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Citroen: smart move to beat the legislation

French carmaker Citroen, already one of the rising stars in the automotive industry, has announced the introduction of private service contracts in an effort to move its customers from car ownership to car 'usership'. Not only will this increase its car sales, but it should also help protect its after-sales revenues once the EU amends industry legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK car parts: problems aren't getting better

Britain's GBP12 billion car components industry is facing an unprecedented collapse in demand and margins as carmakers increasingly source parts from the lower-cost euro zone. However, joining the euro will not provide a quick fix: the UK's biggest problem is a chronic shortage of skills and capital.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

New car registrations: 2.38 million in Germany

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK auto exports: popularity is the key

Despite an unfavourable exchange rate, car production in the UK is increasing on the strength of exports. With output heading towards a 20 year high, it seems there is no stopping the sought-after makes and models from sales success.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

MG Rover: spare parts hit service levels

A change of parts supplier has limited the supply of parts for customers at franchised MG Rover dealers, resulting in lower service levels. In an effort to repair customer relations, MG Rover ceased vehicle production for a week to supply components as spare parts. The company needs to keep its customers happy, but its European registrations have fallen nearly 8% so far this year.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU car recycling: still more complaints

New European rules on recycling old cars will force UK scrapyards and dismantling companies to invest more than GBP500 million on new tooling and equipment, according to the metals recycling industry. The escalating costs could result in more cars being abandoned or disposed of un-environmentally - the exact opposite of the EU's intentions.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ford/Vauxhall: big two report losses

Despite continuing increases in new car sales, and a UK market that is the envy of its neighbors in Europe, Ford and Vauxhall, the two biggest-selling vehicle manufacturers, are losing money. The combination of falling prices and restructuring costs have taken their toll, but the carmakers may not be able to rely on the continuing surge in demand.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK motor insurance: GWP could grow by 15.3%

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Lex Service: investing for the future

Lex Vehicle Leasing has launched a new service that gives customers full online access to its back office system. The company hopes the unique advantages will attract new customers, but other European companies are implementing less sophisticated versions. The leasing industry finally seems to be using the benefits that eCommerce has to offer.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Mercedes-Benz: moving downstream

Despite massive resistance from its retail network, Mercedes-Benz UK is continuing with its dealer reorganization. The acquisition of six new sites across London has increased the pace of change, and the focus now seems to be on the aftersales businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2002

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