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New car emissions tests mandatory since September 1

As of last Friday (September 1st.), new car models will have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions (“Real Driving Emissions” – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test (“World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure” – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads. This follows last year’s

TecAlliance introduces another supplier

TecAlliance has welcomed the DriveTec brand as the company’s latest official data supplier, for its TecDoc CATALOG parts identification system. The move was spearheaded by Qualvecom, one of Ireland’s largest automotive component distributors and the company responsible for the DriveTec brand throughout the Republic. Offering a wide range of parts including brake pads and discs,

Borg & Beck introduces brake fluid

Brake Fluid is a safety critical product that is essential for maintaining the braking performance of a vehicle. As a renowned supplier of Braking components to the aftermarket, Borg & Beck, with its original equipment (OE) heritage, is an expert in all aspects of braking technology and therefore, understands the best hydraulic products for the

All-new Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV on the way

Following in the footsteps of their Giulia saloon, Alfa Romeo has revealed pricing and specification details for its first ever SUV, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with prices starting from €47,295 (ex-works) for an Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2 180hp Diesel RWD. It arrives here next month (October). Featuring what it says has perfect 50/50 weight

Motorists unlikely to trust the State with their data

Modern cars, like cell-phones before them, now collect and carry a lot of data that is personal to the driver. An AA poll shows that motorists want to be clear on who owns that data, and that it should belong to the user. AA Rescue says that it has surveyed over 4,000 Irish motorists and

Mercedes-Benz starred the Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show saw Mercedes-Benz showcase more than 100 new models and concept vehicles, with the spotlight focused firmly on their ‘electric intelligence’ electro mobility offensive. Amongst the models taking centre stage were the concept EQA compact city car – the second EQ plug-in electric concept car, designed to fit into the range alongside

Students help design new electric delivery vehicle

Students from Warwick University in England have designed a new electric delivery vehicle in association with design company, Astheimer. The Deliver-E is based on the platform of the electric Renault Twizy and is fitted with a 48-volt 6.5kWh battery system with a peak power of 36kW. It has an open-platform vehicle control system with a

SME Finance & Leasing Solutions Ltd confirmed as Irish Auto Trade Awards category sponsor

SME Finance & Leasing Solutions Ltd., the independent finance company provides funding to garage equipment suppliers has been confirmed as the sponsor of the Equipment & Tools category at the Irish Auto Trade Awards, which take place at the 5-Star Carton House Hotel, Co. Kildare on Thursday, October 26, 2017. SME Finance & Leasing Solutions

Size isn’t everything

Like many things in life, it’s not the size of your workshop that matters. It’s what you do with it that counts! Most workshops now recognise the role that professional four wheel alignment can play in boosting the fortunes of a workshop. From improving levels of customer care, reducing customer comebacks, improving operational efficiency or

Automechanika Birmingham launches plans for 2018 event 

The leading exhibition for the UK’s automotive industry returns to the NEC, Birmingham, 5-7 June 2018. After its second year of success, Automechanika Birmingham has announced exciting plans to bring the entire UK automotive industry together again. Automechanika Birmingham is the largest automotive trade event in the UK and in 2017, brought together more than