Comline Auto Parts (Comline), the award-winning British distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts, has enhanced its brake pad and disc offering with over 50 new part numbers. The company says its friction offering is a major reason for its status as one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in Europe.
Online search and booking site AA Garage Guide has launched a Garage of the Month Award. AA Garage Guide states that the awards, first presented in January this year, provide the opportunity for garages listed on the AA Garage Guide to be acknowledged for their hard work and good customer service. Mima Rybanska, marketing manager at AA Garage Guide, said: “The AA Garage Guide Garage of the Month Award is the perfect opportunity for garages across the UK to be acknowledged for their great service. We award garages who have performed well and received positive customer service feedback.”
Bartec’s TAP200 tread and pressure reader will be unveiled at the CV Show 2017 by its new distributor, JHM Butt & Co Ltd (Butts of Bawtry). The TAP200 will be on display at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) between 25 and 27 April, on stand 4E111.
German oil specialist Liqui Moly has extended its programme of winter sports sponsorship with the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, held in Germany and France during May. “The World Championship is the last major international winter sports event this season. The nations involved are all very important markets to us,” says Liqui Moly marketing director Peter Baumann.
Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has appointed Frank Richter as European sales manager, as the Manchester-based wheel distributor continues to strengthen pan-European operations from its recently formed German operation, MWheels GmbH. Richter will assume key aftermarket commercial responsibilities, working closely with key retail and distribution partners throughout Germany from the company’s Cologne office. He will also offer operational, technical and wheel safety advice to bus, coach and truck fleets.
Pirelli has defined the development programme for its 2018 slick and wet weather Formula One tyres in agreement with F1’s teams and the FIA. Starting with the recently completed Bahrain test, the programme will conclude with testing on 14-15 November at Interlagos, Brazil.
Increased permissible weights for commercial vehicles in Europe is driving demand for high load truck tyres, and in response Goodyear has launched new mould cure retread High Load (HL) trailer tyres. The new retreads are the TreadMax KMAX T HL and TreadMax SP246 HL, both in size 385/65R22.5.
As we transition into spring, many think of new-born lambs and flowering bulbs as symbols of the new life of the year ahead. However, for accountants and many others working in the finance side of things, the beginning of April marks the end of the tax year. Along with the end of the tax year come a reasonably regular slew of motorist spending analyses. Two such surveys caught Tyres & Accessories’ eye because they offer insights into what the tyre-related “cost of ownership” is in practical terms.
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Although the new generation Mazda CX-5 crossover won’t be available in the UK until the summer, it went on sale in Japan in February. Yokohama Rubber reports it is supplying its Geolandar G98 as an original equipment fitment for models sold in the that market – the tyre is being supplied to Mazda Motor Corporation in size 225/65R17 102V.
Following a competitive tender involving several premium competitors, European transport specialist De Rijke Northern Europe B.V. has renewed its contract with Michelin solutions; it will thus continue to manage De Rijke’s tyres across a fleet of 160 tractor units and 660 trailers based in The Netherlands, Belgium and UK for the next three years.