Posts Categorized ‘UK Automotive Sector’
March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am
Your auto electrical can give you all kinds of problems. Because most modern cars have pretty sophisticated computers in them, fixing many of the electrical issues in your car may be a little bit above your pay grade. Still here are some common electrical related issues for your car. Read the rest of this entry »
The fact that pan-European tyre labelling legislation has been live since November 2012 may not be the most exciting news you’ve ever heard. But if it helps save your life, and those of your loved ones through additional safety measures, plus saves you money through improved fuel efficiency, then we think it’s probably worth sitting up and taking notice.
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January 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm
When most people think about car dealerships, they picture rows and rows of clean cars, balloons and sales people. But dealerships offer so much more than just a place to buy a car. The Ford dealership parts and service department offers ongoing service to car owners and a partner in keeping your car running smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »
June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am
Japanese manufacturer Nissan have revealed a new six year business plans that will see them release a new vehicle on average every six weeks.
‘Nissan Power 88′ will be implemented immediately, running through until 2016. By then Nissan hope to have increased its global corporate operating profit to a sustainable 8% and its global market share to 8%, hence the name 88.
To achieve this Nissan plans to deliver new vehicle models on average every six weeks, increasing their portfolio to 66 vehicles which cover 92% of all markets.
Nissan car parts firms have supported and broadly share the views of both Nissan and its business partner, Renault, as they all move steadily more towards electric motor vehicles. Pure Drive encompasses low and zero emission vehicles under one banner.
The Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sector is also being targeted by the manufacturer as it bids to make Nissan the ‘New York City Taxi Of Tomorrow’ and the worlds leading manufacturer of LCV’s by 2016. Nissan vans are here to stay, which means that we are likely to witness demand for Used Nissan Van Parts gradually increase in the next few years.
The new releases will be available in more than 70 markets with a product range of at least 10 throughout the Nissan Power 88 roadmap.
Many however have criticised the firms plans calling them “unrealistic” both in production and consumption terms but CEO, Carlos Ghosn said:
“Nissan Power 88 is a demanding business plan but our company has a proven track record of achieving challenging objectives.”
June 20, 2011 at 11:56 am
FRENCH VEHICLE MANUFACTURER, RENAULT.
French vehicle manufacturer, Renault is still one of the UK’s most popular vans, and its current hot seller out of all popular van parts and van models range includes the old favourites:
- Renault Master Vans
- Renault Trafic Vans
- Renault Kangoo Vans
- Renault Extra Challenger Vans
Popular Renault Master models
Master PCLU35D120 Luton
MasterÂ LM39D120 17 seat
Master Box Van ILL35
Master Single Cab Dropside LL35
Popular Renault Trafic models
Trafic SportÂ LL29DCI 115 S (phase II)
Trafic Sport 9 seat minibus SL27DCI115 Phase II)
Trafic SL27D115 9 seat minibus
Trafic Crewvan SportÂ LL29Â (phase II)
Trafic Crewvan Sport SL27 (phase II)
The Renault Kangoo has four bodystyles:
- Kangoo Compact (500Kg payload)
- Kangoo Van (650 or 800Kg payload).
- New Kangoo Van Maxi, (maximum load volume of 4.6m3 and a payload of 800kg.)
- New Kangoo Van Maxi Crew Van, 5 seater
The latest generation of Renault Masters (05/2010) now share the same vehicle development platform as the popular Vauxhall Movano van and the Nissan NV400.
The present Renault Trafic models also stem from the partnership between GM Europe (which sells in the UK under its Vauxhall brand) and the Japanese manufacturer strong in the UK, Nissan. The Renault Trafic is the same as theÂ Vauxhall Vivaro and the Nissan Primastar.
The best news of all is that the Renault Trafic is also built in the UK at GM Europe’s UK plant in Luton alongside its Vauxhall Vivaro counterpart and also producing the Nissan Primastar. Spanish versions of the van are manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain.
The Renault Trafic van was designed by Renault’s design HQ in Paris, but has not changed much, even after its small facelift in 2006 which brought the indicators to be integrated into the headlamp housings and standardised them in the Vauxhall & Nissan models.
One of the great strengths of the Renault vans are the engines, which are highly regarded. They can be very expensive to replace cost several thousand pounds sterling, despite the longevity and robustness, is still a lot.
Better deals online for reconditioned Renault van engines can be found using specialist online Renault van parts locator systems which specialist in helping garages and transport companies find replacement Renault engines
- Renault Master Van engines
- Renault Trafic Van engines
- Renault Kangoo Van engines
After months of rumours exclusive photos have revealed that the Ford Mondeo has indeed undergone a dramatic face-lift.
As with the latest update of the S-MAX the Mondeo has received subtle but massively noticeable work on both the front and back bumpers and the light fittings.
The most significant improvement however comes under the bonnet with the introduction of a Eco-Boost direct inject engine offering a 20% improvement on the engines they have replaced. Other areas of the vehicle remain untouched meaning a huge opening in the market for Ford Mondeo Parts
The latest model appears to have adopted the look of 2010’s big success story, the Audi A series. A more executive look is telling from the photos which have now been leaked around the internet. Ford are due to make an official announcement on the new models at October’s Paris Motorshow with the vehicles expected to hit the showrooms towards the end of the year, prices are rumoured to be start at around £16,000. Whatever the price however it is fully justified to expect the new Mondeo to be a big seller in the UK and help maintain Ford’s grip on the UK automotive sector.
Japanese manufacturer Nissan have had their their thunder stolen as German firm BMW announced they would be investing almost double what the Asia-Pacific automaker is into the British market.
Bayerische Motoren Weke AG (BMW) told The Telegraph yesterday that they will be manufacturing the 2012 BMW Mini model at a yet unnamed plant, taking the total investment this week to around £700m.
The announcement, just hours after Nissan confirmed it would be both designing and producing its new vehicle in the UK means more good news for UK jobs and sustainability in the automotive sector
The Nissan Qashqai will be entirely produced in the UK starting at th firms London design centre in Paddington before going to initial planing in Cranfield and finally mass production at Sunderland NMUK.This also means that Nissan Qashqai spare parts will be produced here as well.
CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn praised the UK’s involvement with Nissan saying : “The UK has been a cornerstone of Nissan manufacturing since 1986.”
Management Today reported earlier on how the announcements will come as a relief to staff at both Nissan and BMW sites who were still fearing possible redundancies as a result of the financial crisis.
The relationship between the Japanese firm and its Sunderland manufacturing plant is strong, as was show in March when site workers took a day out to raise funds for victims of the earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster, also the recognition that .
BMW’s announcement although not location specific yet is expected to save jobs in Oxford, Swindon and Birmingham as BMW parts like the 3 series will be produced all around the country for manufacture in one site. Market experts also revealed the reasons behind Mini production returning to the UK, a source said: “Markets such as China associate certain vehicles with their heritage and the Mini is one of them.
“So bringing it back home to Britain will give a lot more credibility to the vehicle in growing markets.”
Forbes online this week reported on eBay’s announcement that ebay motors’ sales of cars and vehicle spares through its mobile app has increased to 2,000 and 90,000 respectively, which is impressive. The question remains, however, does ebay motors offer vehicle part consumers the very best online deals? Is this what the statistics suggest?
One of the key competitive advantages that eBay has over its competitors is its brand value, both on the street (brand prestige) and with search engines (online brand reputation, as a Google authority). Automotive consumers automatically go direct themselves, as well as are direct by the search engines, than to the competing auction sites. However the better deals can often be found through services that are not as well known, but just as reliable.
Auction sites such as car spare auctions, part of the Car Spare Finder group, offers vehicle part suppliers and UK dismantlers an online car parts, and van and motorbike parts store for just Â£100 a year provides users with the environment they are used to but often prices are a lot lower. Whilst eBay are claiming that the increase in online purchases using mobile applications is exclusive to them it’s not the case. The increase is across the entire mobile sales platform.
The Forbes report concluded saying: “Growing industry demand should support an increased number of listings of autos and auto parts on eBay.”
While most breakers and part dealers will have eBay accounts and make money through them as a buyer you should be aware of other sites and not be drawn in by the big names straight away
The latest Toyota Avensis models comes with a built in USB point, something many expected would be able to charge mobile phones as is the case with the latest Audi A5 taking away the need for dated cigarette-lighter chargers (something the majority of new vehicles don’t have) but this was not the case and is something that opened up a new debate.
With unlimited online music storage, portable multimedia and blanket internet car manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the latest trends. Phil Magney, vice president of automotive research at the industry forecasting firm IHS iSuppli said: ”
“Why would you spend(the equivalent of) £1,600 for a rear-seat entertainment system when you can buy four iPads for £399 each, and the kids can carry the pads into the restaurant with them when you stop.”
Car manufacturers now don’t know whether to adopt current technologies or develop their own. In 2008/9 Japanese vehicle manufacturers developed new technology that could prevent people from falling asleep at the wheel, an stunning invention that has the potential to save lives. However the talking point was the latest Audi A8 parts that would allow owners to make their vehicle in a WiFi hotspot for nationwide connectivity.
One of the biggest problems face by global car manufacturing firms is price. When compared to devices produced by external organisations the cost to incorporate them into vehicle interiors is massive. Rear-seat video systems can cost upwards of £1000 whereas the latest tablets can cost just £250-300 each and can provide the same multimedia entertainment and experience , if not more. Satellite navigation also costs manufacturers and is reflected in the quality and price. The latest sat-nav can be purchased for around £100 an fitted extra in a car is easy £300-400 and although aesthetically nicer is not updated as regularly as other developers.
With all these external options available it’s hard to see how companies such as Audi can compete but recent announcement by the German firm has revealed that rather than investing in new technology they will be adapting current technologies into their ranges. As the old saying goes “if you can’t beat them, join them” although it’s unlikely the author of that quote was thinking about vehicles with an iPad as standard.
other in-car technology advancements that have been replaced by cheaper hand-held devices are Satellite Navigation systems, known as Sat Navs. In car ones can be very expensive to replace. Replacement Sat Navs normally £500 can be sourced online by Car Part Buyers wanting to have the OEM version and purchased sometimes for less than £100. But even at these fantastic used car part prices, can’t compete with the price of a new hand-held version, nowadays retailing for around as little as £50.
Statistics released by the Highways Agency has shown that people are completing journey quicker due to the drop in vehicles on the road.
Official government figures have supported this showing that only 70% of drivers now use their vehicles to commute to work. According to the Automobile Association this is the result of high petrol costs and increasing car maintenance.
A report in The Telegraph however stressed the importance of the car outside of London as a means of commuting to work.
Head of AA Public Affairs Paul Watters said: Our surveys of thousands of members show two-thirds of drivers are cutting back on car-use
â€œIt is a sad reflection of fewer people being able to afford higher prices that those who can pay these prices are enjoying faster travel times.”
The rising cost of vehicle repair which is stifling car owners around the country is something that can be avoided, as the availability of used spare parts is soaring. It’s just as easy to find Ford Fiesta parts for newer models as it is for an older vehicle.
The most common problem being reported in the latest Fiesta is an electrical fault linked to the pedals, a simple part request form can find the parts needed to solve this problem at a saving of up to 70-80%.
Despite this Ford have revealed this week that they have maintained their position as number one in the UK car sales chart (2010) with the latest addition to the Ford Fiesta range,selling over 100,000 units, which is only slightly down on previous years.
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