NEWS: 21/10/2019 - UK Auto gives reality check on ‘no deal’ Brexit, as new survey shows one in three firms already shedding jobs   |   14/10/2019 - Park’s Motor Group opens new McLaren Leeds supercar showroom   |   07/10/2019 - Scottish new car registrations record declines in key September market across all regions!   |   03/10/2019 - Diesel decline slowing   |   23/09/2019 - Arnold Clark to install defibrillators at dealerships   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 07/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2019   |   


UK Auto gives reality check on ‘no deal’ Brexit, as new survey shows one in three firms already shedding jobs
21 Oct 2019

  • New survey shows escalating fears of ‘no deal’ Brexit to UK automotive sector, with a third cutting jobs and 80.3% concerned about damage to their future business prospects.
  • More than £500m already wasted on measures that will not deliver returns, rather than being invested in much-needed R&D.
  • Profitability, new business opportunities and investment all under threat as industry faces £5bn WTO tariff bill on cars and vans alone – a cost which cannot be mitigated.
  • All sides urged to agree an orderly withdrawal with sufficient transition time to negotiate an ambitious free and frictionless economic relationship between the UK and the EU.

The results are consistent and striking. One in three UK automotive businesses is already cutting jobs, up from one in eight when the survey was last carried out in November 2018. Four-fifths (80.3%) fear leaving the EU without a deal will have negative consequences for their future prospects (up from 74.1% 10 months ago).

Virtually the same number (79.6%) are worried about the impact on their profitability while two-thirds (62.2%) are saying ‘no deal’ will impact their ability to win overseas business and a similar number state that they will be unable to invest in their UK operations.

In a sign that the mere threat of ‘no deal’ has already hurt the UK, 11.8% of firms said that they had already divested from their UK-based operations and 13.4% are relocating operations overseas. Overall, three quarters (77.2%) of firms say that there has already been a negative impact on business even before the UK has left the EU.

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Credit: SMMT

Park’s Motor Group opens new McLaren Leeds supercar showroom
14 Oct 2019

Park’s Motor Group has officially opened the doors at its new McLaren Automotive supercar showroom facility in Leeds – after 17 months trading from a temporary facility.

The AM100 retail group, whose McLaren dealership in Glasgow was named as the British supercar brand’s European Retailer of the Year for the third time in four years back in March, welcomed visitors to its new site on Aire Valley Drive, Leeds, on October 2 at an event which saw the dealership packed with classic McLaren cars.

It also marked the completion of a development which saw the dealership's workforce operate from a temporary facility after the franchise point joined the McLaren network in May, 2018.

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Scottish new car registrations record declines in key September market across all regions!
07 Oct 2019

  • Scotland’s new car registrations market declines 11.28% in September against same period last year. There can be no doubt that the political uncertainties consumers are faced with daily is causing a drop off in buyer’s confidence.
  • Year to date figures are also down against last year by 4.67% and only two regions of Scotland are now recoding growth year to date, Tayside and Central
  • These figures equate to a drop of 3,515 units in September alone and 7,093 year-to-date.

September’s volumes did see the traditional Scottish market being held up by the private buyer recording a registration mix of 56.4% with the fleet and business sectors slowing quite significantly against previous recording declines of 11.57% and 64.39% respectively.

As elsewhere in the UK there was good news for battery electric cars (BEVs), which saw the continued growth recording 5.05% share for Hybrid and 1.79% share for pure electric during the month, as more and more manufacturers bring new variants to market this number should increase.

Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive, said, “September is one of the industry’s key critical months, such a dramatic fall of in levels of business is very concerning and the politicians must take heed of the serious consequences being recorded across our sector as a result of the continued stalemate and theatre being played out in Westminster and Holyrood!

The Scottish market has recorded a dramatic drop off when the rest of the UK has had a more modest result, this is most certainly impacted by the additional pressure we have given the 2032 ambitions of the Scottish Government, which in principle we are supportive of, but we have been calling for detail and structure to these ambitions for two years now and there has been very little detail provided for business or consumer to  take a structured decision about their future mobility purchase plans.”

Diesel decline slowing
03 Oct 2019

Sales of new diesel cars have fallen for the 29th month in a row, although the pace of decline is slowing, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 

Its figures show August 2019s new car market was 1.6% behind August 2018, at 92,573 car sales.  Within that, petrol and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) rose in demand, but diesel orders dropped 12.2%.

Registrations from both the private and fleet sectors decline in the month, down 1.7% and 3.5% respectively, as demand in the small volume business segment increased by some 962 units.

Zero-emission cars grew fastest, up 377.5% to 3,147 units, as new models and some pent up demand boosted registrations, while 4,014 hybrid electric cars also joined UK roads, an uplift of 36.2%.  However, the decline in plug-in hybrid registrations continued, down 71.8% to just 907 vehicles.

Credit: Automotive Management

Arnold Clark to install defibrillators at dealerships
23 Sep 2019

Arnold Clark is to install 164 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in its network of dealerships at a cost of £150,000.

The defibrillators will be used to help staff, customers and the wider community in case of an emergency.

It said that 400 of the 12,000 staff have been trained in CPR and using a defibrillator unit.

The defibrillators provide clear instructions to allow anyone to use them, both in writing and in the form of an automated voice.

Once the pads have been correctly attached, it assesses the heart rhythm and will only administer a shock if it is needed.

Arnold Clark has also embarked on an information campaign within the communities they work in, sending leaflets to local businesses to let them know that there are defibrillators on site should they be required.

Last year Pendragon agreed a deal with St John Ambulance to install ZOLL AED Plus defibrillators at all dealerships, service centres, accident repair body shops, and preparation centres across the group’s network (AED: automated external defibrillator)

Arnold Clark CEO and group MD Eddie Hawthorne said: “Hundreds of people visit Arnold Clark every day, our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our manufacturers and just general visitors to our sites.

So we are taking a stand in our local community to make sure we provide a service that’s valuable – and that’s to make sure there’s a defib machine in our garages. Even when we are closed, there are still 21 external defibs available to the wider community.”

Recently the British Heart Foundation visited Arnold Clark’s GTG Edinburgh training centre in order to provide training to a number of employees.

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2018 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.

We had ten category winners, including our ‘Buttons 4 Ben’ design competition winner and the very first ever Auto Skills Scotland winner! The winners are all shown below.

The Garage (Whitburn) Ltd

Adam Purves Mitsubishi

Allied Vehicles Group

Dicksons of Inverness

John Clark Motor Group

Special Recognition Award

Gerry Facenna

Winner of the first Auto Skills Scotland event

Stuart Cochrane

Design competition winner

New College Lanarkshire


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