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    Nissan grants Autel tablets access for diagnostics
    Autel has announced its tablets have received approval for Nissan Central Gateway (CGW) access via AutoAuth, an aftermarket tool original equipment (OE)-authentication service, according to a press release dated May 22. This will enable registered users to access secured systems and carry out comprehensive diagnostics on select late-model Nissan vehicles. Users who register their shop and tablet at AutoAuth can perform several diagnostics and service tasks, including clearing codes, bidirecti...
    Auto Care Association announces enhancements to its Vehicle Information Portal
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced latest updates to the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP), according to a press release dated May 20. The VIP platform allows users to both manage and download the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) supporting relational databases, enabling companies to get the right part, to the right place, at ...
    MAHLE launches battery diagnostic solution E-HEALTH Charge in Europe
    MAHLE Aftermarket has announced that it has successfully introduced its battery diagnostic system E-HEALTH Charge to the European market, according to a press release dated May 14. E-HEALTH Charge is said to deliver reliable reports on the state of health and performance of electric vehicles’ high-voltage batteries. With a maximum run time of 15 minutes, this system represents the fastest static battery diagnostic technology on the market, the statement added. The diagnostic system —...
    Hunter Engineering releases new and updated alignment records
    Hunter Engineering has announced the release of more than 550 new wheel alignment records and more than 1,000 updates to existing records via its WinAlign software, according to a press release dated May 9. In addition to these records, the release also provides updates for other WinAlign features, which include vehicle identification number (VIN) recall support, procedures for safety system alignment, TPMSpecs database and reset procedures, tools and kits database, Codelink-support...
    Australian aftermarket body welcomes new automotive apprentice funding program
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) said that it has welcomed the Australian government’s announcement that automotive apprentices are now eligible for funding under the New Energy Apprenticeships Program, according to a press release dated May 6. The AAAA, who represents market participants including independent service and repair workshops, believes the program extension will encourage new automotive apprenticeships across the country. “The broadening of the New ...
    Automotive wholesalers group AllParts launches Car Service Partner garage concept
    AllParts, a European cooperative of independent automotive wholesalers, has announced that it is expanding its portfolio of garage networks with the Car Service Partner concept, according to a press release dated April 25. This accessible concept, specially designed to provide support to independent garage owners, began on April 2. Car Service Partner is exclusively available through AllParts wholesalers and was developed in response to the increasing demand from independent garage owners for...
    AI-based aftersales software provider Syncron partners with Bollinger Motors
    Syncron, a provider of AI-based aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer aftersales software, has announced that its Syncron Warranty software has been selected by Bollinger Motors, a US electric commercial truck manufacturer based in Oak Park, Mich., according to a press release dated April 30. Bollinger Motors, which will launch the innovative, all-electric Bollinger B4 in the second half of 2024, identified the need for an end-to-end warranty life-cycle partner with deep a...
    US-based NexaMotion Group expands with new C&M Auto Parts location in New Jersey, US
    NexaMotion Group (NMG), a US-based company offering solutions to simplify complex vehicle repair, has announced that it is continuing its strategic expansion efforts with a new C&M Auto Parts location in Edison, NJ, according to a press release dated May 2. The company said the Edison location marks a significant milestone in NMG's commitment to simplifying complex vehicle repair to keep the world moving. C&M Auto Parts will offer a complete range of general repair products, catering ...
    CarMD finds nearly half of drivers have a dashboard warning light on
    CarMD.com Corporation, a provider of automotive diagnostic data to educate and empower drivers, has released its 2024 CarMD Vehicle Health Index, an annual study of check engine light-related car repair trends, according to a press release dated Apr. 24. CarMD finds that more drivers are ignoring dashboard warning lights, and the cost to repair check engine light-related issues are up across all regions of the US, largely due to an increase in parts costs. As people hold onto their vehicles l...
    Holley Performance announces new senior vice president
    Holley Performance has announced the joining of Jordon Musser to the organization as senior vice president of Safety and Electronics Product categories, according to a press release dated April 18. Before joining the company, Musser served as chief product officer and global head of Research and Development for Fluence Bioengineering, a division of Signify. In this role, he headed the LED and Internet of Things Technology division in the horticulture lighting market. Musser will ...
    Snap-on approved by Nissan for direct access to their gateway modules
    Snap-on has recently announced that it is the first company in Europe to obtain access from Nissan to its secure gateway module that was introduced on a selection of 2019 and newer models, the company announced in an undated press release. This secure gateway module requires registration and authentication for all aftermarket scan tool approved devices. Nissan is the third original equipment manufacturer after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to provide this access, for its model year 2018 and ne...
    Dana launches Spicer commercial vehicle joint repair kits
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has launched Spicer Select-branded commercial vehicle (CV) joint repair kits that are aimed at reducing downtime and increasing efficiency, according to a press release dated April 11. “Spicer Select CVJ kits are the ideal solution for shops that work on older vehicles. Replacing the CV joint rather than the complete driveshaft streamlines the driveshaf...
    Fuchs SE and Mercedes-Benz AG announce aftersales partnership
    Fuchs SE, the world's largest independent supplier of lubricant solutions for almost all industries and applications, and Mercedes-Benz Global Customer Service & Parts have announced a strategic business partnership aimed at fostering innovation, technology and sustainability in the automotive aftersales, according to a press release dated April 4. The two companies signed a collaboration contract on March 28. The companies said the partnership is poised to redefine automotive lubrication...
    Mahle Aftermarket launches new generation of workshop diagnostic tools
    Mahle Aftermarket has announced the launch of the second generation of its workshop diagnostic tools Mahle TechPRO and Brain Bee Connex, according to a press release dated April 3. The company said its developers have completely redesigned the user interface and further improved usability. The tool now guides workshop teams intuitively and more efficiently through the respective application, enabling smooth vehicle diagnostics. The tool includes a new VCI connector, which is claimed to b...
    US-based Tint World announces new location in Birmingham, Ala.
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Birmingham, Ala., according to a press release dated April 8. Owned and operated by Clint Smith, Tint World Birmingham is the third Tint World location in the state. The automotive franchise offers comprehensive automotive services and products, including window tint, paint protection film, ceramic coatings, audio and video, professional detailing, and ...
    Mitsubishi to establish online platform for EV-related services
    Mitsubishi Corp. (MC), Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have announced that they plan to jointly establish a new company — Evnion Inc. — in June 2024, to operate an online platform to provide one-stop services relating to electric vehicles, according to a press release dated March 13. The establishment of Evnion will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances from the relevant authorities. The three companies decided to establish Evnion with...
    HSB to offer insurance for vehicles involved in cyberattacks
    A Munich Re specialty insurer, HSB, has annnounced plans to sell insurance to owners for vehicles involved in automotive related cyberattacks, catering to a growing population of customers looking to protect themselves in their increasingly digital vehicles, said a press release dated March 27. The press release details the insurance coverage by saying, "Identity recovery coverage and services are not limited to information stored in the vehicle but can apply anytime personally identifying in...
    First Line prepares for increased demand of classic car clutch kits
    Leading UK-based First Line Ltd., a global supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, is preparing to meet the demand from classic car customers for their clutch replacement, as their vehicle mileage is expected to increase with the onset of warmer weather, a press release dated March 25 read. Through its classic range of more than 60 clutch kits, under the Borg & Beck brand, the company offers products to over 250 British brand vehicles dating back to 1935. These kits are manufactured to ...
    Standard Motor Products announces 123 new part numbers
    Standard Motor Products (SMP) has announced the introduction of 123 new part numbers with coverage in 53 distinct product categories and 47 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model year vehicles, according to a press release dated March 27. Some of the new parts that have been added include its Fuel Injection Program, which has been expanded with eight gasoline direct injection high-pressure fuel pumps and kits, with its line of Variable Valve Timing (VVT) components also increasing in numbe...
    Growing opposition to CARB ACC II regulation
    Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) member companies, aftermarket businesses and customers have sent over 5,000 letters to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against California Air Resources Board’s (CARB's) Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) regulation that would ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035, according to a press release dated March 27.  The ACC II requires that 35% of all new passenger vehicles and light trucks that are so...
    Further calls for US Congress to act on right-to-repair after new GAO report
    After the release of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Auto Care Association is renewing its call on the US Congress to move the federal right-to-repair legislation ahead, a release published by the association stated on March 21. The Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 906), which has received bipartisan support in government, is aimed at ensuring that vehicle owners and independent repairers have access to data, tools and softwa...
    US-based PGW Auto Glass unveils new branding
    PGW Auto Glass has announced the launch of a new logo and brand identity to coincide with the launch of everythingautoglass.com, a vehicle identification number (VIN) decoding and point-of-sale software service focused on getting the correct auto glass solutions quickly and efficiently across the industry, according to a press release dated March 26. The new logo, launched at a company event earlier in March, captures the spirit of the company while reinforcing its commitment to advancing tec...
    US-based NexaMotion Group opens new Arch Auto Parts store in New York, US
    US-based NexaMotion Group (NMG) has announced the opening of its newest Arch Auto Parts store in Plainview, NY, according to a press release dated March 19. The new store opened on March 16, 2024, and is located at 125 Newtown Road. This is the company's fourth location in Nassau County, NY. NMG completed the acquisition of Arch Auto Parts in December 2023 as part of its strategy to combine its core competencies across businesses to better serve its customers with a more comprehensive of...
    US DOJ & FTC support MEMA’s petition on expanding access to vehicle telematics data
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it applauds the recent submission from the US Justice Department (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the US Copyright Office, according to a press release dated March 15. The submission supports MEMA’s petition for a new exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) anti-circumventi...
    Repxpert to organize conference for garage technicians in May in the UK
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its workshop portal, Repxpert, will host the Repxpert Conference on May 22 in the UK, according to a press release dated March 8. The company is urging technicians and garage owners to sign up as soon as possible. There are limited spaces available for this brand new event at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry, the company said. Commenting on the move, Matthew Selby, Sales and Marketing direc...
    ASE Education Foundation and Goodguys Rod and Custom Association continue partnership
    The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation and Goodguys Rod and Custom Association (Goodguys) are continuing their partnership and will conduct educational awareness seminars at select Goodguys events throughout the 2024 season, according to a release dated March 11. The partnership is aimed at continuing to develop solutions to help solve the shortage of automotive service technicians in the industry. ASE accredited institutions are invited to Goodguys events, where student...
    Thinktool Lite records surge in demand in UK
    Thinkcar UK has registered significant growth in the demand for its entry-level diagnostic tablet, which features a 6-inch, high-definition touch screen and two years of software updates, according to a release dated March 11. Although the diagnostic tool is entry-level, it connects to the Thinkcar database and provides full bidirectional capabilities with which technicians can diagnose, code and control electronic control units (ECUs), injectors, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), wind...
    German commercial-vehicle maker MAN to roll out battery-repair centers in Europe
    In 2024 and 2025, German commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus will establish battery-repair centers in Italy, Denmark and Norway, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland, and UK, with further countries in Europe being planned, according to a press release dated Feb. 22. The company said that millions will be invested in these centers over the next two years. Two battery-repair centers are already in operation in Germany (Hanover-Laatzen site) and Spain (Barcelona). The fi...
    Meko partners with ALD Automotive/LeasePlan for glass repairs
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that has strengthened its position in sustainable car glass repairs through a new partnership with ALD Automotive/LeasePlan, a leasing firm for company cars in Sweden, according to a press release dated March 6. The collaboration means that Meko will become a car glass service partner for more than 45,000 vehicles in Sweden. Fixing minor damages in time reduces the need for extensive repai...
    Dana adds Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealant to Spicer CV service kits
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has added the room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) sealing product Victor Reinz Reinzosil to its Spicer commercial vehicle (CV) service kits, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. “Spicer CV service kits are designed to increase uptime and make the service and repair process more efficient. Now Dana customers will not only get all the components they nee...
    Snap-on introduces access to Audi and Volkswagen
    Snap-on Incorporated, a manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for vehicle repair and other sectors, has announced access to Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) secured vehicle systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. Snap-on customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled diagnostic tool, powered by the latest software, now have the freedom to access any VAG vehicle. Gaining "on-the-fly" entry is possible by completing VAG registration through ...
    US paint-maker PPG launches repair management tool for body shop productivity
    US-based paint, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG has announced the launch of the PPG AdjustRite repair management tool, the latest feature of the company’s AdjustRite commercial estimating system, which provides enhanced productivity for commercial vehicle repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The mobile-friendly PPG AdjustRite repair management platform offers technicians a time clock system and automated tracking of work hours per repair order. Shop managers...
    Apollo Tyres launches Trumigo for doorstep car servicing
    India-based tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., has announced the launch of Trumigo, a digital initiative for doorstep car servicing, in Gurugram, a city in northern India, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. This service offering is available in Gurugram on a pilot basis and will soon be rolled out for the entire Delhi National Capital Region. Trumigo offers at-home car services and high-quality car maintenance directly to customers' doors. This service includes periodic servicing, ...
    Dorman releases fifth edition of its OE Fix Guide
    Dorman Products (Dorman), a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, has announced the release of the OE Fix Guide Vol. 5, its award-winning publication highlighting its most innovative automotive repair solutions designed to help mechanics make faster, longer-lasting repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 5. The company said this year’s 32-page magazine builds on Dorman’s successful previous editions, which have won awards from the Conten...
    ZF Aftermarket expands [pro]Academy training platform
    With an aim to demonstrate its capabilities as a full systems aftermarket provider, ZF Aftermarket is expanding its training offerings for technicians in commercial vehicle fleets, distributors and independent aftermarket service shops in North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 22. The company showcased its product portfolio, digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles, alongside its ZF [pro]Academy training offerings, at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2024, held...
    Honda Cars India introduces Ultra Body Coating for enhanced vehicle protection
    Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has introduced Ultra Body Coating, an enhancing appeal and protective solution for its customers, according to a press release dated Jan. 31. The Ultra Body Coating is a high-performance transparent layer formulated with a next-generation material called Silane, which makes it the hardest glass-based coating by industry standard, the release added. The company said that the coating provides an ultraglossy, glass-based, super smooth surface to the vehicle and retains ...
    India’s automotive aftermarket expected to grow to $14 billion by 2028
    Ahead of the 5th ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry, has revealed that the size of the Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to grow from $10 billion in 2023 to an estimated $14 billion by 2028, according to a press release dated Jan. 29. The data was quoted from the Global Automotive Aftermarket Research Report co-authored by the industry body. The study focuses on seven pro...
    UK government maintains current MOT test frequency
    The UK government has agreed to maintain the current Ministry of Transport (MOT) test frequency following a consultation that explored extending the first test from three to four years, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated Jan. 25. Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said, “Plans to extend the first test from three to four years have been met with the full power of the entire automotive industry including m...
    China’s SunCar announces vehicle service contract with China Construction Bank
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a two-year exclusive vehicle service contract with the Fujian Branch of China Construction Bank, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. SunCar expects to derive cumulative revenue from the contract valued at approximately 25 million yuan (about $3.5 million). Following a competitive bidding process, SunCar was selected as the...
    Repsol to exceed 600 service stations with renewable fuel in 2024
    Repsol has announced that it will exceed 600 service stations supplying 100% renewable fuel by the end of 2024, according to a press release dated Jan. 16. The company said that with the move, it is accelerating its commitment to renewable fuels, with a goal of expanding its network of service stations with renewable fuels in the Iberian Peninsula. Renewable fuels are one of the main levers of Repsol's strategy to accelerate the reduction of emissions from transport and achieve the goal of be...
    Data solutions firm Motor launches inventory connect to streamline workshop efficiency
    Motor Information Systems, a leading provider of automotive data solutions and Hearst company, has announced its latest achievement in expanding its market presence in the automotive intelligence space with the launch of the Motor Inventory Connect for third-party software and service providers, according to a press release dated Jan. 8.  The company said third-party software and service providers working with aftermarket shops can utilize this as a gateway to seamlessly access deta...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi 2024 to have over 500 exhibitors
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) have announced that the fifth edition of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi — the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service — is scheduled to be held from Feb. 1–3, 2024. In a press release dated Jan. 2, it was announced that the event would bring together over 500 exhibitors from 12...
    US senators demand Tesla vehicles recall for steering and suspension components
    Tesla Inc. is being ordered by two US senators to recall steering control and suspension components, following the results of a recent Reuters investigation, Repairer Driven News reported Jan. 2. According to the investigation, the company knew about the existing flaws in its vehicles that led to component failures, but hid the causes and blamed the customers instead. Tesla has countered that the company is “truthful and transparent” and the article is “erroneous.” The National Hig...
    Australian aftermarket body calls for consumer awareness on warranty rights
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that it is pushing for consumer awareness around the broader issue of consumer warranty rights, according to a press release dated December 12. The AAAA has long argued that extended warranties often offer Australian consumers the same rights that they already receive for free under the Australian Consumer Law, rights that they should not be required to pay for. Consumers are entitled to a solution of a repair, replacement...
    New Tint World Louisville location opens, expanding auto aftermarket services in area
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release dated Dec. 13. Owners and husband-and-wife team Scott and Susan Hellervik will be the first in the state to own multiple units, with plans to open two additional Tint World franchise locations in the Louisville area, the release added.  Tint World Louisville offers a r...
    Bosch rolls out major update to its Bosch ESI[tronic] diagnostic software
    The Bosch ESI[tronic] diagnostic software, which is used in Bosch Car Service operations and independent automotive workshops worldwide, has been updated to be faster, more intuitive and simpler in the future, with the updated version being branded ESI[tronic] Evolution, according to a press release dated Dec. 11. The new features and modifications will be introduced step by step with each future update, allowing ESI[tronic] users to gradually familiarize themselves with the functions while usin...
    Epicor unveils solutions for automotive parts distributors and repair shops
    Epicor, a US-based provider of industry-specific enterprise software, has introduced two innovative solutions to help automotive replacement parts distributors and vehicle service repair businesses make data-driven decisions, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The new solutions, Epicor Predictive Inventory Assistant (PIA) and Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA), leverage the company's powerful aftermarket product content engine and connected data network to provide real-time insigh...
    UVeye, Hypertec announce partnership for advanced drive-through inspection systems
    UVeye, a technology company specializing in computer vision and AI for automated drive-through inspection systems, has partnered with Hypertec, a global player in sustainable technology solutions, to mass-produce its innovative systems in response to growing demand from the automotive industry, according to a press release dated Dec. 4. The partnership will see production take place at Hypertec's facilities in Plainfield, Ind., and Montreal with the aim of seamlessly installing, servicing&nbs...
    VW, Audi announce roadside assistance for customers affected by cyclone in Chennai, India
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India and German luxury-car manufacturer Audi have announced complimentary Roadside Assistance (RSA) for customer cars impacted by the floods caused by the severe cyclonic storm Cyclone Michaung in Chennai, India, according to news reports. Volkswagen India will additionally also provide customers with a priority comprehensive service check of vehicles to ensure timely repair of flood-related damages. Necessary standardized repair guidelines have been issued across d...
    Borg Automotive’s remanufactured products reduce environmental impact compared to newly produced product parts
    Borg Automotive Reman, an established European remanufacturer of automotive spare parts, commissioned the Linköping University to conduct comparative life-cycle assessments of its remanufactured products across eight product groups, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The products included used original brake calipers, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, starters, alternators, turbochargers, AC compressors, steering racks and steering pumps, which it distributes under the brands Elst...
    Meko to provide aftermarket services to HiPhi owners in Northern Europe, starting from the fourth quarter of 2023
    Meko, a leading independent auto aftermarket company in Northern Europe, has agreed to partner with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer HiPhi, which is set to introduce its brand in Norway, to provide vehicle owners with authorized aftermarket services starting in the fourth quarter of 2023, a press release dated Nov. 22 said. This collaboration aligns with Meko's strategy to serve as a service partner to new EV manufacturers looking to establish themselves in select regions. The partnershi...
    Standard Motor Products announces expansion of product categories and parts lineup
    Standard Motor Products Inc., a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the addition of several categories and products including vacuum pumps, parking-brake actuators, sunroof systems, transfer-case motors and air pumps. Standard Motor Products is expanding its product categories to include powertrain-neutral parts for import and domestic vehicles with various powertrains, including internal combustion engine (ICE), hybrid and electric, according to a press release dat...
    Schaeffler’s Repxpert to host conference for technicians and garage owners
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is planning to host a conference for technicians and garage owners called the 2024 Repxpert Conference, which will be based on the principles of its workshop portal Repxpert's Academy Live technical training events, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The company said its Repxpert team believes the time is right to develop this innovative initiative further by expanding the concept into a full...
    Hunter Engineering releases latest wheel-alignment specifications database
    US-based automotive service-equipment provider Hunter Engineering has announced that its newly updated vehicle information database is now available for Hunter WinAlign alignment users, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Effective Nov. 1, the release covers new models — those not yet in existence at the time of the previous release this past spring — as well as model year updates, covering original equipment manufacturer changes to existing vehicles. The company’s WinAlign soft...
    Cal-Tex launches vehicle service contract with EV insurance firm Ozop Plus
    Cal-Tex Protective Coatings Inc., a US-based provider of environmental protection and aftermarket products, has launched its white-labeled version of the Fully Charged Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) to be marketed to its network of 4,000 automotive dealerships, according to a press release dated Nov. 21, adding that Cal-Tex has branded the VSC as EV Complete Battery Plus. The company has formed an agreement with electric vehicle insurance company Ozop Plus, under which Cal-Tex’s EV Com...
    ZF Aftermarket expands commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, announced that it has expanded its commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. The company had announced in 2022 its intention to significantly grow its commercial vehicle product distribution network in Mexico. As part of the move, it has expanded the Guadalajara center from 10,000 square meters to nearly 15,000 square meters. The hub enables ZF...
    AsTech announces scanning support for Tesla vehicles
    AsTech, a Repairify company and the global firm involved in remote diagnostics, calibrations, programming and automotive intelligence for the collision and mechanical repair industries, has announced an expansion of its remote original equipment manufacturer solutions to now include remote OEM scanning support for Tesla vehicles, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. AsTech said its diagnostic devices are now able to complete authentic Remote OEM Scans for virtually every Tesl...
    Meko, Zeekr partner for authorized workshop services in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has partnered with electric car manufacturer Zeekr to offer authorized workshop services to Zeekr owners in Sweden, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Meko said it will handle service, repair and maintenance for Zeekr vehicles, as well as warranty issues, through its comprehensive network of workshops. The partnership aligns with Meko's strategy to be a complete service pa...
    Kinetic opens new service center in Las Vegas for AI-powered EV, autonomous vehicle and ADAS servicing
    Kinetic, a US-based infrastructure-as-a-service company, has opened a new service center in Las Vegas to deliver digital maintenance and servicing for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), according to a press release dated Nov. 2. The company's service model involves partnering with car dealerships, traditional automotive repair shops, rental companies and industry partners to offer AI and robotics-enabled digital servicing for ...
    Hella Gutmann outlines its ADAS calibration solutions for workshops
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of automotive supplier Hella that operates under the brand Forvia, has outlined its solutions for workshops for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibrations that include the CSC-Tool Digital, the CSC-Tool SE and the CSC-Tool Mobile in conjunction with a diagnostic device from the mega macs series, according to a press release dated Nov. 14. The company cited a study by the German expert organization Dekra, that revealed that safety-rela...
    Parts delivery delays renders 5,000 JLR vehicles idle at dealer aftersales centers
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been facing a parts shortage crisis, since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2023, that has left almost 5,000 vehicles waiting for repairs at the company's aftersales service centers, according to a press release dated Nov. 6. The delay has been caused by the transition of the company’s supply chain from several warehouses to one "super center" that is operated by its logistics partner Unipart Logistics. This problem has further exacerbated the f...
    Canada-based The Mufflerman Inc. acquires EuroMechanic
    According to a press release on Nov. 14, The Mufflerman Inc., a service center and workshop chain operating out of the Greater Toronto Area and Southwest Ontario province in Canada, has announced the acquisition of five service centers and tire workshops under the EuroMechanic brand, which specializes in the repair, service and tire fitment of European vehicles. With this acquisition, these EuroMechanic workshops would continue with their original brand name and operate as a distinct division...
    UK developing legal framework that will hold OEMs responsible for collisions involving autonomous vehicles
    According to a briefing from the UK Prime Minister’s Office, the government is bringing forward a bill that is aimed at protecting consumer rights by according liability of collisions involving autonomous vehicles to original equipment manufacturers, a press release dated Nov. 10 said. This policy could clear any ambiguity in the industry, especially in terms of who will pay for vehicle damage in the event of a collision. According to recent reports, some insurance companies have suppo...
    Bridgestone has acquired a 5% stake in Halfords Group PLC’s automotive SaaS platform, Avayler
    Japanese multinational tire manufacturer Bridgestone has acquired a 5% stake in automotive software-as-a-service company Avayler, belonging to UK-based Halfords Group PLC, according to a press release dated Nov. 4. The software developed in-house by Avalyler allows companies to streamline their customer bookings and job processes in workshops and service centers, in addition to accepting bookings for mobile tire services. The SaaS solution is used by Halfords to manage its wide network o...
    US, Canada advance right-to-repair efforts with legislative milestones
    In a significant step forward, the REPAIR Act in the US has been sent for markup and voted through a House of Representatives subcommittee, marking the furthest right-to-repair efforts have gone in the country, a press release reported Nov. 8. Meanwhile, in Canada, the House of Commons has unanimously passed Bill C-244, which proposes amendments to the Copyright Act to give Canadians the right to access their data for the purposes of diagnosis, maintenance, or repair of certain products, incl...
    US-based Auto Care, IAAF partner to enhance collaboration in automotive industry
    Auto Care Association and the IAAF have formed a new partnership aimed at enhancing collaboration and sharing best practices between the two associations, according to a press release dated Nov. 9. The agreement was reached during a meeting at the recent AAPEX automotive expo, where representatives from both federations discussed common goals and aims affecting their respective industries and memberships. Auto Care Association, representing the over $470 billion US auto care industry, pr...
    Mobil 1, Steer partner to revolutionize auto repair experience.
    Mobil 1, the leading brand of synthetic motor oil, has partnered with Steer, an automated marketing and communications platform, to enhance the auto repair experience for shop owners and customers nationwide.Through this collaboration, the Mobil 1 and Steer teams will integrate their products, brands, and expertise to improve the overall consumer and workshop experience. Steer's platform to automate customer marketing and communications for auto repair shops, in partnership with Mobil 1, aims...
    Litens expands product lineup with nine new OAD and OAP SKUs for 1 million vehicles in operation
    Litens, a global provider of aftermarket parts, has announced the expansion of its product lineup by adding eight new overrunning alternator decoupler (OAD) and one overrunning alternator pulley (OAP) stock keeping units (SKUs), according to a press release on Nov. 8. These new products offer coverage for over 1 million vehicles in operation (VIO). The new SKUs include late-model coverage for popular Ford, Hyundai, Buick, Nissan and Honda models. Litens has responded to the growing demand in ...
    Indian car services and repair platform GoMechanic raises 500 million rupees for continued growth and expansion
    GoMechanic, an Indian aftermarket automotive services platform, has raised 500 million rupees (about $6 million) from a marquee investor and existing shareholders, a press release reported on Nov. 9. The company was recently acquired by Servizzy, which is a subsidiary of the Lifelong Group, in March, after investors in GoMechanic discovered significant anomalies in its financial records while it was under the control of its previous management. With the new investment, both external and inter...
    Mitchell 1 launches active recalls feature for all OEM makes
    US-based Mitchell 1, a division of Snap-on Inc. that provides service center and workshop products and solutions including repair information, workshop management systems and marketing services, has now expanded its active recalls features to include more vehicles in the US, a press release dated Nov. 8 said. This expansion will provide automatic notifications to shops using its Manager SE shop management software concerning outstanding safety recall actions that need to be performe...
    Voters in Maine, US, overwhelmingly back right to repair
    In a recent ballot initiative in Maine, US, over 80% of voters supported a measure that ensures car owners have access to vehicle diagnostic tools and data necessary for routine repairs, according to a press release dated Nov. 8. This victory comes as the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 906) gains momentum on the federal level. The REPAIR Act aims to provide consumers with expanded repair options by ensuring that vehicle owners can access repair data a...
    New products from CCC Intelligent Solutions help insurers streamline vehicle claims processing
    CCC Intelligent Solutions, a US cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform provider of digital and data services, has launched two new AI-based products, First Look and Impact Dynamics, designed to help insurers process claims more efficiently and accurately, according to a press release on Nov. 8. First Look uses AI to predict the point of impact or whether a vehicle is repairable or a total loss, while Impact Dynamics predicts the change in velocity at the point of impact to evaluat...
    AAPEX 2023: Aftermarket AI firm Predii launches Predii 360
    Predii Inc., a firm involved in aftermarket AI innovation, has launched Predii 360, an automotive AI "co-pilot" designed to augment and support automotive service and repair workflows, according to a press release dated October 26 at the recently held AAPEX 2023 Show in Las Vegas. Predii 360 is said to provide reliable, actionable intelligence to enhance the efficiency and productivity of service writers, technicians, parts counter people, and other industry professionals. The solution is des...
    US-based auto repair shop platform PartsTech expands network
    PartsTech, a platform for auto repair shops to access parts suppliers, has expanded its network to include over 50 tire suppliers, making it the only platform that offers free access to more than 30 of these suppliers, according to a press release dated October 31. Founded in 2012, PartsTech has been revolutionizing the automotive aftermarket repair industry by providing repair shops with an extensive array of tire suppliers through its user-friendly platform. This partnership with TireConnec...
    Opus IVS launches QuickADAS for streamlined collision repair process
    Opus IVS, a US-based provider of remote diagnostic solutions to repair shops and dealerships, has announced that it has launched the QuickADAS feature integrated into the DriveSafe collision diagnostics platform, according to a press release dated Oct. 27. QuickADAS is said to enable on-demand advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration for collision repair shops, streamlining the repair process and reducing the time it takes to deliver a fully calibrated vehicle to the customer, the r...
    IMS, High Mobility partner to offer risk profiling to insurers
    IMS, a global vehicle and driving data business, announced that it has partnered with High Mobility, an automotive original equipment manufacturer data provider, to offer pan-European insurers a comprehensive solution for risk profiling and claims analytics, according to a press release dated Oct. 17. The partnership aims to leverage OEM-embedded telematics data to provide additional insights beyond existing data streams from aftermarket telemetry, such as smartphone as a sensor. High Mobilit...
    Bosch introduces cost-effective hybrid battery repair set in Germany
    Bosch announced that it has introduced a new high-voltage battery repair set for selected hybrid models made by Toyota and Lexus, according to a press release dated October 19. Bosch observed that over the course of time, the performance of high-voltage batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles decreases as their modules wear out or become faulty. Generally, once the traction battery’s storage capacity has become too low, the complete battery system is replaced, which is a costly process. "...
    Opus IVS partners with Diagnostic Network on automotive diagnostics IVS Mobile
    Opus IVS, a division of the Opus Group, has launched IVS Mobile, a mobile app that provides professional diagnostics and expert support for automotive technicians. The app offers an integrated platform of original equipment and multibrand diagnostics, remote programming and calibration solutions, anchored by patented technology, according to a press release on October 27. With IVS Mobile, technicians can efficiently diagnose and resolve complex issues across a wide range of vehicles, and...
    US-based AirPro Diagnostics’ Auggie recalibration device passes NHTSA tests
    AirPro Diagnostics, a US-based firm involved in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration solutions for the collision, glass and mechanical repair industries, has announced that its Auggie mobile static recalibration device has been independently tested and the calibrations performed have met the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle requirements to help ensure a complete and safe repair, according to a press r...
    Gerber Collision enhances scanning and diagnostics capabilities with Opus IVS partnership
    Gerber Collision & Glass, a US-based firm involved in collision repair and glass replacement, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions, according to a press release dated October 19. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services through a single diagnostic platform with Opus IVS' advanced DriveSafe platform, enabling remote and direct-on-tool diagnostic capabilities acros...
    Bosch trains technicians on repairing high-voltage NiMH batteries
    Bosch has outlined its repair set for high-voltage batteries that allows the restoration of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) module in the traction battery of selected Toyota and Lexus hybrid models, according to a press release dated October 19. The company said this opens up the business of repairing high-voltage batteries to independent workshops as well for the first time. The company just completed a pilot program training Bosch Car Service associates on how to repair high-voltage NiMH batte...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket partners with Alldata for OEM repair data
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its Automotive Aftermarket division and the database and repair software provider Alldata are launching their collaboration on its workshop portal, Repxpert, in the UK, according to a press release dated October 19. As part of the move, Repxpert partner garages in the UK get a special Alldata offer to access an even wider range of original equipment manufacturer repair data and instructions in future, the releas...
    Motorprotek India launches DIY ceramic coating for cars and bikes
    Motorprotek India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of MP Motorprotek Ultra Shield XI DIY 9H Ceramic Coating, a do-it-yourself (DIY) ceramic coating kit for cars and bikes, according to a press release dated October 18. Ceramic coating is a protective layer that is applied to the exterior of the vehicle to protect its paint. The coating helps repel water and keep the paint looking shiny and glossy even during extreme weather. Motorprotek said high-quality ceramic coating can change the look ...
    Study reveals windshield repair costs in the US on the rise
    AmTrust Financial Services, a US-based supplier of automobile warranties, has released its 2023 AmTrust Extended Auto Warranty Report, which reveals that supply chain issues surrounding auto glass and the increasing sophistication of windshield technology drove up the average cost of windshield repair and replacement for car owners in the US in 2022, according to a press release dated October 5.   In an analysis of their warranty portfolio, AmTrust Warranty and Specialty Risk, a division...
    Auto Care Association says Connecticut law requiring garages to determine open recall unfair
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated October 4 that it has collaborated with other industry groups asking the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to clarify its intended implementation of Public Act No. 23-40 new section 24. The association said this enactment could impose burdensome and potentially anti-competitive requirements upon automotive aftermarket service and rep...
    ZF Aftermarket introduces ZF Bus Connect in North America
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, announced that it is introducing its advanced digital solution, ZF Bus Connect, in North America at the 2023 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Orlando, Fla., according to a press release dated October 9. The new digital product provides a cloud-based tool for bus fleets, service providers and original equipment manufacturers to increase safety and efficiency, improve uptime and decrease ...
    ZF Aftermarket urges workshops to leverage winter checkup opportunity
    ZF Aftermarket has urged automotive workshops to see the next few months as an opportunity to plan ahead and get their customers into the workshop for a check — including users of all-season tires as many vehicle owners only think about winterizing their cars when the first snowflakes start to fall, according to a press release dated October 5. When customers come in for a winter checkup, the focus should not be on changing the wheels alone, but on checking the entire vehicle, accordin...
    Equip Auto Lyon 2023: Aftersales trade show sees participation from 605 exhibitors
    The French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV), a trade association of original equipment manufacturers and garage equipment manufacturers, has announced that it recently concluded the Equip Auto Lyon aftersales event, which took place from September 28–30, was a success, according to a release dated October 5. The first edition of Equip Auto Lyon had an attendance of nearly 25,500 professionals across three days. It s...
    US-based ASE announces ADAS certification for workshop technicians
    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a US-based non-profit organization established in 1972, has announced the introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist Certification test (L4) that helps workshops optimize repair opportunities on ADAS-equipped vehicles by employing L4-certified technicians, according to a press release dated September 27. ASE said it created the L4 ADAS Specialist Certification test to identify technicians who possess ...
    US-based Voyomotive and Samsara partner to increase fleet uptime and reduce service costs
    Voyomotive, a firm involved in automotive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, has announced a new integration of its VOYOLink platform with Samsara, a company that operates a Connected Operations Cloud, to connect fleet vehicles directly to service centers, according to a press release dated September 14. Voyomotive develops automotive applications for the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) market. Its product offerings consist of mobile apps, firmware, APIs and ...
    Kia opens first solar-powered green workshop in Haryana, India
    Kia India announced that it has inaugurated its first green workshop at Rohtak, Haryana, India, according to a press release dated September 26. The solar panel-powered facility extensively optimizes water and energy usage, which helps in meeting more than 80% of the energy requirements while powering an electric vehicle AC charging unit. Kia is also replicating its water-recycling model from one of its manufacturing facilities in Anantapur, India, in this workshop, by recycling 100% of ...
    IAAF urges UK govt to consult with aftermarket on Net Zero plans
    The UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has urged the government to consult the automotive aftermarket on its Net Zero plans, after the banning of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicle sales was delayed to 2035, according to a press release dated September 21. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently announced that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK was being pushed back from 2030 to 2035, while saying he still expected t...
    Auto Care Association launches the Auto Care Academy for aftermarket professionals
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated September 18 that it has launched the Auto Care Academy, a self-paced online learning resource for auto care industry professionals. The online academy caters to professionals at all stages of their careers, from new industry entrants to seasoned veterans. The association believes completing the courses contributes to the enhancement of ...
    Survey reveals half of all Australian automotive workshops looking for staff
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) announced that new research survey findings have revealed that one in every two workshops has lost a technician in the last year, with one in four having lost a master technician, according to a press release dated September 6. The survey shed important light on the state of the automotive industry's skills shortage and technician salaries across Australia. The survey, commissioned by the AAAA and its research partner Fifth Quadran...
    Meko’s Sweden workshop adheres to EU's new safety repair rules
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has the first workshop SERMI-approved by the European Commission's appointed control body Digidentity, making it the first company in Sweden to live up to the EU's new safety rules for car workshops, according to a press release dated September 20. The workshop is named Mekonomen Brännlunds Motor in Gävle, Sweden. Independent workshops and mechanics who want to be able to work wi...
    CRP Automotive announces a range of Rein Coolant Hoses for Tesla models in the market
    US-based CRP Automotive, a manufacturer of replacement parts including steering, electrical, suspension, fluids, plastic and gaskets, among others, has announced a new range of replacement coolant hoses for Tesla battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release on September 18. Through its Rein Automotive brand, CRP Automotive’s new line of Tesla coolant replacement hoses offers 29 stock keeping units (SKUs). In order to ensure that these replacement parts continue to play a c...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
    Cloyes introduces timing-system kits for various OEM models
    US-based Cloyes, a specialist in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of timing-drive systems and engine components for global original equipment manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket, has announced the launch of timing-system kits for 2009–2018 Volkswagen engines, 2013 General Motors engines and 2011–2020 Ford engines, in which all kits include a turbocharger, according to a press release dated September 15. The new kits by Cloyes are applicable to more tha...
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics introduces online training for modern technicians
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics, a provider of original diagnostic tools and technical support, has announced the launch of its Automotive Training Academy's innovative online training platform, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), dated September 7. The move is in response to the pressing demand for up-to-the-minute training amidst the rise of electric vehicles, hybrids and intricate vehicle systems, the release ...
    MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers renews call for federal solution on Right to Repair
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it recognizes the step forward made by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in identifying the need to address protocols for the open access implementation of the Massachusetts Data Access Law, according to a press release dated August 23. ...
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