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John and Mark talk about all things automotive. Each week they have an topics of interest to anyone interested in or connected to the automotive industry.

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John and Mark talk about all things automotive. Each week they have an topics of interest to anyone interested in or connected to the automotive industry.

    Diesel Not Done Yet

    Diesel Not Done Yet

    In Talking Automotive with Mark and John Ep 15, Mark Palavestra and John Sinclair talk to Gavin Houghton MD, Ron Kukler Chief Technical Officer and Howard Gerwin VP Product Development from RKLAB AG. They share insight into engine development and electric vehicles and the various challenges engine manufacturers are working with to reduce emissions.

    They discuss where electric vehicles can have success and solutions for large diesel engines such as marine, rail and large truck engines such as the class 8 engine.

    They also share information on Euro 6 and USA emission requirements and talk about NOx and particulate emissions in detail. They delve into the current solutions to address these emissions such as catalytic converters, particulate filters, EGR, AdBlue and Diesel common rail.

    They provide detailed explanations about blue flame technology, combustion efficiency, high pressure injection, quiescent vs. swirl combustion chambers, low temperature combustion, ethanol fuels and how this all relates to emissions reduction.

    They share the high cost to try and deal with emissions after the combustion process and the advantage of addressing it in the chamber. They introduce us to the RK Injector and how this technology can have significant impact on emissions in large engines, retrofitted in existing engines and work as a complimentary technology to existing technologies such as electric.

    Testing has shown that the RKInjector can work well with all levels of fuel lubrication. The technology is ready for the newest low sulphur fuels appearing in all transportation sectors.

    They talk about the commercialisation of the technology and where they are working with PTL and SWRI and two large automotive brands. How they are setting up a research program with SWRI which will be open to academia and engine companies to get involved in testing the injector.

    If you liked what you heard subscribe to the show to receive notifications of future shows. If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn. If you would like to get involved with the shows or get more information on different topics feel free to contact us.

    Production and editing by Ky Sinclair.

    • 46 min
    The Dollars are in the Data

    The Dollars are in the Data

    Mark and John talk to Ben Sullivan, head of automotive services at Potentiate.

    Ben shares insight into a wide range of surveys critical to the industry, covering purchase, ownership and dealerships. He talks about the data and the importance of of understanding the data for marketing and advertising.

    He delves into some of the key metrics in terms of new car buyer profile, and types of buyers and what percentage of the market they make up. He makes suggestions on some of the impacts this may have on the way dealers and OEM’s should approach marketing and advertising. He also shares some of the challenges that need to be overcome by automotive companies in dealing with an older buyers and different customer categories.

    He addresses the topic of vehicle service levels and vehicle quality has improved substantially, but how perception “feeling”, is resulting in dealers losing customers during the customer life cycle. He delves into retention and how the length customers are keeping vehicles and the impact of this.

    Lastly he looks at dealer satisfaction and what impact unhappy dealers has on customer satisfaction. He emphasises the importance of dealer profitability, the need for a partnership and clear communication between dealer and OEM.

    If you liked what you heard subscribe to the show to receive notifications of future shows. If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn. If you would like to get involved with the shows please feel free to contact us.

    Production and editing by Ky Sinclair.

    • 57 min
    EV 101 Everything You Need To Know About Electric Vehicles in Australia

    EV 101 Everything You Need To Know About Electric Vehicles in Australia

    We discuss some of the challenges with electric vehicles in Australia and what the Australian government needs to do to support electric vehicles. We investigate best practice in other markets such as Norway with regards incentives and infrastructure required to enable the quick rollout of electric vehicles. We discuss batteries and the development of batteries in the future. How this technology is changing and how it will impact electric vehicles going forward. We also look at charging infrastructure and how this technology is developing. How concerns about owning an electric vehicle are quickly becoming no longer relevant. We compare some of the costs of owning an electric vehicle and how with different incentives it becomes a viable purchase compared to an internal combustion engine car. We also look to the future and how this could change in Australia.

    If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn or keep up with us on the socials

    Talking automotive with Mark and John on Facebook 

    Talking Automotive with Mark and John on YouTube

     

    You can support us via our

    Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/talkingautomo…

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    Thank you to our sponsor



    PrixCar Fleet Services https://prixcar.com.au/services/fleet…

    This information on this site is intended as a general reference for Internet users. It is made available on the understanding that Talking Automotive with Mark & John, as a result of providing this information, is not engaged in providing professional advice. Viewers & Listeners should seek their own advice re undertaking any commercial actions. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of accuracy, timeliness of the predictions discussed & is without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    • 48 min
    Is it Time to Change the Automotive Dealer Franchise Model?

    Is it Time to Change the Automotive Dealer Franchise Model?

    We interview Adiba Fattah a PHD Researcher from the University of Sunshine Coast who is doing a Research Project on the Evaluation of the Franchise Model in the Australian Automotive Industry. Adiba is investigating the social exchange and the power and control between the dealer and the OEM in the franchise model. She is also looking into the franchise relationship and getting understanding of the impact of senior management rotation, level of support provided by the OEM to the dealer, warranty programs and diagnostic information and KPI programs. In addition she will review Australian regulations and how these are viewed by both the dealer and the OEM and how interpreted. She is also looking at contractual requirements including operation manuals and policy and procedures. Other topics include effectiveness of field teams, reaction to legal reforms, collective bargaining and the role and effectiveness of dealer councils. If you would like to participate in the research project you can contact: A Fattah PHD Researcher email: afattah@usc.edu.au

    If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn or keep up with us on the socials

    Talking automotive with Mark and John on Facebook 

    Talking Automotive with Mark and John on YouTube

     

    You can support us via our

    Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/talkingautomo…

    or shout us a coffee:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/autocurr…

    Thank you to our sponsor



    PrixCar Fleet Services https://prixcar.com.au/services/fleet…

    This information on this site is intended as a general reference for Internet users. It is made available on the understanding that Talking Automotive with Mark & John, as a result of providing this information, is not engaged in providing professional advice. Viewers & Listeners should seek their own advice re undertaking any commercial actions. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of accuracy, timeliness of the predictions discussed & is without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    • 51 min
    How to get Recruitment Right

    How to get Recruitment Right

    We talk to Dean Courtenay about Human resources, recruitment and human capital. Dean runs Quadrant People Resources where he specialises in recruiting, search and HR support.



    Dean discusses Quadrant People Resources and the various services they offer. Dean gives us his view on recruitment during lockdown and where he sees it going in the future. We discuss what has been the impact of international isolation on recruitment and how it has affected talent acquisition.



    The common mistakes organisations make when recruiting and how this can be improved is examined and Dean talks about costs and risk in getting it wrong  Finally, Dean shares some tips about what is a good recruitment game plan should look like.



    If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn or keep up with us on the socials



    Talking automotive with Mark and John on Facebook 

    Talking Automotive with Mark and John on YouTube



    You can support us via our

    Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/talkingautomo…

    or shout us a coffee:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/autocurr…

    Thank you to our sponsor PrixCar Fleet Services https://prixcar.com.au/services/fleet…

    This information on this site is intended as a general reference for Internet users. It is made available on the understanding that Talking Automotive with Mark & John, as a result of providing this information, is not engaged in providing professional advice. Viewers & Listeners should seek their own advice re undertaking any commercial actions. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of accuracy, timeliness of the predictions discussed & is without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    • 36 min
    Creating An Intelligent Workshop with Rugged Hardware, AI and Automation by Getac

    Creating An Intelligent Workshop with Rugged Hardware, AI and Automation by Getac

    We discuss the future of the automotive aftersales workshop with Russell Younghusband from Getac and the latest in rugged hardware and software and how artificial intelligence and automation is making the automotive workshop more intelligent. From ruggedized hardware that will let you down less in the field and can be taken around and under vehicles by technicians. Hardware which is tough and rugged and designed for the field with a full shift charge capability.

    Software with business intelligence and artificial intelligence making information easily accessible for technicians. Including schematic and wiring diagrams, online job cards, online clocking, checking availability of parts and being able to do electronic vehicle health checks and managing vehicle diagnostics. It also provides opportunity for planning and scheduling of the workshop and doing the heavy lifting of mundane tasks for the front line service workshop staff. Artificial intelligence with automation allowing for workshop management to manage the workshop and working on the business rather than spending time fighting fires in the business. Reduction of paper systems, clocking in the corner, health service vehicle checks being done on a smart device, diagnostics being done on a small pc and providing this off one platform.

    If you would like to get more information on any of the topics reach out to Mark Palavestra or John Sinclair on LinkedIn or keep up with us on the socials

    Talking automotive with Mark and John on Facebook 

    Talking Automotive with Mark and John on YouTube

     

    You can support us via our

    Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/talkingautomo…

    or shout us a coffee:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/autocurr…

    Thank you to our sponsor



    PrixCar Fleet Services https://prixcar.com.au/services/fleet…

    This information on this site is intended as a general reference for Internet users. It is made available on the understanding that Talking Automotive with Mark & John, as a result of providing this information, is not engaged in providing professional advice. Viewers & Listeners should seek their own advice re undertaking any commercial actions. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of accuracy, timeliness of the predictions discussed & is without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    • 45 min

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bardjp ,

Deep insights by industry legends

A great listen - enjoy each episode when they come out

Kamberg ,

Is Diesel done yet, RKLab inject life into Diesel engines.

Interesting discussion on technology and the need for different solutions to meet emissions reductions especially for marine, rail and large truck engines.

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