Author Archives: Amanda Hein

Blue Bidco to buy Esure

Esure has been given a takeover offer from Blue Bidco, appraising the insurer at £1.2bn, according to Insuranceage. Independent directors of Esure and Bidco’s board have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer, which values Esure at 280p per share. The news was made public after Esure announced a 12% rise in gross written premiums to […]

Allianz and IVR training course

Allianz Partners’ new electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid training course, launched in partnership with the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR), has been met with an overwhelming response from industry professionals. The free courses were quickly oversubscribed, highlighting the demand for training in EV technology within the independent recovery market. The first training days were completed over six days, in six […]

Failed MOTs not being repaired

New data shows that less than half of vehicles flagged as needing urgently required work during services were actually repaired in June 2018, with 40% of motorists who had MOT-failing ‘red work’, leaving dealerships with no repairs made. The data compiled by electronic vehicle health check provider autoVHC, shows how many unsafe cars are currently operating on Britain’s roads. Those […]

AI simulation for autonomous testing

Ordnance Survey (OS) is one of 11 partners in OmniCAV, a £3.9m project to develop a world-first artificial intelligence-based simulation model for testing autonomous car safety. The simulation environment will feature a 32km circuit of Oxfordshire roads, covering rural, urban, main roads and intersections. The simulation will be used to create and run different scenarios for the safe testing of […]

Calls for tighter exhaust regulations

Euro Car Parts is calling for tighter regulation around sales of exhaust systems as the Department for Transport (DfT) looks to reduce the number of non-compliant products being sold and fitted in the UK market. While the motor factor has welcomed the DfT’s recent announcement reiterating strict requirements for selling catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) into the UK, […]

AEB could stop 2,500 accidents

Fitting autonomous emergency braking systems as standard on all commercial vehicles in the UK has the potential to stop almost 2,500 crashes per year. Analysis of Department for Transport van accident statistics reveals 2,496 incidents involving vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes could have been avoided if autonomous emergency braking systems had been fitted – preventing 348 deaths and serious […]

Chris Hollins confirmed for #BE2018

bodyshop magazine is delighted to announce that Chris Hollins will present the bodyshop Event and Awards 2018, taking place at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on 27 and 28 September. Chris is one of television’s most popular sports and entertainment presenters, having worked on popular programmes such as Watchdog, The One Show and Cash in the Attic. He has also covered […]

Bodyshop charity partner interview – AutoRaise

AutoRaise continues to be a proud charity partner the bodyshop Event & Awards 2018. Here, we speak to Bob Linwood, AutoRaise CEO, about what he thinks about the event.   What are you most looking forward to about the UK event? I have been attending this event pretty much every year for goodness knows how long and always look forward to meeting […]

Quest Motor opens new dealership

Suzuki GB announced that it has appointed the Quest Motor Group to open a new dealership in Maldon, Essex. The Suzuki Maldon showroom situated on Wycke Hill Business Park will be operated by the Gozzett family who founded the company back in 1924 and will represent the brand for the first time. Customers visiting the new premises are hosted in […]

UK used car market preservers

Britain’s used car market held strong in 2018’s second quarter, with sales down by a marginal -0.4%, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,093,429 vehicles changed hands, just 8,725 fewer compared with Q2 2017. Superminis remained the most popular segment, despite a -2.6% decline in transactions, accounting for a third of the market […]

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