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Coronavirus and the aftermarket

Coronavirus and the aftermarket

Coronavirus, Features, News
As the world continues to struggle with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the automotive industry, in particular the aftermarket, could find itself slowing down for some time, even after the outbreak eases. The global pandemic began in one of China’s busiest manufacturing hubs, and spread throughout a country that is synonymous with producing many of the parts the aftermarket relies on. However, now it is spreading through Europe, even more factories could face closure for prolonged periods, hampering supply chains around the world. When these factories do open again, it is likely that those who produce components for both OEM and the aftermarket, will focus more on getting carmakers stocked up before the factor shelves. British spirit While the situation is
Industry welcomes Budget measures

Industry welcomes Budget measures

IGA, News, SMMT
The UK’s chancellor of the exchequer has announced a series of measures to boost electric-vehicle (EV) uptake, while also improving roads and transport links. In his budget announcement, Rishi Sunak unveiled a £1.3 billion package to reduce pollution from transport. The money will be used to increase the number of charging stations for EVs and to improve air quality in cities, as well as to extend the ‘plug-in car grant’ to help those looking to switch to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Mixed relief This grant, which does not cover plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), will run for another three years thanks to a £403 million cash injection, although the subsidy payment will be cut from £3,500 to £3,000. The scheme was due to end this month, and although reduced, many are relieved
Pollution from tyre wear worse than exhaust emissions

Pollution from tyre wear worse than exhaust emissions

News, Tyres
Pollution from tyre wear can be 1,000 times worse than what comes out of a car’s exhaust, Emissions Analytics has found. Harmful particle matter from tyres – and also brakes – is a very serious and growing environmental problem, one that is being exacerbated by the increasing popularity of large, heavy vehicles such as SUVs, and growing demand for electric vehicles, which are heavier than standard cars because of their batteries. What’s more, vehicle tyre wear pollution is completely unregulated, unlike exhaust emissions which have been rapidly reduced by car makers thanks to the pressure placed on them by European emissions standards. New cars now emit very little in the way of particulate matter but there is growing concern around ‘non-exhaust emissions’. Non-exhaust emissi
Geneva Motor Show cancelled over Coronavirus fears

Geneva Motor Show cancelled over Coronavirus fears

Events, News
The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, just a day after organisers assured it was ‘business as normal’. Swiss authorities have banned any event that would see a gathering of more than 1,000 people with immediate effect. This means the show, scheduled to begin on 2 March, cannot now take place. The news comes as health authorities in the city confirmed a case of the virus, bringing the country’s total up to four. ‘The Federal Council's top priority is to protect the population,’ the country’s government announced. ‘It is responding to the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic and has categorised the situation in Switzerland as ‘special' in terms of the Epidemics Act. This enables the Federal Council, in consul
IAAF welcomes Avia Autos

IAAF welcomes Avia Autos

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed Automechanika Garage of the Year 2019, Avia Autos, to its list of members.  A small, independent workshop operating in South Wales, Avia is accredited by the RMI, IGA and the Motor Ombudsman. The forward-thinking business is keen to address common industry issues to prepare for the future of motoring and help to educate its customers by bringing potential problems to light. As a result, it works closely with government agencies to provide key insight and intelligence. This ability to provide content and information has also been utilised by commercial organisations, such as NGK Spark Plugs and NTK Technical Ceramics.  An enthusiastic Hayley Pells, director of Avia Autos, commented: “The core bu
Dry January extends to car sales

Dry January extends to car sales

News, SMMT
The UK’s new-car market has not had the best start to the year, with the lowest January sales figures since 2013. New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the market declined 7.3% in the first month of 2020, with just 149,279 sales. Continuing confusion surrounding diesel and clean-air zones, as well as ongoing weak consumer and business confidence, drove the poor performance. Dropping figures Registrations from private buyers declined 13.9%, while fleet purchases also fell, but by just 2.2%. Registrations of diesel cars fell for the 34th month in succession, dropping 36% in January to record the weakest performance by the market since 2000, with just a 19.8% share of sales. Petrol demand dropped 9.5% in the month. Alternatively-fuelled c
UK ICE ban to come five years earlier

UK ICE ban to come five years earlier

Diesel, News, SMMT
The UK is to bring forward its ban on petrol and diesel vehicles by five years, meaning internal combustion engines will disappear from dealer forecourts by 2035. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement while discussing the UK’s plan to reduce its carbon emissions, and suggested that if possible, the ban could come even sooner. As well as petrol and diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models will also be part of the ban. The decision to move the timeline was taken after experts suggested that the original 2040 date was too late if the country wanted to meet its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. ‘This government’s £1.5 billion (€ billion) strategy to make owning an electric vehicle (EV) as easy as possible is working, last year alone, a fully electric car w
BorgWarner to buy Delphi Technologies

BorgWarner to buy Delphi Technologies

News
BorgWarner has completed its takeover of Delphi Technologies in a deal valued at $3.3 billion. The acquisition would strengthen BorgWarner’s power electronics products, capabilities and scale. Combining with Delphi Technologies is consistent with BorgWarner’s evolution towards the propulsion market of the future and would enable BorgWarner to maintain flexibility across combustion, hybrid, and electric propulsion, the company said in a statement. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Delphi Technologies stockholders would receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.4534 shares of BorgWarner common stock per Delphi Technologies share. Upon closing of the transaction, current BorgWarner stockholders are expected to own appr
UK to invest further in on-street charging

UK to invest further in on-street charging

Electric Vehicles, News
The UK Government is to double the amount available for the provision of on-street charging points as it looks to boost electric vehicle (EV) sales. Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced plans to increase the investment in charging on residential streets to £10 million (€11.8 million) – a move that could fund up to an extra 3,600 locations, making it easier for those without access to a driveway and a home charging point to power their EV. The Government is also looking at how to make information about all public charging points, including locations and power ratings, openly available in a standard format for the first time. Open platform The Department for Transport (DfT) will look at how real-time information could be published, showing whether charging points are i
Bloodhound goes green for land speed attempt

Bloodhound goes green for land speed attempt

Bloodhound LSR, News
Picture courtesy of Simon Galloway The Bloodhound LSR team has confirmed plans to challenge for the land speed record using a zero-emissions rocket. Powered by concentrated hydrogen peroxide, the rocket will be used alongside the world’s best jet-fighter engine when the Bloodhound LSR car attempts to reach speeds beyond 800mph in South Africa in the third quarter of 2021.Environmentally conscious Following Bloodhound’s successful high-speed testing programme in the Kalahari Desert in November 2019, when the jet-powered straight-line racing car reached a staggering 628mph (1010km/h), the vehicle has now returned to the UK Land Speed Record Centre, Bloodhound’s HQ in Gloucestershire, to be prepared for the next phase of the project. Data analysis of the high-speed runs will used to