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Inside Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace

By Andrew Marsh, 16.12.15
Posted in: Featured | New Model Information
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Once upon a time the Jaguar part of JLR built fine products which, globally, simply not enough people bought. The quality of the vehicles regularly topped JD Power customer satisfaction surveys both in the USA as well as Europe, in stark contrast to Land Rover. Thanks to immense investment on the part of Ford Motor ...

Jaguar Land Rover, growth and product strategy – part 1

By Andrew Marsh, 10.12.15
Posted in: In-depth | Manufacturer Profiles | Public
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Not long ago whole automotive sector suffered badly with the effects of the global financial market decline with the effects in terms of delayed model replacements still being seen more than 6 years later. Many vehicle manufacturers did the unthinkable in order to survive – a few did not. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) suffered more ...

Jaguar Land Rover, growth and product strategy – part 2

By Andrew Marsh,
Posted in: In-depth | Manufacturer Profiles
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New factories, new countries The three UK vehicle assembly plants  – Halewood (home of the Discovery Sport and Evoque), Castle Bromwich (Jaguar XF X260 and XJ X351), Solihull (home to all other models including XE and F-type ). These existing plants were joined by Pune in 2011, which builds vehicles on a small scale from ...

How are non-OEM parts ‘certified’ for use?

By Andrew Marsh, 01.12.15
Posted in: Business News | In-depth | Public
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There are a number of companies operating in the collision repair market who offer a ‘certification’ process which implies a quality check. Those companies include MIRRC Thatcham, TuV (Nord, Sud, Rheinland – three independent organisations), and Capa. The common approach by all of these companies is to offer an independent audit of the component in ...

Who is listening in on future work?

By Andrew Marsh, 26.11.15
Posted in: Public | Technology Trends
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Once upon a time the collision repair process was fairly straight forward – the vehicle had an accident, it was recovered, and the repair routed into the repairer via an insurance company – or directly by the vehicle owner. Then came the time management systems with additional parts ordering functionality, and what a surprise – ...

Inside the Vauxhall Astra K…..

By Andrew Marsh, 09.11.15
Posted in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
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Only a few years ago, in the depth of the financial crisis that sent General Motors (GM) into bankruptcy there was a much bigger crisis developing in Europe. One division – Saab – was off loaded with much brand damage in the process only then to go bust – whilst Vauxhall Opel continued to lose ...

Inside the Toyota Prius4….

By Andrew Marsh, 02.11.15
Posted in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
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The latest generation of Prius was revealed in Las Vegas during September 2015, and will start deliveries in Japan by December 2015 – in Europe we will wait until February 2016. The principles are the same as Prius3: 1.8l Atkinson cycle petrol engine driving the front wheels with a one electric motor and one generator ...

Inside the BMW i3 body….

By Andrew Marsh, 26.10.15
Posted in: In-depth | Public | Technology Trends
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The i3 has been on sale around the world for more than 1 year, and still represents a step change in automotive engineering, especially from a collision repair point of view. The headline is of course the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell, but as we shall see the shell is a good deal ...

2016 Ezi-Methods UK Pricing Announced

By Ben Cardy, 14.10.15
Posted in: Business News | Public
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When Auto Industry Consulting launched Ezi-Methods in 2013, we made it clear that just as soon as set-up, investment and R&D costs were dealt with we would return even greater value to our customers by reducing our prices. And today we are delighted to announce that for 2016, a single site, 12 month Ezi-Methods subscription ...

Volkswagen Group meltdown… or is it hype?

By Andrew Marsh, 06.10.15
Posted in: Public | Technology Trends
A typical piezo-electric high pressure multi-port injector in a modern 4 valve cylinder head. © Robert Bosch GmbH
The global media can’t believe its luck. A famously cash rich vehicle manufacturer pushing to become the biggest in the world nearly three years ahead of their own plan, caught red handed by the USA Environmental Protection Agency bending the rules. Forget the facts, rush in and join the feeding frenzy. Lets take a look ...
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