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Author archives: Padraic Deane

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    Ferrari claims fourth consecutive top engine award

    The Ferrari 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 has once again been crowned overall winner of the coveted International Engine + Powertrain of the Year award, becoming the first engine in the awards’ history to scoop the title four years in a row.

    May
    27
    2019

    Thatcham brings clarity to managing vehicle repairs involving ADAS

    Thatcham Research has provided clarity to the automotive, automotive repair and insurance industries on how to manage vehicle repairs involving ADAS, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Adaptive Cruise Control. According to Thatcham, more than 10 per cent of vehicles on the road today are fitted with AEB, equating to some four million cars. …

    May
    3
    2019

    Subaru wins ‘Best Manufacturer For Safety Features in 2019’

    Subaru has been voted ‘Best Manufacturer for Safety Features’ in the ‘2019 Driver Power Survey’, the UK’s number one car ownership survey. Beating off stiff competition from 29 other manufacturers to take the no.1 spot, all three Subaru SUVs were rated highly for safety features, with the Outback coming 11th out of 100 cars for …

    April
    24
    2019

    Range Rover Evoque to comply to stricter RDE2 emissions tests

    Range Rover tells us that their new Evoque has become the first luxury compact SUV to be certified under stringent new NOx emissions targets, ‘Real Driving Emissions’ stage 2 (RDE2), ahead of the official legislative introduction for new models in January 2020. All Jaguar and Land Rover models already meet the standards required by the …

    April
    24
    2019

    FAI premium chain kits – time for a change?

    FAI was one of the first to market with an ‘all makes’ Timing Chain kit programme; offering a high-quality alternative to the costly components offered by manufacturers.   With over a decade of experience in R&D and production, the well-known aftermarket brand has topped 500 kits in its range, including an industry-leading selection of VVT …

    April
    14
    2019

    New ceramic wheel bearing unveiled

    NTN-SNR has used ceramic ball technology in a new wheel bearing to help achieve the required specifications for the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 bearing. This technology has already been developed and tested in single seater race cars and 24 hour Le Mans race cars. The benefits of using this technology are weight savings …

    April
    5
    2019

    UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race – if BREXIT roadblock removed

    The UK claims to be in pole position in the global race to market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with a £62 billion boost to the UK economy by 2030 up for grabs, according to a major new report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan. …

    April
    4
    2019

    World experts to speak here on the future of hi-tech electric mobility

    Electronomous, the car tech summit taking place in Killarney, Co. Kerry,  May 2-3  will provide a unique glimpse at how technology will affect the automotive, insurance and car finance industries, as well as car sales and motoring into the future. One commentator described it as where “the automotive and tech worlds converge”.

    April
    3
    2019

    MEPs back life-saving vehicle safety standards in key vote

    A key committee of MEPs last week voted through a range of new mandatory vehicle safety standards that could apply to new vehicle models within three years. Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted to approve a range of new vehicle safety standards initially proposed by the European …

    February
    28
    2019

    Major step forward for heavy duty vehicle emissions test in UK

    The expansive Millbrook complex in the English north midlands provides provides vehicle test and validation services and systems to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does. Millbrook tells us that it is now increasing its operational capacity to support the heavy duty and …

    February
    25
    2019