Garage Hive has launched a new data website called Garage Industry Trends. The garage management system’s managing director Ray Dilsons introduced the new site during his keynote address to a group of 230 customer and industry delegates attending The Blend 2022 conference at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms on 17 September. The new service uses aggregated data from Garage Hive customers that have opted in to create key performance metrics in real-time. Garage Hive says more than 80 customers signed up to share anonymised data during the conference and in the subsequent week.
Car service and repair booking platform GaragesNear.Me, has revealed its refreshed website. After ramping up its presence in the UK aftermarket over the last few months, GaragesNear.Me has been working behind the scenes on its website to ensure it is fully search optimised and user friendly for both customers and garages.
Anyone wanting to learn more about carbon black and its many applications can now do so at the new Birla Carbon virtual showroom. Claimed as an industry first, the site offers a virtual reality experience that takes viewers through the intricate uses of each part of a car and employs an immersive experience to showcase how carbon black can make a difference to the solutions it is part of. Birla Carbon aims for the virtual showroom to be a “one-stop shop experience for the entire value chain of carbon black solutions.”
Yokohama Rubber has refreshed its dedicated motorsports website. Both the English and Japanese language versions of the Yokohama Motorsports sites have been given the treatment and now feature full-screen designs. Yokohama says this format “enhances user convenience.”
Having already given its sites for South Korea and North America the treatment, Hankook Tire is continuing the renewal of its official websites in a further 26 countries. It says the new sites aim to “strengthen the platform’s function as a sales hub” and will “provide users with a more user-friendly, interactive digital experience.”
As a leading supplier of original equipment components to the independent sector, one of the most important elements of the Denso Aftermarket website is the e-catalogue. As a result, to make it easier for users to find the right parts quickly, particularly when undertaking complex searches, it has been thoroughly revamped to make it more user-friendly and more intuitive.
Magna Tyres has refreshed its brand image with a new logo, website and corporate slogan – You know why. The company describes its new identity as “even more recognisable, more professional and with a strong impact” and believes it will help it to grow Magna Tyres into an “even stronger” brand.
Garage Management System, TechMan has launched a new website. The company says the new site represents its growing list of features developed to improve day-to-day tasks in a busy garage environment. The firm has invested in new head office premises and additional staff appointments in addition to the ongoing development of the Garage Management System. In the past 18 months, more garages have been using Techman’s software to enable increased digitalisation of their businesses, prompted by pandemic operating conditions.
A new partnership with DriverReviews gives Hankook Tyre UK a means of supplementing its consumer-facing website with user reviews. The fruits of integrating the DriverReviews platform can already be seen on Hankook’s UK site, and the tyre maker plans to roll out the concept in further markets next year.
Car buying comparison leader, carwow has today (15 June) announced the acquisition of used car buying platform, Wizzle. Carwow connects more online car buyers with more dealers and OEMs than any other online marketplace and is the brand of choice for more than 12m users who want to research, configure and find their perfect new car online. Last year alone, £2.5bn of new cars were sold on the carwow platform and almost 80 per cent of buyers then had a car to sell.
Bandvulc has unveiled a new website, which has been created as a mobile-first tyre information portal, providing technicians with easy to view detailed, technical information about each Bandvulc retread tyre whilst giving customers an overview of tyres by application type, to aid tyre choice.
Westlake Tyre has launched a new global website. Westlaketyre.com features “a more intuitive and responsive user interface, is optimized for various digital devices such as PC, smartphones, and tablets”, according to the company. Regionalised multilingual versions of the website will be available “for each region” in the coming months.
Cooper Tire Europe has launched a dealer portal for its customers. The new website combines and enhances the tyre manufacturer’s existing digital tools, presenting dealers with a single point of contact for various customer-facing functions. From the portal dealers will be able to access brand assets, news and newsletters, and Cooper’s E-University for contactless product training on demand – all with a single login. Cooper said the portal marks “an important step” in its efforts to become “the most user-friendly customer and consumer facing tyre manufacturer to work with.”
Despite the pandemic, Tenneco’s Garage Gurus automotive technical education platform has attracted record numbers of aftermarket professionals from across the EMEA region to its expanded curriculum of online and onsite courses. More than 32,000 participants have completed Garage Gurus training sessions since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Garage Gurus is a no-cost technical education and support program that helps workshop professionals and other participants remain on the leading edge of vehicle service technology.