Forward to the rear: Schaeffler partners with Bosch for rear wheel steering

Published:  08 October, 2020

Schaeffler is teaming up with Robert Bosch Automotive Steering to expand its intelligent rear wheel steering (iRWS) portfolio.

Banner takes the biscuit with ‘Snack Attack’

Published:  07 October, 2020

Banner Batteries is encouraging  customers to enjoy a well-deserved break with its 2020 ‘Snack Attack’ winter sales promotion, through which the company is serving up a Banner Batteries branded mug, coffee and snack in the form of the one of the nation’s favourites – a McVitie’s Club biscuit.

State pension age rises to 66

Published:  06 October, 2020

Some mechanics may find themselves working for a little longer before they can retire, as the UK state pension age rises to 66.

NGK employee completes charity marathon

Published:  06 October, 2020

NGK employee Stuart Bayne has succesfully completed the Virgin Money London Marathon, finishing the 26-2-mile coure in just over five hours.

Three days of Brembo

Published:  05 October, 2020

Brembo Days, a virtual window into the world of the brake parts maker, is open for three days from tomorrow (Tuesday 6 October).

New car sales: Lowest dual plate September since 1999

Published:  05 October, 2020

Ongoing uncertainty resulting from the pandemic helped push the new car market down 4.4% last month, according to figures published today (Monday 5 October) by the SMMT, in what was the weakest September since the dual number plate system in 1999.

Peel slowly and see: Osram lights up Autumn with promotion

Published:  02 October, 2020

 Hundreds of prizes are up for grabs via a new ‘Peel and Win’ consumer promotion from OSRAM, with garage customers having the chance to win a luxury spa weekend for two and an iPad Pro.

NGK employee in marathon charity run

Published:  02 October, 2020

 Fund-raising NGK employee Stuart Bayne is once again competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charity, although this time he will be running outside of the capital.

Furlough: The 20% Solution

Published:  01 October, 2020

BookMyGarage/JustPark partnership to generate extra 1,900 garage bookings a month

Published:  01 October, 2020

Price comparison site BookMyGarage and parking space finder JustPark have teamed up offer JustPark’s five million users access to BookMyGarage’s garage comparison data. The partnership is expected to yield an additional 1,900 extra garage bookings a month.

TMD Friction launches workshop platform: GaraShield

Published:  30 September, 2020

TMD Friction has launched GaraShield, a new software platform designed to help garages document their work.

Total buys London’s largest EV charging network

Published:  30 September, 2020

 Total has bought London’s largest electric vehicle charge points network.

More mechanics to be trained via radical further education shake-up?

Published:  29 September, 2020

A radical shake-up of the adult education system in England being promised by the Prime Minister could result in a wider pool of talent being able to train as mechanics for the garage sector post-Coronavirus.

Safe Harbour Scheme seeks to secure automotive supply chain

Published:  29 September, 2020

The SMMT has today (Tuesday 29 September) launched a new scheme that allows multiple parts companies to come together to support critical suppliers without falling foul of anti-competition rules, which is a first for the UK sector,

New Textar cardboard packaging cuts out 40 tonnes of plastic waste

Published:  29 September, 2020

TMD Friction has developed new corrugated cardboard packaging for its Textar passenger car brake discs, which will save 40 tonnes of plastic each year. The cardboard will replace the plastic film to separate passenger car discs so it will not stick to the brake disc coating.

SMMT to support apprenticeships via new COVID-19 salary support scheme

Published:  28 September, 2020

The SMMT Charitable Trust Fund (SCTF) has today (Monday 28 September) launched the SMMT Apprentice Support Programme, a £100,000 investment designed to help safeguard the jobs of apprentices currently employed by small and medium-sized businesses within the UK automotive industry, but whose positions are at risk of redundancy due to COVID-19 related business pressures.

UK car manufacturing down 44.6% in August

Published:  25 September, 2020

 UK car production was down 44.6% in August, as reduced demand for new cars resulting from Coronavirus fed back to production lines.

EAG introduces new vehicles to delivery fleet

Published:  25 September, 2020

 Excel Automotive Group (EAG), has boosted its delivery fleet with the addition of two new vehicles, which is represents the vanguard of an ongoing expansion.

Automechanika Automotive Aftermarket Webinar Series continues

Published:  25 September, 2020

 Andrew Rowson, Co-founder and Head of Services at ecommotors is joining the panel at the next free-to-attend session of the Automotive Aftermarket Webinar Series. ‘Digitalisation; Accelerating the recovery of the aftermarket’ will take place from 11am next Tuesday (29 September).

DVSA issue COVID-19 update

Published:  24 September, 2020

DVSA has issued an update on MOT testing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Post-furlough business and job support unveiled by Chancellor

Published:  24 September, 2020

The furlough scheme is to be replaced with a Jobs Support Scheme which will see staff eligible to receive up to 77% of their salaries for the next six months, and businesses are being given more time to repay Coronavirus loans, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced today (Thursday 24 September).

Four to the floor: New trucks for Exol

Published:  24 September, 2020

Four Scania trucks have been added to Exol Lubricants’ growing fleet. The additions include two new trucks for its Rotherham site, which are 13-litre G450 low roof cabs, and two for its Wednesbury site, which are nine-litre, G320 rigid high roof cabs.

Government to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030?

Published:  23 September, 2020

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars could be coming even sooner than expected, with the government looking to end the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles as early as 2030, 10 years earlier than the previously announced 2040 deadline.

Garages largely untouched by government’s stricter COVID-19 measures

Published:  22 September, 2020

The government’s beefed-up COVID-19 measures announced on Tuesday 22 September fell far short of a return to lockdown, and garages were largely unaffected, although the requirement for retail staff to wear masks is likely to apply to  staff where in garages  where they are not working remotely.

Delphi expands Hyundai/Kia GDi solution

Published:  22 September, 2020

In order to help garages take advantage of the growth of GDi systems, Delphi Technologies Aftermarket is expanding its GDi full service solution for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The programme consists of pumps and injectors fitted as OE to more than 3 million Korean cars. The company is also introducing an aftermarket solution for its Multec 14 (M14) 350-bar pressure injection system, as it begins to enter the aftermarket.

Are you MEYLExperienced?

Published:  18 September, 2020

In place of Automechanika Frankfurt, which has been postponed until September 2021 due to Coronavirus, MEYLE has created MEYLExperience 2020, a digital tour of what would have been seen at the show in place of the trade fair stand.

Calls for furlough replacement grow louder

Published:  17 September, 2020

While garages face the prospect of perhaps too much work going into the autumn thanks to the end of the MOT exemption, calls for the government to provide a replacement for the furlough scheme have continued.

Old or gold? UK cars oldest they have ever been

Published:  17 September, 2020

Britain’s car parc is the oldest it has ever been new figures show, with the number of cars over 13 years old tripling in 25 years, a fact that is likely to keep independent garages busy well into the 2020s and beyond.

Yuasa giving away free snack pack with battery orders

Published:  17 September, 2020

Hungry mechanics may be happy to learn that Yuasa have launched a free snack pack scheme. Technicians can now get their hands on a pack full of tasty treats every time they purchase Yuasa batteries from participating distributors.

Be seeing you! MOKE relaunches in UK

Published:  16 September, 2020

In a week that saw the Rule of Six imposed in the UK, echoing the character of Number Six in the cult 1960s TV series THE PRISONER, it was announced that the MOKE, one of two British automotive icons associated with the programme, was going back into production in the Midlands.

Six golden rules for garage customer disputes defined by The Motor Ombudsman

Published:  15 September, 2020

Garages that find themselves in dispute with a customer may benefit from the publication of six golden rules for customers, defined by The Motor Ombudsman, that could help to de-escalate and conclude a dispute.

BEN and IMI team up for 100 challenge

Published:  15 September, 2020

The IMI is teaming up with BEN to create the IMI 100 challenge, a new three-week long virtual sports event with one goal being the  fulfilment the organisation’s £100,000 Centenary target for the charity.

15 weeks to save the industry from “€110 billion ‘no deal’ Brexit disaster” say industry organisations

Published:  14 September, 2020

There are just 15 weeks left to save the UK and EU automotive sectors from is being called a “€110 billion ‘no deal’ Brexit disaster” by the SMMT and 23 other European industry organisations.

EVs: Drivers want to try before they buy

Published:  11 September, 2020

70% of drivers would prefer to lease an EV in order to get used to the technology before buying one outright, according to a new survey.

All the way up to 11: ECOBAT upgrades delivery fleet

Published:  10 September, 2020

ECOBAT Battery Technologies has upgraded and added 11 new vehicles to its delivery fleet.

Digitalisation industry webinar announced by Automechanika Birmingham

Published:  10 September, 2020

The next free-to-attend session of Automechanika Birmingham’s Automotive Aftermarket Webinar Series will be Digitalisation; Accelerating the recovery of the aftermarket, and it will take place from 11am on Tuesday 29 September.

Rule of Six: Garages not impacted

Published:  10 September, 2020

The UK government has announced a new wave of Coronavirus restrictions in England, but garages will not be directly affected by the new Rule of Six.

Millers Oils confirms Andy Savva as UK Brand Ambassador

Published:  09 September, 2020

Millers Oils have appointed Andy Savva – The Garage Inspector as Brand Ambassador.

World EV day: Consumers hone in on the range says three-year study

Published:  09 September, 2020

Today (Wednesday 9 September) is World EV Day, and to coincide with it, the results of a three-year long project looking at how people will deal with electric vehicles have been released. They show that 90% of mainstream consumers would consider an EV as a main car if its real-world range was 300 miles or a Plug-in Hybrid if it could travel 100 miles on its battery alone.

Lockdown breakdown: 12.5 million motorists skip servicing

Published:  09 September, 2020

12.5 million motorists may have delayed getting their car serviced as a result of lockdown, a survey has found.

Tipping point for ‘EVolution’ revealed by study

Published:  09 September, 2020

Garages looking to decide when to take the plunge with EVs may want to consider the results of a new study from Castrol that has found that the tipping point for UK motorists to go over to an electric car come down to a price point of £24,000, a charge time of 30 minutes and a range of 282 miles.

Cool idea: MAHLE launches EV/hybrid thermal management guide

Published:  08 September, 2020

MAHLE Aftermarket UK has launched a new guide for technicians on thermal management in EVs and hybrids. The document looks at the importance of hybrid and electric technologies in the workshop and an overview of hybrid systems and their differences.

Triple British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden joins GS as brand ambassador

Published:  08 September, 2020

GS Yuasa has named world Touring Car driver and British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) legend Gordon Shedden as an ambassador for its GS brand.

It’s a gas, gas, gas: Ricardo hydrogen engine test facility funding receives provisional approval

Published:  08 September, 2020

Ricardo has won provisional government funding for a new hydrogen engine test facility at its base in West Sussex.

RAC wins Groupe Renault customer service centre contract

Published:  08 September, 2020

The RAC has signed up with Groupe Renault to provide a customer service centre solution to its brands in the UK, including Renault, Dacia and Alpine.
The contract, which initially runs for three years with an option to extend for a further two, covers both retail and fleet segments, and will see the RAC support around one million customers. It includes everything from handling servicing and repair needs with dealers, managing vehicle downtime and the mobility needs of drivers, right through to managing ad-hoc requests such as providing vehicle-specific technical information and booking test drives.
As well as providing a traditional call centre, the contract also covers a range of digital services, including online webchat and social media.
RAC Business Roadside Managing Director Phil Ryan said: “While the demands and needs of customers differ significantly, our team recognises that every interaction – whether over the phone, online or in person – is an opportunity to build trust and loyalty and demonstrate to each customer just how committed to great service each brand really is. This matches the RAC’s approach to putting customers at the heart of everything we do.”
Renault UK Customer Experience Director Jean-Philippe Roubes added: “We are confident that our customers will benefit from not just the RAC’s strong automotive knowledge but also their unique ability to link roadside assistance services with overall customer services. The contact centre expertise, innovation, and flexibility of the RAC will help us to achieve our ambition to deliver industry leading customer services across all the Groupe Renault UK brands.”
The RAC has provided breakdown assistance to Groupe Renault brands since 2014.

EVs: Half of UK carbuyers still think 2035 too soon to switch

Published:  07 September, 2020

Almost half of UK motorists don’t feel ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle by 2035, a new survey from the SMMT has suggested.

LIQUI MOLY gives away exclusive tickets to MotoGP

Published:  04 September, 2020

LIQUI MOLY is giving away a pair of exclusive tickets to MotoGP, and will be sending the two lucky prize-winners to an unforgettable week including a race weekend of the racing bike series.

August car sales align with “quietest month” expectations

Published:  04 September, 2020

New car sales were down by just 5.8% in August, as the market returned to something like normal post-lockdown, according to the latest figures published today (Friday 4 September) by the SMMT.


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