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DS seeks concierge mindset from UK dealer staff as it expands reach

The sales executive role is set to be replaced in DS Automobiles showrooms by a new single point of contact for customers through their lifecycle. UK dealerships are introducing the role of ‘DS Concierge’, someone who will liaise with a customer for their sales, aftersales and lifestyle needs. DS Automobiles UK new managing director Jules …

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VW Group to base all future EVs on same platform

Volkswagen Group is developing a new scalable platform that will underpin all its future electric vehicles (EV), as part of its new roadmap to electrification. The new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) will eventually replace the existing MEB and upcoming PPE platforms used by the car maker. Herbert Diess, CEO of VW, said: “Electrification and digitalisation …

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BMW invests in CO2-free steel production for sustainability win

Steel will remain a major raw material in automotive production, necessitating attention in OEM sustainablity strategies The BMW Group says it is investing in an innovative method – utilising electrolysis rather than traditional blast furnaces – for CO2-free steel production developed by US startup Boston Metal. BMW is using its venture capital fund, BMW i …

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Interior design and technology – Honda CR-V

The layout of the dash and digital instruments in the Honda CR-V is the same as the Civic. Honda defines CR-V as ‘Compact Recreational Vehicle’ while others regard it as a ‘Comfortable Runabout Vehicle’. While the fifth generation model won’t set pulses racing, it can be relied on as a practical, family-friendly car. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s …

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