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Case Study: FlexFuel HY-Carbon

Case Study: FlexFuel HY-Carbon

Engine, Fuel System, Garage Equipment, Products
FlexFuel Energy Development UK (FFED UK) announces that Offmore Road Garage - an automotive repair centre in Kidderminster, is the latest garage to offer HY-Carbon engine cleaning to its customers. In under one month, Offmore Road Garage has treated in excess of 30 of its regular customers vehicles with HY-Carbon and increased its turnover over previous months by at least 10 per cent.  The garage is selling the HY-Carbon preventative treatment as part of its wider servicing offer.  Customers are publicly acknowledging the difference the treatment has made in terms of engine responsiveness, quieter engines and significantly improved fuel economy. One customer, David Hill comments: “I drive my Audi A5 diesel on a regular round trip to Liverpool - about 212 miles. My economy was around 53
RMI to open southern training centre

RMI to open southern training centre

IGA, News
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is to expand its MOT training offering by opening a new training centre in the South of England. Located in Winchester, the venue is an addition to the existing Academies in Southam and Runcorn and will provide an extensive range of high quality, cost-effective training courses to MOT stations across the country. The RMI continues to build on its’ position as the UK’s largest provider of MOT tester training, and the new centre will run its first course from Tuesday 27 November 2018. Stuart James RMI Director comments: “We are delighted to be providing this training centre to the South of England. We have received many requests for training in this part of the world and this addition will broaden our coverage in the UK. The RMI will consi
Project Bloodhound enters administration

Project Bloodhound enters administration

News
The Bloodhound Land Speed Record program has entered administration as the group behind it is calling for £25 million in funding. The project aimed to break the 1,000mph barrier in runs at the specially built 18km long Hakskeen Pan race track in South Africa. The initial plan was to run up to 800mph, breaking the existing land speed record, before reconfiguring the car for its 1,000mph run a year later. In addition to this, the project aimed to involve schools in a STEM education campaign, teaching the benefits of a career in engineering to primary and secondary school pupils alongside colleges at universities. To date the campaign has reached over two million children, including 120,000 from the UK. To date the project has operated on a partnership and sponsorship model, with
UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

News, SMMT
Following a near-record August for sales, the UK’s new car market has slumped in September, as effects of WLTP continue to wreak havoc with registration figures. According to the latest data from the SMMT, September saw a 20.5% decline in sales. 338,834 vehicles were sold in the UK, during a month when new plates were available to buyers. This was down around 87,000 units on the previous year and coincides with the implementation of the new testing regime. The figures were the worst for September since 2011, and only slightly up in 2008 when the global economy crashed, and the automotive market suffered as a result. The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by 20.1%, 22.4% and 6.3% respectively. Registra
IAAF welcomes Our Virtual Academy

IAAF welcomes Our Virtual Academy

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that online training provider OVA) has become the latest company to join the industry body’s growing membership roster. Using cutting-edge learning technology and its vast industry expertise, OVA supports vehicle technicians by providing online interactive video-based technical training at manufacturer level, delivering a cost-effective training solution via an internet subscription. Through constantly evolving content, it delivers training in order to enhance technicians’ knowledge and expertise, bringing manufacturer level knowledge and skills to the aftermarket. By means of a series of online automotive technical training videos, OVA covers a wide range of technical subjects, as well as tackling the more
TerraClean-backed Turkington takes BTCC crown

TerraClean-backed Turkington takes BTCC crown

Motorsport, News
Engine decarbonising brand TerraClean has expressed its delight as its ambassador Colin Turkington has been crowned 2018 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) winner, in a finale on Sunday that topped off a scintillating season. In an emotionally-charged final weekend at a packed Brands Hatch, Turkington secured the championship in the second race of a day. After the race, Turkington said: “That was the most difficult race of the year. I was trying so hard. We didn’t have the car to go forward. I was getting shuffled back so quickly. The emotions are just so raw. I was driving around there preparing for a dog fight in race three thinking ‘how on earth I was going to get forward’. I wasn’t expecting the news on the radio that I’d won. I’m so pleased for so many people. The first
August registrations jump as WLTP boosts figures

August registrations jump as WLTP boosts figures

News, SMMT
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
Hyundai i30N review

Hyundai i30N review

Reviews
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!
Quality cabin filters from Denso

Quality cabin filters from Denso

Filters, Products
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
WLTP – what is the new emissions test?

WLTP – what is the new emissions test?

Exhaust system, Features
  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 ...