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CarInsuranceRise in insurance premiums

Car insurance premiums have risen 13% to an average of £788 in the last year.

According to market research agency Consumer Intelligence advances in technology – cameras and sensors for example – had driven the price of repairs up.

Geographically, in the north west premiums jumped 17.3% to £1,177 while London’s rise of 16.7% saw premiums increase to £1,068, the cheapest place to insure a car is Scotland at £562. For drivers under 25, the average premium is £1,831, while older drivers generally only have to fork out £348 per year.

Prices are expected to rise further this year with the rate on Insurance Premium Tax rising to 10% on 1 October.

Ian Hughes, chief executive of Consumer Intelligence, said, ‘The latest increase in insurance premium tax which takes effect next month, as well as rising claims, are driving the rise in premiums.’


ev chargersMillennials committed to EV solution

More than three quarters of millennials say they believe driving an eco-friendly car is the best way to make their lives more environmentally friendly.

A study from Nissan European found that 76 per cent of 2,500 millennials (aged 18-34) questioned said driving a green car was the biggest difference they could make to the environment.

The survey of millennials across the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain found that their main concerns are not smaller scale issues like recycling (24%) or overflowing landfills (14%), but global issues such as climate change (53%) and air pollution (42%).

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of millennials surveyed owned a car (77 per cent). Although they might not be driving electric vehicles now, they are in the market for future driving technology with nearly two out of three likely to buy a hybrid car in the next 10 years, and over half saying they would buy an electric car in that time span.


DfTCall for urgent action as DfT set to miss 2020 ULEV target

The Department for Transport (DfT) should support the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) through a guaranteed buy-back scheme or by underwriting risk, say MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee, which has published a report into sustainability at the DfT.

It says that the Government projections into ULEV adoption show it will miss the target for them to make up 9% of all new car and van sales by 2020.

Mary Creagh, chair of the committee, said: “We need 9% of all new cars to be ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020 if we’re going to meet our climate change targets at the lowest cost to the public. But the Department’s forecasts show it will get only around halfway to this target.

“The Department should also aim for almost two thirds of new cars and vans to be ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030. With no strategy, we have no confidence that the DfT will meet this target.”

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recently launched a consultation on company car tax to look at how it could help drive ULEV adoption. It is expected to make an announcement in the Autumn Statement.


CAPHPIPre-reg to account for 21% of September sales, Cap HPI reveals

A survey carried out by Cap HPI has revealed that one-in-four dealers expects volumes of pre-registered vehicles to exceed 21% of total new sales in September.

The results indicate that about 97,000 pre-registered vehicles could flood the market during the key plate-change month.

Dealers pre-registration predictions for the month showed that 26% expecting pre-registration volumes to exceed 21%, and 43% expect volumes to be between 11% and 20%.

Philip Nothard, consumer and retail specialist at Cap HPI, said: “If new sales volumes match 2015, these figures would mean over 97,000 pre-registered vehicles in September.

“While many dealers have assimilated pre-registration activity into their business models, it can put smaller and independent dealers under pressure.

Dealers predicting pre-registration volumes of six to 10% dropped from 20% in March to 12% in September. While those seeing volumes in excess of 21% leapt from 17% to 26%.

Source: AM Online

We will reach 200,000 students’ – The AM People Conference 2016 report

Motor retail’s three principal trade bodies are working together to address the “crisis” in attracting fresh talent to franchised dealer networks.

The “tripartite approach” will involve the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the RMI’s National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and will have the full support and endorsement of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A permanent team will be responsible for engaging and driving talent in the automotive sector. Its activities will include attending key careers events, and engaging with schools, colleges and universities, as well as parents, to educate them on the career opportunities in the industry.

“The initiative will complement and connect the existing activities of individual brands and employers to create a single shop window to our industry,” said IMI chief executive Steve Nash. “Together we will reach 10 million people through our campaigns, including 200,000 students.”

“People think we only employ sales people and technicians.”

There are 770,000 people working in the motor industry, 570,000 of those in automotive retail. Yet of the latest 425,000 university graduates, only 1,000 joined dealer groups, half of them in sales. In comparison, in food and services the number was 15,000; construction 6,500 and automotive manufacturing 1,100.

Source: AM Online

NADAWhite House Issues New Policy on Automated Vehicles

The White House has announced a new Federal Automated Vehicle Policy designed to encourage the safe and responsible deployment of automated vehicles. (See fact sheet.) Among other things, the new Policy focuses heavily on the value of promoting national uniformity at the state level, the need to ensure the safety of autonomous systems, and the importance of cybersecurity and privacy issues.

Source: NADA 2016 – Whitehouse

Posted by Sue Robinson on 23/09/2016