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Dealerships to benefit from new class leading personalised video system for Sales and Aftersales

  • Jewelultra launches UltraVision
  • Unique collaboration with Vehicle Vision
  • Official launch at the Automotive Retail Congress at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 21st of May 2019.

Jewelultra has launched UltraVision, a personalised video presentation system for use in the automotive Sales and Aftersales environments. The app and internet browser-based software simplifies the service and repair process, breaks down the barriers between the workshop and the customer, and in sales, supports the customer through the pre and post stages of the buying process.

Market-leading Diamondbrite is an advanced two-stage chemical paint and fabric protection product. Although it is a UK market-leader, Diamondbrite is exported to dealer groups around the world. The British chemicals manufacturer is partnering with Vehicle Vision – a leading provider of personalised video systems to automotive manufacturers , dealerships and garages – to provide a video programme that gives its customer base a highly advanced, simple to use and affordable solution.

Lance Boseley, Jewelultra Marketing Director said: “We are committed to new innovative ways of helping our customers, and UltraVision gives us the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of the latest video technology. The Vehicle Vision platform generates trust and transparency for stronger relationships with customers, the off-the-shelf web and app based software can be used to increase revenue and customer satisfaction throughout the dealership/garage environment. We are really impressed with the Vehicle Vision software and the professionalism of the company, and are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Vehicle Vision.”

Steve Dean, Vehicle Vision Managing Director said: “We have a proud history and record of innovation in the automotive sector, having developed the pioneering Audi Cam for Audi UK in 2012 and our solutions are being used globally to support brands, dealerships and garages. We and Jewelultra share the same passions about quality, affordability and supporting users, and the partnership creates a real synergy that the UK market can benefit from. Jewelultra is a great company and appointing them will help to move our strategy for growth forward.”

Restore your car’s shine in time for summer

At this time of year we’re getting more sunshine than we’ve become used to in the winter months. While that tends to be glorious for the garden and fantastic for upping Vitamin B levels, it can also reveal every tiny imperfection on your car’s paintwork. In the darker days of winter you may have been under the impression your car looked great but now the sun has come out and there is nowhere to hide. If you’re keen to maintain that showroom fresh feel, or to restore your car’s shine just in time for summer then there is a very simple way to do it: Diamondbrite Automotive.

Whatever happened to the paintwork?

It can be a shock to see the damage that simply driving your car can do to the paintwork. Today, most car manufacturers use environmentally friendly water-based paints. Although these have strong eco credentials they are also much more likely to fade and oxidise, leaving you with a less than impressive aesthetic.

Driving can also expose your car to a range of factors that may damage its shine, from grit and dirt through to tree sap or acid rain. Unless you take action to stop the problems that can arise – and to protect the paintwork – then it will be impossible to retain, or recreate, that showroom feel.

The solution: Diamondbrite

Diamondbrite is made from refined rock oils and has been developed to provide exceptional protection for your showroom shine. It is applied in two stages to create an effective protective layer that not only improves the car’s aesthetic but also its longevity. The first step in the Diamondbrite process is designed to cleanse and then fill the pores in the paintwork of a vehicle to create a smooth finish that keeps out everything, from nitrates through to traffic dirt.

Once that stage is complete, step 2 creates a smooth protective skin on the surface of the paintwork that also has a sleek, polished finish. Once both steps have been applied the car is totally protected and potentially damaging substances, such as rain and dirt, will simply run off the surface of the car.

Diamondbrite provides the ultimate protection for your showroom shine

  • Defence against the damage that can be done by bird droppings
  • Protecting your paintwork against the potential issues that changes in temperature can cause
  • Creating a protective layer to keep out grime, grit, salts, traffic film and tar
  • Establishing a barrier against UV light to help keep colours bright and maintain shine
  • Preserving your car’s aesthetics in the face of natural forces such as tree sap, insect fluid and a range of atmospheric pollutants.

If you’re looking for an effective solution to restore your car’s showroom shine in time for the summer months, Diamondbrite is the perfect way to do it. When the process is carried out by a Diamondbrite applicator it is even covered by a guarantee from the date that it is applied.

To find out more, get in touch.

A stylish way to protect your alloy wheels

Most of us today are aware of the benefits of alloy wheels. 50% of new cars have them because they are lightweight, contribute to better handling and dynamics, and they look great too. However, they are also very susceptible to damage and that damage can be costly to repair. In fact, statistics show that more than half of cars have suffered damage to alloy wheels, either as a result of contact with a kerb or something like a pothole. If you want to ensure that your alloy wheels are protected but still look great then there is a stylish solution.

Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors

Simple, but effective, Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors are designed to provide essential damage prevention in a super stylish way. They are fixed to the rim of the wheel so that, if something does happen and contact is made, it’s with the rim protector as opposed to the alloy itself. Available in a range of sizes and colours, including red, black and silver, they are a smart solution to the risks that are posed to owners of alloy wheels in every day driving situations.

How do wheel rim protectors work?

The design of Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors ensures that the tyre wall is protected from damage, as well as keeping those precious alloys safe. Often, damage to your car isn’t actually the result of your own driving. Other people and the way they handle their vehicles are frequently the cause of incidents, such as manoeuvres that force you into a pot hole or too close to the kerb. Sometimes, situations like this are unavoidable and it’s the alloys on your car that tend to suffer as a result.

The benefits of Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors

Keep your alloys looking spotless

Alloys have a fantastic aesthetic, especially when they are new. However, this fades quickly if they start to become damaged as a result of road use without proper protection.


Reducing the costs of car ownership

Alloys are becoming increasingly expensive to repair and replace. Simple solutions like alloy wheel rim protectors can help to maximise the use you get from each alloy before it needs to be replaced.

Versatile and stylish

Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors are ideal for most types of alloy wheel types and sizes. A selection of colours and dimensions provide a customisable element that can be tailored to an individual vehicle.

Durable and discreet

Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors look as much a part of the car as any other element. Although hardwearing and effective they are stylish and subtle too.

Practical protection

Tyres can be changed with the Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors in place.

Today, protecting your alloy wheels from the inevitable damage doesn’t have to mean compromising on style. No matter what other road users do, you can still keep your alloys looking good. Diamondbrite Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors are durable, discreet and effective as well as delivering on impressive aesthetics for the most discerning drivers.

Driving performance and economy: How to find the perfect balance

The performance vs. economy question is one that tends to vex motorists looking to buy a new vehicle. However, you don’t necessarily have to steer clear of the high performance models and the non-eco options to be able to achieve economy with what you drive. There are still ways to ensure that you get the perfect balance between these two crucial factors.

Buy a car that suits your needs

If you want to get the best in terms of both performance and economy then finding a car that is the right fit for your lifestyle is going to be crucial. For example, if you live in an urban environment and you’re only likely to need a car for driving around the city then there’s no need for a car with a large engine to support high speeds and powerful acceleration.

A smaller car with a smaller engine will be both more convenient for cramped driving and parking conditions and much more economical in terms of being suited to the style of driving that a city requires. On the other hand, if you’re looking to cover longer distances at higher speeds, a larger engine can do this much more economically.

Considering the options

There are lots of crossovers today between performance models and vehicles that have a more economical drive. For example, many manufacturers today include “sport” mode (or 4WD), which means that there are additional performance options available on a car that is essentially designed to be a more economical option to drive every day.

Turbocharging is another technological advance that creates more choice. Those cars that have this function may have smaller engines that are actually able to produce more power than larger engines made in previous years. So, with some models, you can have all the power and performance of a larger car with the economy of a smaller engine.

Driving and maintenance

You can increase the economical nature of any car by making sure that it is properly maintained. For example, ensuring that you have the right pressure in your tyres means you can reduce fuel consumption – if tyre pressure is too low then more fuel will be necessary to overcome added resistance. The way you drive will also have an impact on how economical the vehicle is – gentle acceleration and smooth driving consume less fuel. Keeping speeds low and avoiding a situation where you have to break suddenly will also help to reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, making the car more economical to drive.

Additional features

Many performance cars today also include features that are designed to improve economy. For example, if your vehicle has cruise control you could save around 6%in fuel costs while driving on the motorway. Other features, such as LED headlights and emissions sensors, have a range of benefits, both when it comes to economising and also the impact that you’re having on the world around while driving.

Performance vs. economy is not such a choice as it might have been in years gone by. Today, there are many more options for integrating both into your daily drive.

Get in touch with Jewelultra today for all your automotive needs.

What will cars of the future look like?

The auto industry is changing, fast. We have seen more disruption in the last decade than there has been for a century. The way we drive, the type of cars we buy, the fuel we use and even whether we operate the car ourselves have all begun to change. So much so that it’s difficult to imagine today what the cars of the future will look like.

Changing the concept of the car

Cars have always been closely associated with the internal combustion engine. However, technology has begun to take us beyond this idea to methods of propulsion like batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. As more governments establish higher targets for non-petrol or diesel cars on the roads in the next decade, it looks like we are reaching the end of the era of the combustion engine. Today, the market for electric cars has expanded enormously and there is a whole range of options for all budgets, with an increasing number of performance-focused design features being integrated too.

Overturning ownership

Another big change to the future of the car could be to individual ownership. Currently, although we are a one – or two – car per household society, very few people actually own their own vehicle. Instead, most people choose to rent their car – 90% of new cars are purchased using some kind of car finance scheme.

In the future, ownership could shift once again so that vehicles are shared between individuals in order to save on costs – car pool type arrangements could make cars available to drivers, as and when required, with the expense of maintenance and cost price shared. Alternatively, we may switch to simply hiring cars for necessary journeys or driving them only for sport.

The autonomous question

Although a decade ago the idea of a driverless car would have seemed like pure fantasy, this is now very much a potential reality. Autonomous cars can’t yet be used on the roads but they are much further ahead in development terms than they have ever been. There are a lot of very convincing reasons why autonomous cars could become the next big thing. Among them, the statistic that 90% of all car accidents are the result of human driver error.

Although there are some significant perception obstacles to overcome for the autonomous car to go mainstream, the reality is that the roads are likely to be a lot safer without humans behind the wheel. Autonomous cars could also make our vehicles into something of a taxi service. Rather than driving somewhere, then having to park and retrieve the car later, an autonomous car would drop passengers off and then make its own way home. It could then be programmed to pick up later at the right time.

Cars are changing at every level, from the needs that consumers have for them to the way that manufacturers are making fundamental changes to design.

Developments over the next decade could be interesting to observe – one thing we do know is that the cars of tomorrow will be nothing like the vehicles that we have today.

Get in touch with Jewelultra for all your car requirements today.

How has automotive technology evolved over the years?

The evolution of automotive technology has come a long way since the first gas engine car was invented in 1886. Before that, the only cars that existed were powered by steam, which was a cumbersome, noisy and inefficient option for the earliest automobiles. Given that this was really not much more than a century ago, it’s incredible to think how far the auto industry has come with the slick and efficient models of today.

The first car

It was Karl Benz who created that very first car back in 1886. However, this early model bore only a slight resemblance to the vehicles we use today. It produced 0.75 horsepower, had just three wheels and looked a lot like a long tricycle. Between the 1880s and the 1920s, cars began to change but had very few of the features that most of us consider to be essential to the modern driving experience. For example, these early models were without windscreens or turning signals and most didn’t even have a round steering wheel.

Ford Motors

In 1906 automotive technology experienced its first big milestone when Ford Motors released its Model T. After that, thanks to the invention of the assembly line, cars began to emerge that bore a much stronger resemblance to the modern model. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler started to work on evolving automotive technology at a blistering pace and by the 1920s were making cars that could reach up to 35 horsepower, producing speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Changes and developments in the car industry

Although the car industry continued to change and develop, a century ago car engines could still only ignite from one fuel: gasoline. It wasn’t until the mid 1930s that Mercedes Benz changed the landscape of fuel by introducing the ‘Mercedes-Benz 260 D,’ which ran on diesel. A century later concerns about the impact of these fuels would lead to another huge rethink of automotive technology with the development of hybrid and electric vehicles. With this new technology, drivers today can refuel on electricity, as opposed to diesel or gasoline, which should eventually be both more cost effective for consumers and better for the environment too.

Top speeds

As the years went on, improvements in auto technology have created cars that can go much faster. From those initial models that could reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, today the top speeds achieved by street-legal production cars are almost 300 miles per hour. The way we drive changed too, perhaps most significantly with the introduction of the first automatic transmission based vehicle in the 1940s. The 1950s saw the driving experience improve thanks to power steering and cruise control. Since then, advances have come thick and fast, from the introduction of GPS through to high level security systems and electric windows and air conditioning.

Automotive technology has gone through many different evolutions over the years. As cars continue to get smarter, faster and more environmentally friendly, there seems to be no limit to what auto innovation can achieve.

Get in touch with Jewelultra today for all your automotive care requirements.

Could new car technology mean the end of the hybrid?

When the hybrid car was first pioneered the reception in the auto industry wasn’t exactly enthusiastic. While the Prius and Insight were happily received by many eco conscious consumers, large numbers of industry insiders were unimpressed. And then came the big crackdown on emissions that forced carmakers across the world to start considering alternatives to the petrol engine. Emissions targets set in the US and EU suddenly meant that carmakers had to evolve to be able to meet them. So, the hybrid became mainstream. But has it ever really found a permanent niche?

Hybrids are not the popular choice anymore

Although hybrids once seemed to offer a solution to the problems that carmakers are having when it comes to reducing emissions, they don’t anymore. In fact, most manufacturers have realised that the development costs of getting these cars on the road are out of proportion to the emissions savings that can be made by designing them.

Many carmakers need to start making real savings to meet emissions targets such as those set in the EU (95g/km by 2020 and 2021). These green goals are about to start being phased in and there is a general sense in the industry that reliance on hybrid models simply isn’t going to help many auto brands to reach them.

Why are carmakers abandoning the hybrid?

Primarily because of the huge fines that are likely to be applied if those emissions targets are not met. There is plenty of evidence of the auto industry taking a step back from the hybrid. For example, several years ago the BMW M3 was intended to be a hybrid but this element has now been abandoned by the carmaker.

Thanks to new technology that has started to become more available in the past couple of years there are now pure electric alternatives that don’t have any emissions consequences. And, for many in the industry, embracing this technology is the only way to avoid those heavy fines.

The technology that means the end of the hybrid

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have come on leaps and bounds in recent years as investment has poured into designing new technology that will help to create the cars of the future. Perhaps one of the biggest issues for the plug-in EV has always been range. However, battery sizes and capacity now mean that this has all changed – the Tesla Model 3, for example, has a range of more than 300 miles and the Chevy Bolt EV hatchback around 230 miles.

Performance has also spiked sharply and we are beginning to see the first high performance all electric vehicles emerge. Plus cost – one of the biggest obstacles to widespread consumer purchasing – is being brought down thanks to advances in technology, with price parity with petrol vehicles expected in just a couple of years.

Hybrids were only ever meant to be a temporary measure and never really offered a viable solution to emissions issues. For consumers and carmakers alike, the future now is genuinely electric.

For all your car needs, get in touch with Jewelultra today.

Steve Pascoe’s Ford Cosworth Restoration with Diamondbrite

Steve Pascoe is a good friend of Jewelultra, and we love to hear about his latest projects, especially when Diamondbrite is involved! (Clearly it runs in the family, as his son, Paul Pascoe, is our distributor for Ireland.)

Steve’s latest project has been restoring a Ford Sierra Cosworth. However, this isn’t just any Ford. This car is one of the first 3 door Sierra Cosworth’s produced by Ford, and it needed a lot of work to bring it up to scratch. The car was previously owned by a Sierra Cosworth enthusiast, who has owned many in his time, but unfortunately the car’s condition was worse than feared. This meant that many of the parts had to be sold, leaving only the body shell remaining.

The restoration process

The body shell needed a full restoration, as the floors, sills, inner and outer wings, real wheel arches and more were all damaged. All of the rusting panels were replaced with steel, and many areas of the body were strengthened to bring the car up to race standard. The body shell alone took 12 months to restore, using genuine Ford body panels where possible.

A genuine 2.0 litre Ford Sierra Cosworth engine was purchased, featuring the stronger 200 block with balanced crank and rods. The cylinder head has been reworked to group A specification, as have the camshafts with adjustable Vernier pullies. The gearbox is a T5 racing dog box that can withstand power in excess of the predicted 450 break horsepower output. The rear end is also a Ford Motorsport Group N limited slip differential, with strengthened drive shafts.

Getting the car ready…

The whole of the running gear is to Group A specification, with a Ford Sierra Cosworth Group A suspension, as well as front anti roll bar, which required a full reworking of the crank sensor location, as well as modifications to the body shell. The work was carried out by Tim Swadkin, who is a specialist in performance Ford cars, with over 50 years’ experience working on Ford racing engines including the RS200, BDA, BDG and Cosworth.

This car is now one of only 2 known genuine Ford Sierra Cosworth’s to still exist in Rallycross around the world, and likely the only one competing in a full championship, and not just demonstration races.

Everything about this car has been geared for performance, with a modern link ECU, and an engine system managed by Clinton, from Brands Hatch Performance, a Ford and Cosworth specialist whose customers are span all corners of the globe.

The final results

The total car build cost at this point is upwards of £35,000, with the car being valued in excess of £50,000 after an extensive two-year restoration. So, what does this translate to? 0-60mph in ~3 seconds, 170mph+ top speed on current gearing, 120mph on a Rallycross track with short straights.

We’re so pleased to be able to support Steve with the restoration, as the whole car has been treated using Diamondbrite products. This will help protect the car from wear and tear, as well as preventing damage to the paintwork and interior.

Keep an eye on our blog for any updates on this, and other projects – and if you’re interested in protecting your vehicle, whether it’s a restoration, or a new buy, you can take a look at our range of Diamondbrite Automotive products here.

Motorcycle Riders: We want your help…

We’re looking for a serious year-round rider, who’s on their bike no matter what the weather, to test Diamondbrite Motorcycle Pro in the real world.

We’ll give your bike a free application of paintwork protection, worth £150, and you’ll receive an aftercare pack too.

In return, you’ll need to report back on the performance of Diamondbrite bike care products.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, send a picture of your motorcycle, with details of your annual mileage and what type of riding you do, to diamondbrite@jewelultra.com

We’ll need your entry by 31st March 2019 and the lucky rider will be announced on our Facebook page.

Drive Safe: Avoid these common car crash causes

Analysis of road accident statistics shows that many of these accidents are preventable. Although there is often an element of bad luck or bad timing involved in having a car crash, there are also many other reasons why accidents happen that are more attributable to human behaviour. If you want to stay safe on the roads then it’s important to have a good understanding of what the most common causes of car crashes are – so that you can set out to avoid them.

 

Being too tired

If you’re tired at the wheel then your reactions are likely to be slower and you’re probably going to find it difficult to concentrate on the road and on your driving. Being tired means you’re less alert and your reaction time is longer – this is one of the reasons why accidents that are the result of tiredness are 50% more likely to be fatal. Tiredness is easily dealt with – pull over and sleep or stop somewhere for the night if you’re feeling really fatigued.

 

Going too fast

Speed limits are there for a reason, most often because they represent the optimum speed at which it’s still possible to stop safely. Speeding is a contributing factor in more than 10% of injuries that result from car crashes and several hundred people are killed every year because someone is going too fast. Make sure you know what the speed limits are for urban and country areas, stick to the signs and remember that it will be more difficult to stop in winter weather conditions, such as snow.

 

Not focusing on your driving

There are laws against using your mobile phone while driving in the UK. However, many people still don’t follow them, which is why around 3% of accidents are the result of the driver being distracted by something other than what’s on the roads. That might be a mobile phone or it could be music, smoking or eating. The easiest way to avoid having an accident in this way is to pull over if there is something you need to do, such as eating lunch or making a phone call. Driving is one activity that should never be combined with anything else.

 

Being a dangerous driver

From road rage to reckless breaking or overtaking when you shouldn’t, unfortunately there are many ways to be a dangerous driver. If you’re not driving safely on the roads then you’re putting yourself and others at risk. Not only that but if your behaviour causes an accident you may end up being prosecuted as a result – fines and prison time could be the consequences.

 

The weather

It’s not just snow and ice that cause many accidents in the UK every year but other weather conditions too. Overly bright sunlight, rain and high winds can also make driving conditions treacherous. If you know that bad weather is coming it’s always a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to make your journey. Reduce your speed and don’t make any sudden moves.

For the sake of your own safety, as well as those of others – and to avoid expensive repair and replace bills for your car – steering clear of these common causes of car crashes is a must.

Get in touch with Jewelultra today for your car health and safety requirements.

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