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    Usage-based vehicle insurance—all PAYD up and raring to go!
    Usage-based insurance (UBI), also known as telematics insurance, is a type of automotive insurance that uses real-time information about a driver's actual driving ability and habits to assess actuarial risk. This information is collected via a tracking device, such as a professionally installed black box; an on-board diagnostic (OBD-II) device or dongle; a smartphone; or, increasingly, a car's factory-installed connected platform that connects the car to a local wireless network, enabling data t...
    Automotive Supplier Outlook 2024
    The automotive industry grappled with a range of challenges this year, including ongoing supply chain disruptions, chip shortages, rising energy costs, inflation, recession fears, waning consumer demand, a shift towards software and electronics, labor shortages, strike action, and volatile order forecasts. It also faced several geopolitical concerns and challenges, including the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, which resulted in tariffs and trade barriers that disrupted global su...
    US fleet management firm Wheels secures investment from Marubeni and Lithia & Driveway
    Wheels, a fleet management company in North America, announced that it has received a significant minority investment from Marubeni Corp., a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, and Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, according to a press release dated June 27. The investment positions Wheels alongside prominent entities in the mobility sector, supporting its ongoin...
    Delphi expands product line across North America
    Delphi, a brand of Phinia Inc. and a provider of automotive parts and solutions, has announced a significant expansion of its product line within North America, introducing 180 new parts for the first half of 2024 that cater to over 153 million vehicles in operation (VIO) across the US and Canada, according to a press release dated July 11. The newly added parts span various segments of Delphi's portfolio. The Fuel Management line has been enhanced with 10 new parts that support over 6.4...
    Dana launches Spicer ReadyCarrier for next-day commercial vehicle service
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems, as well as aftermarket solutions, has introduced the Spicer ReadyCarrier program, offering next-day shipping of completely new service carrier assemblies for commercial vehicles, streamlining its customer experience, according to a press release dated July 17. The program ensures a hassle-free ordering process with next-day delivery upon order confirmation and provides a selection of over 700 service...
    Valeo Service expands exhaust gas recirculation valve range for Europe
    Valeo, a manufacturer of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, has announced a significant expansion of its EGR valve range, according to a press release dated July 15. With the addition of 46 new references launching this spring, the company aims to cater to the European market's demand, particularly for vehicles primarily powered by combustion engines. This expansion will bring Valeo's EGR product offerings to a total of 85 references, covering over 80 million vehicles across Europe. This...
    Stellantis introduces EV charging packages under Free2move brand in the US
    Stellantis has introduced electric vehicle charging packages under its own charging brand Free2move as it prepares to launch battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US later in 2024. The company announced July 15 that it has launched its Free2move Charge website and Free2move Charge app in the US to ease customer transition to EVs. The carmaker plans to roll out two charging packages along with its EV models to its customers in the US: Free2move Charge — Home Package and Free2move Char...
    WAI Europe expands product portfolio with new starters and alternators
    WAI Europe has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, incorporating 12 new references into its line of alternators and starter motors designed for a diverse range of applications including the automotive and marine sectors, according to a press release dated July 10. Emphasizing its First to Market strategy, WAI aims to lead in offering an extensive, high-quality product range at competitive prices, underpinned by significant investment in product management. This is to ensure the a...
    US-based Tint World announces major team expansion amid growth
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based franchise recognized for its expertise in auto accessories and window tinting, has recently announced significant additions to its corporate team amid a period of rapid expansion, according to a press release dated July 9. As part of the move, JR Stocks has been appointed as the chief growth officer, and Kurt Hurley as the vice president of Marketing. These appointments are part of Tint World's strategic initiative to bolster its cor...
    US-based CCC releases report on impact of weather on auto insurance and collision repair
    CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc. (CCC), a cloud platform powering the P&C insurance economy, released its "Crash Course Q2 2024 Report," which sheds light on the influence of extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes and convective storms, on the auto insurance and collision repair sectors in the US, according to a press release dated June 25. Drawing on data from 300 million claims-related transactions and millions of bodily injury and personal injury protection medical payments ...
    Mainland China-based ZC Rubber partners with Otto Just to expand TIANLI brand in Germany
    Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber), a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced an exclusive partnership with Otto Just GmbH & Co. KG for its TIANLI brand, aiming to expand its market presence in Germany and globally, according to a press release dated July 2. TIANLI, a part of ZC Rubber Group, is recognized for its high-quality tires in the agriculture, forestry and earth-moving sectors, with a customer base spanning over 100 countries. The collaboration with Otto ...
    Nokian Tyres begins production at its new eco-friendly factory in Romania
    Finland-based original equipment (OE) and replacement tire manufacturer, Nokian Tyres, has announced the production of the first tire at its new factory in Oradea, Romania, marking a significant step toward the scheduled commencement of commercial tire production in early 2025, according to a press release dated July 1. This development follows the factory's groundbreaking in May 2023, with the project advancing within budget and on schedule. The factory, which will specialize in passenger ca...
    How solar car parks are becoming hot property: Interview with 3ti
    Solar car parks are gaining popularity as they provide power generation and protection for vehicles. Demand for these car parks, often located near hospitals, shopping centers and offices, has grown in the UK. Businesses are increasingly adopting on-site renewable energy solutions to reduce electricity costs, making solar car parks an attractive option. To gain more insights into this trend, we interviewed Mark Potter, chief technical officer of 3ti. Key takeaways: 3ti’s mini pop-up s...
    GSF Car Parts opens new branches in Manchester, UK, and London
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced the opening of new branches in East Manchester, UK, and Southeast London as part of their ongoing expansion efforts, according to a press release dated July 9 by the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new Openshaw branch in East Manchester, which covers an area of 4,000 square feet, marked a significant milestone by achieving record-breaking sales ...
    Honda and Mitsubishi form JV for EV innovation
    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (Honda) and Mitsubishi Corp. (Mitsubishi) have jointly announced their decision to form a new joint venture company, Altna Co. Ltd. (Altna), set to be established in July, according to a press release dated June 13. This announcement follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two firms in October 2023, which initiated discussions aimed at exploring new business opportunities amid the expected surge in the electric vehicle market and the global shift towar...
    Japan's Mitsubishi Motors acquires stake in Australia's FleetPartners Group
    Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in a press release dated June 24 its acquisition of a 5.01% stake in FleetPartners Group, as of June 19. FleetPartners specializes in comprehensive fleet management services and caters primarily to corporate clients in Australia and New Zealand. Tatsuo Nakamura, executive vice president (responsible for Sales) of Mitsubishi Motors, said, “Australia is one of our core markets, and we have made this investment with the aim to further expand our sal...
    Japan's Itochu Corp. invests in autonomous truck company Gatik AI
    Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. announced on June 11 that it has made an investment in Gatik AI Inc., a California, US-based company that specializes in developing autonomous driving technology for commercial trucks and offers logistics services in the US and Canada utilizing its self-driving vehicles. The company said the investment comes at a time when the US is experiencing significant logistics challenges due to a surge in e-commerce, rising driver costs and a driver shortag...
    BP partners with Simon Property Group to install and operate EV charging stations on 75 sites in the US
    Energy company BP has expanded its electric vehicle charging business, BP Pulse, by partnering with Simon Property Group, a US-based real estate investment trust that invests in shopping malls, outlet centers and community centers, according to a press release dated July 10. The partnership will allow BP Pulse to install and operate EV charging Gigahubs on 75 sites owned by Simon Property Group. BP Pulse will deliver more than 900 ultrafast-charging bays that will support EVs from all automak...
    GKN Automotive partners with Recurrent Energy to cut carbon footprint
    UK-based drive-systems supplier, GKN Automotive, announced that it has embarked on an endeavor to diminish its carbon footprint by entering into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, according to a press release dated July 10. This agreement, spanning a decade, will address 65% of GKN Automotive's electricity needs in Europe, translating to 30% of its global consumption. This move aligns with the company's ambitious goal to utilize 50...
    Survey reveals US auto repair shops increase research on automaker procedures
    The most recent Who Pays for What? survey conducted by Collision Advice and CRASH Network has revealed significant findings about the practices of auto repair shops in researching automaker repair procedures. According to the survey, there has been a notable increase in the number of shops actively researching automaker repair procedures, with over 61% of shops saying they now do this on all or most vehicles they repair — a nine percentage point increase from 2020, according to a report by Bod...
    Ferrari enhances customer aftersales with AWS technology
    Ferrari has leveraged Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance the aftersales experience of its customers, among a host of other enhancements, according to a press release by Amazon dated July 10. One of the ways the carmaker has done this is by leveraging a generative AI chatbot. To assist its sales professionals and technicians, the company fine-tuned large language models in Amazon Bedrock — including Amazon Titan, Claude 3 and Llama — on its documentation. Amazon Bedrock is a se...
    Stellantis inaugurates new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre in Brampton, Canada
    Stellantis North America has inaugurated a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, at an investment of C$25.1 million and is set to provide employment for over 170 individuals, according to a press release dated July 9. The PDC, encompassing 513,000 square feet, is designed to serve the Greater Toronto Area, Quebec, and Eastern Canada, housing nearly 55,000 parts and having the capacity to ship up to 2 million orders annually. According to the company, a not...
    Indian government urges automobile companies to join Right to Repair portal
    The Indian government has intensified its efforts to improve participation on its Right to Repair portal that was launched in 2023. On July 6, Nidhi Khare, secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA) convened a meeting with automobile associations and companies in the automobile sector to on board them onto what they term the Right to Repair Portal India. Subsequently, in an announcement, the government made a fresh effort to reiterate the launch of the portal (https://righttorepairindia...
    Standard Motor Products to acquire Nissens for $388 million
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), a US-based automotive parts manufacturer and distributor, has announced its definitive agreement to acquire Nissens, a leading European manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket engine cooling and air conditioning products, for approximately $388 million in cash, according to a press release dated July 10. Significance: The acquisition is said to create a global leader in aftermarket parts supply, particularly in thermal management products, and expand SM...
    Porsche Cars Canada appoints new head of aftersales
    Porsche Cars Canada Ltd. (PCL) announced it appointed Matthias Wacker the new head of the aftersales department, taking over from Alexander Pretsch, who has now assumed the role of director, customer relations at Porsche AG, according to a press release dated July 2. PCL is the exclusive importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, Taycan, Panamera, and the Cayenne and Macan. Wacker's transition to the Canadian subsidiary comes after a tenure at Porsche AG in Germa...
    Industrias Dolz expands product range with 25 new references
    Spanish automotive aftermarket supplier, Industrias Dolz,  announced that it has expanded its product lineup by introducing 25 new references, now available to distributors and workshops, according to a press release dated July 6. These products are also listed in major electronic catalogs such as TecDoc, MAM and Sofinn, ensuring easy access for customers, the release added. The company emphasizes its commitment to research and quality, asserting that the newly added components are manuf...
    Continental's Slovakia tire plant achieves sustainability and carbon certification
    Continental has announced that its tire plant located in Púchov, Slovakia, has marked a significant achievement by being the first of the company's truck tire manufacturing facilities to be awarded the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS, according to a press release dated July 10. This certification is globally acknowledged for its emphasis on the traceability of raw materials used in the production process, ensuring the materials are sourced from sustainable o...
    Diesel Technic UK makes strategic appointments to its team
    Diesel Technic UK, a supplier of automotive parts and accessories, has recently made several strategic appointments to its sales team, reflecting the company's ongoing commitment to expanding its customer base in the UK and enhancing support for partners and end-user fleets, according to a press release dated July 9. As part of the move, Luke Winship and Kevin Petrie have been appointed sales managers for the Central region and the North and Northern Ireland region, respectively. These appoin...
    Tint World opens new franchise in Lakeland, Fla.
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based franchise recognized for its expertise in auto accessories and window tinting, has recently announced the inauguration of a new store in Lakeland, Fla., according to a press release dated July 10. The company said this expansion into the rapidly growing Central Florida city signifies the brand's commitment to providing state-of-the-art automotive aftermarket products and services. Owned by Fred Orestuk, the Lakeland franchise aims to serv...
    Egemen Atış appointed head of Strategy, Analysis and Marketing for Continental
    Automotive supplier Continental has announced that Egemen Atış is set to assume the role of head of Strategy, Analysis and Marketing (SAM) for Continental's Tire Replacement business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, based out of Hanover, Germany, according to a press release dated July 1. Atış will be responsible for a diverse range of functions including Product Management, Marketing Communications, Public Relations, eBusiness, Business Analytics, Pricing, a...
    Valeo outlines its retrofit range for conversion of internal combustion engine light commercial vehicles to electric
    Valeo has outlined an initiative to retrofit internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles into electric vehicles, saying that it presents a significant solution for extending vehicle lifespans and fostering the global shift toward electric mobility, according to a press release dated July 1. The process involves replacing the traditional petrol or diesel engine and fuel tank with an electric motor and battery, thereby transforming the vehicle into an electric one. This effort is part of Valeo's&...
    Meko expands in Estonia with Automeister acquisition
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced its expansion in Estonia through the acquisition of Automeister, a company that includes the established workshop concept Carstop with 14 facilities across the country, according to a press release dated July 8. The company said this move is aimed at increasing market shares and enhancing profitability in the Baltic region. Automeister, founded in 1993, has been operating the Carstop concep...
    Mahle Aftermarket shares product portfolio for the maintenance of EVs
    Mahle Aftermarket, the spare parts and services business segment of global automotive supplier Mahle, announced that it has readied itself for e-mobility by continuously expanding its product and service portfolio for diagnostics and maintenance of electric vehicles, bundled in its product line BatteryPRO, according to a press release dated July 9. The company believes that electrification, digitalization and sustainability are the strategic fields of action with which Mahle Aftermarket ...
    Valeo expands aftermarket sensor range in Europe
    Valeo, a leading provider of engine sensors for the aftermarket in Europe, announced that it has expanded its comprehensive product range, according to a press release dated July 9. It now offers nearly 1,600 sensors, leveraging decades of experience to meet evolving market needs. In recent years, Valeo said it has significantly enhanced its camshaft and crankshaft sensor line, introducing 180 new references in 2023 and an additional 85 since late April 2024. These updates include covera...
    KYB Europe expands product line with new steering parts
    KYB Europe has introduced a new range of steering parts, including control arms (wishbones), ball joints, stabilizer links, tie rod ends and rack ends, to strengthen its position as a suspension specialist, according to a press release dated July 8. These parts are now accessible in the online TecDoc catalog. Developed and tested to at least original equipment (OE) specifications, KYB Steering Parts are designed to meet or exceed OE quality standards. The company said the components unde...
    Tenneco's Garage Gurus launches online training platform
    Garage Gurus, a training and support platform operated by Tenneco's DRiV Business Group, announced that it has unveiled GURUS+, an online training platform aimed at elevating the learning experience for technicians across various skill levels, according to a press release dated July 9. GURUS+ is designed to simulate hands-on training closely, utilizing high-quality videos, hands-on demonstrations, step-by-step lessons and tutorials led by certified trainers. This initiative represents a signi...
    Axalta Coating Systems boosts leadership with strategic appointments
    Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., a global coatings company, has announced the appointment of Chris Evans as vice president of Global Strategy and Colleen Lubic as vice president of Investor Relations, according to a press release dated July 9. The company said the move signals a strategic strengthening of its leadership team. These appointments are effective immediately, highlighting the company's focus on enhancing its strategic planning and investor relations. Evans, who previ...
    UK’s Klarius supports classic vehicles with high-quality replacement exhausts
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions-control components, has observed that the motoring landscape experienced a significant change with the loss of iconic brands such as Saab, MG Rover and Mitsubishi's withdrawal from the Irish market, leaving enthusiasts struggling to source parts to maintain their beloved vehicles. The company said in a release dated July 8 that it is lending support in this scenario as it is committed to producing high-quality replacement...
    Hella Hengst emphasizes importance of cabin filter replacements
    Hella Hengst is encouraging workshops to capitalize on the current boom in air-conditioning servicing by emphasizing the necessity of cabin filter replacements to customers, according to a release dated July 2 from the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company highlights that overlooked heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold, posing health risks to drivers and passenge...
    US-based Highline Warren opens new distribution center in Vacaville, Calif.
    Highline Warren, a US-based supplier of consumable and maintenance products for the automotive aftermarket, has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Vacaville, Calif., later in 2024, according to a press release dated July 1. In preparation for this expansion, the company is actively hiring for various roles, including equipment operators and administrative clerical assistants, with plans to add operations supervisors, merchandise processors and additional clerical positions ...
    Valeo unveils Ineez EV charging solutions at Power2Drive
    Valeo introduced its Ineez range of electric vehicle charging solutions, which includes charging stations, mobile chargers and cables, at the Power2Drive exhibition held in Munich from June 19 to 21, according to a press release dated July 4. Recognized as the largest European event dedicated to EV charging, the company said Power2Drive served as an ideal venue for Valeo to showcase its new product line designed to meet the needs of both private and semi-private applications, such as company ...
    Yokohama Rubber to build new tire plant in mainland China
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., based in Hiratsuka, Japan, has announced its plans to construct a new passenger car tire manufacturing facility in Qiantang New District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, mainland China. This initiative, with an initial annual production target of 9 million tires and a capital investment of approximately 36.7 billion yuan (about $227 million), is set to commence production in the second quarter of 2026, according to a press release dated July 1. This move c...
    Forvia Hella to restructure production at Lippstadt plant in Germany
    Forvia Hella has announced a plan to restructure lighting production at its main plant in Lippstadt, Germany, according to a company’s press release on June 26. As part of the plan, the company will focus exclusively on the production of high-margin, advanced headlamps at the plant and relocate production of other lighting systems to its other plants.  This decision is in response to evolving market conditions in Europe, characterized by reduced vehicle production, high costs, and chan...
    UK-based Ring Automotive introduces wireless charging in LED inspection lamps
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it has recently updated its MAGflex Pro Fast Charge LED Inspection Lamp (RIL4200 REIL4200) and MAGflex Slim Fast Charge LED Inspection Lamp (RIL4300 REIL4300) to include wireless charging capabilities, according to a release dated July 2 from the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company has also introduced new ...
    Hella Gutmann launches new software solution for professional diagnostics
    Hella Gutmann has introduced the second generation of its Windows-based diagnostic solution, the mega macs PC SE (second edition) marking an evolution in the realm of vehicle diagnostics, according to a press release dated June 19. Originally launched 13 years ago, the mega macs PC has been aiding both small and large workshops by offering a software-centered diagnostic solution that can transform existing hardware such as PCs, notebooks, or tablets into diagnostic devices. The second edition...
    Axalta Coating Systems completes acquisition of The CoverFlexx Group
    Axalta Coating Systems, a global coatings company, announced that it has completed the acquisition of The CoverFlexx Group from Transtar Holding Company, according to a press release dated July 3 The company says it has solidified its refinish coatings offerings through this acquisition. The CoverFlexx Group is known for manufacturing and selling its coatings designed primarily for automotive refinishing and aftermarket applications, aiming at economy customers in North America. This acqui...
    HELLA to unveil new vehicle repair solutions at Automechanika 2024
    At Automechanika 2024, taking place in Frankfurt from  Sept. 10–14, HELLA, an international automotive supplier, is set to showcase its latest additions and innovations in vehicle repair solutions, according to a release dated July 3. At its stand, the company will highlight the role of spare parts, diagnostic tools, calibration options and training workshops in addressing the growing complexities of vehicle maintenance. A key reveal will include an expanded range of brake spare parts,...
    Spare parts logistics player DANX acquires Danish logistics firm TLS to boost Nordic operations
    Denmark-based spare parts logistics provider DANX, part of the Danx Carousel group, announced that it has acquired TLS, a Danish logistics company renowned for its comprehensive services in the transportation, setup and installation of new technical equipment across Scandinavia, according to a press release dated July 3. This acquisition is part of DANX Carousel's ongoing effort to enhance its final mile delivery and product offerings throughout Europe. In a statement, Lars Bo Larsen, managin...
    NTN expands Automotive Aftermarket sales team with new regional manager
    US-based NTN Bearings Corporation, the parent entity of BCA Bearings and Bower Bearings, announced that it has expanded its automotive aftermarket sales team by appointing Mike Ferris as the regional sales manager for the Central Region, according to a press release dated June 27. Charles Harris, vice president of Sales & Marketing – Automotive Aftermarket for NTN, expressed enthusiasm over Ferris's appointment, highlighting his significant experience in the automotive and heavy-duty af...
    Michael Løve steps down from Swedish distributor MEKO's Board
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that Michael Løve announced his resignation from the Board of Directors at MEKO to dedicate his efforts entirely to his position as CEO of the Danish energy company OK, according to a press release dated July 2. Løve, who joined MEKO's board in 2020 while also serving as OK's CEO, made this decision following the recent approval by Danish competition authorities of OK's significant investment...
    Maserati launches in Korea with new luxury models
    Maserati Korea was officially launched in Seoul, marking a new chapter for the Italian luxury car brand in the Korean market, according to a press release dated July 3. The launch event took place with Maserati CEO Davide Grasso, Chief Commercial Officer Luca Delfino, and Takayuki Kimura, the managing director of Korea and Japan, expressing their dedication to enhancing the brand's presence in South Korea. Maserati, which exports 86% of its products to over 70 countries, aims to establish its...
    Phinia appoints Russell Stebbins as North American aftermarket general manager
    Phinia, the spinoff company of the fuel systems and aftermarket segments of Michigan-based powertrain technologies supplier BorgWarner, has announced the appointment of Russell Stebbins as the general manager of its North American aftermarket business, according to a press release dated June 28. In this role, Stebbins will be responsible for leading the North American aftermarket team and spearheading the development of sales strategies targeting independent aftermarket and original equipment...
    India’s TVS Mobility Group’s acquires Roberto Nuti Group
    TVS Mobility, a Mumbai, India-headquartered group whose companies provide manufacturing, supply chain solutions, vehicle mobility, aftermarket distribution and services, has announced that its subsidiary SI Air Springs has acquired Roberto Nuti Group, a Bolognese group that manufactures and markets suspension systems mainly for heavy vehicles in the aftermarket, according to a report by the Press Trust of India. SI Air Springs is a firm involved in air spring solutions for the automotive and rai...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services showcases diagnostic solutions for workshops
    Magneti Marelli Parts and Services, the division of Marelli dedicated to the distribution of spare parts, automotive components and technical information to the independent aftermarket, has announced that it has recently presented its new range of advanced diagnostic tools and solutions to the international aftermarket, according to a press release dated June 13. The new range of diagnostic equipment, which is modular and flexible, can also meet the needs of professionals who already use othe...
    US-based Auto Care Association announces new board of directors
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced the elected members of its board of directors for the 2024-2025 term, according to a press release dated July 1. This board is effective as of July 1. The members of this Auto Care Association Board of Directors are: Chairman of the board: Mike Boyer, president, TASCO sales reps Vice chairman of the board: Greg Noethlich, CEO, Old World Industries ...
    DRiV inc. expands Monroe Steering and Suspension range by 20%
    DRiV Inc. has announced a significant expansion of its Monroe Steering and Suspension product line, aiming to enhance coverage by around 20% with the introduction of 750 new part numbers, according to a press release dated June 12. This development underlines Monroe's dedication to offering parts that prioritize safety on the road and are built to last to minimize customer return issues. “We’ve listened to the market, which recognizes the value of one of the world’s best-known brands...
    Alliance Automotive Group Benelux acquires Wico Autolak & Coatings and AJ Coatings
    Alliance Automotive Group Benelux (AAGB), a European automotive aftermarket distributor, has announced the acquisition of Wico Autolak & Wico Coatings and AJ Coatings, to take effect June 17, according to a press release dated June 18. Both companies, renowned for their expertise in paint and non-paint products, will continue their operations under the existing management teams. This move is aimed at enhancing AAGB's national coverage in the paint and non-paint division and solidifying th...
    Methode Electronics appoints Jon DeGaynor new CEO
    Methode Electronics, Inc., a global supplier specializing in custom-engineered solutions for user interface, LED lighting systems and power distribution applications, has announced Jon DeGaynor's appointment as its new president, CEO and member of the board of directors, effective July 15, according to a press release dated June 25. DeGaynor, succeeding interim CEO Kevin Nystrom from AlixPartners LLP since May 7, brings an extensive 35-year career history in engineered-products businesses to ...
    US vehicles in operation: 2nd quarter, 2024
    This report is an update of the US VIO report published in January 2024, and focuses on key trends for vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US
    Dinan reintroduces BMW performance packages under Holley Performance
    Dinan, a brand under Holley Performance, has announced the return of its Foundation & Experience Packages designed specifically for late-model BMW applications, marking a significant move to cater to the demands of Euro vehicle enthusiasts, according to a press release dated June 26. These packages, which feature popular intakes, exhausts and chassis components, offer a comprehensive solution aimed at enhancing the performance of vehicles. This initiative is part of Holley's broader strat...
    Akebono Brake Corporation appoints new regional sales manager
    Akebono Brake Corporation, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, has announced on June 28, 2024, the appointment of Erick Kinnunen as the new regional sales manager. Kinnunen is said to bring to the role an extensive career spanning 40 years in aftermarket sales, training and management, reflecting a deep-seated passion and knowledge in the automotive sector — a passion fueled by his early exposure to car restoration through his grandfather, the release added. The company says Kinnunen's ...
    LKQ Corporation reaches collective bargaining agreement with trade union
    LKQ Corporation has announced that it has successfully concluded negotiations with the trade union Verdi, securing a new collective bargaining agreement that will impact approximately 5,000 of its employees in Germany, according to a press release dated June 21. The agreement includes a specific focus on 730 employees stationed at the LKQ Sulzbach-Rosenberg distribution center. Scheduled to remain effective until April 30, 2026, this two-year agreement introduces a mandatory peace obligation,...
    Analysis: Resilient US automotive aftermarket grows 8.6% to $392 billion in sales in 2023
    The US light vehicle automotive aftermarket, also known as the auto care market, exhibited above-trend growth in the past year as it continued to power out of the pandemic-enforced dip of 2020. It did this despite the challenge of persistent inflation in the year, the latest industry data has revealed. The segment grew by 8.6% in 2023 to $392 billion — surpassing the previous year’s projections of 8.1%, according to the channel forecast provided annually by S&P Global Mobility to the US ...
    CarParts.com launches new brand campaign to enhance auto parts shopping
    CarParts.com Inc., an online provider of automotive parts and accessories, has announced the launch of its first comprehensive brand marketing campaign in the company's over 25-year history, according to a press release dated June 27. The campaign — titled "Now That's My Speed"— will run across digital and social platforms this summer to enhance brand recognition, drive business growth and establish a competitive advantage in the growing auto parts aftermarket industry. The c...
    TotalEnergies launches its first range of lubricants with regenerated base oils
    TotalEnergies Lubricants recently unveiled its innovative Quartz EV3R (for passenger cars) and Rubia EV3R (for trucks) lubricant ranges, according to a press release dated June 25. These lubricants are formulated from high-quality regenerated base oils approved by numerous vehicle manufacturers, the company said. By replacing conventional base oils, these regenerated oils contribute to a range of efficient, environmentally friendly lubricants. TotalEnergies Lubricants’ eco-design approac...
    Standard Motor Products adds 186 new part numbers in June
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) announced that it has released 186 new part numbers as part of its June product release, according to a press release dated June 25. This most recent release provides new coverage in 58 distinct product categories and 45 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles. SMP's collision repair program has expanded with this release, including the introduction of lane-departure system cameras for General Motors' trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), blin...
    Dorman Products
    Dorman Products, Inc. supplies replacement and upgrade parts for passenger cars, light trucks, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, utility terrain vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles in the motor vehicle aftermarket industry in the United States and internationally. It offers engine products, including intake and exhaust manifolds, fans, thermostat housings, and throttle bodies; undercar products comprising fluid lines, fluid reservoirs, connectors, 4-wheel drive components and axles, drain plugs, oth...
    SBS Automotive becomes Borg Automotive Newman
    Just over a year after Borg Automotive Group completed the acquisition of Aftermarket supplier SBS Automotive, the company announced that it has taken the final step toward integration, according to a press release dated June 26. As part of the move, SBS Automotive has begun operating under the name Borg Automotive Newman from June 24, the release added. With the name change complete, SBS Automotive can now be clearly recognized as a Group subsidiary, the release added. Borg...
    Dana Germany rolls out measures to prevent counterfeiting
    Dana Germany has announced that it is now providing buyers of Victor Reinz brand products with even more effective protection from product piracy and counterfeits, according to a press release dated June 25. The company said that product authenticity can be verified quickly and easily with a new Dana Secure label, which comprises a single QR code with an integrated hologram containing a unique digital fingerprint. Scanning the QR code with a smartphone using the Dana Secure App immediately...
    Continental and telematics provider Samsara to partner for data-driven fleet solutions
    Continental has announced that it will be partnering with Samsara, a global telematics provider to deliver comprehensive, data-driven fleet management solutions with a focus on truck trailers, according to a press release dated June 26. To accomplish this, both companies will exchange data points, providing customers with access to a broad spectrum of trailer data. This includes in-tire sensor data from Continental, such as tire pressure and mileage. The aim is to enable fleets to improve saf...
    Snap On Inc. launches new advanced driver assistance system site
    Snap-on Total Shop Solutions has launched a brand-new e-commerce portal, ADASforExperts.com, to help its Tru-Point advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibration equipment owners manage their vehicle database membership and acquire targets and accessories, according to a press release dated June 26. At ADASforExperts.com, Tru-Point customers can access Tru-Point subscription plans and targets, as well as the vehicle coverage guide. Once logged in, visitors to the site can also manage su...
    Phinia elects Meggan Walsh to its board of directors
    Phinia Inc., a firm involved in fuel systems, electrical systems and aftermarket products, has announced that its board of directors has elected Meggan Walsh to the board, effective July 1, according to a press release dated June 25. Walsh’s board committee appointment will be approved by the board at a later date. Walsh most recently served as a senior portfolio manager and head of Dividend Value with Invesco Ltd., a global independent investment management firm, and brings 35 ye...
    US-based Fisher Auto Parts opens Massachusetts, US, distribution center
    Fisher Auto Parts, a US-based auto parts distribution network, has announced the opening of a Massachusetts, US, distribution center, according to a press release dated June 19. The company has purchased a 217,000-square-feet distribution center on 12 acres located at 2189 Westover Road in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Equipped with 32 loading docks, the new facility will become operational once it is fully outfitted with features to optimize efficiencies, including logistical and material-handlin...
    GSP North America appoints director of Key Accounts
    GSP North America, a manufacturer and distributor in the automotive aftermarket, has announced the appointment of Evan Bauer as director of Key Accounts, according to a press release dated June 24. In this role, Bauer will be responsible for managing and growing key accounts in the retail segment for GSP's lines across North America. Bauer's experience as an aftermarket sales and product management leader brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the GSP team, the company said. "G...
    Tint World launches fourth outlet in Colorado
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based franchise known for its auto accessory and window-tinting services, has expanded its presence in Colorado, US, with the fourth outlet in the state, according to a press release dated June 14. This center is located in Littleton, Colo., and is owned and run by George Boudouris. Apart from window tinting, the center also provides comprehensive car styling, performance and safety services such as paint protection film, ceramic coatings and p...
    Recochem acquires auto care business from KIK Consumer Products
    Montreal-based Recochem, known for its expertise in automotive liquid solutions, has announced that it has acquired the auto care business from KIK Consumer Products, a North American manufacturer specializing in pool, household and auto care consumer products, according to a press release dated June 18. This acquisition includes Prestone, a major auto fluid brand in North America, and Holts, a leading brand in the UK, both of which are renowned for their development, manufacturing and market...
    Charge+ and Porsche launch 1,700 km EV charging network in Vietnam
    Charge+, a provider of electric-vehicle charging solutions in Southeast Asia, has collaborated with Porsche to introduce a 1,700 km EV charging network in Vietnam, aimed at connecting the country's two major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This network, announced June 20, will feature 17 Direct Current (DC) ultra-fast charging sites across Vietnam over the next three years. The first phase, including nine sites with up to 180 kW power rating in key cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, ...
    Navistar appoints Dan Kayser executive vice president of commercial operations
    Navistar, Inc., based in Lisle, Ill., announced the appointment of Dan Kayser as the new executive vice president of commercial operations, effective July 1, according to a press release dated June 18. This addition to the executive leadership team is part of Navistar's strategic effort to bolster its position in the commercial transportation industry and to embrace change management, the release added. Kayser's role will involve collaboration with the executive team to enhance customer satis...
    Valeo outlines its aftermarket window lift range
    Valeo has outlined its window lift portfolio saying that over the years it has expanded the range to address key market needs, according to a press release dated June 17. In 2023, Valeo launched 183 new references more recently in the spring of 2024, the company has released a further 184 references – covering key European vehicles. Valeo’s full window lift range includes more than 1900 references and covers over 230 million vehicles worldwide. Valeo says its window lifts are an easy-to-f...
    Niterra shifts EMEA headquarters
    Niterra, formerly called NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, announced that it has shifted its EMEA regional headquarters to a new location called 'The Square' in Ratingen, Germany, according to a press release dated May 27. The company says the modern office space encourages a more open, collaborative working approach, allowing employees to book office days for a hybrid way of working. The facility was officially inaugurated May 27 during a ceremony with representat...
    Shaftec Automotive expands portfolio with 17 new products
    Shaftec Automotive, a Birmingham, UK-based automotive remanufacturer, has added 17 new products to its portfolio that include 13 driveshafts, two brake calipers, one steering rack and one steering column, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation, dated June 10. The new products are all suitable for front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles that run on petrol, diesel, electricity and liquified petr...
    Denso highlights the importance of servicing the A/C system
    Noting that the A/C service season is now well underway, Denso is reminding the independent service and repair sector how important it is to be able to correctly maintain and overhaul the A/C system to ensure vehicle owners can travel in comfort and enjoy the benefits of a fully functioning climate system, according to a press release dated June 14. In addition to offering the original equipment (OE) quality parts required if a component needs replacement, Denso said it has a wealth...
    Niterra expands aftermarket range with precious metal spark plugs
    Niterra, formerly called NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, announced that it has introduced four new precious metal spark plugs to its portfolio of NGK Independent Aftermarket (IAM) products, according to a press release dated May 28. Three of these are double precious metal items — a Laser Iridium product that offers superior ignition reliability, resistance to wear and optimal ignition performance. The other unit is a single precious metal upgrade. Th...
    Ionna announces newly appointed leadership team
    In an announcement on June 11, Ionna, an electric vehicle charging network established by BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Kia and Stellantis, said that the company has chosen Durham, NC, as its global headquarters. The charge-point operator (CPO) also announced the appointment of several key executives to its leadership team including a CFO, chief product officer and COO, marking a significant step forward on building its charging network in North America. Ionna has alread...
    The Mobility House plans to launch solutions for bidirectional charging
    Munich-based electric vehicle charging and energy management solutions provider The Mobility House has introduced an all-new business unit — The Mobility House Energy — with an aim of integrating electric car batteries into the energy system, the company announced June 17. The company said that with this move, it is strategically placing its energy business at the forefront and preparing itself for the upcoming market launch and scale-up of bidirectional charging. The company has ...
    The SEMA Show 2024 to have over 2,400 brands
    Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a US-based trade organization for the automotive aftermarket industry, has announced that it is preparing to host over 2,400 brands at its SEMA Show set to take place Nov. 5–8 in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated June 13. This automotive exhibition boasts numerous new companies presenting for the first time, as well as established brands such as Flaming River, Katzkin, Kia, McLeod, Mopar Stellantis, Snap-on and Real Truck....
    US-based Sun Auto Tire & Service acquires Caliber Auto Care
    US-based Sun Auto Tire & Service has announced the acquisition of 33 Caliber Auto Care locations throughout the state of Texas, building on their investment in the state, according to a press release dated June 10. The company said this acquisition reinforces its dedication to excellence and its values-centered approach across its rapidly growing national footprint. Commenting on the move, Sun Auto CEO Tony Puckett said, “Our decision to acquire the Caliber Auto Care business, and Ca...
    ENEOS USA and Mighty Auto Parts announce new distribution partnership
    ENEOS USA Inc., the US arm of Japanese oil and metals company ENEOS Corp., and Georgia, US-based Mighty Auto Parts have announced a new distribution partnership across the US and in Ontario, according to a press release dated June 10. As part of the partnership, Mighty will stock the ENEOS 0W-8 Motor Oil, ENEOS Import DPS Fluid and ENEOS ECO CVT Fluid. Mighty supports a nationwide network of franchises and company operations located in 44 states and serves more than 15,000 automotiv...
    UK Garage and Bodyshop Event: Launch Tech UK exhibits range
    Launch Tech UK has exhibited its vast portfolio at the recently concluded second edition of the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event at the NEC, from June 5 to 6, according to a recent announcement. The portfolio included its diagnostics collection, advanced workshop equipment, the latest electric vehicle diagnostic devices, and the well-received DPF cleaning gun. The company said prominent industry figures and Launch Tech UK's ambassadors, Baz Meredith, Jimmy O'Riley and Marvelous Lara, were present...
    Continental Aftermarket US appoints Stefan Feder as head of Automotive Aftermarket & OES, North America
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has appointed Stefan Feder as the new head of Automotive Aftermarket & OES for North America, according to a press release dated June 13. The company said Feder brings 20 years of industry experience, having served in different roles at Continental, Continental Tire and Continental ContiTech since his joining in 2004. His recent p...
    Holley Performance Brands appoints Charan Mann as new chief information officer
    Holley Performance Brands, a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions company, has announced the appointment of Charan Mann as chief information officer, according to a press release dated June 12. Mann's role will be to direct the IT strategy of Holley, developing and implementing a technology roadmap based on industry best practices. She will be using innovative technologies to improve the online experience for Holley's retailer and distributor network, as well as the...
    Dorman Products inaugurates new drive shaft manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach
    Dorman Products (Dorman), a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, has announced the grand opening of its new drive shaft manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach, Va., according to a press release dated June 12. The new 100,000-square-foot plant is five times larger than Dorman's former site in Virginia Beach and is equipped with advanced computer-controlled machine tools, robotic welding, drive shaft balancing equipment and testing gear. The ma...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2024 receives record number of visitors
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event 2024 saw a significant increase in attendance from its inaugural edition in 2022, with the event welcoming 5,125 industry professionals, mainly garage and workshop owners, technicians, and bodyshop experts, over two days from June 5 to 6 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, according to a press release dated June 13 by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). ​The event provided attendees with access to training, c...
    Decline in consumer interest for EVs, reveals AAA survey
    AAA, a North America-based federation of motor clubs that advocate for safe mobility, has announced that its latest annual consumer survey indicates that there has been a decrease in consumer interest in purchasing electric vehicles, according to a press release dated June 6. The survey showed that only 18% of US adults said they would be very likely or likely to purchase a new or used EV, a figure down from 23% in the previous year. Furthermore, 63% of respondents cited they were unlike...
    Motorcar Parts of America says FY 2024 sales at $717.7 million, up 5.1% YOY
    Motorcar Parts of America Inc. reported financial results for its fiscal 2024 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2024, revealing year-over-year increases in sales, operating income and cash flow from operating activities, according to a press release dated June 11. The company's net sales for fiscal 2024 increased 5.1% to $717.7 million, gross profit increased 16.3% to $132.6 million, and operating income increased 26.5% to $46.1 million. The company generated approximately $39.2 million...
    Porsche Cars North America to integrate ChargePoint into its charging service
    Porsche Cars North America Inc. (PCNA) announced that it has signed an agreement with ChargePoint, a leading provider of charging solutions for electric vehicles, which will enable access to its charging network within the Porsche Charging Service, according to a press release dated June 14. The collaboration will increase the number of chargers available to Porsche customers to more than 86,000 across the US. “We passionately believe in choice, and as a result we are constantly looking for...
    SMP expands Variable Valve Timing program with new parts
    Standard Motor Products (SMP) announced that it has extended its Variable Valve Timing (VVT) program, which already boasts over 600 part numbers and adds new ones each month, according to a press release dated June 10. The Standard and Blue Streak-branded VVT components are designed and tested at SMP's Poland facility, incorporating design enhancements to correct original equipment (OE) flaws. The VVT program includes Sprockets, Solenoids, Oil Control Valves, and Blue Streak VVT Solenoid Kits...
    Mitsubishi to conduct join feasibility study for optimization of BEV charging
    Mitsubishi Motors, along with Eneos Power Corp. and Nature Inc., has announced that they have agreed to begin a feasibility study for the optimization of battery charging for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release dated May 17. The study will be around the unidirectional charging control from the power grid to the electric vehicle and will begin in the second half of 2024. In this demonstration, employees of the Eneos Group and Mitsubishi Motors will remotely control t...
    UK Garage and Bodyshop Event: Hella showcases advanced driver assistance systems range
    Hella, an international automobile parts supplier, has deemed its participation in the recently concluded UK Garage and Bodyshop Event a success, as its diagnostic-focused display, competition and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) presentation attracted many attendees, the company said in a release dated June 10 from the UK's Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation. The event took place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from June 5 to June 6. Hella used this opportunity to...
    ZC Rubber unveils new EV tire range at Tire Cologne 2024
    Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) has launched its latest electric vehicle tire lineup at The Tire Cologne 2024 event, according to a press release dated June 11. The range comprises three products, namely the WESTLAKE ZuperAce EV, WESTLAKE ZuperAce Z-007 EV Ready and GOODRIDE Solmax 1 EV Ready. These EV-specific tires are designed to enhance the EV driving experience and prioritize environmental sustainability. Technological features include Zuper-Silent technology for reduced tire noise, BPO...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway acquires retailers in US southeast region
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has expanded its footprint in the US southeast region with the purchase of Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville and Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase in Memphis, Tenn., and Woodbridge Hyundai in the Greater Toronto area, according to a press release dated June 11. Combined, these newly acquired stores are projected to generat...
    Japan’s Subaru and Kinto launch car subscription service
    Japan’s Subaru Corp. and Kinto Corp. have signed a business partnership agreement to launch a new car subscription service — SUBARU x KINTO — on May 16. SUBARU x KINTO is a new service that utilizes Kinto's new car subscription service platform to meet the needs of people who want to choose a plan that suits their usage for the cost of acquiring and maintaining a new car, the release added. Kinto was established with investment from Toyota Financial Services Co. Ltd., ...
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