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Honda NSX Up for Autocar Award

23 Feb 2017: The legendary Honda NSX, the brand's affordable supercar, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Autocar Readers' Champion award. First launched in 1990, it is one of 39 game-changing models that are being highlighted for this public decided poll. Philip Webb, head of cars at Honda (UK), said: "The launch of the Honda NSX was not only a major landmark in the history of our brand but also in the evolution of the modern sports car. It was truly ground-breaking at the time and carved itself a special place in both automotive history and the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere. We're delighted Autocar has recognised the impact the original NSX had on the motoring landscape by shortlisting it for this award." To register your vote for the Honda NSX visit www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/autocar-readers-champion. The winner, which will be announced at the Autocar Awards in May, will be decided in a public poll.

SsangYong Dealerships Growing

23 Feb 2017: Three new SsangYong dealerships will be joining the network in Kings Lynn, Reading and Worthing. The new appointments are: Marriott Motor Group in Kings Lynn, Charters Group in Reading and Clarion Cars in Worthing. "The arrival of Tivoli and Tivoli XLV has driven significant interest in securing our franchise," said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. "With sales, up 34% in 2016 vs 2015 and four all-new models in the pipeline, we appeal to all dealer profiles, from the regional dealer group to the independent used car business." SsangYong is actively looking for dealers to represent the brand in a number of locations, and current opportunities include: Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridge, Dundee, Hull, Inverness, Liverpool, North Birmingham, Nottingham and Taunton. "Confidence in SsangYong has grown steadily as our sales performance indicates," continues Williams, "and we are delighted to be engaging with new partners, all of whom recognise the straightforward business model and focus on dealer profitability." Anyone interested in becoming a SsangYong dealer or who wants to receive a detailed franchise information pack and discuss potential opportunities, can contact Steve Prew on 07484 609412 or steve.prew@smotor.co.uk. "There are huge opportunities to go after," concludes Williams. "And as our volumes grow, so too does brand awareness."

Volkswagen Begins the New Year Strongly

21 Feb 2017: Volkswagen all but made half a million worldwide sales in the first month of 2017. In all, 495,900 vehicles to handed over to customers throughout the world. However, this is a 4.9% fall compared with the previous year. J??rgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, said that the "Volkswagen brand started 2017 successfully. Worldwide deliveries may be slightly below the value for the previous year, but this is solely due to special effects in the major market of China. All the other reported gratifying increases compared with the previous year." In Europe, deliveries rose by 4.7 per cent to 126,700 vehicles. This markets in Spain and Italy were notable for their positive sales. It was sales of the new Tiguan that was the bedrock for this improvement. In VW's home market of Germany, 38,600 vehicles were handed over to customers, corresponding to a slight fall of 5.1 per cent. Volkswagen's cars are present in more than 150 markets throughout the world and the company produces vehicles at over 50 locations in 14 countries. Currently, 218,000 people work for Volkswagen and they have 7,700 dealerships with 74,000 employees around the world. In 2015, Volkswagen produced about 5.8 million vehicles.

Classic Car Auction

21 Feb 2017: Silverstone Auctions returns to Race Retro to host a two-day Classic Car Sale on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, in addition to its Competition Car Sale on 24th February, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Headlining the sale of 95 classics is a UK, right-hand drive 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT featuring the incredibly rare factory fitted flared wheel arches and Campagnolo wheels. Other highlights are a 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S, a right-hand drive 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV finished in the striking combination of Arancio Leonis with an Alcantara interior and a 1956 BMW 502 V8 saloon. "This is our sixth auction at Race Retro and we have another exceptional line-up of cars this year, perhaps our best ever at the event," comments Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. "We're delighted to be part of the show again and, as always, we have some really unique opportunities for buyers and collectors and some really special cars on offer that rarely come to market." For collectors looking for something a little more unusual, a 1939 4 1/4 Ltr Blown Derby Bentley "Rusty Turner" Special, one of only three that were built will be offered. "We look forward to welcoming visitors at Race Retro to our special sale and we hope to help show-goers leave with their dream classic," concludes Nick Whale. To find out more about Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale and view the full lot list please visit www.silverstoneauctions.com/race-retro-classic-car-sale-2017.

Honda and BVRLA Out to Dinner

15 Feb 2017: Honda has recently shown its commitment to the its UK dealerships with a relaunch of its 'Platinum Business Programme'. It is continuing its support by being named as manufacturer sponsor of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's Annual Dinner which is taking place on Thursday 2 March 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Honda will be showcasing a range of its vehicles on this key networking night, and Head of Cars Phil Webb will also be assisting with the presentation of the BVRLA's awards. He said: "2017 is not only a big year for the BVRLA, but it also sees Honda celebrate a major milestone as we launch the all-new Civic and our fleet team continues the expansion of our Platinum Business Programme. That's why it's a perfect time for us to support the fleet industry at the BVRLA Annual Dinner, and we're looking forward to socialising with representatives from the rental and leasing sector and rewarding their hard work." Last year's Annual Dinner brought together more than 950 senior representatives from across the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The awards celebrate the top performers in the BVRLA's training courses, as well as the deserving staff who are often the unsung heroes of the sector. Honda UK joins Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lombard, MS Automotive (London) Ltd and VRS in supporting the BVRLA Annual Dinner.