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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
Investigation finds just 13 tyre dealers selling roadworthy part worns

Investigation finds just 13 tyre dealers selling roadworthy part worns

News, Tyres
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...
Gulf and Ford celebrate 50th anniversary of historic Le Mans win

Gulf and Ford celebrate 50th anniversary of historic Le Mans win

News, Oils and Lubes
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
Parents are not aware of automotive apprenticeships says IMI

Parents are not aware of automotive apprenticeships says IMI

IMI, News
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
Distribution hub and two more branches for Euro Car Parts

Distribution hub and two more branches for Euro Car Parts

News
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
UK car sales rise again in July

UK car sales rise again in July

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market returned to growth in July, with modest increases in sales as registrations continue to stabilise. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), during the last month, new vehicle sales increased by 1.2%, with 163,898 units leaving dealer forecourts. This comes following a turbulent first six months of the year, where the market came out of a 12-month period of decline in April, only to suffer again in June with another sales drop. The market has continued its trend seen in the last few months, with diesel registrations falling by 24.4%, while petrol sales climbed by 20.1% and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) growing 21%. Amongst these, the share of hybrids and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) reaching a record 6.5% market sha
Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Charity, News
Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, reveals the details of this year’s automotive industry mental health fundraiser! The campaign looks a little different this year after a design refresh which more clearly shows that Ben is here for the automotive industry, providing support for life to its people. The new name - Hats on 4 Ben - more clearly reflects that the campaign is run by Ben, for Ben, and now takes place on World Mental Health Day. The aim is still exactly the same - to raise money for Ben and help transform mental health support across the automotive industry. Ben is calling on everyone in the industry to sign their companies up and get their colleagues involv
MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT, News
A new report by a UK think tank suggests that the MOT should be scrapped, as it is outdated and not relevant to today’s safer vehicles. The Adam Smith Institute believes that the opportunity to reform the test has been missed, and therefore drivers should not be subject to the cost of ensuring their vehicle is safe every 12 months. It is calling on the UK Government to consider scrapping the procedure. “As vehicle technology increases, annual safety inspections are rendered more and more useless,” states the report. “While the MOT has remained essentially unchanged for half a century, improvements in vehicle safety technology mean traffic fatalities have dropped to just 57% of what they were a decade ago.” Additionally, the report states that mechanical failure accounts for ju
Service and repair sector reputation increasing

Service and repair sector reputation increasing

News
An annual survey of 1,000 car owners conducted by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed that consumers have an increasingly favourable perception of the vehicle service and repair sector when compared to the same period last year*. The study showed that 51% of respondents enjoyed a positive experience, versus 44% in 2017, whilst 39% of individuals expressed a neutral view in 2018 compared to 45% 12 months earlier. The results of the yearly research saw 57% of male drivers being complementary about the sector, in contrast to 46% of their female counterparts. In addition, those aged between 18 to 35, and individuals living in the South, hold this area of the motor industry in the highest regard (65% and 51% of participants respectively). Drivers were also asked if they had a complaint w
IMI urges roadside and emergency services to be ready for Hybrid and Electric vehicles

IMI urges roadside and emergency services to be ready for Hybrid and Electric vehicles

IMI, News
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which has been lobbying for the introduction of regulation for vehicle technicians working with electrically-propelled vehicles, believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside.  Recent reports of a Tesla Model X, which caught fire after it had been recovered by emergency services, underline the need for industry-led accreditations and qualifications for roadside technicians and emergency services personnel working on EV and hybrid vehicles. The IMI’s recommendations to implement a Licence to Practise for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles now form part of the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy.  And the IMI is urging roadside and emergency