Three-quarters of respondents to a survey regarding in-car infotainment systems said they wanted a digital radio included and a quarter would like to play DVDs on screens in the headrests. And 10% would like a games console for backseat passengers.
Franchised dealerships are set to be centres for building brand awareness only, centred around digital displays and car configurators driven by consumer demand and expectations. Even finance will be dealt with online, according to a Frost & Sullivan analyst speaking at a London conference.
Car drivers of the future will hand over more and more control to autonomous systems as a result of population migrations to large cities and the impact this will have on driving patterns, according to former Ford chief technical officer Richard Parry-Jones, who now co-chairs the UK Automotive Council.
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has welcomed the news that the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) are to merge into a single agency which will bring together their testing and standards services.
A new record has been achieved in the turnover of the franchised dealer groups in the UK. Based on 2012 financial returns the total turnover for the AM100 has reached £40.6 billion, exceeding the all time high since our records began in 1993, of £38.6bn achieved in 2008.