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Author archives: John Loughran

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    Renault Kangoo beats its own record

    A zero-emission electric van has outperformed its official range and energy consumption figures whilst participating in the UK’s 2017 Fleet World/ALD Automotive MPG Marathon. The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E.33 has an official NEDC range of 170 miles – up over 60 per cent on the previous version – which Renault quotes as being equivalent of …

    October
    16
    2017

    Kia Sportage is the UK’s fastest selling used car

    Data from the UK’s largest marketplace (Auto Trader) for used and new cars, revealed that the 2015 Kia Sportage (petrol manual) was the fastest selling used car in September, taking an average of just 15 days to turn. It marks the second consecutive month the Korean SUV has taken the national top spot, after taking …

    October
    11
    2017

    Mintex perfects the 100 per cent copper free brake pads 

    As part of its extensive R&D programme, renowned aftermarket brake brand, Mintex, has developed its own unique formulations to ensure all of its pads are 100 per cent copper free. Copper, which is inherently a good conductor of heat, is extremely damaging for the environment due to the deposits left on the road as the …

    October
    10
    2017

    ELF celebrates 50 years of lubricant innovation as Total launches new trade range

    ELF is celebrating its 50th year anniversary, having been a winning brand since 1967. ELF bolstered its position in 2000 by becoming a Total brand and coinciding with the anniversary milestone; the lubricants manufacturer Total has launched a new automotive trade range consisting of six new lubricants under the brand ELF Sporti. The ELF Sporti …

    October
    9
    2017

    New battery adds 100km extra range to Nissan e-NV200 van

    This week in Oslo, Europe’s Green Capital for 2019, Nissan unveiled the new longer range e-NV200 van at their ‘Futures 3.0’ event. The new 40kWh battery for the 100 per cent electric Nissan e-NV200 promises an amazing 60 per cent extended range of up to 280km (or 174miles). Such are the rapid advances in battery …

    October
    6
    2017

    Donnellan Auto Services wins Independent Workshop of the Year

    Donnellan Auto Services, Oranmore, Co. Galway has been crowned Independent Workshop of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards. Donnellan Auto Services beat off stiff from the Dublin winners, Green Auto Service, Kilternan, Leinster winners, James Travers Garage, Kilkenny, Munster winners, Quick Fit, Little Island, Connacht / Ulster Joint winner Blueprint Autos, Roscommon and …

    October
    6
    2017

    New EVA foam insert trays from Draper Tools

    Draper Tools has launched its biggest ever range of 52 modular mix and match EVA Foam Insert Trays, allowing you to get the tools you need quickly and easily. These trays are designed to fit both Draper Tools and Draper Expert tool chests, as well as similar tool chests from other manufacturers. Designed for the …

    October
    5
    2017

    New meters from Laser Tools

    This new range of meters from Laser Tools offers real value for money with convenience and accuracy. The Sound Level meter (part number 6903) is used for measurement of mechanical and environmental noise. It is designed to meet the requirements of IEC 651 Type 2 and ANSI S1.4 Type 2. It is ideal for: occupational and industrial …

    October
    4
    2017

    Amsterdam court clears way for Pan-European truck cartel damages claim

    The European Commission (EC) announced that it has fined Scania €880 million for its participation in the 1997-2011 truck cartel. See the judgement here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-3502_en.htm   This is the second highest fine ever imposed on an individual company by the EC. On Friday 22 September 2017, the District Court of Amsterdam published a landmark decision endorsing the assignment model of litigation whereby victims of cartels from all over Europe can pool their claims …

    October
    2
    2017

    Ford UK dealers recruiting 1,000 new technicians

    Every now and again, I am reminded about the size of the Irish auto market compared to our nearest neighbours, the UK. One such time was this morning when I read about Ford UK looking for 1,000 technicians because of good sales and new technologies. Ford’s ongoing Transit sales success, combined with the launch of …

    October
    2
    2017