How to avoid the Night Walkers

Technology to boost pedestrian safety and prevent traffic accidents at night has been developed after DENSO announced it had made significant advances to its in-vehicle vision sensors.

In-vehicle sensors are used to identify white lines on roads and objects ahead, and DENSO’s continued development of Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) has meant a breakthrough in the sensors’ ability to now detect pedestrians even during night-time conditions.

The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) is considering including night-time pedestrians within the scope of collision avoidance in its safety performance evaluation standards for automatic braking systems, as traffic accidents at night can often involve pedestrians and cause severe injuries. The newly developed vision sensors will help meet and exceed these upcoming safety standards and reduce the rate of night-time collisions.

DENSO’s development was boosted after working alongside Sony Semiconductor Solutions. Sony holds the largest share of the global image sensors market; manufacturing highly sensitive image sensors used in digital cameras, smartphones and other home electronics, to enable cameras to take clear images of objects even at night.

DENSO has improved the quality of Sony’s image sensors, providing increased ease of installation, greater heat resistance and vibration resistance to support its integration onto vehicle-mounted vision sensors. Through using Sony’s image signal processors (ISPs), DENSO has also reduced noise and further optimised camera exposure parameters to take clearer images and identify pedestrians at night.

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Sad News

We have recently been advised that Peter Webber former CEO of Partco and GKN Autoparts passed away on Tuesday 6th December at Coventry hospital. It appears that he went into hospital for an operation but never recovered.

The funeral will be on the 29th at Oakley Wood Crematorium, Leamington Spa at noon. Anyone who wishes to attend will be welcome, the family would be very pleased to see Peter’s old colleagues there.

The address of the crematorium is:

Oakley Wood
Bishops Tachbrook
Leamington Spa
CV33 9QP

A map and directions can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Vauxhall faces continued pressure over Corsa fire scandal

It has been reported that DVSA inspectors are to visit Vauxhall’s Luton HQ to check that it is doing everything it can to ensure safety.

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “It is vital Vauxhall swiftly rectifies its problems.

“It has taken too long for them to protect consumers.

“We are visiting Vauxhall to make certain it is doing all it can to ensure the safety of its customers.”

The audit will be part of the DVSA’s Quality Assurance Programme for all major firms.

The inspection follows renewed concerns about Vauxhall fires.

The issue surrounding the Corsa fires was reported on the BBC’s Watchdog programme, aired on 7 December. The programme suggested that there is a link between the cars that don’t have air-conditioning but instead a four-speed fan and those which have caught fire.

The show also reported on six fires in Corsa D models that had not been covered under recalls of the 1.4-litre turbocharged engines in April.

In a statement to Watchdog, Vauxhall said: “Vauxhall Corsa D is one of our most popular models, with over 700,000 sold in the UK between 2006 and 2014.

“Earlier this year we identified a potential fire related issue with a specific Corsa D variant equipped with the 1.4 Turbo petrol engine.

“Nine cases had previously been reported to us, which we investigated.

“Two of these cases had resulted in a fire.

“A Safety Recall to address this issue was initiated in April 2016 for the 2,767 vehicles affected.

“Vauxhall is not aware of a fire risk to any other variant of Corsa D.

“Fires can occur in all makes of cars and it is important that thorough investigations are carried out before determining if there is a manufacturing defect that can relate to fire.”

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Changes to sending technical applications to the DVSA

From Sunday 1 January 2017, technical applications for the HGV, PSV, trailer and Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) must be sent through GOV.UK.

From 1 January 2017, applications sent by email will no longer be processed.

DVSA state that applying online should speed up the whole process.

The recent blog post about changes for submitting technical applications gives details on how to:

• apply for an Individual Vehicle Approval tests
• apply for a test certificate for a lorry or trailer
• apply for a test certificate for a bus or coach
• tell us about a change to a bus or coach

To view all the details, CLICK HERE.

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UK new van market achieves 20-year high in November

The UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market achieved a record-breaking performance in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. 29,784 new vans hit the roads last month – the most for two decades.

A 43.1% uplift in smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5T drove growth in the month, while demand for versatile pick-ups also continued to rise – by a significant 36.7%. Demand for heavier vans, meanwhile, fell for the second consecutive month, with registrations for vehicles weighing 2.5-3.5T down -4.4%. However, year-to-date this segment remains strong, up 7.0% in the first 11 months of the year, and accounting for 62% of the market.

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Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

“The new van market’s growth in November is welcome news and an encouraging sign of ongoing business confidence. With almost 350,000 light commercials registered so far this year, the sector remains on track to beat 2015’s record-breaking performance. For this success to continue in 2017 and beyond, however, it is essential that the economic conditions that have kept this sector so buoyant in recent years are maintained.”

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Vehicle safety recalls: November 2016

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during November 2016.

DVSA Ref. Make and model Issue
R/2016/067 Ford: Kuga Risk of fire
R/2016/184 Toyota: GT86 Power steering assistance may be lost
R/2016/199 Renault: Scenic Rear bolts on front seat runner may not be torqued correctly
R/2016/203 Renault: Trafic III Steering may be adversely affected
R/2016/237 Toyota: Prius Parking brake may fail
R/2016/243 Renault: Trafic III Egr pipe may crack and allow exhaust gases to leak
R/2016/245 Hyundai: Azera Power-adjustable driver’s seat may move unintentionally
R/2016/246 Vauxhall: Mokka Tail lights may fail if rear bicycle carrier is folded back incorrectly
R/2016/247 Fiat: 500 Reduced brake performance
R/2016/248 Jaguar: F-TYPE SVR Vehicle stability may be compromised
R/2016/252 BMW: 3 (Sedan, Touring, Coupe, Convertible and M3(, 5 (Sedan, Touring and M5) and X5 (with sport steering wheel) Drivers airbag may deploy incorrectly
R/2016/253 Mercedes-Benz: Actros, Antos, Aroc, Axor Tyre may delaminate due to overheating
R/2016/254 Mercedes-Benz: Sprinter Seat belt restraint may be impaired
R/2016/255 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Vehicle may cut out
R/2016/260 Volvo Truck: FH Possibility of fire
RM/2016/043 Suzuki Motorcycles: GW250 Brake and tail lights may fail
RM/2016/044 Polaris: Slingshot (3-Wheel Motorcycle) 1. Brakes may fail 2. Risk of fire 3. Loss of control

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults by CLICKING HERE.

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Visitor registration goes live from January 2017

The countdown to the opening of Automechanika Birmingham 2017 is on, with online registration for the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain available from January at The event offers key networking opportunities for all automotive industry professionals, hosting over 750 exhibitors at the NEC, from 6 to 8 June 2017.

The event will be even more impressive than the 2016 event, with the who’s who of the industry already signed up, including; Schaeffler, ZF, HELLA, Valeo, Liqui Moly, Euro Repar Car Service, Department for International Trade, JHM Butt, Denso, Delphi, NGK Spark Plugs, Draper Tools, Yuasa, MANN + HUMMEL, DeVilbiss, Bilstein, Wix, Texa ,TR Fastenings, Voith, JVC Kenwood, Bosch OE & OES.

For the 2017 event, there will be an improved layout to help visitors locate exhibitors in Aftermarket and Supply Chain zones in separated halls. UK and international manufacturers will showcase the latest developments from: parts and components, electronic systems, repair and maintenance, accessories and customising, car wash care and reconditioning, management and digital solutions, raw materials as well as tyres and accessories.

A compelling event programme will offer three seminar theatres, SMMT networking events and live technical demonstrations. The Aftermarket theatre, Technical Workshop theatre and Supply Chain seminar theatre will see inspiring talks from influential industry speakers.

The event offers an industry platform for all professionals, buyers, specifiers and engineers from motor factors, retailers, workshops, franchised dealerships as well as vehicle and tier manufacturers.

Simon Albert, Event Director said “After the amazing success of the 2016 show and the fact that exhibitor bookings are already 40% bigger than last year, we are really excited about the 2017 event. With registration live from January, we recommend prospective visitors to register then to ensure they receive all important show updates as well as to book any travel or accommodation early for good deals and availability”.
Register from January at and invite a colleague to join you too.

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Valeo Service, awarded “Best Supplier of the Year 2016” by Groupauto International Trading Group

Valeo Service was recently presented with the award during the GroupAuto International suppliers meeting held in Faros, Portugal.

Hans Eisner, President and CEO of the 8.5 billion sales International Trading Group presented this prize to Eric Schuler, President of Valeo Service and his managing team. The reward is the symbol of GAU’s recognition for an unparalleled overall performance in terms of long-term partnership and the supplier’s capacity to deliver outstanding products and services for passenger cars and trucks. Over 50 suppliers were competing in 5 categories: “Logistics” “Marketing” “Quality”, “Sales” and the most coveted “Best Supplier of the Year”.

Valeo Service has been particularly congratulated for its ability to support and care for GroupAuto International expansion around the world with each one of the 35 GroupAuto members. The aftermarket specialist, strengthened by the new 2017 Valeo Service “We Care for You” strategy sets the rules for the future by furnishing a flawless value added partnership and will continue to support the upcoming new GroupAuto members, namely China and Mexico.

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IAAF announces topical agenda for 2016 conference

Following on from the announcement of its key theme for its annual conference, ‘How to survive and thrive – post Brexit’, delegates to the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) conference on 15 December will also benefit from a number of topical aftermarket discussions while keeping the current economic climate firmly in view.

The conference, sponsored by Autoparts UK, aims to address issues surrounding the aftermath of the recent European Union (EU) referendum and produce a lively debate for conference guests, with John Sergeant, the well-known BBC television and radio journalist, on board to host the event.

Held at the ICC in Birmingham, Frost & Sullivan will open the proceedings, examining the importance of the aftermarket to the UK economy, before Alison Martin from DVSA gives an overview on the topical matter of vehicle safety defects and the UK’s approach to vehicle recalls.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive
Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive

Delegates will also have the chance to learn more about the threats of cybercrime and how to better protect their business with Iain O’Brien from Triple Wood Associates on hand to provide critical advice.

Julian Lloyd from ProVQ, IAAF’s newest member, will then share the many apprenticeship and training opportunities now available to the parts aftermarket.

Neil Pattemore from Figiefa will discuss the latest emerging threats to the aftermarket and on the implications of Brexit, before Alexander Haid from TecAlliance wraps up the proceedings focusing on the Caruso telematics platform and how it relates to the industry.

In the evening, guests will attend the IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner at the ICC, where they will enjoy a luxury four-course meal and await the results of some of the most respected awards in the industry.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “The increasingly popular IAAF conference will provide an insight into the changing landscape of the automotive aftermarket. We encourage all members to attend and benefit from the expert advice offered throughout the day and use this opportunity to participate in topical discussions with other like-minded individuals.”

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