BMW appoints new marketing director

BMW UK has announced the appointment of Uwe Dreher as their new marketing director, replacing Chris Brownridge who takes on responsibility for Mini UK.  Mr Dreher was previously head of marketing for BMW i and for its worldwide launch.

Zenos Cars launches Project E10 at Autosport International

The former Chief Executive Officer, Ansar Ali and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Edwards of Caterham Cars have introduced a new lightweight sports car into the UK market.  The Project E10 will be the first model for the new company, Zenos Cars, and has been described as fun to drive and affordable.  The car is road legal, has an open top with two seats.  It covers 0-60 in under five seconds with a 200 bhp engine and is on sale from £24,995.  Two further models. Project E11 and E12, are due to be announced in 2018.

Motor industry increases sales forecast for year

October saw the 20th consecutive month of growth in new car registrations, resulting in the SMMT revising its full year forecast to 2.25 million new units.  Ford continues to dominate the league table with the Fiesta selling nearly 105,000 cars so far this year.  Their Focus model is the second best selling vehicle with 76,493 registrations to date, followed by Vauxhall’s Corsa and Astra models.

Grimshaws Vauxhall to sell to Pentagon Motor Group

Alan Grimshaw, Managing Director of Grimshaws Vauxhall has announced his decision to retire and to sell his business to Pentagon Motor Group for an undisclosed sum.  Pentagon will acquire the Vauxhall sites at Prestwich and Eccles that will take their franchised outlets to 25 in total.

Michal Kalina appointed Managing Director of Renault Retail Group

Renault Retail Group has appointed Michal Kalina as its new managing director responsible for the manufacturer owned Renault, Dacia and Nissan sites in the UK. He replaces Len Curran who has been appointed managing director for Renault Retail’s European region.

OFT clears Gilder’s acquisition

The Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) has today cleared the acquisition of Gilder Group Limited by JCT600 Limited.

The OFT was considering whether this purchase had a detrimental impact on competition but has concluded that no lessening of competition has occurred as a result of this deal.

DVLA appoints a new Chief Executive

Oliver Morley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and will start his new role in November, replacing Malcolm Dawson.

Morley is currently Chief Executive of The National Archives and has previously worked at Thomson Reuters.

ONS publishes NEET data

The Office for National Statistics has reported that for the April to June 2013 period, there were 1.09 million young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), virtually unchanged from January to March 2013 but down 104,000 from a year earlier.

For the period April to June 2013, the percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 15.1%, unchanged from January to March 2013 but down 1.3 percentage points from a year earlier.

For the period April to June 2013, just over half (53.6%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.


New fines introduced for motorists

The police now have the power to issue on-the-spot fines for motoring offenses that previously would have required a court hearing. Fines of £100 and three points can be issued at the road side for a variety of offenses including; driving too close to the vehicle in front, queue jumping and hogging the middle lane of the motorway. Some existing fixed penalties, including using a mobile ‘phone and not wearing a seat belt, have also risen from £60 to £100. These measures should mean the police can now focus on inconsiderate and aggressive drivers and help reduce some of the main frustrations for most responsible drivers.

Paul Willcox appointed as new Managing Director for Volkswagen Group UK

Following the recent announcement that Simon Thomas is taking up a new position in Germany with the Volkswagen Group, it has been announced that Paul Willcox will succeed as Managing Director of the UK operation.  Paul Willcox is currently the Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan and will be joining the Volkswagen Group in September.