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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
MOT data reveals drop in average mileage

MOT data reveals drop in average mileage

MOT, News
The average journey of a British driver has declined significantly from a decade ago, according to analysis of the latest MOT figures. Anonymised data of every MOT test in the country shows that cars travelled an average of 7,134 miles in 2017, down from 7,250 in 2016 and 7,334 in 2015. In 2007, the distance travelled by each car was 7,712 miles. With higher petrol prices, which rose from £1.05 a litre in 2015 to an average of £1.20 in 2017, before rising even further over the last two years. There is also the rise of car-share and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Waymo, with people relying on these for shorter journeys.  Despite a rise in car sales up to 2017, the average number of journeys made by car fell again last year, continuing a decline seen since 2002. Th
Schaeffler to continue Audi Formula E partnership

Schaeffler to continue Audi Formula E partnership

Electric Vehicles, Motorsport, News
As the 2019/20 season began in Saudi Arabia, Schaeffler and Audi announced their agreement to remain Formula E technology partners. Schaeffler and Audi have enjoyed phenomenal success since the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team made its debut in the inaugural 2014/15 series, notching up 12 wins, 40 podium places and more than 1,000 points, culminating in both Driver and Teams’ championship triumphs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively. Initially a partner to the ABT Sportsline team, Audi became a factory team in 2017, and Schaeffler began developing the drivetrain that would form the basis of a championship charge. The new agreement means Schaeffler continues its role as a technology and development p
BIG Awards nominations open

BIG Awards nominations open

IGA, News
Nominations for the Independent Garage Association’s British Independent Garage (BIG) Awards have opened. Garages are being encourages to enter, and to purchase tickets for the event at the Hilton DoubleTree Milton Keynes on Friday 19th June. Garages shortlisted for an award will receive two complimentary tickets to the event, which will be hosted by Comedian Hugh Dennis. BIG award winners will receive a top accolade and recognition from the UK’s largest trade body for independent garages, plus industry-wide press coverage, marketing and business opportunities galore, helping to attract both new customers and the best talent to their garage. The categories are: Independent Garage of the Year – Overall Independent Garage of the Year – Large Independent G
Industry survey launched by Ben

Industry survey launched by Ben

Charity, News
Ben has just launched its latest Industry Survey to ask the automotive community about the biggest health and wellbeing challenges they face, to ensure the charity can continue offering the right support to those in need.This is the third year that Ben has run its survey and feedback will continue to enable the charity to ensure its health and wellbeing services remain relevant to those working in the industry now and in the future. This in turn will help more people deal with life’s challenges, supporting them to get their lives back on track. Ben is urging automotive industry employees to take part in its survey which asks them about a range of health and wellbeing issues. The survey is for anyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry. Ben is also asking automotive in