The UK new car market declined in 2017, with annual registrations falling for the first time in six years, according to new figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Sales in December fell by 14.4%, marking the ninth consecutive month of decline in the country. Over the 12 months, 2,540,617 units were registered, a fall of 5.7% compared to a record year in 2016. However, despite the decline, which was also down on 2015’s figures, the total is still the third highest in a decade. While sales of petrol vehicles rose over the year, with a 2.7% increase, this was not enough to offset a drastic drop in the sale of diesel vehicles, which ended 2017 down by 17.1%. The SMMT attributes this collapse to the anti-diesel rhetoric passed onto the public by me
The latest revisions to European Type Approval legislation includes crucial provisions on the OBD connector and access to RMI, signifying a huge step forward for the aftermarket regarding access to in-vehicle data. Both the IAAF and FIGIEFA have welcomed the news, after the EU Council's main preparatory body, COREPER, recognised the need for the independent automotive aftermarket to maintain access to diagnostic and RMI-related data. It also clarified that access will be granted whilst the vehicle is in motion. This is essential to perform diagnostic, repair and maintenance services, at least until a solution is found for telematics access to the ‘connected car’. However, whilst it has been clarified that the OBD port shall remain open whilst the vehicle is in motion, some vehicl
German oil company Liquid Moly has a new owner, after the Würth Group, until now a silent partner, bought the remaining shares from CEO Ernst Prost to take full control of the business. Distributed by Andrew Page in the UK, Liquid Moly started life in 1957 supplying additives to engine oil manufacturers, before entering the market itself. Today it is one of the biggest suppliers in Germany, and has been working to establish itself on the British market over the last few years. The takeover comes at a time when the company is 'fit and healthy' with a successful sales record in 2017, according to a statement. Prost comments: " I have hereby secured the future of LIQUI MOLY for a time when I may no longer be at the helm myself. I wanted to make provisions with a minimum of fuss, whe
The BMW 3 Series retains its title as the most searched for car in the UK, according to online vehicle search provider Auto Trader. The 3 Series has held this title for seven consecutive years, and was searched for over 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, which has sat in second position for nine years running. The annual top ten listing indicates the nation’s enduring interest in premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the list. Auto Trader’s top ten most searched for cars in 2017 RANK MAKE MODEL 1 BMW 3 SERIES 2 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 3 MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS 4 FORD FOCUS 5 BMW 1 SERIES 6 BMW 5 SERIES 7 FORD FIESTA 8 AUDI A3 9 MER
The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, added a number of new members over the past twelve months, and held regional meetings that proved successful in giving both old and new attendees an insight into FER activity, as well as discussing key policies for the months ahead. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos and major units, as well as remanufacturing engines from commercial, agricultural and marine sectors. Wi...
UK car manufacturing fell 4.6% in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 161,490 cars left British factories in the month, driven by overseas orders, which rose 1.3%. In November, exports reached their highest proportion of output this year at 85.0% but production for the home market continued to falter, falling for the fourth month in a row. It dropped -28.1%, the largest decline in 2017, as consumer confidence decreased and speculation over negative government policies towards diesel affected the market. Year-to-date, more than 1.5 million cars have rolled off production lines, with nearly eight out of 10 destined for one of 160 global markets. While export volumes remain stable, production for the home market is down -9.0%...
The UK is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engines by 2040, in a move that the Government hopes will allow it to meet air quality targets, which cities in the country have exceeded by high levels for a number of years. Following a high court loss, the UK Government was forced to publish plans to tackle air quality and believes that banning sales would be better than introducing a diesel scrappage scheme, which was originally on the cards. In addition, there will be an investment of £255 million for local councils to tackle air pollution. The announcement will likely see a further decline in diesel sales in the UK, while petrol vehicle sales may also fall as drivers start to look towards an electric future. Already in the first half of 2017, diesel sales are down by 10% compa
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people, has released its annual Impact Report which reveals financial health is the main reason why people contacted Ben for help Of all the calls the organisation received in 2016/17, 49% were related to financial health, an 11% increase year-on-yea(YOY), with low income reported as the biggest financial challenge for those working in the automotive industry. Perhaps the most telling statistic Ben reports is the 78% YOY increase in people asking for help with their mental health and wellbeing. This is a significant statistic for the industry to be aware of and shows there are some very serious challenges being faced by people, impacting directly on businesses and, the