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Post Covid-19 poll - two thirds say no to public transport

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Post Covid-19 poll - two thirds say no to public transport

A new web-based survey by the UK's largest independent car retailer, which has a network of branches across England, Scotland and Wales, found 60.2 per cent of people wouldn't be returning to the buses, trains or trams in the future

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Landmark in Volkswagen-Ford global alliance

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Landmark in Volkswagen-Ford global alliance

Volkswagen is investing $2.6bn (£2bn) in Argo AI, a self-driving start-up tightly aligned with Ford. The investment includes a $1bn cash injection while also merging its own $1.6bn autonomous intelligent driving unit into Argo.

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High quality automotive micro camera unveiled

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

High quality automotive micro camera unveiled

One of world’s smallest automotive cameras - CameraCubeChip™ will provide 'best-in-class' imaging performance in total darkness

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Vehicle sanitisation – who should pay?

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Vehicle sanitisation – who should pay?

A recent blog from Audatex Solera on 20 May calculated Covid-19 extras per repair as much as £150 to repairers.

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A Fiat 500 hybrid for less than the cost of a daily commute?

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

A Fiat 500 hybrid for less than the cost of a daily commute?

Commuters could now travel to work behind the wheel of a new Fiat 500 1.0-litre Mild Hybrid Lounge for approximately two thirds of the price of the average daily London commute**

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SalvageWire plea to vehicle manufacturers

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

SalvageWire plea to vehicle manufacturers

Every year there are fires in salvage yards across the world, in many cases the cause of the fire is not known but a large number are suspected to have been caused by batteries not being removed

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Robotic buses hit European streets

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Robotic buses hit European streets

After 1.5 years of developing autonomous shuttle solutions, the FABULOS project now has robot buses on the streets of Europe. From spring 2020, three robot bus prototypes are being evaluated in real-life conditions in five European cities.

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Autogem adds a multi-use mask to its product range

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Autogem adds a multi-use mask to its product range

Autogem has created its 'gemCare' mask, a triple-layer, reusable anti-bacterial facemask, specifically for its aftermarket customers during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Ghost Broker thought to be targeting NHS staff arrested

Monday, 01 June 2020

Ghost Broker thought to be targeting NHS staff arrested

A 25 year old man has been arrested as a result of an investigation led by the City of London Police's Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), with support from the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

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Slight fall in claims last week

Monday, 01 June 2020

Slight fall in claims last week

CAPS claims analysis report for week ending 29 May, shows fall of 1% in unique claims

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Demand for renting private parking spaces soars

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Demand for renting private parking spaces soars

According to ParkLet, there has been a recent surge in demand for private parking rentals in and around city centres as the nation starts slowly returning to work.

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£2bn pledge to commuting cyclists & pedestrians

Saturday, 30 May 2020

£2bn pledge to commuting cyclists & pedestrians

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a £2 billion package to help more commuters cycle and walk when they return to work after lockdown

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Steve Nash - huge sense of relief as dealerships reopen

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Steve Nash - huge sense of relief as dealerships reopen

A positive message from the IMI CEO - It’s the next stage in a return to some form of normality, bringing staff back into the workplace, getting customers in and bringing some much-needed liquidity to the industry.

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Staycations prompt demand for caravans

Friday, 29 May 2020

Staycations prompt demand for caravans

Auto Trader has reported that on its digital marketplace, views of caravan adverts increased by 18% last week and views of motorhomes adverts increased 17%, compared to the previous year.

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Electric charging point availability across UK is patchy

Friday, 29 May 2020

Electric charging point availability across UK is patchy

Electric car drivers face a postcode lottery on public charging as the lack of ‘on-street’ infrastructure threatens to pull the plug on the uptake of ultra-low emissions vehicles, according to UK manufacturer of home charge points Andersen

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Autoglym launches new sanitiser range

Friday, 29 May 2020

Autoglym launches new sanitiser range

The company has launched two new products aimed at keeping drivers, cars and automotive sector workers clean, safe and protected from germs and bacteria - Autoglym Hand Sanitiser and Autoglym Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser

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Repair and ADAS: challenge or opportunity?

Friday, 29 May 2020

Repair and ADAS: challenge or opportunity?

A Thatcham webinar that will tackle the impact that ADAS has on the claims industry. An expert panel, including senior figures from insurance and repair, will explain how ADAS has affected their businesses

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 – UK orders being taken

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 – UK orders being taken

The first of five fully electric cars to be launched over the next five years, capable of travelling more than 249 miles on a single charge is coming to the UK in 2021

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RWC Training Centre reopens in June

Thursday, 28 May 2020

RWC Training Centre reopens in June

RWC Training Centre is resuming its portfolio of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and electric vehicle (EV) training courses from Monday, 1 June

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Copart upskilling programme continues

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Copart upskilling programme continues

Copart investment in training reaches landmark with 90% of its 76-strong engineering force now either fully qualified or studying towards AQP standard, ATA VDA or IMI NVQ VDA 3/4 qualifications

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Aston Martin Lagonda - Tobias Moers new chief executive

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Aston Martin Lagonda - Tobias Moers new chief executive

AML board has announced the appointment of Tobias Moers, as Chief Executive Officer. Tobias, 54, will take over from Dr Andy Palmer on 1 August 2020.

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AB Dynamics launches specialised testing division

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

AB Dynamics launches specialised testing division

As the trend towards ever more complex vehicles grows, Automotive test system supplier AB Dynamics has launched a global testing service division.

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Aviva appoints George Culmer as Non-Executive Chairman

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Aviva appoints George Culmer as Non-Executive Chairman

George will take on the role with effect from the 27th May 2020. He succeeds Sir Adrian Montague who will retire from the Board on 31st May 2020

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Andy Hutchins retires from Thatcham

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Andy Hutchins retires from Thatcham

Anyone who has been trained at Thatcham over the last 40 years will have met or recognise Andy's smiling face - a much-loved figure at Thatcham Research who has held several roles from being a mechanic, team instructor and a senior technical trainer.

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Self-repairing tyres

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Self-repairing tyres

A research group from Flinders University have a new recyclable rubber material that can repair itself

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e-scooters are go!

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

e-scooters are go!

Buried in his Covid-19 statement on 23 May, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary delivered a message that heralds the biggest shake-up of laws in a generation, “For those who live too far to cycle and walk, and must drive to major conurbations, we will repurpose parking in places just outside town centres, so people can park on the outskirts and finish their journeys on foot or bike or even e-scooter!”

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Faster triage for bodyshops

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Faster triage for bodyshops

Audatex Image Capture enables bodyshops and insurers to see images of a vehicles condition before it arrives and throughout a repair.

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Claims on increase

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Claims on increase

CAPS latest claims analysis report, for week ending 22 May, shows a 14% increase over the previous week

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Spot the robot - what's the use?

Monday, 25 May 2020

Spot the robot - what's the use?

There must be a role that can be found for these fantastic machines in our industry.

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Hertz Global Holdings files for Chapter 11

Monday, 25 May 2020

Hertz Global Holdings files for Chapter 11

Hertz Global Holdings, Inchas announced it and certain of its US and Canadian subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Evidence of a dramatic reduction in cycle times

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Evidence of a dramatic reduction in cycle times

Audatex Solera reports a dramatic shift in UK vehicle repair times in its latest blog

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IBIS Connect Africa

Saturday, 23 May 2020

IBIS Connect Africa

The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium has announced it will host IBISConnect Africa 2020 on Thursday, 23 July (09.00-12.00 BST) as a live, interactive, online event.

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Used car prices rose in April

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Used car prices rose in April

According to the latest data from Auto Trader’s Retail Price Index, which is based on pricing analysis of about 900,000 vehicles every month, the average price of a used car in April reached £13,864.

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Motorpoint home delivery service proves hit

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Motorpoint home delivery service proves hit

Motorpoint home delivery service has proved extremely popular with car buyers. Hundreds of motorists have taken advantage of the free service since the lockdown began in late March

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Driverless cars - a Law Commission study

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Driverless cars - a Law Commission study

The 2020s - The decade of driverless? Well, that is one prediction – a revolution of self-driving vehicles picking up and ferrying passengers without the need for a human driver.

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Risk of 1.1 million unroadworthy vehicles on roads

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Risk of 1.1 million unroadworthy vehicles on roads

New research by the nation’s largest MOT tester reveals that almost 1.1 million unroadworthy vehicles are set to return to the UK’s streets as the lockdown begins to ease and people increasingly take to their cars.

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REE and KYB partner to develop modular EV platform

Friday, 22 May 2020

REE and KYB partner to develop modular EV platform

REE Automotive (REE) and KYB Corporation (KYB) have announced a strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms.

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A better way to commute?

Friday, 22 May 2020

A better way to commute?

As Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn and TfL cause friction, not only with the reintroduction of Congestion Charges, but also a whopping 30% increase and plans to extend hours of operation, Suzuki is promoting a ready-made alternative.

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Electric vehicles are moving higher on drivers' wish lists

Friday, 22 May 2020

Electric vehicles are moving higher on drivers' wish lists

The positive and immediate global impact of the imposed lockdown on the environment boosts motorist's willingness to drive an electric vehicle, reports independent fleet management company, Venson.

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A look at Repair First techniques

Friday, 22 May 2020

A look at Repair First techniques

Dave Flockhart, Chief Operating Officer of BETAG Innovation, live webinar 'Return to Prosperity by Embracing a 'Repair First' Ethos on May 26th, 19:00-20:00

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Urgent call for green light to open new car showrooms

Friday, 22 May 2020

Urgent call for green light to open new car showrooms

The UK automotive industry is urging government to allow the country's 4,900-strong network of new car showrooms to reopen as a matter of urgency - SMMT calculations reveal a £61 million daily cost to the Treasury of keeping dealerships closed.

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Volvo to impose 112mph limit across every range

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Volvo to impose 112mph limit across every range

Every new Volvo car now comes with a limited top speed of 112mph, as Volvo Cars delivers on its promise made last year, and goes beyond regulation and legislation to help close the remaining gap to zero serious injuries and fatalities in traffic.

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Covid-19 extras drive up cost of a repair by an average of £150

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Covid-19 extras drive up cost of a repair by an average of £150

Increased repair costs are the inevitable result of a number of factors: extra procedures pre- and post- repair, sanitising courtesy cars, shortage of parts and a greater labour component

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ACEA publishes European 2020 production figures

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

ACEA publishes European 2020 production figures

It's not a pretty sight - the impact of EU-wide Covid-19 shutdowns amounts to losses of at least 2,424,955 vehicles

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IGA urges transport minister to end MOT extension

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

IGA urges transport minister to end MOT extension

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, urging him to end the six-month MOT extension put in place on 30 March 2020.

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Euro NCAP announces updated 2020 test protocols

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Euro NCAP announces updated 2020 test protocols

This year new tests have been introduced to address some long-standing needs in occupant protection, improve post-crash protection and promote the latest advanced driver assistance technology.

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It's Hats on for Ben this week

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

It's Hats on for Ben this week

"Your support of Ben is even more valuable in this time of crisis. We expect the demand for our mental health support to continue increasing as the full effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are felt. Many people are concerned about what the future holds and how it will affect them.

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Volkswagen launches first all-electric van in UK

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Volkswagen launches first all-electric van in UK

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 Model offers up to 82 miles range with no compromise on cargo area. Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent charge in just 45 minutes.

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Capturing images instruction video for customers

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Capturing images instruction video for customers

Chaplane Accident Repair Centre has produced an excellent how-to video for its repair customers.

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Insurance Fraud Bureau warns stay alert

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Insurance Fraud Bureau warns stay alert

As more cars return to UK roads, IFB is urging motorists to watch out for 'Crash for Cash' attempts

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RMK R2 – new toy time?

Monday, 18 May 2020

RMK R2 – new toy time?

Finish company, RMK Vehicles has introduced its first electric motorbike - no mess, no liquid fuel, no oil, no chain, no gears, no filters.

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Ford plants re-open

Monday, 18 May 2020

Ford plants re-open

Production to restart at Ford’s Dagenham and Bridgend engine plants on May 18 Ford global standards on social distancing and health and safety protocols in place to protect returning U.K. workforce

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Now is not the time to reintroduce charges in London

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Now is not the time to reintroduce charges in London

The BVRLA has expressed bemusement at the decision to reintroduce and raise the capital’s emission zone charges, at a time when businesses and families are facing unprecedented levels of financial hardship.

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Congestion charge is back...and more so

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Congestion charge is back...and more so

The ULEZ and Congestion Charge to be reintroduced to help prevent roads from becoming congested and polluted. The objective is to re-open London's economy in a safe and sustainable way.

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iDriverplus selects Ouster lidar for autonomous robotics platform

Friday, 15 May 2020

iDriverplus selects Ouster lidar for autonomous robotics platform

During the spread of COVID and onset of quarantine in China, autonomous robotics developer iDriverplus deployed unmanned cleaning vehicles and unmanned disinfectant spraying vehicles equipped with Ouster lidar sensors

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Post lockdown, 1-in-2 will turn to jettison public transport

Friday, 15 May 2020

Post lockdown, 1-in-2 will turn to jettison public transport

A new study indicates 1-in-2 people are less likely to use public transport in the future while driving will increase in popularity, latest research from YourParkingSpace.co.uk reveals.

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Safer car sharing - UK government advice

Friday, 15 May 2020

Safer car sharing - UK government advice

If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households for essential journeys, we recommend you find a different way to travel. For example, consider walking, cycling or using your own vehicle if you can.

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TTC secures Lex Autolease fleet safety contract

Friday, 15 May 2020

TTC secures Lex Autolease fleet safety contract

TTC Group has been awarded the contract to help Lex Autolease's clients manage the risk and safety of its drivers.

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BVLRA guide to operating during Covid-19 pandemic

Thursday, 14 May 2020

BVLRA guide to operating during Covid-19 pandemic

The BVRLA has a produced an in-depth guide for its members on best working practices during the pandemic

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Electric car sales see significant increase in market share

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Electric car sales see significant increase in market share

ACEA - Q1 2020, the electric vehicle segment significantly increased its market share, rising to 6.8% (from 2.5% in Q1 2019) against the backdrop of the overall decline in passenger car registrations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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All-new Honda Jazz benefits from Formula 1 hybrid development

Thursday, 14 May 2020

All-new Honda Jazz benefits from Formula 1 hybrid development

When the all-new Jazz launches later this year it will drive advanced Honda hybrid innovation from the racetrack to the road.

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Auto retail sector ready to get Britain moving again

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Auto retail sector ready to get Britain moving again

New automotive sector-specific guidance for vehicle retailers published by NFDA and SMMT - Industry welcomes clarification on auto retail click & collect and calls for showrooms to be re-opened urgently to help reboot manufacturing and support UK's economic recovery.

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Coronavirus measures should be added to fleet management policies

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Coronavirus measures should be added to fleet management policies

FleetCheck suggests that "Working Safely During COVID-19 in or from a Vehicle", issued this week, appears a relatively sensible framework to manage the possibility of infection around the use of company vehicles.

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Allianz Holdings plc trading update for Q1 2020

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Allianz Holdings plc trading update for Q1 2020

Allianz have published the first update of the enlarged group and report a much accelerated evolution than planned because of the current pandemic.

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Voyage partners with FCA to deliver fully driverless cars

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Voyage partners with FCA to deliver fully driverless cars

Building a self-driving car requires a deep connection between software and hardware, and both pieces need to be considered in tandem. This partnership connects Voyage’s self-driving technology with FCA’s deep expertise in building vehicles to launch truly driverless transportation services.

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Vauxhall targets small sector with electric Corsa-e offer

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Vauxhall targets small sector with electric Corsa-e offer

Vauxhall is on a mission to democratise electric mobility. For the first time, Vauxhall is offering a battery-electric version of its best-selling small car. The all-new, sixth-generation Corsa, features a zero-emissions range of up to 209 miles (WLTP) and is available to order now, with prices starting from £27,665 on-the-road after Plugged-in Car Grant.

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Polestar and CAKE strengthen partnership in Europe

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Polestar and CAKE strengthen partnership in Europe

Polestar, the electric performance car brand, and CAKE, the electric bike company, are strengthening a brand partnership in Europe.

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Tokio Marine is the latest insurer to use Tractable’s AI

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Tokio Marine is the latest insurer to use Tractable’s AI

Tokio Marine is to use Tractable's AI solution to process auto damage across its insurance operations in Japan, accelerating how quickly claims can be processed for policyholders.

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Mitchell's Connect™ now integrates seamlessly with OEM procedures

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Mitchell's Connect™ now integrates seamlessly with OEM procedures

Latest solution integrates Mitchell's diagnostic system with OEM repair procedures to streamline vehicle repair workflows.

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Got £9.25k, love expresso and 12 cylinders?

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Got £9.25k, love expresso and 12 cylinders?

Then the most beautifully engineered Espresso Veloce® Serie Titanio V12 is just for you.

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Interview with David Williams, AXA Insurance

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Interview with David Williams, AXA Insurance

bodyshop magazine talked to Bristol-born David Williams, managing director underwriting and technical services at AXA Insurance, about the latest industry trends, lockdown, labour rates and the “mighty” Bristol Rovers.

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Solera Audatex offers its bodyshop image capture solution FOC

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Solera Audatex offers its bodyshop image capture solution FOC

Free of charge to all repairers from May – September 2020, Audatex Bodyshop Image Capture solution allows repairers to work and interact with customers, while social distancing, in a digital first, contactless way.

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Mobile charging for commercials and buses

Monday, 11 May 2020

Mobile charging for commercials and buses

Colorado, May 5, 2020 – Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains, today announced Lightning Mobile, a mobile direct current fast charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles.

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Fuel prices lowest for four years

Monday, 11 May 2020

Fuel prices lowest for four years

The average cost of filling up a car with unleaded petrol has dropped to its lowest level since May 2016, as a result of the historic oil price falls caused by the coronavirus outbreak, data from RAC Fuel Watch shows.

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IFB warns of dodgy claims management firms

Sunday, 10 May 2020

IFB warns of dodgy claims management firms

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), alongside the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), are warning the public to take caution when looking up their insurer’s details after a collision. Increasing evidence shows dodgy claims management firms are using search engine ad results to misrepresent insurers, hi-jack claims for referrals fees and potentially leave road traffic victims out of pocket.

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RAC data confirms road usage is rising

Sunday, 10 May 2020

RAC data confirms road usage is rising

Just as Boris Johnson announces how the UK might begin to ease the current lockdown restrictions, an RAC study confirms drivers are already using their cars more than they were earlier in the coronavirus lockdown.

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Birmingham chop shop gang jailed

Saturday, 09 May 2020

Birmingham chop shop gang jailed

Members of a Birmingham gang have been jailed for running one of the country’s biggest car ‘chop shop’ rackets − after West Midlands Police linked them to more than 100 stolen vehicles valued at well over £1 million.

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US online car sales operation adds 100 markets

Friday, 08 May 2020

US online car sales operation adds 100 markets

Carvana launches 100 markets across 24 states, bringing The New Way to Buy a Car™ to even more customers with as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery.

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Marmalade Young Driver Insurance uses CMT app

Friday, 08 May 2020

Marmalade Young Driver Insurance uses CMT app

Telematics - Marmalade, provider of cars and car insurance for young drivers in the UK, has partnered with CMT, to use its DriveWell smartphone platform to provide behavioural analytics

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Volvo - next generation to be powered by Luminar LiDAR

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Volvo - next generation to be powered by Luminar LiDAR

Volvo Cars, a global leader in automotive safety, is setting new safety and technology standards by partnering with tech firm Luminar to provide their industry-leading LiDAR and perception technology for Volvo’s next generation cars.

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Tracker's top ten stolen vehicle locations

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Tracker's top ten stolen vehicle locations

Analysis of theft data recorded by the stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, Tracker, reveals that London continues to top the list of regions where cars are most stolen and recovered. Neighbouring county Essex jumped back up to the number two hot spot, as Essex police constantly discover new ‘chop-shops’ where stolen vehicles are stripped down and expensive parts sold on.

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Solera - second global webinar - TODAY

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Solera - second global webinar - TODAY

Thursday 7th May 2020 - 16:00 BST - What's next, a deeper dive into digital transformation

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Automotive sector 25-point action plan for recovery

Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Automotive sector 25-point action plan for recovery

Europe’s four auto sector associations publish 25-point action plan for successful restart

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Plastic camshaft will reduce weight and CO2 emissions

Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Plastic camshaft will reduce weight and CO2 emissions

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, in collaboration with their partners, has succeeded in manufacturing a camshaft module from fibre-reinforced thermoset polymers. This lightweight design element helps lower engine weight and reduces assembly costs.

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BYD sets out its European EV strategy

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

BYD sets out its European EV strategy

BYD Europe to embark upon the trial introduction of passenger cars in Europe, alongside longer-term plans to bring new BYD LCV and eTruck ranges to the European market.

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LV= makes £30m available to struggling customers

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

LV= makes £30m available to struggling customers

LV= General Insurance (LV= GI) is making £30 million available to its car and motorbike insurance customers through its Green Heart Support to help those who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus.

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Shashi Maharaj joins the BVRLA director team

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Shashi Maharaj joins the BVRLA director team

Former BMW Financial Services Head of Strategy, Shashi Maharaj joins the BVRLA today as Legal & Membership Director, responsible for the association’s governance, compliance and membership functions.

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Car Connectivity Consortium launches Digital Key specification

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Car Connectivity Consortium launches Digital Key specification

CCC announces its Digital Key Release 2.0 specification is finalised and now available to CCC members. Digital Key is a standardised ecosystem that enables mobile devices to store, authenticate, and share Digital Keys for vehicles in a secure, privacy-preserving way that works everywhere.

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AXA offers Brightmile app to fleets

Monday, 04 May 2020

AXA offers Brightmile app to fleets

AXA Insurance is offering the Brightmile telematics app to its fleet customers as a way of supporting safe driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Volkswagen ID.3 wins leading industry design award

Monday, 04 May 2020

Volkswagen ID.3 wins leading industry design award

The Volkswagen brand dominated the Automotive Brand Contest 2020, securing a total of five awards in the automotive design segment. This contest is the only independent, international design competition for automotive brands.

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Mercedes-Benz back to work step by step

Friday, 01 May 2020

Mercedes-Benz back to work step by step

Successful gradual restart of production at the Mercedes-Benz plants in Untertürkheim, Berlin, Hamburg, Sindelfingen and Bremen started on 20 April, after the suspension of production and short-time work

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BMW commits to hydrogen

Friday, 01 May 2020

BMW commits to hydrogen

Munich, April 2020. Developing alternative powertrain technologies is a top priority for the BMW Group. The carmaker offers first virtual insights into the powertrain system for the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT and reaffirms its commitment to following a carefully considered and systematic route to emission-free mobility.

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UK car production falls by 37% in March

Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK car production falls by 37% in March

UK car manufacturing fell -37.6% in March, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Just 78,767 vehicles left factory gates in the month, some 47,428 fewer than the previous year, as the coronavirus crisis caused UK car plants to close, resulting in more than 140 days-worth, in total, of lost production.

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Škoda Auto resumes production at its Czech plants

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Škoda Auto resumes production at its Czech plants

Mladá Boleslav, 28 April 2020 – Production at Škoda Autos three Czech plants has recommenced. In consultation with the Kovo trade union, the production of vehicles and components was resumed in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. A wide range of hygiene and safety precautions have been put in place to protect employees’ health.

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Volvo Cars structural transformation for long-term growth

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Volvo Cars structural transformation for long-term growth

Volvo Cars has announced plans to accelerate its transformation to effectively position the company for long term growth. As a result, it is giving notice for a reduction of 1,300 white-collar positions in its Swedish operations, plus a continued review and reduction of consultancy contracts.

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Polestar 2 continues Volvo's new technologies develpoment

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Polestar 2 continues Volvo's new technologies develpoment

The first fully electric vehicle to be crash tested, the first to feature new Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) technology, and the first to be fitted with new front-inner-side airbags within the Volvo Car Group.

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Ford employees' enhanced protection for production restart

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Ford employees' enhanced protection for production restart

COLOGNE, Germany, April 28, 2020 – Ford confirms that it intends to restart initial production at most of its main continental European vehicle and engine plants from May 4.

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Bucks answer to frustrating unscheduled traffic delays

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Bucks answer to frustrating unscheduled traffic delays

A new permit scheme is set to be put in place as a way to manage potentially disruptive roadworks on Buckinghamshire's roads.

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Ford Transit fifty-five years at the top celebration on hold

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Ford Transit fifty-five years at the top celebration on hold

In what would have been the week of the Commercial Vehicle Show 2020, Ford’s plans to mark 55 years of the iconic Transit – and three million sales – are on hold.

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VMs fail on keyless car security

Monday, 27 April 2020

VMs fail on keyless car security

'Why have manufacturers failed to act on keyless car security flaw?' writes Jade Harding in Which April 2020

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