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Will bendy buses make a comeback in London?

Will bendy buses make a comeback in London?

Thursday 17th August 2017 | 0 Comments

With over 2 billion passenger journeys a year, bus usage is around double that of the London Underground. But bus passenger numbers are in decline. Between 2014/15 and 2016/17, the number of passenger journeys made on buses fell by six per cent. In its second piece of important work on the capital’s buses, the London Assembly Transport Committee report ‘London’s bus network’ (published 17 August 2017) tackles the this subject and recommends:

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Truck registrations growing strongly

Truck registrations growing strongly

Monday 14th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest SMMT registrations data shows that the new HGV (heavy goods vehicle) market in the UK saw strong growth in the second quarter of 2017, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 11,771 new trucks were registered – a 6.3 per cent rise on the same period last year as manufacturers delivered several large orders to fleets in quarter two.

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Commercial vehicle exports rise in first half of 2017

Commercial vehicle exports rise in first half of 2017

Friday 11th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Exports of British-built vans, trucks and buses rose 11.6 per cent in the first six months of 2017, with almost all headed to the EU, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Nearly two-thirds (63.5 per cent) of commercial vehicles (CVs) built in Britain were exported, with 27,818 of the 43,782 total produced headed to more than 45 countries around the world.

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The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

Thursday 27th July 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK government has decided to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. The goal isn’t as ambitious as Norway’s, which aims to do the same by 2025. India thinks it can do it by 2031. And France is on par with the UK, also aiming to ban sales of new combustion engine-based cars by 2040. However, in the UK at least, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers, and in turn the UK replacement tyre market, especially in three key areas: weight, torque and rolling resistance.

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Petrol and diesel car sales to be banned in the UK from 2040

Petrol and diesel car sales to be banned in the UK from 2040

Wednesday 26th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Today the government launched its “UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations”. And with it came the decision to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. However, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers and in turn the UK replacement tyre market.

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June motorcycle sales continue 2017 decline

Friday 14th July 2017 | 0 Comments

“Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in June – marking 6 consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

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Michelin fitted to DAF dealer’s demonstrator

Michelin fitted to DAF dealer’s demonstrator

Thursday 13th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Customers putting TBF Thompson’s new DAF XF 510 demonstrator through its paces are experiencing the top-spec tractor’s on-road performance fitted to Michelin tyres. The County Antrim-based DAF dealer selected 315/70 R 22.5 steer and drive tyres from Michelin’s X Multi ‘regional’ range as a factory-fitted option for its latest demonstrator. TBF Thompson director Alan Espie says: “We want customers to experience the XF at its very best, so we selected leather seats and a range of in-cab options for maximum driver comfort, plus specified premium Michelin tyres as original equipment.

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Korean OEMs switching to European tyre brands

Monday 10th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Sales of imported tyres in Korea increased by more than 40 per cent in the January to April period when compared with 2016 figures, according to the Korea Tire Manufacturers Association (KOTMA). If this pace continues, imported tyres will set a record high this year. According to KOTMA, this is largely due to Hyundai Motor and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors introducing imported tyres on their models, media said.

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UK commercial vehicle production down in May but exports up

UK commercial vehicle production down in May but exports up

Thursday 29th June 2017 | 0 Comments

British commercial vehicle (CV) production output fell in May as an increase in production for export failed to counteract a drop in domestic demand, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 6,875 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in the UK last month, a -11.3 per cent year on year decline.

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Ricardo and FMC to cooperate on electric vehicle development

Thursday 29th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Ricardo has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Future Mobility Corporation to provide engineering support in the development of a family of state-of-the-art electric vehicles, aimed at offering affordable quality and performance to customers in Asia, North America and Europe.

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Kubota-manufactured tyre handling attachment helping tractor OE fitment

Wednesday 21st June 2017 | 0 Comments

To assist with the complex task of mounting tyres onto its tractors, Kubotas Rodgau contacted German-based forklift truck attachment manufacturer KAUP, to provide an efficient and safe solution to this industry-wide issue. Kubota requested a material handling solution not only for the transportation and lifting of tyres, but also the handling of pallets to increase the efficiency of its forklift truck even further.

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UK Automotive calls for interim Brexit arrangements

Tuesday 20th June 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK automotive industry has called on government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented.

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Chinese car production to reach 29.7 million by 2020

Chinese car production to reach 29.7 million by 2020

Tuesday 20th June 2017 | 0 Comments

A new report based on International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and a ReportLinker algorithm and analysts forecasts that new passenger car sales in China should reach 29.7 million units a year by 2020. This means that between 2017 and 2020, new car sales in that nation will maintain an annualized growth rate (CAGR) of 7.06 per cent. That rate of growth is slower than it has been in recent years up until now, but it remains a sustainable one.

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Clear upgrades 2017/18 West European trailer market forecast

Friday 9th June 2017 | 0 Comments

There has been a distinct improvement in the outlook for many, if not all, West European economies when it comes to trailer sales. As a consequence, the forecast of a sharp slowdown in demand for trailers in the region during 2018 has moderated, but it has not disappeared – according to forecast upgrade note written by Clear International. Instead of demand dropping approximately 15 per cent in 2018 a decline in demand of 9 per cent is now forecast, followed by a further small drop in 2019 leading to a total shrinking of the market by 13 per cent over the two years.

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You don’t always get what you pay for, says Mycarcheck

Thursday 1st June 2017 | 0 Comments

Mycarcheck.com has busted the myth that expensive used cars are more likely to have a clear history; new data suggests the opposite! New data from mycarcheck.com shows that, when it comes to the UK’s five most popular used car makes, a high price tag is no guarantee of a clear history. Of all the cars it checked last year, BMWs were 21 per cent more likely to have a warning against them than Fords, despite being, on average, around £10k more expensi

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