To coincide with this year’s National Pothole Day (today - Monday 16 January), AlloyGator is launching a special competition to save drivers from having to put up with unsightly scuffed and scratched alloy wheels on their prized motors, often caused by potholes and kerbs.
Servicesure Autocentres, The Parts Alliance garage programme, is rolling out its latest new initiative ‘Brakesure’ to offer motorists lifetime replacement on brake pads. Servicesure, which announced its network had reached 400 sites during November, has already started preparing its national network, ahead of the consumer launch of Brakesure in the first quarter of 2017.
“The amount of potholes we see on UK’s roads is very concerning as this is not just a serious safety issue, but an economic one too,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK.
Recent research suggests ever-rising expectations, social influence, and retailers striving to engage consumers with attractive offers, continue to sway customers. Such influence has not escaped the motor industry and recent years have seen major changes in the way consumers purchase a vehicle.
A year after leading Indian tyre manufacturer MRF Tyres launched its MRF Motorsport business at the Autosport Show in Birmingham this time last year, progress is said to be going well. The latest addition to the European motorsport division’s portfolio is the Honda Civic Cup.
Having almost doubled its distributor membership in recent months, A1 Motor Factor Group has stated its intention to continue growth in 2017. 37 sites were added in November 2016 – totalling 77 stores overall – making A1 one of the fastest-growing buying groups in the UK. The company has also welcomed new suppliers to its portfolio.
First Stop network partner KAM Servicing has been presented with WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s Best Regional Group award. The 12 garage, East Midlands chain rescued more than 450 stricken motorists, gaining a 4.7 rating out of 5, and receiving hundreds of online recommendations. More than 350,000 servicing and repair jobs were posted for garages on WhoCanFixMyCar.com.
Cooper Tire Europe has challenged three Arsenal FC players to compete in its latest precision test: football darts. Coinciding with the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, the official tyre partner of Arsenal set up the contest for midfielder Granit Xhaka, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and goalkeeper Petr Čech. Starting the game with a score of 301, the players aimed the ‘dart balls’ at the giant dartboard in a race to zero, and the chance to be named Cooper’s Football Darts champion. The resulting action was recorded for the latest Cooper video to feature Arsenal (available below).
Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live suggest an 18 per cent rise in the number of people caught using the hard shoulder illegally between 2014-15 and 2015-16. It has been announced that drivers caught offending on so-called smart motorways in England could be offered re-education courses by police. Police chiefs said the new road rules were confusing motorists and more awareness was needed.
Yokohama HPT has given directional the Advan Fleva V701 tyre its UK debut. Previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow, the new tyre is now available in sizes ranging from 15 – 20 inches, the new tyre delivers sporty handling. The tyre has achieved an EU wet grip grading of ‘A’ and offers very low levels noise levels of 67-69 dB.
Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has stated that the end-of-year peak in the bike market arrived “as predicted” as a result of the Euro 3 deadline. Commenting on figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association, Latham said it was the high volume of low cost machines that proportionally registered the highest numbers.
GSF Car Parts has taken delivery of 12 more Peugeot Partner vans at its Birmingham head office, replacing its local delivery vehicles over four years old. The upgrade also marked the start of a rolling programme to exchange all older vans across the entire GSF Car Parts network of 65 branches during 2017. A total overall investment of £3.5 million is planned on 350 Peugeot Partner vans, which will see around 60 per cent of the current GSF van fleet renewed.
Leicester-based bulk aggregate haulier BMD Transport claims to have cut its monthly tyre bill by 25 per cent after switching to a Michelin policy. The family-run company reported the savings soon after switching its entire fleet to the premium fitments, and expects to see further reductions in running costs as it takes advantage of the tyres’ multiple lives.