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New McCormick tractor dealership handles sales, service and parts in south Midlands AgriArgo UK appoints Rollason Engineering to McCormick network Supplying tractors, parts and service support in south Midlands McCormick range from 25hp to 230hp is ideal for diverse customers An enthusiastic new team at Rollason Engineering, a farm and garden machinery retailer that also undertakes service and repairs, is getting behind the McCormick tractor range. The business, located alongside the Fosse Way near Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, has been awarded the McCormick sales, service and parts franchise for the south Midlands by GB distributor AgriArgo UK. “I’m really impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the Rollason staff for their new tractor enterprise,” says AgriArgo area sales manager Tim Lawrence. “Charlie Rollason and his team are determined to make a success of supporting our tractor users in the area.” The company’s McCormick territory, which is bisected by the M40 motorway, extends southwards from Coventry to Woodstock in Oxfordshire, and westwards from Northampton across northern Warwickshire to Redditch. Charlie Rollason has long had an affinity with farm

tractors and machinery from the days when his father ran a contracting business from the yard. He started his career by working for a local dealer for a time before becoming a self-employed ‘man in a van’ providing onfarm servicing and repairs. “We now represent some top-quality implement manufacturers in the area, notably Lemken and Vicon, as well as Suzuki quads,” he points out. “The ‘McCormick’ name is another mainstream brand to put above the door and means we can cater for every farmers’ needs.” Rollason Engineering employs two full-time service technicians: Dave Gilkes has past experience with heavy earthmoving plant while Roy Stubbins looked after a drainage contractor’s machinery before joining the business. Both are having comprehensive technical training on McCormick tractors. Jamie Warrender recently joined the company to manage ATV and garden machinery sales and service. These three relative newcomers to the business join parts manager Simon Holloway, who has plans to extend his store to hold a bigger stock of parts, consumables and sundries such as tools, clothing and hydraulic hoses, mainly from the Granit range. Dealership principal Charlie Rollason looks after tractor

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and machinery sales but still dons a pair of overalls when the workshop is especially busy. “This is the best team we’ve had in a long time,” declares Mr Rollason. “They’re very capable technically, have a positive attitude to customer service, especially during critical harvest periods, and they get on well with our farmer customers.” Apart from the line-up of sparkling new red and silver tractors in the yard, at least one of the current McCormick tractors can be seen every week at Rugby market – it’s all part of efforts to raise the profile of McCormick in the area, which began with stands at the Kenilworth Show and Upton House Horse Trials. “I took on the McCormick range largely because of the breadth of product available, which suits the different farming and other rural

enterprises we serve,” says Charlie Rollason. “We have the GM and X10 Series mechanical and hydrostatic drive compacts from 2550hp for our equine, parks and utility customers, right up to the 230hp X70 six-cylinder tractor for arable farmers.” Between those extremes are tractors like the new 85-113hp McCormick X50 series for livestock, horticultural and groundscare applications, and the mid-range 90-126hp X60 and MC series four-cylinder tractors, which perform in stock and arable farming roles. “Before taking on the McCormick range, I talked to users and other dealers and the positive responses reassured me I was doing the right thing,” says Mr Rollason. “People like the tractors; they say they are reliable and easy to use, and they’re priced right.

Charlie Rollason: “A good tractor franchise is a key foundation for an agricultural engineering business like ours and I believe we have that in the McCormick range.”

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The Monmouthshire Show takes place on Thursday 29th August, 2013. Attracting around 20,000 visitors annually from town and country, the Monmouthshire Show is regarded as one of Wales’s largest one day Country Shows. We pride ourselves on being a major livestock show, exhibiting cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and pigs and are delighted to host one of Wale’s largest Open Dog Shows with over 1000 entries every year and a wide range of breeds. Headlining the Main Ring is Inch Perfect Trials Display Team. A professional, fun, exciting and dynamic motorcycle trials display team providing exhilarating action packed quality entertainment. The Country Matters Ring will entertain the crowds with displays from Usk Gun Dogs, Chrissie’s Owls and Chris Green, Countryman. The Discover the Country area will provide an opportu-

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nity to engage with rural country skills, suitable for all ages and Gwent Young Farmers will be once again providing some Country Entertainment. Monmouthshire Show is a premiere “Shop Window” for a “taste, try and buy” experience in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. With over 350 tradestands from local food and crafts to heavy machinery there is plenty to interest everyone. The Monmouthshire Show, set in the heart of the Wye Valley, offers a unique one day experience bringing together a wide array of attractions. Don’t miss it, book your tickets in Advance and save up to 20%. Discounted Tickets available now at www. monmouthshow.co.uk or contact the Show Secretary Anna Williams on 01981 580710 or anna@ monmouthshow.co.uk

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ANOTHER WIN FOR CRASWALL YOUNG FARMERS AT THE ANNUAL YOUNG FARMERS JUNIOR FIELD DAY The annual Herefordshire Young Farmers Junior Field Day which first started in 1954 showed yet again what a popular event this is in the Young Farmers calendar. The variety of 30 classes attracted a good number of entries from members aged 10 - 16 years old and the Hereford Livestock Market provided an excellent venue where young members could see the superb facilities available at the market, by kind permission of the Hereford Market Auctioneers. The scoreboard showed throughout the day that the winners would come from any one of 3 clubs which had entered almost every class - entries in the 6 stockjudging classes made a big difference to the overall result and Craswall Young Farmers Club had already notched up 501 out of a possible 600 marks in the 6 stockjudging classes. And it proved to be a close run thing between 2nd and 3rd places ... in 3rd place overall with 2442 points was Lugg Valley YFC and the club has had a fantastic competitions year having won the County Rally in May; in 2nd place overall and only 3 points ahead was Teme Valley YFC with 2445 points. And in 1st place only 39 points ahead was Craswall YFC. The Roger Williams Trophy

awarded to the club gaining the highest marks per competing member went to Allensmore YFC who had also won the Clive Richards trophy at the County Rally which is awarded for the club gaining the highest marks per competing member. The Mr & Mrs Homfray Cooper Trophy Awarded to the club gaining the highest points in Class 15 – Junior Exhibit.

The Sue Whittall Trophy Awarded to the club gaining the highest total marks in the Home Economics competitions. Classes qualifying are; 9, 11, 26, 29 and 30. The Roger Williams Trophy Awarded to the club gaining the highest marks per competing member. The next event in the HFYFC calendar is the County Chairman’s "Lords and Ladies" Black Tie Ball on Saturday 31st August 2013. Visit the website at www.hfyfc.org. uk or contact the County Office for information and tickets. For more information about the Young Farmers Movement in Herefordshire contact the County Office on 01432 274187.

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NRH ENGINEERING... How much notice do you take of the source of the machinery you purchase. Just take a quick stock of your current machines. The chances are that the tractors, combine and majority of the other prime machines are from Continental Europe or the USA. As little as one generation back it would have been a different picture with almost everything built in Britain. Back then foreign design and manufacturing was considered unsuitable and flimsy. How times have changed, now the reverse belief is held and import is considered the way forward as we rush blindly into further Globalisation. Perhaps now is the time to reverse the trend and to look at the best of British once again. Of course we do have several established manufacturers producing top quality machinery for our industry and you will probably be able to name nearly all. One that you might miss is N.R.H. Engineering from Seaton Ross in Yorkshire. N.R.H. Engineering took over and developed the Flexifarm range of machinery, producing a range of cultivation equipment built to the best of traditional British quality and design. Products include presses

and packers, subsoilers and Cambridge rolls to a wide variety of sizes and specifications. Why did we choose to supply N.R.H Engineering products? I had been looking for a used subsoiler and happened to stumble onto the N.R.H website, liked the look of some of the machines, and asked for further information. A while later we were asked to quote for a set of 12.3 metre Cambridge rolls to work on some of the typical heavy land found in the area. The customers key requirements were weight, transport stability, good ground contour following and of course price. I remembered the N.R.H. rolls and started to do some comparisons with the rolls available from our other suppliers. It soon became apparent that N.R.H. could provide the best solution.

overall weight (around 10 tons for the 12.3 metre set) will ensure good ground following and consolidation. High tensile axles with triple sealed greaseable bearings, 18 ply tyres, 4 spoke rings and centre support bearings will aid a long reliable life. Competitive pricing completes the package to make N.R.H. our first choice of rolls supplier in the future.

Although sales have been limited to rolls so far, we shall also be promoting N.R.H to our customers requiring items such as subsoilers or packers with perhaps a project to test their bespoke machinery arm. It has been a pleasant change to supply some British manufactured machinery and we look forward to a long and successful association.

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Several variants of the rolls are available with 20 -24 inch diameters, breaker rings and working widths from 4.3 to 12.3 metres so there should be a set suitable for your farm. All models feature horizontal fully hydraulic folding ensuring an easy field to road transition and stable transport. Road width is just 3 metres. Central pivoting wings and the heavy

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MERLO Merlo UK Limited announce immediate appointment of new manager Maurizio Ganio-Mego is pleased to announce the immediate Merlo UK Limited is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Ken Hamilton as Country Manager for Merlo UK. Ken has a wealth of experience in all facets of the agricultural industry having worked for many agricultural manufacturers and is responsible for all commercial operations within the company. This is the second major phase of investment by the Merlo Group to strengthen and expand the Company’s operations in the UK and Ireland. Ken has joined the com-

pany following his recent position as Operations Director at Farols Limited -having gained extensive retail experience from one of the most successful dealer groups in the UK today. ‘I’m looking forward to this exciting new challenge and working with the successful team at Merlo UK’ says Ken. ‘Concentrating on providing improved dealership support and adopting an aggressive marketing plan will allow the Group to position Merlo UK at the forefront of customer choice’ added Maurizio Ganio Mego, Merlo UK, Director. In addition to the appointment of the newly formed

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role, Merlo UK have been successful in recruiting Simon Howell, who joins the company with an impressive manufacturing background in the construction industry having previously worked for JCB and Bobcat. Simon has joined the UK team looking after a regional area including Ireland and will be assisting in the development and growth of the CE business.

winning Merlo Dynamic Load Control (M CDC), 40 kph turbocharged engines and the first telehandlers

in the World to feature cab suspension.

Picture attached of Simon Howell (left) and Ken Hamilton (right)

Merlo UK Limited is one of the World Leaders in Handler Design. The company has an impressive range of innovative machines ranging from 2.5 to 12 tonne capacities and 6 to 30 metre lift heights. Models feature the multi-award

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JOHN DEERE...

John Deere’s online harvest John Deere combines will be the stars of a new video campaign during this summer’s harvest, as part of the company’s ‘Let's meet in the field’ initiative. Expert operators from dealers in Scotland and East Anglia – Will Hutchison of Thomas Sherriff at Haddington, East Lothian and Andy Mennell of Ben Burgess at Newmarket, Suffolk – will be demonstrating the performance of John Deere S- and T-Series combines at various farms in their respective areas throughout the harvest period (weather permitting!) The drivers will be filming the progress of their individual combine demo tours, and the results will be posted weekly on a dedicated section of the John Deere website, at www.Deere-Tour.com The harvest tour footage will also be highlighted on the company’s Facebook and

YouTube channels. In addition, during each week of the tours visitors to the website will be able to play an online game, with the chance to win prize vouchers to spend at the John Deere Online Shop. The website will also provide details of the dealer drivers and technical features of the combines. “This is a great opportunity for farmers and contractors all over the country to see our top of the range combines at work, even if they can’t get to a local demo in person,” says John Deere Limited marketing manager Gordon Day. “Using a combination of video footage, our dedicated website and social media channels in this way means anyone can assess how John Deere’s rotary and tine separation technologies can benefit their own harvest operations.”

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KRONE...

Drilling and chopping key to success with biogas maize Precision both at planting and when processing through the forage harvester are prerequisites for successful maize production for biogas, according to speakers at a recent Norfolk meeting where two leading farm equipment firms launched new products aimed squarely at the sector. On the back of the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector’s growth – as well as demand from dairy farms looking for more precise plant placement – Swedish drill and cultivation specialist Vaderstad has entered the UK precision drill market with a new range of machines initially available in 6- and 8-row versions with 75cm row spacings. Uniquely, the Tempo planters use a pressurised seed metering system combined with a short hopper-to-coulter distance to reduce sensitivity to slopes and vibration and allow faster operation. Planting accuracy can therefore be maintained at far higher forward speeds than have until now been possible, while at the same time reducing the number of misses and doubles. Continuous airflow separates the seeds and propels them into slots on

a rotating metering disc. The result is a seeder that can sow maize accurately – and accuracy is essential given each large plant’s need to absorb as much light as possible – at speeds as high as 18km/hr. Electric drive for seed metering allows for individual row unit shut off, simple seed rate calibration, and adjustment of rates on the move if required. A weight transfer system allows up to 325kg of pressure to be applied to the disc coulters, allowing for direct drilling in suitable soils. Trailing gauge wheels connected to a walking tandem mechanism cut vibration at high speeds. Press wheels follow directly behind. Each seed hopper capacities are 70 litres apiece, good for 2.5ha/row between fills depending on seed rates and row widths, while a fertiliser tank and coulter bar is optional. This places the fertiliser at 5cm to the side of the seed and 2cm below it, to provide rapid uptake by germinating seed without the risk of scorch. Meanwhile, forage harvesting specialist Krone has launched a new, specially-designed chopping

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cylinder which produces material of the length required to maximise methane production in AD plants. “A short chop allows the methanogenic bacterium to more quickly and easily break down the crop and produce gas,” says Krone’s Henrik Feldmann. “An AD plant is just like a cow, in that it requires quality forage, but the chop length it requires is much shorter, at under 7mm. Pieces longer than 20mm must be minimised, as they prevent good clamp compaction and allow the ingress of

air.” To meet this need, the firm has introduced a ‘biogas drum’ with 40 knives as opposed to the standard 28. The 660mm diameter cylinder, which is 800mm wide, is capable of 25,000 cuts/min, producing a length of cut from 2-12mm, encompassing the ideal 4-9mm band. “That’s 20 per cent more than standard, which translates to less fuel per tonne, and maximum throughput for a short length of chop.”

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NEW HOLLAND...

New Holland quality on display in deals with Royal Welsh Agricultural Society New Holland quality on display in deals with Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and family-run fruit and vegetable farm The adaptability and reliability enjoyed by New Holland’s wide range of state-of-the-art machines was highlighted in a recent pair of deals in Wales. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society chose family-run New Holland dealership T. Alun Jones & Son, based in Dryslwyn, Carmarthenshire, to supply its fleet with two new tractors: a compact T1570 and a larger T5.105. The machines’ reliability and flexibility will play a key role in helping to make a success of 2013’s Royal Welsh Show when it gets under way from July 22nd25th at the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. The agricultural event is one of the biggest and best-attended of its kind in Europe. Last year a record 240,000-plus visitors passed through the gates to enjoy its mix of displays, events and competitions. Royal Welsh Showground site foreman Tony Smith said: “We chose New Holland because we have had them before and we are used to the tractors and their reliability. We wanted

a bigger tractor with more horsepower for a flail mower – we’re up to over 100hp now with the T5.105. “We also went for the smaller T1570 sit-on mower which we needed as a replacement.” The four-wheel drive T5.105 is engineered for versatility, with a full range of PTO speeds, high visibility VisionView™ cab, and front and rear linkage. It is suited to take on a range of jobs with ease including transport, PTO and linkage work and is becoming a regular choice to support municipal and groundcare applications. Powered by Common Rail engines that fully comply with the stringent Tier 4A emission regulations, the T5 range benefits from a power-toweight ratio of a mere 37.3kg/ hp for outstanding performance and impressive fuel econ-

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omy. The T1570 is a popular compact tractor mixing simple, proven design with modern dependability and low running costs, making it powerfully adaptable for tough jobs whether in landscaping, horticulture or agriculture. Offered with a choice of mechanical or hydrostatic transmissions, each model can be prepared for specific demands. With hydrostatic drive, turf tyres and a mowing deck, they are ideal for grounds maintenance, sports and amenity work. T. Alun Jones & Son Sales Manager Eirian Isaac said: “The Royal Welsh Show is a big, prestigious event

so we’re very pleased they came to us to provide reliable, versatile and cost-effective machines.” Another recent deal was with a farm in Gower which retained the blue brand to replace three 7740s with three T5.105s. Run by owner Tom Beynon, it is a working family farm which grows vegetables and runs a pick-yourown operation as well as a camp site. The new trio of blue tractors have been fitted with narrow tyres and it is their adaptability that makes them perfect for the farm’s wide range of agricultural and maintenance tasks – in the field, on the road or around the camp site.

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BOUMATIC...

A Leading French Research Institute Chooses BouMatic as “Dairy Sector” Partner REMICOURT, BELGIUM– BouMatic®, dairy equipment and chemical manufacturer, has been chosen as the partner for the "Research unit into animal feed most beneficial to dairy cows” at the ARVALIS Plant Institute, a French applied agricultural research organization. ARVALIS chose the solutions provided by their BouMatic dealer Proval, and in particular the investment in a 22/24-stall Xpedia™ 360IX internal rotary system for their dairy unit, and has achieved impressive results since they started using this milking system. In May, a BouMatic delegation, led by President Bob Luna, and 35 BouMatic dealers from Western Europe visited the French research centre at the ARVALIS experimental station of La Jaillière (Loire-Atlantique), as part of a training program between BouMatic and its dealerships. Created and managed by farmers, the ARVALIS Plant Institute focuses mainly on agricultural research to improve the competitiveness and profitability of farming activities and operations. The organization has four hundred employees on 35 sites throughout France. The ARVALIS site of La Jaillière houses an experimental dairy farm and has three main research objec-

tives: obtain new references in the feed value of animal forage and the performance of rations most beneficial to dairy cows, optimize the organization of work on a dairy farm, and achieve a high level of environmental performance. "The choice of a BouMatic milking system by this highly regarded research institute demonstrates that our philosophy, namely to milk cows comfortably, quickly and completely, is essential to best milking practices, and it is a goal sought by specialists in the dairy world", noted Bob Luna during his visit. "The ARVALIS research centre is considered to be a recognized and respected leader in France. We are very proud to be its partner for dairy activities and, in conjunction with our dealer Proval who delivered quality installation of all equipment, we shall enjoy an on-going and fruitful collaboration," he continued. About one hundred cows are

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milked on the ARVALIS dairy farm of la Jaillière using a 22/24-stall Xpedia 360IX internal rotary. The milking results are impressive: over 9,500 liters per cow annually. The system is fitted with the BouMatic identification system, the new Escorter™ crowd gate, seven sort gates and three BouMatic scrapers. The rotary parlor is controlled by the SmartDairy® Management System that helps dairy farmers control and monitor all their activities and improve their milking results. "Our SmartDairy herd management program will help us implement our experiments on studying the performance of rations distributed to our dairy cows," explains Pierre-Vincent Protin, ARVALIS Forage Production Manager.

Founded in 1939, BouMatic has been a major player in dairy technology, and manufactures durable, high-quality milking systems along with milk cooling systems, teat cup liners and hygiene and sanitation products. The company continues its aggressive investment in product research and development and remains an undisputed world leader in dairy farm technology. BouMatic supplies dairy farmers in over 45 countries and employs more than 400 people worldwide. Its global headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States and its European headquarters are at Remicourt in Belgium. www.boumatic.com

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SUZUKI...

Suzuki To Celebrate 30 Years Of ATVS At Royal Welsh Show Suzuki GB PLC is heading to Builth Wells in preparation for the 50th Royal Welsh Show. This year Suzuki is excited to be celebrating 30 years since inventing the first 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV), with an original LT125 on display to mark the occasion. Suzuki will be showcasing its full range of utility ATVs at the show which runs from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th July 2013. Along with a daily competition to win a Suzuki Workwear kit, Suzuki is offering a show special of 6 months' free fuel* when you order a new KingQuad at the show. “The Royal Welsh Show is always a great show for Suzuki. We are particularly excited to be exhibiting this year and to have the oppor-

tunity to tell our customers about some of the fantastic offers we've recently announced. We’re looking forward to the show and encourage visitors to drop by our stand for a coffee,” commented Gareth Lumsdaine, ATV Sales and Marketing Manager, Suzuki GB PLC. The Royal Welsh Show began in 1963 and has attracted over 6,500,000 visitors in its lifetime, including a record 241,099 in 2012. Suzuki's full range of hard-working utility ATVs can be found in the Agricultural area, Avenue F at stand 437. Visit the stand to speak to a representative about some of the latest deals, including the Courtesy ATV scheme and Free Workwear kit offer

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CROSS ROADS GARAGE...

Cross Roads Garage new official dealer for Great Wall Motors Chinese carmaker assigns Tredington-based Cross Roads Garage Ltd as official dealer for Steed pick-up, priced from £13,998 Great Wall dealer network and model range to expand further in 2013 Those in the West Midlands area looking for a high-quality, high-value pick-up vehicle can now experience firsthand the new Great Wall Steed – the first Chinese vehicle to go on sale in the UK - as the manufacturer has appointed Tredington-based Cross Roads Garage as an official dealer. Located near Shipston-on-Stour, the dealership is around 30 miles from Worcester, Coventry and Oxford. Joining Great Wall’s established network of more than 50 outlets in the UK, Cross Roads Garage will begin with sales of the Steed pickup and provide owners with dedicated parts and service facilities.

will continue alongside its new partnership with Great Wall. Cross Roads Garage’s extensive experience of operating in the local area means that the dealership has a thorough understanding of the needs of businesses and consumers in the Shipston-on-Stourarea. Expectations are high that the Steed pick-up will prove popular amongst trade and recreational users alike. The generously equipped Steed is already attracting interest from buyers of both new and used pick-ups across the UK, thanks to its combination of robustness, practicality and unrivalled value, with prices starting from £13,998 (CVOTR). Not only is it the most affordable 4x4 double-cab pick-up to buy, but it is also the most economical to run. Powered by a newly-de-

veloped 2.0-litre, 16-valve turbocharged diesel engine, the Steed delivers class leading fuel economy of 34.0 mpg (combined). It also has best-in-class insurance ratings – 7A for the Steed S and 8A for the range-topping Steed SE. “Cross Roads Garage has been following the development of Great Wall in the UK closely, even prior to launch in 2012. Having evaluated the Steed first-hand, we are greatly impressed with its build quality and the aftercare and support that Great Wall offers; we strongly believe that it represents excellent value for money. We’re incredibly excited and proud to join Great Wall in the early stages of its history in the UK and to introduce the Steed to the community in Tredington and the surrounding area,”says Jon Mathers. “We see Great Wall as an

exciting addition to our current business activities, and have high hopes for our partnership with the company – our combination of extensive experience and excellent customer service means we are perfectly placed to meet the needs of Great Wall customers.” So that the buying and ownership experience of a Steed is as rewarding and trouble-free as possible, all dealers – including Cross Roads Garage – have committed to the ‘Great Wall Promise’ which includes inflation-proof servicing plans and free service pickup and drop-off. All Steeds now come with a six-year / 125,000 warranty – the only vehicle in its segment to do so. For further details about Great Wall call Jon Mathers on 0844 662 6864 or visit the dealership at Tredington, Shipston-on-Stour,

Cross Roads Garage Managing Director Jon Mathers started working at Cross Roads back in 1985 in the parts department, before turning his hand to sales. 28 years and 4,500 car sales later, he is now the owner of the largest Subaru dealership group in the UK. With four national awards for customer service and automotive excellence, Cross Roads Garage is already well known amongst the community for its new and quality used car sales and its service and repair centre, both of which

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TRACKER...

TRACKER figures reveal the most stolen and recovered car models of 2012 According to TRACKER, the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, the BMW X5 was the car most frequently stolen and recovered in 2012. The BMW X5 was also top of TRACKER’s table in 2011, making it a hot favourite among thieves. Luckily owners of this type of car, who are savvy and invest in a TRACKER unit, see their chances increase of their BMW being recovered, if it is stolen. Last year TRACKER recovered over £12.5 million worth of stolen vehicles, returning them to their owners.

and sixth place, followed by the CLS and E Class in joint seventh.

TRACKER’s 2012 figures show that the Land Rover Vogue and Sport are the second most stolen and recovered vehicles. This is a shift from 2011, when Land Rover was in seventh position on the most stolen chart. The BMW M3 has also moved up from sixth in 2011, to third place in 2012, showing how thieves’ tastes change too.

TRACKER’s Mesh Network also contributed to the recovery of over £4,500,000 worth of stolen vehicles. The TRACKER Mesh Network takes tackling vehicle crime to a completely new level, by using other vehicles already fitted with TRACKER SVR units to

“It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £70,000,” says Stuart Chapman, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER. “The average value of the cars we recovered in 2012 was just £25,500 and a number were below £5,000, confirming that you don’t have to own a luxury car to be at risk from thieves looking to make a fast profit.

identify stolen vehicles also fitted with TRACKER. This brings drivers together to create a nationwide network of ‘listening vehicles’, similar to a social network, but designed to snare thieves TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. Unlike other tracking systems, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or taken abroad. TRACKER is the only vehicle tracking system operated by all police forces in the UK, offering car owners the ultimate in security.

2011 Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered 1. BMW X5 2. BMW 1 Series 3. BMW 3 Series 4. Audi RS Series 5. Volkswagen Golf 6. BMW M3 7. Land Rover Range Rover 8. Mercedes C Class 9. Audi A4 10. Porsche 911 2012 1. BMW X5 2. Land Rover – Vogue/ Sport 3. BMW M3 4. BMW 3 Series / Audi RS4 5. Mercedes SLK 6. Mercedes ML 7. BMW M5/X6 8. Mercedes CLS/E Class

TRACKER’s Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered 2012

Back in 2011, BMWs occupied the top three spots, with the 1 Series and 3 Series taking second and third places, respectively. Today, the BMW 3 Series is in equal fourth with the Audi RS4, whilst the 1 Series has slipped out of the top 10 completely. Mercedes was a key target for thieves in 2012, with the SLK and ML in fifth

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