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As Apprentice Week celebrates its 10th Anniversary this week from 6 – 10 March (#NAW2017), Thatcham Research is continuing to lead the way in closing the skills gap for core occupations including Paint, Panel and Mechanical in the Automotive Collision Repair Sector.
After recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the latest round of Euro NCAP testing has brought safety campaigners back down to earth. The three superminis tested, the Fiat 500, Citroën C3 and Ford Ka+, showed disappointing results said Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, the independent automotive research centre and voice of Euro NCAP in the UK.
MORE than 182,000 killed and serious injuries have been saved on UK roads since revolutionary Euro NCAP car safety tests were launched 20 years ago. In 2015, 15,000 fewer car occupants were killed and seriously injured.
• Ford Mustang receives first Two Star Euro NCAP rating given to a top 10 car brand since 2008 • Concerns about Ford Mustang’s crash protection of adult and child occupants • Worrying lack of safety equipment, that is offered to US consumers, but not available in UK • VOLVO S90 and V90 awarded Euro NCAP 5 Star rating following in footsteps of the XC90
• Toyota Prius the safest new car of 2017, wins this year’s What Car? Safety Award • Prius features class-leading Reverse AEB as standard, aiming to reduce the UK’s £1.7 bn annual parking damage bill • Safety campaigners celebrate chance to decrease the UK's 400 yearly pedestrian deaths, as all ten finalists carry Pedestrian AEB as standard • The Peugeot 3008 & VW Tiguan highly commended
• Top ten safest new cars of 2017: What Car? Safety Award long list announced • Manufacturers recognised for safety innovation, driving safer cars on UK road • Safety not at a price, with budget brands now offering key safety features as standard • Huge steps forward in collision avoidance technology - toughest tests to date • Two hybrids, and four SUVs shows market growth in newer segments
Chief Digital Officer role created that reflects data being the lifeblood of great research Focus will be on: • Developing a new Data Strategy • Data Integration and Interface to seamlessly integrate industry data to deliver more impactful research to Members • Information Security to ensure on-going compliance with continuously improving industry recognised standards
Buyers of the new Suzuki Ignis and SsangYong Tivoli urged to spec their cars carefully, read the small print and choose optional safety packs for optimum safety Ford Edge and Hyundai Ioniq rated 5 Star Euro NCAP but concerns over rear passenger safety that exceed safe limits Audi Q2 awarded 5 Star Rating and praised for high scores in all areas and effective safety systems as standard
• Thatcham Research sponsors What Car? Safety Award for third year running • Award continues to recognise car manufacturer safety innovation to drive the adoption of safer cars on UK roads • Nominees required to have AEB fitted as standard, preventing up to 38% of rear end crashes and saving 110 lives every year • Long list to be announced 06 December 2016 - winners announced 11 January 2017
Thatcham Research has streamlined its repair methods to two products, escribe and escribe plus. They offer mechanical data and multi-user licences as options and instant access to a broader set of repair methods and parts information. Updated monthly they include over 1.3m methods, including manufacturer and Thatcham Research-devised methods - covering over 81% of the UK estimating parc.
Safer cars, fewer crashes...
As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key... Show more
Safer cars, fewer crashes...
As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key industry player at the forefront of driving standards in vehicle body repair.
Thatcham's Crash Laboratory is the only official UK crash testing centre for consumer safety body Euro NCAP and are viewed as a centre of excellence when it comes to active vehicle safety, particularly the evaluation of new Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) which provide the foundation for future vehicle autonomy.
Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research expertise is in great demand with a range of opinion leaders being regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.