The UK car market saw a large amount of growth in August. However, the introduction of WLTP regulations on 1 September could have skewered the results. Demand in the month grew by 23.1%, according to results from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 94,094 vehicles were registered in what is often considered to be one of the smallest months of the year, before the UK’s plate change in September. The numbers suggest that the introduction of WLTP has had an effect, with dealers offering deals on stock, and manufacturers resorting to pre-registering vehicles. This avoids the need to look at expensive retrofitting of models already built, as new rules state all vehicles sold after 1 September 2018 need to be WLTP accredited. One example of how the figu
Auto Repair Focus' sister site, All Torque, took the latest hot hatch - all the way from Korea - out for a spin to establish whether it can hold its own against more established performance contenders. The verdict? You'll just have to watch!
Able to remove nearly 100% of dust, pollen and solid particles as small as 0.01 microns, DENSO’s Cabin Air Filters are a simple and effective addition for improving in-car air-quality. To provide more drivers with added protection, the OE supplier has recently added 32 new part numbers to its CAF range, providing an additional 3,500 applications linked to 130 OE part numbers, and providing coverage to an additional 50 million vehicles. Needing to be replaced every 40,000 miles, upgrading or replacing old Cabin Air Filters with a high-quality Filter may reap the rewards for respiratory sufferers as the UK continues to endure a ‘perfect storm’ of extreme heat, high-pollen counts and pollution. With experts linking in-car pollutants to asthma and other respiratory problems, upgra
One of the outcomes of the Dieselgate scandal in 2015 was a heightened awareness of vehicle emissions. Suddenly, the general public was questioning the level of emissions that vehicles put out of their exhausts. More worryingly, various research companies and media outlets conducted their own tests, finding that published emission figures were massively out of touch with the real world. Old methods The previous test, the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a laboratory based emissions check. Manufacturers send in a vehicle which is then tested using a rolling road. Emissions output is measured and these are the official figures that follow that model throughout its life. The NEDC was established in 1980. Back then, there were very few model variants and optional ...
Phil Curry discusses the latest emissions test regime which will eventually impact the aftermarket. What is WLTP, how does it differ from former emissions testing and what will the outcome be? Plus all the latest news from around the industry...
Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. That leaves just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres from inspections spanning from Scotland to London. Tyres are an essential factor in road safety as the only part of a vehicle in touch with the road. Tyres provide the grip which both braking and steering systems depend upon to be effective. Driving with defective tyres will mean a vehicle takes longer to stop and be more difficult to control when cornering. However, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations have highlighted part worn retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities when selling tyres...
Wheel alignment specialist Absolute Alignment has designed an all-new tool for workshops to make four-wheel alignment both simpler and quicker. Developed specifically for use with Bluetooth Pro and Bluetooth Lite wheel aligners, currently Absolute Alignment’s most popular products, a newly launched drop bracket means wheel alignment can be carried out on a two-post lift or chassis lift with a high-tech and lightweight alternative to the popular wheel alignment stands. The upgrade is available now. Chris Dear, Absolute Alignment’s Technical Director, said, “Our technical team has been working hard to get this product ready to launch, and available to customers, before the autumn. “The interest we have received to-date, just from existing garages that we supply, has been fantast
Gulf Oil is celebrating the 50thanniversary of its first Le Mans win with the legendary Ford GT40 by joining with the manufacturer to produce the new Ford GT 68 Heritage edition for the 2019 and 2020 model years. The Heritage Blue with Heritage Orange paint scheme honours the Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 chassis 1075 that won back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. Gulf has many oil industry firsts to its name, including being the first company in the world to open a drive-in fuel station, and this is the first time that a lubricant and fuel manufacturer has partnered with a global Vehicle Manufacturer to produce a road car production model. “Many say the Gulf Oil paint scheme is the most famous in motorsports, propelled by the 1968 GT40 that quickly became a glob
New research from the IMI has found that only just over a third (36%) of parents would encourage their child to do an apprenticeship, and more than 1 in 10 think people who choose vocational training are not as clever as those who take an academic route after school. Worryingly, this misconception about the value of apprenticeships has increased since in 2014, despite the government placing greater emphasis on vocational training and university fees rising. n 2014, 7% of respondents to IMI research said they thought those who did apprenticeships were not as clever, and a quarter of parents think if their child does not get a degree they won’t earn as much – an increase from 15% in 2014. With schools across the UK set to return for a new term next week, the IMI’s research has foun
Euro Car Parts has added a regional hub and two more branches to its rapidly expanding UK network. The new premises include a distribution hub in Maidstone, Kent and two new branches in London and North Yorkshire. The new 53,000 square foot Maidstone distribution hub stocks more than 50,000 parts and has created 74 new jobs in the local area. Complete with a specialist paint facility and a training room, the new hub gives Euro Car Parts even greater coverage in the region. Further expanding the company’s branch network is a 5,000 square foot branch in Scarborough, North Yorkshire stocking more than 20,000-part numbers to meet the needs of independent repairers. The London outlet, in Bow, spans 6,855 square feet, with 20,000 product lines on offer, enabling parts to be delivered to inde