TDI-Tuning: more power to UK tuning box designers

16 January 2015


TDI-Tuning: more power to UK tuning box design, development and exports

  • strong year-on-year performance
  • product design and development by UK specialist team
  • diesel tuning box is plug-in, easy to fit, easy to remove
  • focus on mainstream diesel cars, vans, motorhomes and agricultural vehicles

Essex-based TDI-Tuning closes 2014 with a 37% growth year-on-year and more demand than ever for its long-established diesel tuning boxes and other services.

The company’s plans for 2015 include further product development for diesel road cars, and a continued focus as a brand name for design and manufacturing of tuning boxes specific to agricultural vehicles and motorhomes.

The company’s growth is made more poignant by the deployment of its four-man technical team: led by ex-Ford Technical Director Steve Legon, the division is one of the largest for a UK-based tuning box company, giving a very strong product line-up and very quick response to any development opportunities.

Unlike the common hard-core strand of diesel tuners who search for ‘headline grabbing’ bhp figures, squeezing everything possible out of the engines, even to the detriment of longevity, reliability and consumption, TDI-Tuning’s products maximise performance (power and torque) and drivability without compromising the engine, whilst at the same time reducing consumption by up to 20%.

TDI-Tuning boxes do not require the engine’s ECU to be re-mapped: they are plug-in devices with no need for technical knowledge or special tools by the consumer, are easy to fit, are removed with no trace of their presence, and the vehicle does not have to spend hours in a garage.

TDI-Tuning’s modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology make the company one of the very few UK businesses to preside over the entire process: from product design and development to manufacturing (which takes place in Germany, to exacting standards) and final assembly, fitting and testing back in the UK. “We are one of only a few companies offering twin channel tuning boxes, and the only one to use an independent review service to rate our products,” says principal Graeme King.

With export activities becoming more and more pivotal to the UK manufacturing and economy’s growth, TDI-Tuning’s trading with Europe and other foreign markets, like tuning-savvy Japan, is particularly important. “Japan is both an exciting and challenging market for us,” continues Graeme, “because it is a sophisticated arena which appreciates our products; with strong home competition there, it is hugely satisfying to see TDI-Tuning’s market penetration in Japan gain momentum.”

Ambitious, but well-grounded plans of expansion for TDI-Tuning also include further growth of its dealer network (already +120% in 2014 vs 2013).

Motor traders get corporate service from Khan Thornton

Khan Thornton: Specialised motor trade accountancy and business advice services, for small and mid-sized companies in the new, used and classic car sectors

13 January 2015



Essex-based accountancy firm Khan Thornton are revolutionising the business consultancy services available to the motor trade by offering motor dealers and specialists the kind of business advice and management account support that, historically, has only been available to the car industry’s big players.

Specialised motor trade accountancy and business advice services, once the privilege of big automotive firms and dealer groups, are provided by Khan Thornton to small and mid-sized companies in the new, used and classic car sectors, encouraging healthy business practice and promoting growth among independent companies.

In an industry which boasts more than £53billion annual turnover (Motor Industry Facts 2014, SMMT) and employs over three quarters of a million individuals, specialised business advice and accountancy services are of paramount importance to steer companies towards greater profitability.

Those who are not under the umbrella of big brands and multinationals (with their own business/financial systems) rely on unspecialised, generic services, missing the opportunity to take advantage of dedicated motor trade specialist accountancy and financial advice/reporting.

Dino Khan, principal of Khan Thornton, explains: “motor trade is a very unusual industry because it encompasses a range of elements: Sales, Service, Warranty, Finance and Parts. Our consultants have over 20 years’ experience in this field and we put our expertise at the disposal of businesses who either don’t have access to this kind of information and service, or do not know how best to use available information and data.”

With consultants’ personal attention, monthly accounting reviews and meetings to discuss and explain progress, budget, order books and resources, Khan Thornton’s bespoke services turn traditional accountancy into a business advisory practice for all levels of activity.

“Directors, business owners and managers alike may not be acquainted with the latest law and regulations; a general, standard accountancy service allows companies to tick over. We take it several steps further, providing support and guidance on matters which will be obscure to the business, but important for its development: R&D tax relief, for example, or auto-enrolment for Pensions (workplace pensions are now a legal requirement for all UK employers); there is a lot of confusion over exactly what is necessary and, crucially, how to do it.”

Khan Thornton also offers specialised, targeted business advice and accountancy services to the medical profession.

Khan Thornton is a Preferred Partner of The International Guild of Specialist Engineers, the association which represents and promotes the interests of top restorers and specialists in the motorised historic vehicle industry.