Recent data released by the DVLA and Department for Transport (DfT) has illustrated that the UK car parc is older than it has ever been. Older cars are undoubtedly popular, and as a result aftermarket support will be required for these vehicles long into the future.
As drivers take advantage of the latest low emission vehicle technology – whether petrol, diesel or alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) – average CO2 emissions for the UK motor parc have fallen to the lowest on record. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), emissions are down -17.8 per cent compared with the 175.1g/km average CO2 emissions from the UK car fleet in 2008.
Roads account for 12 per cent of Singapore’s total land area and the 278 square mile island city-state is home to some 907,000 vehicles, including approximately 612,000 cars. Enough is enough, says the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) – from February 2018, it will allow no additional growth in the country’s car and motorcycle parc.
AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site that puts quality first, says that its new service Guide Price system, launched in June this year, has already been adopted by a significant proportion of its vast UK network of 4,900 garages.
When asked what profession a used car buyer would most trust buying from when looking for a used car in the private market, one in four buyers said they would most trust a vicar, reveals the latest survey from vehicle information experts, HPI. Surprisingly, only 19 per cent voted a motor mechanic the most trustworthy person to buy a used car from, however, this was the second most trusted profession.
Doctors and medical professionals came in third at 15 per cent, with teachers scoring 12 per cent. Bottom of the table were builders (1 per cent), IT professionals (2 per cent) and surprisingly, members of the armed forces scored just 4 per cent, along with admin staff and secretaries. Interestingly lawyers, accountants and sales professionals all scored 6 per cent.
Demand in the Russian light vehicle automotive market has crashed following what some analysts have called a “perfect storm” of contributing factors. As a result the country’s light-vehicle market suffered a massive 24.4 per cent year-on-year decline in sales during January to 115,390 units (down 32,272 units).
IHS Automotive said this was the result of “a perfect storm in macroeconomic terms with rising prices, declining spending power, eroded confidence and the economic effect of sanctions on the Russian government.” The worst thing is that this is despite the renewal of the Russian government’s vehicle scrappage scheme. And it looks like it won’t get any better. IHS Automotive forecasts that the Russian light-vehicle sales will fall by 27.4 per cent year-on-year in 2015 to 1.81 million units.
Is it possible to establish gender through the car you drive? Apparently so, according to “luxury male grooming brand” The Bluebeards Revenge, which has compiled a list of the “World’s Manliest Cars” based on an email survey of 1,226 customers. In a break from removing stubble with the “lightweight yet comfortably substantial” Bluebeards Revenge Privateer Collection Mach 3 Razor, these arbiters of manliness voted the Dodge Viper 2014’s top representative of automotive masculinity.
The cars on our roads are getting older, and there are more of them as well. According to the findings of the largest-ever census of UK car ownership carried out by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the country’s car parc rose by around 436,000 units, or 1.4 per cent, to reach a precise total of 31,917,885 cars in 2013. The ‘Motorparc’ study also identified that the average age of cars in the UK has risen by a year over the past decade; average car age is now 7.7 years old, and in 2013 there were 2.06 million cars over 12 years old on the road, 11.3 per cent more than in 2012.
The US senate dotted the final “i” on its “Cash for Clunkers” scheme – an answer to the UK’s own scrappage deal dubbed, with equal panache, “Bangers for Cash” – on 19 June. The scrappage bill will allocate $1 billion for vouchers worth between $3,500 and $4,500 when a customer trades in an old vehicle for a new one. However, unlike the British government’s reliance on customers to make the decision to buy more ecologically friendly products, the US programme is contingent on the fact that the traded-in vehicle achieves 18mpg or fewer and the new one supersedes the original figure by 4mpg (car), 2mpg (small truck or SUV) or 1mpg (large truck or van).
Deutsche Bank reports estimate that 28 per cent of the relevant US car parc will qualify for the deal, while it also calls the potential benefits to the US auto industry “relatively modest”. It continues, “Given the fact that most eligible vehicles will be trucks, we believe that a disproportionate benefit will accrue to the US automakers (and to suppliers such as American Axle).”
This battery season sees the launch of a new range of batteries supplied by Varta. With over six million cars in the 6-9 year old UK car parc and a further seven million in the 3-6 year sector, this new range is designed to help Viking International’s customers more effectively meet end user expectations. All Varta batteries incorporate the latest Calcium-Silver technology, adopted by top car manufacturers to enhance battery life by as much as 20 per cent. The range includes the Varta Black Dynamic, the Blue Dynamic, and the new Silver Dynamic, accepted as an OE fitment for Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, Saab and Volvo.