Following the launch of its One Box start-stop battery testing and installation solution at Automechanika Birmingham last June, Ecobat Battery Technologies (Ecobat), has further developed its offering with the release of a free start-stop battery training, assessment and certification.
Vredestein has launched an upgraded winter car tyre, rebranding its Snowtrac range for the cold weather segment. The new tyre, the Vredestein Wintrac, was scheduled to be launched at The Tire Cologne. Due to that event’s cancellation, the new tyre is also entering the market as the brand’s first ever virtual launch. Vredestein says the tyre is “more suitable for current European winters.” Accordingly its engineers have improved the winter range’s performance in all types of wet conditions. It also continues to drive well on snow, it adds.
Bridgestone launches A-rated Duravis All Season light truck tyre
Bridgestone has launched its first-ever all-season tyre for the light truck segment. The Duravis All Season has a robust and durable construction, for longevity and reduced downtime periods. It also has A-grade wet grip on the EU tyre label, alongside Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) and Mud and Snow (M+S) certification. Bridgestone says the tyre targets both small and large fleets looking to maximise business efficiency on the same tyres year-round.
First OE fitment for Michelin connected road-legal track tyre
Michelin has launched a new Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect road-legal track tyre. Intended for 80 per cent track use, the Connect version of the Pilot Sport Cup 2 has an integrated container for a sensor. This makes it the first 100 per cent connect-ready tyre on the market. Users need only insert the Michelin Track Connect solution sensors. This allows drivers to optimise their performance during track days. Further improvements to the tyre construction and tread have helped Michelin offer a tyre that improves on the base Pilot Sport Cup 2, itself a favourite fitment of GT racing models. The tyre will receive its world premiere as original equipment on the BMW M2 CS.
Britishvolt considering Wales for huge battery factory
Britishvolt has shortlisted Bro Tathan in South Wales and one other site for the UK’s first 30 plus GWh Gigafactory. Britishvolt eliminated 40 other proposals in the process. When the project is finalised, the company says the initial wave of £1.2 billion of investment into the site will eventually lead to around 3,500 jobs.
Cooper launches two Roadmaster van and local delivery tyres
In the USA, Cooper Tire’s Roadmaster brand has bolstered its presence in the delivery and emergency vehicle segment with the introduction of two new tyres. The Roadmaster RM257 drive and Roadmaster RM170+ steer, both 19.5-inch tyres, will soon be available for order through Roadmaster dealers.
While the Finnish tyremaker is best known for its winter and Nordic market-orientated products, Nokian Tyres is currently promoting its “versatile summer tyre selection for Central European market”. Nokian’s latest generation summer tyre range features “Dual Zone Safety technology”, which is specially developed for varying summer conditions. According to the company, this technology was first introduced in the passenger car models and then carried on to the SUV and cross-over range. Nokian Tyres’ products offer premium driving comfort, durability and, above all, first-class safety – ensuring perfect peace of mind for all summer trips.
Electric cars shaping up as growth pole as recovery builds – GlobalData
Hyundai Motor Group has announced a rise of nearly 58 per cent rise in global electric vehicles sales in the first five months of 2020. The Korean car maker has sold 40,182 units in the period. David Leggett, automotive analyst at GlobalData, says: “Hyundai’s success reflects strong demand in Europe for recently-launched electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Ioniq as well as Kia Niro and the Soul EV.
ECP launches back-to-work packs to help garages reopen safely
Euro Car Parts has created a new product bundle to help garages access essential cleaning equipment and PPE. Garages can buy a ‘Back to Work Pack’ complete with a 500ml antibacterial hand sanitising gel, a 500ml surface disinfectant spray, 25 pairs of gloves, 25 large, heavy duty refuse bags and six 2-ply blue rolls.
Bridgestone to supply Turanza Eco for Fiat 500 La Prima and VW ID.3
Bridgestone has confirmed that it will supply its Turanza Eco as original equipment on the VW ID.3 electric car. In doing so, the tyre manufacturer joins Continental and Goodyear in supplying rubber for the model. The Turanza Eco is equipped with Bridgestone’s Enliten technology, which reduces weight. This is a popular characteristic among auto manufacturers, especially in the electric car segment, as they seek to reduce both weight and rolling resistance from the tyres.
Cooper Tire equips UK mountain search and rescue teams
Cooper Tire Europe has increased its involvement in UK mountain search and rescue operations. The tyre manufacturer is providing support to teams across England and Wales. As part of the initiative, several teams are now equipped with Cooper 4x4 tyres.
Absolute Alignment sales ‘back to pre-lockdown level’
Four wheel alignment equipment supplier, Absolute Alignment says its May sales have “matched pre-lockdown figures in March.” The company has adapted its work practices to protect customers and staff and adhere to government pandemic guidelines. Social distancing measures are followed during every installation and each training session for workshop personnel. The business has also turned to online demonstrations.
Giti upgrades GDM686 mixed service truck tyre, increasing mileage 20%
Giti Tire has introduced a new generation of its Giti GDM686 mixed service drive axle tyre. The new model increases mileage potential by 20 per cent, the manufacturer tells Tyres & Accessories. The manufacturer describes the tyre as one of its most popular products for on/off road vehicles.
Borg & Beck’s Citroën/Peugeot brake disc installation tips
As more and more vehicles are being fitted with technology to assist drivers, this is impacting the way technicians work. One of these components is the ABS sensor, which is often located next to the brake discs and now needs to be considered and checked when changing the discs. With this in mind, Borg & Beck have offered the following advice:
With lockdown meaning many people are working from home, car usage has decreased. And this means many cars have been left unused and exposed. This, in turn, can cause brakes to develop issues that stop them working correctly during driving.