Daimler Profit Warning

Daimler Profit Warning
Daimler forsees lower sales of Mercedes-Benz cars due to a tax on the import of US vehicles into China. The US is putting tariffs of at least $50bn (£38bn) of Chinese imports. China said it would retaliate with its own tariffs from 6 July in return. Daimler has big factories in the US that export to China.

The Trump administration has threatened further levies on up to $400bn worth of Chinese goods if China continues to hit back.

In late morning trading in Frankfurt, Volkswagen was down 2.4%, while Daimler was more than 4% lower. On the Paris market, Peugeot-Citroen was 1.3% down, while Renault had lost 1%. Mercedes-Benz had record sales in the first three months of this year, led by China, where sales increased by 17%.

But Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, said this year’s earnings from car sales were expected to be “slightly below the previous year”.

“From today’s perspective, the decisive factor is that, at Mercedes-Benz Cars, fewer than expected SUV sales and higher than expected costs – not completely passed on to the customers – must be assumed because of increased import tariffs for US vehicles into the Chinese market,” the company said. “This effect cannot be fully compensated by the reallocation of vehicles to other markets.”

Earlier this month, Daimler was forced to recall vehicles in Germany found to be fitted with illegal software that masks diesel emissions.

Daimler said the recall of diesel vehicles and declining demand in Latin America was also affecting overall earnings.

Ford & VW in Talks About Developing Range of Vans

Ford & VW in Talks About Developing Range of Vans
Ford and Volkswagen are in early talks about jointly developing a range of commercial vehicles. The two car giants said they were “exploring a strategic alliance” aimed at strengthening both companies’ competitiveness without giving details. However, the cooperation would not involve any share swaps or cross-ownership deals.

Ford’s biggest-selling commercial vehicles are the Transit van and the F-series pick-up truck.

VW also owns the Scania and Man truck brands.

Car companies are increasingly collaborating to cut the costs of developing new technology amid a growing demand for more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Earlier this year VW struck a commercial vehicle alliance with Toyota’s truck division, Hino. At the time the firms said areas of cooperation could include hybrid and electric engines, as well as connectivity and autonomous driving systems.

At the Detroit car show in January Ford unveiled a more fuel-efficient version of its Ranger pick-up truck.

Meanwhile, Ford plans to renovate the famous Michigan Central Station in Detroit – a historic and eye-catching railway station that opened in 1914 before closing in 1988 and having its interior subsequently vandalised. The company will turn the building into offices for up to 5,000 technology workers and software engineers working on self-driving cars.

“We have big plans for this building,” the carmaker’s executive chairman Bill Ford told an audience outside the 18 storey landmark, built in the Beaux-Arts Classical style.

Ford has not revealed the cost of the renovation, but said it would be completed using some of the cash previously put aside for a revamp of its headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. That project has a budget of $1.2bn (£900m). The carmaker will receive unspecified tax breaks from Detroit and the state of Michigan towards the project.


Daimler to Recall Mercedes with Defeat Devices

Daimler to Recall Mercedes with Defeat Devices
The German government has ordered car maker Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with illegal software that masks diesel emissions. Across Europe a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain “defeat devices” and Daimler said it would recall them all.

The diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC models are the main ones affected, the ministry said.

Daimler said it would refit the software but denied any wrongdoing.

It comes three years after VW admitted having fitted “cheat” devices in vehicles that made their engines appear less polluting than they actually were. About eleven million cars worldwide were affected in that case.

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the ministry and Daimler had “negotiated intensively for many hours” on Monday.

Afterwards he said the ministry had ordered the “immediate” recall of Daimler models in Germany because they contained “illegal shutdown devices”.

“Daimler states that it will, at maximum speed and with co-operative transparency with the authorities, remove the applications in the engine control system which the government objects to,” he said.

The Transport Ministry only has authority to force the recall of vehicles within Germany.

iVech vehicle rental management system

iVech vehicle rental management system
Imagine having a vehicle rental management system designed specifically for the vehicle hire business, a system that has been designed by software engineers who, before they even started planning the system, worked on the front desk of a vehicle hire business for 12 months. Imagine that they had a full insight into the operational needs and requirements of a vehicle hire business.

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The system has also been developed to integrate with Trak Global, so for vehicles fitted with Trak Global trackers, the car or van rental operator has direct information, on driver behaviour, speeding, hard braking, acceleration, impacts and of course location. If required, the system can also be set to provide active alerts if the hire vehicle enters certain areas, ports etc, or should leave the UK.

iVech car rental software has been designed to aid the management of your vehicle rental business and offer a simple and straight forward user interface. Designed to operate at all levels of your business, It provides fully variable access settings, for example administrator, manager, director etc and can link in to front end sites for on line bookings and emails.

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April’s Registration Figures Show 10.4% Rise in Sales

April’s Registration Figures Show 10.4% Rise in Sales
UK car buyers purchased 10.4 per cent more cars last month than they did in April 2017, according to the latest industry figures. The rise bucks a 12-month trend of declining sales.

The data, released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), reveals 167,911 new cars were bought last month, up from 152,076 in April 2017. Private buyers drove almost all of the growth, with 26.3 per cent more private sales taking place in April 2018 than in 2017. The fleet market remained stable with growth of 0.9 per cent, but new business sales were down 12.9 per cent.

Best selling cars 2018

The decline of diesel sales continued last month, with 24.9 per cent fewer diesel being sold in April 2017; this is an improvement on March 2017, when diesel sales dropped by 37.2 per cent. Sales of petrol cars increased by 38.5 per cent in April 2018, while 49.3 per cent more hybrids and EVs were sold.

Experts have advised caution in interpreting the data however, partly as year-to-date sales for 2018 remain down 8.8 per cent compared to last year. April 2017 also provided a low baseline with which to compare last month’s figures, as buyers flocked to showrooms in March 2017 – before shunning them in April – in order to take advantage of the outgoing road tax system. At the time, this was particularly favourable to diesel cars due to their comparatively low carbon dioxide emissions.

Commenting on April’s figures, Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s chief executive, said the data should not be looked at “in isolation”, adding: “Given the major disruption to last April’s market caused by sweeping VED changes, this increase is not unexpected.”

Hawes called the rise in hybrid and EV popularity “positive news”, but pointed out such vehicles still make up just 5.6 per cent of the overall market. He also reiterated calls for the Government to offer “certainty about future policies towards different fuel types, including diesel.”

New Car Sales up 10% in April

New Car Sales up 10% in April
Sean Kemple, director of sales at Close Brothers Motor Finance, describes a 10.4% rise in car sales during April as “a breath of fresh air for the industry”.

“However, last April saw a significant dip following a booming March, and as such the year on year increase should be taken with a pinch of salt,” he says. “We can’t ignore the broader sector struggles and the anticipated turbulence as we begin the countdown to Brexit.”

Mr Kemple adds: “Dealers should not lose hope. They must continue to focus their attention on customer buying behaviour, particularly as cynicism towards diesel continues to grow and today seeing another drop in diesel sales of 25%.”


Understanding your Car’s Tyres

Understanding your Car’s Tyres
Tyres are one of the most important safety features on your car or vehicle. After all, your tyres are the only thing that connects the car to the road surface, and other technologies such as antilock braking systems and electronic stability controls cannot do their job if the tyres don’t have a good grip on the road surface. Yet tyres are often considered to be one of the least understood components of our vehicles.

As everyone’s driving needs are different, it makes sense that no one single type of tyre is best. Like most things in life, what tyres are the best for you may not be appropriate for another driver.

When replacing your car tyres it pays to speak to a specialist, someone like Tams Tyres of Gateshead who have been supplying high quality, low cost tyres to drivers of all vehicles across Gateshead, Newcastle & the North East. Tams Tyres carry a wide range of leading brand names tyres and after discussing the type of driving you do will be able to offer the very best advice and recommendations as to which tyre to fit to your vehicle.  Remember, cheaper quality and poorly manufactured tyres will likely wear out much quicker than good quality tyres, plus can often lead to extended stopping distances and may result in less control during an emergency manoeuvre.

Tyres, like most things in life, can be something of a trade-off. Performance Tyres can often wear out quicker than ‘regular tyres’ – obviously depending on your driving technique and the road conditions, while general road tyres will provide a more comfortable ride but be less agile in the corners. Again, speak to your tyre dealer about any possible trade-offs for the type of tyres you are considering buying.

Most modern cars will come with general all-season tyres fitted. These are great for most people for most conditions, however if you live where it snows a lot, then you may wish to consider buying a set of snow Tyres (sometimes referred to as winter Tyres) and use them throughout the winter months. All-season tyres are designed to handle all weather conditions. Snow / Winter Tyres are designed with one thing in mind: to help you drive more safely and improve road traction when temperatures are low and the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Many drivers will fit a car tyre then forget it. Even allowing for modern tyre reliability and manufacturing methods, this can be a mistake as tyres are NOT maintenance free items! It is estimated that an average tyres will lose around 1 psi of pressure per month so it is a good idea to check your tyre inflation pressures and inspect their general tread condition on a weekly basis. Underinflated tyres can impact upon your cars fuel efficiency, reducing the miles per gallon you achieve – costing you money, and are more likely to suffer a puncture. Remember, you can’t tell the tyre pressure is low just by looking.

So, how can you increase the lifespan of your car tyres? Adopt the following and you could put off having to make a trip to your local tyre dealership for at least a couple of months. Regularly check your tyre pressure and tread condition. This probably won’t involve any more than a couple of minutes, but that time spent checking your tyres could alert you to any problems that might have arisen. Check the surface of the tyres for cracks and odd looking bulges. Try to avoid accelerating to quickly form traffic lights of junctions. Wheel skid may sound good but it’s a great way to quickly wear out your tyres. These alone could prolong the lifespan of your tyres significantly.

It is also important to recognise that there is a legal requirement to maintain your car or other vehicle tyres. Remember, this legal requirement exists to help keep you, other drivers and pedestrians remain safe, and to prevent accidents occurring on the roads. If you would like a free tyre check and live in the Gateshead or Newcastle area of then call Tam Tyres now on 0191 4604809.

BMW Under Fire over Electrical Fault

BMW Under Fire over Electrical Fault
The UK’s vehicle safety agency said BMW failed to tell it about an electrical fault in one of its cars that was involved in a fatal collision. On Christmas Day 2016, Narayan Gurung and his wife swerved their Ford Fiesta into a tree to avoid a BMW saloon.

The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, causing its brake lights to fail and resulting in the vehicle stalling on a dark A-road.

BMW said it was “deeply saddened” but could not comment further.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said: “BMW did not make DVSA aware of electrical failure in its cars between 2011 and 2014, as it is required to do.

“It then provided us with incorrect information about the faults, so we were not able to make an informed decision. However, after examining the growing evidence, DVSA contacted BMW in December 2016 to ask it to conduct a full safety recall of the affected vehicles.”

Mr Gurung died at the scene and his wife was seriously injured.

An inquest this week revealed that BMW had received complaints of an electrical issue that caused a total power failure as early as 2011.

BMW recalled 500,000 cars in the US in 2013, as well as smaller recalls in Australia, Canada and South Africa, to address the problem. The manufacturer received further vehicle safety defect reports from the DVSA in 2014.

The government body’s lead engineer, Andrew Tudor, stated in February 2016 that “we do not want a fatality”. However, after a meeting in February 2016, BMW told DVSA officials that the faults were under control and no UK vehicles were recalled.

Alex Neill, of the consumer group Which?, said the case raised serious questions about whether the DVSA was doing enough to ensure that dangerous cars are taken off the road. “It must now set out how it will respond to this incident and ensure that other car recalls are dealt with swiftly.”

BMW supplier quality engineer Mark Hill said the company believed the issue was not “critical” because drivers could still steer and brake – despite their headlights, hazard lights, indicators and brake lights not working. “It is not a safety defect because a prior warning is given to the user in the majority of cases,” he said.

The fault was caused by the cars’ battery cable connectors and fuse box terminal degrading, potentially causing a break in the electrical connection between battery and fuse box. About 370,000 cars, including the 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models were thought to be affected. The coroner’s court at Woking, Surrey, heard that at least five cases were fixed under warranty.

Which? said: “Drivers in the UK will ask why BMW delayed recalling a car that was a known danger and had been recalled in several other countries years earlier.”

The German manufacturer issued a recall of 36,000 cars in Britain three months after Mr Gurung, a 66-year-old former serviceman, was killed. BMW said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mr Gurung. As this matter is still the subject of court proceedings, we are unable to comment specifically on it.”

The inquest was adjourned on Monday until later this year.

Elmbank Car Sales of Glasgow & South Lanarkshire

Elmbank Car Sales of Glasgow & South Lanarkshire
If you have been planning on replacing your current car and are looking for something a little more sporty that is still suited to your needs, reliable and excellent value for money, you may want to consider taking a look at some of the used cars they have on offer at Elmbank Car Sales.

With an extensive range of top quality used sports cars at very competitive rates you may find that your search for a new car takes far less time then you first expected.

At experts in used sports car sales, Elmbank Car Sales know exactly what is required to make sure that every customer is left satisfied with the service they received.  With an aim to deliver excellent customer care every time they sell a used car they are happy to offer additional benefits with each car as standard including a full MOT, three month warranty and full service and HPI checks so you can be certain they have done everything they can to ensure that your car to safe and completely road legal.

With a focus on offering a wide range of top quality used sports cars at they are able to offer a wealth of information about any of the cars they have available.  Originally starting out as a hobby which later evolved into a thriving business at Elmbank the staff are true sports car enthusiasts!  Whether you are looking for advice regarding what features the cars have on offer, insurance information or something a bit more technical at Elmbank they are certain to be able to answer any questions that you may have.

At Elmbank they also offer the added advantage of being able to provide car finance plans as well as the option to part exchange your current car.  With fair prices offered for part exchange deals and some very competitive finance options available, at Elmbank Used Car Sales they will do everything they can to make getting your ideal car as affordable as possible and as each case is assessed on an individual basis they will make sure that any finance plan you enter into is completely suited to your personal budget.

Offering a wide choice of makes and models in used sports cars at Elmbank Used Car Sales they are constantly on the look out for new stock to add to their existing range, as experienced buyers within the industry they know exactly what to look for to make sure that every car they purchase is of good quality and has the potential to one day be somebody’s true pride and joy. No matter whether you want a more traditional model, something a bit showy or a car that is suitable for family life as well at Elmbank they will do everything they can to a find you a used car that is perfectly suited to your requirements.

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Finance your Next Car with Northumbria Motors

Finance your Next Car with Northumbria Motors

If you need to get a new car but are concerned that you won’t be able to pass the required credit checks, getting in touch with Northumbria Cars might be the perfect solution for you. Offering a wide range of used cars on offer and an excellent record for helping customers get the car finance they need no matter their circumstances you can be certain that they will be able to help you get the car you need.

Unlike some other companies that offer bad car credit loans at Northumbria Cars they don’t compromise on the quality of cars that they offer even if you have a poor credit history, every vehicle that they provide comes complete with 1 years tax, 6 months warranty, 6 months MOT and is RAC approved so regardless of what car you decide is best for you; you can be sure that it will be reliable and fully safety checked.

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At Northumbria Cars they aim to offer every customer a personalised service and every car finance application they receive is given an individual assessment so your details are only received by the lenders most likely to approve your application, by offering this unique service to every customer they are able to offer guaranteed car credit no matter what credit history you may have.

With over twenty years’ experience helping people get the vehicles they need at Northumbria Cars they have the knowledge required to make sure that their customers are happy with the service they receive and with some excellent working relationships across the industry they often be able to find you the most competitive rates available for your car credit as well.

A dedicated team of experts are available to give you all the help and advice that you may need regarding bad car credit loans you can be sure that at Northumbria Cars they will do everything they can to make sure that you are happy with any decisions you make, an advisor will be happy to ensure that you secure the finance you require with repayment rates that are within your budget.

Guaranteed Car Finance
Being able to secure finance for a vehicle and maintain repayments is a really good way to improve your credit rating if you have had problems in the past and with a straight forward and easy application process getting a new car or van with Northumbria Cars guaranteed car credit could be a really good step in the right direction if this is something that you are trying to do.

So if you need a new car or van and are uncertain about how likely you are to be accepted for credit why not take a look at some of the options available at Northumbria Cars? With excellent customer testimonials, a really wide range of vehicles on offer and a professional team of mechanics to make sure every car and van is in the best possible condition, along with a quick and simple application process you could be driving away in your new car sooner that you think!

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