DAF Trucks dominate market share for 2017 despite drop

Figures released by the SMMT have confirmed that DAF Trucks topped the UK CV market with 29.5% market share.

The SMMT release confirmed 13,301 registrations and saw DAF Trucks end 2017 with a 29.5% share of the market – almost twice that of its nearest competitor.

DAF Trucks’ performance is set against a slight drop of 2.6% in overall market registrations in 2017 – from 46,231 in 2016 to 45,045.

The DAF Dealer network, spread over 136 locations, returned an overall 96.7% MoT first-time-pass-rate, after submitting 33,543 vehicles for MoT in 2017.

DAF Trucks’ managing director Robin Easton (pictured) said: “Another year, and another record-breaking performance from DAF Trucks and our DAF Dealer network.

“Our dominant position in the UK market is the result of two key factors – a fantastic product range, which was completely updated last year, and which is already delivering productivity benefits for customers, and industry-leading services and support from our Dealer network.

“Outstanding product quality was rubber-stamped by the 2018 International Truck of the Year award for the New CF and New XF.

“With a strong order book for our updated product range, which is delivering significant fuel savings for our customers, I expect us to consolidate, if not further strengthen, our position in 2018.

“The up-to 7% fuel economy improvement of the New CF and New XF can mean over £3000 per truck, per year off operators’ fuel bills.”

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Automechanika Birmingham – Sponsorship Opportunities

Automechanika Birmingham has released its Sponsorship Opportunities brochure for the 2018 event which will be taking place from 5-5 June this year.

The show organisers have stressed that the opportunities are offered strictly on first-come-first-served basis.

Any company activating a sponsorship worth more than £7.5k will automatically become an Event Partner, which unlocks additional promotional opportunity pre-show and onsite at the UKs leading automotive industry trade show.

In addition, there will be an Exhibitor Day on 1st March. This will be an exclusive networking event including lunch, pre-show contractor discounts, press and media coverage, exhibitor training and there will be a special exhibitor competition announcement.

For full details of both the sponsorship opportunities and the Exhibitor Day, visit the Automechanika website by CLICKING HERE.

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Stadium Garage in Doncaster have been named Best Garage in the Trax FM Radio Award

Stadium Garage in Doncaster, a Groupauto Approved Garage, have been named Best Garage in the Trax FM Radio Awards. Trax FM 107.1 & 107.9 is the local radio station for Doncaster & Bassetlaw. The Trax Awards are designed to celebrate all that’s good in Doncaster, offering local people the chance to vote for their favourite local services.

Stadium Garage was nominated for best garage alongside Stoneacre Motor Group and were thrilled to win the award against tough competition.

Congratulations to Mark and the team at Stadium Garage. To watch Mark receiving his award CLICK HERE.

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Launch UK awarded Best Business 2017 by Launch Europe

Launch UK has been awarded the “Best Launch Business 2017” accolade by the brand’s European division.

As the only genuine distributor of Launch products in the UK, the award for the Plymouth-based operation is in recognition of the high quality of its customer service and its commitment to supporting customers in all areas of business.

Launch offers an array of diagnostics solutions for automotive enthusiasts, professionals and businesses alike, including the acclaimed X-431 range of OE level diagnostic equipment. The full potential of its range has increasingly gathered momentum across the aftermarket in the past few years, thanks to Launch UK’s focus on promoting connectivity and diagnosis to a wider vehicle parc.

Dave Richards, Launch UK managing director said: “We’re thrilled to add this accolade to our collection and it is a reflection of our leading position in the UK aftermarket. The diagnostic market is complex but we are the only genuine source of Launch products in the UK, backed up with extensive technical support and 24-month warranty.

Dave Richards

“To be named best business is a testament to the hard work and commitment the UK team puts in to developing the brand and supporting customers.”

The X431 PRO range available from Launch UK is renowned for its versatility and ability to diagnose vehicle faults remotely on 90 percent of all European, Asian and American vehicle brands. Using a 7 or 10.1-inch screen on a handy touch-screen tablet, the PRO has been designed to enhance functionality for the user.

The recent addition to the range, the X-431 Euro Tab, comes with a two-year warranty, two years subscription and FREE printer, to offer one of the most up-to-date, comprehensive diagnostics packages available on the market today.

Due to be launched at the end of February is the new Euro Tab 4, promising more features and benefits for technicians and offering the best in Launch technology.

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ASA finds Servicing Stop advert ‘misleading’

The ASA received two complaints over claims made on repair aggregator Servicing Stop’s website.

One complainant, who believed that Servicing Stop continuously charged the ‘sale’ price for their services and that the savings were therefore not genuine, challenged whether the savings claims quoted within the ads were misleading and could be substantiated, while the other complaint challenged whether the prices were misleading because their vehicle required a specific oil with VM approval that incurred an extra charge.

On the first complaint, the ASA looked at a series of complex savings offered on the website that were promoted as being ‘up to 60 percent off’. In response, Servicing Stop stated that at certain points throughout the year, they ran sales during quiet periods. It provided the ASA with dated and undated invoices showing the price history of the Kia Sedona vehicle servicing. It said that the period of time for which the new lower discounted price was available was not longer than the period of time that the item was listed for at the previous higher price.

It provided a spreadsheet of the sale dates for the servicing of the Kia Sedona and Honda CRV vehicle models over a six-month period from April 2017 to October 2017. There were variations between the ‘previous’ prices stated over this period. Its data showed that the Honda CRV services were on sale for a total of 37 days over a six-month period and the Kia Sedona had a sale period of 41 days over the same six-month period. It explained that there were fluctuations between the previous prices due to the many variants in price between the number of makes multiplied by the number of postcodes.

The ASA disagreed, noting that the ‘previous’ price varied when the discounted price remained the same. It told Servicing Stop to ‘ensure savings claims are genuine’. However, on the price of VM specific oil, the ASA noted that the aggregator put a disclaimer in saying that the price of such oil can vary. As a result, it was not in breach on this complaint.

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New offer from IAAF service member DuoCall

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, DuoCall is offering 10GB Data for just £10 in an exclusive offer for IAAF members.

This SIM only tariff has unlimited calls and unlimited texts.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re currently an O2 customer or not; as long as you’re a UK business that’s a member of the IAAF, DuoCall can port or migrate existing number(s) over to their exclusive 10GB SIM Only Tariff.

For further information CLICK HERE.

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First date announced for 2018 IAAF Industry Briefing Sessions

The IAAF has announced that the first event for 2018 will take place on Thursday 15th March at Phocas Software’s premises in Coventry.  This follows on from the very successful sessions held during 2017.

There will be two main topics covered during the session. The first will be the new General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect in May of this year, which will be covered by Lawgistics who will look at what businesses will need to have in place in order to comply with the Regulation.

The Industry Briefing Session held at FPS’ Northern Distribution Centre in Sheffield

The second topic will look at how PHEVs and the new Fuel Cell Technology vehicles will affect the aftermarket; this will be covered by Steve Carter of Train4Auto consultancy who will be talking about this growing sector of the marketplace.

Mike Smallbone, IAAF’s Membership Development Manager, said: “These sessions are an essential and useful way to engage with members and ensure they are up to date on the most recent issues affecting the aftermarket. We strongly encourage members to attend our other briefings as the year continues.”

The regional sessions begin at 10.00 am offering the chance to network over a coffee, then finishing at 1.00 pm with lunch.

Spaces at these sessions are limited and anyone interested in attending should download and complete the Booking Form and then return it to the IAAF Office, either by EMAIL or by post. Further information is available from the IAAF Office and full details will be provided to all attendees.

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Two new members join IAAF council

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is delighted to announce that two new members have joined the IAAF council, increasing its pool of experienced industry professionals to further strengthen its ranks.

The council, a voluntary group of aftermarket individuals that come together regularly to debate industry issues and IAAF policy, welcomes both Kevin Kelly, Sales Director at Bosch and Chris Chapman, Head of Sales at Moove Lubricants.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “It is excellent to not only have one new member but two – both of whom I have no doubt will be valuable contributors to the IAAF council.  I’m sure the entire IAAF will benefit from their experience and expertise.”

Kevin Kelly said: “I’m delighted to be playing a very active role in the IAAF and aim to provide both ideas and support that will enable the independent aftermarket to continue to thrive and develop.”

Kevin Kelly

Chris Chapman said: “With so much happening currently, including post-Brexit, type approval legislation and the recent MOT proposed changes being scrapped, there is certainly plenty for me to get my teeth into, and I very much look forward to seeing what we can do further as an organisation to support the aftermarket.”

Chris Chapman

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UK Diesel car sales fell by 25% in January

Sales of new diesel cars were 25.6% lower than in January 2017, dragging overall sales down 6.3%, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The SMMT said confusion over government policy was causing buyers to hesitate.

Diesels have been the focus of air quality concerns, prompting speculation that owners could face higher taxes or limits on where they can be used.

The government has stated a long-term goal to ban the sale of new cars running solely on petrol or diesel by 2040.

In November’s budget, the government announced customers buying new diesel cars will face a one-off tax increase in April, unless the vehicles meet a higher standard on emissions. Company car tax for diesels was also increased.

London has already introduced a higher congestion charge for higher polluting vehicles, and other UK cities including Oxford have discussed limiting their access to city centres.

SMMT said replacing older cars with new diesels would still reduce pollution and emissions as they are cleaner than older vehicles.

The SMMT said demand for cars that run on petrol was 8.5% higher this January than a year earlier, but that positive move was offset by the steep decline in demand for diesels, which account for around a third of the market.

Sales of “alternatively fuelled vehicles” including electric cars rose 23.9%, but they still account for only 5.5% of the market.

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