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Bike tyre safety campaign aims to keep bikers safe on the road   Print  
Bike Tyre Safety Month takes place throughout April. Monday, 16th February 2009

TyreSafe is calling on the tyre trade to support Bike Tyre Safety Month as MoT failure statistics show that the number of bike tyre defects is growing year on year

In the run-up to April’s Bike Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe is calling on tyre retailers to help raise awareness of the importance of tyres in bike safety, as many bikers take to the roads for their first ride of the spring. Despite the fundamental functions that tyres provide to bikers in terms of efficient handling, suspension and braking, statistics from VOSA reveal that in 2007-8, defective or illegal tyres was recorded as the fourth most common MoT failure defect. Worryingly, the number of MoT failures attributed to defective tyres has grown year on year for the past three years, increasing from 2.8 percent of motorcycles tested in 2005-6 to 4.8 percent in 2007-8. Meanwhile, motorcycle fatality rates remain high, with Department for Transport figures showing that in 2007, 588 motorcyclists died in road traffic accidents, accounting for 20 percent of all fatalities on the road.

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Volkswagen Group UK becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to join TyreSafe   Print  
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd has become the first vehicle manufacturer to join tyre safety organisation. Wednesday, 11th February 2009

The Volkswagen Group UK Ltd has affirmed its commitment to driver safety and responsible motoring by becoming the first vehicle manufacturer to join tyre safety organisation TyreSafe. The five brands which make up the Group - Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen CommercialVehicles - have become full members and will participate in a series of national campaigns highlighting the importance of tyres in road safety.

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Allison rewards Fire Service?s Apprentice of the Year   Print  
Leading automatic transmission manufacturer Allison Transmission recognises the need to promote apprentice schemes through The Chief Fire Officers? Association?s Apprentice of the Year Award, at the handover of ?250 Snap-on vouchers to Liam Russell. From Thursday, 5th February 2009

Leading automatic transmission manufacturer supports apprentice schemes by backing national award; West Midlands Fire Service marks 35 years of safe rescue with Allison-equipped fire trucks

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association’s Apprentice of the Year award has been handed over to Liam Russell of the West Midlands Fire Service at a prize-giving at the region’s transport engineering workshop. Allison Transmission sponsors the award – open to apprentices at all fire services nationally – in recognition of the importance of workshop apprentice schemes to training for the repair and maintenance of emergency vehicles.

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ARPRO can save 16 million tonnes CO2   Print  
Using ARPRO delivers an environmental benefit twelve times that of its cost, and can save 16 million tonnes CO2. Tuesday, 3rd February 2009

CO2 emissions of ARPRO seat core twelve times better than alternative

ARPRO® has achieved excellent environmental results in an independent life cycle assessment. The assessment calculates a comparative CO2 (global warming potential) figure for the production of an ARPRO seat core, and results show that ARPRO delivers an environmental benefit twelve times that of its impact.

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Lightweight ?Virtual? CD changer functionality simplifies in car music selection   Print  
 Simplified functionality makes it easier to sort music files into ?virtual? CDs with corresponding buttons. Tuesday, 3rd February 2009

New machine interface makes choosing music in the car safer, simpler and lighter.

A human machine interface (HMI) that simulates a traditional CD changer interface to simplify music selection is being developed by Alpine Electronics. The functionality makes it easier to sort music files into virtual CDs with corresponding buttons.  Buttons on the head unit, numbered one to six correspond to “virtual CDs” that have been downloaded.  With no six disc mechanism, the unit is 50 percent lighter than a standard in dash changer.

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Delphi to provide communications link for Caterpillar   Print  
Delphi will supply telematics transceivers to Caterpillar which enable two-way data flow to help reduce operation costs and improve productivity. Friday, 30th January 2009

Delphi’s Telematics enables two-way data flow to help reduce operation costs and
improve productivity

TROY, Mich. — Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE: CAT) to supply telematics transceivers for heavy construction machinery starting in 2010. Delphi’s telematics technology will help connect worksites with a web application using machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. M2M communications will give users a convenient way to track, monitor and manage machinery at remote sites. It will also help reduce costs and increase efficiency at these operations.

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Allison Transmission Breaks Ground on New Chennai Operations Facility   Print  
Artist rendition of Chennai facility. Thursday, 29th January 2009

New plant will help Allison expand its global reach, better serve its Indian OEM’s and other international customers

CHENNAI, INDIA, January 28 – Allison Transmission, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, broke ground today on a new India facility designed to meet the growing global demand for Allison automatic transmissions. 

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Delphi extends glow plug range   Print  
 Delphi has expanded its glow plug range to include an additional eight references. Thursday, 15th January 2009

Warwick, UK — Delphi, a leading global diesel specialist, has announced an expansion of its diesel aftermarket glow plug range to provide parts that meet the increasing demand for diesel components across the aftermarket.

The expanded Delphi Diesel Aftermarket glow plug range includes eight additional references, with coverage for the Citroën Berlingo and C3, Peugeot 207 and 307 1.6HDI; Mazda 626 Mk V and 323 F/P Mk VI; Hyundai H1 Box; Kia Sorento; Fiat Croma, Doblo, Stilo and Ducato; Ssangyong Rexton, Rodius and Kyron; Chrysler 300 C; and Mercedes Benz A, B, C, E, M and R Class.

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Skiers cut accident risk by driving abroad on safe tyres   Print  
When setting off on a skiing trip, motorists should take care to adjust the tyre pressure to support the weight of heavy skiing equipment and extra passengers Thursday, 15th January 2009

When heading to European skiing destinations, motorists should ensure they use correctly inflated tyres with sufficient tread depth to perform on icy, snow-covered roads

British skiers driving to Europe can significantly reduce the risk of an accident by making sure their tyres are safe to tackle sub-zero weather conditions. During the 2007-08 season, over 175,000 skiers travelled to their holiday destination by car. Skiers risk an abrupt end to their trip if driving heavily laden cars with incorrect tyre pressures or low tread depth on icy, snow-covered roads.

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Karl Ludvigsen wins prestigious award for automotive technology journalism   Print  
Karl Ludvigsen collects his Guild of Motoring Writers award for Automotive Technology Journalism from Richard Gotch, managing director, Market Engineering.  Picture by Geoff Bloxham Tuesday, 13th January 2009

Author recognised for outstanding writing on Porsche engineering
Special commendation for Charles Armstrong-Wilson

Suffolk based historian and author Karl Ludvigsen has won the Market Engineering Award for Automotive Technology Journalism, presented by the Guild of Motoring Writers during its annual dinner at the Royal Automobile Club in London. The award recognises excellence in writing interesting and insightful articles on automotive technology that will be enjoyed equally by specialists and non-specialists alike and is the only major prize of its type in the UK.

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