UK Automotive looks to ex-military to upskill industry towards electrification

Published:  25 February, 2021

The SMMT has signed an Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to advocate for recruitment and retention of ex-military personnel across the automotive industry. 55 SMMT member businesses already working towards this end, with interest rising as companies look to secure staff.

Schaeffler flips the switch on electric motor mass production

Published:  25 February, 2021

EV ascendency took another step forward recently as Schaeffler started mass production of a wide range of electric motors, ranging from single components through to complete drive systems.

Brexit delays “short term” says BM Catalysts

Published:  25 February, 2021

BM Catalysts is looking to reassure its customers that any supply problems encountered as a result of Brexit will be “short term.”

The show will go on: British Motor Show confirms flying start in August

Published:  25 February, 2021

The show will go on is the message from the organisers of The British Motor Show, who have confirmed that the event is definitely on, following government plans to ease lockdown completely by 21 June.

Road to recovery: Apprenticeship support crucial says IMI

Published:  25 February, 2021

Support for apprenticeships will be crucial as the automotive sector ramps up to help the country emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic according to the IMI.

DENSO launches hat and gloves offer

Published:  24 February, 2021

DENSO is a world leader in diesel technology and was the first original equipment (OE) manufacturer of ceramic glow plugs in 1991 and pioneered the common rail system in 1995. This expertise continues to allow the company to help vehicle manufacturers around the world to create increasingly responsive, efficient and reliable vehicles.

Sector continues to hail “tremendously welcome news” on lockdown easing as Scottish car dealers edge ahead

Published:  23 February, 2021

UK automotive continued to react to the new roadmap out of lockdown, with Scottish car-dealers finding themselves slightly ahead of the reopening curve.

Car dealerships set to reopen in April

Published:  23 February, 2021

Car dealerships are likely to remain closed until April at the earliest, it was revealed yesterday (Monday 22 February).

Small gains key to garage growth says TechMan

Published:  22 February, 2021

Small gains from greater garage efficiency can result in noticeable improvements to bottom line figures, according to GMS provider TechMan.

Motul joins OESSA

Published:  22 February, 2021

Motul has become the first lubricants company to be inducted into the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA), as it moves to position itself as a go-to brand for the UK aftermarket

Ford plugs in for all-EV future

Published:  19 February, 2021

Ford is the latest carmaker to announce its intention to go all-in on EVs, and has said that mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, moving to all-electric by 2030.

IAAF’s Wendy Williamson to retire

Published:  19 February, 2021

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson has announced she will be retiring in August. In the seven years she has been in the role, Wendy led the IAAF through a number of changes, and also lobbied against extending the MOT frequency and new scrappage scheme proposals. She worked hard on behalf of the sector on type approval, Block Exemption and cyber security, both in the UK and throughout Europe.

LIQUI MOLY UK sales up 117% in pandemic as profits halved by investment spend

Published:  19 February, 2021

An aggressive pandemic advertising push by LIQUI MOLY in 2020 helped the company to push sales up by 7.1%, with its UK operation seeing a whopping 117% increase. However, this was set against a backdrop of overall  revenue dropping by 50% to €25m as a result of ongoing investment.

The price of inactivity: Car repair spending surges in lockdown

Published:  18 February, 2021

Despite lower mileage being accrued during lockdown, drivers have continued to spend on car repairs, new data analysis has shown, with a 104% spike in coil spring replacements among the headline figures.

Dealers encouraged to go for aftermarket business

Published:  18 February, 2021

Franchised dealers are being encouraged expand their aftersales side to include multi-brand repair and maintenance to capitalise on the growing used car segment.

Jaguar to be all EV by 2025

Published:  17 February, 2021

 Jaguar will be an all-EV brand by 2025, Jaguar Land Rover revealed earlier this week. Six pure electric variants are penciled in for the Land Rover range by 2030 as well. To achieve its aims, the company intends to invest around £2.5bn a year on vehicle technology.

Motul enters new partnership with Glickenhaus

Published:  17 February, 2021

 Motul has teamed up with US car manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus in a new partnership that will include its new Hypercar, among other projects.

IMI launches Driven by Design half-term competition

Published:  17 February, 2021

A car design competition for secondary school students has been launched by the IMI, just in time for half-term.

Cheque cheek? Garage scammed by “thoroughly dishonest” mechanic

Published:  16 February, 2021

A garage that was conned out of £1,060 in a cheque fraud perpetrated by one of its mechanics saw the scammer sentenced recently.

Sector sees 63% apprenticeship drop

Published:  12 February, 2021

The first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year saw a 63% drop compared to the same period for 2019/20. With this week (8-14 February) having been National Apprenticeship Week, which ran with a theme of ‘Build the Future’, the IMI has been urging  employers to re-engage with apprentice schemes.

OESAA reiterates COVID-19 support pledge via new ‘We’ve Got You Covered’ workshop packs

Published:  12 February, 2021

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) is offering 4,000 ‘We’ve Got You Covered’ packs to workshops.

College leavers see greater support through all-new Autotech Academy

Published:  11 February, 2021

The Autotech Group has launched a brand-new company division - Autotech Academy – which has been created to help newly college-qualified technicians to get on the automotive career ladder.

Add power generation to MOT for EVs demand drivers

Published:  10 February, 2021

45% of car owners believe the MOT should eventually consider how the electricity used to charge an EV has been generated, with the figure rising to 51% among owners of cars less than three years old, a new survey from Kwik Fit has found.

MOT bookings soared 90% throughout Exemption

Published:  10 February, 2021

Bookings for MOTs through price comparison site BookMyGarage showed a 90% year-on-year increase during the MOT Exemption as drivers time-shifted their Spring and Summer MOTs into the Autumn and Winter, in a trend that is expected to be repeated at the end of 2021, and in years to come.

Used car market down 14.9% in 2020

Published:  09 February, 2021

Repeated lockdowns and shaky consumer confidence have been identified as key reasons for used car sales dropping by 14.9% in 2020 according to the latest figures from the SMMT. 6,752,959 second-hand cars were sold during the year, 1,182,146 less than in 2019, making 2020 the slowest year for the second-hand market since 2012.

Nine million drivers don’t know when MOT is due

Published:  09 February, 2021

Nine million motorists may not know when their MOT is due, as a survey has suggested there may be widespread confusion on the topic among drivers as a result of the MOT Exemption.

Online is where it’s at for garages says Eurorepar

Published:  08 February, 2021

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on consumer behaviour should be the catalyst to encourage garages to take digital marketing and online lead generation really seriously,  Eurorepar Car Service has suggested.

Government gives Bounce Back Loan “breathing space”

Published:  08 February, 2021

Garages that have taken out loans under the government’s Coronavirus  business bounce back scheme can now spread the repayment period, via “pay-as-you-grow” measures announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on Friday (5 February).

Live APOLLO D-8 tools online training from Snap-on launched

Published:  05 February, 2021

Snap-on is offering live IMI-accredited online training for users of its APOLLO-D8 tools.

Car sales in January: Worst new year start since 1970

Published:  04 February, 2021

New car sales fell by 39.5% in January, with the 90,249 vehicles sold during the month providing the worst start to a year since 1970, the latest figures from the SMMT have revealed.

55% of drivers consider going electric

Published:  03 February, 2021

More than 55% of drivers are thinking about buying an electric car according to new research from AX.

Bundle! Delphi Technologies ADAS offer launched

Published:  01 February, 2021

Garages looking to gear up for ADAS can now take advantage of some bundle offers from Delphi Technologies on its recently-launched modular ADAS calibration kit, with a two-day training course included with each bundle.

Top Technician is back for 2021

Published:  29 January, 2021

 Top Technician is kicking off 2021 with an accelerated version that will mean five more techs in the semi-final

MOT: Diesel fails up 240%

Published:  29 January, 2021

A record 1.27 million vehicles failed their MOT in the 2019/2020 period due to emissions, with diesels seeing a 240% failure rise compared to just 37% for petrol vehicles.

Worst since 1984: UK car production down 29.3% in 2020

Published:  28 January, 2021

COVID-19 was one of the main reasons for car production in Britain falling by 29.3% to 920,928 units in 2020, making it the worst year for UK car-making since 1984, according to figures from the SMMT.

Factor wins top prize from TRICO £20,000 giveaway

Published:  28 January, 2021

Bradford-based Express Automotive UK has won a £2,000 technology bundle from the still-ongoing £20,000 TRICO prize giveaway.   Faisal Butt of Express Automotive claimed TRICO’s main prize, which included a TV, tablet, soundbar, Echo Dot, Beats headphones and fitness watch.   Faisal said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about winning the top prize, excited beyond words!”   As well as the main prize, TRICO’s £20,000 giveaway included gift vouchers, hampers, hotel breaks, football shirts and TRICO stock packs.

Over £15,000 raised by Klarius for Staffordshire Hospice

Published:  28 January, 2021

The Klarius Group of Companies raised over £15,491 in support of Douglas Macmillan Hospice, a.k.a Dougie Mac in 2020.

EAG steering and suspension available via A1

Published:  28 January, 2021

The steering and suspension range from Excel Automotive Group (EAG)  is now available through A1 Motor Stores across the UK.
EAG Managing Director Adrian Lamb, said: “We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership, A1 has an incredible reputation in the industry and we’re sure that its members will benefit from stocking our products.
A1 Operations Director Simon Salloway added: “A1 is delighted to be partnering with EAG, who we feel can add another string to the bow for our members. I’m confident that their wealth of experience will help our member increase market share in this sector.”

LKQ Euro Car Parts updates GMS

Published:  27 January, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has updated CarSys, its cloud-based GMS, which was originally launched last year.

Motor Ombudsman welcomes Fix Auto UK to Code

Published:  26 January, 2021

Fix Auto UK’s network of body repair centres has gained accreditation to The Motor Ombudsman’s Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair. All of Fix Auto UK’s 107 centres join more than 7,500 garages, repairers and MOT stations across the UK already signed up to the Code of Practice.

Monte Carlo Rally recognition for UK techs and garages

Published:  26 January, 2021

Over 2,000 techs and garages nominated in Castrol’s recent National Mechanics Month had the rare honour of having their names emblazoned on the side of the competing M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship at 2021 Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend.

Start using Bosch eXchange

Published:  21 January, 2021

2,700 tonnes of assorted metals were saved within Bosch by remanufacturing starters and alternators in 2019  alone. It would take 590,000 beech trees to absorb the 7,400 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent emitted in the production of this much new metal. Let the forest breathe.

First Stop aiming for most successful year

Published:  21 January, 2021

First Stop UK is looking to continue growing in 2021, with the goal of  reaching 220 centres by 2024.

Car crash rear ends down 27% in 2020

Published:  21 January, 2021

Vehicle rear-end collisions fell by 27% in 2020, according to analysis by AX, while ‘Hit while parked’ became the most common type of collision, accounting for nearly a third of the total.  

Lockdown#3 prompts surge in GMS take-up

Published:  20 January, 2021

With Lockdown #3 rolling on, GMS provides are reporting a surge in garages looking to switch to online systems that enable remote access.

Back to school; IMI style

Published:  20 January, 2021

The IMI has collated free downloadable education lesson plans, resources and fun activities for parents dealing with Lockdown #3 home schooling.

SilverCloud on Blue Monday: More support from Ben

Published:  18 January, 2021

Ben has chosen the third Monday in January, dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ in recent years, to launch its new offering of free fast-track access to mental health and wellbeing platform SilverCloud.

88% of garages offering MOT pick-up/drop-off

Published:  18 January, 2021

88% of independent garages are offering MOT collection and delivery services for clinically extremely vulnerable and self-isolating people, according to new research.


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