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XPart launches new all-makes wheel bearings range with high quality bearings from SNR   Print  
XPart has selected SNR as its new all-makes wheel bearings supplier, offering improved availability and a wider range of parts to the trade Wednesday, 16th September 2009

XPart has selected SNR Bearings as its new all-makes wheel bearings supplier, offering improved availability and a wider range of parts to the trade

Motor traders can now access a wider range of all-makes wheel bearings from XPart as the company launches its new range of innovative, high quality products from SNR Bearings. XPart has completely revamped its all-makes bearings offering to focus exclusively on SNR’s OE-specification bearings, resulting in a 40 percent increase in all-makes bearing part numbers available from the firm together with improved levels of availability.


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DELPHI TECHNOLOGY ON THE NEW FERRARI 458 ITALIA   Print  
Reduced CO2 emissions with advanced Halogen-Free Ultra-Thin-Wall Cable from Delphi. Tuesday, 15th September 2009

Climate control, electrical/electronic architecture and innovative suspension onboard new vehicle

FRANKFURT, Germany – Fitting its long history of developing high-performance products for high-end luxury vehicles and sports cars, Delphi Corp. will supply key technologies to the new Ferrari 458 Italia including optimized air conditioning, advanced wiring systems and innovative suspension that contributes to the vehicle’s lighter weight and lower emissions.


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Automotive logistics shows strong recovery signs, but the business model is significantly different   Print  
Fast road transport is increasingly used to supplement aircraft Thursday, 10th September 2009

Surprising return to 2008 volumes for leading emergency logistics supplier, but the type of work reflects fundamental shifts in how auto companies are managing their supply chains

A fundamental shift in the way that vehicle manufacturers are managing their supply chains has been revealed by new research from the leading global supplier of automotive emergency logistics, Evolution Time Critical. June and July shipment volumes for the firm hit a 12-month high, matching the same period last year (despite significantly lower vehicle build volumes), but the underlying causes of emergency requirements were significantly different.


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Federal-Mogul to Focus on Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Energy and Engine Downsizing at IAA   Print  
Wednesday, 9th September 2009

At this year’s IAA (Frankfurt Autoshow), Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML) will meet with customers to present technologies that enable vehicle designers to meet pressing CO2 reduction targets. The company is strengthening its solutions for some of the most demanding areas of environmental progress: downsized engines, together with fuel efficiency and alternative energies.


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Hunters explore the benefits of a fully automatic transmission   Print  
A heavy duty off-road truck equipped with an Allison 2000 Series transmission and modified by SPECAUTOTRANS for hunting expeditions. Wednesday, 9th September 2009

Specialist off-road truck builder prefers vehicles equipped with a fully automatic transmission for Ural hunting parties

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Based in the Ural Mountains, SPECAUTOTRANS has considerable expertise in building heavily modified off-road vehicles, including those for local and international hunting enthusiasts. Highly capable vehicles are needed to navigate the uncompromising terrain of the Ural Mountains; most customers specify a manual transmission in the belief that it is better suited to the arduous conditions. SPECAUTOTRANS decided to challenge this preconception by experimenting with a fully automatic transmission for one of their vehicles. A 4x4 URAL Truck 48072V was equipped with an Allison 2000 Series, making the Ural Truck completely unique in the region.


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Zytek electric A-Class demonstrates fast route to premium-quality zero emissions family car   Print  
The 55kW E-Drive fits neatly onto the existing engine mounting points with just three additional connections (water, high voltage electrics and low voltage electrics). Performance is said to be brisk. Tuesday, 8th September 2009

High quality demonstrator developed by Zytek in just ten weeks using uprated version of proven electric drive system

A fully engineered, electric version of the Mercedes A-Class has been developed by Zytek in just ten weeks. Designed to demonstrate the capability of the company’s proven, production-ready 55kW E-Drive electric powertrain, the five seat electric family car is said to provide the refinement, quality and driveability expected from a world-class premium brand. The programme is a Zytek in-house activity and is entirely independent of Mercedes-Benz.


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New simulator development company unveiled by top British racing driver   Print  
Darren Turner, who is an official works team driver for Aston Martin Racing, has launched Base Performance which offers simulator, race and road car development and driver training programmes for the motorsport and automotive industries Tuesday, 8th September 2009

Double Le Mans winner, Darren Turner, launches ‘Base Performance’, providing unique expertise to maximise simulator, vehicle and driver performance.

A new organisation offering specialist support to improve the development speed, accuracy and value of ‘driver-in-the-loop’ simulators has been formed by top race and development driver Darren Turner. With extensive experience of Formula 1 simulators and road and race car development, Base Performance will allow race teams and vehicle manufacturers to quickly develop and optimise simulators into workable tools, in order to achieve better results.


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XPart expands battery range to include motorcycle, commercial vehicle, leisure and marine   Print  
XPart has increased its battery range by 280 percent, offering batteries for a variety of applications at competitive prices Tuesday, 8th September 2009

Parts distribution specialist XPart has increased its battery range by 280 percent, offering batteries for a variety of applications at competitive prices

XPart has expanded its range of OE-quality batteries to include motorcycle, commercial vehicle, leisure and marine, increasing the number of battery part numbers available to motor traders by 280 percent. The new competitively priced range will also include nearly 50 percent more car batteries, and will be available to order from all XPart wholesalers and AutoService centres, with same day delivery.


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XPart helps MG race drivers find replacement parts   Print  
XPart is giving MG race drivers unique access to its trade helpline in order to help them locate the parts they need Monday, 7th September 2009

Parts distribution specialist expert XPart is giving MG race drivers unique access to its trade helpline in order to help them locate the parts they need

XPart is helping MG race drivers find vital replacement parts for their cars by giving them unique access to its trade helpline. The company aims to help keep MG ZS, ZR, F and TF cars on track and counter any perceptions of lack of availability in motorsport circles. Currently, race teams and drivers can use XPart’s online search facility for MG parts or contact their local XPart wholesaler. Gaining access to the company’s trade helpline offers an additional layer of support to help teams find the parts they need.


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All seeing buses and coaches improve safety   Print  
Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking. Inset shows the view the driver can see in the cab. The blue areas are the fields of vision for the cameras. Tuesday, 1st September 2009

Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking

A device to see around blind corners and provide a “top view” will help drivers to manoeuvre buses and coaches more safely. Alpine’s Multi Camera technology is linked with a navigation database offering the ability to see all aspects of the vehicle and its surroundings, eliminating dangerous blind spots.


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