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The South Korean government has accused Nissan of cheating in emissions tests, following local examinations.
A programme of emissions testing in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal has seen the country recall 814 diesel Qashqai models built in Sunderland.
“Usually, some cars turn off the emission reduction device when the temperature reaches 50 degrees, to prevent the engine from overheating. The Qashqai was the only vehicle that turned it off at 35 degrees,” Hong Dong-kon, from the country’s transport ministry said.
Nissan is being fined £195,000, or the equivalent of £245 per vehicle sold.
A Nissan spokesman said: “The Qashqai sold in Korea complies with – and has been homologated to – European Euro 6 standards and Korean regulations permit the importation and sales of vehicles that comply with these standards.”
According to a newly released annual survey of suppliers to the top six North American automakers, Nissan sank into a virtual last-place tie with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
By contrast, General Motors — typically a cellar-dweller in factory-supplier relationships — improved significantly after vendors gave GM purchasing chief Steve Kiefer improved grades, reflecting his first year on the purchasing job after running GM Powertrain.
Planning Perspectives Inc., a Detroit-area consulting firm, based its ratings on questionnaire responses from 492 Tier 1 suppliers. John Henke is Planning Perspectives’ president.
Toyota retained its top ranking, followed by Honda.
Source: Automotive News
Nearly 70% of drivers don’t trust ‘black box’ technology to lower their insurance premiums by proving they are a better driver, according to research by Whatcar.com.
Telematics-based insurance policies monitor driving standards by accessing the data produced by a car either by fitting an electronic device inside the car or via a smartphone app. The policies are increasingly being aimed at young, new drivers, with insurance firms rewarding good driving with policy discounts.
However, while improving road safety is the main aim of the new policies, Whatcar.com’s study, which surveyed 788 consumer motorists nationwide between April 27 and May 2, 2016, found the only reason the vast majority of drivers (89%) would use telematics insurance is to save cash, while fewer than two in five (39%) would choose to use it at all.
Source: Am Online
New car finance through dealerships grew by 10% during March, according to the latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).
The data reveals that the point-of-sale (POS) consumer new car finance grew by 17% by value and 10% by volume in March, compared with the same month last year. For the first quarter, new business was up 19% by value and 13% by volume.
The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through dealerships reached 82.7% in the 12 months to March, up from 81.9% in the twelve months to February.
New tools allow dealers to track the customer journey online for the first time, from their first website visit all the way through to their motor finance application being approved and the car delivered, says iVendi, an expert in e-commerce solutions that make vehicle selling easier for dealers.
‘By doing this, of course, dealers will be able to drive profitability forward’ says James Tew, CEO at iVendi.
Data can be viewed through the new generation of the iVendi Platform, which was launched in January, and is designed to manage all aspects of dealer motor finance activity.
Source: Car Dealer
The volume of light goods vehicles (LGVs) in the Congestion Charge Zone, which account for more than 17% of all vehicles, is increasing year-on-year, and increased by 7.7% over the study period. Results have been published by Inrix in its London Congestion Trends report.
David Leam, infrastructure director at London First, said: “As this report shows, car traffic is actually decreasing in central London, while van traffic and roadworks have risen significantly.”
The booming ecommerce market, which is expected to top £60 billion in the UK in 2016, is being blamed as one of the causes of increased gridlock in London.
Van operators have been warned as the European Commission evaluates introducing HGV-like regulation for the sector.
There are a record four million vans on the UK’s roads and industry predictions suggest the total could reach six million by 2040.
However, Mark Cartwright, head of vans and LCVs at the Freight Transport Association, warned that there could be as many as 1.65m un-roadworthy vans in operation. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reveal a 49.7% first-time MOT failure rate and that 88.5% of almost 11,000 vans stopped at the roadside annually were overloaded, with 63% having serious mechanical defects. Such figures were “a red flag to legislators”, said Cartwright.
Source: Commercial Fleet