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Allison Transmission maintains leadership of the global bus and coach market and achieves record hybrid sales   Print  
The GM-Allison Ep50 hybrid system has been released in the Alexander Dennis Enviro500H where it is being evaluated by British Columbia transit operations. Friday, 17th April 2009

Allison sales near 50,000 in 2008 with new releases and increasingly popular hybrid systems

Shanghai – Allison Transmission, the premier global supplier of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, continues to expand its established position as a leading supplier to the global bus and coach market. Almost 50,000 Allison transmissions were sold into the global bus market in 2008 – with over 14,000 being fitted to city buses alone.  In line with increasing environmental awareness, more than 1,800 GM-Allison two mode hybrid systems are now in operation globally, making the company a leading supplier of this growing technology.

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XPart ensures steady supply of MG Rover parts   Print  
Four years after the demise of MG Rover, XPart continues to provide the automotive trade with parts and servicing opportunities for MG Rover cars Wednesday, 8th April 2009

Four years after the demise of MG Rover, XPart continues to provide ongoing parts and servicing opportunities for the UK’s one million MG Rover cars

Parts distribution specialist XPart continues to ensure the ongoing supply of MG Rover parts four years after the closure of the MG Rover factory, offering parts and servicing opportunities to the trade. By working closely with new owners of the MG Rover brand, the Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC), XPart has achieved a smooth supply of parts manufactured from the original MG Rover tooling at the NAC MG factory in Nanjing, China, and has also maintained supply agreements with original MG Rover parts suppliers, allowing its nationwide network of MG Rover wholesalers and AutoService centres to offer high quality parts and servicing to the UK’s one million MG Rover owners.

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First Multimode electronically-scanning automotive radar launched by Delphi   Print  
Delphi?s new multi-mode, electronically scanning radar provides best-in-class performance with robustness and affordability. Tuesday, 7th April 2009

New attractively priced system sets standard for performance, packaging, durability and high-volume production

First ever automotive application entering production this year

Paris, France – A new multimode electronically-scanning radar (ESR) has been developed by Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ). Using proven solid state technology with no moving parts, the ESR provides class-leading performance, packaging and durability at a price that will help make radar-based convenience and safety systems affordable in the volume automotive market.

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Safety top of the agenda for new riders   Print  
TyreSafe and the Motorcycle Industry Association are encouraging new riders to prioritise safety as they take to the roads for the first time Thursday, 2nd April 2009

As thousands of riders take to the roads for their first ride of the spring, TyreSafe and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) advise motorcycling newcomers to boost their knowledge of tyre safety

New rider proficiency and safety are top of the agenda as TyreSafe and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) encourage motorcycling newcomers to learn more about tyre safety this spring. Lighter evenings, warmer weather and the long Easter weekend will see riding surge by almost one quarter* in April compared to March’s total.

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Stuart Jackson becomes new TyreSafe chairman   Print  
Stuart Jackson, managing director of Vredestein UK, has become the new chairman of TyreSafe Wednesday, 1st April 2009

TyreSafe has appointed Stuart Jackson, managing director of Vredestein UK, as its new chairman

Tyre safety group TyreSafe has announced that Stuart Jackson, managing director of Vredestein UK, has become chairman of the organisation. He recently replaced former chairman Rob Beddis as the public face of TyreSafe and will continue Beddis’s good work in raising awareness among motorists of the importance of tyres in road safety.

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Delphi launches new European Steering & Suspension catalogue   Print  
New European Steering and Suspension catalogue. Tuesday, 31st March 2009

User-friendly catalogue includes more than 260 new part numbers and many additional applications

WARWICK, UK — Delphi Corp. is launching its new European Steering and Suspension catalogue, with more than 2,990 part numbers for European and Asian applications. The addition of more than 260 new references to its already comprehensive offer for sale allows Delphi to be the leading provider of steering and suspension parts, representing 96% European parc coverage.  Delphi is also at the forefront in offering many “First to Market” parts for vehicles such as BMW, Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Audi/VW/Skoda, Fiat, Opel/Vauxhall, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, and Lexus.

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TyreSafe helps bikers get round the bend   Print  
Bike Tyre Safety Month runs throughout April Tuesday, 31st March 2009

300 free 90 degree tyre valve extensions are available from the TyreSafe website

As April’s Bike Tyre Safety Month gets underway, TyreSafe is helping bikers to stay safe and check their tyre pressures with greater ease by offering 90 degree tyre valve extensions to the first 300 people to sign up to its e-newsletter at www.tyresafe.org. The valve extension can be simply screwed onto the tyre’s existing valve, making checking and inflating tyre pressures a simpler operation as the valve’s 90 degree bend allows bikers to attach air lines and pressure gauges with greater ease. When inflation is complete, the extension can be removed and stored under the seat so it is always to hand.

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Allison is the safe, easy choice for road maintenance crews   Print  
Aone+ is running 25 Allison equipped Mercedes Econics for the Highways Agency, responsible for what the Agency describes as ?some of the most challenging, heavily trafficked and complex? roads in the entire national network. Thursday, 26th March 2009

Choosing the right vehicle to protect, repair and maintain the UK’s busy road networks is a tough brief, requiring adherence to stringent duty of care laws and maximum efficiency on behalf of the tax payer. This special case highlights how the use of fully automatic transmissions is helping two major fleet operators keep the road infrastructure safe and operational, around the clock.

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Thermal coating enhances turbo efficiency on Litchfield Impreza   Print  
Litchfield?s new Subaru Impreza STI Type-20 is the latest application of Zircotec?s thermal coating, benefitting from enhanced heat management around its twinscroll turbocharger. Wednesday, 18th March 2009

Zircotec ceramic thermal coating helps twinscroll turbo spool up 500-750rpm sooner on new Subaru Impreza based Litchfield Type-20

An importer and modifier of Japanese performance cars has been so impressed with a zirconia-based thermal coating that it has returned for more. Following the success of its Type-25, Litchfield’s new Subaru Impreza STI Type-20 is the latest to benefit from Zircotec’s thermal coating, with the enhanced heat management helping the cars twinscroll turbo spool up to speed 500-750rpm sooner than normal.

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XPart?s Close Call cuts prices on MG Rover repair items   Print  
XPart?s Close Call programme offers bodyshop managers the opportunity to win MG Rover repair work by offering discounted prices on crash repair items Friday, 13th March 2009

XPart is strengthening its crash repair offering for MG Rover cars with new pricing discounts, helping bodyshops to win new business by avoiding write-offs

XPart is offering bodyshop managers the chance to win repair work by cutting the cost of crash repair products for Rover 200/400/600/800 models by up to 40 percent. The new reduction in pricing is the latest offering from the company’s Close Call programme, which aims to keep more MG Rover cars on the road by ensuring that the cost of repairing a car involved in a major collision is less than the residual value of the vehicle.  The discounts cover all major crash repair items, including panels, lighting, bumpers, mirrors, glass and air bags. With insurers’ budgets for MG Rover repair increasingly squeezed, the latest discounts allow bodyshops to provide even more compelling estimates to insurance assessors, helping them to win new business while preventing more cars from being written off the road.

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