With the SUV market growing at a rapid rate, can an old British marque with a new name above the door hope to compete? Phil Curry took the MG GS for a road trip to Wales, making use of the tight twisty turns and long country lanes, to find the answer to that question. Expect informative opinion, sheep and lots of mispronunciation…
Phil Curry went along to the ExCeL Centre to see what was on display, from classics and customs to new models, and some very big and loud vehicles. There was even an opportunity to fail at a wheel gun challenge! This video is featured with our sister website All Torque
New MOT rules concerning classic vehicles could see more than a hundred thousand 40-year-old motors being brought back to use having previously been registered as SORN. Ahead of the changes being introduced to the MOT on Sunday, 20th May, Kwik Fit, has carried out analysis on the cars affected by one of the major changes to the test rules1. Kwik Fit’s researchers have found that there are a quarter of a million cars (250,239) in the UK which were first registered between 1960-78. Of these, 116,927 are currently declared as being off road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Until now, any car first registered after 1960 would have needed to pass an MOT to be taken on the road, however under the new rules, most cars over 40 years old will no longer need an MOT. From 2
Euro Car Parts is preparing repairers for an inevitable uplift in turbo work after adding new references to the TURBOJETZT range. Remanufactured units are now available for popular vehicle models including VAG 1.6 litre turbo applications, 1.6 litre Peugeot petrol models (manufactured after 2009) and 2.2 litre Ford Transit vans (manufactured after 2012). With most automotive manufacturers no longer offering naturally aspirated engines, there’s a necessity for repairers to be confident when replacing turbochargers. Euro Car Parts has been distributing the TURBOJETZT range since 2010, with sales of more than 200,000 units since. Throughout the past eight years, 308 new part numbers have been introduced, adding to the 480 references the product was launched with. The TURBOJETZT rang
Automechanika Birmingham has revealed the shortlist for its Garage of the Year 2018 award, in partnership with Garage Wire, featuring some of the UK’s top independent garages all vying to win the prestigious accolade. With this year’s competition receiving a record number of entries, voting has now closed and the shortlist has now been drawn up for each of the six categories of Best Small Garage, Best Large Garage, Best Community Initiative, Auto-Mechanik of the Year, Technology Innovation and Business Innovation. The judging panel of James Onions (Garage Wire), Andy Savva (The Garage Inspector), Stuart James (IGA) and Simon Albert (Automechanika Birmingham) will announce the winners from each category at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa F
A new media report has suggested the UK ban on internal combustion engines being sold from 2040 onwards may also include many current hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). British magazine Autocar has suggested that the UK Government plan ‘Road to Zero’, which is set to be unveiled imminently, would ban all diesel and petrol vehicles in 2040 as part of a £2.7 billion (€3.1 billion) strategy designed to cut air pollution in the country. When announced in June last year, it was unclear whether any other vehicles other than electric would be part of the ban. The magazine states that now, as part of the Road to Zero plan, all current hybrids, such as the popular Toyota Prius, would also be banned from sale. The rules would state that for a car to be sold as new in the
Mark Lloyd from The Automotive Academy discusses what the new data protection regulation will mean for garages The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25thMay 2018, and applies to all businesses who interact with EU and UK citizens. This means that if your garage hasn’t started preparing for this new legislation yet, you don’t have long to make sure you’re compliant. Much of the advice surrounding the GDPR focusses on the penalties for ignoring the legislation, but while these can include significant fines (up to £17 million!), focusing on the negative aspects of the GDPR means businesses are overlooking the benefits of making sure they’re compliant. The GDPR gives individuals more rights over the information companies hold about them. Following the G
This Mental Health Awareness Week, Ben is showing support for automotive industry colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues, by launching new content and tools to help them. Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents, is revealing some key insights from its work supporting people in the sector. Mental health issues were the second biggest concern for automotive industry people during 2017, accounting for 31% of all contacts to Ben’s helpline. Additionally, the most popular pieces of online blog content on Ben’s website are around anxiety, with over 10,000 views, and depression, with over 5,000 views (April 2017 to April 2018). Anxiety and depression are also
Phil and Lee talk about how garages can make money from selling extra services. From washing cars to installing audio, there is profit to be made from expertise, and also potential gains through customer service. Lee also reminisces about the time he owned the UK's loudest car, while Phil designs a coffee table...! Plus the latest news from around the aftermarket.
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) has introduced three new exhaust pressure sensors for sought after Ford diesel engine vehicles. The new part numbers cover Ford applications including: C-Max, Mondeo and Focus (to. 2010); Fiesta and Transit (2006-2014); and, C-Max, S-Max, Mondeo, Focus and Galaxy (2010 on). Designed and manufactured in-house by SMPE, the company is currently the only parts supplier in the UK aftermarket to supply these new sensors, which cover a range of vehicle applications for diesel engines, further increasing car parc coverage. And, with a more stringent MOT emissions test coming into force from May, SMPE predicts the parts will be highly sought after in an ageing, popular vehicle parc and is encouraging distributors to take advantage of the ...