Euro Car Parts, the UK distributor of parts for all makes of cars and light commercial vehicles, has agreed an exclusive distribution deal with Autologic, a world leader in automotive diagnosis, to add Autologic Assist to its Workshop Solutions portfolio.
The latest figures from the SMMT show that commercial vehicle (CV) registrations once again posted a healthy rise in September.
Apollo Tyres has opened its first branded retail outlet in Lebanon. Branded as Apollo Zone, this outlet is designed to provide customers with an enhanced retail experience and a better feel for the brand and products on display, including passenger car, truck-bus and agriculture tyres. This Apollo Zone is located in the Beqaa Governorate of Lebanon, which is the main road connecting Lebanon to Syria. The Apollo Zone has been opened in association with Saka Trading Co, one of the Lebanon’s oldest and respected wholesalers and retailers of tyres, batteries and car accessories.
Michelin says it will continue as sole tyre supplier to the FIA Formula E Championship for an additional three seasons. The World Motor Sport Council confirmed Michelin supply for season 3 (2016-2017), 4 (2017-2018) and 5 (2018-2019), subject to the finalisation of the corresponding agreements. The tyre maker has served as a technical partner to Formula E since the championship’s creation.
Truck tyre retreading and the new truck tyre market upon which it depends have developed in terms of sophistication over the years. At the same time increased amounts of low-cost products have put pressure on the opposite end of the market. Recent years have seen Michelin address this with investment at the top and now additional product lines at the bottom. Tyres & Accessories met with new Michelin UK head Guy Heywood, who was promoted from his role as sales director for the company’s commercial vehicle tyre sales in the UK and Ireland earlier this year, in order to find out more.
Klarius, the manufacturer of aftermarket emissions products including exhausts, CATs and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) has confirmed that fitting aftermarket systems will not affect the efficiency or emissions of VW vehicles in the wake of what has been called the ‘diesel dupe’ scandal where an emissions test software ‘cheat’ was allegedly fitted to over 11million VW Group vehicles in order to meet strict US NOx test regulations.
Exol Lubricants has appointed Joe O’Shea as general manager of its Wednesbury production facility. O’Shea has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry, having begun his career at Land Rover serving an engineering apprenticeship. After 12 successful years, he then moved to Birmingham-based van maker LDV and occupied various managerial positions. In 2010, he enjoyed his first role at Exol Lubricants as operations manager before leaving two years later to join pressing supplier Sertec in a directorship position.
In mid-September the emissions hit the fan for VW. What began with an admission that half a million Golfs and Beetles were not showing the right emissions values in lab tests, quickly became a global scandal involving 11 million vehicles, disastrously affecting the group’s share price, resulting in the ‘restructuring’ of the firm’s global leadership and worst of all affecting confidence in both VW and the wider automotive and automotive testing industries.