VW Group’s retail company to sell 275 dealerships

Volkswagen Group’s retail chain, Porsche Holding Salzburg, one of Europe’s biggest dealer groups, is selling 275 sales locations to Emil Frey Group to concentrate on selling cars only from VW Group’s 12 brands. The acquisition will likely move Emil Frey into the top spot among Europe’s independent groups. Last year the Swiss group was No. 3 behind Penske Automotive at No. 1 and Pendragon at No. 2, according to the 2016 Guide to Europe’s Biggest Dealer Groups compiled by automotive distribution researchers ICDP for Automotive News Europe. The dealerships to be sold are run by Porsche Holding Salzburg’s subsidiary PGA Motors. France has 207 of the affected locations, while the Netherlands has 50, Poland 12 and Belgium six. Porsche Holding Salzburg plans to consolidate its French dealerships carrying VW Group brands into a newly formed subsidiary called Volkswagen Group Retail France (VGRF) starting in July. “Porsche Holding Salzburg would like to further develop its sales activities in France,” CEO Alain Favey said in a statement. “We want to consolidate the 19 dealerships that so far have been part of Volkswagen Group France with 44 retail locations from PGA Motors.”  ...

Super Group expands UK presence with Essex Auto Group acquisition

South Africa-based Super Group has acquired Essex Auto Group in a deal which will see it add to its existing Allen Ford network of dealerships for an undisclosed fee. Essex Auto Group staff were informed of the deal in a meeting with management at the group’s Dunton headquarters on Monday night and Super Group’s chief financial officer, Colin Brown, has now confirmed the details in an interview with AM. The acquisition includes the entire Essex Auto Group, which is made up of five Ford franchises (Southend, Rayleigh, Thurrock Lakeside, Billericay and Basildon head office), Kia sites in Southend and Thurrock Lakeside and Fiat and Mazda in Southend. The acquisition, completed with final exchanges yesterday, sees Super Group’s UK concern rise to a total of 18 Ford sites and doubles the size of its Kia (2) and Fiat (2) representation. Super Group Expands...

Airbus Pop.Up: hacia la tercera dimensión

En los próximos años, el transporte terrestre avanzará hasta el siguiente nivel y, además de ser común, autónomo y estar conectado, pasará también a ser multimodal y se encaminará hacia la tercera dimensión. La empresa aeroespacial Airbus, con la colaboración de la automovilística Italdesign, han presentado en el Salón del automóvil de Ginebra 2017 ‘Pop.Up’, un concepto de transporte que puede convertirse en un coche eléctrico o en un dron capaz de desplazarse por el aire, ambos eléctricos y atónomos. Además, puede integrarse en otros medios de transporte, como trenes o hyperloops. El vehículo Pop.Up combina la flexibilidad de un vehículo terrestre pequeño de dos plazas con toda la libertad y la velocidad de un vehículo aéreo con despegue y aterrizaje verticales (VTOL) que de este modo aúna los ámbitos aeroespacial y automovilístico. Airbus Pop.Up...

Guest Opinion: Time to plug in? The impact of electric vehicles on the asset value of the UK car dealerships

It’s a safe bet that consumers will eventually swap their fossil fuel powered vehicles for electric models. Electrical transport in some form does seem to be the future of the automotive industry. According to International Energy Data in 2009 there were fewer than 6,000 electric cars on the road across 40 countries. In 2015 this figure shot to 1.2 million. The battery currently accounts for a third of the cost of electric vehicles and battery prices fell by 35% in 2015 and by 22% in 2016. This trend is likely to gather pace and is currently on a trajectory that will result in unsubsidised electric vehicles becoming as affordable as their fossil fuels counterparts within the next five years.  ...

Uber strikes deal with Daimler to add self-driving Mercedes-Benz to fleet

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has signed another deal with a major automaker as the popular ride service accelerates efforts to build out one of the world’s first fleets of autonomous vehicles. Uber on Tuesday announced a partnership with Germany’s Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE), maker of the luxury Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks. In the coming years, Daimler plans to incorporate its own self-driving Mercedes-Benz into Uber’s growing fleet of self-driving cars. Uber did not offer a specific timeline. Daimler is the first auto company to join Uber as it opens up its platform for manufacturers to introduce their own self-driving cars....

Uber estrena en Madrid su flota de eléctricos con “decenas” de Tesla S

La aplicación norteamericana de transporte ha elegido Madrid para el lanzamiento de su servicio de coches eléctricos, que han denominado Uber One, y que estará disponible a partir del próximo jueves 22 de diciembre. De este modo, la capital se convierte en la primera ciudad del mundo en contar con una flota de vehículos no contaminantes de la start upfundada por Travis Kalanick circulando por sus calles. Noticia...