Methods from the Repair Technology Centre are made available through an online portal called escribe. escribe is one of the UK’s leading repair methods solutions and is designed to help the industry return crash damaged vehicles back to their pre-accident condition and Euro NCAP safety rating in the most effective and efficient way.

As technologies such as ADAS are becoming standard in modern cars, the need for up-to-date repair methods has never been more important. Escribe alerts repairers to the fitment of modern materials and new technologies allowing them to fully understand the impact they have on the repair.


The escribe portal gives insurance engineers, vehicle damage assessors (VDAs) and repairers instant access to the very latest methods, recommendations, technical information, times, parts and ADAS fitment information.

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Mercedes Benz A-Class (W177)

The W177 (2018- ) is the 4th generation of the A-Class. Designed to meet 46 global and internal crash safety requirements, it won the 2019 What Car? “Best Safety Award”. Despite the increases in safety and dynamic stiffness, the A-Class is lighter than before due to big increases in use of Advanced High Ductility High Strength Steel. Available in 3 trim variants, it features MBUX multimedia and even augmented reality. A Plug-in Hybrid version is launched in 2020.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid (2017-)

The 2017 Yaris, 4th generation, is steel bodied, featuring a predominantly 440MPa and 590MPa mix of HSS steels for the structure, with 980MPa Ultra-High Strength Steel for the B Pillar, Sill and A Pillar.
The hybrid system is based upon a 1497cc DOHC petrol engine, with a 6.5Ah Ni-Mh battery pack (under the rear seat) powering a synchronous motor for a combined 100hp.
The Yaris also included Toyota Safety Sense ADAS systems including AEB and LDW.

Toyota Yaris 2017

The facelifted Yaris was launched in Europe and UK in March 2017. It was available in 6 trim variants, with the Toyota “Safety Sense” ADAS as standard across all models.
The car body is an intelligent mix of steels, including 980MPa UHSS for the sill and B pillar, and 1.4GPa UHSS for the front bumper beam.
A new 1.5 litre petrol engine replaced the older 1.33 unit, and the hybrid powertrain was revised for a better driving experience. The 1.0 petrol engine was retained.