Sell premium quality batteries, they Cost less than a tank of fuel. That’s the view put forward by Banner, the battery maker, which suggests it is prudent to supply and fit the best battery you can: “Budget batteries are fine for older cars without any electrical consumers but there are less of those on the roads today.”
Infinity Tyres has announced the introduction of a new UK car tyre warranty backed with a 30-day exchange guarantee. The warranty is being introduced in co-operation with its authorised partner, Bond International, and will be honoured at any authorised Infinity dealership in the UK. The brand says it expects to increase further the public’s confidence in the Infinity product, since it also covers the tyres for accidental damage occurrences.
Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. has recalled a number of its Solus passenger car tyres due to a sidewall cracking issue. According to the company’s submission to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administrion (NHTSA), certain 225/45 R17 Kumho Solus KH25 produced 21 August 2011 through 23 June 2012 have an issue which could develop into cracking in the sidewall, which could result in air loss and in turn in a potential tyre failure.
On-car brake lathe supplier Pro-Cut believes that its equipment can thrive in providing workshops with equipment that boosts revenue and shortens expended time. The company’s on-car brake lathe delivers on both fronts, according to Pro-Cut, who say the machine is very profitable for the garage and saves the customer a great deal of money. Pro-Cut claims its brake lathe will skim a disc in nine minutes, an axle in 18 minutes and both axles in 36 minutes. The company says the process will cure squeaks, squeals and vibration issues forever, increasing both retail and warranty opportunities for any service centre or dealership.
Double Coin and the China Manufacturers Alliance have launched a new mobile website aimed at North American customers. The site will complement the existing www.doublecoin-us.com and is designed and formatted for optimal viewing on any web-enabled Smartphone, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and others. Features accessible through the mobile site include product specifications and warranty information, and visitors can use the dealer locator function to access over 1,000 independent Double Coin tyre dealers across North America. The phone’s GPS automatically redirects to the closest dealer based on the user’s current location.
Saab Automobile Parts AB has signed an agreement with the administrators of Saab Automobile AB allowing them the use of Saab’s press and body shop plant, including the specialist tooling, for the manufacture and assembly of body parts. The decision has been welcomed by Saab Parts UK, which said that the restart of in Trollhättan for parts manufacturing would allow parts availability to return to the levels experienced before production was halted. The UK parts supplier has been trading for almost four months, and the company says it continues to grow its network of authorised repairers.
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has combined its current Affiliated Dealer, TireStarz and Family Retail Dealer programmes under one umbrella for the United States market. This new independent retail dealer programme has been named the Bridgestone Affiliated Retailer Nationwide Network and will encompass over 2,500 points of sale nationwide.
Leicestershire-based industrial product specialist, SIP Limited is reporting a growing demand for its range of trade and professional propane, diesel and infrared heaters, as garages react to the dropping temperatures. The company singles out its professional diesel/kerosene stainless steel space heaters as a product that has generated the warmest interest.
Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin will use the Hunter HawkEye four wheel imaging aligner and GSP9700 Road Force Balancer to be used in its dealerships around the world. Paul Beaurain, managing director of Pro-Align, which exclusively distributes Hunter products in the UK said: “It’s a real feather in our cap for Hunter to have the endorsement of such a prestigious sports car manufacturer as Aston Martin.” Pro-Align worked with Aston Martin to gain its approval for the deal.
Following a September 15 change in the regulations covering automotive spare parts in Qatar, the importation of used tyres and certain new tyres into the Gulf state is now forbidden. Under the new rules, issued by the country’s Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Business and Trade and Ministry of Interior, no new tyres will be permitted to enter the country unless accompanied by a Gulf Conformity Certificate. Tyres must also carry a 180km/h speed rating in order to be eligible for importation. Balloon tyres intended for use on passenger vehicles are also no longer able to be imported unless accompanied by a certificate of conformity, with the type of tyre engraved in red on the sidewall.
A new battery tester from Equipexpress offers technicians and fleet owners the chance to test batteries thoroughly, as well as alternators, starters and engine earthing, then store the results and print them out through a PC. The BESA (Battery Electrical System Analyser) offers a level of functionality normally found only in much more expensive equipment. It gives a detailed analysis of the state of a vehicle's battery, now more vital than ever as modern car systems and the growth of diesel continue to impose increasing demand on batteries.
Alcoa Wheel Products will be showing its forged aluminium wheels at Tip-Ex show (stand C7-8) between 10 and 12 June. The wheel maker recently added some 17.5” wheels to its portfolio including: a 17.5 x 6.75 10 hole low deck trailer wheel, available in mirror polished version; a 17.5 x 6.75 6 hole truck wheel for medium duty trucks. Alcoa reports that the latest sizes will be available in brushed and Dura-Bright finishes from April 2011 onwards.
Wolfrace has announced the release of Nitework alloy wheels for small and compact vehicles, a range the company says is to be the first of several new styles to be launched in the Wolfrace Eurosport portfolio. The company celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011, and says that the Nitework is to continue in the footsteps of previous Wolfrace products, which have aimed to provide highly desirable designs, such as the original Slot Mag, the Voodoo and the Matrix.
Snap-on Equipment has announced its new N2 Generator nitrogen inflation system, available under the Hofmann and John Bean brands. The mobile unit for motorcycle, car, caravan, 4X4 and LCV tyres generates nitrogen at a rate of 4,380 litres per hour. Snap-on says nitrogen inflation will help extend tyre life, lower fuel consumption and reduce tyre wear, therefore improving grip, handling and safety due to much slower tyre pressure loss, as nitrogen particles are larger than oxygen.
ACDelco notes with pride that its batteries described as “the best dressed and the business”, and this distinction may be one of the reasons why batteries remain one of the company’s flagship product groups. And with ACDelco looking to focus on fine-tuning its part offering across all main product groups this year, the company will be shortly enhancing its battery range with the addition of a number of new parts references.