For the last few years Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) take-up has continued apace. Indeed, according to the latest UK vehicle registrations figures, vehicles that can be described as SUV now occupy a significant position when it comes to new vehicle market share. Indeed, the Nissan Qashqai crossover was the third most popular purchase in February 2021, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). And the Volvo XC40 as well as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Tiguan also figure in the top 10. Of course, all these vehicles need tyres so there is every chance that the recent trend towards SUV tyre replacement sales is also going to continuing over the next few years. With this in mind, the SUV tyre feature in April’s magazine takes a closer look the best products on the market. Beginning with a summary and analysis of the best-rated tyres out there, the section will also include information on the latest releases and range updates.
The past 12 months have given the garage sector a lot to think about. Correctly deemed to be providing a key service, garages have kept the country rolling during various lockdowns, despite being simultaneously encumbered with an MOT extension. In addition to irregular demand, garages have needed to be adaptable to altered trading conditions and customer demands. The value of selecting the right workshop equipment in this period should not be understated; giving garages the ability to capitalise on the increased demand for mobile servicing, for example. How has this context altered the equipment market, and how are equipment suppliers responding to these changes? Tyres & Accessories looks at this segment in more detail in the April edition.