EU ministers agree average CO2 emissions for cars and vans

EU environment ministers have agreed a less ambitious cut to average CO2 emissions for cars and vans than hoped by the European Parliament.

Average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars registered in the EU will have to be 15% lower in 2025 and 35% lower in 2030, compared to the emission limits valid in 2021.

For vans, the European Council maintains the targets as proposed by the European Commission: 15% in 2025 and 30% in 2030. These are EU wide fleet targets. The CO2 reduction effort will be distributed among manufacturers on the basis of the average mass of their vehicle fleet.

The European Parliament had previously voted to cut average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40% by 2030, with 35% of registrations to be ultra-low emission vehicles by that time.

MEPs said they also wanted to lower CO2 emissions 20% by 2025.

The Council agreed to adjust the Commission proposal on an incentive mechanism for zero- and low-emission vehicles such as fully electric cars or plug-in hybrid vehicles as regards passenger cars. The benchmark for cars for 2030 was raised to 35%.

The Council also agreed a specific incentive for manufacturers to sell zero- and low-emission cars in markets with a low market penetration of these vehicles. It says that there is a more favourable weighting for newly registered passenger cars in member states where the share of zero- and low-emission vehicles is below 60% of the EU average.

For vans, the Council agreed to leave the Commission proposal unchanged.

In response to the decision by EU environment ministers to set 2030 CO2 limits for cars and vans at 35% below 2021 levels, Morten Thaysen, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace, said:

“The IPCC made it very clear just this week that we’re now playing catch up to limit the irreversible damage from climate change and salvage a future for our children.

“At the first hurdle, EU ministers have failed to rise to the challenge with an agreement incompatible with efforts to keep climate warming to 1.5 degrees.

“Transport remains one of the few sectors where carbon emissions continue to grow, so the car industry doesn’t have long left to make the switch to cleaner electric cars.

“If the sector is to stay within its carbon budget to meet 1.5 degrees, new car sales in Europe must be diesel and petrol free by 2030.”

A final decision is not expected before December.

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InAutomotive looking for support in Bangers4Ben 2018

From 5th-9th October, the InAutomotive team will be attempting to travel 1500 miles across Europe in a car worth no more than £750.00 to raise money for automotive charity, Ben Support for Life.

Bangers4Ben is a 4 day event by Car Dealer Magazine and motor industry charity BEN, where participants have to travel to Italy in a banger worth no more than £750.00. Once back in the UK, the cars are sold at auction with all the proceeds being donated to Ben.

Ben Support for Life is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people & their families.

Ben provides a range of services, covering a person’s core well-being from financial and social support to physical and mental well-being and provides this care to anyone related to the industry and that falls in need. In addition, Ben’s services also extend right through to that person’s immediate family ensuring far reaching support.

This will be a very challenging but no doubt entertaining event for InAutomotive’s representatives Thomas Lowcock and Shuhel Miah, who are eagerly awaiting the challenge. Thomas and Shuhel will be giving daily updates on their progress and experience throughout the competition. There will be plenty of pictures, video diaries and more from the event itself throughout its course, and InAutomotive are looking for help to reach their goal of raising £2,000!

When they get back to the UK, the car will be sold at auction with all of the proceeds being donated to Ben Support For Life. But exactly what car is it that they will be using for the challenge? InAutomotive are almost ready to announce the car …so watch out for the big reveal on their social media channels!

So, if you’re working in the automotive industry and would like to back us for this excellent cause, all you have to do is head over to our donation page, and please, only give what you can!


Don’t forget to wish Tom and Shuhel luck on our JustGiving page – we’re sure they’ll need it!

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Only one week to submit nominations for the IAAF 2018 Annual Awards

Recognising the best in the industry!

There is just one week left to submit nominations for this year’s awards, the closing date being 28th September 2018.

2018 sees the introduction of a new award for companies in the Service Member category. This category covers companies offering services such as insurance, lifestyle protection, trade journals, legal assistance, HR services, and software systems, amongst others.

This year, the presentations will be taking place during the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. The IAAF Awards Dinner is the premier event for the aftermarket industry, providing great networking opportunities for guests.

Categories and Sponsors

Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Denso Aftermarket
CV Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Eminox
Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Elcome
CV Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Boswell Aftermarket
And, new for 2018, Service Supplier of the Year

How to submit your nomination

Print out, complete and return the nomination form to the IAAF office, either in the post or scan and email it to Companies may nominate themselves.

The voting process will go live on the IAAF website from 2nd October, closing on 31st October.

The winners in each category will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December.

For a full list of the IAAF service suppliers, please go to the IAAF Website.

IAAF Awards 2018

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Just one month to next IAAF Industry Briefing Session

The third IAAF Industry Briefing Session of 2018 will be held on 18th October at ECCO Safety Group’s EMEA HQ in Leeds. There is just one month to go and as places are limited, anyone wishing to book a place should complete and return the form as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

The agenda for the session will be very much the same as for previous events, with IAAF Membership Development Manager Mike Smallbone giving an update on the latest industry developments.

The main guest speaker will be Julian Lloyd, managing director of ProVQ, one of the largest approved motor industry training providers. Their research has confirmed that companies focussing on the skills, knowledge and competencies of their staff do perform better. Government policy has recently shifted significantly to financially encourage companies of all sizes to actively embrace this through the sourcing of quality training programmes. Julian Lloyd will explain how to fully exploit this change in policy to help make staff the best they can be.

The session will finish at around 1.00 pm with lunch, when delegates will have the opportunity to network with fellow members and to tour ESG’s facilities, which include their testing and design & manufacturing functions, as well as sales and distribution for the UK.

To book your place(s), download the booking form here and once completed return it to Ann Silvester at

Booking Form

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New Automotive Sector Analysis Report

Atradius, one of the panel of providers used by Financial & Credit Insurance Services for the IAAF credit insurance scheme, has just issued an Automotive Sector analysis report.

Atradius has agreed for this document to be shared, and it can be downloaded from the link below.

Whilst the report does focus predominantly on the VM side of the industry, it does give some insight into how they view the on-going risks following Brexit for the whole industry.

There are full reports on China, France, the UK and the USA, with overviews of Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Atradius Auto MM-0918

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EU Rapid Alert System

The Rapid Alert System is the weekly EU system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The report includes detailed information on the products concerned, the risks, the notifying Member State, and the measures adopted in response.

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

Each week, an update of the latest alerts sent by Member States is published on the website. This message service allows subscribers to be informed on these Alerts on a weekly basis.

To see the latest report CLICK HERE.

To subscribe to receive the Report CLICK HERE.

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Fabriscape & EuroFlo achieve ISO 9001:2015

Fabriscape LDA, incorporating EuroFlo Premium Emission Systems in the UK, is delighted to announce that Fabriscape have been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification, the international standard for quality management systems

The relentless focus on continual improvement across all aspects of the Fabriscape operation is reflected in this significant award which encompasses; product development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of exhaust systems

ISO 9001:2015 certification means that Fabriscape has demonstrated excellence in:

  • Customer focus
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Systematic approach to management
  • Continual improvement
  • Factual approach to decision-making
  • Mutually beneficial supplier relations

Tony Stock, Commercial Director commented “This certification confirms that our culture of continuous improvement in all aspects of the business is more than just an aspiration. We are extremely proud to be recognised for our superb development record and continual process improvement.”

Fabriscape, along with EuroFlo Premium Emissions and TP Cats will be exhibiting their full emissions control range at Automechanika Frankfurt in September – Hall 4.0 C96.

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Automechanika Birminmgham – Garage of the Year 2018 now open for entries

Independent garages from across the UK are being urged to enter Automechanika Birmingham’s renowned ‘Garage of the Year’ awards which is now open for entries, celebrating the unsung heroes of the aftermarket.

Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association and run in partnership with Garage Wire, the competition is open to all garage businesses up and down the country.

Entrants may enter more than one category, explaining why their garage deserves to win the much-coveted prize, with the chance to walk away with £1000.
The six categories are:

  • Best Small Garage
  • Best Large Garage
  • Best Community Initiative award
  • ‘Auto-mechanik’ of the Year
  • Technology Innovation Award
  • Business Innovation Award

Garages can enter by visiting:, but must do so before the deadline of 30 April.

Winners from each category will be announced at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa Football Club on 5 June. All garages shortlisted will receive two free tickets to attend the dinner, sponsored by Elta, EDT, AA Garage Guide, Autologic and The Parts Alliance, with its braking brand Bendix sponsoring drinks.

Finalists will get to find out who has been crowned overall Garage of the Year winner at the event itself on 6 June.

Simon Albert, Managing Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “These awards present garages from all over the UK with the unique opportunity of recognising the hard work and contribution they give to the automotive industry. They are often the unsung heroes, and it’s a fantastic way to celebrate and champion the diversity of UK garage businesses.

“We strongly encourage all garages to get involved to be in with the chance of picking up £1000 at the event.”

The competition forms part of a larger offering for garages at the 2018 exhibition. The organisers have introduced a dedicated Garage Quarter featuring suppliers of tools and workshop equipment, services and innovative products as well as a Garage Social area.

Garage visitors will also benefit from limited free parking at the NEC and free breakfast upon arrival, based on first come first served. Visitors looking to sign up can register for their free ticket here: https://www.automechanika

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Euro Car Parts announces first-to-market ADAS training course

Euro Car Parts has announced a first-to-market ADAS training course as part of its Euro Academy offering.

Working in partnership with diagnostics specialist Hella, the one-day course aims to help repairers understand how to service and calibrate camera and radar-based Advanced Driver Assist Systems. The intermediate course is the only one of its kind to be accredited by the IMI Quality Assurance Programme.

ADAS systems have been fitted to vehicles since the early 1990s. Since 2016, new vehicles require a minimum of two ADAS systems installed to qualify for a five-star NCAP Safety Rating. These consist of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning, both of which are covered by the Euro Academy course.

Bill Stimson, technical sales director at Euro Car Parts, commented: “ADAS has significant implications for independent repairers and it is essential that technicians are equipped to service these systems safely. By offering this one-day course, accredited by the IMI, we are delivering on our pledge to help independent repairers work on every type of vehicle.”

Euro Car Parts has also announced a new two-day course on the operation, maintenance, repair and adjustment of six and seven speed DSG dual clutch gearboxes. The course aims to help repairers gain an understanding of the practices required to successfully carry out diagnosis, maintenance and repair of DSG gearboxes and associated controls.

For more information on the Euro Academy CLICK HERE.

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