Motorists have shown uncertainty about the transformation of car makers into tech companies and dealers could be left to explain their franchised partners’ ‘surveillance capitalism’, it has been claimed.
COVID-19 may have stalled the car retail sector for three months and plunged the UK into the most severe economic contraction on record, but Renault UK managing director Vincent Tourette still fears the effects of a “very hard Brexit” even more.
PSA Group’s UK managing director Alison Jones is no stranger to crisis management. During her time at the Volkswagen Group in the UK she played a key part in handling the fallout from the emissions scandal in 2015. But she, like all senior leaders, is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, which forced Citroen, Peugeot and DS dealers to close to all but key workers for 10 weeks and factories to temporarily halt production.
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