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WOMAC DONATES £15,000 TO DIMBLEBY CANCER CARE
- 20 March 2020
WOMAC DONATES £15,000 TO DIMBLEBY CANCER CARE
Women on the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC) is delighted to announce the donation of its £15,000 pledge towards this year's chosen charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care. This also marks over £1 million donated to more than 50 worthwhile causes since WOMAC was established in 1979. It's thanks to the many kind and generous donations from guests and corporate sponsors, including Kia Motors (UK), SMMT, Volkswagen Group UK, Bentley Motors, BMW Group UK, Vauxhall Motors and Jaguar Land Rover, that WOMAC has been able to donate these vital funds towards Dimbleby Cancer Care's mission to help make life better for people facing cancer in the UK today. WOMAC Chair Georgia Fox commented: "In WOMAC's 41st anniversary, we are proud to have donated over £1 million to more than 50 cancer related projects. We couldn't have achieved this without our supporters' generosity and willingness to make a difference to people's lives during a time when they need support the most." WOMAC is also grateful for practical support from Imprimatur, Mark Oliver Design, Newspress, Alister Thorpe, Beyond Content and Sims Images.
ONLINE SALES HELP CAR BUYERS AND DEALERS DEFY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
- 20 March 2020
ONLINE SALES HELP CAR BUYERS AND DEALERS DEFY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Car buyers are defying the coronavirus crisis by turning to online car marketplaces. It's evidence that demand for cars remains strong. Analysis by the online car marketplace BuyaCar.co.uk this week revealed an increase in conversions - the number of cars sold on the site compared with the number of website visitors - and that website traffic is higher than it was a year ago. Andy Oldham, Chief Executive of BuyaCar.co.uk, said: "The ability to buy cars from the comfort of your home and have them delivered has never been as valuable as it is today. We have already arranged contactless handovers to vulnerable customers who don't want to risk meeting a delivery driver, in response to enquiries from people with pre-existing medical conditions." It comes as emergency health measures, such as social isolation and reducing non-essential outside movement, kick in across the UK, inevitably reducing the number of visits to dealerships.
Budget Pothole Investment Reaction from Gem Motoring Assist
- 12 March 2020
Budget Pothole Investment Reaction from Gem Motoring Assist
Neil Worth, the Road Safety Officer at GEM Motoring Assist is delighted that the Chancellor is willing to pour £2.5 billion into potholes over the next five years. "Potholes are a national disgrace," he says, "and they have been allowed to proliferate all over the country, leaving so many stretches of road in a truly dangerous state." He says that road maintenance programmes have rolled out "too slowly" which means that potholes have become a real danger to all road users. They also cause damage. "Car suspensions are jarred, motorbike and bicycle wheels buckle, riders can be thrown to the ground, while pedestrians risk injury from tripping over. No wonder potholes have become such a scourge." He adds that they would like to see action taken immediately so that national highways agencies and local authorities will have the means to ramp up their programme of pothole repairs. "We also want to ensure contractors work swiftly and smartly to make good the damage caused by potholes. This means fixing all the potholes in a specified area all at once, not selecting a few then coming back again and again to fix others." Overall, he was encouraged to see the UK government making this significant investment.
BENTLEY'S CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE EQUESTRIAN EDITION
- 12 March 2020
BENTLEYS CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE EQUESTRIAN EDITION
Bentley Mulliner has opened its new Collections portfolio with the creation of a truly bespoke Continental GT Convertible - the Equestrian Edition. This one of a kind Continental GT Convertible embodies a myriad of distinctive features, building on the strengths of Bentley's iconic open top Grand Tourer. Sumptuous embroidery and artisanal marquetry rarefies the Equestrian Edition. Horse and rider silhouettes adorn all four seats, that are finished in the aptly named sustainable Saddle hide. The same horse and rider silhouette accompany Bentley Mulliner branding in the front fascia, where lavish gold detailing stylishly accentuates the straight grain Walnut single veneer and box wood inlays. To the exterior, a specially commissioned and distinctive shade of green called Spruce is paired with Blackline Specification, which replace bright chrome with gloss black versions to all exterior brightware, bezels, radiator grill and exhaust outlets. Bold 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels in gloss black complete the specification. The car also comes equipped with both suites of Bentley's state of the art driver assistance technologies.
AUDI EV&ME - A PERSONALISED GUIDE TO GOING ELECTRIC
- 12 March 2020
AUDI EV&ME - A PERSONALISED GUIDE TO GOING ELECTRIC
A new app dedicated to helping customers make informed decisions about moving to an Audi electric vehicle is now available on the Apple and Android app stores. Free to download, EV&me presents users with a host of helpful information that can be used to decide if the move suits their individual needs and reveals how much they could potentially save by making the switch. It can track any journey to find out how their current vehicle running costs would compare if the user had been driving an e-tron 50 instead. Other all-electric models will be included soon. "As a quick cost comparison tool, the EV&me app is extremely useful for any motorist - not just Audi customers," said Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. "But the app also offers users far more as an overall EV hub, and can be a valuable reference point for every aspect of the Audi e-tron ownership experience."
CITRO?ïN UK LCV SWAPPAGE SCHEME WITH UP TO £10,000 SAVING
- 05 March 2020
CITRO?ïN UK LCV SWAPPAGE SCHEME WITH UP TO £10,000 SAVING
Owners of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) registered before 1 January 2014 could now receive as much as £10,000 towards the cost a new Citroen van, when trading in their vehicle as part of Citroen UK's newly introduced LCV Swappage Scheme. This new offer is available across Citroen UK's award-winning van range, including the Berlingo Panel Van, Dispatch Panel Van, and Relay models. The Berlingo Van comes with a maximum payload of up to 1,000kg and offers the option of all the latest driver assistance systems and convenience features, including Citroen's innovative 'Overload Indicator'. The Relay, the largest Citroen panel van, comes with a 1,545kg maximum payload, and features the latest in safety technology, including Active Safety Brake, Lane Departure Warning, and Speed Limit Recognition. In addition to the panel van derivatives, the full complement of Ready to Run conversions are also included in the new LCV Swappage Scheme. The Relay Ready to Run range is comprised of Lutons, Low-floor Lutons, Curtainsides, Dropsides and Tippers.
Fine Tuning for the Car with the Winning Touch
- 05 March 2020
Fine Tuning for the Car with the Winning Touch
Volkswagen Motorsport is optimising the Polo GTI R5, based on the experiences of its customer teams. The 200-kW (272-PS) four-wheel drive car is used in a diverse range of rallies all over the world. The ?ndings made during these outings ?ow directly into the process of updating and maintaining the outstanding vehicle. "The success story of the Polo GTI R5 is overwhelming. In customer hands, it had already claimed more than 75 victories and 125 podium ?nishes by the end of 2019," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. Teams and drivers are currently running the Polo GTI R5 in series from the Arctic Circle to Africa, and North and South America to Europe. Volkswagen is stepping up production to meet the huge demand - 20 percent more Polo GTI R5 than initially planned will now be built in 2020 and production will continue beyond 2020. With its high degree of reliability and high performance - Volkswagen is preparing the Polo GTI R5 for the future.
THE UK'S MOST AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
- 05 March 2020
THE UKS MOST AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
A Greater Manchester company, MeV Ltd is addressing the twin issues of reducing vehicle emissions and improving air quality by producing innovative and affordable electric vehicles, the BeeAnywhere. MeV has spent the past two years designing and developing a low-cost electric vehicle that can retail at the same price as an average car. To create an affordable vehicle the company has combined the expertise of the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton with advanced composites from the University of Manchester's Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre. The resulting innovative chassis design and composite body allows the vehicles to be assembled from a minimum of parts, significantly reducing production and component costs. The BeeAnywhere has been specifically designed as a two-seat urban vehicle, controlled via the user's smart phone and with the comfort, range and performance demanded by the urban environment. The company is currently building pre-production vehicles.
TOP FEMALE DESIGNERS SHARE THE DEVELOPING STORY BEHIND NISSAN'S JUKE
- 05 March 2020
TOP FEMALE DESIGNERS SHARE THE DEVELOPING STORY BEHIND NISSANS JUKE
Ahead of International Women's Day (March 8th), Nissan celebrates two women in design - pioneers of the bold new look and feel of the Nissan Juke. Drawing on more than 30 years of collective experience, Nissan Colour Manager, Lesley Busby and Nissan Colour, Material and Finish Designer, Carine Giachetti, take inspiration from the world around them, helping them to bring the colour to a masterpiece that was several years in the making. "Customer expectation for impeccable design has grown over the years," said Lesley Busby. "With the development of new digital platforms, the world is really at people's fingertips. It's really exciting for us to grow with that expectation and rise to the challenge, particularly with the new Juke." Offering a new level of personalisation, the Tekna+ grade package ensures that drivers can make their Juke their own. Multiple colour combinations for body, roof and interior upholstery are available. The range of interior colours and materials gives the inside of the car a premium and grown-up feel, with soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and door trim, as well as detailed piping on the optional Alcantara upholstery.
TESLA MODEL 3 WINS UK CAR OF THE YEAR 2020
- 28 February 2020
TESLA MODEL 3 WINS UK CAR OF THE YEAR 2020
Tesla's Model 3 has been crowned UK Car of the Year 2020. After emerging triumphant as Best Executive car when the category winners were announced on 12th February, the Tesla battled it out against eight other new cars for the overall title. John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards said that the Tesla Model 3 has "shaken up" the executive segment and got many brands thinking. "Electric vehicles attract a broad spectrum of opinions, but it's clear that with its technology, performance and range, the Model 3 is converting a lot of people." Tesla UK added: "A huge thank you to all the UK Car of the Year judges for choosing Model 3 as well as all of our UK owners. We are proud of what this car has achieved so far and with the upcoming 0% company car tax there is an exciting year ahead for EVs in the UK."
Citroen's Electric City Car
- 28 February 2020
Citroens Electric City Car
Citroen has unveiled their 100% electric, two-seater city car. Called the Ami -It features a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and it's capable of speeds of up to 28mph. With no driving licence required (depending on the country of residence), it will be made available via Free2Move or longer-term rental from £19.99 per month. Vincent Cobee, Citroen Brand CEO, says: "For 100 years, Citroen has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement. This year, Citroen has come up with a new urban mobility solution accessible to everyone: compact, protective, 100% electric, without driving licence and affordable." The EV is a descendant of AMI ONE Concept, which was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. 100% electric, it aims to be a real breakthrough in urban mobility. Cobee adds: "This great idea was just a concept one year ago, and we are proud that we have made it happen today."
SECOND ANNUAL INDUSTRY REPORT ABOUT USED CAR DEALERS PUBLISHED
- 14 February 2020
SECOND ANNUAL INDUSTRY REPORT ABOUT USED CAR DEALERS PUBLISHED
The One Voice Report by CarGurus, now in its second year, looks at a host of topics relating to car dealerships. These include profitability, digital retailing trends, stock location, speed of sale and lead management. Addressing used car profitability, just over 50% of all dealers reported margins were down in 2019. However, franchised retailers outperformed their independent counterparts. 51.1% of independents reported a fall in margins last year compared to 44.2% of franchised businesses. At the other end of the spectrum, only 20% of independent retailers said margins were up on the previous year; for franchised operators, this figure was significantly better at 28.4%. Blame for the downward trend in 2019 was firmly directed at Brexit and political uncertainty with almost two-thirds of retailers reporting Brexit had a negative impact on the market.
Van Thefts On The Rise
- 14 February 2020
Van Thefts On The Rise
Four-in-10 of all new vans on sale do not come with an alarm as standard, according to an exclusive investigation by What Car? Vans. The findings follow research highlighting how more than 43,000 vans have been stolen since 2016, with a further 117,000 broken into. Analysis of all new vans on sale today, found that just 58% of models come with a factory fitted alarm as standard. Another 36.5% were found to offer a factory fitted alarm as an optional extra. Other security features, including remote central locking, were better represented with more than 90% of vehicles featuring the tech as standard, while deadlocks - a locking mechanism that doesn't use a spring, making it harder to pick - are standard in more than 80% of vans on sale. The worst area for van thefts was London, with 14,263 vans stolen in the four year period, while 44,742 were broken into by thieves. Theft figures for the first half of 2019 suggest another year of rising statistics, with more than 8,200 vans stolen in the first six months of last year.
Great Women in the British Car Industry
- 14 February 2020
Great Women in the British Car Industry
Nominations for the Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative have opened. Run by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, it will culminate in an awards ceremony on 4 June in London. The initiative recognises the top 100 women leading the way across the UK's car industry, as judged by a panel of automotive experts. Autocar and its panel of judges will recognise an overall winner, as well as leaders across key industry categories including Executive, Operations and Vehicle Development. Supported by Bentley, Nissan and Toyota, the day will also include presentations from keynote speakers (soon to be announced), a panel debate and a networking session.
FORD EMOJI JACKET HELPS DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS COMMUNICATE
- 07 February 2020
FORD EMOJI JACKET HELPS DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS COMMUNICATE
With busier roads than ever, drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians are all vying for space. This has resulted in more than 2,000 cyclists being killed on roads in Europe each year. To improve communication between road users, Ford has developed the 'Emoji Jacket'. "Emojis have become a fundamental part of how we use language," says Emoji expert Dr. Neil Cohn PhD. "This jacket allows riders to express their feelings and creates an important emotional link between them and other road users" This prototype jacket was created by Ford in partnership with industrial design specialists Designworks as part of their ongoing 'Share the Road' campaign. The jacket allows the wearer to effectively communicate their emotions to other road users around them by using emoji icons. The Share the Road campaign underlines Ford's belief that enabling more people to cycle safely, especially for short journeys, benefits everyone. Believing that by fostering harmony between road users, raising awareness, and increasing conversations between them, our roads can become a better and more accepting environment for all.
Dangers Faced by Road Workers - Re-flow Launches #RecordReportReduce Campaign
- 07 February 2020
Dangers Faced by Road Workers - Re-flow Launches #RecordReportReduce Campaign
A January 2020 survey conducted for Re-flow by YouGov found that only 17% of the public said they didn't think that enough is being done to keep roadworkers safe. This is in stark contrast to the rising number of incidents being reported by those working in the highways sector. Re-flow software, which is primarily a mobile workforce job management system comes with a feature that enables the immediate recording and reporting of such incidents. This has aided existing users to give a highly accurate accounts, resulting in quick action being taken and being able to prove or rebuff insurance claims. "Re-flow has had a big impact across the whole business already," said Mark Salmon, the Financial Director of Toppesfield, the UK's largest independent surfacing contractor and an existing user of Re-flow. "We target our staff on reporting near hits, which means that we can learn from any potential risks. Since Re-flow has been implemented, our recording of near hits have been at their highest level, which is great because it means that we can react to the risks out there."
The UK's Best Drivers by Region - Survey Results
- 07 February 2020
The UKs Best Drivers by Region - Survey Results
The team at Dayinsure conducted a survey looking to uncover which UK region is home to the best drivers. Surveying 500 members of the UK public, they posed a series of questions looking at all aspects of a person's driving competence. It was discovered that the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber is the region that is home to the best drivers. In second place was the South West, which landed in the top three for six categories. Drivers here are the least likely to check their mobile phones whilst waiting in traffic or at lights. Interestingly, London came in second-to-last place, scoring mildly better than the Midlands, which was named as the region with the worst drivers in the UK. "Of course," said the Dayinsure team, "there are good drivers wherever you may go in the UK. However, it seems like the best behaved reside in the North East of the country."
ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR MERCEDES-BENZ VANS UK LTD
- 16 January 2020
ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR MERCEDES-BENZ VANS UK LTD
Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 44,130 vehicles in 2019 - a 14.4% increase on the previous year, representing another record broken for the manufacturer. In fact, in 2019, the Brand secured record monthly sales performances in January through to August consecutively, and achieved record Vito, Sprinter chassis, and X-Class sales. Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, added: "We are so proud to keep Britain's businesses moving and record figures like this confirm that we have got it right; not just the right product, but the right services, processes and of course, people." This result positioned Mercedes-Benz in position three in the overall van market (which itself was up just 4.2% overall on 2018), with the Sprinter in the top position for the large van market in the UK. The Brand also lent more money than ever before to businesses requiring a van to keep them moving, and succeeded in lending over £400m, which is +£44m on the previous best ever year.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S NEW SHAPE-SHIFTING SEAT KEEPS YOU WALKING
- 16 January 2020
JAGUAR LAND ROVERS NEW SHAPE-SHIFTING SEAT KEEPS YOU WALKING
Jaguar Land Rover is developing the seat of the future. The 'morphable' seat uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you're walking. The pioneering shape-shifting system being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover's Body Interiors Research division, is designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long. By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with UK drivers covering an average of 146 miles every week. Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: "The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe."
National Pothole Day Highlights Driving Problem
- 16 January 2020
National Pothole Day Highlights Driving Problem
This week was the 5th Annual 'National Pothole Day', focusing attention on the poor state of our local road network. The public opinions outlined through YouGov research conducted on behalf of the Highways job management solution, Re-flow, reinforce the critical need to address our decaying road network. In the shock poll of the UK population conducted for Re-flow by YouGov last week, 42% agree 'I think we have a crisis in the state of repair of roads in the UK', which goes up to 50 % in the East of England and a low of 32% in London. Mike Saunders, Managing Director of Re-flow commented: "With such stinging criticism of the road network from the taxpayer, events like National Pothole Day are a vital date in the calendar to generate support and give visibility to the consensus of disapproval in the state of our roads." He pointed out that the current system of trying to keep on top of patching up the potholes instead of "investing in proper resurfacing" is making roadworkers more like firefighters. It seems drivers agree.
MG LAUNCHES FIRST EVER WINTER CHECK SERVICE
- 19 December 2019
MG LAUNCHES FIRST EVER WINTER CHECK SERVICE
As the cold weather, dark mornings and early evenings descend upon the UK, MG has introduced its first-ever winter check. Available to customers at MG dealerships across the country, the new check helps to prepare drivers for harsh winter conditions, improving comfort, safety and visibility. Carried out by expert technicians in workshops to the highest MG standards, the comprehensive visual check covers 20 vital points across the driver's car. These include the battery, heating system and all exterior lights. Technicians test the clutch and brakes for smooth operation, while all fluids, including engine oil and screen wash, are checked and topped up if necessary. For optimum safety and customer peace of mind, the seat belts, steering, suspension and tyre tread depth are all inspected. The MG winter check is priced at £24.99 and includes a complimentary wash and vacuum. In addition, customers will receive an MG gift bag with plenty of handy gear to see them through the winter season. This includes a de-icer spray, rain poncho, foil heat blanket, demister microfibre cloth, concentrated screen wash tablets and a bug shifter sponge.
LUXURY LENDER REVEALS CAR FINANCING TRENDS OF 2019
- 19 December 2019
LUXURY LENDER REVEALS CAR FINANCING TRENDS OF 2019
As the year draws to a close, JBR Capital - a direct lender specialising in high-end vehicle finance - reveals the main trends in prestige car financing from 2019. Porsche has been the top financed marque overall this year, with Ferrari accounting for 34% of all pay-outs on supercars valued at over £250,000. Meanwhile, the average value of car from all the vehicles financed by JBR Capital has been £96,000. German, British and Italian manufacturers have proved the most popular in 2019 - and interestingly, 13 years old is the average age of car being financed. In terms of where in the UK the most high-end vehicles have been purchased with bespoke finance solutions, circa 39% of customers are based in London and the South East. The most frequently financed supercar this year has been the Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 SVJ. And, there has been a rise in requests for electric powered vehicles.
NATION'S DRIVERS WILL COVER 3.5 BILLION LEISURE MILES OVER THE HOLIDAYS
- 19 December 2019
NATIONS DRIVERS WILL COVER 3.5 BILLION LEISURE MILES OVER THE HOLIDAYS
New figures reveal that Britain's drivers are set to travel a total of 3.5billion miles over the holiday period visiting family, friends or going on holiday. But, research carried out by Kwik Fit show that almost one in five drivers who set out on a long journey, admit that they won't be carrying out any checks at all on their vehicle beforehand. And, 40% of drivers neglect even the most basic check of looking at their screen wash level. Motorists would be wise to be prepared when venturing on lengthy trips. So, here are Kwik Fit's top tips for winter motoring: Pay attention to your battery especially if you've noticed that it's beginning to struggle to start your car. Check your tyres for sufficient tread and that they are inflated to the correct pressures. Check your wiper blades - are they leaving marks or do they have any cracks or splits? They are a cheap component but invaluable for clear visibility Check the levels. Screen wash, coolant, oil (and fuel!) should all be monitored And follow the scout ethos - be prepared. So have a few supplies in the boot, just in case the worst happens and you are stranded for a lengthy period.
Third Consecutive Award for D-Max
- 17 December 2019
Third Consecutive Award for D-Max
The multi award-winning Isuzu D-Max has been awarded What Van? 'Pick-up of the Year' for the third consecutive year. It is a testimony to our ongoing desire to provide the best working pick-up for professionals. Judges were impressed by the economy and refinement of the innovative 164 PS turbo diesel engine, that provides impressive performance and builds upon the Isuzu D-Max's reliable workhorse character. Isuzu UK Managing Director William Brown said: "This third consecutive award for the Isuzu D-Max is a testimony to the great product which our customers already love and trust. Isuzu is proud to make reliable and quality vehicles for the professionals that need them, and this award highlights the Isuzu truly is a step above the rest." With a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and over 1.1 tonne payload, the Isuzu D-Max was also praised for providing a quieter, more economical driving experience. The 1.9L turbo diesel engine meets Euro 6 standards without the need for the addition of AdBlue, unlike most of the Isuzu D-Max's competitors.
Book Celebrating Niki Lauda's Career
- 17 December 2019
Book Celebrating Niki Laudas Career
To many, Niki Lauda is all about the 1976 Formula 1 season - the Nuremburg crash, his return to the driving seat within 6 weeks, his nip and tuck challenge to James Hunt's championship win. But as the book Niki Lauda - His Competition History chronicles, there is much more to him than that. Thoroughly researched and written by Jon Saltinstall, this is a fascinating review of Lauda's career, with a detailed overview of his diverse career from 1968 until 1985. You can follow, race-by-race his celebrated career and begin to understand this feverishly determined and talented racer. Author Jon Saltinstall grew up close to the Donnington Park race circuit where he attended his first meeting after winning tickets in a local newspaper competition, aged 12. He brings a real fan's eye view to this wonderfully illustrated book. It is an absorbing book that chronicles a career that brought the world 25 Grand Prix victories and 3 World Championships. It can be bought via https://www.evropublishing.com/collections/all-books. Cost is £60.
Attracting New Talent to the UK Automotive Industry
- 05 December 2019
Attracting New Talent to the UK Automotive Industry
Autocar and Ennis & Co have launched a new initiative to attract fresh talent to the automotive sector. The Drivers of Change competition is seeking to identify and promote the best talents from across three areas: technology, digital and retail. Applicants must either apply from outside the automotive industry, or work in a different automotive discipline to the one which they are applying to enter the competition. Steve Cropley, Autocar's editor-in-chief, said: "With the automotive industry changing so rapidly and in so many exciting ways, there has never been a better time for fresh talent with new ideas and different ways of working to break through and make a difference." To enter, participants will need to submit a short-written piece on why they should win, as well as a creative video. Three finalists from each category will be invited to attend the annual SMMT Dinner in November 2020, where the winners will be announced. The lower age limit for entries is 18.
Deathly Silent Cars Made Safer with Aftermarket Product
- 05 December 2019
Deathly Silent Cars Made Safer with Aftermarket Product
New research shows millions of Brits could benefit by switching to an electric vehicle - but a road safety expert warns many are still 'silent killers'. Vehicle safety expert Chris Hanson-Abbott OBE, of Brigade Electronics, says drivers thinking of making the change must be aware of how dangerously quiet the cars can be. Chris, who introduced the reversing alarm to the UK back in 1976, says the popularity of electric vehicles is soaring - and with good reason. He added: "The best EVs can now cover more than 200 miles on a single charge, the cost benefits are tangible, and the environmental impact is profound. But drivers must be wary of their safety limitations." In a bid to tackle the issue, Brigade has developed an aftermarket solution - the Quiet Vehicle Sounder. It is designed to save lives by producing a distinctive sound. It is highly directional, enabling a pedestrian to tell where the vehicle is, and it varies in pitch and tone as the vehicle speeds up or slows down.
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
- 05 December 2019
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
Advance discounted tickets for the 2020 Donington Historic Festival are now on sale. And, with Early Bird discounts available until the end of January, there are special savings to help make the festive budget go that bit further. Friday 1st May, Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May 2020 will see Donington Park become a bustling living motorsport and motoring museum, with packed grids of racing cars spanning some nine decades treating spectators to hugely competitive, full-on racing, while displays and parades - including dozens of car club stands - will showcase classic road cars of all shapes and sizes. Advance discounted ticket prices start at £10 for the Friday qualifying day, while an Early Bird three-day weekend adult ticket giving access to the everyday of the event is just £35. There are special discounts for teenagers aged 13-15 and children aged 12 and under are admitted to this family-friendly event for free. For further information and to book your Early Bird tickets please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.
Britain's Best Breakdown Providers Revealed
- 05 December 2019
Britains Best Breakdown Providers Revealed
Britain's best breakdown recovery providers have been revealed, with the AA rated best overall. This is according to exclusive research by What Car? magazine. Quizzing motorists on both the time it took to for patrols to reach them as well as whether the problem was fixed, What Car? ranked each of the eight major breakdown cover providers. The AA was found to reach stranded motorists the quickest, while the RAC proved to be the best at roadside repairs. Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: "Most motorists will experience a breakdown at one point or another. The 2019 Reliability Survey shows most motorists are reached in less than an hour, and our research found breakdown cover can cost as little as £19 for a whole year, so it's an investment worth making."
Growing Need for Skills to Bridge the 'Retirement Cliff' in Engineering
- 28 November 2019
Growing Need for Skills to Bridge the Retirement Cliff in Engineering
WR Engineering, one of the UK's leading engineering and manufacturing recruiters, has urged employers to address the growing skills gap in the sector, as record numbers of engineers prepare to retire and leave the workforce. With a recent report into the engineering labour market by the ECITB revealing that 91,000 engineers and 29,000 engineering technicians will have retired by 2026, targeted action will be needed to prevent lasting damage to the sector. Lewis Richards, Managing Director of WR Engineering said: "It's clear that concerted efforts will be needed to ensure the current skills shortage doesn't turn into a talent crisis. As a sector that contributes so much to the UK's overall economy, avoiding this is of paramount importance."