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Supporting the Independent Garage and MOT sector

Issue 318

September 2020

OPINION

VIEW FROM

THE TOP

New electric car record

set by Zero Carbon World

FOCUS ON ADAS

Neil Hilton, Head of HGS, Hella UK, talks about the importance

of the IIR document and ADAS to the independent garage

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IT continues to be a very demanding time

for the automotive industry and with just

weeks to go before the Brexit transition

period expires, European automotive

industry leaders have joined forces to

call for the EU and UK to secure a free trade

agreement without delay. We must avoid a ‘no

deal’ situation at all costs. This is of course

extremely concerning news and according

to new calculations, it would cost the pan-

European automotive sector around €110

Billion in lost trade over the next 5 years.

Without a deal in place by December 31st,

it’s reported that both sides would be forced

to trade under the so-called World Trade

Organisation non-preferential rules, which

would include a 10% tariff on cars and up

to 22% on vans and trucks. This will have

an impact on automotive suppliers and their

products which will be hit by tariffs. Production

will be more expensive and this could lead to

more imports of parts from other competitive

countries.

Inside this bumper issue we talk to Neil

Hilton AMIMI CAE Head of HGS, Hella

UK about the IIR (Insurance Industry

Recommendations) document relating to the

approach and methods that should be adopted

to this issue of The Garage

when working or servicing ADAS equipped

vehicles. Neil also gives a brief overview of

ADAS and what it means for the independent

workshop. This is a must read for all garages

as it will guide you through the process and

offer advice on purchasing ADAS equipment.

There is also a comprehensive clutch

replacement feature for a Skoda Rapid 1.6

TDI provided by Schaeffler (UK). REPXPERT,

Alistair Mason provides a detailed technical

guide for the replacement of a clutch that has

reached the end of its service life.

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CONTENTS

Inside

A look at what’s inside issue 318

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News

06. Bill Fennell, Managing Director and Chief Ombudsman, looks

at the current landscape, and the outlook that potentially lies

ahead for garages.

07. Join ‘The Big Gadget Giveaway’ with The Parts Alliance

Thousands of pounds worth of prizes will be given away

every week.

08. New Castrol study reveals ‘tipping points’ to drive mainstream

electric vehicle adoption in the UK.

10. New electric car record set by Zero Carbon World. Charity

sets new record of 1:31:32 for the shortest EV charging time

between John O’Groats and Land’s End.

12. Vredestein Quatrac. Vredestein continues to evolve its

products and underline its all-season expertise.

22. NGK Spark Plugs to help garages profit from rise in MoTs.

37. New car registrations down -5.8% despite new model boost

to electric vehicle demand.

Focus ADAS

24. The Garage speaks with Neil Hilton Head of HGS, Hella

UK about the importance of the IIR document and ADAS to

the independent garage. Audatex helps bodyshops meet

the the new Thatcham IIR requirements, and take a look at

Supertracker ADAS calibration systems.

Feature Clutch

32. REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, explains how to replace

the clutch on a ŠKODA Rapid 1.6 TDI. Common clutch

installation errors - First Line sheds a light on the main

problems.

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Neil Hilton

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NEWS 06

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Bill Fennell, Managing Director and Chief

Ombudsman at The Motor Ombudsman,

the independent and impartial

Ombudsman dedicated to the automotive

sector, looks at..

the current landscape, and the outlook

that potentially lies ahead for garages.

AS we approach the final

few months of what has

undoubtedly been a

challenging year, MOTs

continue to dominate the

motoring headlines. During the

past few weeks, the pendulum has

swung from one extreme to the other.

Throughout the peak lockdown

period, many businesses pulled

their shutters down as customer

throughput dried up, and according

to our own YouGov poll, more than

half (56%) of drivers delayed getting

their annual MOT assessment. The

resulting impact of this, is that

millions of MOTs remain outstanding,

and we are now seeing a surge in

demand, as drivers try and get their

MOTs completed, putting pressure on

existing garage capacity.

This is echoed by some of the latest

research conducted by GiPA UK, the

providers of automotive aftermarket

intelligence, which found that MOT

centres in South West London and

Croydon conducted the most tests in

August, at an average of 79 and 64

each respectively. MOT stations in

Reading are also set to increase their

workload from 63 last month to 284

by November, and are predicted to be

amongst the busiest in the country.

The upside of all of this, is that,

in addition to the more routine

maintenance and repairs, most service

and repair businesses and MOT

stations have more than enough work.

It’s a nice problem to have, but on the

flipside, there is still lots more to be

done. One of the main focus points

for garages now needs to be around

ensuring that staff and customers feel

safe interacting with one another when

on site.

Having the necessary PPE and

the other physical and distancing

precautions in place has now become

the new normal, for which we have

very quickly all become accustomed

to. In fact, it’s probably what we

now expect to see in a well-run

business. Just as important is the

communication of key messaging

around safety in ensuring that

customers know that you have put the

necessary safety measures in motion,

thereby giving them the confidence to

get any work on their car completed.

As the furlough scheme comes to an

end in October, another consideration

is having the right staffing levels

(in line with the social distancing

requirements), and technology in place

(i.e. systems to manage bookings and

work efficiently) to help deliver a high

standard of service whilst the upsurge

in demand continues.

When looking at the prospects for

vehicle sales, an air of positivity also

seems to be returning to showrooms,

which is an encouraging sign that

things may be slowly edging back to

what they were. Used car values are

holding firm, and with September

traditionally one of the busiest months

of the year due to the second plate

change, some retailers are looking at a

spike in the volume of new cars being

driven off the forecourts, although the

extent of this rebound may be slightly

hampered by supply issues.

From our own perspective at The

Motor Ombudsman, there is equally

some cause for optimism. After a

noticeable dip between March and

June, traffic to our website and to

our popular Garage Finder, which

lists all the businesses accredited to

our Service and Repair and/or Vehicle

Sales Codes, is back up to pre-Covid

levels. Our online Knowledge Base,

which is regularly updated in line with

government announcements affecting

motorists, is also recording in excess

of 26,000 article views per month - an

encouraging trend.

Another positive is that we have

now launched our inaugural Garage

Star Awards (TheMotorOmbudsman.

org/Awards) to recognise individuals,

teams and businesses that have gone

above and beyond to help consumers,

and we would encourage all of our

accredited businesses to let their

customers know that nominations are

now open.

Looking ahead, the next few months

will undoubtably be challenging, as

we see more local lockdowns coming

into force around the country, as

well as changes to the rules aimed

to reduce the spread of Covid-19,

on what seems to be like a weekly

basis. Nevertheless, it is important

that garages ensure the highest level

of customer service and loyalty. This

means that, when more “normal”

times do finally return, businesses

will have a very solid foundation on

which to build.

If your garage is interested

in becoming accredited to

The Motor Ombudsman, visit

TheMotorOmbudsman.org/garages/

tmo-accreditation to find out more.


07 NEWS

Join ‘The Big Gadget Giveaway’ with The Parts Alliance

THE ‘Big Gadget Giveaway’ will

run nationwide through Allparts,

Bromsgrove Motor Factors, BBC

Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, Car

Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF Motor

Factors, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts,

SC Motor Factors, The Parts Alliance

(South West) and Waterloo Motor Trade.

A prize pool that’s too big to list will

include the Playstation 5 and Xbox

Series X games consoles.

Apple’s iPad Air tablet and Series 3

watch are amongst grown-up gadgets

along with an HP laptop and JVC 55”

Smart 4K Ultra HD Television.

A weekly prize draw will find the

winners. To be in with a chance,

customers simply need to place any

The Parts Alliance will be providing garage customers with an abundance of

‘must have’ technology during September. Thousands of pounds worth of prizes

will be given away every week. Getting involved couldn’t be easier.

order for £50 plus VAT or more with

their local branch; each qualifying order

will generate an entry.

“2020 has been a challenging year

for everyone,” said Simon Moore, Head

of Marketing at The Parts Alliance.

“Everyone’s home tech has been used

like never before so it’s the perfect time

to upgrade or enhance it.”

With Autumn’s arrival prizes like

the BT whole home wi-fi system can

only help improve indoor time. Other

items like the wireless headphones,

Fitbit fitness tracker and wireless

earbuds are perfect personal rewards

for hardworking garage staff battling

through the oncoming MOT and service

rush.

“We just hope everyone enjoys the

promotion and we pass our sincere

thanks to our garage customers for

their continued support throughout this

year,” said Simon.

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CASTROL Advertisement Feature 08

New Castrol study reveals

‘tipping points’ to drive mainstream

electric vehicle adoption in the uk

Drivers want EVs priced at £24,000 [1] (or $30,000)

with an average 30-minute charge time and range

of 282 miles (or 453 kilometres)

A

new study released by Castrol draws on the views

of consumers, fleet managers and automotive

industry leaders from across the UK to reveal

the factors driving electric vehicle (EV) buying

decisions.

Accelerating the EVolution reveals that, on average for

UK consumers, a price point of £24,000 (or $30,000), a

charge time of 30 minutes and a range of 282 miles (or 453

kilometres) from a single charge are the ‘tipping points’

to achieve mainstream EV adoption. The research also

estimates that the annual electric vehicle market in the UK

could be worth £13 billion (or $16 billion) by 2025[2] if all

three tipping points are met.

Omer Dormen, VP, Castrol Europe said:

The automotive industry has been hit hard by the

coronavirus pandemic, but I believe that electric vehicles

have a central role to play in powering the sector’s lowcarbon

recovery. Castrol’s research shows that individual

consumers are positive about making the switch to electric,

but buyers in the UK expect to do so slightly later than

those in other markets, and are keen to pay a bit less.

“As an industry we must focus on the factors that matter

most to consumers. The three tipping points revealed in

Accelerating the EVolution provide a clear roadmap for the

automotive industry to help accelerate mainstream adoption

of EVs.”

Based on research from eight of the world’s most

important electric vehicle markets, Castrol’s study examines

five critical challenges that should be addressed to promote

further growth in the EV market, highlighting the different

priorities for consumers and fleet managers.

Key findings from the opinion research, which was

conducted December 2019 to January 2020, include:

2025 - The year of the EV?

On average, British drivers said they would consider

purchasing an EV by 2025, a year later than the global

average. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed (64%) said

they are adopting a “wait and see” approach. Around 60%

of fleet managers said they are waiting for competitors to

make the switch before they do.

Price is front-of-mind

Price is the number one priority for consumers in the

UK, with 68% saying that EVs are currently beyond their

budget. Once vehicles have an average price tag of £24,000

(or $30,000), UK drivers said they’d be willing to go

electric. This price point is significantly lower than the

global average of £29,000 (or $36,000), suggesting that

British consumers are not willing to pay as much as those

elsewhere.

The study also finds that misconceptions about

maintenance costs could be stopping consumers making

the switch: 62% say that these costs were preventing them

from buying a fully electric car. This suggests that many

consumers are unaware that the overall average cost of

ownership of an EV over its lifetime tends to be lower than

an ICE vehicle.


EVolution

09 CASTROL Advertisement Feature

Demand for shorter charging times

Charge time was identified as the second most important challenge

to the mainstream adoption of EVs, and UK consumers said they

require an average charge time of 30 minutes before they would

consider purchasing an EV. Almost seven in 10 (69%) of those

questioned believe EVs will only dominate on the roads once

they can charge in a similar time as it takes to refuel an internal

combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

‘Range anxiety’ is real

Range was ranked third on the priority list by UK drivers, with

three in five of those surveyed agreeing that it is a significant barrier

to the mainstream adoption of EVs. On average, they expect a

range of 282 miles (or 453km) from a single charge, approximately

equivalent to the distance from London to Paris. However, we found

that half of consumers don’t drive the full range on one charge

as they mainly use their car for short journeys or commuting,

suggesting that ‘range anxiety’ may only be driving their preference

in part.

Mandhir Singh, Chief Executive Officer

at Castrol said:

The automotive industry has already demonstrated what it can

achieve in response to the coronavirus pandemic, turning its

capabilities to producing much needed medical equipment. With

EV technology constantly improving, the challenge now will be to

drive a low-carbon recovery and accelerate the EVolution as quickly

as possible. Castrol has been working with the automotive industry

to develop unique e-Fluid technology to support EVs, from battery

coolant e-fluid, e-greases and transmission fluids.”

“Bringing down the cost and charge time for electric vehicles

while increasing range, infrastructure and vehicle choice will be

critical to persuading consumers to make the switch.”

The Accelerating the EVolution report, which includes a full

breakdown of the research and detailed findings, is available to

download here: www.castrol.com/EV.

Castrol e-Fluids range

Using the expertise gained from over a century in the automotive

lubricants sector, Castrol is working to support the automotive

industry as it accelerates towards mainstream adoption of EVs.

Castrol is a global leader in the development of fluids for hybrid

and fully electric mobility solutions, specifically designed to

improve the efficiency and performance of electric vehicles. Over

half of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers now use Castrol

e-Fluids as part of their factory fill.

The Castrol e-Fluid range includes e-Transmission fluids,

e-Coolants and e-Greases. Castrol Transmission e-Fluids help

extend the life of the drivetrain system as it helps the e-motor

run cooler enabling it to operate at high efficiency. Castrol Battery

Coolant E-Fluids keep batteries running cooler, even in extreme

conditions, to maintain optimal performance. Specialist greases are

required for the increasing number of on-board electric motors that

perform a wide range of duties, from providing motive power to

supporting the vehicle’s ancillary services.

Castrol supports leading e-motorsport teams with e-Fluids for

the most demanding electric vehicle racing, including the Panasonic

Jaguar Racing Formula E Team. The company is also an official

partner of the Volkswagen ID.R team, responsible for producing the

car which broke the Tianmen Mountain climb world record and in

2019 broke a 20-year-old record at the annual Goodwood Festival

of Speed hill climb.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

In 2020 we surveyed over 1,000 consumers, fleet managers

and industry specialists across the UK. This was part

of a global EV survey of nearly 10,000 people across

eight of the world’s most important EV markets.

2025

2033

DRIVING CHANGE

According to a new study by Castrol, most

consumers in the UK would consider buying

an EV by 2025, but most also believe that

it won’t be until 2033 that the majority

of new cars purchased are electric.

1. PRICE

3. RANGE

The ‘tipping point’ price at which

most consumers in the UK said they

would consider buying an EV:

£24,000 *

What consumers are willing to pay:

The UK Global

£24,000 average

£29,000

Proportion of

consumers in the

UK who think

EVs are currently

beyond their

budget.

DID YOU KNOW?

The £24,000 tipping point for

price is approximately £5,000 less

than the average price consumers

in the UK said they are willing

to pay for a standard car.

*The average (mean) price point at which consumers in the UK who

took part in our research said they would consider buying an EV.

The ‘tipping point’ range at which

most consumers in the UK said

they would consider buying an EV:

282MILES *

Proportion of

consumers in the

UK who say that the

distance an EV can

travel between charges

is an important factor.

DID YOU KNOW?

The vehicle range ‘tipping point’

of 282 miles is approximately the

same as the distance between

London and Newcastle.

*The average (mean) range at which consumers in the UK who

took part in our research said they would consider buying an EV.

THE SIZE OF THE PRIZE

If the industry in the UK can meet consumer expectations for price,

range and charge time, the British EV market could grow to

£13BN *

per year by 2025

5. VEHICLE

CHOICE

WHAT CRITICAL CHALLENGES

ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT

TO CONSUMERS AND FLEET

MANAGERS IN THE UK?

CONSUMERS

45%

68%

*Head to page 43 of the

Accelerating the EVolution

report to read about

how these figures were

calculated: castrol.com/EV

72%

21%

EVolution

18%

12%

4%

ACCELERATING THE EVOLUTION

THE ROAD TO

MAINSTREAM

EV ADOPTION

IN THE UK

THE FIVE CRITICAL

CHALLENGES TO

MAINSTREAM EV

ADOPTION:

The ‘tipping point’ charge time at

which most consumers in the UK

said they would consider buying an EV:

30 MINS *

*The average (mean) charge time at which

consumers in the UK who took part in our research

said they would consider buying an EV.

Proportion of consumers

in the UK who told us

they would consider

buying an EV if

charging infrastructure

existed to support

their driving habits.

The percentage of people who told us they

are able to access a public charging station.

FLEET MANAGERS

63%

48%

48% 58%

The UK Global

average

Proportion of consumers in

the UK who say that they

would consider an EV if

there was a model available

equivalent to their favourite

petrol or diesel car:

People who said EVs are more fashionable

than their combustion engine equivalents:

34%

62%

DID YOU KNOW?

40% 48%

The UK Global

average

24%

STUDY BY

Proportion of

consumers in the

UK who say that the

speed of rapid charge

points is an important

purchasing factor.

As EVs perform better and charge faster,

the thermal stress on their batteries increases.

Next-generation EVs are moving to direct

cooling for batteries, with advanced coolant

e-fluids to keep batteries cool when EVs

are running even in extreme conditions.

Range

Vehicle size/type

Infrastructure

Price

Charge time

20% 15%

2. CHARGE TIME

4. CHARGING

INFRASTRUCTURE

7%

FIND OUT MORE Visit castrol.com/EV to download the full study.


New electric car record

set by Zero Carbon World

Charity sets new record of 1:31:32 for the shortest EV

charging time between John O’Groats and Land’s End

THE Zero Carbon World team

make it to Land’s End after

just 1h 31m 32s of charging

UK charity Zero Carbon

World set a new record for the

shortest charging time in an EV when

travelling between John O’Groats and

Land’s End on Saturday 12 September

2020. Three representatives from the

charity achieved the record-breaking

time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 32

seconds, smashing the old record by

over two hours.

Zero Carbon World Trustee Dean

Fielding, the charity’s chairman and

ABB FIA Formula E Championship

racing driver Alexander Sims, and EV

specialist David Peilow completed the

855.2-mile (1,376.3 km) journey in

just 15 hours and 32 minutes. In doing

so, they beat the previous record for

the shortest charging time in an EV,

which was set in 2015 and stood at 3

hours 44 minutes and 33 seconds.

“We’re ecstatic to have achieved this

incredible time, which is less than half

that of the previous record,” says Zero

Carbon World Trustee Dean Fielding.

The attempt was in the planning

for just two weeks, when David

[Peilow] realised that a high-speed

IONITY charger had been installed

in Cullompton, Devon. This made it

possible to attempt a new record with

high-speed charging stations at suitable

points along the way.”

Fielding adds: “Despite our planning

for the record attempt, we feel that this

achievement demonstrates that many

EV drivers could easily make the trip

without significant planning – just plot

it in their satnav and go. Lots of EVs

use the CCS charging standard that we

used along the way. The UK charging

infrastructure has improved to a

degree where such trips can be made,

making EVs a viable and practical

alternative to ICE vehicles. What’s even

more remarkable is that the software

used to calculate the trip suggested we

would need 1 hour and 31 minutes of

charging, and that’s exactly what we

did. The capability to accurately predict

real-world journeys helps eliminate the

anxiety many feel about EVs and range.”

The trio stopped to charge at three IONITY

stations in Perth (Perth and Kinross),

Gretna Green (Dumfries and Galloway), and

Cullompton (Devon), along with one Tesla

Supercharger station in Essington (South

Staffordshire). They were very aggressive in

their charging strategy, only charging to the

absolute minimum amount needed to ensure

they got to the next stop.

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NEWS

“We didn’t overcharge

the car at any time,”

explains Zero Carbon

World chairman,

Alexander Sims. “We

were mostly charging

to somewhere in the 50-

60 per cent region, with

one of our charging stops

taking the car to 80 per cent.

We would make it to the next

charger with around 4-5 per cent

remaining. David did all the calculations for us and it was very

well predicted.”

The journey was undertaken in a standard production Tesla

Model 3 in Performance specification.

“We averaged 6.05km/kWh, with a charging efficiency of 97

per cent,” explains Peilow. “When considering the grid carbon

intensity and losses, we averaged 19.5g CO2/km. The Tesla

Model 3 Performance was chosen for the record attempt due to

its charging capacity, rate and range. Not all EVs could achieve

the charging time we did, but plenty of EV models are capable of

comfortably making the epic road trip, simply by charging to 80

per cent rather than our minimal charges.

“Since I last made this journey back in 2011, the charging

infrastructure has improved dramatically across the UK. Highspeed

charging networks such as IONITY use the CCS charging

standard that many EVs use. It’s fantastic to see the national

charging network growing in the UK and across Europe to make

such long journeys easy and accessible for more EV drivers.”

The record attempt couldn’t have been completed without the

support of the EV community, says Sims: “Thank you to the

fantastic support that we received at each charging station from

fellow EV drivers. They helped us to gather all the required data,

images and video in order to fully catalogue the record attempt,

and we will be submitting this to Guinness World Records with

the hope that it will be able to validate the attempt in the coming

weeks.”

To support Zero Carbon World in its carbon reduction projects

visit zerocarbonworld.org/donate. One hundred per cent of the

money donated is fed into its initiatives. No charity money was

used in the record attempt.

To keep up to date with the latest from the charity, follow Zero

Carbon World on Twitter (@ZeroCarbonWorld) and Facebook

(@ZeroCarbonWorld).

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E-learning platform empowers aftermarket

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AS one of the world’s leading automotive technology

pioneers, known for its exceptional quality and

precision and emphasis on the absolute reliability of

its products, DENSO also supports the development

of education to enable technicians to undertake service

and repair work with confidence. Therefore, the DENSO

Aftermarket team has prepared an interactive e-learning

platform that will help them in their personal improvement

and further prepare them for their professional career.

Being a web-based programme, technicians are able to

study whenever they have some free time, as the system

usefully ‘remembers’ which page they are at and re-opens

the course where they finished last time, meaning they are

always up-to-date.

“Just as DENSO pushes the boundaries in the development

of its products and systems, the DENSO Aftermarket team is

always trying to bring something new, which is a goal that’s

clear to see with our interactive technical training solution,”

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“Designed to help mechanics to better understand

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knowledge concerning DENSO products, the e-learning

platform is accessible to anyone who has basic

understanding of mechanical processes”

“Parts distributors, students or even teachers at technical

schools and colleges, as well as other replacement parts

professionals who want to develop or deepen the personal

technical knowledge can also have access to the on-line

courses. All can register, complete the technical training,

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successful completion.

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NEWS 12

Vredestein Quatrac

new evolution in growing all-season segment

IN a European all-season segment

that grew by 23% percent last year,

Vredestein continues to evolve its

products and underline its allseason

expertise. After being the

first brand to launch an all-season tyre

for high-end performance cars in 2019

with the Quatrac Pro, the brand is now

renewing its portfolio in the segment for

smaller inch sizes by launching the new

Vredestein Quatrac.

As one of the first companies to

introduce all-season tyres, Vredestein

now benefits from over 28 years of

experience in producing all-season

tyres. Today the brand has the largest

all-season portfolio in the European

market and was named ‘All-Season

Manufacturer of the Year’ by Autobild

in October 2019. To retain its leading

position and perform at the top in the

European tyre tests, Vredestein has

further evolved its products within the

market for smaller inch sizes, which

have nowadays become a commodity.

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environmental impact by providing

fuel savings thanks to the tyre’s lighter

weight and lower rolling resistance.

The Quatrac combines excellent winter

and summer characteristics in keeping

with Vredestein’s established know-how,

along with the use of all-new materials

and a few clever tweaks to boosts

performance to a new level.

Both shoulders of the tyre are now

suited for summer use, while the centre

of the tyre is more winter-focused, with

a higher sipe density for better traction.

The number of shoulder blocks is

scaled to tyre diameter to ensure a

superior performance in winter. The

tyre also sports a deep-V-shaped profile,

perfected by fine-tuning angles and air

ratio.


13 NEWS

DIFFERENT R&D APPROACH

Vredestein’s all-season R&D team

optimised the tyre in various areas,

taking a different approach to suit

the segment for lower inch sizes.

For instance, with the development

of the Quatrac Pro the team started

with the tyre’s summer properties

and added winter features, driven by

specific requirements for ultra-high

performance cars. Now, with the Quatrac

being a tyre specifically designed for

smaller inch sizes, development focus

was on the most effective design for this

segment resulting in the deep-V-shape

and reduced number of sipes

IMPROVEMENTS COMPARED

TO PREDECESSOR

The new Quatrac performs 12% better

than its predecessor, the Quatrac 5,

in terms of dry handling thanks to

the higher net contact area and stiffer

shoulder blocks. Its silica-based

compound and V-shaped pattern

ensure 20% better wet handling

and 10% better wet braking

performance. And it ensures

5% better handling on snow

by deploying 10% more snowcutting

edges optimised for all

steering angles.

The new-generation tread

compound is enhanced with

a high quantity of terpenebased

resins. The reduced air

ratio and the optimised tyre

cavity leads to a more uniform

pressure distribution, ensuring

more even tyre wear and results

in an improvement in lifespan of

more than 20%. Finally, the new

Quatrac has up to 10% better rolling

resistance, providing substantial fuel

savings.

The Vredestein Quatrac was

specifically designed for European

roads and comes with the three-peak

mountain snowflake symbol, certifying

its suitability for use throughout the

winter and across Europe.

The new Quatrac comes in 15” and

16” inches with 39 sizes in first phase

during September and October, a

further extension will then follow in the

beginning of 2021. Deliveries will start

September 7th.

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NEWS 14

NSK DEVELOPS

ULTRA-HIGH-SPEED

BALL BEARINGS FOR

EV MOTORS

NSK has developed a

new ball bearing that,

thanks to its ultrahigh-speed

capability,

is ideal for use in the

traction motors of electric and

hybrid vehicles. As well as allowing

electric motors to operate at higher

speeds, the new bearing improves

fuel economy (reduced power

consumption per unit distance),

supports the increase of vehicle

range and contributes to better

user comfort.

To enhance global sustainability,

the automotive industry is rapidly

expanding the development and

production of electric and hybrid

vehicles. However, the maximum

achievable range on a single charge

remains a concern for consumers.

As a result, automakers are

pursuing smaller and lighter

components, and developing faster,

higher output motors. Accordingly,

the bearings used in powertrains,

especially in electric motors, are

being subjected to increasingly

higher speeds and performance

demands.

Bearing rotation during highspeed

operation can cause

problems such as grease

deterioration due to elevated

operating temperatures, resulting

in bearing seizure/failure.

Higher speeds can also lead to

the bearing cage being deformed or

destroyed by centrifugal forces.

To help counter these issues,

the new NSK bearing is filled with

a proprietary grease that reduces

heat generation at high rotational

speeds, prolonging both grease

and bearing life, and reducing

the risk of seizure compared with

conventional products.

In addition, a newly developed

cage is deployed with retainer

tabs that are not only thinner and

lighter, but reduce the potential

for cage deformation or breakage.

This innovation is supported by a

new design of cage base (spine) and

a newly developed cage material

made from high-rigidity resin,

which offers further heat resistance

at the elevated speeds found in EV

motors.

The combination of proprietary

NSK grease and newly developed

cage enables bearing operation at

dmN(1) = 1.4 million. To provide

a practical example, this worldleading

measure of rotational

performance means one of NSK’s

new 35 mm bore diameter bearings

can operate reliably at speeds of

30,000 rpm.

As a result of this advance in

bearing technology, automotive

customers can develop and

implement electric motors that

operate at significantly higher

speeds. High motor output

contributes to the utilisation of

smaller motors, reduced vehicle

weight and increased space for

other components, such as more

battery cells, for example, or the

use of a larger vehicle interior.

In turn, lower fuel consumption,

extended vehicle range and/or

improved comfort can be achieved.

NFDA EV Group

meets to discuss

key issues facing

dealers and

provide NFDA

with industry

insights

The National Franchised Dealers

Association (NFDA) EV group was

established in 2019 to support

dealers’ efforts in the EV sector

and, in turn, provide NFDA with

feedback on the key issues facing

the industry that the association

can use in support of its

lobbying efforts with the relevant

Government departments.

The launch of the EV Group

coincided with the significant

growth of the NFDA’s Electric

Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme

launched by NFDA and endorsed

by the Energy Saving Trust (EST)

as well as the Government’s Office

for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

in 2019.

Today’s NFDA EV Group meeting

discussed key regulatory changes

and announcements facing dealers

including the consultation on

ending the sale of petrol, diesel

and hybrid cars, and vans in 2035,

CO2 emissions regulations after

Brexit and Clean Air Zones.

The investments required by

dealers as well as the issues

affecting their relationship with

manufacturers were also discussed

at the meeting.

NFDA provided attendees with

an update on the EVA scheme and

Dr Thomas Baxter FIChemE gave

his views on the future for Battery

Electric vehicles and Hydrogen

Fuel Cell Cars, and the potential

implications for dealers.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director,

said, “Franchised dealers continue

to make significant efforts to

support the transition to a zeroemission

market and offset the

barriers currently perceived by

consumers in the EV sector.

The NFDA EV Group has been

instrumental in supporting dealers

and providing us with key insights

to back our lobbying efforts.

“Going forward, we will continue

to work closely with our members

to assist them during this crucial

market transition by addressing

the issues facing them with both

Government and manufacturers”.


15 NEWS

RFT MOVES FORWARD

WITH NEW UK

MARKETING PARTNER

PERFORMANCE PARTS RFT, the

UK distributors for all passenger car

products from the famous Koni shock

absorber brand, are stepping up their

marketing activities with new campaigns

in planning and the appointment

of automotive PR and marketing

specialists, Chicane.

Koni has been in business since

1857 and producing performance

shock absorbers since the 1930s. RFT,

which was set up in 2016 to handle

Koni distribution in the UK, is about to

celebrate its fourth anniversary with the

brand. The team behind RFT, however,

has had an involvement with Koni in the

UK that stretches back for more than

thirty years.

RFT Managing Director, David

Russell and his family, were owners

of UK motor factor group, Camberley

Auto Factors, who became distributors

for Koni in 1986. “Our experience with

Koni, combined with years of having

worked in the performance parts sector,

means we are in an excellent position

to move the brand forward. The Koni

product range has expanded notably

in recent years and is still finding new

parts of the market to serve.”

Koni today encompasses many

different product categories within the

shock absorber arena, with more than

a dozen different types of products -

each aimed at a particular sector of the

performance market. The ranges start

with the STR.T “Street” Dampers and

run, via the Koni Classic range - which

helps give classic cars better handling &

ride - and Koni’s specialist 4x4 ranges

of Heavy Track and Raid, through

to its high-performance Sport and

Special Active ranges the benchmark in

adaptive suspension.

RFT’s work with Koni also extends

to providing product in the light

commercial vehicle sector, camping and

caravanning markets and in historic

racing with Formula One, being a

specialist area where Koni is still the

benchmark and where RFT provides a

bespoke service via its dedicated service

network.

RFT also stocks complementary

product ranges, such as Ferodo DS

brake pads, for fast road and track day

applications as well as a selected range

of Champion ignition products and its

own brand of ReFiT suspension bushes

& bush kits, which focus mainly on 4x4

applications, with an ever-increasing

range of cars catered for.

“Appointing Chicane represents a

conscious decision to move Performance

Parts RFT towards a new level of

business,” continues David Russell. “In

its sector, Koni is an iconic brand that

has become a bit of a sleeping giant, so

we thought that the time was right, with

the product offer it now encompasses,

to raise its profile in the UK and, at the

same time, move forward with our other

product ranges.”

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NEWS 16

The complete wiper

solution

for winter

With the season now

changing and the

weather going from

heatwaves to rain,

it’s more important

than ever to appraise and potentially

replace the wiper blades. As they are

the driver’s main defence against

rain to allow them to see clearly, it’s

vital that they get them checked in

preparation for Winter.

Being constantly exposed to

changing weather conditions and

temperatures, over time the rubber on

the blade will inevitably deteriorate,

which could affect visibility and

potentially become dangerous, not

just for the driver, but other road

users as well. It is therefore best

practice to change wipers annually

as a matter of course and not leave

them to deteriorate to the point

where smearing impacts the driver’s

visibility.

With a Borg & Beck blade, each is

supplied with a complete selection of

fitting adaptors to ensure the widest

possible vehicle coverage for minimum

stock investment. All the blades are

manufactured from 100% natural

rubber, with a liquid graphite coating

that not only delivers a smooth,

streak-free and silent operation, but

has the additional benefit of providing

excellent longevity.

The conventional blades are

available in sizes from 11 to 28

inches, while the spoiler blades,

which are mainly fitted on the driver’s

side and ensure extra contact, and

therefore improved visibility, especially

at motorway speeds, are available in

lengths from 18 to 28 inches. Both

feature a high strength zinc galvanised

steel frame and stainless-steel

backing, which means they are robust,

while remaining corrosion free.

For superior all-weather

performance combined with the most

up to date aesthetics, the Borg & Beck

flat blade features a unique design

with a flatter spoiler, which minimises

drag but maximises screen-clearing

performance. Not only incorporating

the liquid graphite coating, these

blades also come with a multi

functioning mounting base and clips,

for easy fitment and are available from

15 to 30 inches.

Also in range are the 16 to 28 inch

hybrid blades, which provide drivers

with a modern replacement to a

conventional blade that combines

the aerodynamic properties of the

flat blade and the reliable wiping

performance of a traditional blade. Its


17 NEWS

stylish look comes from an integrated

spoiler that runs the whole length

of the blade, which reduces wind

lift at high speed, whilst providing a

constant downforce for an even load

distribution across the windscreen.

This design offers a chatter free,

smooth wiping action, which prolongs

the life of the blade and has become

the choice blade for many, whether

that’s as a direct replacement or to

replace the conventional blades that

were fitted as standard.

No range is complete without a rear

blade offering and the high strength

zinc galvanised frame with UV coating

and liquid graphite coated blade,

combined with multiple mounting

clips, means that these blades make

the ideal rear wiper replacement

and provide the final element in the

premium quality Borg & Beck wiper

blade range. Sizes range from 8 to 16

inch.

Wiper motors

Availability is key in the aftermarket

and Borg & Beck has found that, due

to vehicle defects, some motors are

more prone to failure than others. For

instance, the Renault Clio wiper motor

(FWM1004/BWM1004) fails as a result

of being submerged in water due to a

blocked drain channel, it is therefore

recommended that technicians check

this when vehicles come into the

workshop, especially during Winter.

To resolve the situation, technicians

obviously need to replace the wiper

motor, but during the procedure,

must also remember to clear the

blockage. In addition, proactive

workshops would do well to advise

the customer to keep an eye on the

situation to ensure it is kept free of

debris and able to drain properly.

Nissan Qashqai

On most cars, the most common

cause of the wiper motor failure is

because linkages wear, which leads

to the ball joints popping off their

sockets, bringing the wiper blades

to a complete stop. However, with

this popular, first generation Nissan

Qashqai there is another big problem

to be aware of.

Reacting to the high demand

for replacement motors for this

vehicle, the First Line product

team investigated the problem and

discovered an oversight made during

the design and specification of the

vehicle at original equipment level,

which results in the output shaft

seizing, due to the build-up of rust.

This is caused because the output

shaft is neither sealed nor lubricated

and due to its location, following heavy

rainfall, water is able to penetrate

between the shaft and motor housing,

which allows rust to accumulate. As

the rust builds up, the motor is put

under stress as it contends with the

rising levels of friction on the shaft

to keep the wipers moving, until

the point when the increased load

is drawing a current greater than

30amps, which is when the wiper

motor’s fuse will blow.

In addition, should the water that

has penetrated between the shaft and

housing freeze or the wiper blades

freeze to the windscreen and are not

freed before the wipers are switched

on, the excessive load on the motor

may also induce premature failure.

As wiper blades are a crucial

safety feature, technicians should be

checking them and the mechanism,

including the motor, on every vehicle

as part of the service inspection.

Regardless, it is however advised

by Borg & Beck that this time of the

year is the best time to replace Wiper

Blades, as this is when they are going

to be in need the most.

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ECOBAT Battery Technologies

(ECOBAT) has been serving

the UK aftermarket for

nearly 70 years, although

the company was founded

as Manchester Batteries in 1952 by

Harry Pemberton in Abergele, North

Wales the business steadily grew and

opened more branches throughout

England, Wales and Scotland.

Manchester Batteries was rebranded

as Manbat in 1996 was then bought

by the ECOBAT Group in 2009 and

under the leadership of UK MD Steve

Sheppard, the company continued

to grow, and an industrial division

was created to service the industrial

market.

By 2016, the newly rebranded

ECOBAT Battery Technologies had

grown into a pan-European company

with sites in France and the Benelux

region. In 2019, it acquired Europa

Batteries in ROI and now, ECOBAT is

pleased to announce the opening of a

new branch in Northern Ireland.

In August 2020, ECOBAT acquired

Easystart Ireland. Easystart Ireland

NEWS

ECOBAT BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES

– IRELAND

is a well-established business

that serves a range of businesses

throughout Ireland. This acquisition

is hugely positive, not only for

Easystart Ireland’s customers, but

also for ECOBAT’s customers in the

area, as they will benefit from an

enhanced delivery service, increased

stock availability, as well as a highly

knowledgeable local team.

The new branch, located in

Crumlin, Co Antrim, will be headed

by Colin Watterson who has worked in

the battery industry for more than 20

years. Colin will be joined by Jim and

David who both also have extensive

knowledge of the battery market.

Colin says: “ECOBAT’s acquisition

of Easystart Ireland is a mutually

very positive opportunity. Easystart

Ireland’s customers will have a greatly

enhanced choice of products with the

introduction of quality brands such

as Lucas VARTA, Exide, Odyssey,

Optima, and US batteries.”

ECOBAT’s General Manager, Kevin

Wood echoes Colin’s statement saying:

“We’re thrilled to have Colin and his

team on board. We’re proud to now

have ECOBAT sites in all UK regions;

this acquisition, along with the

excellent service available from our

Portlaoise site, will ensure our brands

are easily and readily available to all.”

Sales Director, Paul Payne says:

“This is a great opportunity for the

aftermarket in Ireland to access

brands that weren’t previously easily

available to them. We’re looking

forward to working with Colin, Jim

and David and warmly welcome them

into the ECOBAT family.”

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NEWS 22

NGK Spark Plugs to

help garages profit

from rise in MoTs

NTK – the vehicle electronics brand of NGK Spark Plugs

– is this month (September) stepping up its campaign

to urge garages to be prepared for a surge in demand

for MoTs which are set to double this autumn with an

additional 1.7 million expected in October alone.

Motorists were granted COVID-19 led MoT exemptions from

March 30 until August 1 with the exemptions beginning to

expire this autumn which is already a busy time for MoT

testing.

Garages and MoT specialists are being encouraged to

book vehicles in early for their MoTs in order to avoid

disappointment and to ensure they keep their customers on

the road.

It is estimated more than 140,000 vehicles will fail on

emissions in October alone and NGK is making it even more

attractive for garages to fit NTK Lambda sensors to cope

with the inevitable increased demand.

NGK is the world’s largest manufacturer of Lambda

sensors under the NTK brand and is an original equipment

(OE) supplier to many of the world’s leading vehicle

manufacturers (VMs), with the same components being

supplied to the UK automotive aftermarket.

Throughout September and October the company is

increasing the level of reward points for NTK Lambda

sensors through its market leading garage reward

programme BoxClever, from 100 to 1000 points per sensor!

Garages are encouraged to insist on NTK Lambda sensors to

ensure they benefit from the temporary increase in points.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs

(UK) Ltd, said: “As we enter autumn, demand for MoTs is

unprecedented. We believe that with more than 140,000

vehicles likely to fail the emissions element of the MoT test

in October alone there will be an increase in demand for

Lambda sensors and with our BoxClever bonus points offer

starting this month there’s never been a better time to fit

NTK Lambda sensors.”

NTK is the World’s No.1 in engine sensors and during

September and October the BoxClever bonus points

offer of 1000 points also extends to NTK exhaust gas

temperature sensors (EGTS), which monitor the exhaust gas

temperatures to enable the efficient operation and protection

of vital components, and NOX sensors, which work in

conjunction with associated exhaust after-treatment devices.

There are good reasons why NTK Lambda sensors are the

No.1 choice of VMs around the world, they are ‘Similar but

different’.

NGK says the experience it has in supplying the VMs

worldwide allows it to offer exactly the right sensor for every

vehicle application. The company says distributors should

encourage garages to always go with a bespoke OE-quality

Lambda sensor and steer well clear of ‘universal sensors.’

THE IGA IS RELEASING THE GARAGE GUIDE TO ONLINE PRESENCE

The Independent Garage Association

(IGA) is releasing the Garage Guide to

Online Presence to help independent

garages promote their own image and

online presence, negating the need

to rely on third-party work provision

companies.

The 68-page guide contains step-bystep

instructions on how to develop

company branding, set up a website

and social media pages, create Google

Business and Maps listings, learn

about online marketing methods,

collect analytics and respond to

reviews.

Stuart James, IGA CEO, said:

“Events in recent months have shown,

more than ever, the importance

of having an online presence to

communicate with customers and

generate business.

“While third-party work provider

websites are a tempting, easy option

for independent garages to maintain

visibility online, they stifle brand

identities and create a barrier between

garages and their customers, all while

charging expensive rates.

The Garage Guide to Online

presence will give independent garages

the knowledge and confidence to create

a new profile or expand their existing

online branding without the need to

rely on work providers, helping their

business thrive while saving money on

marketing.”

The Garage Guide to Online Presence

will be distributed as a paperback

book to IGA members this month.


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FEATURE ADAS 24

QA &

The

The Garage speaks with Neil Hilton AMIMI CAE. Head of HGS, Hella UK about

the importance of the IIR document and ADAS to the independent garage.

• What is IIR?

The IIR Document is the Insurance Industry

Recommendations and relates to the approach and methods

that should be adopted when working or servicing an ADAS

equipped vehicle to ensure the vehicle is returned in a fully

functioning and safe operational condition. This document

is a great start point and a line in the sand, that no doubt

will be amended going forward to facilitate the ongoing

changes in vehicle ADAS systems and fitment.

• Why is the IIR so important?

It is important that workshops follow the guidance within

the IIR to ensure a vehicle is returned in a fully functioning

and safe condition. It outlines the procedures to identify if

a vehicle is firstly, fitted with any ADAS systems and more

importantly the course of action required to complete the

repair in a safe manner before returning to the customer.

The IIR is also beneficial as it standardises the approach

that everyone should take as the norm and ensures the

integrity of the systems as the manufacturer intended.

• What did you help with on the IIR?

As the pioneers of Aftermarket ADAS Calibration

Equipment, Hella Gutmann Solutions have a long standing

and close relationship with Thatcham Research, initially

working with the engineering division at Thatcham to

investigate calibration procedures and requirements,

progressing to be a member on the ADAS Steering Group

which finalised the ADAS Code of Practise for the Glazing

Industry several years ago. The Steering Group was also

instrumental on finalising the latest document the IIR, HGS

supplied calibration equipment for the Thatcham Research

test track testing to confirm that aftermarket equipment has

the capability to restore ADAS functionality that meets OE

requirements.

• Give a brief overview of ADAS and what

that means for the independent workshop

ADAS can comprise of a number of various systems, from

Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection

and Lane Departure to Adaptive Headlight Control. The

systems can function independently or in many cases in

fusion with each other to not only make driving the vehicle

more pleasurable but importantly far safer, bearing in mind

that 96% of all accidents involve human error as a factor

ADAS systems are instrumental in improving road safety.

Independent Workshops need to embrace this technology as

this will undoubtably impact on virtually all their everyday

procedures.


25 FEATURE ADAS

• Why should workshops invest in

recalibration equipment?

It is important that workshops consider investing in their

own calibration equipment to facilitate a one stop service

to their customers, along with reduced key to key times

and futureproof their own business. As an alternative,

workshops could have a business relationship with a friendly

nearby workshop equipped with calibration equipment or a

mobile calibration company that can complete any repairs

by performing a final ADAS system calibration, but critically

the liability still rests with the original workshop taking on

the work. Whilst this would be a good short term solution

to comply with the IIR, it will be inevitable due to the rapid

growth in ADAS fitment that workshops will need to consider

their own investment in equipment to be self-sufficient.

• What equipment MUST workshops have?

HGS have various ADAS packages available that start with

a range of diagnostic devices capable of performing ADAS

calibration on manufacturers such as Ford, BMW, Vauxhall

and Volvo without the need for additional hardware. For other

manufacturers that use a static calibration process there is

additional hardware requirements, the CSC Tool (Camera

and Sensor Calibration) this uses vehicle specific targets

and radar panels to calibrate the specific systems. These

calibration systems are modular based and can be bespoke

and supplied exactly to the requirements from the customer,

ADAS starter kits can be purchased for as little as £8k which

would give a workshop reasonable calibration capability

that could be extended to suit individual demand based on

vehicles and systems passing through the workshop.

• Are workshops liable for ADAS-related

accidents?

Workshops have always had a responsibility and duty of care

to return a vehicle in a safe operating condition but with the

release of the IIR Document this is now even more important

to avoid potential claims or legal action against their business.

If a vehicle is involved in an accident that should have been

avoided with a particular ADAS system intervention then

clearly there will be serious questions raised as to why this

was not the case.


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radar-based ADAS calibration.

Used in conjunction with mega macs diagnostic tools and a range of expansion kits, the award-winning CSC-Tool from

HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS enables independent workshops to calibrate the front, rear and 360° camera and radar

-based safety systems used by most vehicle manufacturers.

With OEM accuracy assured, a calibration report can be generated in accordance with the UK Insurance Industry

Requirements (IIR) guidance for the safe repair of ADAS equipped vehicles published by Thatcham Research.

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27 FEATURE ADAS

Audatex helps bodyshops meet

the new Thatcham IIR requirements

A

Vehicle Health Check

(VHC) by Solera Audatex

is helping repairers meet

the new repair standards

in the Thatcham Research

Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR)

that come into effect from March 2021.

The Audatex VHC2 diagnostic unit

provides a simple way to complete the

new pre- and post-repair IIR in-house

checks.

The Thatcham Research IIR has been

developed to ensure the safe repair of

vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver

Assistance Systems (ADAS). The move

comes as the number of ADAS-enabled

vehicles on United Kingdom roads

reaches 4.5 million, a figure likely to

grow as driver-assistance technology

advances.

The new requirements call for

repairers to use a diagnostic tool,

to identify the presence of ADAS

technology on a vehicle and ensure

it is recorded while completing all

relevant inspections, realignments, and

calibration activities as detailed within

repair procedures. They should also

complete post-repair scans to confirm

the vehicle will be returned to the road

in pre-accident condition.

The Audatex VHC2 diagnostic unit

is a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet that connects

to vehicles via a Bluetooth Vehicle

Communications Interface (VCI).

Coverage goes across more than 60

vehicle makes throughout Europe and

additional ADAS calibration kits are

available via RED Diagnostics.

VHC2 allows repairers to complete

the Thatcham IIR checks in-house,

starting with a VIN registration lookup.

The pre- and post-repair diagnostic

reports can be easily shared directly

from the tablet with existing Audatex

assessments, to provide the required

IIR evidence that safety checks have

taken place. The existing integration

will save significant time and ensure

required evidence can easily be attached

to the insurance assessment. The

whole process creates a new revenue

opportunity for repairers while meeting

the new regulations.

The regulations set out for

inspection, realignment, and calibration

of ADAS-technology in all repair

situations for specified operations

must be completed post-repair to

confirm sensors are functioning within

the vehicle manufacturer’s technical

specifications.

The required repair plan must

include a pre-repair diagnostic scan

and visual inspection to identify ADAS

functionality. Details of the repairer,

work undertaken, tools used, and

proof of competence of the operator

should also be recorded. Audatex VHC2

provides a simple solution to meet these

requirements. Audatex has also found

most insurance partners, along with the

introduction of the new IIR standards,

are now accepting diagnostic scans

and reset charges within the Audatex

assessment, recognising the importance

these have in ensuring safe repairs.

VHC2 is available via a lease option with

all Audatex software and data updates

included as standard. A single site only

needs to complete five pre- and postrepair

diagnostic scans a month to

quickly recuperate operational costs.

“We welcome the introduction of IIR

and are supporting customers across

the UK and Ireland as they prepare for

the introduction of the new standards

in March 2021,” said Stewart Myles,

head of crash repair and business

development at Audatex. “The VHC2

Diagnostic tablet combines the latest

technology and unrivalled data to

make the process straightforward and

efficient. By keeping diagnostic scans

in-house, it will help reduce key-to-key

delays.”


FEATURE ADAS 28

SuperTracker

NINETY FOUR percent of all road accidents are caused by human error – either dangerous

choices or mistakes made behind the wheel - and the European Council are looking to reduce

this significantly by introducing new rules by 2022. These will apply to UK drivers

whether we leave the EU or not.

Under these new rules, new vehicles registered in 2022

and beyond must be equipped with the following safety

features:

• Intelligent speed assistance

• Alcohol interlock installation facilitation

• Driver drowsiness and attention warning systems

• Advanced driver distraction warning systems

• Emergency stop signals

• Reversing detection systems

• Event data recorders

• Accurate tyre pressure monitoring.

And for cars and vans:

• Advanced emergency braking systems

• Emergency lane-keeping systems

• Enlarged head impact protection zones capable

of mitigating injuries in collisions with vulnerable

road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists

In 2020, fifty percent of new registered cars were

equipped with ADAS (advanced driver-assistance

systems) such as the ones mentioned above, but with

these new rules looming, this percentage is set to shoot

up.

ADAS are proven to reduce road fatalities by

minimizing human error. Safety features are designed to

avoid accidents and collisions by offering technologies

that alert the driver to problems, implementing

safeguards, and taking control of the vehicle if

necessary.

ADAS Calibration

These systems must be calibrated to ensure accuracy

whenever:

The windscreen is replaced

The cameras or radars are replaced

• A collision has occurred (even a small bump

whilst parking)

• Bodywork repairs are carried out, such as

replacing the bumper

• Vehicle suspension is adjusted

• Wheel alignment is carried out

• Tyre size is changed

• An ADAS warning light displays on the dashboard


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ADAS calibration.

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Unlike other ADAS calibration

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NEWS 30

Thermal

management

and electric

vehicles

When it comes to electric vehicles, controlling

the hot and cold currents is the key to optimizing

performance, cruising range, and service life.

MAHLE has already developed numerous

innovations for the thermal soaking of batteries in

electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

AS of this year, with the

acquisition of Behr Hella

Service, MAHLE offers

workshops a worry-free

package for thermal

management for all types of drive.

MAHLE is also committed to

developing alternative drive systems,

power electronics, and electric

auxiliaries for every vehicle type –

from passenger cars and commercial

vehicles through machinery to

e-scooters. In short, if it says

“e-mobility” on the outside, it has

MAHLE on the inside.

At the beginning of 2019, the

number of electric cars worldwide

had risen to 5.6 million. This

represented an increase of 64 percent

compared with the previous year. If

this trend continues, we’ll be seeing

an enormous number of hybrids

and electric cars in workshops in

ten years’ time. One thing is already

certain: Thermal management will

play a vital role and this is an area

where MAHLE can provide optimal

support.

Key components for high voltage

thermal systems in electric vehicles

include:

Battery cooler

Battery segments and cooling plates

form a permanently fixed module.

Coolant flows through the cooling

plates. If the cooling capacity is

insufficient – e.g., because of high

outside temperatures – the coolant

temperature is further reduced via the

chiller.

Chiller

A special heat exchanger that further

reduces the temperature of the coolant

for the battery. Here’s how it works: the

coolant flowing through the battery’s

cooling plates is cooled down further

in the chiller as the refrigerant from

the air-conditioning system, which also

flows through the chiller, evaporates.

Electric compressor

Thanks to the electrically driven

e-compressor, the air-conditioning

can operate even when the engine is

switched off.

Low-temperature radiator

The coolant temperature for the

electric motor, battery, and power

electronics is maintained at below 60°C

inside a separate cooling circuit using a

low-temperature radiator.

E-coolant pump

Electric coolant pumps with

integrated control are gradually

activated depending on the cooling

capacity required. They can be used

as main, minor, or circulation pumps

and operate independently of the

engine.

High-voltage coolant auxiliary

heater

When temperatures become too low,

the coolant is heated via an electric

auxiliary high-voltage heater. This is

integrated in the cooling circuit.

The electric drive of a hybrid or

electric vehicle is designed for peak

performance. Consequently, they

require high-voltage systems with

voltages from 30 to 1,000 VAC or 60

to 1,500 VDC. This makes the correct

temperature control of the system

and the individual components all the

more important.

The temperature of the electric

motor and power electronics must

be kept below 60°C and the battery

temperature between 15°C and

30°C. This means that additional

heating is needed in winter to keep

the battery warm, whereas cooling is

required in summer. Cooling is also


31 NEWS

needed while the battery is charging

and discharging. The electric motor

and power electronics must also

be cooled. And don’t forget that the

passenger cabin needs to be heated

in winter and air conditioned in

summer. This calls for a sophisticated

system.

This system, also known as

direct battery cooling, is primarily

found in hybrid vehicles. The main

components are the condenser,

evaporator, and battery unit,

consisting of battery cells, a cooling

plate, and an electric auxiliary

heater. The system is supplied fully

by the refrigerant circuit of the airconditioning

system and controlled

separately via valves and temperature

sensors.

Purely electric cars with highperformance

batteries require more

elaborate thermal management.

The coolant- and refrigerant-based

system, also called indirect battery

cooling, has three circuits. Two of

these have a low-temperature radiator,

a coolant pump, a thermostat,

and a coolant shut-off valve. The

third circuit is a conventional air

conditioning system. If outside

temperatures are low, a high-voltage

coolant heater warms the battery.

When temperatures become

too high, it is cooled via a low

temperature radiator.

The coolant temperature for

the electric motor and the power

electronics is maintained at below

60°C inside a separate circuit (inner,

mid-blue circuit) using a lowtemperature

radiator. If the outside

temperatures are particularly high,

the air conditioning system provides

extra cooling for the battery.

Here, the refrigerant of the air

conditioning system flows through

an additional heat exchanger, the

chiller, and further cools down the

coolant, which also flows through the

chiller. The system is controlled with

thermostats, sensors, pumps, and

valves.

The growing influence of A/C

The air conditioning system actively

supports the battery cooling. That’s

why the air conditioning check will

play an even more important role

in the future. Keeping the battery at

the right temperature has a major

influence on the cruising range of

the electric vehicle and the battery’s

service life.

IMI

response

to Unite

electric

vehicle

statement

STEVE NASH, CEO, The Institute

of the Motor Industry responds

to Unite statement about electric

vehicle infrastructure:

“Unite quite rightly highlights

the critical issue of infrastructure

for widespread electric vehicle

adoption, in response to the

SMMT’s latest report. As the IMI

has stated repeatedly, government

also needs to focus attention

on ensuring the right skills are

in place across the automotive

aftermarket sector, so that electric

vehicles can be handled safely by

automotive workers, in turn giving

motorist’s confidence in this new

technology.

“As we advance towards a zeroemission

future, the technology

that technicians will be coming

into contact with on a daily

basis is changing – resulting in

high voltage electrics becoming

commonplace. Motorists driving

electrified vehicles want to know

that they are handing over their

vehicle to someone who has the

right skills. Those who aren’t

properly trained or equipped

to work on electrified vehicles

would be risking serious injury or

potentially fatal shock. “The IMI

TechSafe standards, endorsed

by OLEV at the end of 2019,

mean that electrified vehicle users

can access the IMI Professional

Register to check the electric

vehicle technical competencies of

technicians at their local garage.

“This is a crucial step in giving

car buyers confidence that their

electric vehicle can be serviced,

maintained and repaired by a

garage with the right skills –

and that removes a key barrier

to EV adoption. But it’s also

important that government looks

at investment in skills training to

support a sector that is currently

severely depleted by COVID-19,

to ensure its zero emissions goals

can be achieved.”


FEATURE The Clutch 32

ŠKODA RAPID

1.6 TDI CLUTCH

REPLACEMENT

REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, replaced the clutch on a ŠKODA

Rapid 1.6 TDI. The vehicle had covered more than 110,000

miles, and the clutch had reached the end of its service life,

with the clutch starting to ‘slip’.

WITH a book time of five

hours and only basic

workshop required, this

is a great repair for any

independent workshop.

Full repair instructions can be obtained

from REPXPERT, Schaeffler’s workshop

information portal, while quick

reference information can be found on

Schaeffler’s REPXPERT app.

Gearbox removal

With the vehicle positioned on a vehicle

lift – either a two-post or wheel-free is

ideal – open the bonnet,

disconnect the air mass meter and then

remove the air filter assembly. Next,

remove the solenoid and vacuum pipes

and stow them in a safe area, before

Detach the gear change cables and

stow them in the bulkhead area.

Remove the weight from the selector

assembly, as well as the clutch slave

cylinder from the gearbox, but do not

disconnect the hydraulic pipe! Remove

the starter motor wiring and undo the

top bolt then the upper bell housing

bolts.

Raise the vehicle lift to gain access

to the underside and remove the

undertray. Next, lower the lift to waist

height, before removing the N/S/F

wheel and arch liner. Then, unbolt

the N/S/F inner driveshaft flange

from the gearbox, removing the three

N/S/F bottom ball joint nuts, before

disconnecting the N/S hub assembly

from the bottom arm.

Pull the hub assembly outwards,

then, when the driveshaft is free, it

will hang and give enough clearance

to remove the gearbox. Disconnect the

O/S driveshaft at the gearbox flange

and push the driveshaft up above the

gearbox. Using an Allen key socket,

undo the centre bolt from the O/S drive

flange and remove the flange – this will

give clearance and aid removal.

Detach the lower gearbox pendulum

mount, disconnect the wiring loom from

the front of the gearbox and remove the

starter motor.

detaching the battery and battery carrier

assemblies. This now gives good access

to the top of the gearbox.


33 FEATURE The Clutch

Mount the new components in the bell

housing area, then put a light smear

of high-melting point grease onto the

gearbox input shaft splines. Next, place

the new clutch plate onto them, as this

will evenly distribute the grease and

also confirm the correct fitment of the

clutch plate.

De-grease the face of the new clutch

pressure plate, then, using a clutch

alignment tool, lift the new clutch onto

the flywheel. Ensure the clutch plate

is mounted correctly, indicated by

‘Gearbox side’, then, once mounted

on the dowels, insert the bolts, tighten

evenly and sequentially and torque to

the manufacturer’s specification.

Ensure the release system is fitted

correctly, the alignment dowels are

installed and all cables and pipes are

clear of the bell housing area, ready to

refit the gearbox.

Support the engine using either

an engine brace, subframe-mounted

support or a prop system under the

engine; in this instance, Alistair used

a second transmission jack to support

the engine. Detach the top gearbox

mounting and then slightly lower the

engine to help gearbox removal. Undo

the lower bell housing bolts, leaving

one easily accessible bolt to support the

gearbox.

Support the gearbox with a

transmission jack, undo the final

bell housing bolt and then ease the

gearbox away from the engine. Once

the gearbox is clear of the clutch, lower

the transmission jack and gearbox and

remove the gearbox from the vehicle.

Clutch replacement

Remove the old clutch from the flywheel

by undoing the six retaining bolts,

scrub the clutch dust from the flywheel

and back of the engine with clutch and

brake dust cleaner. Inspect the solid

flywheel for any heat cracks or damage,

before cleaning the surface glaze with

Emory cloth.

Attention now turns to the gearbox

and release system. First, remove

the release bearing and arm from the

gearbox, wash out the clutch dust from

the bell housing using clutch and brake

dust cleaner, then inspect the following

areas closely:

The bearing guide tube for any wear

or oil leaks. If wear or leaks are

present, this must be replaced.

The release arm pivot point, release

bearing mounting points and slave

cylinder contact point: if wear is

present, replace as required. In this

instance, wear was found at the pivot

point and release bearing mounting

area, so the release arm and pivot point

were replaced.

• Check the contact area on the slave

cylinder and the condition of the

rubber boot.

• Ensure the gearbox alignment dowels

are fitted.

Gearbox fitment

Mount the gearbox onto the

transmission jack and guide into

position. When close to the engine,

align the gearbox then ease it onto the

clutch, before finally helping it onto the

alignment dowels. Finally, install an

easily accessible bolt and tighten.

Refit in reverse order of removal –

torque specifications are available on

REPXPERT – then reset all electrical

consumers after reconnecting the

battery. Always carry out a full road test

to ensure a quality repair.


FEATURE The Clutch 34

COMMON CLUTCH

INSTALLATION

ERRORS

THROUGH its iconic brand,

Borg & Beck, First Line Ltd

has extensive knowledge of the

automotive clutch system and

so is sharing its experience of

the most common installation errors,

in order to prevent technicians from

making the same mistakes.

HOW TO CHECK IF A CLUTCH

IS FAULTY

There are many factors that can

contribute and cause a clutch to fail,

for example driving style - does the

driver ride the clutch and unknowingly

burn through it, has the vehicle been

used to tow, is it regularly parked on a

steep hill, or has it recently had a clutch

fitted, which unfortunately could have

been misaligned or over greased during

installation and has therefore failed

prematurely? All of these questions are

ones that technicians should be asking

the driver, as this may help lead them

to a correct diagnosis. In addition, one

of the most important areas to check

is the release mechanism, because,

irrespective of whether it is hydraulic

or cable driven, if something has seized

or worn, this could certainly cause the

clutch to fail.

COMMON INSTALLATION ERRORS

Clutch Judder

Judder can result from over-greasing

the splined input shaft. In fact, it only

requires a small amount of grease to

operate correctly and if too much is

applied, then this can splatter onto the

First Line sheds a

light on the main problems

plate, contaminating the surface and

causing the problem.

A similar effect can also occur if

the cover is not bolted down evenly

or seated on the dowels. If it is not

correctly aligned and bolted down,

the clutch plate will not clamp evenly

during clutch engagement, leading to

judder.

Clutch Slip

Slip can be caused by contamination

such as an engine to gearbox oil leak

or if the clutch cable is adjusted too

tightly. It can also be triggered if there

are seizing components within the

hydraulic system.

Clutch Drag

Drag can be generated if the hydraulic

system hasn’t been bled properly, which

will result in the release mechanism

not achieving the right travel to totally

disengage the clutch. Cable driven

vehicles can suffer a similar effect if the

adjustment is incorrect.

Another common cause of premature

failure is due to a ‘hung’ gearbox. It’s

therefore vital for technicians to use the

correct equipment to support it and lift

it into place, as the slightest distortion

created from it hanging on the engine

during installation, will result in

damage.

In order to provide independent

workshops with the solution to all their

needs, the Borg & Beck range consists

of more than 800 references and

includes 2 in 1 clutch kits, 3 in 1 clutch

kits, 3 in 1 concentric slave cylinder

clutch kits and solid flywheel kits, all

of which are of original equipment (OE)

quality with two year/unlimited mileage

warranty against manufacturing defects

for total peace of mind.


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FEATURE The Clutch 36

National Auto Parts

Clutch approval process

For over 30 years, National Auto Parts based in Derbyshire has been serving the

independent aftermarket throughout the UK and Europe as both a manufacturer and

distributor of high quality automotive parts.

Technical Manager Nick Richie spoke to The Garage about the R&D process that

National Auto Parts have in place for their product ranges.

“We are specialists in clutch and brake components for passenger cars and light

commercial vehicles, but today, I want to concentrate on our clutch range and

explain how our clutch approval process works.”

There are currently 1,200+ clutch kits within our range and 150+ of those kits

have CSC (Concentric Slave Cylinder) included and we offer a range of 80+ Single

Mass Flywheel Conversion kits. Our clutch range also includes slave cylinders,

release bearing guide tubes, and release forks.”

“Our clutch approval process consists of three stages which must be completed

before final approval and delivery.”

• Step 5 – We do the above by comparing the drawing to the

specifications we sent to the supplier. This is always a nervy

time, as up until this point, a lot of time has been allotted to

get us to this stage.

• Step 6 – Once we have approved the drawings, we can then

go ahead and request samples from the factory.

Stage 1: Establish OE performance specifications

This consists of 3 steps.

• Step 1 - We measure the OE performance. This information

is obtained by performing a full evaluation of the donor

clutch which measures the OE clutch cover performance.

• Step 2 – From this information, we can then create a

specification based on OE & vehicle performance.

• Step 3 – Finally, we can then forward samples and spec to

our manufacturer.

“To elaborate, this phase is very exciting. We get to see the

first hardware samples of our efforts so far and compare

them to the original specification we provided the factory.

This part of the process is achieved by analysing clamp loads,

release load, pressure plate lift, bolt and dowel hole positions,

and finally, finger height and pressure plate dimensions. Once

we are satisfied that the samples achieve our criteria, we

proceed to the final stage of the process.”

Stage 3 – Final approval & delivery

Nick continued, “Once stage 1 is complete and the

manufacturer has received all the information, we move on to

the next stage.”

Stage 2 – Check drawings, request samples

• Step 4 – Once we have received the technical drawings from

the factory, we can then get to work analysing them.

• Step 7 – We submit the approval to our purchasing

department with a purchase order request.

• Step 8 – The purchasing department acknowledges receipt

of the purchase order and once happy, they will then place

the order with the factory.

• Step 9 – The final step in the process. Once we receive the

first delivery, we embark on a full forensic 100% inspection

of all products.

“We inspect every single piece of work to determine

specification and quality compliance. For subsequent

deliveries the inspection level is reduced to the sampling plan

method, which do vary depending on product maturity and

supplier performance.”


37 NEWS

New car registrations

down -5.8% despite new

model boost to electric

vehicle demand

UK new car registrations declined by -5.8% in August,

according to figures published today by the Society of

Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Just over

87,000 vehicles were registered during what is traditionally

the quietest month of the year for new car sales.

While registrations to private buyers held relatively

steady, down by 699 units in the month, demand from

businesses of all sizes was much more subdued, with

2,650 fewer new cars joining UK fleets, down -5.5% on

August 2019. Demand also fell across all segments except

superminis, with the biggest declines in demand seen in

the mini (-64.2%) and specialist sports (-41.9%) categories.

Zero emission-capable vehicles enjoyed a bumper August

as a result of new models coming to market, with sales of

plug-in hybrids increasing by 221.1%, although they still

only accounted for 1 in 30 sales. Registrations of battery

electric cars increased by 77.6% in the month, accounting

for 6.4%. However, they make up just 4.9% of registrations

year to date, up from 1.1% in the same period last year –

clearly illustrating the scale of the challenge ahead to reach

the government target for EVs to comprise 70% of new car

sales by 2030.

The figures are released as the UK automotive industry

calls for binding targets on charging infrastructure

development and long-term commitments to incentivise the

purchase of zero emission capable vehicles to accelerate

demand. In the past five years, the range of zero emission

capable car models available in the UK has trebled to

more than 80, with some 200 more in the pipeline over the

coming years. For customer demand to keep pace, at least

1.7 million new on-street charging points will need to be

built by 2030, along with a long-term commitment from

government to provide incentives for EV purchases.

Overall, registrations remain down by -39.7% in the year

to date, some 600,000 units behind this time in 2019,

following coronavirus enforced lockdowns.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The decline

is disappointing, following some brief optimism in

July. However, given August is typically one the new car

market’s quietest months, it’s important not to draw too

many conclusions from these figures alone. With the allimportant

plate change month just around the corner,

September is likely to provide a better barometer. As

the nation takes steps to return to normality, protecting

consumer confidence will be critical to driving a recovery.”

SMMT NEW CAR

REGISTRATIONS


NEWS 38

Banner Launches Latest

Generation Battery Tester

Banner Batteries has bolstered its

range of battery accessories with the

launch of the latest generation heavyduty

tester - the BBT HD1+.

Featuring an over-extended cable

with heavy duty clamp set, the BBT

HD1+ is the ideal tool to test the

charging/starting system of car, truck

and motorcycle batteries. Designed to

be ultra user friendly, the BBT HD1+ is

ideally suited to the intensive demands

of a busy garage or vehicle service

environment.

The BBT HD1+ serves to test the

voltage (including internal resistance

in mΩ) and charging-starting status

of 12 and 24V batteries, including

temperature compensation, without

overburdening the battery.

Yuasa to give

away free

snack pack

with battery

orders

Yuasa have launched a free snack pack

scheme for the trade. Workshops and

technicians can now get their hands

on a pack full of tasty treats every time

they purchase Yuasa batteries from

participating distributors.

The UK market leading vehicle battery

brand, manufactured by GS Yuasa,

has launched the scheme to encourage

workshops to stock up and beat the

winter rush. And, more importantly, to

provide busy technicians with a muchneeded

snack supply to help them get

through this busy period.

As the world continues to get back

on the road, servicing, repairs and

MOT demand is surging. Add to

this the approaching winter and the

requirement for batteries is higher than

it’s ever been.

At the peak of the coronavirus

pandemic, it is estimated that around

70% of the UK’s cars remained

immobile. Many of these vehicles will

have suffered battery damage due to

reduced usage so testing, replacement

and charging services have never been

more important.

Available now from participating

Yuasa distributors nationwide, each

Yuasa-branded snack pack contains

a feast of confectionary favourites

including a can of soft drink, packet of

crisps, chocolate bar and bag of sweets.

James Douglas, Marketing and

Product Manager at GS Yuasa Battery

Sales UK Ltd said: “We are excited to

launch our free snack pack promotion

to workshops. The coronavirus

lockdown has had a massive effect

on vehicles, causing many non-start,

battery related problems. Combine

this with the winter season around the

corner, we are expecting the demand for

batteries to be higher than ever.

“We are encouraging all workshops to

act now and test every battery on every

vehicle to ensure they make the most of

the opportunity this winter, but more

importantly, so they can enjoy a free

snack pack on us during these busy

periods!”

Manufactured by GS Yuasa, Yuasa

batteries are engineered to provide long

service life, maximum performance

and exceptional reliability. They are

number one choice for technicians and

professionals across the globe. Upgrade

to Yuasa for the highest OE quality,

widest vehicle coverage, complete

support, a winning team and the best

online tools.


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PEOPLE 40

LKQ Europe welcomes Andras Lorincz

In November 2020, Andras

Lorincz will join LKQ

Europe bringing in-depth

regional and global industry

experience with him.

Based in Prague, Czech

Republic, Andras Lorincz

will become CEO of LKQ

Europe’s Central and

Eastern European business

with presence in the Czech

Republic, Slovakia, Poland,

the Ukraine, Hungary,

Romania, Slovenia, Croatia,

Bosnia & Herzegovina, and a

minority share in Elit Kar in

Bulgaria. LKQ Europe is one

of the market leaders in this

region having experienced

strong growth rates in the

past.

Andras Lorincz has

previously held the position

of Vice President of Sales

One of Morris Lubricants’ longestserving

employees has decided to

hang up his work boots and hi-vis

jacket this week.

Kenny Crane, who is in his fortyfirst

year at Morris Lubricants, having

started work at the Shrewsbury-based

company back in 1980, is retiring from

his role with the company.

Having spent twenty-six years on

the bulk filling line, Kenny has the

achievement of filling more litres of the

world-famous Morris oil than anyone

else in the 151-year history of the

company.

Kenny is looking forward to his

well-earned retirement: “I’m looking

forward to having the time to go and

renovate my house but I’ve had a

brilliant forty plus years at Morris.

So much has changed since I started,

for HELLA GmbH & Co.

KGaA’s global Independent

Aftermarket business.

He has also held various

other roles at this leading

global automotive supplier.

Previously, Andras was once

Sales Manager and, later,

General Manager for Elit

Romania, which is now part

of LKQ.

“Andras is rejoining us with

an impressive combination

of regional and global

experience,” highlighted

Arnd Franz, CEO of LKQ

Europe. “He has delivered

great results in challenging

market environments and

will be an integral part of

our leadership team, driving

performance and further

growth for LKQ in Europe.

We look forward to having

Andras on board soon and

warmly welcome him back to

the team.”

LKQ in Central and

Eastern Europe is focused

on wholesale and retail

customers. There is a solid

base of wholesale and fleet

customers in addition to

workshops supported by

a network of workshop

concepts. There is also a very

substantial expert offering

with respect to garage

equipment and training for

workshops, which is the

most comprehensive in the

market.

With a strong B2C

segment, customers, mainly

in the Czech Republic, utilize

its online store for spare

parts and accessories.

“I am thrilled to soon be

End of an Era at Morris Lubricants as Kenny Retires

with so many different types of oil

nowadays and the maximum quantity

of oil going from 700 litres to 1500

litres in the bulk tanks.”

Kenny added that the family aspect

of working at Morris Lubricants is

joining LKQ Europe and to

be leading the Central and

Eastern European team

towards future success,” said

Lorincz. “This is a key region

for the European group and

I look forward to focusing on

the 1 LKQ Europe integration

program for enhanced

European cooperation

as well as offering our

customers a best-in-class

experience.”

something he is grateful for: “I’ve seen

Director David Goddard, with his

sons and Executive Chairmen Andrew

and Edward and my sons Mark and

Daniel both work here too, so the

positive family environment is here

for us all to see. Morris Lubricants

has been a big part of our family, and

one that I am thankful to see continue.

The team here are a great bunch of

people and I will miss them all.”

Kenny has no plans on retiring

and sitting back though, as well as

working on the house, he is a keen

motorcycling enthusiast, so he plans

on spending a fair amount of time on

his Honda CB 500F. He also has nine

grandchildren, with another on the

way in a months’ time, so he is excited

about the prospect of spending more

time with them and his wife Wendy.

Reception Retirement for Morris’ Maria

Reception at Morris Lubricants’

Shrewsbury headquarters will be

without a familiar friendly face as

Receptionist Maria Buck is retiring from

the company this week.

Maria, who joined Morris Lubricants

back in August 1999, has thoroughly

enjoyed her time with the company and

is looking forward to her well-earned

retirement, but admits that leaving the

company which has been a big part of her

life for so long, will be a sad time.

“Having been with Morris for nearly

21 years, I’ve seen the company adapt to

various different demands. Keeping up

to date with changes in personnel, new

job titles and responsibility has been

challenging!” said Maria, “Having

a dedicated IT Department that

introduced new operating systems has

improved the company and ensured

a smooth running of operations. I’m

grateful that the company has listened

to suggestions brought by myself and

others to ensure that jobs are made

easier.”

With retirement coming, Maria

doesn’t plan on putting her feet

up and living a quiet life, as she is

looking forward to dedicating her time

to making improvements to her house

and garden and learning new skills

along the way. She also has a passion

in restoring retro and vintage items,

which will take up some of her time and

catching up and reconnecting with old

friends from her music background,

something which she appreciates Morris

Lubricants for supporting during her

time with the company.


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