Diesel registration hit all-time high

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published figures suggesting that reports of the death of diesel have been greatly exaggerated.

It found that more British car buyers registered a new diesel car than ever before, with almost a quarter of a million new diesel cars representing an all-time high. In 2016, a record 1.3 million new diesel cars were registered in the UK, up 0.6% on the previous year – a trend that’s continuing in 2017 with March figures higher than any month in history.

The SMMT added that diesel can still play a key role in tackling climate change and pollution in urban areas, pointing out that diesel cars emit, on average, 20% lower CO2 than petrol equivalents and that since 2002 diesel cars have saved 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.

It also found that almost one in every two new cars registered in the UK is a diesel, with buyers valuing their high performance and low fuel consumption. On average, diesels use 20% less fuel than like for like petrol models, while more than 99% of the UK’s 4.4 million commercial vehicles are powered by diesel, covering over 61 billion miles every year.

Meanwhile, advanced diesel technology has virtually eliminated emissions of particulate matter, while the latest Euro 6 vehicles are the cleanest in history and classed as low emission, meaning drivers of these vehicles will be free to enter London’s Low Emission Zones without charge.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘Euro 6 diesel cars on sale today are the cleanest in history. Not only have they drastically reduced or banished particulates, sulphur and carbon monoxide but they also emit vastly lower NOx than their older counterparts – a fact recognised by London in their exemption from the Ultra Low Emission Zone that will come into force in 2019. Some recent reports have failed to differentiate between these much cleaner cars and vehicles of the past. This is unfair and dismissive of progress made. In addition to their important contribution to improving air quality, diesel cars are also a key part of action to tackle climate change while allowing millions of people, particularly those who regularly travel long distances, to do so as affordably as possible.’

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Sir Arnold Clark dies aged 89

The company he founded in 1954, Arnold Clark Automobiles, announced he has died peacefully at home.

It released a statement saying it was saddened to announce the passing of its founder and chairman.

“Sir Arnold was a truly inspirational business leader and influential public figure,” the company said.

A family statement reads: “Sir Arnold Clark passed away peacefully this morning, 10 April 2017, surrounded by his family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a great friend and employer to many.

“He was an inspiration and the family will continue to carry on his vision. He will be greatly missed”.

 

Sir Arnold was knighted in 2004. He founded the dealer group after leaving the RAF and opened his first dealership in 1954.

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South Africa Ford recalls Kugas over fires

US car giant Ford has recalled more than 4,500 of its Kuga model in South Africa for safety checks after dozens of them have caught fire since 2015.

Investigations show the fires were caused by overheating in some parts of the engine which led to oil leaks, said Ford SA chief executive Jeff Nemeth.
The recall affects the 1.6 litre model, built in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

The firm has been under pressure to act since motorist Reshall Jimmy, 33, burnt to death in his Kuga in 2015.

A total of 48 of the vehicles have so far caught fire in South Africa‚ 11 of them in one month, the local TimesLive newspaper reported.

South Africa’s motor industry ombudsman Johan van Vreden has demanded that “Ford must act – now.”

“One or two vehicles in the same model range catching fire is not unusual‚ but almost 50… it’s crazy‚ especially in a small market like ours,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Mr Nemeth said he could confirm 39 vehicles burning, but there may be other cases which had not been reported to the firm.

He understood the concerns of owners and the firm would “work with dealers to ensure each case is treated fairly”.

Recalled vehicles would be subjected to a software update and a check on the cylinder head‚ Mr Nemeth added.

He said that an investigation which led to Mr Jimmy’s vehicle burning while he was on holiday had not been concluded, but it appeared to be unrelated to the engine catching fire.

“We are not aware of any injuries that have resulted from our engine compartment fires,” Mr Nemeth added, while offering condolences to Mr Jimmy’s family.
Mr Nemeth spoke at a joint news conference with representatives of the family and the National Consumer Commission, which had been putting pressure on the firm to act.

“This issue has dragged on for too long‚” said commissioner Ibrahim Mohammad.

Mr Jimmy’s brother, Kaveen, said his family was planning legal action against the car giant for a “very senseless death”.

The DVSA in the UK has confirmed that there will be a Recall notice on Ford Kugas in the UK.

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Rooster roars out of the blocks

The British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) 2017 roared into life at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 25th & 26th March, with Rooster’s Luke Taylor showing a turn of pace that will stand the team in good stead for the long season ahead.

The sun shone and the crowds came out in force at a picture-perfect Brands Hatch, and truck racing fans soon had evidence that Rooster – ably supported by partners G-Truck and UAN Truck – would be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.

After a truncated first practice session – one truck span into the gravel and had to be retrieved – Luke spent the qualifying session showing just what the team’s new MAN racing truck (affectionately named King Klaus) could do.

On fire
“Luke was on fire,” says team manager David Taylor. “With his mentor (European truck racing legend) Jochen Hahn presiding over events, Luke blasted into position two on the grid, which shows just how fast he can be in this truck.”

Taking second place in the first qualifying session of the season would be an impressive feat for any driver making his first competitive outing in a new truck. What made Luke’s achievement more surprising is that the young driver had spent the best part of half of last season sidelined with a serious wrist injury.

It wouldn’t be the last good news for Rooster on a successful Saturday of breakneck racing. Luke took a battling third place in the first race of the new season, and Rooster’s delight at a first podium finish so early in the championship was matched by their joy in the performance of the new MAN racing truck.

“The truck is just amazing,” says David. “It’s a thing of engineering beauty, both in full flight and stationary on the grid. It looks superb and drives brilliantly.”

Fastest lap
Sunday was a more mixed day for the team, at least in terms of results. Luke finished in the middle of the pack in each of the three races, which was perhaps evidence of a driver yet to fully familiarise himself with a new machine.

But the results don’t tell the whole story of another exciting day. Brands Hatch was always going to be about testing Rooster’s new potential, and the last of the day’s races showed just what that potential might be. Luke finished in seventh place, but posted the fastest lap of the race and the second fastest lap of the entire weekend. If he can translate that sort of driving into podium finishes, the season holds considerable promise.

“This is the Chinese Year of the Rooster and Luke’s confidence is sky high,” says David. “He is very focused. We also have new recruits to the team and of course the superb backing of partners G-Truck & UAN Truck and all our sponsors. Taken together, that makes an awesome looking package.”

Partners make “awesome package”
Martin Sangster, Commercial Manager for G-Truck, added: “It was a fantastic weekend for Rooster as well as for G-Truck, UAN Truck, and all the partners. The weather was great and the truck looked at its absolute best – it will look superb on the TV coverage! There was a nice crowd who were happy to mingle in the paddock and see what this team is all about.”

The BTRC championship now moves on to Pembrey, South Wales, on 22/23 April, after which Rooster and the team take a trip to Austria to compete in ETRC FIA European Truck Racing. “These are exciting times for Rooster,” says David. “Watch this space.”

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MoT Consultation due next week

As previously reported, the IAAF is vigorously fighting the proposed changes to the MoT testing regime to a 4:1:1 frequency.  The IAAF has now completed a proposed submission to the consultation document issued at the end of January with a 12 week period for responses.

A copy of the draft is on the IAAF website and members can access this by visiting the IAAF website and then logging into the General Members area.

To visit the IAAF website, CLICK HERE.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing the IAAF members please contact Ann Silvester at the IAAF Office either by email or by telephoning 0121 748 4600.

If you have any feedback or comments on the document, please contact the IAAF Office using the link below before next Wednesday, 12th April 2017.

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IAAF Golf dates 2017 – Reminder

The IAAF will be holding its seventh IAAF Golf Team Challenge in aid of our industry charity, BEN.

Last year’s event successfully raised nearly £2,000 for BEN via your generous donations plus the surplus funds from the event and we hope we can do even better this year.

The winners from Robert Bosch Ltd. at The Forest of Arden who also won the overall trophy for 2016

This year for the first time we will be accepting entries from individuals, as well as the usual teams of four.

The overall winning team from across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December where they will be presented with their trophy.

The venues and dates are as follows:
North           5th July         Worsley Park, Nr. Manchester
Midlands    10th August   Forest of Arden, Meriden, Warwickshire

The cost per team of four will be £325 per team plus vat and the cost for individuals will be £85 plus VAT per person. This includes:

Bacon Sandwich and coffee/Tea on arrival
18 Holes of golf
Evening meal served after golf
Presentation of prizes to the winners on the day.

The Company Team Challenge will be a four ball format whereby the best two scores on each hole will score and on all par three holes all four scores will count. The overall winning team across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December and will be presented with their prizes.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available, these are:

Longest Drive £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50) (Worsley Park only)
Nearest the Pin £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50) (Worsley Park only)
Golf Ball and Tee Sponsor £100 + cost of golf balls and tees (sold out)
Light Refreshment Sponsor £100

Joe Richardson is once again kindly organising these events on behalf of the IAAF and BEN and, if you need any further details, you can contact him on 07831 855829 or the IAAF Office.

You can download a leaflet and booking form here: 2017-Golf-Brochure.
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Ben Cricket Day – Last few spaces left!

Happy Friday to all you budding cricketers.

We are delighted to confirm that the teams are filling up nicely for this year’s BEN Cricket Day, and it’s great to see some new names amongst the players!
There are still however spaces available, and there is always space for spectators to come along and cheer on your favourite team.

The date of the event is Thursday 22nd June 2017, and the venue is Dorridge Cricket Club.

The event this year is, again kindly being sponsored by FPS Distribution, one of the industry’s most respected organisations. The event is being organised by Elliott Seal of Autoparts & Diagnostics and Emma Barrs from SJ Events, who have both donated their time free of charge to raise valuable funds for BEN. As in previous years, the IAAF will be heartily backing the event to maximise its support across the industry. It’s always been a fantastic day, with lots of food, drink, laughter and of course, games of cricket!

If you are interested in supporting this event, be it as a player, umpire, spectator or sponsor – please feel free to contact [email protected] for further details!

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you on the day!

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Exol forms partnership with Aston University

Exol Lubricants is partnering with Aston University on its career and placements programme, offering students insight into the independent automotive aftermarket and lubricants sector.

The collaboration will offer the company the opportunity to build solid relationships with future industry professionals while also promoting the Exol brand, work ethic and principles.

For example, Exol is a recognised user of the waterways, leading the oil and lubricants market by investing in the environmentally-friendly alternative to transport large loads. This is part of the company’s larger strategy to reduce its carbon footprint: something it is keen to promote to students.

Aston University has acquired an excellent reputation among top employers, seeking out established businesses that will allow students to develop and progress as individuals.

The institution was recently ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and aspires to be the country’s leading university for industry and the professions. Aston places a strong emphasis on the value of work experience and is aiming to have 100 per cent of undergraduates enrolled on work placements by 2020.

Steve Dunn, Exol Lubricant’s Sales Director, said: “We’re confident that these placements will enable students to experience first-hand everyday activities in the oil & lubricants sector, equipping them with the skills to tackle any potential hurdles head on when they graduate. We will work closely alongside Aston University to support students throughout their placements and provide them with a comprehensive look into the world of business, helping them to fully prepare for the future.”

Exol is the largest independent lubricants company in the UK, manufacturing and supplying a range of lubricants and associated products to the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural, industrial, off highway and railway sectors from its bulk-blending plant in Rotherham.

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A fresh new look for EuroFlo!

EuroFlo is powering up its brand and concept. The current branding served them well and has been marketed extensively, as will the new branding, but EuroFlo now feels it is now time for a new look of their continued evolution. The mission was to retain the core elements of the existing branding, while at the same time linking it to the factory in Portugal and to the product in a fresh modern way symbolising the plans and developments for the future.

The key design change in the new EuroFlo branding is the new style red F which links to their Portuguese Fabriscape factory. This element will also appear in the stamping of their product in the future.

The colours were carefully chosen for the new brand so as to create versions that work well on both blue and white backgrounds, as shown below. The Blue and White both link to the existing EuroFlo branding while the new featured red is taken from the flag of Portugal, the home of their ISO 9001 TUV Certified manufacturing facility.

EuroFlo will be using up existing stocks of marketing materials, but from this point on all new marketing will carry the new branding, with the website to be updated very shortly. The new branding will be featured on product labels for exhausts, catalysts and DPFs on all new production over the coming weeks. The EuroFlo Fittings packaging will evolve to the new brand in time based on stocks levels.

The new look exhaust label has also been redesigned to accommodate barcoding, a new feature for EuroFlo Exhausts, Catalysts and DPFs, this being a request from stockist feedback.

For more information please visit www.EuroFlo.co.uk or www.mwd.uk.com

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Team P R Reilly joins ECP as part of the LKQ family

Euro Car Parts, an LKQ company, has announced that it has acquired the business of Team P R Reilly, a leading, family-owned, car parts, accessories and bodyshop business based out of Dublin, Ireland, and Karkraft (N.I.) Limited of Belfast, UK, a paint and collision repair supply specialist. The agreement expands Euro Car Parts’ operations across Ireland, with a key focus on enhancing product availability, further improving delivery times and expanding into new market sectors.

ECP’s CEO Martin Gray

Euro Car Parts CEO, Martin Gray, said: “A strong track record, significant market expertise and a cultural approach so like our own, meant that the opportunity to work alongside Norbert Reilly and the senior management team at Team P R Reilly was not to be missed. We immediately felt that we had the same goal in mind: to deliver exceptional customer service, keep the independent aftermarket competitive and support the industry in developing its own profile. Over the coming months, we will share best practices and take advantage of the opportunities to learn from one another across market sectors and distribution channels.”

Gray continued: “We are particularly excited about leveraging our global sourcing network to equip our customer partners with unparalleled choice of mechanical and collision parts, paint and specialist equipment.”

UK Chairman and LKQ Board Member, Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Team P R Reilly colleagues to the family and the next stage of the incredible Euro Car Parts journey. Team P R Reilly has a heritage stretching back more than 75 years and we have a duty to our customers, partners, employees and suppliers to ensure that we build relationships that will lead to sustainable and considerable growth. Everyone has a part to play in our ambitious growth plans and I look forward to working with the senior team to support their strategic direction and leadership.”

Following the acquisition, the senior Team P R Reilly management team remains in place while the company’s more than 150 employees will benefit from professional opportunities and training across LKQ Corporation’s global platform, which employs more than 40,000 people worldwide.

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