The Parts Alliance To Feature Limited Edition Petronas Oil Barrels In Their Latest Promotion

The Petronas brand is synonymous with quality engine oil and is rapidly becoming a major fixture in garages up and down the country.

Coinciding with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend, The Parts Alliance will be launching a special Petronas promotion commemorating the seven consecutive world championship wins for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

Utilising the popular 5000 DM 5W-30 grade of oil, the promotion features a special-edition oil barrel design featuring seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Not only that, but every barrel of oil purchased will also be supplied with a commemorative t-shirt in Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team colours.

Through their technical partnership with the Mercedes AMG Formula One Team, Petronas have been able to push the boundaries of possibility in the most demanding forms of motorsport. The result is the formulation of a range of high-performance oils in the most popular grades, bringing their winning experience from the race track to the roads.

“These limited-edition Petronas barrels have proved very popular with our garages customers,” said Simon Moore, head of marketing at The Parts Alliance.

“Petronas is a great quality brand, and these barrels celebrate their successful partnership with Mercedes F1 and Lewis Hamilton.”

The Petronas brand has experienced a significant growth in the UK through its long-term partnership with The Parts Alliance which began back in 2008. Supplying premium grade oil into branches and garages across the UK, this growth is set to continue for years to come.

This special promotion will be available until the 31st August 2021 while stocks last.

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10,000 drivers issued penalties for car faults

Defective tyres, brake issues and steering glitches among most-commonly caught faults

Some 10,000 drivers have been issued penalties for driving with vehicle faults such as defective tyres, brake issues and steering glitches, DVSA figures show.

More than 31,900 drivers have been caught with detective tyres over the past four years, while 4,600 were caught with with poor brakes.

In 2020 alone, a total of 846 drivers were caught driving with poor brakes, with 85 prosecutions for driving with defective steering.

Tyre faults were down slightly on 2019’s bumper 9,330 but were up on the previous two years.

The figures mean a total of 9,783 drivers were caught out last year by travelling with simple but possibly deadly car faults.

Just 5,147 were caught with bad tyres in 2017 before 8,592 were caught the following year.

However, brake issues were down from the 1,604 projections in 2018 and 1,103 registered in 2019.

Steering problems were also down from 131 prosecutions in 2019 as less people use the roads.

Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of MotorEasy said: “These figures highlight the concerning number of people who are neglecting basic checks to ensure their car is fit for the road.

“As well as being extremely dangerous, drivers who get behind the wheel of a car with faulty tyres, brakes and steering can be slapped with three or more penalty points and a £2,500 fine.”

Research from road safety charity TyreSafe has shown one in five drivers never check their tyres when on the road.

Meanwhile, experts suggest there are around 10 million illegal tyres on UK roads meaning one in every four vehicles will be affected.

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Vauxhall to go all-electric by 2028

Complete line-up of cars and vans to be fully electric

Vauxhall is the latest vehicle manufacturer to announce its intentions to go ‘electric only’.

From 2028, Vauxhall will focus entirely on full battery electric vehicles.

Paul Willcox, managing director at Vauxhall Motors said: “As of 2028, Vauxhall will only offer fully electric cars and vans in the UK.

“The future of the automotive industry is electric – and Vauxhall will lead that in this country.

“We are on a journey to reinvent Vauxhall and heading towards a net zero CO2 future – CO2 is the new currency in our industry.”

At the Stellantis EV Day 2021, it was announced that a new, all-electric car – a modern day version of the Opel Manta – will be introduced mid-decade following on from the positive public reception to the Manta GSe ElektroMOD restomod concept.

Vauxhall currently offers nine electric or electrified cars and vans with the Corsa-e, Mokka-e, Grandland PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid), Combo-e, Combo-e Life, Vivaro-e, Vivaro-e Life and Movano-e.

With the introduction of the all-electric Combo-e and Movano-e LCVs, Vauxhall will offer fully electric vans across its range by the end of 2021.

Including the car range, the entire Vauxhall portfolio will offer electrified versions by 2024 and then move to fully electric in 2028.

This move to being all-electric follows the announcement earlier this week that the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire will become the first Stellantis plant to produce solely electric vehicles when the Combo-e LCV and passenger version (together with their partner vehicles) go into production at the historic site at the end of next year.

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Schaeffler REPXPERT app adds VIN reader

New scanning functionality provides accurate vehicle identification

Created ‘By experts – For experts’, Schaeffler’s REPXPERT service programme is designed to equip vehicle technicians with the information they need to make professional repairs simpler and more efficient, which has been further improved by with the addition of a new VIN number scanning function to the REPXPERT app.

The REPXPERT app is an increasingly popular way for users to access the invaluable platform, which helps professional technicians to stay informed, learn more about new and future technologies, and protect the long-term future of their business, directly from their mobile device.

The new VIN scanning function is now the fastest and easiest way of identifying the vehicle, but if you don’t have the vehicle on site you can still use the VRM lookup to quickly access the correct information.

It also adds a new dimension for app users because, although they can already search for vehicles by registration number or application, or for specific parts by OE, competitor and Schaeffler references, the VIN is the vehicle’s unique identity, so ensures users have complete identification accuracy.

This major development complements the app’s other features, such as the ability to scan the barcode on any Schaeffler carton to see all of the vehicle application, product and service information available for that specific repair solution.

The DMF CheckPoint tool is also fully integrated into the app, along with contact details and background information about Schaeffler, the company.

More than 2,000 technicians in the UK are already actively using the app on a daily basis.

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Cars and vans driven an hour a day in England, report finds

Vast majority of time vehicles are left parked-up at home

Vehicles in England are driven just four per cent of the time on average, analysis by the RAC Foundation has found.

The research suggests that cars and vans spend 73 per cent of their time parked at home.

It concluded that on average, English vehicles are driven for just one hour a day.

Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation director, said: “The average car is driven just one hour out of every 24, a proportion that is almost the same as it was back in 1995.

“However, this lack of use does have one silver lining.

“It means that there is ample opportunity for recharging the next generation of electric vehicles, particularly at home, or at work – so making best use of our cars’ ‘down-time’ rather than us having to make a specific trip just to get refuelled.

“There is clearly a lot of attention focused on providing a rapid public charging network to help address drivers’ range anxiety, but this data shows there is plenty of scope for slower, potentially cheaper recharging facilities to be installed at people’s homes, where the average car spends so much of its time.”

The RAC report is based on data provided by consultancy firm Field Dynamics, mapping agency Ordnance Survey and the Government.

“This is putting huge pressure on roadside space and explains why many of us feel that the parking bays in car parks don’t seem quite big enough.

“Crucially domestic garages are also often unfit for their intended purpose.

“The planning system needs to recognise that garage design needs to catch up with vehicle design, or throw in the towel and recognise that they are, in practice, garden sheds waiting to be converted to provide extra accommodation.

“This means thinking again about where the family car is going to be parked.”

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Japanese Ambassador visits GS Yuasa plant to see multi-million pound investment plans

Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Hayashi Hajime, visited global battery manufacturer GS Yuasa’s factory in Ebbw Vale on Friday 9 July as part of an official two-day visit to Wales

During the visit, Hayashi Hajime toured the plant, which is owned by the Japanese based corporation and celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, seeing first-hand how industrial batteries are produced by the 360 strong workforce.

The ambassador also toured a new state-of-the-art lithium-ion module assembly line which has been installed as part of a recently announced multi-million-pound investment by GS Yuasa.

The investment, which is supported by up to £2.5m of Welsh Government funding, will safeguard the long-term future of the plant, creating over 100 new jobs as well as allowing for the installation of new energy efficient production equipment to increase manufacturing capacity.

Andrew Taylor, Managing Director and CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Japanese Ambassador, Hayashi Hajime. As a Japanese owned company, we are proud to celebrate and strengthen the ties between our two countries with such a prestigious visit.

There are over 60 Japanese companies operating in Wales so we were understandably pleased that Ambassador Hajime and the Welsh government selected us to be part of this momentous visit – Mr Hajime’s first official one to the country!

“The visit comes at an exciting time for us as we celebrate 40 years of battery production at Ebbw Vale, alongside a multi-million-pound investment in the plant.”

Shaun Gardner, Managing Director of GS Yuasa Battery Manufacturing UK Ltd, added: “Our multi-million-pound investment reiterates our continued commitment to manufacturing in Wales, creating over 100 new jobs along with reducing carbon emissions and helping to build a more sustainable society.

“We showed the Ambassador how our highly-skilled workforce produces industry leading Yuasa lead-acid industrial batteries, as well as our new lithium-ion module production line which is one of the first we have outside of Japan.”

GS Yuasa is a market leader for a wide range of vehicle and industrial batteries, with applications spanning everything from cars and caravans to security and telecom.

Their Ebbw Vale factory manufactures VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) standby batteries that are predominantly used in Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems. The Yuasa batteries in these systems support facilities including banks, retailers, online grocers, supermarket chains, sports stadiums and telecom infrastructure across Europe.

During the coronavirus pandemic these batteries also supplied power to the NHS Nightingale hospitals and other key medical projects.

To find out more about Yuasa visit www.yuasa.com

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Highs and lows for NGK-sponsored motorcycle star James Alderson

Top spot on podium in first race only for misfortune in next race

There were highs and lows for NGK-sponsored motorcycle star James Alderson at Donington Park.

For after winning the first heat of the BSB Pirelli Junior Superstock championship he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second race to curtail his meeting.

He said: “Friday free practice was difficult as I was struggling to get a good feeling with the bike, however we made some changes and it felt good for a dry qualifying.

“However, the weather took a turn for the worse and the heavens opened for our qualifying session. Being the first wet session of the weekend, we lacked confidence and only managed a 13th place start for the race in the afternoon.

“We made some big changes to the bike for the race for more confidence in the wet conditions and it paid off, and on that Saturday afternoon we managed our first British Championship podium and win.

”Sunday’s race 2 didn’t go to plan as the weather was undecided. On the weather apps it should have been pouring down, however it was hot and sunny.

“The race ended up being dry and we suffered a twist grip fault which was causing the grip on the throttle body to move so I completely messed my start up and dropped back.

“Feeling good I managed to make my way into 7th place, however I was just pushing a little too hard and out of the last corner we had a massive high side and I dislocated my shoulder which unfortunately meant the end of our weekend.

“Racing brings some hard downs but what matters more is how you come back and once I am fit and ready, we will be back fighting again for that top step. Just like to say a massive thanks to all my sponsors for making it happen.”

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was a great performance by James to gain top spot on the podium in his first race only for him then to suffer misfortune in his next race.

“His weekend demonstrated the challenges faced by riders which is what makes motorcycle racing so exciting for fans.”

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Used car values continue to rise, report shows

Values increased by £1,700 in last three months and by £2,500 for one-year old cars

Used car values have increased by £1,700 in the last three months, a according to data analysis by Cap HPI.

Live trade values reported an overall increase of 4.8 per cent at the three-year point during the month of June, equivalent to over £625 per car.

The rise follows a two per cent increase during April and 6.7 per cent increase in May, signifying that on average, values have increased by 13.5 per cent in the last three months.

This rises to £2,500 for one-year old cars over the same period.

Derren Martin, head of valuations at Cap HPI said: “Consumer demand has remained very strong in June, despite half-term, great weather, and Euro 2020 to distract people. With stock-turn high, this has led to retailers requiring a constant supply of cars to replenish their forecourts.

“Well-documented new car supply issues resulting from several component shortages, have led to fewer fleet returns and part exchanges. This has caused demand to outweigh supply for the third month running.”

As cap hpi reported last month,

The current rise in used car values in the trade arena have not done so to the same degree in the retail sector, according to Cap HPI.

Whilst retail values have only increased slightly on average, some dealers continue to follow the traditional approach of reducing prices once a car has not sold after a certain number of days and find it difficult to replace the car from auctions or direct remarketers at similar prices.

Every sector and fuel-type has seen values increase in May.

Examples of some volume models from across various sectors that have increased in value at the three-year, 60,000-mile point are Ford Fiesta (£500), BMW 1-Series Diesel (£850), Hyundai Tucson (£1,150) and Vauxhall Zafira (£750).

The increases are in addition to even heavier increases last month, meaning many mainstream brands have increased in value by thousands of pounds in just a few weeks.

Martin added: “With new cars being in such short supply and likely to continue to be so for at least the next quarter, there is no bow wave of fleet returns coming through.

“One million less cars have been registered than would reasonably have been forecast over the last 18 months.

“These cars are lost to the used car market. It will be a while before supply outweighs demand again.”

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The Parts Alliance Introduces New Braking References

The Parts Alliance has recently added an array of new references into its brake friction and brake hydraulics ranges

Over 200 new part numbers including new brake pads, discs, shoes, drums, fitting kits, wear sensors and Electronic Parking Brake calipers are now being stocked by the distributer.

Many of the popular brands within its multi-brand braking programme have seen their ranges grow.   18 new brake discs and 7 new brake pads from Brembo have been added, including discs for the BMW 1 Series (2014 onwards), Jaguar XE and XF (2015 onwards), Land Rover Discovery (2012 onwards) and Porsche Panamera (2016 onwards).

Garages fitting Delphi also benefit with over 50 new brake fitting kits, more than 30 new pads and 17 new wear sensors being stocked. This includes pads for the BMW 5 series and X5 (2015 onwards), BMW 3 series (2018 onwards), Citroen Berlingo (2018 onwards), Hyundai i30 (2014 onwards), Kia Sportage (2015 onwards) and Mercedes Sprinter (2018 onwards). 

The Bendix range of calipers has also increased. Over 40 Electronic Parking Brake caliper references are now available, covering popular VAG vehicles, BMW 5 series including. Active Hybrid, Mercedes A-Class/B-Class/CLA series/GLA series, Ford Kuga/Mondeo, Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport, Nissan Qashqai, and many Renault, Citroen, Peugeot applications.

The Parts Alliance explain that the introduction of new references is an ongoing process, to ensure their customers are well positioned to service and repair newer models. “Our product teams are continually reviewing demand and work closely with our suppliers, such as Brembo and Delphi, to introduce new part numbers when they see requests for particular references growing,” explains Simon Moore, Head of Marketing.

The braking programme from The Parts Alliance provides a choice of brands to suit all budgets. Brembo with its extensive OE pedigree is stocked across the group, along with Delphi brakes, which are engineered to provide OE levels of performance. Two further OE matching quality brands, Bendix and DriveTec, are exclusively supplied by the distributer in the UK.

Throughout April, The Parts Alliance latest promotion, ‘Too Good To Share’ will see garages receive a snack bag packed with sweet goodies, with every brake caliper they buy. Inside each bag there’s chocolate bars, crisps, a packet of sweets and a soft drink – contents that will provide a timely energy boost and are ideal for consuming at break time.

Garages interested in finding out more about The Parts Alliance braking programme or the ‘Too Good To Share’ brake caliper promotion should contact their local branch.

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Maserati Bora turns 50

Some 564 cars built during production run between 1971 and 1978

Maserati celebrates the Bora, the first mid-mounted rear engine road car in the Brand’s history, just as the MC20 is the first mid-mounted rear engine vehicle in the new Era.

The wind of the Maserati Bora spans through 50 years of history, and reaches the dawn of a new phase for the Brand: all new models share the exclusiveness, sportiness and uniqueness that have always characterised the Modenese constructor, and Bora has also handed down its engine position, first introduced on the Tipo 63 (1961), initially reprised on the MC12, and now a key feature of the new MC20.

Exactly 50 years have passed since 11 March 1971, when the Geneva International Motor Show provided the backdrop for the debut of the Maserati Bora, which was produced until 1978 with 564 cars built, not to mention the spectacular Boomerang, a coupé prototype created by Giugiaro with futuristic engineering and wedge-shaped bodywork.

Following the trend that had already revolutionised Formula 1 racing cars over previous years, Maserati asked Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign to come up with a mid-mounted rear engine sports car with enhanced performance, design, comfort and safety.

The engine was the tried and tested 4,700 cc V8 producing 310 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (to be joined by the 4,900 cc unit two years later), mounted lengthways on a subframe installed on the monocoque.

The car’s distinctive features included retractable headlights to prevent aerodynamic drag, projecting differential on the rear axle, independent suspensions on all wheels (for the first time in a Maserati), disc brakes, dry-mounted single disc clutch, 5-speed gearbox and telescopic suspension dampers.

The Bora combined comfort and performance and had a top speed of over 280 km/h, ensuring great driving pleasure thanks to the engine’s exceptionally agile response and the quiet interior.

While the car’s engineering design carried the name of Giulio Alfieri, the aerodynamics and styling were by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who created a two-seater coupé on simple, elegant lineswhich gave the Maserati Bora a balanced appearance.

The approach was futuristic, with a low, slender, almost tapered front styled to cut through the air, while the front grille included two rectangular air vents with a Trident in the centre.

The perfectly sleek sides were centrally divided by a thin black rubber trim, while the rear ended in a Kamm or truncated tail.

The result was a trend-setting, streamlined car perfect for the rock-and-roll spirit of the ‘70s, which is still delighting fans today.

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