Author Archives: Mark

All eyes on Lookers

National motor retailer Lookers has shown its commitment to the Glasgow area by investing over £12m in the opening of two cutting edge dealerships in the city, including the biggest Jaguar site in Scotland. Taggarts, which is part of the Lookers group, is relocating its Jaguar and Volvo businesses from Maryhill Road, Glasgow and Windmillhill Street, Motherwell to new, purpose […]

Painting the world of F1

Spies Hecker, paint suppliers to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport World Championship winning team, gained unprecedented access to the team’s Paint Shop in the run up to the last race of the 2017 season. Spies Hecker has been responsible for the paint on the team’s Silver Arrows race cars for more than four years. Based in Brackley, over the course of […]

EV savings for SMEs

As many as 435,000 SMEs could each save up to £1,440 a year with their first electric vehicle (EV), which could deliver £625m in cumulative savings for UK businesses. This is according to new research revealed by joint industry and government campaign Go Ultra Low. A survey of UK SMEs, commissioned by Go Ultra Low for its recent Summit, Preparing […]

Dangerous tyres causing concern

Almost 40% of cars in the UK are running on at least one tyre that is ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ under-inflated. The figures come after Michelin and Kwik Fit inspected more than 500 vehicles in Tesco car parks around the UK. Michelin classifies tyres that are between 7psi and 14psi below the manufacturer’s recommendation as ‘dangerously underinflated’, while 14psi or […]

Dave does it for Ben

Dave Garrett, business change analyst at Ben, has completed a mammoth challenge to raise money and awareness for the charity travelling 4,160 self-propelled miles last year by running, walking, swimming, cycling and kayaking. Dave took part in numerous challenges which amounted to: one half marathon; one ultra-marathon; four kayak marathons including the Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race; five swim-runs; cycled […]

Byton debuts concept car

Byton has debuted its first drivable concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA. With a digital design and innovative human-vehicle interaction, the premium SUV functions as a Next Generation Smart Device, built for the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving. Key features of the vehicle include shared lounge experience for […]

Nominations now open

Nominations for the 2018 bodyshop magazine Awards are now open. The 2018 bodyshop magazine Event and Awards will return to the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham on the 27-28 September with more interaction and entertainment than ever before. To date, the event has attracted the backing of sponsors: AkzoNobel, Audatex, CAPS, NBRA, Sikkens, Symach, Thatcham Research, VBRA and Vizion. bodyshop magazine editor, […]

Allianz and LV partnership completes

Allianz Group and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=) have completed the first stage in the creation of their joint venture and strategic partnership. Allianz Group has acquired a 49% stake in LV=’s UK General Insurance businesses (LV=GI) with plans to take a further 20.9% share in 2019. Jon Dye, chief executive of Allianz Insurance plc said, ‘This is an exciting […]

Fire engulfs 1,400 vehicles

An estimated 1,400 vehicles were destroyed in a ‘ferocious’ blaze which engulfed the multi-storey car park in King’s Dock – next to the Liverpool Echo Arena – on New Year’s Eve. Firefighters said an accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite causing an intense fire which even melted the concrete floor of the structure in part of […]

Tests show G-force increase

Crash tests have revealed that a Honda Fit repaired outside of OEM parameters exerted higher G-forces and increased Head Injury Criterion (HIC) scores than a ‘control’ Honda Fit. The data from attorney Todd Tracy’s testing at Karco Engineering follows a ruling by Dallas County jury which found John Eagle Collision Center failed to follow OEM repair procedures on a 2009 […]

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