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Mark Whittingham wins exclusive ZF prize

Mark Whittingham wins exclusive ZF prize

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) selected Mark Whittingham of WH Whittingham and Sons in Rochford, Essex as winner of a ‘Five Supercar Challenge’ driving experience, after participating in a competition held at Automechanika.

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Audi expands e-diesel research

Audi has announced that it is expanding its research into synthetic diesel fuel with a new pilot facility in Switzerland. The automaker has been engaged in synthetic diesel research for four years. The company announced the expansion of this project earlier this month.

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International News

Goodyear and NASCAR Extend Historic Relationship

The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has renewed its support of NASCAR with a multi-year sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tyre of NASCAR's top three national series. The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear's designation as the "Official Tyre of NASCAR" and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR's six decade-long relationship is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any major sport.

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A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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Drivers ‘putting lives at risk by missing eye tests’

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

Road Safety Week – the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity – runs to 26 November and aims to inspire schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety. While there are many issues that affect road safety, poor eyesight is often overlooked.

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Chancellor freezes fuel duty in 2018 budget speech

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

The headline news from chancellor Phillip Hammond’s latest budget is that Stamp duty is to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000. Those first-time buyers purchasing properties over this amount won’t pay stamp duty on the first £300,000. However, there was less to say with regards to the automotive industry and business in general. Nevertheless, the fuel duty rise for petrol and diesel cars scheduled for April 2018 has been scrapped. At the same time car tax for new diesel cars not meeting latest standards is to rise by one band next year. The good news for businesses reliant on deliveries is that this particular tax hike will not apply to van owners.

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New safety campaign calls for more graphic speed limit signs

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

A new road safety campaign proposes the radical adoption of a ‘fag-packet approach’ to UK speed limit signs. The suggested new tactic has already been backed by over half the nation, in the wake of research showing that millions of motorists ignore or don’t even notice speed limit signs in their current format.

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