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Afternoon round-up: Ford Business Week, Volvo WLPT homologation, New Citroen MD

Ford announces SME-focused Business Week

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Ford has announced a week-long event to target drivers working for SMEs.

Called Ford Business Week, the event runs from 2-10 June with dealers nationwide being involved in the scheme.

“Ford plays a key role in keeping Britain moving thanks to the volumes of its cars and vans driven by businesses.  SMEs are a huge part of the economic engine that is GB PLC,” said Ford fleet director Owen Gregory. “Their turnover represents almost half that of the private sector, but still we hear that SMEs find suppliers and lenders hard to work with.  As their car and van supplier, also offering finance from Ford Lease, we are making ourselves expressly available for local businesses during next month’s first Ford Business Week.”

Volvo homologates range for WLPT introduction

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Volvo has claimed it is the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure ahead of its introduction in September.

The compliance follows the firm’s 2019 model range update that was carried out last month.

“Volvo welcomed the new WLTP testing methods when they were first announced, as greater transparency in areas such as fuel consumption and emissions helps customers make better informed buying decisions,” said Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK’s managing director. “We are pleased that we are the first to sell a complete range of cars that meets the new testing standards.”

New Citroen MD named

New Citroen MD

Citroen has confirmed Karl Howkins will take over as the firm’s managing director from 1 June, replacing Bek Hassan who is moving to a PSA Group role in Paris.

Howkins is currently managing director of Opel Switzerland, a role he has been in since July 2016. Prior to this, he was deputy managing director of FCA UK.

“I am delighted to return to the UK at such an exciting time in the development of the Citroen brand. With a raft of new products on the horizon, including the flagship C5 Aircross SUV this autumn, the opportunities are fantastic to drive profitable growth with our dealer partners,” he said.