Scotlands Ash Garage has appointed Jordan Montgomery as its new apprentice, with the independent garage laying out plans to invest in the business’ growth. The company said the appointment reflects its commitment to securing the future of the independent motor trade by supporting the next generation of technicians.
Sailun Tyres (Europe) has appointed Janis Amolins as its business development manager for East Europe. Amolins will be responsible for the sales and development of the Sailun Jinyu Group’s portfolio of four brands for Europe: Sailun, Jinyu, Black Lion and Rovelo. He joins the Sailun team with immediate effect.
Dunlop Tyres has helped to design and deliver an in-depth training course in conjunction with National Tyres and Autocare Centres (NTA). Aimed at NTA’s assistant branch managers, the course is the first of its kind, focusing solely on developing assistant branch managers in NTA’s centres nationwide. There has not previously been a training course which offers such in-depth and wide-ranging training for the assistant branch managers.
Lexus has introduced its Lexus UX concept car, fitted with Goodyear Urban Crossover concept tyres, at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The car is matched with special tyres, showcasing the cooperation between the two companies.
The Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) analysis has revealed a reduction in casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads. 2015’s data shows a 28 per cent decrease in the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents with total casualties falling by 16.2 per cent when compared with 2014 figures. The results are good news for TyreSafe the day before the start of October’s Tyre Safety Month 2016; the latest figures mean there has been a 44 per cent decrease in all casualties caused by tyre-related incidents since the inception of Tyre Safety Month’s organiser, TyreSafe, in 2006.
The Continental brand’s return to the OTR tyre segment has gained traction with the official launch of the ContiEarth range at MINExpo. Continental presented two versions of ContiEarth at the Las Vegas show, the EM-Master and the RDT-Master.
Make that seven in a row. Bridgestone Corporation is back in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for the seventh consecutive year, and this repeat performance has been accompanied by its first-time entry into the Dow Jones SustainabilityWorld Index (DJSIWorld). These indices, maintained collaboratively by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, measure the performance of the world’s sustainability leaders based on a comprehensive analysis of long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.
The results table for the 2016 Auto Bild all-season tyre test saw last year’s winner and runner-up – the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons and Michelin CrossClimate – swap places. This occurrence means that this year’s size 205/55 R16 all-season tyre test was in fact won by a summer tyre, as Michelin considers its CrossClimate a summer fitment designed and legally approved for year-round use. Call it what you like, at any rate the Auto Bild team deemed the Michelin CrossClimate the pick of the ten-tyre bunch, and awarded it the test’s only ‘exemplary’ rating.
LeasePlan UK has reacted to the RAC’s 2016 Report on Motoring that revealed car maintenance was the second biggest concern for motorists. Jennifer Gradden, fleet risk management account director at LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s largest vehicle management group, comments, “There is a worrying level of motorists in the UK who are baffled by car maintenance. It’s hugely important to maintain the upkeep of a vehicle, not only to conserve its value and improve fuel economy, but also because poor maintenance can be dangerous and potentially cause an accident.
Falken Motorsports drivers Peter Dumbreck and Martin Ragginger claimed a third-place finish at the eighth round of the 2016 VLN Endurance Championship on 25 September. Held at the legendary Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, it’s the second VLN podium finish of the season for the Falken duo. “After changing from the previous Porsche 997 to […]
UK transport company Go-Ahead will continue a 20-year relationship with Michelin after agreeing a three-year contract for the continued support of Michelin solutions’ Effitires comprehensive tyre management programme. The price-per-mile deal will cover 100 per cent of Go-Ahead’s expanding bus fleet – 4,800 vehicles – operating from more than 50 depots around the country. The Effitires contract offers a combination of outsourced tyre procurement and management solutions, helping keep Go-Ahead’s mix of single and double-decker buses on the road as they transport more than two million passengers daily.
While some manufacturers lobby for tyres to be replaced at 3 or even 4 mm, Michelin maintains that the current legal limit of 1.6 mm is “perfectly suited” to modern motoring and has reaffirmed its opposition to a change in the legislation. Indeed, during the course of the Paris Motor Show, Michelin’s top executives will be making this argument with journalists, OEMs and of course the public.
Close Brothers Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2016 Mission Motorsport Invitational. Now in its fourth year, the annual Mission Motorsport Invitational track day, held today at Goodwood, is a flagship ‘Experience’ racing event. It brings together 50 exceptional cars with 50 injured servicemen and women and their families. Cars are divided […]
Roadlink International has labelled the Automechanika Frankfurt 2016 exhibition under the SMMT Great Britain pavilion a “success”. The company said its presence had sparked industry interest and generated a number of solid leads. With 136,000 UK and overseas visitors in attendance, Roadlink was among a record-breaking 4,820 exhibitors, leading the way for UK commercial vehicle (CV) component suppliers by inviting key industry players onto its well-attended stand.
This year has seen Highways England roll out smart motorways as a part of its ambition to reduce congestion and improve journey times in the UK. But, with that, Transport Minister Chris Grayling gave the go-ahead to remove 32 miles of hard shoulder on the M4, with 30 schemes proposed to permanently convert the hard shoulder into a traffic lane on around 300 miles of motorway.