Website gives consumers the opportunity to report counterfeit car parts…We’re all doomed! But don’t panic, says MTA Queensland…Diesel compo best spent on diesel conversion say DTF…What’s New Pussycat?


An online reporting hub empowering consumers to submit a report aimed at assisting investigators in the detection and seizure of counterfeit car parts has received support from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  Launched by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries the “Genuine Is Best” campaign website lets consumers submit details of parts they suspect may not be the genuine article.

According to the FCAI, which has more than a passing, and some would say vested interest in the subject, recent international seizures have indicated the scope of the counterfeit parts problem. Raids in China and the Middle East are claimed to have unearthing massive volumes of sub-standard and often dangerous parts potentially headed for Australian shores.

Consumers who believe they have been sold, or had their car fitted, with a counterfeit part can now report the details using the reporting hub. The information will be given to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that may investigate any breaches of its intellectual property rights and submit a formal notification to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The Department is empowered to take action in respect of the alleged breach, which could include the seizure of the property. All of which should be a big help to the bunny that reported the part! Even though the department does not intend to seize the informants property, there’s not much of an incentive for an individual to report a part if he or she is not going to be compensated and may even run the risk of losing their property.

According to Erin Dale of the DIBP, the organisation works in partnership with the automotive industry to prevent counterfeit car parts from crossing the Australian border. (Didn’t know Australia had a border, only a coastline). “Programs that allow the Australian public to report counterfeit goods to brand owners may draw attention to counterfeit goods, so brand owners are in a position to advise the Department of suspected imports of counterfeit goods. The more information that the department has on suspected counterfeit goods, the greater its ability to identify and intercept these goods.“

FCAI’s Tony Weber says that the Holden striker wire test outcome is yet another demonstration of how a non-genuine part presents a serious safety risk to consumers.

“Millions of dollars worth of counterfeit car parts seized over the past 12 months in warehouses from China to the Middle East have demonstrated the scale of this issue. It’s an international trade which has been estimated to be worth US$20 billion a year.”

Tony also reckons that the component testing the FCAI has undertaken has shown that the manufacturing processes counterfeiters are using are capable of creating parts that look up to the job, but in circumstances where they need to perform and protect vehicle occupants they are not fit for purpose and, in many cases, are downright dangerous.


We’re all doomed! But don’t panic, says MTA Queensland

In the famous British TV series Dad’s Army, Private Frazer, played by John Laurie, used to cry the famous words: “We’re all doomed!” every time Captain Mainwaring mentioned that there was an emergency of some sort or other. Now it looks as though the Motor Trades Association of Queensland has taken up the call, or at least Lance Corporal Jones’ cry of: “Don’t panic”.

According to the association, Armageddon is about to descend on the state’s vehicle repair industry and it believes that it is imperative the automotive industry is aware that the greatest level of disruptive technology, since the inception of the motor vehicle, is fast approaching.

So next month, the association is putting on its collective tin hat and bunkering down for what is billed as the Carmageddon…We know, we know, it could only happen in Queensland, but the peak body that represents employers in the retail, service and repair sectors of the states’ automotive industry is actually billing the one-day event as ‘Innovate or Detonate’…No panic there, then!

So, why are they now suddenly all doomed north of the border? Hard to say really! After all, the technological revolution has been going on for ages, ever since the computer found it’s way into the automobile.

Anyway, the event is being opened by the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy & Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch, with ‘representatives from the highest levels of Industry, government and academia will attend the symposium to contemplate this revolution’.

According to MTA’s Brett Dale, Carmageddon will highlight the technical phenomenon that is inbound to help prepare Queensland’s automotive industry for the next decade of change.

“Some of these changes include driverless technology, vehicle automation, artificial intelligence, vehicle to vehicle communication, vehicle to infrastructure communication, zero emissions through fuel cell technology, pre-collision technology, car and component 3D printing and contact lens technology designed to recharge electric cars, to name a few.

“The age of electric vehicles is well on its way globally and with autonomous vehicles looking to take prominence over the next decade the impact that this will have on the way we commute and in turn the way businesses will operate within the industry will be substantial.”

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Diesel compo best spent on diesel conversion say DTF.

When someone has been subject to a robbery that involved being assaulted with a knuckle duster, it’s going to be a hard sell to persuade the victim to spend the compensation money on converting iron bars to knuckle dusters.

But that’s exactly what Diesel Technology Forum has in mind. Well, not exactly, but almost!

According to the organisation, clean diesel technology is the best choice for mitigating NOx emissions in the US as part of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust – compo for being bashed by a polluting VW engine – according to the nonprofit education association Diesel Technology Forum.

In a presentation at the 2017 Energy Policy Outlook Conference, the organisation’s Ezra Finkin highlighted why clean diesel technology is the best and most cost-effective choice for the immediate mitigation of NOx emissions.

“As states develop spending plans for their portion of the $2.7 million Environmental Mitigation Trust, replacing or upgrading the oldest and largest engines with clean diesel technology is the fastest and most proven way to reduce NOx emissions and achieve the objectives of the settlement,” he said.

The $14.7 billion settlement reached between VW, the Attorney General, and the Department of Justice includes the Environmental Mitigation Trust designed to repower, or replace, older heavy-duty vehicles and equipment with new technology to reduce NOx emissions.  Public and private fleet vehicles are eligible for funding under the program.

“New clean diesel engines are near-zero in NOx emissions and are the most cost effective solution in reducing emissions to meet the specific goals established in the Trust. For a fixed investment, more NOx can be reduced through investments in clean diesel technology than any other alternative, including natural gas and all-electric applications,” said  Ezra.

“A collateral benefit for many of these engine upgrades is immediate reductions in particulate emissions, greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.  While not primary objectives of the settlement, policymakers should take into consideration these additional and immediate benefits from the clean diesel options.”

A recent report issued by the US Department of Transportation confirms that one ton of NOx emission reductions can be achieved by investing between $13,000 to $77,000 in a new diesel engine in a variety of commercial vehicles.  Contrastingly, one ton of NOx emissions can be achieved by an investment in $1.4 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“While investments in diesel technology are more cost-effective, these investments do not rely on costly and sometimes non-existent fueling infrastructure. States looking to minimise administrative burdens of the Trust will recognise the inherent efficiencies of managing a few large engine or heavy-duty truck projects compared to what could be hundreds of projects to achieve the same emissions reductions,” he added.

“The biggest and fastest clean air benefits for many communities would come from replacing the biggest and oldest engines. According to a recent report from the US Environmental Protection Agency, replacing engines that power locomotives, tug boats and ferries deliver enormous clean air benefits.

“Replacing a single pre-2000 model year tugboat engine with a new clean diesel model that meets the strict near-zero NOx emissions standard (Tier 4) will remove 96,000lbs. of emissions.  That is equivalent to replacing 74,000 gasoline passenger cars with all-electric models.”


GIVEN THAT green power is becoming such a big priority (maybe) then an in-vehicle charger that will supply as much power as it can from the solar input before relying on the vehicle itself, must be a winner. CoolDrive is certainly hoping that the benefits of its new Redac charger will be just that. Said to be the next generation of in-vehicle charger, the unit is easy to install and delivers separate dc and solar charging inputs resulting in fewer load requirements on the vehicle’s alternator. More info on the Redarc (BCDC1225D) dual input charger at

MOTORISTS THAT require a powerful light output that’s coupled with a sleek design will be delighted to learn of two new variants recently added to Narva’s popular self-contained LED warning light range.

As you’d expect, both lights feature the latest in LED technology, combined with self-contained circuitry that is potted in epoxy to seal out moisture and protect the electronics from vibration, all of which leads to added longevity.

The impact resistant and weatherproof light that is suitable for demanding applications and environments, features a tough polycarbonate lense and a particularly robust housing.

New to the range is the 85202A, a circular light that combines a super low profile design with powerful 3x1W LEDs that deliver superior light output that meet Class 1 requirements. Available in white, red and blue, this multi-volt (12/24V) lamp features selectable flash patterns that can be alternated or synchronised, the lamp also includes a mounting gasket and trigger wire for easy pattern adjustment.

The second addition is the 12/24 multi-volt 85207RB, which is designed specifically to be bonnet-mounted – it can be screwed directly to a vehicle or fitted via the included bonnet bracket. Narva say that this light also benefits from a sleek, low profile design, but with 6x1W LEDs, it really packs punch.

Additional features of the lamp are selectable flash patterns that can alternate or operate synchronised and a dim mode for nighttime use. The 85207RB also offers a low current draw of .54A at 12V and is Class 1 approved – it’s available in amber, red and blue output.

GERMAN OIL and additive specialist Liqui Moly has a new online appearance in the form of an upgraded and expanded Oil Guide that informs users of the correct oil for a particular vehicle.

According to the company’s Peter Baumann, the new guide is easier to use with a supply search function listing importers, retailers and garages in a particular country that sell the company’s products. The product database has been revised into a clearly structured format that quickly provides details of the more than 4000 products.

The website also offers numerous application tips such as: “Is it OK to mix motor oils?” and “What is motor oil actually made of?” Available in English, Spanish and French, the new website that is already attracting about 250,000 hits a month, can be accessed on both smartphone and tablet.

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