Month: February 2018

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A fresh new look for the Peugeot 508

An all-new design has emerged for the Peugeot 508, as we are introduced to the ‘Fastback’ – which will be available to order in Summer 2018. Hopefully the innovative new design will make this model a stronger competitor in the midsize segment of the European market, where premium manufacturers are currently prevailing over volume.

The new model has received positive reviews so far, showing off a low, sleek coupe design and frameless doors, and will be available in 6 petrol and diesel engines. The car boasts advanced driver aids including a night vision system, which uses an infrared camera to detect pedestrians or animals in the road at night or in poor visibility. Peugeot have publicised the details of the elegant interior, which features a 10″ HD capacitive touchscreen and configurable 12.3″ digital instrument panel, plus seat massage functions and FOCAL Hi-Fi system.

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Testing for the Polestar 1 is now well underway, Volvo are currently undertaking extreme winter endurance tests in the North of Sweden, whilst drivetrain testing and safety testing at the Volvo Cars centre in Gothenburg.

The 592bhp four-seat hybrid GT coupé is set to hit the production line midway through 2019, it’s been said that numbers will be limited to 500 cars a year.

“The Polestar 1 will be powered by two electric motors that drive the rear wheels, producing a combined 215bhp with the support of an integrated starter/generator. The car will have a range of around 93 miles in pure-electric, rear-wheel-drive mode. That system will be twinned with a Volvo Drive-E 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends around 377bhp to the front wheels.” According to Autocar.

We are hoping that the Polestar 1 sets the pace for Volvo Cars and the electric car market.

At John Gibson Associates we are proud to work with Volvo dealerships across the UK, if you would like to hear more about opportunities we have in your area, contact us today on 01904 628077 or email [email protected] to spark a conversation with one of your local consultants.

(source information: Volvo Cars, Autocar)

Will Porsche increase its production of the Mission E?

Word on the street is that Porsche is considering increasing the annual production of the Mission E to total over 20,000 cars.

The electric sports car is due to make its debut in 2019, and it is said that there has been sufficient early interest from customers to suggest that Porsche buyers will not oppose the switch from traditional to electric engines. Additionally, the Mission E may use underpinnings that could be suitable for other brands within the Volkswagen group, significantly cutting costs by using a joint EV platform for Porsche and Audi.

The initial positive enquiries from customers have resulted in great optimism for Porsche about the predicted success of the Mission E, hence their exploring ways in which to raise production capacity. It has been speculated that the brand expects to double its investment in hybrid and electric vehicles to upwards of €6 billion in the next 5 years.

Porsche are also considering whether to electrify its Macan SUV, a decision that could be made in the near future. Other partially electrified models are proving popular as well, including the Panamera and Cayenne. Supposedly, in Europe, around 60% of Panamera vehicles have recently been delivered with a hybrid drivetrain.

If you dream of working with luxury vehicles, contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore your opportunities with the likes of Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin and more. We recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

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New apprenticeships announced within Arnold Clark

Arnold Clark announces they intend to offer 300 new apprentices the opportunity to join their Group across a variety of roles this summer.

It is reported that the programme will offer roles from diverse areas within the company from the more traditional technicians, spray painters, body repairers and parts advisors, there are also opportunities within IT, engineering, customer service and business admin.

Their website says that, anyone over 16 years old will be given the opportunity to learn skills and gain a recognised qualification. The training will be based at an Arnold Clark site, and some will also attend a number of week-long visits at one of the Group’s training centres. Once qualified there will be opportunity to build a long-term career within the Group.

Suzanne Sherry, Apprentice Recruitment Manager is reported as saying:

“We know that there are still some gaps in understanding; from the age at which the apprenticeship journey can begin, to the benefits it can bring. Little by little, we hope to eradicate any misconceptions about apprenticeships, and to raise awareness of them as a viable and hugely rewarding career path.”

(source information: AMonline and Arnold Clark website)

DM Keith acquire dealerships in Grimsby

DM Keith, a regional and family run realer group covering Yorkshire and Humberside have recently acquired dealerships from the Westgate Motor Group in Grimsby, further reinforcing their representation of Seat and Skoda brand and adding Honda to their ranks.

“We have been looking for a new brand to add to our portfolio for quite some time and the Honda brand is a great fit with our existing businesses and our business plan.” Dougal Keith has reported.

DM Keith now have seven Skoda, two Seat and a Honda dealership to their name, with an annual turnover of £84.6 million. Their first franchised site opened in Leeds in 1976.

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(source information: DM Keith)