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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...
    Valeo and Smovengo partner to remanufacture electric bike components
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that it has partnered with Smovengo, the operator of Vélib' Métropole, a significant public bicycle-sharing system in Paris and 64 other communes, to remanufacture the motors and batteries of 8,000 electric Vélib' bikes in Greater Paris, according to a press release dated May 23. Valeo said it brings varied solutions for smaller mobility devices such as bikes, scooters and electric rickshaws, and has been involved in the e-bike sector, supplying V...
    Standard Motor Products expands range with 200 new part numbers
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the release of 200 new part numbers in its May announcement, which covers 60 different product categories and 75 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles, according to a press release dated May 22. The latest release includes a significant expansion of SMP's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) program, with the addition of 18 new Park Assist Cameras, covering 9 million impor...
    UK’s Klarius expands aftermarket range with 33 new parts
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions-control components, announced that it has announced the expansion of its range with the addition of 33 new parts, including several specifically designed for the Kia Picanto, according to a press release dated May 22. The company says that the move positions Klarius as the first to offer such an extensive selection for this particular model. The Kia Picanto, first introduced in 2017, has become popular among urban and city dri...
    Lubrizol introduces new heavy duty lubricant
    Lubrizol Corp., the Berkshire Hathaway-owned specialty chemicals company based in the US, has announced the it has introduced Lubrizol CV9660, a low-SAPS (sulphated ash, phosphorus and sulfur) heavy duty lubricant technology, according to a press release dated May 20. The product aims to offer improved performance and a more streamlined solution for various viscosity profiles, the statement added. Designed to cater to the increasing demand for ACEA E8 lubricants in Europe, Lubrizol CV9660 is ...
    EV Connect and bp pulse announce software integration for improved fleet charging
    EV Connect, a prominent EV charging business platform, and bp pulse, a key player in charging infrastructure for fleets and public charging, have announced a collaborative partnership. This collaboration intends to integrate Omega, bp pulse's EV charge management software, into the EV Connect platform, offering an efficient cross-fleet charging solution. "This collaboration between EV Connect and bp pulse brings unparalleled expertise in the electric vehicle charging industry, opening doors t...
    Axalta partners with Solera for CO2 emission calculations in vehicle repairs
    Axalta Coating Systems, a global coatings company, has announced a partnership with Solera, a US-based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service, according to a press release dated May 21. With this collaboration, Axalta's conventional and "fast cure low energy" refinish paint systems will be incorporated into Solera's Sustainable Estimatics platform. This will enable Axalta customers to calculate their CO2 emissions per repair, considering factors such as re...
    Luca Parasacco appointed Maserati Europe head
    Luca Parasacco has been appointed head of Maserati Europe, effective May 20. This appointment comes as part of a wider restructuring within Maserati Commercial, which aims to cover the brand's objectives and strengthen the team headed by global Chief Commercial Officer Luca Delfino, who was appointed in January. Parasacco has been a part of the group since 1997, and in his previous role as head of global DISTRIGO, he led a distribution network supplying original spare parts to 11 brands under th...
    TotalEnergies Lubriciants develops standardized electric drive system fluids
    French energy company TotalEnergies Lubriciants has announced that it has developed the first standardized specifications for electric drive system fluids, following the launch of the Quartz EV Fluids range three years ago, according to a press release dated May 22. The Quartz EV Fluids were designed specifically for hybrid and electric vehicles. The company says the new EDS fluid specifications were created using advanced expertise and resources, and they meet strict standards including visc...
    US parts retailer AutoZone says Q3 2024 sales at $4.2 billion, up 3.5% YOY
    US-based retailer and distributor of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, AutoZone, has reported net sales of $4.2 billion for its third quarter ended May 4, 2024, an increase of 3.5% from the third quarter of fiscal 2023, according to a press release dated May 21. For the quarter, net income stood at $651.7 million compared with $647.7 million in the same period last year, while diluted earnings per share increased 7.5% to $36.69. Commenting on the results, “I want to thank and...
    US paint-maker PPG to invest $300 million in new manufacturing plant in US
    PPG will invest $300 million in a new manufacturing plant in the US to support the growing demand of automotive paints and coatings, the company said in a press release May 21. The company will establish the new plant in Loudon County, Tenn. Construction of the 250,000 square-foot plant will commence in August and is expected to be complete in 2026. Once fully operational, the plant will produce more than 11 million gallon of paints and coatings annually. Initially, the plant will produce pai...
    Tenneco appoints former Gov. Chris Christie to its Board of Directors
    US-based automotive components original equipment manufacturer, and aftermarket ride control and emission-products manufacturer, Tenneco, announced that former Gov. Chris Christie was appointed to its Board of Directors, effective May 30, 2024, according to a press release dated May 21. The company says Christie has extensive leadership experience. On Jan. 19, 2010, he was inaugurated as the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey and re-elected with 60% of the vote in November of 2013 and s...
    Borg Automotive expands range with AC compressor
    Borg Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, announced that it has added a popular AC compressor for Dacia vehicles to its range, according to a press release dated May 17. The product adds eight vehicle applications to an already extensive lineup, the release added. According to the company, until now, workshops and dealers looking for an alternative to the standard compressor for the Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway (1.0 TCe from model year 2021) had a very limited cho...
    Holley Performance Brands reports Q1 2024 sales at $158.6 million, down 7.9% YOY
    Holley Performance Brands, a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions company, has announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2024, according to a press release dated May 8. The company’s net sales decreased 7.9% to $158.6 million compared to $172.2 million last year. Its net income was $3.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $30.7 million compared to $33.9 million last year. "The organizational transformation at Holley is well underway. In the first few m...
    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 ...
    Lumileds to sell its Lamps and Accessories business to First Brands Group
    Lumileds LLC, an LED manufacturer and a solution provider for the global automotive, illumination, display and flash markets, and First Brands Group LLC, a global automotive parts manufacturer serving the worldwide automotive aftermarket, announced that they have entered into an agreement for First Brands to acquire the Lamps and Accessories business of Lumileds for $238 million, according to a press release dated May 17. Under First Brands, the Lamps and Accessories business will continue ...
    US-based dash cam firm Nextbase rolls out product update
    Nextbase, a US-based firm involved in automotive-based dash cam technology, has announced its first major over-the-air (OTA) update for the AI-powered, 4G internet of things (IoT)-connected iQ smart dash cam, select models of which sold out worldwide upon launch late in 2023, according to a press release dated May 20. The first of many planned updates, the latest versions of Nextbase iQ firmware and app add the much-anticipated Guardian Mode, which protects the vehicle when it is in use while...
    US-based suspension control firm JRi launches adjustable shock absorber kit
    JRi Shocks Inc., a US-based racing shock technology firm offering suspension control products for automotive street and racing applications, has announced the launch of its all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma 2.0 Coil over 5-way adjustable shock line, according to a press release dated May 16. The new kits are available for 2024 Toyota Tacoma GEN 4 4x4s and can be purchased at jrishocks.com. The JRi front coil over shocks provide up to a 1.5-inch lift and allow the fitment for a 33-inch tall off-road ...
    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 —...
    US-based NexaMotion Group announces new Transtar distribution center in Florida
    NexaMotion Group, a US-based company offering solutions to simplify complex vehicle repair, has announced the opening of a new Transtar Industries distribution center in Tampa, Fla., according to a press release dated May 16. The new location, which opened on May 13, marks a significant step in the company's expansion strategy, the release added. With a spacious new facility spanning 40,000 square feet, Transtar is poised to offer an extended product catalog for foreign and domestic applicati...
    Delphi outlines its EV brake pads
    Delphi, a provider of automotive parts and solutions, has outlined its electric-vehicle brake pads range that is claimed to offer immediate and reliable braking power that ensures safety and efficiency from the first use, according to a press release dated May 15. Delphi EV brake pads are claimed to be manufactured to exact original equipment tolerances and feature an advanced coating to deliver optimal initial friction performance. The EV brake pads are also said to reduce noise and vibratio...
    Dana expands Spicer coverage for its ReadyShaft-branded driveshaft assemblies
    Dana Inc., the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems, as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has expanded its line of Spicer ReadyShaft driveshafts with the addition of over 3,000 new part numbers, according to a press release dated May 14.  With these new numbers, Dana now offers over 13,000 active stock keeping units (SKUs) for its ReadyShaft program. Featuring a smart part numbering system, the Spicer ReadyShaft program is an innovative solution ...
    Valeo partners with French repair chain Speedy for its Canopy wiper blades
    Speedy, a fast-fit maintenance and repair chain in France, has begun to market the Valeo Canopy, Valeo’s first more environmentally friendly wiper blade, according to a press release dated May 14. This approach benefits Valeo and Speedy, two companies committed to reducing their carbon footprint, as well as French drivers keen to limit their impact on the environment, the statement added. In addition to wiping performance identical to premium blades, the Valeo Canopy range is claimed to sta...
    Canada’s Mevotech expands range with 188 new repair solutions
    Mevotech, a Canada-based engineering, designer and manufacturer of driveline, steering and suspension aftermarket parts, has announced the addition of 188 new part numbers, including 38 aftermarket firsts, according to a press release dated May 15. This recent addition expands Mevotech’s TTX, Supreme and Original Grade product catalogues and emphasizes the company’s dedication to introducing industry-firsts and engineered repair alternatives to the aftermarket, the statement added. Exten...
    ZF Aftermarket expands range with 36 new parts for US and Canada markets
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it has launched 36 new part numbers for a variety of braking, suspension and transmission components for passenger cars in the United States and Canda aftermarket, according to a press release dated May 14. This includes 10 new part numbers for SACHS Continuous Damping Control (CDC) shock absorbers, bringing the total number launched this year to 60, the release added. The new parts are among the 185 new products that ZF Aftermarket has introduced for passeng...
    Dorman Products expands its aftermarket-exclusive repair solutions
    US based aftermarket supplier Dorman Products has announced the release of hundreds of new aftermarket automotive components and assemblies, according to a press release dated May 15. The company says some of its noteworthy releases include Dorman OE FIX-branded innovations such as an upgraded electronic throttle body for popular Chevrolet and GMC vehicles, featuring SensorShield, a shaft seal designed to prevent the intrusion of contaminants that can sometimes cause the failure of the factor...
    Japan’s Mitsuboshi Belt expands overseas business
    Mitsuboshi Belt Co. Ltd., a Japanese timing belt supplier, has announced two new corporate developments with an aim to expand its business in overseas markets, where it sees growth over the medium to long term, according to a press release dated April 11. As part of the first announcement, the company said it will establish a new company in South Korea in order to “respond to demand in Korea more efficiently and in a timely manner.” The company, called Mitsuboshi Belting Korea Co., has it...
    Aftermarket supplier Transtar sells subsidiary The CoverFlexx Group to Axalta
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier Transtar Holding Co. has announced that Axalta Coating Systems, a global coatings company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The CoverFlexx Group, a subsidiary of Transtar. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter, pending regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The CoverFlexx Group specializes in manufacturing and distributing coatings for automotive refinish and aftermarket applications. Brands under the c...
    Dayco announces five senior leadership hires and new headquarters
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive-systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced the appointment of several strategic leadership positions, as well as the relocation of the company’s headquarters to Birmingham, Mich., according to a press release dated May 1. The position includes the appointment of Audrey Harling as vice president and managing director of N.A. Aftermarket and Global Strategy and Planning. Harling has a career steeped in strategic planni...
    Clarios formalizes joint development agreement with sodium-ion battery developer Altris
    Clarios, a US-based supplier of energy storage solutions to original equipment (OE) manufacturers and the aftermarket, and Altris, a Swedish developer and prototype manufacturer of sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries, have announced an exclusive Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for low-voltage mobility applications, according to a press release dated May 13. Under the new JDA, Altris will focus on developing Na-ion cell technology for low-voltage applications, while Clarios will leverage its ...
    Valvoline reports Q2 2024 financial results
    Valvoline Inc. declared its financial results for the second quarter of the 2024 fiscal year, ending March 31, 2024. Compared to the same period in the previous year, net revenue grew 13% to approximately $389 million while its adjusted EBITDA grew 21% year over year to approximately $105 million, with system-wide store sales growing 13% to $746 million. Its adjusted earnings per diluted share increased by 74% to $0.33 while 14 franchised and 24 company-operated new stores were added in ...
    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...
    LKQ to sell Polish distributor Elit Polska to Swedish distributor Meko
    LKQ Corp., a Chicago, US-based provider of alternative and specialty parts and services for automobiles and other vehicles, announced in a press release on May 10 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Elit Polska, a Poland-based distributor of automotive parts, consumables and workshop equipment, to Meko. Meko (previously Mekonomen Group) is an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden. The company operates across eight markets through its group brands FTZ, Inter-Te...
    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 ...
    Genuine Parts Co. announces CEO transition
    Genuine Parts Co. (GPC), a global distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts, has announced that Paul Donahue will transition from chairman and CEO to executive chairman, effective June 3, according to a press release dated April 29. At that time, William Stengel, currently president and COO, will succeed Donahue as president and CEO of GPC and will serve as a member of the board of directors. "The board is confident that Will is the right person to lead GPC into the future an...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services showcases range of lighting spare parts
    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 outlined its comprehensive range of original quality lighting systems, developed by Marelli Automotive Lighting, according to a press release dated April 30. The range has over 5,000 references, nearly 3,000 of which are for the Italian market, the release added. According to the company, the product line ...
    Genuine Parts Co. acquires US-based Motor Parts & Equipment Corp.
    Genuine Parts Co., a global distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts, has announced an acquisition for its US Automotive business, stating that effective April 30, the company acquired Motor Parts & Equipment Corp. (MPEC), according to a press release dated May 1. MPEC, founded in 1938, is based in Rockford, Ill. It is said to be the largest independent owner of NAPA Auto Parts stores in the US, operating 181 locations across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minne...
    Standard Motor Products expands Cam and Crank sensor program
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the expansion of its Camshaft and Crankshaft Position Sensor program with late-model coverage for import and domestic vehicles, according to a press release dated May 6. The company said its Cam and Crank Sensors are engineered for accuracy, speed and durability to help keep vehicles operating as designed and last. The Standard and Blue Streak-branded Cam and Crank Sensor program features c...
    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...
    US aftermarket service provider FullSpeed Automotive appoints new chief marketing officer
    US-based aftermarket repair facility provider FullSpeed Automotive has announced the appointment of Stacey Pool as the new chief marketing officer, effective May 28, according to a press release dated May 1. FullSpeed Automotive owns brands such as Grease Monkey, SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service, and Kwik Kar. Pool brings over two decades of marketing and e-commerce experience with industry-leading brands including Nike, Vail Resorts and most recently, Noodles & Company. Throughout h...
    Dana outlines rear semifloat aftermarket axles for Jeep vehicles
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, outlined its new Ultimate Dana 60 rear semifloat axles saying that they provide Jeep owners with a direct-fit, bolt-in upgrade solution, according to a press release dated May 1. “To get the most out of their vehicles, Jeep owners should consider axle upgrades. Understanding the differences between semi-floating axles and full-floating axles can help enthusiasts make decision...
    Dorman Products says Q1 2024 net sales at $468.7 million, up 0.4% YOY
    Dorman Products Inc., a US-based supplier in the motor vehicle aftermarket industry, has announced that in the first quarter ended March 30, 2024, net sales stood at $468.7 million, up slightly compared to net sales of $466.7 million in the first quarter of 2023, according to a press release dated May 7.  Gross profit was $181.4 million in the first quarter of 2024, or 38.7% of net sales, compared to $144.5 million, or 31.0% of net sales, for the same quarter last year. Commenting on ...
    Germany-based Autodoc announces minority investment by Apollo Funds
    Berlin-based Autodoc SE, an auto parts e-commerce platform, has announced that global alternative asset manager Apollo has led a minority equity investment alongside leading institutional investors at a valuation of €2.3 billion, according to a press release dated May 3. As part of the transaction, two Apollo representatives will join the company’s supervisory board. The funding will support Autodoc’s expansion into the business-to-business sector while strengthening its position in the...
    MEMA applauds US government’s initiative to support vehicle suppliers
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it applauds the announcement on May 6 by US Vice President Kamala Harris and the Biden-Harris Administration in their support of small- and medium-sized auto parts manufacturers and autoworkers, according to a press release dated May 6. MEMA said through the announcement of more than $100 million in funding and...
    Porsche outlines accessories range for its models
    Porsche has outlined its accessories portfolio for its models, saying that its portfolio allows models that have already been delivered to be customized while staying true to the brand with the product and retrofit options, according to a press release dated May 2. The company said all products under Porsche Accessories are tailored to the customers’ requirements and individual life style, and the vehicle warranty remains in full effect. The Porsche Accessories product program currentl...
    Eberspaecher launches Breezonic air-conditioning system for retrofitting
    Eberspaecher, a German automotive supplier of thermal-management systems and automotive control components for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, has launched auxiliary air-conditioning systems under the Breezonic range that allow customers to relax in caravans and recreational vehicles all year round, according to a press release dated May 2. The systems have user-friendly operating elements — from app to touch panel — that allow flexible control. The new Breezonic pro...
    US-based Tint World and coatings provider Xpel announce partnership
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, and Xpel Inc., a global provider of protective films and coatings, have announced a new partnership that ensures Tint World customers and franchisees have convenient, comprehensive access to the premier protective films and coatings for automotive, marine, commercial and residential applications, according to a press release dated May 3. The partnership establishes Tint World as a global authorized ...
    Holley introduces Bluetooth capability for its Electronic Fuel Injection system
    Holley Performance Brands, a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions company, has announced the addition of a Bluetooth module for its Sniper 2 Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) conversion ecosystem, according to a press release dated April 30. The next-generation technology brings greater affordability and accessibility to the easy-to-install, self-tuning EFI system that allows classic cars and trucks with carburetors to run like modern vehicles. The new Sniper 2 Bluetooth module...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel says Q1 2024 revenue $90.1 million, up 5% YOY
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of protective films and coatings, announced its consolidated results for the first quarter and year ended March 31, 2024, according to a press release dated May 2. The company said its revenue increased 5.0% to $90.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2023. Net income decreased 41.7% to $6.7 million, or $0.24 per basic and diluted share, versus net income of $11.4 million, or $0.41 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2023. These results inc...
    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 repair facility Grease Monkey partners with Oilex Operating
    Grease Monkey, a US-based automotive aftermarket repair facility and flagship brand of aftermarket service provider FullSpeed Automotive, has announced a signed agreement that transitions ownership of seven stores in Arizona, US, and Colorado, US, to a firm called Oilex Operating, according to a press release dated April 29. Oilex Operating is headed by President Ron Morrow Jr, who has decades of experience with Grease Monkey, as his father was once the largest franchisee of the bra...
    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 ...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway says Q1 2024 revenue $8.6 billion, up 23% YOY
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that its first quarter 2024 revenue increased 23% to $8.6 billion from $7.0 billion in the first quarter of 2023, according to a press release dated April 24. The company’s net income for the first quarter was $165 million, a 28% decrease compared to net income of $230 million in the same period of 2023. In terms of quarter-over-...
    India’s Uno Minda launches C80 trumpet horn for the aftermarket
    Uno Minda, a Indian tier 1 supplier of automotive solutions to original equipment manufacturers, has announced the launch of a range of trumpet horns, named C80, for the Indian aftermarket, according to a press release dated April 29. Uno Minda’s Ultimo C80 premium trumpet horn comes with a one-year warranty and is priced at 1,080 rupees (about $12.95). It is available at all leading online and offline retail stores including Uno Minda Kart, Amazon and Flipkart, the company said. The tec...
    Mainland China-based ZC Rubber showcases construction tire portfolio at INTERMAT 2024
    Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber), a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently presented its construction tire range at the INTERMAT 2024 in Paris from April 24 to 27, according to a press release dated April 29. The company showcased a wide variety of products including tires from its Westlake & Tianli ranges and tracks from its Yonggu range. INTERMAT is held every three years, and 2024's edition had over 1,000 exhibitors offering their products to the ...
    UK’s Klarius Products offers new parts for the Mini Cooper
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions-control components, announced that it has broadened its catalog of aftermarket emissions components with the addition of 44 new parts to its range, according to a press release dated April 29. Among the highlights is an exhaust system designed for the Mini Cooper. The company said that since its debut in the late 1950s, the Mini Cooper has had a large cultural impact and the redesigned, BMW-manufactured Mini Cooper contin...
    Phinia reports Q1 2024 aftermarket sales at $336 million, up 3% YOY
    Phinia, the spin-off company of the Fuel Systems and Aftermarket segments of Michigan, US-based powertrain technologies supplier BorgWarner, has reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, according to a press release dated April 25. The company’s Aftermarket division sales stood at $336 million, up from $326 million in the first quarter of 2023. Combined with its Fuel Systems division, overall net sales stood at $863 million, an increase of 3.4% compared with the first qua...
    UK-based A1 Motor Stores joins international trading group Global One Automotive
    UK-based A1 Motor Stores, an automotive aftermarket buying and distribution group, has announced its partnership with Global One Automotive, an exclusive automotive alliance of trading groups, according to a press release dated April 26. Effective July 1, A1 Motor Stores will become a shareholder of Global One Automotive, marking a significant milestone in its growth strategy. The decision to join Global One Automotive aligns with A1 Motor Stores' commitment to enhance its presence and compet...
    Vitesco and Sanden International partner for integrated thermal management system for BEVs
    Vitesco Technologies, an international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, and Sanden International (Europe), a global supplier of automotive thermal management technology, have joined forces to develop an integrated thermal management system for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release dated April 25. Within the future-oriented predevelopment project, Sanden develops the compact refrigerant unit with natural refrigerant propane (R29...
    TMD Friction establishes new partnerships for its Textar and Don brands in Italy
    TMD Friction, a supplier of brake-friction solutions for the automotive and brake industry, has announced that it continues its expansion in the Italian market with to two new collaborations, according to a press release dated Apr. 5. The company said it will work with Aldo Romeo and Autocom Palermo for the distribution of Textar and Don braking products for passenger cars. This change follows the recent acquisition by Aequita, a privately-owned industrial group. Aldo Romeo S.p.A. is a distri...
    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...
    Rome-based OCTO Telematics appoints Corrado Sciolla new CEO
    OCTO, a Rome-based company involved in telematics and data analytics services for the Insurance, Fleet Management, and Intelligent Mobility sectors, has announced the appointment of Corrado Sciolla as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors. Sciolla, previously general manager of Wind, President of BT Group Europe and CEO of Cedacri, will lead the global company from Italy, with the aim of consolidating its leadership in the connected mobility sector. He is ...
    Aftermarket firm Trico launches wipers for MG and Haval vehicles for Australian market
    Aftermarket supplier Trico has announced the launch of an extensive range of wiper blades and arms for direct fitment to Haval and MG vehicles for the Australian automotive aftermarket, according to a press release dated Apr. 24. The company has observed that the Haval and MG vehicle brands are experiencing enormous sales growth across the country, meaning that more of these vehicles will be visiting automotive service centres and re-sellers to replace these safety-enhancing consumable vehicl...
    O’Reilly Automotive Inc. says Q1 2024 sales at $3.98 billion, up 7% YOY
    O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., a US-based retailer in the automotive aftermarket industry, has announced record revenue and earnings for its first quarter ended March 31, 2024, according to a press release dated Apr. 24. Sales for the first quarter increased $268 million, or 7%, to $3.98 billion from $3.71 billion for the same period one year ago. Operating income increased 5% to $752 million (or 18.9% of sales) from $717 million (or 19.3% of sales) for the same period one year ago. Net income ...
    Standard Motor Products expands range with 268 new products
    Standard Motor Products, Inc. has announced the introduction of 268 new part numbers in its April new number announcement, according to a press release dated Apr. 23, adding that this release provides new coverage in 75 distinct product categories and 80 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles. The company says its coverage meets the needs of growing demand of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Thirteen Park Assist Sensors have been added, offering new coverage for import vehi...
    Transtar Industries expands product line with original equipment recycled engines
    Transtar Industries has announced that it has added original equipment (OE) recycled engines in addition to its expansive line of OE recycled transmissions and transfer cases to its product offering, according to a press release dated Apr. 23. Over the past six months, Transtar says it has significantly increased its product offering to respond to the evolving needs of auto repair shops. The engines are priced and graded based on part condition and mileage. Products can be purchased on www...
    Auto Parts 4 Less Group Inc. reports revenue growth in Q1 2024
    Auto Parts 4 Less Group Inc., a US-based e-commerce automotive parts firm, has announced that its revenue climbed from $48,573 in January 2024 to $102,409 in March 2024, up 111%, according to a press release dated Apr. 17. The company didn’t disclose further revenue details. Christopher Davenport, CEO and Founder of Auto Parts 4 Less Group Inc. stated, "This success is primarily driven through our LiftKits4Less.com platform, which we reactivated just five months ago. Additionally, while our...
    LKQ Corp. says Q1 2024 revenue $3.7 billion, up 11% YOY
    LKQ Corporation has reported first quarter 2024 financial results. In a press release dated Apr. 23, the company announced that its revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was $3.7 billion, up 10.6% compared to $3.3 billion for the first quarter of 2023. Its total parts and services revenue increased by 12.1%. Other revenue for the first quarter of 2024 fell 14.6% primarily due to weaker precious metals prices relative to the same period in 2023. Net income for the first quarter of 2024 was $15...
    US-based Universal Technical Institute and Interstate Batteries renew alliance
    Universal Technical Institute, the transportation, skilled trades, and energy education division of Universal Technical Institute, Inc., has announced the five-year renewal of its alliance with Interstate Batteries, an automotive replacement battery brand, according to a press release dated Apr. 18. Since the relationship's inception in 2018, Interstate Batteries has become the exclusive battery used in all UTI automotive, diesel, and marine technician training programs. In this renewed partn...
    US-based Netradyne partners with UK aftermarket solutions firm Intelex
    US-based Netradyne, a company involved in AI technology for fleet and driver safety, has announced its expansion into the UK market by partnering with Intelex, a provider of aftermarket vehicle safety solutions based in Birmingham, UK, according to a press release dated April 22. The move is aimed at revolutionizing the landscape of vehicle safety solutions in the region, the statement added. Driver•i, Netradyne’s vision-based safety camera system, uses AI, machine learning and ...
    US-based Auto Parts 4 Less Group announces investment from RB Capital
    Auto Parts 4 Less Group Inc., a US-based, e-commerce automotive parts firm, announced that it has completed the first tranche of funding from RB Capital Partners, following the successful restructuring of its balance sheet, according to a press release dated April 11. The company aims to focus toward fostering revenue growth and operational expansion, the release added. Commenting on the move, Christopher Davenport, CEO of Auto Parts 4 Less Group, said, "We are thrilled to partner with RB Cap...
    Valeo announces new Power division
    French automotive supplier Valeo had earlier in 2024 announced its intention to merge its thermal and powertrain activities into a single entity to better address the electrification market expectations and to further improve its competitiveness and financial performance. Following the announcement, the company has created the Valeo Power division on April 22, according to a press release issued on the same day. The company believes the acceleration of electrification relies on powertrai...
    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...
    Denso expands its aftermarket rotating electrics range
    Denso announced that it has launched 27 starters and 22 alternators, linked to 491 original equipment part numbers, to its aftermarket range, according to a press release dated April 3. The company said the additions significantly increase the scope for the European service and repair sector to supply and fit premium quality replacement components, with the performance and reliability that its parts offer. Addressing the passenger car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) sectors, these ...
    Goodyear launches next generation of Dunlop all-season tire
    Goodyear announced that its brand Dunlop has launched its next generation of all-season tires, according to a press release dated April 11. The Dunlop All Season 2 has been developed to compete in the value segment of the all-season market, projected to grow by an estimated 2% to 3% each year between 2023 and 2028, according to the release. The new All Season 2 is designed to fit a range of modern vehicles, such as popular city cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Supply began in February,...
    Lumileds launches new Philips Xperion 3000 under-bonnet LED light
    Lumileds, a France-based manufacturer of original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket automotive lighting and accessories, has announced the launch of the latest version of the Philips Xperion 3000 range of work lamps, according to a press release dated April 4. The Philips Xperion 3000 Under-bonnet LED light is designed to offer a powerful, bright light and be super flexible, handy and easy to operate, the release added. The light provides 1,000 lumens of light with a wide beam angle of 1...
    Meko automates and streamlines the central warehouse in Finland
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it is modernizing its central warehouse in Helsinki with new technology and automated inventory management, according to a press release dated April 12. The renovated warehouse will enhance the efficiency of operations, lead to improved service, and result in sustainably lower costs. The facility is planned to be fully operational in the first half of 2025. Meko is the market leader in the...
    Denso among companies chosen to enhance automotive recycling process
    Denso Corp. and other partners have been chosen by an industry-government-academia collaborative project aiming to expand the recycle content for automobiles in the fiscal year 2023, supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, according to a press release dated April 16. The project, titled "Demonstration of Manufacturing-and-Recycling Integrated Process for Horizontal Cycle* Enabled by Automated Sophisticated Dismantling of ELVs, (end-of-life vehicles)" has begun in early March and is ...
    NexaMotion Group continues its product offering expansion in Fort Worth, Texas
    Transtar Industries, a company from the NexaMotion Group, a US-based company offering solutions to simplify complex vehicle repair, has announced a new location that will carry an extended product offering, according to a press release dated April 16. In addition to transmission and driveline-related products, general repair product lines are now available at Transtar's branch in Fort Worth, Texas, the company said. This development follows a similar expansion at four other Transtar locations...
    Meko accelerates expansion of its BilXtra brand in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that its branch and workshop concept BilXtra is broadening its footprint in the Swedish market, according to a press release dated April 15. The company has formed a partnership with Bilam, the owner of five facilities in southern Sweden, with a goal to further boost BilXtra's brand recognition and establish it as a vital addition to Meko's suite of other concepts in Sweden, the release added. ...
    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...
    Holley Performance Brands appoints Chet Baker as senior vice president of Sales
    Holley Performance Brands, a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions company, has announced that Chet Baker has joined the organization as senior vice president of Sales, according to a press release dated April 10. Baker is among several new sales leaders to recently join the organization as the company strengthens its sales team to engage enthusiasts more directly across the company’s consumer vertical groupings: Domestic Muscle, Modern Truck & Off-Road, Euro & ...
    US-based Solero Technologies to acquire Kendrion’s Automotive business
    Atar Capital, a Los Angeles-based global private investment firm, announced that Solero Technologies has signed an agreement with Kendrion to acquire Kendrion’s Automotive business in Europe and the US, according to a press release dated April 15. Solero Technologies will effectuate the transaction with support from Atar Capital. Solero Technologies is a global supplier of transmission solenoids, engine solenoids, stop-start accumulators and hydraulic control modules to automotive...
    CLEPA calls for rules to ensure fair competition in the automotive aftermarket
    The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison Européen des Fabricants d'Equipements et de Pièces Automobiles: CLEPA) has released a note on the importance of competition as a fundamental principle in the automotive aftermarket and the importance of permanent adaption of the framework that fosters competition developed by the legislator and the European Court of Justice, according to the statement by CLEPA Secretary General Benjamin Krieger dated April 12. The associat...
    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...
    Survey reveals 84% of US independent repair shops view vehicle data access as top issue
    US-based Auto Care Association has released results from a new nationwide survey of repair shops highlighting the challenges that independent repair facilities face when servicing vehicles, often forcing them to turn away business, according to a press release dated April 10. These new survey findings reiterate the immediate need for the bipartisan REPAIR Act, which would ensure that vehicle owners and repairers of their choice have access to the vehicle data, tools and software required to main...
    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...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services outlines range of A/C 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 outlined its range of A/C system recharging and maintenance stations called Alaska, which is also suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles, according to a press release dated April 2. The company believes summers can often come without warning, forcing drivers to start using their air conditioning again, ...
    Delphi outlines aftermarket solutions for hydrogen vehicles
    Delphi, a brand of PHINIA Inc. and a provider of automotive parts and solutions, has outlined its aftermarket solutions for hydrogen vehicles, which includes advanced parts, specialized training and diagnostics, according to a press release dated April 8.  The company believes hydrogen has emerged as a leading candidate for clean combustion thanks to its high energy content in the switch to alternative fuels. It says as the world grapples with the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions...
    Continental acquires mold specialist for CV and specialty tires
    Continental has announced that it has acquired the mold manufacturing specialist EMT Púchov s.r.o. based in Slovakia, according to a press release dated April 8. EMT is a manufacturer of special tire molds, especially for commercial vehicle and specialty tires. The company specializes in the milling of molds made of steel.  All 107 employees, who have specialist knowledge in mold manufacturing, have been taken on by Continental. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed. With ...
    German petrol station brand Jet partners with Pace for payment solutions
    Pace Telematics, a provider of mobile payment solutions in the European petrol station market, has announced a partnership with Jet, Germany’s petrol station brand of 14 years, according to a press release dated April 10. The company says this cooperation marks a significant step in digitizing the refueling experience and setting new standards for convenience and efficiency. As per the partnership, starting immediately, Jet will use Pace's Connected Fueling platform as its primary mobile pa...
    AccuAir Suspension is now available at Mopar dealers
    AccuAir Suspension, maker of next-generation on- and off-road air suspension control products, announced that it has partnered with Mopar to offer the AccuAir Dynamic Suspension Jeep line at 2700 Mopar dealerships nationwide through the Mopar affiliate program, according to a press release dated April 4. This line includes the Jeep JK, JL and JT models, and the new kits can lift vehicles up to 4 inches and clear 37-inch tires easily, the company said. AccuAir said its kits are ...
    Philips launches GoPure GP5212 automotive air purifier
    Lumileds, a lighting solutions company, has announced the launch of the Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, according to a press release dated April 5. GoPure GP5212 effectively filters out airborne allergens including pollen and mold that can pass through the cabin filters typically found in vehicles. Standard cabin air filters typically trap particulates of 5-100 microns. The Philips GoPure GP5212 can filter particles as smal...
    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 ...
    UK-based GSF Car Parts outlines range of rotating electrics
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that it is offering support to motorists impacted by the cold weather with its extensive range of economically priced rotating electrics, according to a press release dated March 26. Studies conducted by Borg Automotive and Linköbing University show that in 2023, the aftermarket manufacturer sold 60% of all starters and alternators in the UK between the months of October 2022 and March 2023. Much of the...
    Toyota-owned Koito Manufacturing inaugurates third plant in India
    Koito Manufacturing, a Toyota-group lighting supplier, has started the operation of its third plant in India on March 18, according to a press release dated March 29. Koito expects production capacity for its front lighting and indicators to reach the 500,000-vehicles level at the end of fiscal year 2025. The plant is expected to supply to Maruti Suzuki, Tata and other manufacturers in western parts of the country. The plant has been established by Koito’s subsidiary India Japa...
    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...
    Eucon Americas elevates Paul Zorrilla as managing director LatAm
    Eucon Americas has announced the appointment of Paul Zorrilla as managing director Latin America, according to a press release dated March 22. In his new role, he will continue to build up the local presence of the automotive division in Latin America and help Eucon to systematically expand its American network. Eucon Latin America is a fully owned subsidiary of Eucon Americas LLC, based in Atlanta. Zorrilla was announced as regional director when the subsidiary first opened in April 202...
    Continental launches digital tire management app ContiConnect Lite
    Continental has launched ContiConnect Lite, a new app version for digital tire management, according to a press release dated March 20. ContiConnect Lite creates a bridge between tire sensors and professional tire management, and offers a free-of-charge gateway to selected ContiConnect features. It can now be used on tires with an integrated Gen2 sensor. Since 2024, Continental has been delivering its off-the-road (OTR) radial tires with a Bluetooth-enabled sensor ex factory. “Digital tire ...
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