May 2013

Motor Trade Finalist


South Shields based motor retail firm Vic Young Nissan has been shortlisted for two award categories, Dealer Principal of the Year and Used Car Retailer of the Year, at the prestigious national Motor Trader Industry Awards 2013, being held in London in July 2013. Vic Young

Regarded as the retail motor industry’s ‘Oscars’, the highly anticipated national awards celebrate excellence in 20 categories ranging from best sales team and customer care team of the year to best digital initiative and innovation of the year.

A long established and family run business, Vic Young Nissan has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries from across the UK and will now by assessed by a panel of industry experts.

Managing Director, Vic Young, received a personal award nomination for the Dealer Principal of the Year Award, sponsored by Sunday Times Driving, which recognises a manager with excellent leadership qualities who has successfully led their business through 2012. Being shortlisted for this exceptional award is great recognition of the value Vic Young places on offering the very best level of service, care and support as well as valuing his team. That coupled with understanding their customer base and developing the business to include Vic Young Motability and Northern Truck Bodies which develops unique conversions for various specialist vehicles including those for full Motability Approval.

Whilst the Used Car Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by WMS, recognises franchised and independent dealers with profitable businesses that have increased stock turnover by sourcing vehicles best suited to their customers’ needs. Vic Young Nissan are an impressive example of innovation through being pro-active and reacting to the changing market place to ensure their vehicles meet the customer’s requirements.

Vic Young, Managing Director at Vic Young South Shields, said: “The Motor Trader Awards are held in such high regard in the industry and we are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories alongside some of the UK’s most respected dealerships.

“These award nominations are a testament to our dedicated team who work hard to build long-standing relationships with our customers across the North East and UK. We also have an exceptionally high level of customer loyalty and are now selling to some families’ 3rd generations.”

The winners will be announced at the Motor Trader Awards gala dinner, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday 10 July 2013.

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May 2013


Oven Van

A revolutionary ‘Electric Oven Van’ which is the first of its kind in the UK is attracting interest from the catering industry, thanks to a unique conversion by Northern Truck Bodies (NTB) that offers greater convenience for businesses and meets the requirements of the ‘meals on wheels’ market.

NTB, a division of Vic Young Nissan South Shields, has recently launched its new concept and the first prototype is a converted Renault Kangoo. The only company in the UK to specialise in this concept, NTB has already leased its first electric oven van to Sodexo, a leading UK catering supplier who are using it to deliver meals to their London client base.

The ‘Electric Oven Van’ provides the perfect solution for the modern day meals on wheels. It has an electric fan assisted oven installed with a simple control device, meaning that the temperature remains stable throughout the journey and the meals are served hot on delivery. This is an innovative alternative to the gas oven vans already established in the market as they can’t be switched on whilst in transit, resulting in the oven temperature dropping and the meals not being served at the correct temperature, and potentially cold by the time they are delivered.

This particular oven van, which was built into a converted Renault Kangoo, has the capacity to deliver 49 pre-cooked meals and desserts from either frozen at -18 degrees or chilled, and cooking en route. Moreover, it is delivered to the customer or venue at the recommended temperature (76 degrees) within 60 minutes. Now that really is cooking on the move!

Bill Bluer at Arval, the leasing company Sodexo approached explains: “We were instructed by Sodexo to source an ‘off the shelf’ solution to meet their specific requirements and cost model for distributing catering meals across London. This led us to make contact with Northern Truck Bodies, who have full Renault-Tec conversion approval to develop the concept, an ‘electric oven van’ using a Renault Kangoo vehicle. It is a small van which is ideal for parking and getting around London, low in carbon emissions and fuel efficient. Built with an electric oven, which is easy to operate and requires very little maintenance, it provided a cost effective and efficient solution to meet Sodexo’s requirements”.

Vic Young, Managing Director at NTB and Vic Young South Shields, adds: “The ‘Electric Oven Van’ is an innovative and forward thinking concept which meets the demands of the catering industry as it provides a temperature controlled oven van which is efficient and has environmental credentials. We are confident that the ‘Electric Oven Van’ concept will make an impact in the market and is the perfect solution for councils, care home groups, catering companies and event organisations.

Whether you require an insulated, heated, chilled or deep freeze solution we can customise the internal structure to meet individual requirements and apply the concept to any sized van. In this case size was everything, particularly as it was to be used in the City, so the Renault Kangoo was the perfect van for this particular project.”

Over the years NTB has developed conversions for various specialist vehicles, including those for full Motability Approval. They have also gained a reputation in the industry for solving operating and design problems using the latest techniques and technologies available.

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