NEWS: 10/12/2019 - November New Car Registrations    |   04/12/2019 - SMTA Trading Partners - Win with Yokohama   |   27/11/2019 - Park's open Lamborghini showroom in Leeds   |   25/11/2019 - CECRA meet in London to discuss the future of independent repairers   |   12/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner Generous Guests Help Raise Funds for Two Worthy Charities   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 25/02/2020 - Glasgow MOT Seminar 2020   |   26/02/2020 - Edinburgh MOT Seminar 2020   |   03/03/2020 - Dundee MOT Seminar 2020   |   04/03/2020 - Aberdeen MOT Seminar 2020   |   05/03/2020 - Inverness MOT Seminar 2020   |   24/04/2020 - Ladies Networking Lunch   |   29/10/2020 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2020   |   
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November New Car Registrations
10 Dec 2019

“It’s business as usual” but not as we would want it to be! Sandy Burgess Chief Executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association commenting on the new car registration results for Scotland in November 2019 has highlighted the continual decline in the industry results as “disappointing but understandable” given the political turmoil of late”!

Scotland’s results for the month came in at 4.21% down on the same period in 2018, this equates to 522 less new cars being registered across the country, the largest percentage drop was in the Borders at 22.73% down and then Dumfries & Galloway at 18.73%, there was two areas of growth in Lothian up 2.43% and Central at 1.74%.

The Scottish private car market continues to show resilience against the rest of the UK which is encouraging for the future, alternative fueled vehicles continue to grow ahead of any market conditions as more and more motorists embrace the transition to electric or hybrid technology. Registrations for pure electric in November 2019 come in at 2.74% against the same period in 2018 at 0.6% and hybrids measure 6.09% against 4.98% for the month 2019 & 18 respectively.

The market is in dire need of political resolution and some level of financial stability to allow a return to a stable market, the deals are out there, the dealers are prepared, stocked and trained, there is a growing desire for transition to clean, economical and technically outstanding vehicles, bring it on!



SMTA Trading Partners - Win with Yokohama
04 Dec 2019

**SPECIAL DECEMBER OFFER**
 
Purchase 24 Yokohama tyres via Trading Partners for stock during December 2019 and receive a further discount of £5.00 per tyre, (£120).  This purchase would also qualify for 3 vouchers to enter into the prize draw.




Don't miss out on our fantastic offer from SMTA Trading Partners in conjunction with Yokohama - your chance to win 2 tickets to see Chelsea FC with hospitality at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Yokohama! The prize includes full corporate hospitality, return flights and overnight accommodation! (Terms and Conditions apply please ask for details).

All you need to do is purchase tyres from Yokohama using your SMTA Trading Partners account from now until end of February (remember there's an additional special offer for the month of December!) and for our members who don’t have a Trading Partners account and wish to participate please contact one of our Territory Account Managers who will be more than happy to help.  Remember, joining SMTA Trading Partners is free. 

Contact our Territory Account Managers today!

David McNeill - Eastern Region - 07375 057560
Marcus Lawrence - Western Region - 07375 057561
Graham Bruce - Northern Region - 07766 695265



Park's open Lamborghini showroom in Leeds
27 Nov 2019

Park’s Motor Group had helped to expand the Automobili Lamborghini UK dealership network with the opening of a new showroom in Leeds.

The Scottish AM100 retail group officially opened the doors at its second Leeds supercar showroom of 2019 – it opened its new McLaren Automotive franchise last month – to take the Italian carmaker’s UK representation to 11 locations.

Park’s will look to grow the success with supercars with the opening of its first Lamborghini franchise.  Earlier this year the group’s McLaren Glasgow facility was named the British brand’s European Retailer of the Year for the third time in four years.

Ross Park said: “We are delighted to be appointed to the Lamborghini franchise and to open this new Leeds location.  “Park’s Motor Group has a stated commitment to growth through providing the best possible service to our clients, which reflects the demands of Lamborghini and its discerning clientele.  “The investment made in this new showroom and an expert team demonstrates our commitment and enthusiasm for playing a significant role in Lamborghini’s future success in the region.”

Park’s Motor Group had helped to expand the Automobili Lamborghini UK dealership network with the opening of a new showroom in Leeds.

The Scottish AM100 retail group officially opened the doors at its second Leeds supercar showroom of 2019 – it opened its new McLaren Automotive franchise last month – to take the Italian carmaker’s UK representation to 11 locations.

Park’s will look to grow the success with supercars with the opening of its first Lamborghini franchise.  Earlier this year the group’s McLaren Glasgow facility was named the British brand’s European Retailer of the Year for the third time in four years.

Andrea Baldi, the chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini EMEA Region, together with Park’s Director Ross Park, welcomed more than 200 guests to an inauguration ceremony last week where the latest Lamborghini models were presented, including the new Huracán EVO coupé and Spyder.

Article credit: AM Online



CECRA meet in London to discuss the future of independent repairers
25 Nov 2019

SMTA's Chief Executive, Sandy Burgess attended an important meeting of CECRAs Independent repairers division which took place in London on 19th November. Many points concerning the future of Independent Repairers were highlighted.

A large number of CECRA's members delegations discussed the overall future of Independent repairers during a meeting organised by CECRA's UK member, IGA.

The division especially emphasised the issues concerning the vehicle access to data and the implementation of SERMI (Security related Repair and Maintenance Information).


SMTA Annual Dinner Generous Guests Help Raise Funds for Two Worthy Charities
12 Nov 2019

We are delighted to advise that a fantastic £4,970 was raised at last Thursday's Annual Dinner & Awards.  This will be split between our two chosen charities - CHAS and Beatson.  A massive thank you to our generous guests

2019 C.A.R Star Awards

The SMTA Annual Dinner and C.A.R. Star Awards event turned out to be yet another fantastic evening! Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other like-minded folk from the Scottish motor trade but it’s also where they celebrated the amazing work their members do for their local community and charities close to their hearts.

This year we introduced our Skills Stars Awards identifying the best young talent in Scotland’s automotive industry.

John Graham, Brownsburn Garage

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https://www.brownsburncarsalesairdrie.co.uk/
Automotive Technology Winner – Harry Chaundy

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Body Repair Winner – Sam Meheux

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Special Recognition Award

Douglas Park, Park’s Motor Group (award accepted on Douglas’ behalf by Ian Mackay)

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