20 members of staff from wheel servicing equipment specialist Pro-Align, recently headed to Hunter’s head office in St Louis, Missouri, for an intensive week of product and service training. Reflecting the growing size of the business, the delegation was the largest ever to have been sent by Pro-Align, with the majority of the group visiting Hunter for the very first time. “Hunter’s team in America has a wealth of knowledge covering not only their own equipment but also the latest technologies from vehicle manufacturers around the world that they work closely with,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “By investing in our staff and sending them on these training trips, it gives them an important opportunity to immerse themselves in the very latest developments and ful
According to research by MotorEasy, nearly half of motorists (47%) feel they’ve overpaid for car repairs because of confusing jargon used by mechanics. Drivers hearing their ‘big end’ has gone or they’ve got ‘mayonnaise’ under their oil cap is causing them to lose faith in their garages. MotorEasy is calling time on confusing mechanic jargon with the launch of its new ‘Lost in Translation’ campaign to promote “plain English” in car garages. The company believes it is even worse for women with baffling workshop lingo causing a third (32%) of female drivers to stop using a garage because they felt they were being taken advantage of due to their gender. Garage mechanics apparently remain one of the least trusted professions in the UKbecause consumers are left flummoxed by the
A YouGov survey commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, has found that 49% of drivers who have ever taken their car on holiday, don’t personally check the condition of their vehicle before heading off on their trip. Of these, slightly more than one in ten people (13%) choose to do nothing at all, whilst 33% pass on the responsibility either to a mechanic (16%) or a personal contact (17%). The online study of over 1,600 British motorists was carried out to mark today’s launch of The Motor Ombudsman’s “Stay Covered This Summer” marketing campaign. The two-month long initiative has been unveiled to highlight the added “cover” that consumers have when using a Motor Ombudsman-accredited garage for ad hoc or routine maintenance, and to re
With over 10,000 visitors, it has to be said that this year’s Automechanika Birmingham was a success. The event featured 500 exhibitors from 26 countries covering a floor space of 9,400 square metres. More than 120 companies exhibited at Automechanika Birmingham for the first time including: AA Garage Guide, Snap-On, Ceramex, GSF Car Parts and Wurth Electronics. Immediate post-event feedback highlighted a “quality” visitor in attendance and this, coupled with an increased ratio of visitors to exhibitors, meant the event delivered an excellent opportunity for the automotive industry to come together, network and do business. The Auto Repair Focus team was hard at work, meeting a number of exhibitors from well-established companies to new players in the aftermarket, finding out what
Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) and sponsor and technical partner DENSO returned to the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 17-18 2018 with the ambition of taking the team’s first vistory in the historic race, after years of trying. At the 8thrunning of the event, the team achieves a one-two finish at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe. The Le Mans 24 Hours, Round 3 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, remains one of the world’s most famous motor races, and one that had previously eluded the team until now. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and F1 star Fernando Alonso drove the #8 TS050 HYBRID vehicle, steering it to victory as they crossed the line first. Not far behind was the team of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who led for long periods in the #7 TS050 HYBRID, making it a perfe
Flex Fuel-Energy Development (FFED) has announced its plans for UK expansion with the introduction of is HY-Carbon engine cleaning technology. By working with the UK aftermarket space, and initially with independent garage owners, FFED’s technology will provide an additional revenue source for its customers; help providers and drivers meet the strict MoT emission test changes introduced by the UK Government last month; reduce the environmental impact of travel and optimize the performance of vehicles. FFED uses its HY-Carbon solution - a hydrogen decarbonizing process - to reduce engine emissions and fuel consumption and increase engine performance. By injecting hydrogen into the intake manifold, carbon deposits are eliminated from key engine components responsible for
Auto Repair Focus brings you all the goings on from the third and final day of Automechanika Birmingham, including an interview with BTCC Driver Josh Cook, news from exhibitors around the show, and we find out what happens when mascots meet... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WL29DM050c
We spent day two at Automechanika Birmingham speaking with numerous people and having lots more fun! You can view our round-up video here...
The UK’s new car market recorded a second consecutive month of growth in May, signalling a return to strength for the industry. Prior to April, new registrations in the country had dropped for twelve consecutive months, with increases in vehicle excise duty (VED) and a decline in diesel sales partially to blame. However, in May, the industry grew sales by 3.4%,with 192,649 consumers driving home in a new vehicle. The result is a stark contrast to May 2017, which saw an 8.5% year-on-year decline. This year, Private demand in the month grew by 10.1%, with more than 83,000 consumers driving home in a new car, and offsetting ongoing declines in the business and fleet sectors, down 9.6% and 0.7% respectively. The most popular vehicle segments were supermini (up 6.0%), small family (up
Auto Repair Focus Editor Phil Curry takes a walk around Automechanika Birmingham on the 2018 event's first day, to look at remanufacturing and chat with a rather quiet celebrity...