First Line has responded to the commercial realities driving the market and, in 2012, introduced a pure and simple range of components under the Key Parts brand. This competitively priced brand covers only the most popular applications for braking, steering & suspension, wheel bearings, water pumps and clutch kits, which offer minimum stock investment for maximum sales opportunity. Its braking portfolio – now totalling over 500 references – has grown by more than 50 brake discs and in excess of 190 brake pads within the past few months. Furthermore, all brake discs & pads, where required, are ECE R90 approved, ensuring total peace of mind about the high-quality products available.
Small convoys of partially driverless lorries will be trialled on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle “platoons”.
Ford has launched its ‘New For Old’ Scrappage Scheme where customers can save between £2,000 and £4,950 when trading in a car or between £3,650 and £7,000 off a commercial vehicle. Ford are promoting the fact that this will reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Ford also assures customers that they will manage the scrappage of old vehicles responsibly.
The Parts Alliance has teamed up with Delphi for the second time in 2017 to run its new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion. The distributor states that it hopes to build on the success of spring’s ‘Dream Drive’ promotion, which saw surging sales and six lucky garage winners taking memorable Route 66 road trips. This time around, there are six spectacular holidays to be won during September and October, to destinations throughout the world.
Windscreen wiper blade developer and supplier Trico has been providing reliable and high quality products to five continents for a century. To mark this centenary, the company will release its own-brand beer – named “Brew 17”. Trico said that alongside a number of new products introduced to celebrate the company’s centenary, the specially brewed beer demonstrates how it continues to break the mould for innovative ideas and initiatives.
It has been a busy year for Autogem. First managing director Prashant Chopra was named chairman of the NTDA. Then the company launched its innovative groove glove laser tyre tread scanning system at AutoMechanika in Birmingham. Shortly afterwards, the company relocated to new modern premises in Wembley, north London. Tyres & Accessories caught up with Prashant Chopra at the new headquarters and found out more.
Apollo Vredestein has introduced three new Vredestein brand cycle tyres for the sport segment at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen. The tyre manufacturer said it was responding to road bike manufacturers’ production of increasingly stiffer frames and wheels to ensure better feedback, comfort and grip for riders. With these characteristics, the importance of tyres increases, since the feel of the road surface and grip contribute more to the overall cycling experience. Vredestein has introduced the Fortezza Duralite, Fortezza Tubeless Ready, and Fortezza Senso Tri, in addition to a new size for the Fortezza Senso Superiore.
Singapore-based international contract tyre producer – Firenza are established in the UK and Europe as a supplier of value and mid-range truck and bus tyres. According to the company, the Firenza TBR range is manufactured within “leading international production facilities in China and Vietnam”.
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has begun supplying its Geolandar G055 as original equipment for the all-new Jeep Compass, which went on sale in North America in June 2017. The new Compass will come factory-equipped with 225/55R18 98H size tyres. In addition, Yokohama’s Geolandar SUV is original equipment on the Jeep Compass launched in China in late 2016.
Hella continues its trend of year-on-year growth, boosted in no small part by the recent introduction of Hella Hengst filtration and the continued development of Sonne. However, the success has also been attributed to growing awareness across the industry of the necessity to recalibrate the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) following service or repair work to a vehicle’s steering geometry, in which its brand, Hella Gutmann Solutions, is the aftermarket leader.
Pirelli is working with Fisker Inc. to create low rolling resistance tyres for the new Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, set to launch in late 2019.
Pirelli will develop summer P Zero tyres in 285/35R24 (F) and 305/35R24 (R). The focus of this development will be on low rolling resistance, “spirited handling” and extra comfort due to tall sidewalls.
KPMG has appointed Christoph Domke to lead its Commercial Mobility function as a director within its Mobility 2030 practice. The professional services firm’s Mobility 2030 practice provides global insights and support to help clients in sectors including automotive, energy, infrastructure, retail, telco and government to position themselves for future success.
Rod McGovern won overall victory in the Yokohama-backed, 2017 Seat Supercup Ireland Championship this weekend, having finished runner-up in the last two seasons. Driving for Mick Merrigan Motorsport, McGovern clinched the title at Kirkstown Motor Racing Circuit when he took a fourth place finish in round ten of the series, securing an unassailable lead with two races of the season still remaining.
Looking back on one of the major events in its calendar, Falken has posted a video reviewing its participation in the 2017 Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Sumitomo Rubber Industries brand expanded its entry at this year’s event with a new BMW M6 joining the Falken Motorsports Porsche 911.