Nissan recalls 1.2M vehicles

Nissan Motor Co Ltd has recalled all 1.2m new passenger cars it sold in Japan over the past three years, after discovering final vehicle inspections were not performed by authorised technicians.

Reuters reports Nissan, Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, said it would recall 1.21m passenger vehicles produced for the domestic market between October 2014 and September 2017, including top sellers the Serena minivan and the Note compact hatchback.

It added all recalled vehicles would undergo re-inspections for final checks on issues including steering radius and braking and acceleration capabilities, at a cost of around £169m.

‘We must take the registration framework and procedures seriously, regardless of how busy we may be or how short-staffed we may be,’ said CEO Hiroto Saikawa, ‘we apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers.’

Passenger car sales in Japan account for roughly 10% of Nissan’s global sales.

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CAT Awards 2018 launched

The latest issue of CAT magazine has announced the launch of the CAT Awards for 2018.

Once again, attendees at the event will be rubbing shoulders with footballers and stars of the small screen in the Lowry Hotel.

Nominations are now being soughts, so, to nominate individuals or companies worthy of recognition, email your suggestions to cat.awards@haymarket.com.

The full list of categories can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Automechanika Birmingham – Announcing superb new networking initiatives

Automechanika Birmingham now offers a NEW facilitated meetings programme, where visitors will be able to match their needs with the products & services of exhibiting companies. For exhibitors, will offer an opportunity to increase quality business conversations, negotiations and contracts with motor factors, distributors, retailers, workshops, OEMs, tier 1 & 2 manufacturers.

This is just one of a raft of initiatives to attract senior professionals being rolled out for Automechanika Birmingham 2018, click here to find out more.

Automechanika Birmingham already has over 300 exhibitors signed up.

To find out more about exhibiting, visit the website www.automechanika-birmingham.com, email info@automechanika-birmingham.com or 01483 483984.

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Market data now available in Ireland

Having been expanding their services in the UK for a decade, GiPA has decided to cross the Irish sea and bring their well-established driver survey to the Republic of Ireland.

Analysing the Irish car parc and its characteristics, driver behaviour, workshop entries, and local player market shares, GiPA can now support business activities in Ireland.

Quentin Le Hetet of GiPA UK

As part of this package, clients will receive:

  • Driver survey (1,000 drivers) report
  • Marketing cards: Air conditioning, battery, brake parts, filters, lighting, oil change, plugs, tyres, and more….
  • Add-ons: Lubricant & tyre market brand awareness

For more information about the GiPA Irish drivers survey, available from November 2017, please contact GiPA directly via email (qlehetet@gipa.eu) or by phone(020 361 72180).

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Over two thirds of training sessions on offer at Autoinform Live 2017 are new

Held at the GTG Academy in Wolverhampton, on 25 and 26 November, the weekend event provides technicians with crucial hands-on diagnostic training and seminars, with the aim of arming them with the latest repair techniques and alerting them to new technologies, equipment and products available in the automotive aftermarket.

This year’s Autoinform Live has been separated into three groups, designed to streamline and improve the experience for the event’s growing number of visitors.

Schaeffler at the 2016 event

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK)’s team of REPXPERTs will be hosting IMI-approved dry double clutch system training courses throughout the weekend. The REPXPERTs will then hold a forum to show and discuss the differences between VAG, Ford, Renault and Fiat systems.

Schaeffler is urging visitors to sign-up early and express interest in an IMI-certificated assessment during the event. Technical services manager, Malcolm Short, said: “There are 21 training sessions this year with nearly two thirds of those being new subjects, which makes it the best value automotive training money can buy.

There will also be a Gala Dinner evening at the Molineux suite with an opportunity to network with like-minded people.

A single day ticket will cost £99 + VAT, while a full weekend pass is available from £195 + VAT.

Interested individuals are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

CLICK HERE for further information.

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Electric bus breaks world record

An electric bus, designed by Californian company Proterra, has broken a world record by travelling more than 1,000 miles on a single charge.

The 40ft Catalyst E2 Max bus travelled 1,102.2 miles on a testing ground in New Carlisle, Indiana beating the previous record, set by light-duty passenger electric vehicle 46 times lighter than the bus, by 90 miles.

Proterra said its ‘major feat’ paved the way for more heavy-duty electric vehicles (EV) such as coaches and trucks.

Proterra chief executive, Ryan Popple, said, ‘As we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty EV market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology.’

The battery used for the journey had 660kWh of energy storage capacity.

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DVSA earned recognition: save time and money

The DVSA has announced the launch of its pilot scheme for its new “Earned Recognition” scheme.  Roadside checks cost a business time and money, so the DVSA want to make sure compliant operators are not unnecessarily targeted for roadside checks.

DVSA earned recognition for vehicle operators is a new way to prove a business meets driver and vehicle standards.

The business will regularly share performance information with DVSA and in return, that business’ vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

It is a voluntary scheme that is designed to work for operators of all sizes. The DVSA is looking for operators with a track record of compliance to join the pilot.

Any business joining now will receive help from the DVSA to get through the process. This level of support will not be available later, so businesses should take advantage of it now.

The DVSA has published a new guide about how to join the pilot of DVSA earned recognition for vehicle operators. It details everything a business will need to know to get started.

On successful completion of the pilot a business will get automatic entry to the DVSA earned recognition scheme. This will give the business the full benefits, such as being:

  • an exemplary operator, and being able to prove this when bidding for contracts
  • recognised as a DVSA-approved operator on a list on GOV.UK
  • less likely to have vehicles stopped at the roadside for inspections, saving time and money
  • less likely to have DVSA enforcement staff visit the premises

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Cars most likely to fail their first MOT test and the worst areas of the UK for people driving bangers

The Daily Telegraph motoring column, Honest John, has recently produced an article detailing the cars with the greatest MoT failure rates in the UK, along with the regions with vehicles most likely to fail the test.

Analysis of more than 400m MoT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by consumer website HonestJohn.co.uk shows that one in six cars fails its first test, with brakes, lighting and tyres among the most-common reasons.

The records were made public following a Freedom of Information request.

Worst MoT test performers for their first MoT in 2016 according to their pass rate are: the outgoing generation of the Peugeot 5008 (67% pass rate), Citroen DS4 (73% pass), Renault Megane (74% pass rate), Ford Galaxy (75% pass rate) and Chevrolet Spark (76% pass rate).

By contrast, cars performing best at passing their first MoT are the Lexus RX 450h (94% pass rate), Honda Jazz (93% pass rate), Mazda MX-5 (93% pass rate), Volkswagen Golf Plus (92% pass rate) and Audi Q5 (92% pass rate).

Worst performing car manufacturers were Chevrolet (78% pass rate) Citroen (79% pass rate) and Dacia (81% pass rate), while top spots were held by Honda, Porsche and Subaru, all with 91 per cent pass rates.

Geographically, Romford in Essex, has the highest MoT pass rate in the UK with London and the Home Counties generally faring best.

Kirkcaldy in Fife has the lowest UK MoT pass rate with Devon and Cornwall also doing badly.

Commenting on its own findings the report said: ‘One in six cars were refused a roadworthiness certificate during the first MoT, with most failing due to unsafe brakes, lights and tyres.’

It added:‘The Essex town of Romford has the best MoT pass rate in the UK, while all of the towns and cities in the top 10 were located in the South-East.

The top five causes of failure during a car’s first MoT at three years were:

  1. Lighting -169,000 failures
  2. Tyres – 101,000 failures
  3. Driver’s view of the road – 98,000 failures
  4. Brakes – 60,000 failures
  5. Suspension – 27,000 failures

The two areas with the greatest failure rate (Kirkcaldy and Dundee) were in Scotland, while failure rates were also high in the South-West, with six towns and cities in the region in the bottom 10.

For full details of the research see HonestJohn.co.uk/mot

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HELLA – 2019 Workshop Calendar Competition

HELLA is looking for workshops that have ‘something special’ to feature in the company’s 2019 “Experts At Work” calendar to celebrate the dedication and commitment that technicians make to the industry globally.

HELLA, a world renowned manufacturer of automotive components and lighting solutions, is giving workshops the opportunity to enter the competition to show what makes their business extraordinary. Whether it is a team of excellent employees, working with exceptional cars or perhaps it’s in the most unusual location – HELLA wants to hear from you!

To enter, workshops simply need to send in a few photos that really showcase their premises or what makes it different, along with a short description of why they have got what it takes to be featured in the calendar.

The winners will receive a range of top quality prizes including an exclusive photo shoot by a professional photographer, as well as the international “Experts At Work” award from HELLA, with their pictures used in the calendar, which will be distributed worldwide. Last, but by no means least, the winners will also receive a fantastic package worth almost £500 for their workshops.

The competition is underway, but closes on 6th November 2017, so don’t delay, apply today! For all the details about this exciting opportunity visit www.facebook.com/hella.deutschland and like the page. Alternatively you can also access www.hella.com/hella-com/index.html

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Voting begins for The IAAF Annual Awards

Voting opens today for the IAAF’s Annual Awards, with winners set to be unveiled at the association’s annual gathering on 7 December.

Nominations have been received for the awards across the different categories and again, members can have a direct influence on the results as they can vote for their preferred supplier or distributor. Voting is now underway, so it is essential members waste no time in casting their vote.

Votes can be made through the IAAF website: www.IAAF.co.uk. Members simply have to log in, click on the “Voting” tab at the top of the homepage and then follow the step-by-step guide before choosing the supplier or distributor of their choice (suppliers can only vote for a distributor and distributors can only vote for a supplier).

Suppliers will rate distributors using five criteria ranging from poor to excellent in 10 categories including: How it promotes suppliers’ brands; whether it’s open to and works towards mutual efficiencies and, if it takes time to engage in meetings.

Similarly, distributors will also rate suppliers using the same criteria in categories such as: Range, marketing and cataloguing; its availability performance and also its sales and promotion support.

The 2017 award categories include:

• CV Supplier of Excellence
• CV Distributor of Excellence
• Car Supplier of Excellence
• Car Distributor of Excellence

Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, the award ceremony will see close to 600 aftermarket personnel in attendance, with motor factors and suppliers eager to win arguably the most prestigious awards in the industry.

The nominations are:

Car Distributor

  • Autosupplies Chesterfield, Chesterfield
  • Bedale Motor Factors, Bedale
  • Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Bromsgrove
  • CES, Chester
  • CTS (Carparts Trade Supplies), South Shields
  • Fast Parts Wales, Newport

Car Suppliers

  • Apec Braking Ltd.
  • BTN Turbo
  • Elta Automotive Ltd.
  • Exol Lubricants
  • Federal Mogul
  • First Line Ltd.
  • G-Logix
  • Lesjofors
  • Mahle Aftermarket
  • Moove Lubricants
  • NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.
  • Remy Automotive
  • Valeo Service UK
  • ZF Services UK

CV Distributor

  • Allparts Automotive, High Wycombe
  • D B Wilson Jr, Glasgow
  • David Huggett, Waltham Cross
  • Dingbro, Aberdeen
  • F P & S, Dereham
  • K & S McKenzie, Carlisle

CV Suppliers

  • Automint Ltd.
  • Exol Lubricants
  • Bilstein Group
  • First Line Ltd.
  • Moove Lubricants
  • Roadlink International
  • Tenneco
  • TMD Friction
  • ZF Services UK

All award winners will be announced in the evening, after dinner, at the IAAF Annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 7 December 2017.

If any member experiences any difficulties in accessing the Members Area of the website, they should contact the IAAF Office either by email or by phoning 0121 748 4600.

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