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EV drivers could pay an extra £231m insurance bill

Thursday, 20 June 2019

EV drivers could pay an extra £231m insurance bill

Drivers could pay an additional £231m annual insurance bill for battery-powered vehicles according to research exposing the disparity between EVs and traditional models.

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Thatcham safety rates new keyless vehicles

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Thatcham safety rates new keyless vehicles

Thatcham Research has given four of seven new vehicles a poor safety rating because of their keyless entry/start systems. All four would have received good ratings were it not for this.

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New 'all risks' solution for SMEs

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

New 'all risks' solution for SMEs

Covéa Insurance has launched the e-Trade Commercial Combined product, an ‘all risks’ solution for SMEs. A motor option is due to follow shortly.

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London pledges 50,000 more charge points by 2025

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

London pledges 50,000 more charge points by 2025

London will receive upwards of 50,000 more electric charge points between now and 2025 after mayor Sadiq Khan called for an ‘electric revolution’.

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Consortium established for EV breakthroughs

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Consortium established for EV breakthroughs

A new consortium has been established to develop breakthrough technology for electric vehicle powertrains, underling the UK’s pace-setting position in this industry.

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UK government behind on zero emissions scheme

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

UK government behind on zero emissions scheme

The government is failing to support the uptake of electric vehicles and needs to address issues surrounding taxation, infrastructure and supply if it hopes to meet its ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050.

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EV sales up 200%

Monday, 17 June 2019

EV sales up 200%

UK sales of the fully electric Nissan e-NV200 have increased by 200% in 2019. The surge has been attributed to small businesses moving to electric ahead of changing emissions legislation and the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.

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Go hybrid to reduce CO2

Monday, 17 June 2019

Go hybrid to reduce CO2

With automotive battery capacity currently scarce, expensive and suffering supply problems, the deployment of this limited resource is critical to maximising CO2 reduction. And the most effective way to reduce global vehicle emissions for the foreseeable future is not full battery BEVs – but mass adoption of hybrid vehicles.

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Crash Test and Research Day approaches

Friday, 14 June 2019

Crash Test and Research Day approaches

The Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators Crash Test and Research Day will take place on Thursday 20 June 2019 at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire.

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Fiat electrifies Ducato

Friday, 14 June 2019

Fiat electrifies Ducato

Fiat has announced that a completely electric version of the Ducato will be available in 2020.

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Honda unveils e platform and battery details

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Honda unveils e platform and battery details

Honda has announced the details of the chassis, battery and charging details for the Honda e compact electric car.

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Uber and Volvo develop fully AV

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Uber and Volvo develop fully AV

Volvo and Uber have developed a fully autonomous vehicle which could enable safe, reliable autonomous ridesharing without the need for a driver.

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Hyundai progresses in AI

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Hyundai progresses in AI

Hyundai has announced a new partnership that will tap into the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to better protect drivers following a collision.

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Staged and genuine collisions examined

Monday, 10 June 2019

Staged and genuine collisions examined

The difference between fraudulent staged accidents and genuine accidents will be assessed at the Crash Test and Research day, which will be attended by The Assessor magazine on 20 June.

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BMW and JLR partner on EV development

Monday, 10 June 2019

BMW and JLR partner on EV development

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have agreed to pool resources to develop electric vehicles.

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Collaboration necessary to tackle car theft

Friday, 31 May 2019

Collaboration necessary to tackle car theft

TRACKER is urging insurers to offer car owners greater incentives to fit additional security devices, including tracking units, in a bid to overcome rising claims and the keyless car theft epidemic.

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APC supports technology developers

Friday, 31 May 2019

APC supports technology developers

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is supporting 15 UK technology developers in sectors from fuel cells to batteries with £1.1m over the next 18 months. This brings to 101 the number of SMEs so far supported by the APC, which aims to make UK a world-leader in low carbon propulsion technology.

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Crisis point reached in skills shortage

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Crisis point reached in skills shortage

Staff shortages in repair workshops have reached crisis point, with more than half of vacancies unlikely to be filled in the near future.

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New sensors adept in adverse weather

Thursday, 30 May 2019

New sensors adept in adverse weather

A technology start-up developing sensors adept in adverse weather and at night has completed a $17m series A funding round.

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Findings from autonomous project released

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Findings from autonomous project released

A project launched in 2014 to examine the challenges and opportunities of autonomous cars, pods and mobility within urban environments has released its findings, highlighting key areas that still need addressing if the potential of this technology is to be realised.

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EV relationships on the rise

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

EV relationships on the rise

The relationship between dealers and manufacturers in the electric vehicle sector is reported to be on the rise.

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Half of 'urgent' jobs not carried out

Friday, 24 May 2019

Half of 'urgent' jobs not carried out

Almost half the work identified by dealers during services as ‘urgent’ is not being carried out. This mean motorists are driving vehicles that pose safety risks, while dealers are missing out on as much £401.8m in revenue.

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SYNETIQ now paperless

Friday, 24 May 2019

SYNETIQ now paperless

The largest vehicle salvage and recycling company in the UK has introduced a new paperless system that provides complete visibility of its collection and delivery operations.

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Legal rights of repairers highlighted

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Legal rights of repairers highlighted

The legal rights of repairers were highlighted at an event in Chesterfield, attended by more than 100 people.

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EV sales help balance market

Thursday, 23 May 2019

EV sales help balance market

The European car market stabilised in April 2019, thanks in part to a rise in EV sales, after an extended period of decline.

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Audi supplies e-trons to Addison Lee

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Audi supplies e-trons to Addison Lee

Audi UK is supplying its zero-emission e-tron chauffeur cars to Addison Lee.

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Former Ageas director joins e2e

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Former Ageas director joins e2e

Rob Smale, former claims director and transformation director at Ageas, has joined the board of e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management (e2e) as a non-executive director.

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National Windscreens announces new tech programme

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

National Windscreens announces new tech programme

National Windscreens has announced an ‘innovating together’ programme that will provide insurers and fleets with insight to react effectively to fast-changing vehicle technology.

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CPC deadline approaches

Monday, 20 May 2019

CPC deadline approaches

The deadline to complete training for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification is less than four months away, yet reports have highlighted that 75% of drivers still need to complete the mandatory training.

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One app to change it all?

Friday, 17 May 2019

One app to change it all?

A new app has been launched that could enable bodyshops to be notified first in the event of a collision.

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Learn the vital skills to brand success

Friday, 17 May 2019

Learn the vital skills to brand success

Over 80 HR directors, MDs, CEOs and change leaders from many of the major automotive retail and manufacturing brands, service providers and trade bodies agreed that brands that fail to embed an authentic diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy will miss out on the skills vital to succeed in today’s fast-evolving market.

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10 principles for CAV data protection

Thursday, 16 May 2019

10 principles for CAV data protection

A new report has identified 10 key principles for the protection of data in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) industry.

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Deal breaker for MaaS uptake

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Deal breaker for MaaS uptake

Financial provider CreditPlus has identified a potential issue that could slow the uptake of autonomous cars.

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Formal investigation into Insurance Ireland

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Formal investigation into Insurance Ireland

The European Commission has opened a formal anti-trust investigation into Insurance Ireland to see if it is in breach of EU competition law.

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Volvo signs EV battery agreement

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Volvo signs EV battery agreement

Volvo has signed long-term agreements that will secure its battery supply for a decade.

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Increase in keyless car theft

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Increase in keyless car theft

Theft of keyless entry cars is on the rise, with Tracker reporting that 88% of the vehicles it recovered last year were taken through this method. That marks of rise of 22% in just two years.

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Covéa welcomes James Gearey

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Covéa welcomes James Gearey

Covéa Insurance has announced James Gearey as corporate development and strategy director.

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V2G charging better value than Smart

Monday, 13 May 2019

V2G charging better value than Smart

A new report has calculated the benefits of Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charge points compared to traditional smart charging.

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Vauxhall reveals first ever plug-in hybrid

Monday, 13 May 2019

Vauxhall reveals first ever plug-in hybrid

Vauxhall is continuing its journey towards electrification with the new Grandland X all-wheel drive (AWD) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

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JLR on sale?

Friday, 10 May 2019

JLR on sale?

Jaguar Land Rover could be sold to the PSA Groupe, according to reports.

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Automotive recalls at record high

Friday, 10 May 2019

Automotive recalls at record high

A dramatic spike of 75% meant there were more automotive recalls in the first quarter of 2019 than ever before.

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EV knowledge more important than mechanical

Thursday, 09 May 2019

EV knowledge more important than mechanical

Nearly half of workshop technicians believe that they will need electric and hybrid technology know-how more than traditional mechanical knowledge in as little as five years.

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Thatcham introduces ADAS repair guidelines

Thursday, 09 May 2019

Thatcham introduces ADAS repair guidelines

Thatcham Research has introduced guidelines for repairs to driver aid systems (ADAS).

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New research debunks insurance myth

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

New research debunks insurance myth

New research has revealed that it’s cheaper to have nine points on your driving licence than protecting your no-claims insurance policy.

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Registering written off vehicles loophole

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Registering written off vehicles loophole

The BBC’s Rip-Off Britain has week highlighted a loophole in the registering of written off vehicles, reports MotorCheck. This means that the safeguards dealers thought they had in place to protect themselves and their customers from buying or selling on a written off vehicle may have failed them.

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Gordon Murray awarded a CBE

Friday, 03 May 2019

Gordon Murray awarded a CBE

Professor Gordon Murray, the renowned automotive designer and engineer, was presented with a CBE by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

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Global Road Safety week

Friday, 03 May 2019

Global Road Safety week

Road Safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is using the forthcoming UN Global Road Safety Week as an opportunity to encourage all drivers and riders to consider the risks they face (and the risks they pose) on their daily journeys, and to find ways of reducing those risks.

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Covéa extends insurance partnership

Thursday, 02 May 2019

Covéa extends insurance partnership

Covéa Insurance is extending its motor insurance partnership with John Lewis Finance.

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Up your customer service game

Thursday, 02 May 2019

Up your customer service game

Businesses have been encouraged to up their games in customer service to match a trend which has seen the premium car market share surge by nearly 60% in the last 10 years.

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DLG launches VDA apprenticeship scheme

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

DLG launches VDA apprenticeship scheme

Direct Line Group Auto Services has introduced its own in-house Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) apprenticeship scheme.

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Cyber security at forefront of autonomy

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Cyber security at forefront of autonomy

Cyber security solutions need to be made a priority before vehicles should be allowed to operate in autonomous mode – and could soon be more important that anti-theft technology.

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Motor insurance lowest in two years

Monday, 29 April 2019

Motor insurance lowest in two years

The average cost of motor insurance has fallen to its lowest level for two years – £466 – according to the ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker.

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Volvo launches online car buying service

Friday, 26 April 2019

Volvo launches online car buying service

Volvo Car UK launched Volvo Online, a complete online sales service offered in the UK. Designed to be flexible, secure and intuitive to use, it provides a complete end-to-end service, from vehicle specification right through to the final purchase agreement.

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Understand your IP

Friday, 26 April 2019

Understand your IP

A House of Commons summit has warned the British car industry – and particularly innovate start-ups – that it needs to understand intellectual property (IP) better if it hopes to succeed in a tough economic climate, claiming that up to 80% of a company’s value is in its IP.

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Covéa 2018 financial results

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Covéa 2018 financial results

Covéa Insurance plc has announced its financial results for 2018, reporting a 3.6% increase in gross written premiums to £765.1m, profit after tax of £1.5m and a combined operating ratio of 99.7%.

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Smartphone based EV performance control technology

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Smartphone based EV performance control technology

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customise primary functions through a smartphone application.

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Tips to safeguard against car-jacking

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Tips to safeguard against car-jacking

The recent rise in car thefts in Britain could be due to a worrying upsurge in car-jackings according to AX.

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VDA apprenticeship standard approved

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

VDA apprenticeship standard approved

A new Vehicle Damage Assessor Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment Plan has now been approved for delivery.

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Industry volume down 9% since Brexit

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Industry volume down 9% since Brexit

A new white paper has found that the automotive industry in the UK has lost nine per cent of its volume since the Brexit vote.

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Diversity dilemma in aftermarket industry

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Diversity dilemma in aftermarket industry

New research has found the aftermarket industry is facing a diversity dilemma with less than one in five women (19%) saying they would consider a job as a repairer.

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AI gets a new face

Thursday, 18 April 2019

AI gets a new face

Family-run dealership Carbase has unveiled an innovative use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology at its Bristol showroom – an interactive robot that can predict a customer’s next car.

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The future of repair centres

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The future of repair centres

New research released has found the auto repair business is struggling to reach top gear, as it faces a diversity dilemma with over a quarter of Brits (26%) and less than one in five women (19%) saying they would consider a job in a car garage.

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Apprenticeship training contribution halved

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Apprenticeship training contribution halved

Smaller businesses looking to take on an apprentice will receive a financial boost this month as their contribution towards apprenticeship training is halved from 10% to five per cent.

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All electric Lotus announced

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

All electric Lotus announced

Lotus announced its first all-new product in more than a decade – set to become the first all-electric hypercar from a British manufacturer.

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Record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on UK roads

Monday, 15 April 2019

Record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on UK roads

The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters last year, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Dash cams integrated into insurance

Friday, 12 April 2019

Dash cams integrated into insurance

A new partnership will see dash cams introduced into a fully integrated telematics solution for the motor insurance industry.

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ABI comments on Brexit delay

Friday, 12 April 2019

ABI comments on Brexit delay

The UK was meant to leave the EU today; that the process has been delayed has been welcomes by the Association of the British Insurers.

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UK government to use NMCL programme

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

UK government to use NMCL programme

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme as the mechanism to deliver the government's national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive and Aerospace Sector Deals.

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Ford fights against keyless car thefts

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ford fights against keyless car thefts

The Fiesta and Focus will be enabled with new Ford security technology which disables its keyless entry fobs when not in use to block illegal hacking.

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An evening with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

An evening with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

All regions are invited.

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autoVHC and CDK Global reach agreement

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

autoVHC and CDK Global reach agreement

An agreement between autoVHC and CDK Global will enable dealerships to transfer data seamlessly between the two platforms.

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Not enough technicians for number of EVs

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Not enough technicians for number of EVs

Figures suggest there are only about 1,000 technicians trained to work on the 50,000 electric vehicles in the UK.

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Kent Air Ambulance Presentation

Monday, 08 April 2019

Kent Air Ambulance Presentation

As a registered charity, established in 1989 and funded almost entirely by donations, the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey Sussex attends incidents that could happen to anyone, anywhere, during their everyday life. Whether that be the drive to work, the journey to school, outside the supermarket, in the workplace, on the golf course or in a remote or rural location; wherever.

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Consumers doubtful over driverless cars

Monday, 08 April 2019

Consumers doubtful over driverless cars

New research has found that scepticism about driverless cars has actually increased in the last two years.

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ULEZ arrives

Monday, 08 April 2019

ULEZ arrives

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force today. It is regarded as one of the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standards.

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UK set for £62bn windfall from CAVs

Friday, 05 April 2019

UK set for £62bn windfall from CAVs

A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan has found that the UK could be set for a £62bn windfall from connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) by 2030.

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UK registrations fall by 3.4%

Thursday, 04 April 2019

UK registrations fall by 3.4%

UK new car registrations declined by 3.4% last month, as political and economic uncertainty and continuing confusion over diesel affected demand, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Ford announces electric range

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Ford announces electric range

Ford has unveiled an extensive range of new vehicles that are designed to help make cities cleaner and quieter by increasingly using more environmentally friendly electric power.

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Reality of work driving

Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Reality of work driving

A loophole in road incident reporting measures is significantly downplaying the risks associated with driving for work, according to Licence Bureau.

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London sees autonomous cars

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

London sees autonomous cars

Five autonomous cars are driving around Bromley and Croydon as part of a new trial.

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Mileage discrepancies increasing

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Mileage discrepancies increasing

New figures have found that one in 14 UK cars has mileage discrepancies.

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Birmingham Region AGM 2019

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Birmingham Region AGM 2019

AGM 16/01/2019 at Hagley Golf & Country Club

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Keyless car theft rises

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Keyless car theft rises

Keyless car crimes have contributed to a steep rise in vehicle thefts, with a new claim being made every six minutes.

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SEAT commits to MEB

Thursday, 28 March 2019

SEAT commits to MEB

SEAT has unveiled a large-scale commitment to the production of electric vehicles, based partly of Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform.

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New speed limit tech in 2022

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

New speed limit tech in 2022

All new vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 will have new technology to limit speeds.

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European EV market rises

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

European EV market rises

The European car market registered its sixth consecutive month of decline in February 2019, as 1.14 million vehicles were registered – although the sales of pure electric vehicles rose by 92%.

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Ghosn's retirement sum update

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ghosn's retirement sum update

Nissan is understood to have agreed a $40m retirement sum with Carlos Ghosn as long ago as 2012.

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BMW and Allianz announce roadside assistance

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

BMW and Allianz announce roadside assistance

Allianz Partners UK and BMW Group Financial Services are offering a new, basic roadside assistance package called BMW Insured Emergency Service Essential.

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Demand drives used values for EVs

Monday, 25 March 2019

Demand drives used values for EVs

Demand for small used electric vehicles is soaring with some models rising in value. Experts at cap hpi say some owners could buy an electric car, run it for 12 months and make a profit on it when sold.

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Vehicle rental report released

Monday, 25 March 2019

Vehicle rental report released

The vehicle rental industry’s essential role in supporting the UK economy and meeting the travel needs of its citizens has been set-out in a new report from the BVRLA.

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McLaren delivers first prototype carbon fibre chassis

Friday, 22 March 2019

McLaren delivers first prototype carbon fibre chassis

McLaren has declared a significant milestone in carbon fibre, delivered at its new £50m innovation and production centre in Yorkshire.

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Kia remains confident in UK market

Friday, 22 March 2019

Kia remains confident in UK market

Kia says a deal to create additional storage capacity at its UK import and distribution centre in Stallingborough, North Lincolnshire underlines the confidence the brand has in the UK market.

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Relay Theft threatens new models

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Relay Theft threatens new models

Thatcham Research has given poor safety ratings to six of 11 new cars launched this year, due to keyless entry and start technology.

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AXA supports government mobility strategy

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

AXA supports government mobility strategy

AXA has praised the government for its ambition to keep the UK at the top of the mobility industry with its ‘Future of mobility: urban strategy.’

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Toyota and Suzuki consider collaborations

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Toyota and Suzuki consider collaborations

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) announced its agreement to begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields.

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BVRLA welcome government’s mobility strategies

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

BVRLA welcome government’s mobility strategies

The BVRLA has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will provide more financial, regulatory and policy support for UK cities looking to develop their own future mobility strategies.

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Drivers trust dented

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Drivers trust dented

Almost one in five Brits would not leave their contact details if they dented another car when parking and no one else had seen them.

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Research warns of manufacturing migration

Monday, 18 March 2019

Research warns of manufacturing migration

A KPMG manufacturing survey has found that up to two thirds of car parts makers are considering moving operations away from the UK.

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IBIS Ireland 2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

IBIS Ireland 2019

IBIS Ireland 2019 will be taking place on the 2 May 2019 at the Castleknock Hotel and supported by headline partner Axalta and partner Audatex.

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Volvo places technology at the center

Friday, 15 March 2019

Volvo places technology at the center

Volvo Cars is restructuring its executive management team to place technological developments and digitalisation at the core of the company’s future strategy, as well as a focus on new ways of interacting with customers.

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Birmingham Region AGM

The Birmingham Region AGM was held on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Hagley Golf & Country Club. A report was given by the Vice Chairman and the Secretaries report was read. The previous year's report was duly signed by the Vice Chairman.

The treasurer's report was read out and for the previous rears expenditure and was approved as to be in order. Following this an election of Officers and Committee took place. The Officers and Committee elected for 2019 are:

Chairman: Mark Chandler

Vice Chairman: Charles Griffin

Hon Secretary: Adrian Hill

Hon Treasurer: Graeme Hancock

Committee members: Dave Burchell, Doug Lacey, Chris Jones, Theodore Griffin, James Crow and Sean Fellows

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