Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) is continuing its development of the Lucas brand across UK and Europe with the introduction of distributor and technician training seminars. The first-ever Lucas training programme under SMPE was in Kiev, with Ukrainian business and Lucas distributor Alt-Star. This was followed by training with Autoaibe, a Temot member in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both Lucas distributors brought a mixture of online, wholesale and electrical specialists to the training and more than 30 people attended in total.
Giti Tire has presented its three-year development programme for its GT Radial brand to key dealers, including UK distributor Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS). The annual PCR European Marketing Council, held in Austria, was attended by customers from across the continent. It looked at current market conditions, future trends, product development and marketing direction, including the brand proposition across advertising, point-of-sale and online activities, comprising the brand website and social media.
Dmack British Rally Champion Elfyn Evans rounded off his spectacular season in style with overall victory at this weekend’s popular Bettega Memorial Rally at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. Evans beat Kalle Rovanpera (Ford, running on Pirelli tyres) after fending off competition from World Rally Championship runner-up Thierry Neuville (Hyundai, Michelin) and Alessandro Bettega (Ford, Yokohama) in two days of qualifying heats on the purpose built track. Dmack managing director Dick Cormack said the win was “an important result” for Dmack in growing the brand in Italy.
Voting has begun for the IAAF’s Annual Awards, with winners set to be unveiled at the association’s annual gathering held at the ICC in Birmingham on Thursday 15 December. The award ceremony will welcome around 600 aftermarket personnel, with industry-leading motor factors and suppliers eager to win the coveted awards.