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Brexit and diesel impact hits car registrations in March
Alison Ashley

04 April 2019

The drop in March registrations is not unexpected, due to Brexit uncertainty and the availability of the right stock. The shift in demand from diesel, to petrol, hybrid or electric vehicles has been acute; and in some cases, supply hasn’t kept up with demand, so dealers are struggling to deliver the right mix of products for customers.

Brexit decoy for Nissan’s U-turn
Alison Ashley

06 February 2019

The recent announcement from Nissan to build its X-Trail SUV in Japan rather than Sunderland is clearly a blow for the automotive manufacturing industry in the UK. In response, the Brexit rhetoric has been amplified, but the predominant drivers behind this decision are demand driven.

Automotive predictions for 2019
Alison Ashley

Alison Ashley, Head of automotive at RSM, shares her predictions for the motor sector in 2019.

Unseasonal drop in new car registrations in September
Alison Ashley

04 October 2018

As expected we’ve seen an unseasonal dip in new car registrations following the spike last month due to a rush to land registrations ahead of the new WLTP measures. Not even consumer demand to secure the new plate could boost activity, as certain manufacturers have limited supply having slowed production ahead of WLTP to mitigate scrappage of non-compliant stock.

Unseasonal spike in registrations helps to stem decline
Alison Ashley

05 September 2018

New car registrations in August saw a spike with a 23.1 per cent increase compared with the previous year. As in previous months, demand for hybrid and plug-in increased with an increase of 88.7 per cent.

Key appointment strengthens RSM's tax capability
Robert De La Rue

23 July 2018

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Robert De La Rue as a tax partner in Chelmsford to strengthen its regional and national tax practice. The appointment reflects the firm’s continued commitment to invest in talent and expertise to drive further growth.

The debate on hire purchase VAT recovery takes an unexpected turn in Europe
Ian Carpenter

16 May 2018

The Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) case has been rumbling on since 2011. It considers the issue of how a business supplying vehicles on hire purchase (HP) should recover VAT on overhead costs, given that HP transactions result in a standard rated supply (of the vehicle) and an exempt supply of finance.

Automotive predictions for 2018
Alison Ashley

21 December 2017

A look at automotive predictions for 2018 including car registrations, going electric, diesel demonisation, changing franchise network and continued economic uncertainty and instability.

Alison Ashley

Partner, Head of Automotive

Alison is head of our national automotive specialist team and an audit partner in the Manchester office.

UK new car registrations show no sign of slowing
Alison Ashley

05 April 2017

March 2017 hit a new high, with the largest number of new car registrations taking place since records began. 562,337 new cars were registered in the month taking the year to date total to 820,016; an increase of 6.2 per cent in March 2016.

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