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Electronic trading community launched

A new e-commerce solution claimed to revolutionise the process of online vehicle acquisition was launched at the show. 1Link has been developed to provide a low cost communication tool for volume car purchasers, from fleets to leasing companies and suppliers.

Already the service, owned by Epyx, has signed up FSmotorist as one of its first clients, which will use 1Link on its website which has access to four million customers. The system creates an electronic trading community and is designed to bring a host of major benefits to both suppliers and purchasers.

Epyx director Greg Connell, formerly managing director of Car Fleet Control, who set up the new company, said: '1Link is set to radically change the way the industry buys and sells cars. It has been designed to provide an innovative solution to both purchasers and suppliers through an online automated platform. Our aim is to provide a total e-commerce solution for car purchasers and suppliers which will greatly improve efficiency and productivity, and more importantly reduce costs.'

FSmotorist will provide buyers the chance to specify their vehicle online, check its price and availability, alter the specification and then order through the nearest dealer. Kyle Truman, marketing director for FSmotorist.co.uk, said former fleet car users moving to cash-for-car schemes could be among the key users. He added: 'Clearly we are in a fortunate position because of the level of traffic coming through the site, which will lead to development of the service for customers.'

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