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LeaveMotor industry calls for Government action to safeguard UK automotive interests

The motor industry has called for the UK Government to take action to safeguard UK automotive interests and maintain economic stability.

At the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), chief executive Mike Hawes said the British public has chosen a new future out of Europe.

“Government must now maintain economic stability and secure a deal with the EU which safeguards UK automotive interests.

“This includes securing tariff-free access to European and other global markets, ensuring we can recruit talent from the EU and the rest of the world and making the UK the most competitive place in Europe for automotive investment,” he added.

At the National Franchised Dealers Association, director Sue Robinson said: “Following the result of the vote the NFDA will work with our members and their manufacturer partners to help determine the correct next steps.

“The UK is the second largest car market in Europe, with £35.3 billion worth of cars imported to the UK from Europe of which over 820,000 are from Germany alone, 20% of their production.

“We urge the UK government to swiftly negotiate a trade deal across Europe and the rest of the world and to secure currency stability, such that there is a level playing field for our members to operate in. Clearly it is as important to European importers as it is to the UK market that a deal is put in place very quickly.”

The Financial Conduct Authority has warned F&I providers and dealers that they must continue to abide by their existing regulatory obligations.

Much financial regulation currently applicable in the UK derives from EU legislation. This regulation will remain applicable until any changes are made, which will be a matter for Government and Parliament, said the FCA.

“Firms must continue to abide by their obligations under UK law, including those derived from EU law and continue with implementation plans for legislation that is still to come into effect.

“Consumers’ rights and protections, including any derived from EU legislation, are unaffected by the result of the referendum and will remain unchanged unless and until the Government changes the applicable legislation.

“The longer term impacts of the decision to leave the EU on the overall regulatory framework for the UK will depend, in part, on the relationship that the UK seeks with the EU in the future. We will work closely with the Government as it confirms the arrangements for the UK’s future relationship with the EU,” said the FCA.

The new entry point into the used car market for dealers could become £2,000. The RAC says that it is simply very difficult to sell a car that meets all legal requirements at much below this level, thanks to the Consumer Rights Act.

Sean Kent, director, corporate and independent dealers, said: “It is not a hard and fast rule but it is definitely a trend that we are increasingly seeing across the market and chimes with other recent reports that small franchise dealers have abandoned the sub-£1,500 sector.

“In effect, the Consumer Rights Act is causing a shift in this sector, meaning many dealers are choosing to move into a slightly higher price bracket and changing their proposition.”

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 requires that anyone buying goods, which are found to be faulty within 30 days of delivery can demand a full refund. A defect found after 30 days (but within six months), entitles the customer to a repair or replacement. For cars, dealers will have only one chance at repair or replacement, if they fail, the customer is, again, entitled to a full or partial refund.

Source: AM-Online

DriverlessCarsIndustry on driverless cusp

Autonomous driving will add value to society and in an ideal scenario, could reduce accidents by up to 100%, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Franck Leveque, Frost & Sullivan partner and business unit leader, explained, ‘Even in a realistic scenario, the majority of the accidents that occur today due to driver distractions can be addressed by this technology.’

According to Frost & Sullivan, the pace at which connected services, sensoring solutions are developing make it safe to assume that full autonomous functionality can be achieved within the next decade. By 2030 the revenue potential is expected to reach $65 billion.

TelematicsTelematics revenues expected to soar

Global revenue from automotive telematics systems will grow to $4.2bn by 2021, according to new forecasts from IHS Automotive.

Global production volumes for all telematics systems are estimated to grow by more than 112 per cent over the forecast period, surpassing 55 million units in 2021. These forecasts are driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies.

Anna Buettner, manager for infotainment at IHS Automotive, said, ‘The telematics supply chain will see amazing growth and innovation through the end of the decade, as more vehicles debut new connected solutions that make use of embedded modules, while at the same time enabling consumers to fully leverage their mobile devices.

‘There are opportunities in vehicle segments that traditionally didn’t offer connectivity… Autonomous driving applications will further drive the demand for non-stop, reliable connectivity.’


EV3REA launches ultra-low emission vehicle industry group

REA launches its Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) sector group to support the growth of electric vehicle industry in UK

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched this week its Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Sector Group. The ULEV Sector Group will represent members across the transport, energy, and technology sectors who are working to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicles, in line with government aspirations for every new vehicle to be a ULEV by 2040.

The group will work closely with the REA’s Energy Storage and Solar Groups, and complement the existing strong presence of their work with industry and government stakeholders.

The new sector group follows the government’s 2013 announcement of plans for every new vehicle in the UK to be ultra-low emission by 2040. The market is likely to be also boosted by tighter air quality regulations – as the ‘clean air zones’ established by Defra in five English cities by 2020.

Grant Pearson, Chairman of the Renewable Transport Group, said: “The establishment of the ULEV Sector Group builds on the exemplary work of the Renewable Transport Group. It also recognises that new and emerging low-emission vehicle technologies must be fuelled from renewable energy sources if the mass transition to ULEVs is to be sustainable. The work of the group will be taken forward by the REA’s new Head of Electric Vehicles, Tanya Sinclair, who brings a wealth of expertise to this area.”


BVRLABVRLA creates connected car best practice guide

The BVRLA has published a best practice guide to help support its members when dealing with connected vehicles.

So far this year, the BVRLA has engaged with a number of manufacturers, trade bodies and technology providers, as well as policymakers from the Department for Business, the Department for Transport and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

“Connected vehicles give vehicle rental and leasing companies a tremendous opportunity to work more closely with their customers, thereby enabling them to minimise their repair costs, optimise their performance and maximise the utilisation of their vehicles,” said Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive.

“The key to unlocking these benefits is data, and our industry is working collaboratively to ensure members have access to the data from connected vehicles in a fair, compliant and secure manner.”


SwedishFlagSweden opens first ‘electric road’

The “world’s first electric road” has opened in Sweden. Scania is supplying with the electrically-powered trucks, which will operate under real traffic conditions. The new technology permits the trucks to operate as electric vehicles when on the electrified road and as regular hybrid vehicles at other times.

The truck receives electrical power from a pantograph power collector which is mounted on the frame behind its cab. The pantographs are connected to overhead power lines and the trucks can freely connect to and disconnect from the wires while in motion.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 24/06/2016