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Clocking1Government publishes consultation on car clocking

The government is carrying out a consultation on clocking and the activities of mileage adjustment companies.

In the consultation paper published last week, John Hayes, minister of State for Transport said the responses to the consultation would inform final proposals and help make changes to legislation.

“We are aware of some recent concerns in the media that the manipulation itself is not illegal, only the subsequent sale of the vehicle. We are keen to understand respondents’ views on this matter.”

NFDA director Sue Robinson said: “The NFDA has been in correspondence with the RT Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State at the Department of Transport outlining the need for mileage fraud to be recognised as a serious crime due to the safety and cost implications it poses to road users, consumers and businesses.

“We are pleased to see that the government has now published the consultation the Minister made us aware of on the roadworthiness directive and we will be responding.”


AMOnline‘British built cars have never been so popular’ car brand bosses say at Paris meeting

Car manufacturing in the UK achieved a 10-year high last year and British-built cars have never been so popular, with a record 1.2 million cars exported to more than 100 countries. Already in the first eight months of 2016, that total looks set to be beaten this year, with exports reaching almost 900,000 vehicles – 13% ahead of the same period in 2015.1

Senior executives from British-based manufacturers, including Aston Martin, BMW Mini, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall, were joined by Mark Garnier MP, the British parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for International Trade, to promote the strength of the UK automotive sector to a global audience.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “The UK automotive industry is respected globally for its rich heritage, iconic brands and engineering excellence.”

The UK’s biggest trading partner is the European Union and 57.3% of UK-produced cars have been exported to the rest of the EU so far this year, followed by 12.1% to the US and 7.1% to China.


DriverlessCarsHouse of Lords launches driverless vehicle inquiry

The House of Lords science and technology committee has launched an inquiry into future uses of driverless vehicles in the UK.

Chair of the committee, Lord Selborne said: “Rapid progress is being made in the development of autonomous vehicles.

“If the UK is to be at the forefront of this transport revolution, investment into research is vital to ensure the technology is perfected, allowing the public to embrace the use of autonomous vehicles.

“There are potentially considerable economic opportunities and public good benefits from this technology.


KialogoFully driverless cars will account for 50 per cent of car sales in 25 years’ time

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in the UK, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. has commissioned a first-of-its-kind report looking at the predicted motoring industry over the next 25 years. The report, which covers brand new technologies, the role of connectivity in cars of the future and wider infrastructure and regulation, gives a fascinating insight into how the UK will drive in 25 years’ time.

with increasing degrees of autonomy ranging from cruise control to partial self-drive automation adding to traditional vehicles and over eight million connected cars on UK roads able to communicate with each other and the surrounding infrastructure.

Whilst autonomous cars rise in popularity, there will be a huge overhaul of the infrastructure designed to accommodate a mixture of autonomous cars, connected cars and traditional vehicles. Fully autonomous cars will account for half of all car sales in 25 years.

Source: Automotive Industry Digest

IHSAutomotive Cybersecurity Market to Rocket

With nearly 112 million vehicles now connected around the world, the global market for automotive cybersecurity is expected to grow exponentially – to US$759 million in 2023.

The Automotive Cybersecurity and Connected Car report from IHS Automotive highlights that in 2023, 25% of the vehicles sold globally will be equipped with cybersecurity cloud services, with revenue of cybersecurity cloud services reaching $389 million globally. Nearly 65 million vehicles are forecast to be subscribed to cybersecurity services by 2023.

‘Cybersecurity will be one of the toughest challenges that the auto industry will face in the next decade or two,’ said Colin Bird, senior analyst, connected car consumer insights and software, apps and services (SAS) for IHS Markit and one of the report’s co-authors. ‘Especially as more vehicles with telematics and embedded modems make connected cars an attractive target to cyber criminals, terrorists and nation states.’


MobilePhoneUsageYoung men three times more likely to get distracted behind the wheel

Young male drivers are over three times more likely to get distracted by using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel, according to research by

Teenagers and young men are 82% more likely to answer a telephone call while driving compared to the average driver.

It has been found that one in five people would pick up a call while driving, with 17 to 25-year-old male drivers 82% more likely to answer the call compared other drivers. Overall, the test found that men were 24% more likely to answer the call compared to women.

The test also found that older people and women do not get as easily distracted as their younger male counterparts and while men aged between 17 and 25 were the most irresponsible, men aged between 26 and 36 were still 75 per cent more likely to get distracted and answer the call compared to other drivers.


DVLAOnlineUK consumers embracing Snapchat and Instagram – but actively ignore brands on social media

35% of Brits polled by Kantar TMS are on Snapchat, up from 18% in 2014, and 44% are on Instagram, up from 23% in 2014. However, despite the increasing popularity of these two social channels, 40% of Brits say they actively ignore content and ads from brands, compared to the global average of 26%.

A third of British internet users (32%) say they feel ‘constantly followed’ by online advertising and 46% object to the idea of their online behaviour being tracked by brands. Although there is a high level of scepticism, Kantar TNS believes there is a real opportunity for brands to tap into people’s desire for instant, entertaining content from friends, peers and influencers.

Brands need to focus the right content to the right people, on the right platforms and at the right moments, should get better at creating content which can be used across multiple channels, not just on Facebook. Brands need to work hand-in-hand with influencers as trusted sources of information and advice. Influencer partnerships are a great way to create that raw, authentic content that people want.

Source: AM Online

130112 Twitter logoHow can dealers reach the right audience via social media?

Dealers are being offered guidance on how to reach the right audience via a number of platforms in the right way to gain maximum results.

Jeremy Evans, managing director of digital agency Marketing Delivery, will tell dealers attending his masterclass at Automotive Management Live the best ways to achieve results.

Facebook retains its status as the most popular network with 1.65 billion monthly users with 22% of all time on the internet spent on the platform, Twitter now hosts 500 million tweets every day, but is struggling to attract users with just 25.5% of online adults in the UK accessing the site every month.

Dealers need to ensure a broad social media strategy remains in place and the social media environment is far from straightforward. Evans will help dealers cut through the clutter in his masterclass.

Source: AM Online

221111 EV newsCambridge goes electric

Cambridgeshire has embraced electric cars to the tune of a 40-fold increase in four years.

Figures from the DVLA show that from a base of just 20 fully electric or plug in vehicles in June 2012, there are now 822 in the county. That works out as one plug-in vehicle for every 787 people.

Huntingdonshire has the highest proportion of electric cars in our area, with 392, or one for every 446 people, while in South Cambridgeshire it’s one for every 782 people, East Cambridgeshire one for every 1,180 people and Fenland one for every 2,156 people.

The number has risen from seven in 2012 to 112 now in Cambridge itself.

Across the country there has been a 20-fold increase in the uptake of EVs in the past four years.





Posted by Sue Robinson on 30/09/2016