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CV market on the up

British commercial vehicle manufacturing rose by a third in 2015 with almost 95,000 CVs rolling off production lines, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand surged by a third in both domestic and overseas markets, with Europe taking the lion’s share of exports (88%), followed by Asia (6.3%). Meanwhile, manufacturers closed 2015 on a […]

New appointment for National Windscreens

National Windscreens has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of new technical manager Tim Camm. With 33 years’ experience within the autoglazing sector, including 20 years involvement in technical training and support, Tim will hope to ensure National Windscreens maintains technology leadership as this sector moves through a period of rapid technological change. In recent years, Tim has […]

NAB seeks agreement clarification

The National Association of Bodyshops (NAB) has received a number of calls from members expressing concerns regarding recent proposals to amend credit repair arrangements on behalf of Redde plc (Helphire/Albany). In response, NAB contacted senior figures at Audatex UK Ltd, Euro Car Parts Ltd and Redde plc, seeking clarification on the proposed contract amendments associated with the work referrals. NAB […]

TVR turns to carbon fibre

Iconic British sports car maker, TVR, has made carbon fibre construction available on its latest full-production car. TVR will offer a lightweight carbon fibre composite structure on its latest full-production model, thanks to the revolutionary techniques of Gordon Murray, and has confirmed that its initial limited edition production run of cars will feature carbon construction as standard. Famous for his […]

Jardine expands CitNOW usage

One of the UK’s largest automotive retailers, Jardine Motor Group, is rolling out CitNOW video technology across its sales facilities. The Group has been using CitNOW’s Workshop product across the aftersales functions of its 70-site network since the beginning of the year and has been so impressed at its impact that it is now expanding the use of the technology. […]

DriveRight takes up residency at MIRA

DriveRight, a leading independent supplier of international automotive, wheel and tyre data, has taken up residency at MIRA Technology Park and UK Enterprise Zone, near Hinckley. DriveRight has established its UK research and development (R&D) team, and wheel and caliper consultancy within a secure and newly-finished building within the Technology Park. DriveRight works alongside some of the leading manufacturers of […]

Lotus numbers continue rise

In 2015, 375 Lotus cars were registered in the UK compared to 235 in 2014 – the best registration figures achieved by Lotus in the UK since 2010. Seven new Lotus dealerships were appointed in 2015 in the UK including two showrooms in London, the first time Lotus has had a presence in London since 2009. Lotus now has 16 […]

Car premiums leap 10%

Car insurance premiums took a sharp upward turn during the fourth quarter of 2015, adding £59 to the typical quoted premium for an annual comprehensive policy, according to the AA’s benchmark British Insurance Premium Index. Over the three months ending 31 December, the average quoted ‘Shoparound’ premium rose by over 10%, the largest such increase since 2010.  Although premiums are […]

Strong support for self-driving pods

A pioneering trial of self-driving vehicles in pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes has attracted largely positive interest from local residents, according to a new online poll carried out by market research company YouGov. The independent poll was commissioned by the Transport Systems Catapult organisation which is overseeing the LUTZ Pathfinder ‘pod’ trial, and found that 61% of adults living in […]

A timely lift for RT Williams

Stertil Koni has supplied four sets of lifts to RT Williams to replace models that were damaged when the company’s workshop roof was severely damaged during a devastating storm. The replacement lifts include two sets of ST4120 4-post lifts, a set of ST4125 4-post lifts and a Sky 200 Recessed model. Offering respective safe lifting capacities of 12 and 12.5 […]

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