Comline teams up with Luton Town F.C

Comline Auto Parts has joined forces with its hometown Premier League team Luton Town F.C for the 2023/24 season as its new business partner.

In it to win it: Scan bonus points for REPXPERT millionaire goodies

Schaeffler’s REPXPERT Bonus Points scheme is moving into the autumn/winter period, with every scan of applicable FAG products between 1October and 31 December automatically entering users into the REPXPERT Millionaire promotion.

Welcome to the Dollhouse: UKGBE teams up with LKQ Euro Car Parts for Bangers4Ben

The Dublin Driving Dolls are the team from The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE), presented by Automechanika Birmingham, who will be taking on Bangers4Ben, being held 7-10 October across Ireland.

MAM Software partners with Worldpay from FIS

MAM Software has teamed up with WorldPay from FIS as its new payments partner, and has integrated its point of sale process from within its Autopart system.

“Between a rock and a hard place:” ZEV mandate still in place despite 2030 ICE roll-back

The ZEV mandate, which requires that a proportion of new cars being sold are electric, with carmakers fined if they fail to achieve their quota, will still be enforced from January despite the 2030 internal combustion engine car sale ban having being rolled back to 2035, the government has confirmed.

Government rolls ICE ban back to 2035

The ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, which had been set to come into force in 2030, was shifted back to 2035 by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday (Wednesday 20 September).

Motor sector reacts to potential 2030 ICE deadline pushback by PM

Suggestions that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could be set to push back on UK net zero commitments, including delaying the ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars has met a mixed reaction from the automotive industry.
The move is one of a number of measures that may be announced, and would see the date at which new internal combustion engine car sales would end being rolled back from 2030 to 2035.

IMI becomes Partner Sponsor of Automotive 30% Club

The IMI has become the key sponsor of the Automotive 30% Club for 2023 and 2024.

Nissans found to be most-clocked nearly-new car brand

7.1% of nearly new cars for sale have been clocked, with Nissans the most afflicted in this segment, a survey by vehicle history checking provider carVertical has found.

IMI There’s More to Motor campaign launches

The IMI has launched its digital campaign, There’s More To Motor, across the UK to change the perception held by school leavers and graduates regarding the motor industry.Those who engage will be directed to employers and recruitment agencies offering vacancies in their area.

Ben offers suicide prevention online support and training

Ben recently launched a month-long campaign centred on suicide prevention. A new section dedicated this has been launched on the charity’s website, offering up downloadable resources, contact details for further support and information on training and services for employers.

Straightset becomes Beissbarth UK partner

Straightset has become the UK partner for wheel alignment specialists Beissbarth.
Through the new partnership, Straightset will be offering Beissbarth's wheel alignment range, including its 3D wheel alignment systems, alongside its existing Supertracker wheel alignment offering. The full range of Beissbarth products, accessories and parts will be available.

Next electric MINIs to be made in UK following investment

EV production in the UK received a boost today (Monday 11 September) following BMW’s announcement that MINI’s manufacturing base in Oxford and body pressing plant in Swindon will receive a £600 million investment to enable the next wave of electric Minis to be built in Britain.

Top Garage 2023 finalists named

The finalists for Top Garage 2023 have been identified.

August boost for new car market

New car sales jumped up 24.4% in August with 85,657 new vehicles registered, the latest figures from SMMT have shown, despite this normally being a slow month ahead of the September number plate change. However the overall market is still 7.5% below pre-pandemic levels.

UKS/TRICO partnership continues to prosper

UKS has been reflecting on the success of its relationship with TRICO, as the partnership nears the four-year mark.

Top Technician 2023 finalists named

The finalists for Top Technician 2023, who will be returning to the Delphi Academy on Saturday 14 October for the final, are as follows:

Winner of Snap-on Model T named

The winner of the unique Snap-on Ford Model-T salesman car replica, put up as the main prize in a special prize draw run by Snap-on UK, has been named.

Entries open for the Self-driving Industry Awards 2023

Celebrating excellence in automated mobility, in the UK and internationally, entries are open now for the inaugural Self-driving Industry Awards.

Are you ready for Aftermarket Event?

Aftermarket is launching a brand-new show designed specifically for the automotive aftermarket, and it is coming to you in October 2024.

TMD Friction sold to German buyer

TMD Friction has been sold by its Japanese parent company Japanese parent company Nisshinbo Holdings to AEQUITA, a German industrial group whose automotive division includes the IFA Group, the SIGNATA Group, the Meteor Group and the Willi Elbe Group.

TPS salutes ‘Summer of Love’ charity drive

TPS has been running a ‘Summer of Love’ charity initiative with the network fundraising for national and local charities.

MOT vehicle recall measure to help franchised dealers

The recent move by the DVSA to include vehicle recalls MOT test certificates will enable franchised dealers to connect with current vehicle owners who are likely to be using independent garages for repairs, the NFDA has suggested.

Used car market up 4.1% in Q2 as EV sales race ahead

The used car market grew by 4.1% during the second quarter of 2023, with 1,832,267 vehicles being sold hands, according to the latest figures from the SMMT, with 72,583 more cars sold in the period compared with 2022.

Exol Lubricants to sponsor Bromsgrove Rugby Club

Exol Lubricants has signed up for a sponsorship package with Bromsgrove Rugby Club that will see the brand feature on the front of the first men’s team’s shirt.

House of Lords EV adoption inquiry: “Incentivising a robust UK EV market is vital” says IMI

Commenting on the recent House of Lords inquiry into electric vehicle adoption, Hayley Pells, Policy and Public Affairs Lead at the IMI, said: “The IMI fully supports the UK government's ambition to transition to zero emission vehicles. This new inquiry, with its focus on understanding the barriers, costs, and benefits of transitioning by the 2030 and 2035 phase-out dates, is timely and essential.

“We are particularly pleased to see that the Environment and Climate Change Committee, led by Baroness Parminter, recognise the importance of seeking input from the automotive sector itself, as well as motorists. With our unique insights across the automotive sector, the IMI is committed to contribute to the inquiry. We stand ready to work alongside the government, our members, and the wider industry to achieve a seamless transition to electric vehicles.”

Commenting on the importance of the government’s approach, Hayley said: “Incentivising a robust UK EV market is vital. The phase-out dates are aggressive but achievable with a collective effort, industry partnerships, and clarity in policy. The development of a clear roadmap, complete with key dates and timelines, will aid all stakeholders in preparing for the transition.”

On the EV market, she said: "The variety of EV options, affordability, and accessibility play a crucial role in consumer adoption. We advocate for initiatives that increase public awareness about the benefits and practicalities of EV ownership."

Moving onto the user experience, she said: “Charging infrastructure, standardisation, and dealer preparedness are pivotal. We aim to work closely with our members and stakeholders to ensure that the aftersales network is equipped to support the surge of EVs on our roads.”

On End of Life disposal of EVs, she added: “Developing sustainable solutions for battery disposal and recycling is paramount. As an industry, we must consider the entire lifecycle of EVs.”

OESAA Academy Live to be in Exeter and Liverpool

Exeter College and Liverpool’s Hugh Baird College will be hosting the next two OESAA Academy Live events, taking place during September and October.

Are you ready for Aftermarket Event?

Aftermarket is launching a brand-new show designed specifically for the automotive aftermarket, and it is coming to you in October 2024.

IAAF signs up to global Right to Repair movement

The IAAF has become part of the global Right to Repair movement, signing a new right-to-repair position statement alongside other worldwide automotive trade associations that sets out ten best-practice principles to developing a framework for right-to-repair legislation for any country.

Motul-Nismo partnership highlighted in new film Gran Turismo

Motul has taken to the big screen this summer in Gran Turismo , a film based on the story of Jann Mardenborough. He made the leap from playing the Sony PlayStation racing game to becoming a racing driver via a global competition put together by Sony, Gran Turismo game developer Polyphony Digital and Nissan.

IMI’s Steve Nash joins Motoring Hall of Fame

IMI CEO Steve Nash has been inducted into The Motoring Hall of Fame.

Motor sector ULEZ concerns raised with TfL

Both the IGA and NFDA met Transport for London (TfL) yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) to discuss the potential impact of the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on motor sector businesses.

EV training must continue regardless of any 2030 shift

Commenting on the vital need to make sure a greater number of technicians undertake EV training, regardless of the 2030 ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles moving or not, IMI CEO Steve Nash said: “The government has a difficult job to do to balance the UK’s ability to be ready for the 2030 deadline with the hard to ignore environmental threats. The lack of a strong strategy to date for UK-based control of the supply chain is certainly raising questions about the vulnerabilities this could create for our economy and infrastructure.

Gone in 60 seconds: One EV sold every minute through July

One EV was sold every 60 seconds in July, according to the latest new car sales figures from the SMMT. 143,921 new cars were sold in July, up 28.3% on the same month last year, making it the best July since 2020 when dealerships reopened after the first COVID-19 lockdown. Overall though, sales were still below the pre-pandemic period.

Ben supports continues through summer

Ben is looking to support those in the industry dealing with money worries, debt or urgent need across the summer.
Over the last 12 months, Ben has supported 128 households who could not afford to buy food, a further 66 households where rent or mortgage costs could not be met, and another and 52 households who could not afford their utility bills.
Looking at the calls coming into Ben’s helpline, between April and June there was a 23% increase in enquiries and a 20% increase in support cases.

Double-digit UK growth as UFI hits a six

UFI Filters has been commemorating its sixth year in the UK, and the company says it is celebrating the fact with double-digit growth for 2023, a move to a bigger office in Alcester and an increase in the size of the team.

IGA: SERMI Scheme enrolment open

Enrolment for the Security-related Repair Maintenance Information (SERMI) scheme being run by the IGA is now open. All UK Independent Operators (IO’s) and Remote Service Suppliers (RSS) are being invited to register prior to its full implementation on 1 October 2023.

GSF to “continue to operate” following Uni-Select sale to LKQ Corporation

Euro Car Parts parent LKQ Corporation today (Tuesday 1 August) finalised its acquisition of Uni-Select, the owners of GSF Car Parts.

Warranty First joins Motor Industry Code of Practice

Warranty First has signed up to The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products, becoming the 18th organisation to join the Code.

Klarius presses play on SCR video

A tech video on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems has been added by Klarius to its online library.

Bookings open for IAAF Annual Conference and Dinner 2023

The IAAF is now taking bookings for its annual Conference and Awards Dinner, taking place at DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes, on Thursday 7 December, which will be running on the theme of The Brilliance of Resilience’ and feature notorious Barings Bank ‘rogue trader’ Nick Leeson as keynote speaker.

European legislation pushes “huge increase” in DPF demand says BM Catalysts

Legislation across Europe is driving up demand for replacement DPFs, and BM Catalysts are pointing out that similar measures could soon be seen in the UK.

IMI: EV training qualifications predicted to fall 31% year-on-year

The number of newly qualified EV technicians in Q1 of 2023 was 10% lower than the same period in 2022, and the IMI is predicting a 31% year on year drop for Q2 in its latest IMI EV Technician Forecast Report.

IGA asks sector to take part in new apprenticeship survey

The IGA is encouraging garages to take part in a new survey it has launched to gauge industry attitudes to apprenticeships, with a view to using the feedback gathered to lobby government agencies for increased support and resources to help create more openings for young people.

“Unprecedented” ticket sales for Ben Ball

Ben Ball 2023 will be returning to the Old Billingsgate Market on Wednesday 6th December, and the organisation is urging those in the industry intending to attend to book as soon as possible due to what it describes as unprecedented demand for tickets.

The Motor Ombudsman joins forces with AA Approved Garages

The Motor Ombudsman has teamed up with AA Approved Garages, with members of the network being invited to apply for Motor Ombudsman accreditation when joining or renewing their membership going forward.

Updated load safety code of practice published

Newly updated health and safety advice around loads on vehicles has been published by DVSA and HSE.

EV complaints to The Motor Ombudsman rise slightly

EV complaints submitted by consumers to The Motor Ombudsman rose slightly in Q2 to 291, against a total of 273 seen during Q1, the body has revealed.

Vehicle recalls added to MOT digital services

Real-time vehicle recall information is now being included within MOT Testing Service (MTS), the vehicle’s MOT history, MOT reminders and the MOT certificate, with 47% of the cars on UK roads covered as of now.

IMI to launch Perceptions campaign

The IMI is to run a campaign to change perceptions of working in the motor industry to help address the growing skills shortage, and is looking to sign up people to tell positive stories about their careers in the industry.