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TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

News, Tyres
At its annual Tyre Safety Month briefing, TyreSafe has launched its new summer campaign, in addition to making its materials for October’s Tyre Safety Month available. TyreSafe’s latest campaign will come as a surprise to some, as the organisation reveals it’s actually the summer months when Britain’s motorists are more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident. Despite the cold and changeable weather, and difficult road conditions, from October through to March, according to the Department for Transport’s data, it’s actually July when tyre-related incidents are at their most frequent, with August and June close behind. The UK’s tyre safety charity believes this is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, as we all are too aware, summer in Britain doesn’t necessarily m
Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nürburgring lap record

Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nürburgring lap record

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Schaeffler has played a key role in helping Porsche break its own 35-year lap record of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, driven by Timo Bernhard, shattered the previous best time by almost a minute, recording a lap of five minutes and 19.55 seconds. The record-breaking 919 Evo is a heavily-modified version of its now retired Le Mans racer, with Schaeffler being a partner of the project. The racer consists of a two-litre V4 engine and two electric motors that churn out almost 1,200 bhp. Compared with its predecessor, Porsche also added more than 50% downforce to the car and reduced its weight to just 849kg. The 919 Evo had already smashed records during its ‘Tribute Tour’ after Neel Jani recorded a lap-time of one minute and 41.770 seconds at th
Government to keep an eye on garages as 2040 engine ban strategy is launched

Government to keep an eye on garages as 2040 engine ban strategy is launched

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The UK Government has set out more details of its plan to ban the sale of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, including taking action on garages that remove particulate filters and emissions-controlling technology. The ‘Road to Zero’ paper includes a number ofproposals covering areas such as how to reduce emissions from vehicles already on the country’s roads, driving uptake of cleaner vehicles and ensuring that the UK is a leader in technology. The report also highlights the infrastructure commitments required, for both electric (EV) and hydrogen (FCV) vehicles. The plan calls for the ban of petrol and diesel vehicles to be brought in by 2040, as originally agreed. However, there is no mention of strict rules regarding the distance vehicles can travel on electric pow
SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

News, SMMT
The UK’s new vehicle registration numbers have declined in June, following two months of growth in the country. According to the latest figuresreleased by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), June saw 234,945 new vehicles registered, down 3.5% compared to the same month last year. The drop is modest and expected as the market in the UK continues to stabilise following a twelve month period of decline. Much of the decline can be laidat the door of the diesel market. In June, sales of vehicles powered by the technology dropped 28.1%, with just 74,361 units sold for a market share of 31.7% in the month. In comparison, petrol vehicle sales grew 12.3% with a total of 145,035, while alternatively fuelled vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid,
Pro-Align team head to the USA for training

Pro-Align team head to the USA for training

News, Wheel and body Alignment
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
Jargon is confusing for garage customers

Jargon is confusing for garage customers

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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
Motorists in dark on Summer maintenance says Motor Ombudsman

Motorists in dark on Summer maintenance says Motor Ombudsman

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  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
Denso congratulates Toyota Gazoo Racing on Le Mans victory

Denso congratulates Toyota Gazoo Racing on Le Mans victory

Hybrid Vehicles, Motorsport, News
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 plans major UK expansion

Flex Fuel-Energy Development plans major UK expansion

Additives and Cleaners, News
  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
New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

News, SMMT
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