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Mike Johnstone Joins Volvo

22 Aug 2017 10:55:19

Volvo Car UK has appointed Mike Johnstone as Marketing Strategy Director with immediate effect. During his time in the industry, Mike has worked in a number of key marketing and sales roles, most recently as International Director of Marketing for Harley-Davidson. Commenting on his appointment, Mike said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Volvo at such an exciting time for the company. With Volvo's incredible new range of premium cars - and with more desirable products just around the corner - now is the perfect time to help the company market these cars to a new, wider audience." In his new role, Mike take responsibility for developing and implementing an integrated marketing strategy to help support Volvo's ambitious growth targets.

Kawasaki's Motorcycles

22 Aug 2017 10:53:18

Kawasaki's range of motorcycles has something to suit everyone. They have over 20 models in the current line-up and they are offering a number of finance deals to encourage buyers to buy and ride a 67-plate registration motorcycle. The new Ninja ZX-10R and ZX10RR has been tested, refined and approved by Double World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea. And the ZZR1400 has beautifully matched up Kawasaki's top-rated engineering with the rider's desire for ultimate performance. Visit www.kawasaki.co.uk to see the full range or to locate your nearest dealer.

Jaguar XK120 Restored

22 Aug 2017 10:49:33

A 1954 Jaguar XK120 that features unique bodywork by famed Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina was seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, USA over the weekend. It could be the rarest Jaguar ever. The full nut and bolt restoration took 6,725 hours by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars. In 2015, CMC purchased the car from a German gentleman who had owned it since 1978 but without ever restoring it. CMC took on the challenge and have restored every nut and bolt of the vehicle. David Barzilay, Chairman of CMC's operating board, said: "Some of the original parts were impossible to find so we had to remake items such as the bumpers and chrome work by hand from photographs." The full body restoration included a complete new front end, new rear quarter panels, inner arch panels, boot floor, sills and door skins as well as a full chassis repair and repaint. Part that were remade included the front and rear bumpers, 80% of the original chrome work, rear screen and screen surround, along with a full interior re-trim. There's a video featuring this rare Jaguar at: https://youtu.be/mGR6J9we3yQ

The Bodyshop Awards

22 Aug 2017 10:47:54

The Bodyshop Awards recognizes the skills of all those who work within the vehicle repair industry. And it's good news for Nationwide, who have four finalists in this year's event. Just one is Ryan Sutherland from NCRC Edinburgh, who has been named as a finalist in the Panel Apprentice of the Year Award. Ryan, who joined Nationwide in 2015 said: "I feel like all my hard work is paying off. I have been supported well throughout it all and all the Nationwiders I have worked with have taught me the skills I needed to get to where I am today!" Ryan's General Manager, Jim Anderson, is extremely proud of what he has achieved. "Ryan is hard working, uses his initiative and always gets his head down and gets on with the job in hand. He is a real asset to the team." All the finalists will attend the event at the Birmingham Metropole on 29th September to enjoy the evening and hopefully pick up an award!

Notable Date in Ford History

18 Aug 2017 10:43:36

Ford offers the best-selling commercial vehicle range in Britain and across Europe. And it all began 100 years ago with launch of their commercial vehicle, the Model TT. The forerunner to today's vans and pickups, in 1917, the Model TT was Ford's first purpose-built one-tonne van. The Model TT was first launched in the U.S, and later built at Ford's Trafford Park factory in Manchester where owners could customise the chassis with a cargo bed "It is amazing that while in some ways today's vans are a million miles from the Model TT in how they have come on, they fundamentally do the same job as they were designed to do 100 years ago - providing a flexible means of keeping businesses on the move," said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. With four commercial vehicles now carrying the iconic Transit nameplate - Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier - as well as the Ranger pickup, 100 years on Ford is still in the forefront of commercial vehicles. In the UK alone, it has maintained market leadership in the commercial vehicle sector for 51 years - ever since the Transit was introduced in 1965. In 2016, Ford recorded its highest-ever year of commercial vehicle sales with 118,000 units.

New Customer Role at Volvo Car UK

18 Aug 2017 10:40:16

In a newly created role, Volvo Car UK has appointed Nicola Langley as Customer Experience Development Manager. She joins from Onecom, where she was Customer Experience Director. Prior to that, she held customer experience management roles at Vodafone and Virgin Media. "This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Volvo," said Nicola. "With the brand and its products in the middle of a revolution, there's so much to engage with our customers about." With her background, she brings invaluable non-automotive knowledge and experience to the company where she will be involved in working across the company's training and customer relations departments and the Volvo dealer network to shape the way every customer experiences the brand. David Baddeley, Volvo Car UK's Operations Director, said: "Nicola has a successful history of helping businesses improve their customer experiences, and her perspectives in this respect will be a great benefit for us as we cement our position in the premium car segment."

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