Dumfries drivers are the happiest with their cars rating them higher overall than anywhere else in the UK. Meanwhile, car owners in Rochester rated their cars lowest on a national car review conducted by WeLoveAnyCar.com. The car review site, with 137,860 car reviews, has produced the UK’s first local car owner satisfaction index showing that car owners rate their cars differently according to where they live. The table, reproduced below, has been publicised in the run up to the National Car Awards in September.
In the recent J.D Power 2014 Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, Nexen Tire attained what the Korean tyre manufacturer described as “promising results” for the second consecutive year.
According to a new study from J.D. Power, the number of problems owners in the US experience with their original equipment tyres declined 22 per cent to 68.5 problems per 100 vehicles in 2014 – down from 88.3 in 2010. The 2014 Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study also found the incidence of all tyre problems measured has declined over the five-year span, with the largest improvements in fast tread wear, slow leaks and uneven wear. The study measured tyre owner satisfaction after two years of vehicle ownership in four segments: luxury, passenger car, performance sport and truck/utility. Satisfaction was examined in four factors: tyre wearability, tyre ride, tyre appearance, and tyre traction/handling.
The annual Sunday Times workplace survey has once again placed BEN, the automotive industry charity, in the Top 100 Best not-for-profit organisations to work for and awarded the charity with a coveted star rating.
Cam Systems has appointed Ian Stark as its new technical account manager. The IT supplier is expanding its software solutions, linking the entire supply chain in the tyre industry with the aim of delivering lower transaction costs to customers. Stark will continue to boost the company’s IT project and systems implementation while maintaining customer satisfaction.
Cam Systems has created two new roles, expanding its customer support with a technical account management and a client liaison expertise. Lance Malin, an experienced technical account manager, will be responsible for delivering hardware and software projects to customers, and developing and maintaining strong business relationships. Frankie Sharp is tasked with increasing the information flow between Cam and non-Cam clients, the software provider says.
Germany-based agricultural and off-road tyre specialist Bohnenkamp AG has appointed Gregor Rüth its new chief executive. Rüth begins in this role on 1 August and is now working together with fellow board member Michael Rieken to ensure a smooth takeover.
Johnson Controls, whose product portfolio includes the Varta, Optima, LTH and Helia battery brands, has appointed Kim Metcalf-Kupres to the newly-created position of vice-president and chief marketing officer (CMO). In this role she will report to vice-chairman Alex Molinaroli.
US-based Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT) retreader Allied Oil & Tire Company has reached the million-mark. The company, which is located in Omaha, Nebraska, opened the doors of its MRT plant in 1998, and upon celebrating the retreading of its one millionth commercial vehicle tyre plant manager Don Roberts commented that “this milestone speaks volumes about our commitment to customer satisfaction and producing industry-leading retreads.”
Canadian Tire Corp has selected Rotary Lift as a “preferred vendor” for alignment lifts for its automotive service centers across the country, reports Tire Review. Rotary Lift provides the Y-Lift alignment lift for many Canadian Tire dealers already. Canadian Tire and its associate dealers combine for 485 stores from coast-to-coast.
Nano-precipitated calcium carbonate manufacturer ShengdaTech, Inc. reports its business operations will continue to be conducted as usual during its appeal against the delisting determination issued by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC’s Listing Qualifications Department. The appeal, ShengdaTech reports, has temporarily stayed the delisting pending a hearing on the matter on May 26. ShengdaTech acknowledges there is no assurance its appeal for continued listing will be granted and even goes as far as admitting that, should it be granted, it can not assure it will “be able to execute upon such request in a timely manner or to the satisfaction of Nasdaq.” Should the Nasdaq confirm the delisting determination, ShengdaTech’s securities will be subject to imminent delisting from Nasdaq and will be quoted for trading in over-the-counter securities markets.
Approaching its first birthday, Stoke-on-Trent tyre retailer For Tyres has been chosen as one of three finalists for the Sentinel Business Awards in the Start-up Business of the Year category. The winner will be announced at the awards presentation dinner on 29 March, one of the county’s most prestigious business events of the year.
More than 200 UK motorists have declared Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ the best driving anthem of all time, a HiQ survey has revealed. The fast fit network commissioned a survey to discover which track is the most enjoyable to listen to in the car, and the American rocker made a surprise entry at number one. The top five showed the British public is unafraid of flamboyance, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Two Tribes) second and Queen (One Vision) third. More laddish rockers Stereophonics finished fourth (Bartender and the Thief) and the Manic Street Preachers came fifth (‘Design for Life’).
Early indications from BrandIndex, YouGov’s daily brand perception tracker, suggest that Toyota's brand health in the UK may recover faster than originally feared from the damage inflicted by the recall of several million vehicles across the world. Immediately following the announcement and subsequent negative press coverage, Toyota's brand perception scores in the UK dropped dramatically from being one of the highest ranked automotive brands tracked in BrandIndex to one of the worst. Toyota's overall ranking (combining all the BrandIndex measures excluding 'Buzz') fell from 7th out of 50 car brands at the beginning of December to 40th at the end of February.