Audatex to set new standards for Honda bodyshops

Audatex to set new standards for Honda bodyshops

27/04/2012 in News, All News

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Audatex to set new standards for Honda bodyshops

Software and services provider Audatex will deliver a bespoke programme to Honda’s 138 approved bodyshops nationwide, culminating in an Estimator of the Year award.

As part of its Honda Accident Repair Programme (HARP), the manufacturer has been working with Audatex to develop Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) benchmarking and training.

As well as testing delegates’ ability to apply the correct methodology, the courses will also equip VDAs with the skills to ‘fully utilise the Audatex system’.

John Powell, programme manager at Honda, commented: “We are pleased to announce that we have joined with Audatex to introduce this training.

“It will be particularly exciting as our Estimator of the Year will be announced at the inaugural ABP British Bodyshop Awards in June. We are anticipating an extremely positive response from our network.”

Paul Sykes, sales and operations director at Audatex UK, added: “This initiative is a clear demonstration of Honda’s commitment to its approved network of dealers and bodyshops.

“The programme is designed to create accurate, comprehensive and right first time assessments to enable faster approvals and completion of repairs.”

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Honda has seen its market share decline every year since 2007, and although UK registrations have increased during the past few years they have not kept pace with the overall new car market.

There should be good news in the next year, as cars such as the Civic Tourer and CR-V equipped with the 1.6-litre diesel engine continue to make an impression. Also the replacement for the Honda Jazz will arrive in the next few months.

Honda will build a small crossover car based on the Jazz platform, to be called the HR-V, which will give it a foothold in the burgeoning compact crossover sector. The brand will also gain visibility next year from its return to the Formula One World Championship with McLaren.

The Accord’s future in the UK is uncertain. A few years ago the exchange rate made it very expensive to sell. Given the continued decline of the D-sector, if Honda decides against bringing the next generation model to the UK, the CR-V and Civic Tourer may at least satisfy current Accord Tourer owners.

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