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Hines/Bond-Smith to drive RMI policy

The RMI has made two key appointments to drive forward its strategy during a difficult period for the retail motor industry.

Alan Hines takes the role of chief executive, replacing temporary boss David Evans. Mr Evans will stay with the RMI as deputy chief executive/company secretary, with particular responsibility for European affairs.

John Bond-Smith takes over from John Coward as RMI president. He insists the position is “not just a title” and promises to “spearhead” RMI policy.

Mr Hines is a fierce critic of parallel and grey imports and believes the impact of internet-based retailers will be short term. He will continue to push the Government to implement key recommendations from the Competition Commission's new car pricing inquiry, which would allow dealers to source vehicles at fleet-level discounts. He believes it would allow them to compete against online importers on price as well as service.

Mr Bond-Smith, who runs West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions, has been appointed president until the summer of 2002.

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