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75,000 sq ft Bentley Emirates opens in a blaze of 160,000 lights

BentleyDubaiBritish car brand Bentley Motors have opened their largest showroom to date, Bentley Emirates, a 75,000 sq. ft. Dealership on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The multi-million pound investment by Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley’s exclusive retail partner in the United Arab Emirates, features an advanced luminary façade, six floors of retail space, including a personal commissioning area, a roof garden, VIP suite and specialised water feature with number plate recognition.

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Brexit could spell motor finance opportunity

AustinCollinsUncertainty for EU nationals following the Brexit vote may be an opportunity for new shorter-term motor finance products, that’s the view of the boss of website Austin Collins, who’s staff spoke to hundreds of car buyers in July.

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RAC pleased with Car Passport progress

Rob DiamondThe RAC say that independent dealers are leading adoption of the recently-launched RAC Car Passport provenance check, using it as a means to add reassurance for customers and differentiate themselves from their competitors.

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Hard work pays off for Sinclair Van Centre Man

LewisSinclair Group have appointed Adam Lewis as Head of Business at their Sinclair Van Centre in Swansea. Lewis joined the firm in 2002 as a Sales Executive and has progressed up through the ranks.

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Chairman's award for John Grose

JohnGroseFordChairmans2016East Anglia based dealer group John Grose have been presented with the Chairman’s Award from Mandy Dean, District Manager, on behalf of Ford Motor Company. This award is given only to dealers with the highest absolute customer satisfaction scores and is judged using independent customer feedback questionnaires.

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Close Brothers add staff to motorcycle finance business

MotorbikeFranceMotor finance firm, Close Brothers Motor Finance has expanded its Motorcycle Division with the appointment of Lee Collins and Paul Crossley as Motorcycle Account Specialists.

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Stanley Cars Bradford add SsangYong

TivoliLess than a month after announcing a move to drop Kia and take on the MG franchise, Stanley Cars in Bradford have added another brand, this time Korean carmaker, SsangYong.

Stanley Cars will run their SsangYong franchise from its dealership at Canal Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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Nissan reward Olympic star Whitlock

MaxWhitlockDouble Rio Olympic gold medal winner, Max Whitlock is to be presented with a gold coloured Nissan Leaf when he gets back to the UK.

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Snows Group acquire 2 more Toyota dealerships

SnosWKBToyotaSouth and South West of England based Snows Group has acquired two new Toyota dealerships from WKB Group as WKB Director David Kilby retires. The operations in Chichester and Waterlooville take Snows to 8 Toyota franchises and a total of 30 outlets.

Snows already has a presence in the area with BMW, MINI, and SEAT dealerships in Portsmouth, where the group has been involved in the motor trade since the 1980s.

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