Author Archives: Mark

hpi highlights hybrid hits

Automotive data experts hpi has revealed its best picks when considering a hybrid vehicle. The analysis looked at hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles at one year old and 10,000 miles. The Toyota C-HR retains 84.5% of its value after a year and loses around £4,000. The Lexus NX comes a close second, holding 79.5% of its value over the same […]

Successful 2017 for VW

Volkswagen outperformed targets in 2017 selling 6.23 million vehicles and improving sales revenue to €80bn proclaiming it as ‘a successful financial year’. For the first time in five years, the operating result before special items increased, reaching the highest level since 2012, at €3.3bn. The return on sales (before special items) improved from 1.8% in 2016 to 4.1%. ‘2017 demonstrated […]

Call for traditional insurer boycott

Smartdriverclub Insurance is urging motorists to boycott traditional motor insurance and take advantage of the lower claims costs and lower premiums offered by usage based or black box insurance providers. The call comes as, according to ABI figures, the average motor insurance claim is now at a record level of just under £3,000 helping to push insurance premiums up by […]

SMH appoints new head of inspections

SMH Fleet Solutions has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Mark Elliott as head of inspection services. In this position, based at the company’s new 40,000sqft £16m facility in Bedford, Mark will focus on the next stages of growth for SMH Fleet Solutions, with the emphasis on training as well as delivering consistent customer service. SMH Fleet Solutions, […]

Autofarm undertakes rare Porsche resto

After tracking down and acquiring what it claims as the last ever right-hand drive 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7, independent Porsche specialist Autofarm has started work on its restoration. The ‘Trinidad RS’ as it is now known is a highly sought after classic Porsche with a remarkable history and, having survived a number of unusual modifications, the tragic murder of […]

More plaudits for Seat Ibiza

The Seat Ibiza has been named one of the top two cars in the prestigious Car of the Year 2018 awards. Announced in Geneva Motor Show, a panel of 60 members representing 23 European countries awarded the Ibiza a coveted silver medal. The European Car of the Year award, now in its 55th year, celebrates the most outstanding new cars […]

Audatex scoops partner accolades

Audatex has scooped two accolades at the LV= GI Claims Partner Awards. The global technology partner and data provider won the Digital Award and the Best Across Supply Chain Collaborative Working Award, the latter with its partner, Keoghs LLP. Working closely with LV= and Keoghs to help implement LV=’s 3.0 Claims Automation initiative, Audatex was recognised for improving the transfer […]

£540,000 worth of motorcycles recovered

Tracker, part of the Tantalum Corporation, recovered over £540,000 worth of stolen motorcycles in 2017, with London once again being the hot spot for bike thieves. London and Greater London remain the hot spots for bike thieves, accounting for 67% of all Tracker stolen motorcycle recoveries. Essex and Kent fall into second and third place, followed by the West Midlands […]

IoT to play pivotal role

The Internet of Things (IoT) will play a pivotal role in enabling the transport and logistics sector to reduce its carbon footprint and minimise any negative impact on the environment. This is according to research from Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, which found that 95% of companies in the sector are actively implementing IoT technologies to […]

CAPS set for GDPR challenge

CAPS has introduced a series of roadshows to assist its partners within the automotive supply chain to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The three, single day events will offer high profile presentations from leading insurers, parts distributors, bodyshop groups, and NBRA. Legal organisation, Bird & Bird will also be sharing some of its knowledge of the new […]

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