Morris Lubricants brand ambassador, television personality and truck mechanic Guy Martin will open the Automechanika Birmingham Big Garage Event on the 4thJune. Taking time out from his busy schedule, Guy will be present on the Morris Lubricants stand (K110) throughout the day and will also be taking part in a live Q&A session with the company’s renowned expert on all things lubricating, Adrian Hill, from 13.45 to 14.15. Growing awareness Morris Lubricants has a special appeal for Guy, as a British-based independent manufacturer of oils and lubricants, the company seems a natural fit for the personality. “I like the fact they’re British, have a range of everything you could need and are good honest folk,” he says. “They sent me a load of samples, and I didn’t know how man
Half of 18-24 year-old drivers don't know how to check oil levels or tyre pressures on a car, yet those over 55 leave them standing when it comes to routine maintenance according to research by Continental Tyres. Older motorists are more than three times more likely to replace a dodgy bulb, and twice as likely to change windscreen wiper blades as their younger counterparts. The ‘savvy seniors’ have the confidence to manage minor motoring matters, improving their safety and saving them money by avoiding unnecessary trips to the garage. The study of 2,000 drivers revealed that eight in ten young drivers recognise they could save money by mastering routine maintenance and 62% said they would feel good about being able to do more. Some 45% of those over 55 would tackl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-PVvruR3Qo&t In association with sister publication All Torque This year's London Motor Show went by a different name, as the event embraced the technology, as well as the automotive prowess of the latest vehicles to grace UK roads. Taking place at ExCeL in London's Docklands for the second year, this is not the motor show of old. Yet while there may be fewer vehicles, this is a family friendly show, one intended for petrolhead and buyer alike. This time around, the show welcomed a number of manufacturers, both in person and through various dealership groups. MG were present and again took centre stage, using the event to launch its new MG ZS EV, it's first electric vehicle making its European debut. Hyundai also used the event as the UK...
The UK’s used car market remained stable in the first quarter of 2019, in stark contrast to the country’s new registrations figures. The market dropped just 0.6% between January and March, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 2,020,144 transactions took place, with segment and powertrain trends seen at the end of last year continuing into 2019 and March the busiest month of activity. Fuel types In contrast to last year’s figures, sales of diesel-powered cars fell by 3.6% in the quarter. Currently, sales of new diesel vehicles in the UK are down 18.4% to April, as the technology suffers from demonisation and tax increases. New vehicle excise duty (VED) rates came into force for diesel cars during 2017, and the d
The UK Government has been advised to bring forward its ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars to 2030 in a new committee report. The move would be part of an ambitious proposal to reduce Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 across a range of different industries. Such a plan would see dealers selling only electric vehicles (EV), both in the passenger car and commercial vehicle markets, in just 11 years. Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, identifies 2035 as the best target for such a ban but believes that date of five years earlier would allow the 2050 deadline to be met more efficiently. ‘By 2035 at the latest, all new cars and vans should be electric (or use a low carbon alternative such as hydrogen),’ the paper states. ‘If possible
Schaeffler has announced it is to sell one of its UK facilities rather than close it down, safeguarding hundreds of jobs. The supplier announced last yearthat it was realigning its UK activities and closing two plants as part of its “Global Footprint” initiative, which reviews all Schaeffler locations worldwide with regards to the focus on Schaeffler’s core strategic business areas. During a formal consultation, the company found alternatives to shutting its factory in Plymouth. Schaeffler has now confirmed the sale of the site to a division of HQW Precision, a provider of high-precision rolling bearings and assemblies, headquartered in the German town of Kürnach. Under the agreement, the Barden brand will be used worldwide except for America. In America the brand will c
UK new car registrations fell again in April as Brexit uncertainty continues to disrupt the automotive sector and delayed vehicle supply no longer comes to the rescue. Registrations in the country were down by 4.1% year-on-year in April according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This is the second consecutive month that new car demand has suffered a big drop as the UK has extended its departure date from the European Union and wrestles with economic uncertainty and ongoing deterioration in demand for diesel cars. The downturn in demand is hardly unexpected given the current trading environment and as supply normalises following the implementation of WLTP in September. Delayed car deliveries are no longer boosting registrations ...
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published its latest report into consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages. The number of online portals that offer consumers the change to ‘compare’ quotes when servicing or repairs are required have grown in recent years, copying a trend seen in the insurance and utilities markets. The 2019 Garage Work Provider Reportbuilds on the detail established in the 2018 report and features significantly more feedback and testimonials from independent garages. It investigates the wide variety of business models, fees and terms and conditions that consumer work provision websites use, and the comparisons within the report will prove to be invaluable for any independent garage considering whether to work with any of
The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters last year, according to new Motorparc data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The UK’s largest automotive analysis shows there is now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads, reflecting the growing choice of models now on offer. Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30% last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use. The electric vehicle market is going to expand significantly in the coming years, with models from Audi and Mercedes-Benz hitting the roads in the next 12 months, while companies such as Volkswagen Group and planning mass model launches by 2023.
The number of nominated and authorised MOT testers disqualified from carrying out annual checks has risen sharply in recent years,new DVSA figures show. Following appeals, a total of 178 nominated testers were stuck off during the 2017/2018 period. Compared to the figures from 2015/16, this is a rise of 82%. In addition, during the 2017/18 financial year, 41% more authorised examiners had their status withdrawn. Testers can be warned or banned for issuing fraudulent certificates, as well as improper or careless testing. The figures also reveal that 361 nominated testers were issued with warnings, while the DVSA refused the application of eight testers following appeals. While the number of disqualifications have risen, during the same time period the number of ...