News

More power to the pick-up

More power to the pick-up

ISUZU has announced that it is to offer a tuning pack for its popular Rodeo pick-up. In conjunction with Prodrive, the company behind Subaru’s rally team, you can now have a Denver max variant with bit more power. Costing £760 including VAT and fitting, the Prodrive Performance pack (PPP) boosts […]

New Astravan ready to roll

New Astravan ready to roll

VAUXHALL’S longest established van has an all-new version ready for launch. At Vauxhall retailers in October, the newcomer has been designed and developed in the UK, where almost 10,000 Astravans a year are sold. It is the fifth generation of Vauxhall’s longest-established van brand. The first Astravan appeared in 1981 […]

THE AWARD GOES TO…

THE AWARD GOES TO…

A series of billboard adverts from South Africa shows that some manufacturers are less shy about insulting the opposition. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY A Portsmouth man who advertised his clapped-out car on an internet auction site, calling it “tatty”, attracted more than 19,000 views and received bids of more […]

Fiat shakes up aftersales support

Fiat shakes up aftersales support

FIAT Commercial Vehicles is implementing a major restructuring of its dealer network, designed to strengthen aftersales support available to customers. In the past, Fiat’s aftersales support has been questionable with regard to both its cars and vans, but the brand is currently engaged in a massive effort to boost customer […]

SEPTEMBER 2006 REGISTRATIONS: A TO Z NEW CAR GUIDE

We take you through what’s here already and what’s to come in the new car scene ALFA ROMEO Alfa Romeo goes from strength to strength with a range of stylish, affordable and desirable cars. Happy to borrow styling cues from past efforts, the Italian firm’s line-up is a glamorous one. […]

SEPTEMBER 2006 REGISTRATIONS TAKING A TEST DRIVE

A NEW car is a major investment and most people buy one with a view to keeping it for at least three years. If you’re an average 8,000 miles a year driver, doing an average speed of 40mph, that’s 600 hours behind the wheel. If your job involves more driving […]

SEPTEMBER 2006 REGISTRATIONS DEMONSTRABLY A GOOD DEAL

PRACTICALLY every dealer selling new cars in the UK has access to demonstrators. As the name suggests, these vehicles are used to display a particular model’s charms to potential buyers. But when they’ve served their purpose, demonstrators are offered for sale, too. As a result they have a novel status, […]

SEPTEMBER 2006 REGISTRATIONS: SEPTEMBER OFFERS

Some of the special deals currently available at your local dealership. By Mike Collier CHRYSLER & JEEP Chrysler is offering its Voyager SE Touring, which is fitted with an extra £2,500 worth of equipment compared to the standard SE model on which it is based, for a £500 price rise. […]

SEPTEMBER 2006 REGISTRATIONS: SALES TALK

5 THINGS TO SAY TO A SALESPERSON… 1 “I’d like to book an extended test drive” You are the customer, and the customer is king. A quick spin around the block is not enough to assess a vehicle properly. Any dealer who refuses you an extended test can be discounted. […]