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    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 ...
    Toyota strengthens its battery production capabilities
    Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) has agreed with Panasonic Holdings Corp. (Panasonic HD) to make Primearth EV Energy Co. Ltd. (PEVE) a wholly owned subsidiary, according to a press release dated March 5. The move is aimed at strengthening PEVE’s capabilities in mass-producing automotive batteries. The acquisition took place in late March. Among Toyota-affiliated companies, currently PEVE, Toyota Industries Corp., and Prime Planet Energy & Solutions Inc. (ownership: Toyota 51%, Pa...
    MEMA & eShipping partner to offer logistics solutions for the aftermarket
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced its partnership with eShipping, a nationwide distribution chain management company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., according to a press release dated April 2. The newly launched MEMA & eShipping Partner Program aims to enhance logistics solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry, the release added. The...
    Auto Care Association hosts cataloging standards conference in Brazil
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, in collaboration with the US Commercial Service Office of the US Consulate in São Paulo, hosted a data standards conference on March 19, 2024, in São Paulo, according to a press release dated March 28. The conference was part of the association’s trade promotion initiatives, made possible by the Market Development Cooperator (MDCP) award from the US Commerce Departm...
    Aftermarket supplier Transtar elevates Anna Gluck to chief human resources officer
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier Transtar Holding Co. has announced the promotion of Anna Gluck to the position of chief human resources officer to support the company's rapid growth plans through organic expansion and targeted acquisitions, according to a press release dated April 1. Gluck has been with Transtar since 2020, where she led the company's total rewards program and employee engagement efforts, with a strategic focus on employee training and development programs, and attra...
    Delphi expands its steering and suspension range
    Delphi has outlined its range of steering and suspension (S&S) systems that offer vehicle stability, control and safety, according to a press release dated March 17. The company plans to launch a new-to-range program that will see the addition of over 1,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) annually in 2024, 2025, and 2026. This means more than 180 million vehicles in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region will be covered. From April 2024, the company plans to add more than 700 new part ...
    Akebono Brake Corp. launches new fleet-focused product line
    Akebono Brake Corp. has announced the release of a new product line: Akebono Severe Duty Ultra-Premium Fleet Brake Pads, according to a press release dated March 28. The company said its fleet-focused Severe Duty Ultra-Premium brake pads are engineered to redefine performance standards in the demanding realm of severe-duty applications. Aimed at vehicles such as police and emergency vehicles, tow trucks, delivery fleets, or construction vehicles, the brake pads have been designed with meti...
    MEMA announces formation of Aftermarket Suppliers CEO Council
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced the formation of the Aftermarket Suppliers CEO Council, according to a press release dated March 27. Exclusively for top aftermarket leaders, the council brings together executives from the automotive, commercial vehicle and remanufacturing sectors, the release added. MEMA said its networking groups are consisten...
    Mainland China’s Cheche enters into partnership for new-energy vehicle insurance
    Mainland China-based Cheche, an auto insurance technology platform, has announced a partnership with Beijing Houji Insurance Brokerage Co., an affiliate of Xiaomi Corp., in an effort to broaden its partner network with firms in the new-energy vehicle (NEV) industry, according to a press release dated March 28. Cheche offers a digital auto insurance transaction software-as-a-service platform with operational support. With the partnership, Cheche will provide auto insurance service so...
    Israel-based SaverOne signs agreement with Iveco
    SaverOne, an Israeli technology company engaged in transportation safety solutions, announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with Iveco, which designs, manufactures and markets light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated March 27. The agreement is a collaboration to develop a solution to prevent driver distraction from cellphone use. The agreement covers the integration of SaverOne’s safety technology within Iveco's v...
    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...
    Blink Charging's Jenifer Yokley promoted to chief marketing officer
    Blink Charging Co. (Blink) has announced the promotion of Jenifer Yokley to chief marketing officer from the position of senior vice president of Marketing and head of Governmental Affairs, which comes after its recently announced record fourth-quarter earnings and the opening of its new global headquarters, according to a press release on March 25. Of the announcement, Brendan Jones, president and CEO, said, "It’s no coincidence that Jen’s promotion to CMO coincides with a truly exc...
    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...
    Holley Performance Brands makes new senior appointments across aftermarket verticals
    Holley Performance Brands, a company involved in automotive aftermarket performance solutions, has announced the addition of two new senior leaders who will focus on enhancing the customer experience across Holley’s portfolio of brands, according to a press release dated March 26. The company said that Charlie Taylor and Will Robbins, who collectively represent nearly 50 years of automotive industry experience, have joined the organization as vice president of Digital Strategy and vice pres...
    Standard Motor Products-owned Pollak launches trailer connectors and accessories
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the introduction of Pollak's new line of trailer connectors, adapters and accessories, according to a press release dated March 25. The Pollak line of precision-engineered trailer connectors, adapters, extensions and accessories have been specifically designed for towing with light-duty and medium-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The Pollak Trailer Connector program is ma...
    Holley rebrands as Holley Performance Brands to accelerate growth
    Holley Inc, a US-based company involved in in automotive aftermarket performance solutions, has announced the shift in its operations branding from Holley Performance Products to Holley Performance Brands, according to a press release dated Mar. 20. The company says the change underscores its goal to expand its influence and enhance its presence across the high-performance automotive aftermarket sector. Evolving from its previous primary focus on classic muscle and truck, Holley Performance B...
    Mobileye to wind down its aftermarket solutions unit
    Self-driving technology company Mobileye has announced that it has chosen to wind down its aftermarket solutions unit that provides retrofitted advanced driver assistance technology, after a thorough review of this unit’s business prospects and investment needs, according to a press release dated Mar. 18. The company observed that the demand and future addressable market for retrofitted ADAS solutions has declined as automakers and other vehicle manufacturers have steadily increased the rat...
    Alliance Automotive Group’s locations to come under the NAPA Auto Parts brand
    Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), a European automotive aftermarket distributor, has announced a rebranding initiative that will see its network of over 275 locations come together under the unified banner of NAPA Auto Parts, according to a press release dated Mar. 19. Over the next 12-18 months, it will be aligned with its key parts brand, NAPA to “create a stronger, more globally recognised brand identity”, the release added. This move aims to bridge its subsidiaries under one cohesive b...
    Delphi expands online presence with Spanish and Italian site launch
    Delphi, a brand of PHINIA Inc., has announced the launch of its refreshed website in Spanish and Italian in an effort to strengthen ties with professionals in the automotive and technology sectors, according to a press release dated Mar. 17. The company says the program highlights its ongoing efforts to providing skilled assistance in distributors, technicians’, and workshops' native languages. Delphi’s website overhaul is claimed to offer an intuitive user experience, incorporating advan...
    ZF Aftermarket expands TRW brake booster & master cylinder product lines
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it has expanded its parts offerings for vehicles in the United States and Canada, adding 80 new listings to its TRW and SACHS branded portfolios, according to a press release dated Mar. 19. The latest additions expand coverage to more than 5 million vehicles in operation. New braking products include 31 different part numbers for TRW brake boosters and master cylinders for 2.7 million vehicles in operation, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen br...
    Hitachi Astemo Americas named Jose Gonzalez marketing manager
    Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc, a manufacturer of engine management, electric powertrain, and integrated vehicle controls, announced that Jose Gonzalez has been named the new Marketing Manager for the Hitachi Astemo Americas Aftermarket Division, according to a press release dated Mar. 21. Gonzalez steps into the role that was vacated by Hannah Hua, who will be taking on a new role as Project Manager at Hitachi Astemo Americas Aftermarket Division. As Marketing Manager for the Hitachi Astemo...
    VinFast founder launches EV charging company V-Green
    Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup Corporation and founder of VinFast, has announced the establishment of an electric vehicle charging station venture named V-Green, according to a press release dated Mar. 18. VinFast vehicles will receive priority access at the EV charging stations. According to the release, V-Green's mission is twofold: investing in the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure system that prioritizes supporting VinFast vehicles, and propelling Vietnam towar...
    Freudenberg-owned Corteco opens warehouse in Turkey
    Corteco, a German supplier of components for the independent aftermarket and the independent aftermarket unit of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST), has announced that it has unveiled its new warehouse in Turkey with the aim of further expansion in Southeast Europe, according to a press release dated Mar. 19. Corteco says Turkey is a pivotal market for the company as it hosts many customers from the independent aftermarket in both passenger car and heavy-duty vehicle sectors. With the new...
    Premium Guard launches revamped website for Interfil
    Premium Guard Inc. (PGI), a US-based aftermarket supplier of filters, has announced the launch of a redesigned website and parts catalog for its North American manufacturing hub and Mexico market leader, Interfil, according to a press release dated March 19. The company said Interfil's new website features a refreshed design with a sleek, modern layout for better user experience and the latest web technology for improved functionality. The website features extensive information about Interfil...
    Standard Motor Products expands Oil Filter Housing Kit program
    Standard Motor Products Inc., a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the expansion of its line of Oil Filter Housing Kits, according to a press release dated March 12. The company said the Standard Oil Filter Housing Kits feature design improvements over the original equipment (OE) units, are application-specific, not universal and come completely assembled from the factory for a drop-in solution. According to the company, OE oil filter housings, such as those on ...
    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...
    Advance Auto Parts appoints three new independent directors
    Advance Auto Parts Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced that it has appointed A. Brent Windom, Gregory L. Smith and Thomas W. Seboldt as independent directors to the Advance Auto Parts board, effective immediately, according to a press release dated March 11. In connection with these appointments, the company has entered into a cooperation agreement with Third Point LLC and Saddle Point Man...
    US ecommerce platform CARiD.com secures $35 million in funding
    CARiD.com, a digital commerce platform for the automotive aftermarket specializing in car parts and accessories, has announced the successful closure of a $35 million funding round, according to a press release dated March 7. The funding will fuel further expansion and technological advancements, and enhance customer service capabilities. Founded in 2008, CARiD said it has grown from a startup into one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly platforms for automotive parts and accessories....
    Nexus Automotive recognizes Schaeffler as growth accelerator within the Nexus network
    Nexus Automotive International (Nexus), a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors, announced that it has honored Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket with the NEXUS Growth Accelerator Passenger Cars 2014–2024 Award, according to a press release dated March 15. The award ceremony took place during the NEXUS Business Forum from March 5 to 7, 2024, in Monaco. As an automotive aftermarket network, Nexus recognizes the successful and trusting cooperation with Schaeffler as ...
    Stoneridge appoints Troy Cooprider as chief technology officer
    Stoneridge, a US-based manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, commercial vehicle and off-highway industries, announced the appointment of Troy Cooprider to the position of chief technology officer, according to a press release dated March 14. Cooprider will set the company’s strategic technology and product roadmaps, and support future innovation and growth through oversight of the global engineering function. “We have a cle...
    HL Mando reaches milestone of making suspensions for over 200 million vehicles
    HL Mando, a South Korea-based global car parts manufacturer specializing in car suspension, announced that it has recently manufactured suspensions for 200 million vehicles, according to a press release dated March 14. The company said it was the first to manufacture automotive suspensions domestically in South Korea in 1972, and the reaching of the 200 million milestone is the result of its supplying car parts to various automobile manufacturers, including Hyundai Motors. There are t...
    UK-based GSF Car Parts opens new Wembley branch
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that it has opened its new Wembley, UK, branch on March 4, according to a press release dated March 5. This is the second branch the parts supplier has opened in 2024 and the first of several new sites it is set to open in the greater London area in 2024, it said. GSF said it supplies thousands of independent garages, national chains and retail customers (via www.GSFcarparts.com) throughout the UK w...
    BM Catalysts expands range with addition of 22 new part numbers
    UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions products, BM Catalysts, has announced that with the vehicle parc growing year over year, the company continues to expand its range to meet demand, and has recently added 22 new part numbers covering 145 vehicle fitments, according to a press release dated March 13. The company said the range expansion has grown its vehicle parc coverage by over 2 million vehicles. Of these new additions, seven references are manufactured to meet Euro 6 emissions ...
    Eaton’s EV chargers meet California’s CTEP requirements for billing transparency
    Power-management company Eaton has announced that its Green Motion electric vehicle chargers available in North America are certified to meet the California Type Evaluation Program (CTEP) requirements for transparent billing practices, according to a press release dated March 6. CTEP is a certification program from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) created to ensure that weighing and measuring devices operate correctly. The comp...
    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...
    Valeo outlines its remanufactured truck clutches
    Valeo has reiterated that it offers remanufactured clutches for a wide range of truck models, from Mercedes to Scania to Iveco, with an aim to provide commercial vehicle owners with a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing new parts, according to a press release dated March 6. The company also offers a two-year warranty on unlimited mileage (same as Valeo’s new clutches). “Valeo is doing its utmost to ensure that the future is a bright one and believes remanufactu...
    ZF Aftermarket launches new Lemförder chassis parts for EVs
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it is offering an extensive range of chassis components for cars, vans and trucks under its Lemförder brand, according to a press release dated March 13. About 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide use chassis parts from ZF for their cars with many electric cars also equipped with ZF components. The company said it provides vehicle workshops with spare parts that correspond exactly to the specifications of those of original equipment. With regular new listings,...
    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...
    Tenneco-owned DRiV to expand product coverage in the Americas
    DRiV, the aftermarket and ride-performance division of Tenneco, announced that it has introduced 181 new part numbers across its portfolio of leading brands during the first two months of 2024, according to a press release dated March 8. From January through February, the company introduced new part numbers in North America, which will provide millions of additional repair occasions across five of its leading brands. These parts are from its wide range of brands that include Monroe Shocks and...
    China’s SunCar announces partnership with Li Auto Insurance
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a new business agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Chengle Network Technology Co. Ltd., with Beijing Li Auto Insurance Brokerage Co., according to a press release dated Feb. 21. This partnership focuses on developing a state-of-the-art information technology system for insurance brokerage. This agreement has a tota...
    CarParts.com says its 2023 sales of $676 million, up 2% YOY, is its highest ever
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 30, 2023. In a press release dated March 7, 2024, the company reported net sales in fiscal year at $675.7 million, up 2% from $661.6 million in fiscal year 2022. Net loss in fiscal year 2023 was $8.2 million compared to a net loss of $1.0 million in the previous year, the release added. Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2023 was $156.4...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services outlines its range of spark plugs and glow plugs
    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 spark plugs and preheating glow plugs capable of meeting the needs of more than 96% of the European circulating park, according to a press release dated March 7. The company said while much attention is now focused on the transition to electric mobility, the majority of...
    Vitesco develops high-voltage box to integrate charging, power conversion applications in one unit
    Vitesco Technologies, a leading global supplier of new-age drive technologies and electrification solutions, is developing a series of applications of its high-voltage box, which is a modular system that makes charging, converting and distributing electricity in electric vehicles cheaper by integrating several functions in one unit, the company announced Feb. 28. The cost can be saved depending on the design of the high-voltage box, which includes the vehicle onboard charger for AC charging o...
    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...
    Braking solutions supplier TMD Friction launches new website
    TMD Friction, a supplier of brake-friction solutions for the automotive and brake industry, has announced that it is developing a new, modern brand direction, which includes focusing on business practices and solutions to minimize its environmental impact, according to a press release dated Feb. 29. The company said it is heralding these developments with the launch of a new company website. According to the release, the new website is modern and dynamic and has a new, dedicated section for s...
    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...
    Mitsubishi launches proof of concept for EV smart charging in Japan
    Mitsubishi Motors, MC Retail Energy Co. Ltd., Kaluza Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) have announced the launch of a proof of concept (PoC) in electric vehicle smart charging, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. Kaluza is a subsidiary of the UK-based energy service provider OVO Group, in which MC acquired a 20% interest in 2019. This PoC will seek to verify the commercial viability of what would be Japan's first smart-charging service, leveraging EV connected technologies. The data...
    Dayco begins production at its belt-manufacturing facility in Mexico
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive-systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced that it has begun full-scale production of original equipment quality drive belts in its new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí in Mexico, according to a press release dated March 4. The company had announced in end-2022 that it was investing in the facility. The official grand opening ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27, gave Dayco CEO Craig Frohock and several of t...
    US lubricant-maker Amsoil launches new synthetic motor oil
    Amsoil, a US corporation that primarily formulates and packages synthetic lubricants, fuel additives and filters, announced that it has added a new 0W-40 viscosity to its original equipment (OE) 100% Synthetic Motor Oil line, according to a press release dated March 1. This new OE 0W-40 is primarily for newer RAM HD trucks equipped with the 6.4-liter Hemi engine. The motor oil is specifically designed to deliver maximum wear protection, fuel economy and emissions control for the lon...
    American Industrial Partners completes acquisition of Veoneer
    Automotive technology company Veoneer announced that the American Industrial Partners Capital Fund VII (AIP Fund VII) has completed the acquisition of Veoneer's Restraint Control Systems business from SSW Partners LP, according to a press release dated March 1. The deal was first announced on Dec. 6, 2023. Veoneer claims to be a market leader in automotive safety electronics. It said that in the past year, nearly one in every four cars that left production lines globally was equipped wit...
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada signs a five-year agreement with Boss Lubricants
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada Inc., a subsidiary of TotalEnergies that manufactures a full range of lubricants for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial vehicle markets across Canada, including fuel-economy engine oils, biodegradable lubricants and high-performance greases, has announced the signing of a commercial partnership with Boss Lubricants, a Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. Boss Lubricants operates 11 branches from Vanc...
    ZF Aftermarket launches sensors for driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles
    ZF Aftermarket has announced the introduction of sensors for commercial vehicle applications on the independent aftermarket for the first time under its Wabco brand, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. The sensors are the front camera for the OnLaneALERT lane-departure warning system and the radar sensor for the OnGuardACTIVE automatic emergency braking system. ZF Aftermarket said it provides these spare parts in original equipment (OE) specification and quality for many DAF and ...
    Israel-based SaverOne launches new pilot project in the US
    SaverOne, an Israeli technology company engaged in transportation safety solutions, announced that it has launched a new pilot project in the US with Motor Supply Inc., according to a press release dated Feb. 22. Motor Supply is a trucking company based in Columbia, SC. SaverOne's System was installed on a portion of Motor Supply's fleet of 16 trucks. The pilot is expected to run over a period of 12 months and, if successful, potentially expand to the rest of the fleet and any futur...
    Dorman Products reports 2023 sales at $1,929.8 million, up 11% YOY
    Dorman Products Inc., a US-based supplier in the motor vehicle aftermarket industry, has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2023, according to a press release dated Feb. 26, 2024. The company reported fourth-quarter 2023 net sales of $494.3 million, down 1% compared to net sales of $501.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross profit was $194.2 million, or 39.3% of net sales, compared to $157.8 million, or 31.5% of net sales, for the same...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway acquires Carousel Motor Group
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has purchased Carousel Motor Group, growing its footprint in one of the largest markets in the North Central Region, Minneapolis-St. Paul, according to a press release dated Feb. 27. The group, comprised mainly of premium luxury brands, is projected to generate more than $900 million in annualized revenue. "We are excited to e...
    UAE based-Neweast General Trading and Isuzu announce partnership
    Neweast General Trading, a United Arab Emirates-based importer and distributor of aftermarket automotive spare parts, announced that it has partnered with Isuzu Motors, with the opening of a dealership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), according to a press release dated Feb. 29. This collaboration, symbolized by a Feb. 23 signing ceremony, sets a new standard for innovation and leadership in automotive excellence, the release added. Strategically positioned in the heart of KSA, the Neweas...
    Germany’s Rotary launches new pit lift model
    Rotary, a Germany-based maker of hydraulic vehicle lifts and wheel service products, and part of automotive equipment company Vehicle Service Group (VSG), announced the launch of the Portal Lift 17 Vario, a new suspended pit lift in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. The Portal Lift 17 Vario joins Rotary's Blitz Series and has been engineered for heavy-duty use, with a capacity of 17 metric tons. Developed with a long-standing and innovative lift t...
    Hankook launches winter tire in the US for enhanced ice control and snow safety
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire & Technology Co. has announced the latest update to its winter product line with the Winter i*cept iZ3 tire in the US, according to a press release dated Feb. 23. Engineered to deliver durability and improved performance in snow and ice, the Winter i*cept iZ3 is designed for compact and full-size sedans, while the i*cept iZ3 X is designed for the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, the release added. “For many Americans, winter driving can be...
    Japan's Marubeni to invest in production of next-generation recovered carbon black
    Marubeni Corp. (Marubeni), a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, announced that it has invested in RCB Nanotechnologies GmbH (RCBNano), a Germany-based company that is currently constructing a plant to produce next-generation recovered carbon black (rCB2.0) used in tires, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. The company observed that there has been increasing interest within the tire and rubber product industry in recent years, in the process to produce recovered carbon ...
    Schaeffler Group reappoints CEOs of both Automotive divisions
    The supervisory board of Schaeffler AG has agreed to renew the contracts of Executive Board Members Matthias Zink and Jens Schüler for five years each, effective Jan. 1, 2025, according to a press release dated Feb. 23, 2024. Zink has been a member of the executive board and CEO of Schaeffler’s Automotive Technologies division since Jan. 1, 2017. Schüler was appointed to the executive board on Jan. 1, 2022, serving in that capacity as CEO of the Group’s global Automotive Aftermarket div...
    Japan’s Mitsubishi to acquire 32% of India’s TVS Vehicle Mobility Solution
    Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) announced that it has agreed to subscribe approximately 32% shares in TVS Vehicle Mobility Solution Pvt. Ltd. (TVS VMS), a multibrand dealer in India, through private placement, according to a press release dated Feb. 19. To gain a downstream foothold in the rapidly growing Indian automotive sector, MC had invested in one of India's largest independent aftersales services providers, i.e., TVS Automobile Solutions (TASL), in 2019. TASL has a network of about 700...
    Japan’s Sojitz Corp. acquires Panama’s Silaba Motors
    Sojitz Corp., a Japan-based company engaged in trading business, investment and financial activities, announced that it has acquired full ownership of Silaba Motors SA, a company primarily engaged in sales of Kia and Mazda vehicles, to enter the car dealership business in Panama, according to a press release dated Feb. 21. Established in 1991, Silaba Motors is an authorized automotive import wholesaler and dealership operator. According to the release, Silaba Motors’ strength lies in its on...
    Meko’s nomination committee proposes Dominick Zarcone as new chairman of the board
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that its nomination committee has proposed Dominick Zarcone as the new chairman of the board in Meko AB at the Annual General Meeting 2024, according to a press release dated Feb. 19. Zarcone currently serves as the president and CEO of LKQ Corp., listed on the Nasdaq, and has an extensive background with several senior executive roles in major corporations, the release added. According...
    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...
    Michelin joins Antin and Enviro for construction of first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden
    Michelin has joined Antin and Enviro to announce the construction of the first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden, according to a press release dated Feb. 23. The joint venture has secured a series of multiyear contracts for the supply of used tires and the upcycling of recovered carbon black and pyrolysis oil. This first plant will have capacity to recycle approximately 35,000 metric tons of used tires annually and to create up to 40 green jobs in the local community. This JV is part...
    Bosch expands workshop range with replacement parts for A/C systems
    German automotive supplier Bosch said that it is expanding its workshop offering with A/C components to cover the repair needs of A/C systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 6. The company has so far offered fully automatic A/C service units and accessories for the maintenance of A/C systems in vehicles. With A/C compressors and condensers for vehicles from most European manufacturers, the new range of replacement parts initially includes two key wear parts for the A/C system. In the...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway completes transaction with Pendragon
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has completed the transaction with Pendragon PLC, to be renamed Pinewood Technologies Group PLC, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. With the move, the company has acquired the UK Motor and Fleet Management divisions of Pendragon, the UK's third-largest automotive dealership group, and formed a strategic partnership with P...
    Forvia Hella elevates Philippe Vienney as new CFO
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, announced that it has appointed Philippe Vienney as CFO of Forvia Hella and appointed him as a new member of the management board in this function, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. Vienney will take up the post on March 1. He will take over as CFO from Bernard Schäferbarthold, CEO at Forvia Hella, who is acting CFO until Vienney takes office. Economist Vienney has been with Forvia, the world's se...
    Stellantis-owned Eurorepar launches its new Reliance AllSeason tire
    Eurorepar, the Stellantis Group’s multibrand range of automobile products (spare parts, accessories, tires, oils, consumables, etc.), announced that it has launched an all-weather, all-season tire called the Reliance AllSeason, according to a press release dated Feb. 5. The tire is designed to fit most models on the market and suits almost all conditions, the release added. The tire has an asymmetrical design that offers a smooth ride in the rain, with wide grooves to expel water and reduce...
    US-based Clarience Technologies acquires Safe Fleet to expand safety technology portfolio
    Clarience Technologies, a US-based provider of visibility and safety technology solutions for transportation, announced that it has acquired Safe Fleet, a company involved in safety solutions for fleet vehicles, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. “Clarience Technologies and Safe Fleet share a common mission of making transportation safer and smarter through technology. The acquisition of Safe Fleet provides our company with critical technologies, deep vocational segment expertise a...
    US-based Galleher Industries acquires replacement truck body-parts maker Fleet Parts & Services
    US-based Galleher Industries has announced the acquisition of Fleet Parts & Service Inc. as part of its efforts to broaden its national network and product portfolio to support truck body and trailer original equipment manufacturers, and fleet operators, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. Founded in 1937, Galleher manufactures and distributes lumber and fabricated metal components to truck body and trailer OEMs. Galleher is backed by Boyne Capital Partners, a Florida, US-based pr...
    Dorman outlines new light- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, announced that it has released more than 200 new motor vehicle and heavy-duty truck repair solutions in February alone, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. The new products represent millions of new sales opportunities for automotive and heavy-duty parts distributors, retailers and repair shops, reinforcing Dorman’s position as the premier go-to source for technicians and dedicated DIYer...
    Borg Automotive opens new headquarters in Denmark
    Borg Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, announced that since the start of 2024, the Danish headquarters of the company have been located at a new address, according to a press release dated Feb. 14. Following a construction period of about a year, the company moved into a new, modern building at Funder Dalgårdsvej 12, Silkeborg, Denmark. The company aims to produce 100% of the energy required to operate the building on its own using solar panels. The company believe...
    Italian automotive body ANFIA says 2023 spare parts turnover up 11.58% YOY
    Italy-based National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA) has announced that its Aftermarket Barometer, a statistical survey within the ANFIA Components Group, has revealed that the aftermarket turnover of the association’s group companies grew 11.58% in 2023 compared to 2022, according to a press release dated Feb. 16, 2024. In 2022, the aftermarket turnover was up by 7.8% compared to 2021. The aftermarket turnover is considered as the turnover of component manufacturer...
    Philips launches GoPure GP5611 automotive air purifier
    Philips has launched the GoPure GP5611, an advanced automotive air purifier that fits in most vehicle cup holders, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. The device is USB powered and said to be "whisper-quiet." It filters the cabin air with three technologies: A Philips SaniFilter Plus filter, a HESAMax filtration cartridge and a powerful UVC light. The SaniFilter Plus filter captures bacteria and respiratory viruses, as well as airborne allergens including pollen, dust mites, m...
    BBB Industries appoints new leaders for Undercar and Solar System divisions
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced two strategic leadership changes, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. John Boyer has been appointed president of the company's Undercar division, after serving as president of Terrepower, the innovative Solar System and Electric Vehicle Battery Life-cycle Management division. The company believes Boyer’s product and market insights, and hands-on approach are ideally suited to lead BBB’s Underc...
    Ionna receives approval from regulatory authorities, begins charging services in North America
    Ionna, the joint venture formed by seven leading carmakers such as BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis to focus on building one of the largest fast charging networks across North America last year, has finally received the necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities to commence operations, the charge point operator announced Feb. 9. It can be recalled that in July 2023, the said seven carmakers came together to set up a countrywide EV charging networ...
    DENSO expands aftermarket alternator and starter references range
    DENSO, a supplier of original equipment sensors to vehicle manufacturers worldwide, has announced that it has introduced additional alternator and starter references to its aftermarket range, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. These additions are solely for passenger car applications, with three alternators and fourteen starters, catering for references linked to 242 OE part numbers, covering 2,219 models and almost 63 million vehicles, the majority of which are for European manufactu...
    Valvoline opens its 1000th franchise location
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced the opening of its 1000th franchise-operated location under its Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Great Canadian Oil Change brands, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The new 1000th franchise store is a Valvoline Instant Oil Change location operated by Quality Automotive Services, LLC (QAS), one of Valvoline's largest franchise partners. Commenting on the move, Valvoline President and CEO Lori Flees sai...
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