Volvo Cars continued its global sales momentum in September and reported its 16th consecutive month of global growth on the back of increases in all main regions. Sales for the first nine months are up 9.6 per cent year-on-year to 379,329 cars, while September sales rose by 6 per cent to 48,259 cars.
• Monthly and year-to-date sales growth in all main regions, total global sales of 379,329 cars
• September represents 16th consecutive month of growth
• September sales up 6 per cent to 48,259 cars, driven by strong 27.8 per cent growth in China
• Strong demand for new XC90 main growth driver
• UK sales of 34,861 so far this year, up 7.6 per cent on 2015's figures
Hylton Gott is sponsoring teenager driver Chloe Hewitt as she makes her season debut progressing from karting competitions to race car driving.
A member of the King’s Lynn Motor Club, Chloe, aged 17 from nearby Sudbury, came into contact with Dealer Principal, Steve Tilburn, who sits on the committee and edits the club’s newsletter. Chloe competes in the Open Class, although all Minis compete at the same time, and has so far raced in the Mini Challenge which took place at Silverstone in May and again at Brands Hatch on 16-17 July. Chloe is easily spotted on the track behind the wheel of her distinctive liveried zebra ‘racing stripped’ car.
“At first glance, it sounds a bit of a mismatch, a Volvo dealership sponsoring a Mini Challenge driver and the Hylton Gott Volvo name emblazoned all over the car, but we have watched Chloe mature from a competent and impressive kart racer to making her debut on the bigger track. We think she is hugely talented and will go far, we’re delighted to be one of her first sponsors,” comments Steve Tilburn. “There’s also the personal connection as our business has been involved with the King’s Lynn Motor Club for some years where Chloe has been an active member having cut her racing teeth with the club.
“The sponsorship offers us the opportunity to promote our dealership to race-goers throughout the country. The Mini Challenge is typically contested by up and coming young drivers who are usually watched by parents and other family members. We believe very much in supporting young people from the local area and wish Chloe the very best of luck this season”, adds Steve.
Located at Downham Road, Crimplesham, Hylton Gott has a long association with motor sport in the local area including fielding its own team in local race meetings.
For Chloe racing was in her blood, her father Tony Hewitt is a former rally driver. The Mini Challenge was launched in 2002 has provided an affordable way to take part in racing and provides a natural route for progression. The series includes Best of British prizes and initiatives such as a Touring Car test for a JCW Class driver and a subsidised JCW drive for the Cooper Class winner. The Mini Challenge is hotly contested and competitions take place at the UK’s top circuits including Brands Hatch GP, Donington, Oulton Park, Silverstone and Snetterton. Hylton Gott provides Chloe’s tyre package and with its own racing heritage, members of the team are always on hand to give Chloe additional advice.
Three team members from King’s Lynn Volvo dealership, Hylton Gott, admirably took second place in the national finals of a global Aftersales competition set up by the Swedish manufacturer.
The Volvo International Service Training Award (VISTA) 2016 competition puts regional dealer teams through their paces in order to find out who is the best customer service team globally. The national finals, held at Volvo’s training and development centre in Daventry, saw individuals from the Hylton Gott team separated into their individual disciplines and given several theory and practical tests including roleplay over a four hour period.
Team members then regrouped for a business case study presentation and a team quiz at the end of the competition. All competitors adjourned to Coombe Abbey for dinner and a talk from special guest speaker, Tony Parraman from the Bloodhound SSC project (land speed record attempt) before the announcement of the national winners was made.
With six other dealers competing at the finals, Hylton Gott’s team, consisting of Scott Ayres, Ashley Cook and Robert John, came 2nd overall in the UK, just narrowly missing out on the opportunity to compete in the final round in Sweden.
Ashley Cook is a Level 4 Master Technician, the highest technical accreditation, who started as an apprentice ten years ago. Scott, Service Advisor, started with Hylton Gott in 2014 and is currently completing the Volvo Service Advisor Apprenticeship with the dealership.
Having missed out on the regional round due to family commitments, Robert John is another Level 4 technician as well as the Norfolk dealership’s Service and Workshop Manager. He started with the business 12 years ago as a Level 1 Technician and has gained all four accreditation levels along the way.
Hylton Gott Dealer Principal, Steve Tilburn commented: “We’re all extremely proud of Scott, Ashley, Robert and Tom, who took part in the regional heat, for getting all the way to the national final of the VISTA competition. They are all dedicated and put in so much hard work in their roles on a daily basis and now, as a team, they should be proud of the fact they achieved such an accolade in a national competition but they’re still all winners in our eyes.”
Stephen Tilburn, Hylton Gott’s Dealer Principal, commented: “The S90 marks a giant step forward for Volvo and indeed for our customers. The Swedish car maker is better known for its SUVs and estates, but with the launch of the S90 & V90, Volvo is clearly intent on shaking up the premium saloon & estate segment."
“Volvo’s stylish S90 and versatile V90 are proof of the Swedish brand’s continuing transformation. We want to showcase these outstanding new models to local motorists of similar cars to highlight the direction Volvo is taking in terms of driving dynamics and styling. For more information on either model please contact our Showroom on 01366 383352".