first time. Quite the contrary to the traditional selling process, obtaining a quote and closing a sale with SellMyMotorhome.com is as simple as entering a few vehicle details online and letting the pros take over. The market has for some time been saturated with car buying services and those specialising in other kinds of vehicles – specialist motorhome buying service being a notable exception.

SellMyMotorhome.com has already earned a reputation for genuine excellence up and down the country, though has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Real Experts, Honest Valuations

“One of our experienced valuers will value your motorhome based on make, model, age, condition and mileage and any other relevant information you provide. As you know, motorhomes have many variations and we may need to call you with a few additional questions, so please do include your phone number in the box where requested. We will then send you the current valuation of your motorhome.” – SellMyMotorhome.com

One of the most standout characterises about the SellMyMotorhome.com buying package is how the team insists on only ever offering fair, accurate and honest valuations that are NOT subject to change. This is made possible by stepping away from the norm and refusing to use unreliable computer systems to determine vehicle value. There’s so much more to determining how much a vehicle is worth than simply asking for its licence plate number and hammering it into a machine. Instead, experienced professionals with comprehensive industry knowledge consider make, model, mileage, age, condition, modifications and more, in order to offer a quotation that’s as accurate and honest as possible.

By ensuring quotations are accurate, SellMyMotorhome.com is uniquely able to guarantee that the price quoted is the price paid, every time. Unlike so many rival services, there are no hidden fees, no admin charges, no collection costs and no deductions whatsoever to worry about. As soon as the price is quoted, it is set in stone – simple, effective and reliable.

Selling Made Supremely Simple

“Once you have received the valuation of your motorhome  we will make you an instant cash offer based on the information you have provided us with. If you choose to accept the offer, we will make the arrangements for collection and payment. We provide a free collection service and one of our experienced collection team will come at a time to suit you. They will of course inspect the motorhome, but if it is as you have described it to us, the purchase is guaranteed and we will transfer secure funds direct to your bank account.” – SellMyMotorhome.com

Simplicity also sets SellMyMotorhome.com in an entirely different league from that of its closest rivals. Originally established to offer a genuinely appealing alternative to the norm, the team has worked long and hard to create the total service package for customers. If a quotation is accepted, SellMyMotorhome.com arranges fast, free and convenient collection of the vehicle, anywhere in the United Kingdom. Payment is transferred at the time of collection and as much help as required is provided to ensure the necessary paperwork is completed in full.

For the first time, it really is possible to arrange and close a sale on any motorhome or recreational vehicle before the end of the day. To discuss a quotation or for more information on how to sell your motorhome the easy way, visit http://sellmymotorhome.com/or contact the team directly on 0800 072 3678.

About SellMyMotorhome.com
SellMyMotorhome.com is the UK’s most dynamic contemporary service provider for those looking to sell their vehicles quickly and easily. Established as a forward-thinking small business with extraordinary ambitions, the group quickly evolved to become Britain’s biggest dedicated buyer of motorhomes and recreational vehicles.

Contact-Details: Bill Pegram, SellMyMotorhome.com, Worksop Turbine, Shireoaks Triangle Business Park, Coach Close, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK. Tel 0800 072 3678. Email sales@sellmymotorhome.com. Web https://www.sellmymotorhome.com
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BMW’s New Strategic Actions Changing Face of Retailing

Warlingham, UK, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Automotive News/ — BMW performed well even in the days of recession. An organization can even capitalize on crises which is a capability. BMW emerged as a stronger brand recently.

The Europe’s premier car show revealed the cracking models such like first front-wheel BMW, a new Mini, the Rolls-Royce Ghost series 2 and the new BMW 4 series Gran Coupe.

BMW also steal the show while presenting the award-winning i3 city car and the i8 sports car with electrifying technologies.

BMW has produced cars with electric strengths bypassing the hybrid technologies.

The brand has positioned itself while addressing the need for technology in the 21st century as the vehicles are made with similar technological-patterns. For instance, the new battery and lighter composites have resources that of technology.

BMW’s revival from the economic downturn is because of its effective marketing operations which provided huge backing because of the huge investment.

“The whole future of retail is probably going to change in the next five years faster than it has done in the last 100 years, because our expectations are all different.

Ian Robertson, sales and marketing chief and member of BMW’s board of management, mentioned the retail future of BMW. According to him the face of retailing would change in next five years more quickly than the pace it had in last 100 years. ‘’Our expectations are all different’’, he added.

BMW’s 80-85% customers are fully exposed to the digital world, who do prior thorough research using digital platforms and then reach the showroom doors. So re-designing has taken place working on digital platforms along with other transformations consequently such as change in whole dealer interface.

The car-acquisition processes have also been redesigned at BMW.

With the similar model as that of Apple’s Genius Bar, BMW initiated ‘’Product Genius’’. This has been made possible with recruitment of right experts in tablet-holding products and those who possess right knowledge and skills.

BMW has targeted the right market via management of effective planning. It’s a great time for businesses to acquire the digital competency because of its fast-pace acceptance by general public. Now, bigger population of online users takes buying decisions on the basis of online car reviews and expert opinions on automotive blogs. BMW worked on similar strategy of acquiring digital success and achieved market share in the industry.

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SEAT Offers 3 Years Of Worry-Free Motoring

SEAT Ireland has unveiled a quintet of special offers to take the stress out of buying a new car in 2013. The SEAT brand is enjoying a renaissance in Ireland, with two new models set to arrive in showrooms in the coming months: the generously-proportioned new Toledo, which goes on sale in November, and an all-new Leon, due to arrive in 2013.

However, SEAT customers won’t have to wait to avail of a host of new car offers. Buyers of all new SEAT cars from the newly revamped range can avail of 3% finance, one of the lowest rates available from any lender, as well as 3 years of free servicing which will take much of the worry out of both purchasing and owning a new car in 2013. Additionally, SEAT is offering 3 years roadside assistance, a 3 year car warranty and, for cars ordered before December 21st, there will be 3,000km of free fuel.

“In these challenging times customers will naturally look for a value proposition and we were able to realign all of our product range and add 10-15% of additional value either through price reductions or additional specification,” said Adam Chamberlain, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland. “Now, alongside a great product proposition, consumers have got very strong offers to allow them to have worry-free motoring for 3 years. Our cars are now more affordable and with these offers the SEAT range now offers truly great cars at great prices.”

More information can be found at www.seat.ie.

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SEAT introduces the Mii ‘Miinx’

SEAT has announced the introduction of a pink Mii, called the ‘Miinx’.

The Miinx is the work of Cornwall dealership Dales SEAT, and was created as a one-off show car after Sales Manager Tom Rawlings decided one evening that he fancied doing “something different.” Work began immediately, with the dealership choosing a Mii Sport in Deep Black metallic as the basis for the as-yet-unnamed car.

The Mii’s bodywork was covered in a pink gloss vinyl wrap, while the lights were tinted with a translucent film, resulting in a more pronounced, contrasting look.

Once the wrap had been applied, Dales posted a picture on Twitter and asked for some name ideas. ‘Miinky’, as it was for a while, generated plenty of discussion, though eventually the Miinx sobriquet was settled upon.

Aside from the wrap, the Miinx is a standard three-door Mii Sport. Power comes from a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine with 75 PS and it gets a generous standard equipment list including 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, dark tinted rear windows, front fog lights, and sports suspension.

The Mii Miinx is a compact way of making a very big statement. It’s also charitable, with Dales planning to give £100 to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity for every car sold.

“One thing’s for sure, the Miinx is a car that always provokes a strong reaction, good or bad,” said Tom Rawlings.

“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the special edition since we launched it. From the day we first parked it outside our showroom, people have made a point of coming in to tell us what they think.

“The car’s also divided opinion on Twitter. I tweeted a photo and within minutes hundreds of people were commenting about it. But we couldn’t believe it when people from all over the place started calling the dealership to enquire about the car. We’ve obviously done something right,” he added.

Dales has received a raft of enquiries about the Miinx – one from as far afield as northern Scotland – and has consequently begun taking firm orders.

Every Miinx sold will come with the SEAT Portable System included – the removable multimedia device that SEAT is currently giving away free with cars bought using SEAT Solutions finance.

For more information on the SEAT Miinx call Dales SEAT now on 01209 821144. Follow Dales on Twitter @DALESCornwall, and SEAT @SEAT_cars_UK

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Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation Outlander on sale in Japan

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the launch of the all-new Outlander mid-size SUV for the Japan market at dealerships throughout Japan today. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the new Outlander after going on sale in Russia and Europe.

This successor of the previous Outlander core model (which sold about 660,000 units during its lifetime) harmoniously balances high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency, and extended utility to provide a “premium driving experience.”

The new Outlander represents the fusion of every facet of MMC’s car-building technology and knowhow. The focus for the new Outlander was on achieving a significantly refined look and feel that oozes quality in its exterior appearance, interior, and driving performance along with world-class safety features such as “e-Assist.” As a result it offers superior on-road safety performance with its advanced occupant safety features and high-performance 4WD drivetrain while also achieving excellent environmental performance through its extensive use of fuel efficiency technologies and reductions in weight.

Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation outstanding Outlander

Outstanding Environmental Credentials
Designed to be eco-friendly, the Outlander accomplishes this with fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels that are among the best in class with Outlander diesel models recording 5.8L/100km and 153g/100kms respectively.

The all-new Outlander is fitted with next-generation Smart MIVEC engines with variable lift and timing control and ECO Drive Assistant Function.

The Outlander is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines with a diesel six-speed automatic model introduced to the Outlander range for the first time. Available on the Outlander 4WD LS and Outlander Aspire, the 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo charged MIVEC engine provides a superior level of environmental performance, with CO2 emissions of 153g/100kms which is amongst the best in its class. With a lighter body weight of 1610kg achieved through the optimisation of the body structure, the use of high-tensile strength panelling and improved aerodynamics, the Outlander diesel engine delivers fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100kms.

Outlander 2WD ES models are powered by the petrol 2.0-litre MIVEC engine which produces fuel economy of 7.0L/100kms in five-speed manual transmission and 6.6L/100kms in Continuously Variable Transmission. Outlander 4WD ES models use the 2.4-litre MIVEC engine mated to Continuously Variable Transmission to deliver fuel efficiency of 7.5L/100kms.

Furthermore, the new Outlander is equipped with an eco-friendly driving system, ECO Drive, which notifies the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency. Turning on ECO mode results in fuel-efficient driving with energy-saving control across the engine, air-conditioning and four-wheel drive systems.

Driving information from the ECO Drive mode is reviewed for each designated time period and a gauge is displayed using five leaves. This encourages the driver to learn and then adopt an environmentally-friendly driving style to achieve a ‘high’ score. This ECO score is displayed every three minutes during driving with a total score displayed for the time from ignition start to when it is turned off. The system also displays the status of environmentally-friendly driving in a bar graph, allowing drivers to understand the level of environmentally-friendly driving in real time.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ New-look ASX

MMAL’s CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, said the new-look ASX reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ global styling direction of Solid-Safe-Simple.

“The ASX is a popular vehicle in the Australian market and we are confident the new-look model will appeal to customers who want a versatile and stylish compact SUV,” Oshikiri said.

The ASX’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a smoother, improved drive experience. Achieved through an adjusted relationship between throttle pedal opening and torque output, the new generation CVT delivers improved engine performance and acceleration.

As the best in class for fuel efficiency, using just 5.7-litres per 100 kilometres, the ASX 4WD Aspire six-speed manual is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo diesel engine. The CO2 emissions for this model are also low at 149 grams per kilometre. This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system, providing maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque.

The ASX 2WD and ASX 2WD Aspire are powered by the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or CVT and provides maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 197Nm. The 2WD ASX returns competitive fuel consumption figures of 7.9-litres per 100 kilometres in the CVT and 7.7-litres per 100 kilometres in the manual transmisson.

Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint with a five-star ANCAP rating, the ASX range utilises Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag as standard.

To complement the ASX’s refreshed exterior look, numerous interior and functionality upgrades have been made across the range including increased towing capacities of 1,300kg on petrol models and 1,400kg on diesel models.

Inside the cabin, chrome accents on the A/C dials and combination cluster meter give the interior a boost while the new sleeker steering wheel features easier to use controls.

A new audio system in the ASX 2WD features CD and iPod compatibility while the new generation audio display, available on 2WD and 4WD Aspire models, features a 6.1-inch full colour touch panel and rear-view camera with parking reference lines.

The ASX 2WD receives improved seat trim, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth hands-free system. The Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel and voice controls boosts convenience, making it easier and safer to make phone calls on the road.

The newly introduced ASX 2WD Aspire has extra features above the ASX 2WD including 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust, front fog lamps and exterior chrome accents.

The interior of the ASX 2WD Aspire includes leather seat trim with heated front seats and power driver’s seat along with leather-look door trim and privacy glass.

Rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlamps make journeys in adverse conditions a little easier while the Smart Key system with one-touch start enhances the daily drive. The 2WD Aspire comes standard with reverse sensors and reverse camera to assist driver awareness and visibility.

Top of the range ASX 4WD Aspire builds on the two-wheel drive model’s specifications with the addition of panoramic roof as standard and an easier to use 4×4 button selector to switch between drive modes.

The ASX line-up is available in a range of colours including Starlight, Ironbark, White, Cool Silver, Black, Red and Titanium.

Mitsubishi retail offers a five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, five year Roadside Assist and Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership on all new vehicles.*

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SEAT unveils the new Ibiza CUPRA

SEAT officially raises the bar in the supermini class with the introduction of the sensational Ibiza CUPRA. First shown as a concept during April’s Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the Ibiza CUPRA is now unveiled in barely touched production form.

Performance is scintillating, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph, yet exceptionally efficient, with average fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg.

Due to arrive in the UK in January 2013, the new car follows more than 16 years of heritage. The CUPRA name was born in 1996 as a special, top-of-the-line Ibiza built to commemorate SEAT’s World Rally Championship victory in the 2.0-litre category. Since then a CUPRA has always featured in the SEAT model line-up, with the name adorning both the Ibiza and Leon ranges.

“The Ibiza CUPRA is one of the icons of the SEAT brand,” said James Muir, President of SEAT S.A. “Its stunning design and refined dynamics promise driving fun mile-for-mile. With its innovative technologies, upgraded interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza CUPRA clearly shows how quickly and consistently our brand is continuing to develop.”

Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 180 PS and 250 Nm, owing to a turbocharger and a supercharger as well as direct injection, the latest Ibiza CUPRAhatchback is truly worthy of the name, and begins the next chapter of the CUPRA success story.

The TSI power unit guarantees exceptionally refined performance during day-to-day driving, while a unique sound actuator in the exhaust system allows for an extra sporty sound when the driver desires it. The seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission with its extremely short shift times can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The chassis of the Ibiza CUPRA has been tuned for maximum agility and precision. The ride height has been lowered compared to the standard car. An XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to under steer and improves handling through fast corners, and an ESP electronic stability system incorporating hill start is part of the safety package that comes as standard on the Ibiza CUPRA. The car has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The new Ibiza CUPRA is a dynamic supermini with a solid and powerful stance. The new face gets a broad grille and very forceful air intakes to emphasise the breadth, solidity and power of the car. The sophisticated design of the front headlamps shows the attention to detail inherent with SEAT workmanship.

The entertainment system in the Ibiza CUPRA is completely new and the high-performance audio system is enhanced by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The highly functional unit is removable for mobile use yet perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system. Its extensive functions include a navigation system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a Micro SD card slot for music storage, hands-free phone system with voice control, and an on-board computer.

Additionally, a ‘photo frame’ facility allows users to personalise their system with images, while a useful ‘notepad’ function allows occupants to set handy reminders, and the screen can act as a torch for users when they leave the car at night.

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SEAT Invests £650m In New Leon Production

SEAT has started production of the new Leon hatchback at its factory in Martorell, Spain. The all-new model is the result of an overall investment of 800 million euros (c. £650m), primarily in vehicle research and development, and production facilities.

The stunning new SEAT Leon, which was unveiled at September’s Paris Motor Show, will drive the international expansion of SEAT and will increase production at the Martorell plant, where it will be built alongside the Ibiza, Altea, and Exeo – together with the Audi Q3.

The five-door hatchback is the first of the new Leon model family, which by 2014 will include a sleek three-door variant and a practical five-door estate. This approach mimics the blueprint of the hugely successful Ibiza range, and will help the Leon become a key competitor in the compact segment in Europe – which accounts for 38% of total car sales.

The production of the new Leon is not only great news for family car buyers, it’s also a big boost to the economy, ensuring 1,600 jobs on the Martorell production line plus more than 6,000 throughout the supply chain.

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, said: “With the new Leon we have increased productivity by 10% and become more flexible, thus guaranteeing optimisation of production costs.”

Together, the first two generations of the Leon achieved total global sales of 1.2 million units, beginning with 1999’s original model and continuing with 2005’s second generation car. SEAT expects a continuation of this success story when sales of the all-new car begin this year in Europe. UK sales begin early 2013 – a year that will also see the global motor show debuts of the three-door and estate versions.

The new SEAT Leon is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB modular transverse platform, providing a significant reduction in manufacturing time compared with the second generation Leon.

The platform also offers greater flexibility, enabling production of the three versions of the Leon as well as Altea variants all on the same line. SEAT has also adapted its manufacturing processes to ensure the highest levels of precision and quality, by the use of latest-generation technologies such as laser welding and measurement, as well as hot stamping.

The new Leon is the first all-new production vehicle to display SEAT’s latest design language, and signals an enormous step forward for the brand, equipped with a host of ground-breaking technology for improved safety and enhanced connectivity; it is the first in its class to offer full LED headlights as an option.

It is 90 kilograms lighter and 52 millimetres shorter than its predecessor, improving fuel consumption and handling, yet it has more interior passenger space and luggage capacity. Every new Leon from launch is equipped with Start/Stop technology for greater efficiency – on average it consumes 15% less fuel than the previous generation.

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SEAT reveals the all new Leon

James Muir, President of SEAT S.A, has unveiled the all-new SEAT Leon for the first time at the Volkswagen Group Media Evening. He declared that, “the New Leon requires no compromise from the customer.”

The SEAT President also used the Volkswagen Group Media Evening to unveil the company’s new logo, which has been introduced to coincide with the new Leon’s introduction. “The new Leon will be the first SEAT to wear our new company logo. The new SEAT logo reflects our commitment to clean, precise design and unparalleled engineering excellence,” he explained.

Competing in the fiercely competitive European medium hatchback car sector, the all-new Leon is the first production vehicle to feature SEAT’s new design language, previewed on the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars. The new Leon will feature a host of innovative technologies to help safety and connectivity, as well as being the first car in its segment to offer full LED lights. The interior features the highest level of craftsmanship, as well as the latest soft-touch materials.

The new Leon is built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform and is 90kg lighter and despite being 52mm shorter than its predecessor, has more interior space. A range of six petrol and four diesel engines are available, guaranteeing an engine choice to meet all customer preferences. The new Leon will feature engine Start/Stop technology and the most efficient engine option will emit just 99g of Co2.

The new model is the third iteration of Leon and previous generations have earned a reputation for delivering a rewarding and interactive driving experience and the new generation will continue that pattern, thanks to the lighter overall weight and longer wheelbase.

The new model will be manufactured at SEAT’s base in Martorell, near Barcelona in Spain. In total, 1.2 millions Leons have been sold to date since the first model was introduced in 1999.

The first markets to introduce the new Leon will be Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with sales beginning before the end of November.

James Muir also confirmed that the new Leon will become a family of cars. He said: “For the first time ever, the Leon range will expand to include a three-door and sports tourer versions. They will expand the Leon’s appeal as well as its reach within the segment.”

The new Leon arrives in SEAT’s range during the busiest period of new product activity in the company’s history. SEAT’s product offensive has seen the introduction of its new city car, the Mii, as well as an extensively refreshed Ibiza and the recent introduction of the Toledo five-door sedan.

James Muir underlined that the future success of SEAT would also be built on market expansion. He said: “Coupled with our strategy of market expansion, which saw SEAT launch in China earlier this year, SEAT’s future success will be built on new products, in more segments, in more markets.”

The company also points out that it’s the perfect time to buy a new car in Ireland, with the limited edition offer of 3,000KM of free fuel, 3% financing, 3 years warranty, 3 years roadside assistance, 3 year free servicing all available on orders before 21.12.12.

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Cadillac Sponsors 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac will be the primary sponsor of the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, taking place Nov. 11 in Old Winter Park, Fla.

Winter Park Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigiously-ranked and exotic classic car shows in the United States. During the one-day event, Winter Park’s downtown Park Avenue area will be closed, allowing up-close access to individual autos and automotive groupings. Accenting the event will be music and dining, all combining to make the Concours d’ Elegance a special day for visitors to Winter Park.

“Cadillac is pleased to support 2012 Concours d’Elegance,” said Dave Fitzwater, Cadillac Regional Director, Southeast Region. “Our brand is synonymous with luxury and design and we look forward to being a part of the beautiful display of classic cars that will be showcased.

A free event to the public, Concours d’Elegance is expected to draw more than 75,000 attendees, many of them from outside the Central Florida area.

“Between the classic car exhibitors and the people who travel to Central Florida to see the classic cars, we anticipate as many as 5,000 out-of-area attendees,” according to Tim Weber, who oversees the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.

The three day automotive celebration begins with a ticket-only event at Sanford International Airport on Friday, Nov. 9 and concludes with the Concours event on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

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President of Volkswagen AG reiterates the commitment of the group to Spain

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, president of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors, has participated in the Hispano-German Entrepreneurs Meeting, which took place in the executive headquarters of the government, and which counted on the presence of the President of Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“Volkswagen will continue its close link with Spain in the future,” assured Dr. Winterkorn during his address before the heads of the principal German and Spanish companies. According to the president of the Volkswagen Group, Spain has played an exemplary role in the last few weeks, having taken brave but successful decisions. “Of course, results are not achieved from one day to the next, but the direction is the correct one. I am sure that they will be achieved,” he added.

The President of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors highlighted the role of the Group within the automobile industry in Spain: “The activities of our Group represent 25% of the Spanish automotive industry and, with the SEAT brand, Volkswagen and Audi, we are among the companies with the highest volume of business in Spain. Besides, we are the major industrial investor in the area of research and development, and we employ more than 18,000 people between the factories of Pamplona and SEAT Martorell.”

Regarding the current situation of the automobile market Dr. Winterkorn pointed out:
“It is true that SEAT is especially suffering the steep drop of the domestic Spanish market, but it is also true that it has the product and the adequate team, so that when the market recuperates, the brand will grow exponentially. SEAT will continue to be a fundamental element in the global strategy of the Volkswagen Group,” he added.

Dr. Winterkorn also made reference to “the high rate of youth unemployment,” which poses “a complicated mortgage upon the future of Europe. Facing it should be the political as well as the economic objective.” He also confirmed the commitment of the company to future generations: “With the ‘Start Up Europe’ Program, we are creating professional opportunities for young engineers. And also here in Spain we are manifesting our commitment with the implementation of dual training,” he said.

“The Volkswagen Group is a perfect example for demonstrating that the ‘European Idea’ has future potential. We have 12 brands in 7 countries of the EU that work together successfully. At Volkswagen, we believe in Europe. And we are willing to give our support so that Spanish and European industries can be strong and solvent in the future,” he concluded.

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SEAT Leon to debut at Paris Motor Show

SEAT is set to unveil the most important new model in its recent history at the 2012 Mondial de l’Automobile – the all-new Leon.

Combining effortless beauty with greater practicality than its two preceding generations, the new Leon is the most advanced car that SEAT has ever produced and a landmark for the Spanish company. The introduction of the new Leon makes the 2012 Paris Motor Show an epoch-defining event for SEAT, during which the first of a new model family is introduced – a family that will extend the Leon’s reach further than ever before.

And with the official introduction of the new, production-ready Toledo hatchback, SEAT really does have compact family car segment covered. The new Toledo boasts an incredible amount of cabin space and a 550-litre boot, wrapped in a compact body shell and with a price that’s more supermini than family car.

Alongside the two new cars, SEAT will also display the exciting Mii FR Line Concept. First shown at the 2012 GTI Treffen event in Worthersee, Austria, the Mii FR Line Concept alludes to how the city car could look were it to become available in FR trim.

Finally, the Paris Motor Show represents the official market introduction of SEAT’s new corporate identity, which brings a more modern, streamlined look to the existing ‘S’ logo found on the grille and tailgate of every SEAT model. It will be used first on the new Leon, before being rolled out to the entire range from 2013.

Speaking about SEAT’s presence at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, UK Director Peter Wyhinny said: “We’re hugely excited about what we have in store for this year’s Paris show. The all-new Leon is a remarkable car, oozing Spanish flair but bursting with technology and offering genuine versatility. We can’t wait to show it in the metal so that its beauty and presence can really be appreciated, and beyond that we’re eagerly anticipating getting people behind the wheel so they can feel just how dynamic this car really is.

“In addition, the introduction of the new, fourth-generation Toledo is a big step for us, because it gives our customers the chance to own a car with unique visual appeal but that packs a practicality punch way above its compact size and price. Its five-door hatchback layout brings the model back to the spirit of the ground-breaking original, which was a huge success. We’re convinced that buyers will take this new Toledo to their hearts.

“And with the stunning Mii FR Line Concept sitting on our Paris show stand too, alluding to a sportier future for the sensational city car, there are good times ahead for SEAT. Adding the new Leon and Toledo to models like the Mii, the Exeo and the multi-award winning Alhambra, the SEAT line-up is bigger, better and more exciting than ever before and there’s much more to come.”

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Hengehold Trucks Using Social Media to Improve Customer Service

Hengehold Trucks, a provider of quality pre-owned commercial vehicles, has announced an alternative method to alerting their customers of new vehicles arrivals into their inventory. Hengehold Trucks will be using social media, Twitter, for instant updates on recent additions to their sales inventory. Customers can now see what vehicles are available without having to wait for Hengehold Trucks’ monthly newsletter for the information.

Within the last month, Hengehold Truck has added over 30 new vehicles to their inventory, bringing their current total to over 90 used commercial vehicles. The inventory includes a wide range of commercial vehicles from mini cargo vans, box vans, passenger vans, pickup trucksutility trucksflatbed trucks, stakes trucks, and dump trucks.

“I have bought several trucks from Hengehold over the years and there is a reason I keep going back. The quality of their used vehicles is unmatched. They have very clean vehicles and a pretty good selection of them at that. They go through an extensive inspection on each vehicle. I have purchased four vehicles and have never had the problem,” said Sally M., a Hengehold Trucks’ customer. (Source:http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3710515810/hengehold-motor-co-palo-alto-1)

Hengehold Trucks has served costumers in many places beside California such as Saipan, Marinia Island, Seattle, Washington, San Antonio, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Their primary customers come from a diverse collection representing many industries as well as customers from universities, government agencies, and individuals.

To get the latest updates of Hengehold Trucks’ new commercial vehicles, follow them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/htrucks.

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Award spotlights beckon for Chester finance team

Two glittering prizes are in prospect for a Chester-based finance group after it was named this week amongst the finalists in a major business awards scheme.

The Funding Corporation has been short-listed for both the “most responsible lender” and the “top alternative lender” of the year categories in the
prestigious Credit Today awards.

Directors and staff at the Chester Business Park firm will now have to hold their breaths until May 10 when the winners will be announced at a celebrity-hosted awards ceremony in London.

The Funding Corporation shares its place in the finals of the finance industry’s “Oscars” with well-known high-street names such as HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and Virgin.

In 2011, the company beat off similar big-hitters in the world of credit by taking the overall UK award as Britain’s most responsible lender.

Now it hopes to keep the accolade in Chester for yet another year – and to possibly bring home the “top alternative lender” prize too.

In order to reach the finals, The Funding Corporation had to submit its lending policies for scrutiny by a panel of independent judges from the finance sector.

They examined how well the company is safeguarding consumer’s interests, and the integrity of its staff in dealing with customers and providing help and support.

Company Managing Director David Challinor said the firm was delighted to be judged on its track record for responsible business practices and treating customers fairly:

“Although this is a finance business, we never lose sight of the fact that our success depends on providing all of our customers with high standards of personal care and service.

“The delivery of this is largely in the hands of our staff, and it is their professionalism which has helped to ensure that our customers always receive first-class treatment.

“Size-wise, we may be one of the featherweights in these awards, but it’s good to know we’re punching well above our weight when it comes to fairness and responsibility,” added Mr Challinor.

The Funding Corporation employs around 200 staff and specialises in providing motor finance for the growing number of people with impaired credit records.

The company works closely with its group member ACF Car Finance Limited which operates a network of retail car showrooms across the country.

The Credit Today Awards, now in their twelfth year, are organised by Credit Today magazine with sponsorship from major finance industry bodies and organisations.

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Most Motorists Would Keep Quiet About Accidents, Survey Finds

A new survey from the Co-operative Motor Group has indicated that a majority of drivers would keep quiet if they collided with a friend or neighbour’s car by accident, although there was some variation in honesty between motorists of different age groups.

Of 2,000 people surveyed, just 24 per cent said they would ensure they told a friend in the event of a prang with their vehicle, while 26 per cent felt they would inform a neighbour. However, only one in eight participants said they would tell a stranger that they had crashed into their motor. A third, meanwhile, said they would come clean with a boss or work colleague.

The poll also suggested that older drivers were more honest than their younger counterparts, with 72 per cent of those aged 55 and over saying that they would seek to track down owner of the car they had hit regardless of who they were – as opposed to just 40 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24.

“Any claim you make could mean your insurance goes up when you come to renew your policy,” said Co-operative Group head of motor insurance Grant Mitchell. “It can be tempting to ignore minor scrapes or faults with your car, but it’s always best to get these fixed to avoid problems further down the line.”

There were also some differences in straightforwardness between drivers in different parts of the UK. While just 10.82 per cent of motorists in north-west England would seek to dodge the blame for a minor collision, this figure rose to 22.09 per cent among those in London – the area with the highest proportion of dishonest drivers.

Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, the south-east and Northern Ireland were also among the most honest regions, whilst their counterparts in the north-east, Scotland, Wales and the south-east were most keen to keep their heads down in the hope they’d get away with it.

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Andy tops team at major Midlands motor centre

A successful career in retail management has now taken Sales Executive Andy Gore into the fast-lane of the motor industry.

For Andy, who is aged 31, has been appointed to the role of Sales Manager at leading car retailer ACF Car Finance Limited in Willenhall.

ACF Car Finance’s West Midlands showroom is one of the busiest in its national network, and Andy now takes charge of managing its staff and business operations.

Not that Andy is any stranger to being in the driving seat. At just 18 years old, he became one of the youngest deputy managers in the UK of the 200-strong chain of Focus DIY stores.

He took on the position at the chain’s flagship Sheffield store after being selected for a fast-track management course at the group after leaving school.

Andy then moved to Phone4U where he became a regional manager before joining ACF Car Finance in 2007 working at the former East Midlands Dealership based in Sutton in Ashfield.

Now he becomes one of the youngest Sales Manager in the group which provides cars and arranges finance for the growing number of people being refused credit by banks and other lenders.

Andy, who is engaged and a keen football fan, says the West Midlands showroom has just recorded its busiest year to date, and is likely to be recruiting more trainee sales staff next year.

For more information about the company see www.ACFCarFinance.co.uk.

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Fetch! Hospice Hound Rounds Up A Charity Windfall

He may be the new mascot for a Chester hospice charity, but that didn’t prevent Pawz from getting the sack from a local motor company last week.

In fact, Pawz ended up with kennel-loads of sacks from The Funding Corporation (TFC) when he called to collect the donations made by many of the firm’s 200-plus staff.

As part of the company’s charity support programme, employees were invited to recycle unwanted gifts and other items for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester.

Their donations – which included games, DVDs, books and clothing – will now go on sale in the hospice’s six charity shops in and around the city.

The charity needs to raise over £6,000 every day to continue its work in caring for those living with incurable illnesses, and supporting their friends, families and carers.

Its funding relies largely on donations from the local community, and last year these enabled the hospice to care for more than 1,500 people from the Chester area.

TFC Marketing Manager Jane Whittle, who also heads the firm’s charity committee, said the volume of donations, which included many brand new items, was “staggering”.

The company also has a number of other fundraising events planned throughout the year in aid of the Hospice, its nominated local charity for 2012, and company Directors have kindly agreed to match funds raised by staff.

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Chester Students Shine In Car Valet Business Challenge

Five young Chester business students have triumphed in an Apprentice-style challenge set by a local motor company, ACF Car Finance Limited.

The group, aged 16 and over, beat two other teams of fellow-students with their ideas to create a new business which could clean-up in the local car valeting market.

All 15 youngsters from West Cheshire College, who are studying for a business diploma, were taking part in the “Outstanding Business Student Award” organised by ACF Car Finance.

Now in its third year, the scheme aims to bring out the students’ entrepreneurial skills by asking them to research, set up and profitably manage a fantasy business based in Chester.

This year’s theme was car valeting – and it was the polished ideas put forward by the group calling themselves “Finishing Touch” which shone most brightly among the judges.

All five members of the group were awarded a Kindle eReader, while others taking part in the competition each received a £15.00 gift card to spend in a computer store.

As part of their research earlier this year, the 15 students spent a day behind the scenes at the headquarters of ACF Car Finance on Chester Business Park.

They were shown the realities of running a successful business, and the type of tough decisions they would have to make in areas such as investing in equipment, health and safety, and marketing.

Their plans were presented in a board room play-off at ACF Car Finance to a judging panel led by a course tutor from West Cheshire College, and company boss David Challinor:

“It was a really hard decision as all three groups displayed great flair,” said Mr Challinor who is Managing Director of The Funding Corporation, parent company of ACF Car Finance.

“But in the end, the Finishing Touch youngsters gave a very confident presentation, and provided well thought-out answers to all the questions which could have tripped them up.

“Although this was a theoretical test of their business skills, I feel confident they could have easily won financial backing if we had been a real panel of Dragons,” added Mr Challinor.

In addition to their prizes, two outstanding students among the fifteen – Richard Fleming and Yonia Gonzalez-Torres – were offered work experience at the company as part of their college course.

The five Finishing Touch winners were Josh McClure, Richard Fleming, Fatma Gonen, Sophie Parker and Agata Dabkowska.

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Motoring DIY skills in short supply, survey finds

A new survey has indicated that everyday car repair skills are in relatively short supply among UK motorists, with many drivers lacking any knowledge of a range of relatively simple motoring-related tasks.

According to a poll recently conducted The Co-operative Motor Group, tasks such as topping up oil levels are beyond the knowledge of many UK drivers. More than one in three of those questioned – 37 per cent – said the main reason for their lack of car repair experience was the fact they had never been shown how to do such tasks, while a similar proportion of participants felt it was the responsibility of professional mechanics.

What’s more, two out of five motorists quizzed as part of the survey said they would be unable to change a car tyre in the event of a problem, with one in seven admitting to being unable to open their car’s bonnet. New drivers are frequently asked by examiners to demonstrate how to open the bonnet as one of the ‘show me, tell me’ questions asked before driving tests – which makes this particular finding all the more worrying.

“Many drivers feel bemused by even the most simple elements of modern motoring. They admit to being unable to perform tasks that can be the difference between keeping a car running safely and without major expense, and spending hours waiting for roadside recovery,” said Co-operative Motor Group managing director Tony Guest.

Despite the apparently widespread lack of car repair knowledge and experience among British motorists – 16.95 per cent admitted to not knowing how to top up windscreen washer fluid – nearly half of participants had experienced a breakdown whilst driving their current vehicle. More than one-fifth (22 per cent), however, said they had no breakdown cover whatsoever.

“Breaking down can be a stressful event and motorists would be advised to check that they have adequate breakdown cover to make sure they can get assistance in case the worst happens,” Mr Guest added.

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Car Finance Group’s Anti-Scam Drive Avoids £3.2M Fraud

Airport-style scanners to catch out identity thieves were among a number of measures which helped a major car finance group to save over £3.2 million in potential fraud losses last year.

The Funding Corporation Limited (TFC) says that almost 500 cases of suspected fraud were identified in 2011.

The result was achieved by vigilant staff across the group, trained by a dedicated anti-fraud unit in the company, aided by document checking technology from Au10Tix in all of its ACF Car Finance Limited used car dealerships.

Forged passports and driving licences presented by customers to verify their ID are among the illegally-held documents picked up by the crime-fighting scanners.

The software analyses components of documents such as biometric data, visual data, infrared, ultraviolet and holograms to provide its full authentication check.

ACF Car Finance is the first UK motor retailer to use this technology, says Richard Cox, Head of Motor Operations at TFC, parent company to ACF Car Finance. However, he comments, in addition to significantly reducing the company’s exposure to the risk of fraud, the scanners also provide both commercial and customer benefits:

“By removing the risk of human error from document checking we are also freeing up showroom staff to spend more time with customers,” said Richard.

“Also, consumers do not have to wait around as long while their documents are manually authenticated – a procedure which some people find irritating and slightly offensive.

“In just a few seconds, we can now ascertain if an item of identity is genuine – and it is a far more robust and customer-friendly way of managing fraud risk than manual checking,” said Richard.

“What’s more, if an innocent customer is involved, for example if their details are used fraudulently, they are duly notified and offered advice on how to protect themselves from ID Fraud in the future.”

Each document check, said Richard, is recorded and the image and attributes stored electronically, removing the time-consuming and costly process of taking and storing copies of documents.

The estimated £3.2 million of potential losses identified last year by TFC cover a wide range of attempted frauds by unscrupulous would-be car buyers.

They include false car credit applications, false proofs of income – such as forged or doctored bank statements and pay slips – as well as false proofs of address, and false employment details.

In many cases, says Richard, the company’s vigilance helped the police to uncover other crimes such as benefit fraud and money laundering by the same person.

ACF Car Finance supplies used cars direct to customers via its showroom network, and the vast majority of vehicles are financed by a member of its parent company, TFC.

The company aims to help people whose credit records might otherwise prevent them from obtaining finance – and customers are promised a same-day purchasing service when possible.

The company’s new ability to authenticate documents quickly and accurately, said Richard, is helping more customers to be able to buy a car and drive away the same day.

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