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New Fleet Sales Consultant, Gavin Iredale

We are delighted to announce we have appointed a new Fleet Sales Consultant, Gavin Iredale, to meet the vehicle demands from businesses in North Yorkshire.

Now with a four-strong team of fleet sales representatives and administrators, Gavin, who resides from nearby Pocklington, has been recruited to help meet the growing demand from local companies in need of vehicles to support their business.

Gavin will be on hand to identify the most suitable vehicles for our business customers as well as highlighting the various funding methods – along with tax implications for both the driver and the business – and illustrate whole-life costs, including fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, which determine the entire cost of a vehicle beyond the monthly payment.

Gavin has clocked up several years’ experience in the motor industry having spent time with Mercedes-Benz and Ford as well as with Vodafone Automotive, which provides a range of connected car products and services. With a varied career, Gavin’s work with one of the world’s top financial advisors De Vere Italia and in the legal field with RG Solicitors and global pharmaceutical corporate GlaxoSmithKline means he is well placed to guide local companies in their choice of vehicles and funding options.

“Volvo is the perfect business partner”, comments Gavin Iredale. “The premium manufacturer’s growing range of fleet-friendly vehicles produce significantly lower CO2 emissions than most of its competitors, especially since the introduction of the T8 Twin Engine powertrain found in the XC90, V60 and now the stunning new V90, too.

“We understand that no two businesses are the same, so we’re always happy to support customers of all sizes in North Yorkshire to help them get their jobs done quickly, effectively and with the minimum of cost. I am delighted to be able to draw on all areas of my varied experience in automotive, finance and working for large corporations to help local companies fulfil their motoring needs.”

Ray Chapman Motors is one of only 10 Volvo approved Business Centres operating across the UK and provides a more comprehensive service for fleet customers by offering specialist knowledge. Extended test drives or ride and drive events can be arranged at workplaces throughout the region. Both dealerships also operates a fleet of dedicated corporate demonstrators, updated every six months.

“Businesses can select a variety of funding methods which have various benefits and corresponding tax implications for both the driver and the company,” adds Duncan Chapman, Ray Chapman Motor’s Dealer Principal. "Gavin will be tasked with cutting through the jargon to provide information in an easily digestible format for new and existing business customers.

“Gavin is a fantastic addition to our business and brings with him a strong mix of experience and a passion for knowledge on all things Volvo. Business sales within Ray Chapman is a busy and expanding department so Gavin is joining at a very exciting time for us.”

Family owned, family run business Ray Chapman Motors was recently awarded Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year award, reflecting its status as one of the top performers in the UK.

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Volvo Cars and Geely agree on technology sharing and the formation of LYNK & CO

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Geely Holding, the Chinese car group, Friday completed the formation of two new entities to share existing and future technology and provide the economies of scale that will allow them to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology.


The agreements, signed at a ceremony in Ningbo, China, formalize the strategic priorities, management teams and targeted synergies for the collaboration within the group.


As a result, a new technology joint venture will be formed called GV Automobile Technology (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. It will be 50/50 owned by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding and headquartered in China with a subsidiary in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Lars Danielson, former SVP of Volvo Cars and CEO of Volvo Cars Asia Pacific, will become the Chairman of GV Technology, which will seek synergy benefits for Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO through two units controlling technology access as well as procurement.


A separate LYNK & CO company, fully responsible for the LYNK & CO car line, will also be formed, jointly owned by Volvo Cars, Geely Holding and Geely Auto, with a newly constituted board of directors.


An Cong Hui, President and CEO of Geely Auto, has been named Chairman of the Board of LYNK & CO and Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, will serve as board director alongside Daniel Li, Executive Vice President and CFO of Geely Holding and Feng Qing Feng, Group Vice President and CTO of Geely Auto.


“These joint ventures will create significant value for our automotive brands. We aim to deliver global economies of scale by facilitating closer cooperation between our brands on shared vehicle architectures, powertrain development and electrification, while offering synergies that will enable LYNK & CO to achieve its full potential,” said Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely Holding.


Volvo Cars will hold 30 per cent of the shares in LYNK & CO, while Geely Auto will hold 50 per cent and Geely Holding 20 per cent of the new company. Volvo Cars’ significant minority shareholding reflects Volvo Cars’ support to the LYNK & CO brand both now and in the future.


Volvo Cars and Geely already share technology, most notably the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which is being used by Volvo Cars for its soon-to-be-announced smaller range of 40 series cars and by LYNK & CO.


“We look forward to expanding our cooperation with LYNK & CO. It will be beneficial for both companies”, said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.


The formation of the LYNK & CO company is expected to be finalized in September and is subject to relevant corporate and authority approvals.


Volvo Car UK appoints Nicola Langley as Customer Experience Development Manager

Volvo Car UK has reinforced its commitment to customer service with the appointment of Nicola Langley as Customer Experience Development Manager. In the newly created role, which comes into effect immediately, Nicola will be responsible for ensuring all Volvo customers receive the premium experience to match the company's range of new premium cars.

With Volvo's continued product transformation, and the new customers this is attracting to the brand, Volvo has the opportunity and the responsibility to offer a genuine high-quality experience whenever a customer comes into contact with the brand.

Nicola joins Volvo from Onecom, where she was Customer Experience Director. Prior to that, she held customer experience management roles at Vodafone and Virgin Media, so brings invaluable non-automotive knowledge and experience to the company.

Nicola's role within Volvo will involve working across the company's training and customer relations departments and the Volvo dealer network to shape the way every customer experiences the brand. This all-encompassing approach will ensure consistency of service for all customers, whether they are new to Volvo or not.

Commenting on her appointment, Nicola said: "This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Volvo. With the brand and its products in the middle of a revolution, there's so much to engage with our customers about. This also makes now the perfect opportunity to shape the way everyone at Volvo works together to give our customers an easy and rewarding ownership experience."

David Baddeley, Volvo Car UK's Operations Director, said: "Nicola has a successful history of helping businesses improve their customer experiences, and her perspectives in this respect will be a great benefit for us as we cement our position in the premium car segment."