Dubai; Al Tayer Motors has expanded its network with a new showroom and after-sales facility in Fujairah, the largest in its network. The 120,400sq/ft facility will represent Ford, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover brands in the eastern emirate. The showroom has a substantive spare parts department, a workshop, an interactive area for customers and a dedicated area for approved pre-owned vehicles. 'The opening of our first facility on the UAE's east coast underlines our commitment to increase our footprint in the Emirates and provide customers with the choice of owning popular name-plates from some of the world's best automotive brands,' said Ashok Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Al Tayer Motors.
England; A criminal jailed for his part in a conspiracy to clone top-of-the range stolen cars has been ordered to pay back £181,000. A Leeds Crown Court judge gave Padala Satti Reddy of Town Street, Armley, Leeds, six months to make the payment or face an extra two-and-a-half years in jail. Reddy was jailed for three-and-a-half years in October 2009 after being found guilty of being involved in a stolen car cloning conspiracy. The gang he was a member of stole 17 vehicles during burglaries at homes across the country, including addresses in West and North Yorkshire, between September 2006 and January 2008. The cars taken included two Range Rover Sports. They used forged documents to create false identities for the cars, implying they had been imported while the real vehicles remained in Australia and the USA. Reddy benefited from a total of more than £625,000 as a result of his criminal activities. He will now owe the remaining £444,040 for the rest of his life.
Earlier this year, five other men were ordered to pay back £62,277, while their benefit totalled over £1.7m, which they will all have to pay part of in the future should they obtain any further assets. All six men made a total of more than £2.3million as a result of the conspiracy.
The confiscation order against Reddy was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which gives police the power to seize any assets believed to have been acquired through crime.
David Charity, of the force’s economic crime unit, said, 'I am delighted that such a significant amount of money has been taken away from this gang of organised criminals and can now be spent improving the communities of West Yorkshire. The confiscation orders handed out during this investigation should act as a warning that no matter how long criminals manage to evade the law for, the public can rest assured that we will always catch them out and use all powers available to stop them from leading luxurious lifestyles at the expense of the misery of innocent and hard-working citizens.'
South Africa; The Johannesburg International Motorshow (JIMS) in South Africa has just taken place and measured up to global expectation as scores of automobile manufacturers gathered in Nasrec for the exhibition.
Among the leading luxury auto makers making waves in the industry is the Jaguar Land Rover group showcasing the Range Rover Evoque, the newest Discovery models and the other Land Rover models. As Nigel Clarke, general manager, sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) put it, 'There’s an oft-quoted expression in the language of marketing that says “the customer is king.” In recognition of this fact, Jaguar Land Rover SSA has made a considerable investment in the vast region called sub-Sahara Africa that goes way beyond provision of a first class product.'
South Africa is, said to be the 'very key to many manufacturers, especially with its strategic position as the hub and source of product delivery especially to many African countries, in particular Nigeria on the West Coast.’
Ireland; Armalou Holdings, parent company of the group involved in the importation, distribution and sale of Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo cars in the Republic, made a pre-tax profit of €504,748 last year, according to accounts just filed. The group includes Jaguar Land Rover Ireland Ltd, which distributes Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover cars in the Republic, and the Spirit Motor Group, a motor retail business based in south Dublin that sells the above marques and also Volvo cars. The consolidated accounts show turnover in 2010 was €40.84 million. Armalou Holdings, which did not trade in 2009, acquired the shares in Jaguar Land Rover Ireland Ltd in March of last year from Armalou Ltd, a connected company.
England; Two Royalty Protection officers guarding the Queen flipped their Range Rover onto its roof in a crash on her Balmoral estate. Sergeant Paul Waldron, who was behind the wheel, and his passenger Sergeant Graham Daly, both specialist drivers, managed to stagger out unhurt but the £60,000 vehicle suffered thousands of pounds of damage. Police chiefs immediately launched an inquiry into the smash, which happened in good weather conditions. The 20,000-acre Balmoral estate in Royal Deeside, where the Queen spends most of the summer, has several steep granite hills and officers believe the 4x4 rolled going over uneven ground. The Queen and Prince Andrew were staying at Balmoral when the accident happened last month and were informed of the crash. A royal insider revealed, 'It was the talk of the castle for a week. Needless to say the two sergeants were very embarrassed about the whole thing. It’s not often people manage to have a prang on a private estate when there’s no traffic about. They were very lucky not to be seriously injured.'
Kenya; JLR has disclosed that it has invested about $52 million in facilities and human development in the sub-Sahara Africa in the current business year. Mr. Nigel Clarke, Jaguar/Land Rover General Manager, Sub-Sahara Africa stated this recently in South Africa during an interactive session with journalists at the start of the Johannesburg Motor Show. According to him the investments were made in the area of facility upgrades within the region. He explained that the development was ongoing and that the company was committed to remaining market leader in the various segments. Clarke explained that 212 new jobs were created within the period while new four facilities had been completed with nine nearing completion. A world class training academy is being put up by the group in Nairobi, Kenya, for training of their staff within the region aimed at improving services to customers.
Nigeria; for the Nigerian market, the General Manager was impressed with the distributors (Coscharis) facilities which he described as the biggest JLR facility in Africa. The impressive performance of the Land Rover Defender in Nigeria was also commended by the General Manager saying, 'The effort to market the Defender in Nigeria is paying off as 60 units of the car has been sold recently in this market.' He added that JLR is always ready to partner with their dealers to create a market for the products.
Ghana; Clarke explained that Ghana has picked a date for the official launch of the Evoque while Nigeria will soon announce its own date which he hopes would be used to open the Coscharis new facility in Lagos.