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Used car values propped up by stock shortage

Trade auction values for used cars are likely to remain high through to the year end, according to remarketing company CD Auction Group.

Buyers will have to pay more to secure the right stock for customers, said managing director Roger Woodward.

“The market is still tight so condition and specification remain critical.

“We know some fleet operators are tempted to extend contracts and that is adding to the supply issues,” he said.

According to Woodward, there are more active trade buyers at auction but they are being “highly selective”.

“On the other hand, poorly-prepared undesirable vehicles are being left on the shelf,” he said

Woodward said there were early signs of major fleet operators starting to remarket cars which were bought new in late 2009 when fleet sales started to recover.

He said some of the best stock is being kept ‘in-house’ and, where possible, going direct to franchise group retail sites.


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Car Insurance Premiums In Reverse Gear

Nationally, car insurance premiums have decreased by 10.6 per cent to £478* Postcodes in Cleveland,

Harrogate and Shrewsbury have seen the largest average decrease in the cost of car insurance

Currently, all regions of the UK have seen car insurance price deflation, but this may not continue

Analysis of over 16 million car insurance quotes over the past year through has shown car insurance prices have fallen by 10.6 per cent, with average premiums now standing at £478.*

The MoneySupermarket Monitor on Car Insurance** tracked the average car insurance prices of customers who shopped for their insurance using the UK's number one comparison site. During 2010, motorists in the UK were hit with a period of sharp inflation. Car insurance prices rose rapidly through the year and into 2011. The Monitor found that the cost of car insurance reached a peak of £554 on average in April 2011. Since then average car insurance premium prices have mostly been decreasing and now stand at an 18 month low of £478 a year.

Kevin Pratt, insurance spokesperson at MoneySupermarket, said: "There is no doubt the cost of motoring has been a hot topic, and issues such as the price of fuel hitting new highs has put additional pressure on already squeezed household budgets. Car insurance inflation was a major issue in 2010 and 2011, which led to a number of government inquiries to try and address the problem. Our analysis shows we are now seeing deflation; great news for motorists – for now.

"The main factor influencing the cost of car insurance is competition in the market between insurers. A few key insurance providers are looking to take on new business and are willing to offer low premiums to attract customers. While this competition continues, drivers will benefit but there is no guarantee how long it will last."
Postcodes and car insurance premiums

The MoneySupermarket Monitor revealed motorists in Cleveland saw an average 14.0 per cent reduction to the cost of their car insurance premiums between 2011 and 2012 – the biggest decrease across the country. Motorists in Harrogate and Shrewsbury have also experienced similar decreases of 13.6 per cent each.

London saw the smallest decreases to the cost of car insurance premiums, with West London only seeing a three per cent decrease in comparison to the national average of 10.6 per cent.

Although every part of the UK has benefitted from the downward trend in car insurance prices, the average cost of cover varies considerably across the nation. Drivers in Greater London suffer the highest car insurance premiums in the UK, with average prices of £748. North West England has the second highest prices, averaging £592, followed by the West Midlands which stand at £516 on average. The difference in price between these three areas is vast when compared to those in South Scotland who have the cheapest UK car insurance premiums of £309 on average – 59.0 per cent less than the price paid by drivers in Greater London.

Kevin Pratt continued: "It's great to see all areas of the UK are seeing cheaper car insurance premiums this year. However, with premiums fluctuating so much between regions, the benefits will differ greatly across the nation. Typically, those in Scotland have lower premiums. Scottish postcodes take many of the top spots for the cheapest car insurance, yet when it comes to the winners of car insurance deflation only one Scottish postal town features. Those living in certain parts of Greater London seem to be getting hit from both sides – featuring heavily in both the table for the UK's highest car insurance premiums as well as those areas seeing the smallest decreases.

"Although our analysis shows that prices appear to still be falling for motorists, there are no guarantees that this downward trend will continue. I urge those who receive their car insurance renewal soon to act quickly to benefit

A small increase in dealer profitability reported …..

The average year on year profitability of car dealers rose marginally in July, according to the latest analysis from ASE, the dealer management specialist.

Return on sales increased from 0.9% in July 2011 to 1.1%, although overhead absorption dropped from 61.6% to 59.2%.

ASE said average performance for the month tracked trends seen in Q2.

“Whilst the marketplace is undoubtedly tough, with retail registrations and retail hours hard to come by, the motor trade appears to be weathering the storm well,” said Mike Jones, ASE’s chairman.

“In a month which over recent years has become a constant loss-maker the average dealer made a small profit. Whilst the total turnaround is less than £10,000 it is important to see dealers making profits in the non-vehicle registration months.”

ASE noted dealers saw improved returns from their used car operations over the course of the month with average used vehicle gross margin which is now 8% up on 2011.

“As we pass through the September registration month it will be interesting to see whether self-registration activity impacts the average used vehicle stock position,” said Jones.

“Average stand-in values have been dropping as we moved through the summer, with dealers both reacting to the market and selling vehicles registered during previous campaigns. Given current market activity we would expect the average to rise again at the end of September.”

Skyhook Suspension ? Ride-by-Wire ? – Whats' all that about then???

Ducati has given a preview of its highly-anticipated 2013 range by revealing exciting new Multistrada models that introduce new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the "S" versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The brand new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada journey with a long list of fascinating and high-tech features. It includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the very latest in ABS, while the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), R-b-W, DTC and ABS with additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tyres, while the latest Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the sporting side of the model's character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning new race-winning livery.

The Multistrada's award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more precision.

Hailed as a true 'game-changing' motorcycle, Ducati's Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders to the Italian brand by removing the borders between different motorcycle categories and creating a model that is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada family, further underlining Ducati's focus on performance safety.
Ducati's Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from 20-27 September, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The brand new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from January 2013.


For further information and media, please contact:
UK Press and Racing Manager

Alan Jones

08456 718500

07718 037594

[email protected]

Stay motivated & seek more from your job than just £…..

Graham has received interview feedback. ‘They said that my personality wouldn’t suit the team,’ he says. ‘What can I do about that?’

Interviewers like to believe they work objectively, matching candidates against carefully measured job components.

In reality, interview decisions are often gut reactions highly influenced by personality, with even skilled interviewers unconsciously favouring people who make them feel comfortable.

Just be yourself is the advice often given to candidates but this rarely helps.

You take several versions of yourself to work: You create a different image talking to the boss compared with talking to work colleagues; you’ll act differently at a formal presentation than you will at lunchtime; and you will certainly be quite a different person in a job interview.

Better advice – be the best version of yourself you can be under pressure. You on a good day, more upbeat, more enthusiastic and more energised than normal.

Anticipate opportunities to demonstrate personality strengths in interviews.

Think of good work-related examples, such as coping with pressure, working with difficult people, overcoming problems or getting things done with thin resources.

Examine job descriptions in detail and then think about how far your personality might match. For example, if the job seeks someone who is ‘innovative’, think of good examples.

Visualise the work context so you get a feel for what the post holder will need to do and think about what personality characteristics would be the most useful.

At the interview, work hard on the impact you make in the first minute. An interviewer makes an instinctive prediction from how personable you are – will you be easy to talk to, pleasant to work alongside, good at establishing relationships quickly?
A decision is made about how open you appear. Do you readily respond to questions and volunteer information? Do you help the interview flow? Finally, your walk-in appearance – do you look as though you will fit in?

If you’re in a job and hoping for promotion, be aware of the impact you make when contributing to a meeting, making a presentation or communicating with senior staff.
Focus on the impression you make every time you arrive at a meeting or stand up in front of even the smallest audience. Prepare not just what you say but how you say it. Think about what you’re really communicating every time you speak when key people are in the room.
Looking the part also matters – dress like someone two rungs up the ladder and this is more likely to happen.

You might think that chemistry between you and others is entirely instinctive and outside your control. That’s a great way of keeping your head in the sand. Small adjustments to the way you come across make a huge difference.

John Lees’ latest title is Job Interviews: Top Answers To Tough Questions. See or for tips and resources

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Olympic Ace Swaps Two Wheels For Four To Drive His Dream Car

Double Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny will be making a visit to the Ginetta Factory in Garforth on Thursday 13 September, ahead of his debut in the final round of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Donington Park on 29/30 September.

Ginetta invited Team GB cyclist Kenny to join the grid for the closing round of their single-make championship – which runs in support of the British GT / F3 – after hearing the Team GB cycling stars need for speed didn't stop at two wheels.

The proud owner of a Ginetta G20 racer, Kenny will visit Ginetta's Leeds-based factory in an attempt to garner some last-minute racing advice from Ginetta chairman and Le Mans winner, Lawrence Tomlinson, whilst keen cyclist Tomlinson – who recently rode from Budapest to Vienna for charity – will no doubt be after some tips of his own.

Tomlinson said; "Ginetta are proud to welcome a fellow Northerner into our racing family; Jason Kenny is a great British role model and it's fantastic to know he also owns a great British sports car! I'll be happy to give him some racing advice, and will no doubt be picking his brains for cycling tip. Here's hoping he can do Team GB proud at Donington Park."

Kenny added golds in the men's team sprint and the individual sprint at London 2012 to the gold and silver medal he won in Beijing.


For further information, please contact:
Ginetta PR Ruth Harrison on 0113 385 4165 / [email protected]

The Future Of Advanced Automotive Manufacturing …..

-With tightening margins and fierce competition in the industry, automotive manufacturers are working heavily on optimising manufacturing processes in order to reduce costs and improve flexibility and time to market. The future of automotive manufacturing is likely to focus around key terms such as "Produce on demand", "Process Standardization & Integration" and "Integrated Logistics".

From the current processes used in manufacturing the industry is expected to move towards a Digital Planning/Manufacturing with the aim of increasing efficiency without having to add personnel on the floor. On the other hand, new technologies such as Magnesium Hot Forming, Liquid Hot Isostatic Pressing, or Plasma Spray Coating amongst others are expected to find increased usage. OEMs consider body in white and powertrain manufacturing to be most important for integrating innovative technologies and processes.

Automotive manufacturers are continuously moving towards a greater degree of automation in the body assembly process. Robots can achieve higher levels of volumes and precision than their human counterparts. German OEMs for instance have achieved almost 95 per cent automation in the body in white assembly. One of the leading drivers for this shift is the safety of factory workers, as it reduces the risk of exposure to physical hazards.

Efforts focus on making body in white lighter and more modular in design and major OEMs have set clear targets on weight reduction for the future. Important to consider though is how this is expected to affect the manufacturing process itself, as suppliers develop smarter and more lighter machines that can be easily relocated throughout the assembly line and can be adapted to work with different platforms. For example, laser welding is an important area of weight saving (22 per cent reduction in weight on the Up) and can be used to weld parts comprising different shapes and materials as well.

Over the years the focus on powertrain manufacturing has been the switch to aluminium for the engine blocks, but already manufacturers are looking at the next wave of materials such as compacted graphite Iron. BMW for instance has developed engine blocks from a composite magnesium-aluminium alloy at its Landshut plant in Germany. With the environmental implications of manufacturing becoming ever more important, "near net shape" or "zero material loss" is increasingly heard across board rooms in the industry.

The focus is not just on reducing material however, but also on the number of operations required to manufacture components. For example, the average number of operations to manufacture a crankshaft in Europe is 15 as against 25 in China. Rising labour costs are an issue that is pushing manufacturers to a higher degree of automation, even in these emerging markets. There has also been an increased use in machines with parallel kinematic for higher flexibility on smart assembly lines.

Automotive manufacturers have to take into consideration a number of socio-political market factors to readapt manufacturing processes for the future. Frost & Sullivan expects these processes to be affected by macro factors that will challenge the future strategy of OEMs. The implications for manufacturers are four pronged: Automotive and components as product, production process and technology.

Advanced manufacturing methods such as micro manufacturing, machine vision and smarter robots might be the tip of the iceberg as we see OEMs moving towards digital factories. The future of factories will revolve around:

1.Smart Clouds – the next trend in cloud computing where flexible customized clouds can address a particular business need depending on requirements

2.Industrial Cyber Security – cyber threats have the potential to disrupt safety, impact productivity and loss of intellectual property

3.The Enterprise Ecosystem – the convergence of ERP (Enter

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