The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has successfully challenged BMW after the car-making giant refused to honour the warranty on a vehicle that was serviced and repaired outside of the BMW main dealer network.
The BMW 318i, which was less than three years old, was presented to a BMW dealership in Hampshire after it broke down due to a problem caused by the oil filter overheating the engine. After inspecting the damage, BMW said it would not repair the vehicle because the oil filter was a non-manufacturer part and it didn’t have any record of the vehicle ever being serviced within the manufacturer network.
Mitsubishi, Renault, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia now offer warranties ranging from four to seven years from the initial purchase date, but a closer examination of the small print reveals major discrepancies between the advertised cover and the time elapsed.
Pirelli has launched the Cinturato P1 Plus tyre in the US. A summer ultra high-performance tyre aimed at luxury, mid, full-size and sport cars, the Cinturato P1 continues Pirelli’s successful “Plus” strategy derived from original equipment product development. However, according to the company, the Cinturato P1 Plus is dedicated to the aftermarket and includes an increased emphasis on treadwear.
First Line’s Borg & Beck brand is expanding to encompass a comprehensive range of high quality rotating electrics. The brand is already an established player in the clutch sector and is increasing its interest in the braking market. The new programme contains more than 1,000 starter and alternator references.
ATS Euromaster is offering a new range of premium batteries for cars and light commercial vehicles, available with a five year warranty. The Platinum Prestige Plus batteries give motorists and fleets added confidence that their battery will meet or exceed original equipment specifications and deliver reliable performance over a longer life. According to the company, […]
Litchfield – the GT-R tuner – has released details of its latest exhaust system for the R35 variant. This latest system has been precision-fabricated in a substantial 102mm (4”) diameter is aimed at “those discerning owners that refuse to compromise on either soundtrack or performance for their car.”
Aftermarket parts supplier Dayco has appointed Chris Showan as the company’s technical manager. Showan brings with him more than 25 years of aftermarket knowledge and experience from time at businesses such as Supra Automotive/Moprod, Quinton Hazell and latterly, Schaeffler Automotive.
Having introduced a new range of brake discs at the beginning of the year, ACDelco’s UK and European aftermarket operation says the company has been “delighted with the uptake”. Taking in some 1,200 part numbers, the range provides comprehensive coverage of the pan-European vehicle parc and complements the distributor’s existing range of 1,500 brake pads.
Milltek has released details of its new performance exhaust system for the new BMW M135i. The latest F20 chassis car features BMW’s twin scroll turbo engine, which Milltek says suits its extraction technology and craftsmanship. Initially launched as a cat-back only set-up, Milltek will provide the additional option of a turbo-back system, complete with large bore downpipe and high-flow cat configurations.
Wheelwright has been appointed official distributor for premium Italian wheel manufacturer MAK in the UK. The wheel supplier says MAK is at the forefront of cutting edge design with a range that covers almost every market, fitment and type of vehicle. MAK’s commercial range includes both five and six-stud fitments and load indexing to cover the heaviest and toughest applications. Wheelwright managing director Kevin Greer pronounced the company “delighted” to have added the “peerless” MAK brand to its portfolio.
Wheel distributor Wheelwright has released details of a new addition to the premium AEZ range. The latest wheel from the German-Austrian brand is called the Bridge and uses a range of subtle OEM styling cues to create a tasteful and understated design.
Renown German brand Hofmann has reintroduced a number of lifts into its line-up. The products, previously known under the Europa name, have been reintroduced to complement the current range of electro-mechanical products manufactured at Hofmann’s European factory. The lift range, which includes both electro-hydraulic and the EML 3000 two-post electro-mechanical lift, is available from all Hofmann distributors.
Avon Tyres has added several versions of the 3D Ultra motorcycle tyre range to its Road Hazard Warranty. This means that, in certain instances, should a 3D Ultra tyre become unserviceable as a result of what Avon considers “qualified tyre damage”, such as through a puncture, a replacement will be offered at no charge.
Matthew Hammond, Tony Barrell, Ian Green and Mike Jervis were appointed joint administrators of Manganese Bronze Holdings plc, LTI Limited, MBH Services Limited and MBH Property Services Limited (“the Group”) on 30 October 2012.
The Group is the manufacturer and retailer of the iconic London taxi, sold in the UK and abroad. It provides a retail and maintenance service through its wholly-owned dealerships throughout the UK, under the trading name The London Taxi Company. It has a turnover of £75m and 277 employees in total including three overseas employees. 175 employees are based at the Group’s head office and manufacturing site located in Coventry with the remaining employees spread across dealerships in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Coventry.
To make it easier for motorists in Australia to identify an authorised Michelin tyre dealer, Michelin Australia has launched an initiative to help. The 750 tyre retailers across Michelin Australia's national Authorised Dealer Network will now display new in-store signage allowing consumers to quickly identify them as an authorised dealer at a glance.