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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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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...
    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...
    Snap-on approved by Nissan for direct access to their gateway modules
    Snap-on has recently announced that it is the first company in Europe to obtain access from Nissan to its secure gateway module that was introduced on a selection of 2019 and newer models, the company announced in an undated press release. This secure gateway module requires registration and authentication for all aftermarket scan tool approved devices. Nissan is the third original equipment manufacturer after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to provide this access, for its model year 2018 and ne...
    Dana launches Spicer commercial vehicle joint repair kits
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has launched Spicer Select-branded commercial vehicle (CV) joint repair kits that are aimed at reducing downtime and increasing efficiency, according to a press release dated April 11. “Spicer Select CVJ kits are the ideal solution for shops that work on older vehicles. Replacing the CV joint rather than the complete driveshaft streamlines the driveshaf...
    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...
    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, ...
    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...
    US-based Tint World announces new location in Birmingham, Ala.
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Birmingham, Ala., according to a press release dated April 8. Owned and operated by Clint Smith, Tint World Birmingham is the third Tint World location in the state. The automotive franchise offers comprehensive automotive services and products, including window tint, paint protection film, ceramic coatings, audio and video, professional detailing, and ...
    Mitsubishi to establish online platform for EV-related services
    Mitsubishi Corp. (MC), Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have announced that they plan to jointly establish a new company — Evnion Inc. — in June 2024, to operate an online platform to provide one-stop services relating to electric vehicles, according to a press release dated March 13. The establishment of Evnion will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances from the relevant authorities. The three companies decided to establish Evnion with...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    US-based NexaMotion Group opens new Arch Auto Parts store in New York, US
    US-based NexaMotion Group (NMG) has announced the opening of its newest Arch Auto Parts store in Plainview, NY, according to a press release dated March 19. The new store opened on March 16, 2024, and is located at 125 Newtown Road. This is the company's fourth location in Nassau County, NY. NMG completed the acquisition of Arch Auto Parts in December 2023 as part of its strategy to combine its core competencies across businesses to better serve its customers with a more comprehensive of...
    US DOJ & FTC support MEMA’s petition on expanding access to vehicle telematics data
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it applauds the recent submission from the US Justice Department (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the US Copyright Office, according to a press release dated March 15. The submission supports MEMA’s petition for a new exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) anti-circumventi...
    Repxpert to organize conference for garage technicians in May in the UK
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its workshop portal, Repxpert, will host the Repxpert Conference on May 22 in the UK, according to a press release dated March 8. The company is urging technicians and garage owners to sign up as soon as possible. There are limited spaces available for this brand new event at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry, the company said. Commenting on the move, Matthew Selby, Sales and Marketing direc...
    ASE Education Foundation and Goodguys Rod and Custom Association continue partnership
    The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation and Goodguys Rod and Custom Association (Goodguys) are continuing their partnership and will conduct educational awareness seminars at select Goodguys events throughout the 2024 season, according to a release dated March 11. The partnership is aimed at continuing to develop solutions to help solve the shortage of automotive service technicians in the industry. ASE accredited institutions are invited to Goodguys events, where student...
    Thinktool Lite records surge in demand in UK
    Thinkcar UK has registered significant growth in the demand for its entry-level diagnostic tablet, which features a 6-inch, high-definition touch screen and two years of software updates, according to a release dated March 11. Although the diagnostic tool is entry-level, it connects to the Thinkcar database and provides full bidirectional capabilities with which technicians can diagnose, code and control electronic control units (ECUs), injectors, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), wind...
    German commercial-vehicle maker MAN to roll out battery-repair centers in Europe
    In 2024 and 2025, German commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus will establish battery-repair centers in Italy, Denmark and Norway, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland, and UK, with further countries in Europe being planned, according to a press release dated Feb. 22. The company said that millions will be invested in these centers over the next two years. Two battery-repair centers are already in operation in Germany (Hanover-Laatzen site) and Spain (Barcelona). The fi...
    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...
    Dana adds Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealant to Spicer CV service kits
    Dana Inc., the Ohio, US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has added the room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) sealing product Victor Reinz Reinzosil to its Spicer commercial vehicle (CV) service kits, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. “Spicer CV service kits are designed to increase uptime and make the service and repair process more efficient. Now Dana customers will not only get all the components they nee...
    Snap-on introduces access to Audi and Volkswagen
    Snap-on Incorporated, a manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for vehicle repair and other sectors, has announced access to Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) secured vehicle systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. Snap-on customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled diagnostic tool, powered by the latest software, now have the freedom to access any VAG vehicle. Gaining "on-the-fly" entry is possible by completing VAG registration through ...
    US paint-maker PPG launches repair management tool for body shop productivity
    US-based paint, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG has announced the launch of the PPG AdjustRite repair management tool, the latest feature of the company’s AdjustRite commercial estimating system, which provides enhanced productivity for commercial vehicle repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The mobile-friendly PPG AdjustRite repair management platform offers technicians a time clock system and automated tracking of work hours per repair order. Shop managers...
    Apollo Tyres launches Trumigo for doorstep car servicing
    India-based tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., has announced the launch of Trumigo, a digital initiative for doorstep car servicing, in Gurugram, a city in northern India, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. This service offering is available in Gurugram on a pilot basis and will soon be rolled out for the entire Delhi National Capital Region. Trumigo offers at-home car services and high-quality car maintenance directly to customers' doors. This service includes periodic servicing, ...
    India’s Lumax Auto Technologies’ aftermarket division partners with Bluechem Group
    Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd. (LATL), an India-based tier 1 diversified automotive systems and components manufacturer, through its Aftermarket Division has entered into a strategic partnership with Bluechem Group of Germany, a firm involved in automotive car care solutions, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. LATL is a listed company under the Lumax-DK Jain Group. The Bluechem Group, based in Germany, is a company involved in automotive maintenance, care products and services. They ope...
    Continental inaugurates automated warehouse at Czech tire plant
    Continental has opened a fully automated high-bay warehouse at its tire production plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic, according to a press release on Jan. 30. It has a storage capacity of more than 930,000 tires. With the facility, the premium tire manufacturer is centralizing its warehouses in the area of Otrokovice. As a result, Continental’s logistics processes could be further optimized while lowering CO2 emissions of its operations. The new warehouse is 43 meters high — which ...
    Denso expands aftermarket offerings with replacement sensors and support materials for workshops and wholesalers
    Denso, a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) sensors to vehicle manufacturers worldwide, has expanded its aftermarket range to include replacement sensors and support materials for workshops and wholesalers. The company has released two new technical leaflets, one for exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS) and another for mass airflow (MAF) sensors, which provide detailed information on the technical aspects of these sensors, their design features, and how to select and install them corr...
    New Premium Guard Select Transmission Filter Kits offer easy, reliable installation solution
    Premium Guard Industries (PGI) has launched a new series of transmission filter kits called Premium Guard Select Transmission Filter Kits, a PR Newswire release stated Jan. 30. These kits are designed to provide easy-to-use, "first fit" solutions for installers. Unlike conventional aftermarket transmission filter kits, the new series features an original equipment (OE)-style reusable gasket made of high-grade steel and coated with high-quality NBR rubber. The new kits are packaged in a f...
    Dorman Products expands motor vehicle parts offerings with 325 new releases
    Dorman Products Inc. has announced 325 new motor vehicle parts for January 2024, representing millions of sales opportunities for distributors, retailers and repair shops, according to a company press release dated Jan. 22. The new releases include an innovative Dorman OE Fix transmission oil cooler bypass valve designed to optimize cooler and transmission performance, and provide a more permanent repair. The aftermarket-exclusive product provides coverage for approximately 1.5...
    ZF Aftermarket expands portfolio to support e-mobility transformation
    ZF Aftermarket, a division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, announced the expansion of its portfolio of products and services to support its customers in their transformation journey, a company press release said Jan. 18. The company had recently launched a new range of repair solutions for electric drivelines, including Electric Axle Drive Repair Kits, and has doubled its range of E-Fluids for hybrid and electric vehicles in Europe. The new E-Fluids, ZF Lifeguard Hybrid 3 and 4, and ZF Lifegua...
    Honda Cars India introduces Ultra Body Coating for enhanced vehicle protection
    Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has introduced Ultra Body Coating, an enhancing appeal and protective solution for its customers, according to a press release dated Jan. 31. The Ultra Body Coating is a high-performance transparent layer formulated with a next-generation material called Silane, which makes it the hardest glass-based coating by industry standard, the release added. The company said that the coating provides an ultraglossy, glass-based, super smooth surface to the vehicle and retains ...
    UK government maintains current MOT test frequency
    The UK government has agreed to maintain the current Ministry of Transport (MOT) test frequency following a consultation that explored extending the first test from three to four years, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated Jan. 25. Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said, “Plans to extend the first test from three to four years have been met with the full power of the entire automotive industry including m...
    China’s SunCar announces vehicle service contract with China Construction Bank
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a two-year exclusive vehicle service contract with the Fujian Branch of China Construction Bank, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. SunCar expects to derive cumulative revenue from the contract valued at approximately 25 million yuan (about $3.5 million). Following a competitive bidding process, SunCar was selected as the...
    Data solutions firm Motor launches inventory connect to streamline workshop efficiency
    Motor Information Systems, a leading provider of automotive data solutions and Hearst company, has announced its latest achievement in expanding its market presence in the automotive intelligence space with the launch of the Motor Inventory Connect for third-party software and service providers, according to a press release dated Jan. 8.  The company said third-party software and service providers working with aftermarket shops can utilize this as a gateway to seamlessly access deta...
    US car-care solutions provider Ziebart ranked as top franchise for 2024
    Ziebart International Corp., a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced that it has been ranked as a Top Franchise for 2024 by Franchise Business Review, according to a press release dated Jan. 10. The company was recognized for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, with 86% of franchisees recommending the brand, 86% feeling respected by the company, and 84% valuing Ziebart's honesty and integrity. Additionally, 83% of franchisees enjoy working...
    MEMA event promotes passage of REPAIR Act to protect consumer choice in vehicle servicing
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it is organizing a fly-in event from Jan. 30–31 to advocate for the passage of the REPAIR Act, which aims to protect consumers' right to choose independent repair shops and suppliers for vehicle servicing, according to a press release dated Jan. 4. The event will bring together senior executives, corporate le...
    B&R Auto announces three acquisitions and new executive appointment
    B&R Auto, a US-based value-added provider of recycled automotive parts and a portfolio company of Highview Capital, has announced the acquisitions of American Auto Recycling (American Auto), New Way Auto Sales & Parts (New Way) and Charlie's Towing (Charlie's), according to a press release dated Jan. 4. The acquisitions of American Auto and New Way expand B&R's business into Arizona, US, while the acquisition of Charlie's grows B&R's existing footprint in Oregon, US, the release ...
    VinFast, Marubeni partner to explore EV battery reuse in Vietnam
    VinFast, an electric vehicle manufacturer in Vietnam, and Marubeni Corp. (Marubeni), a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities in the secondary use of EV batteries and establish a circular economy model, according to a press release dated Dec. 18. The MOU was signed in Tokyo with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam and globally. Under the MOU, VinFast and Marubeni will collaborate on researching...
    US-based Dobbs Tire and Auto Centers receives investment from Audax Private Equity
    Audax Private Equity (Audax), a US-based investment firm, has announced an investment in Dobbs Tire and Auto Centers, a US-based tire retailer and auto-aftermarket service provider, according to a press release dated Dec. 18. In addition to its comprehensive tire offerings, Dobbs provides a full range of automotive services specializing in routine, preventative and complex diagnostic repairs for all types of vehicles including cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), hybrids an...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association appoints new chairman
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced the appointment of Wayne Bryant to the position of AAAA chairman, according to a press release dated Dec. 21. The AAAA is the national, independent association representing the aftermarket, and the role of the AAAA board is critical in further strengthening the association’s ability to support, develop and future-proof the aftermarket industry, the organization said. Wayne Bryant, who holds the position of CEO, Auto...
    Opus IVS extends ADAS diagnostics support
    Opus IVS, a US-based firm involved in diagnostics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration, programming and on-demand remote expert support, has announced the launch of Giotto software's latest iteration — release 22.0, which comes integrated into the company’s DriveSafe and DrivePro products, according to a press release dated Dec. 20. The newly enhanced Giotto release offers first-to-market comprehensive support for model year (MY) 2024 vehicles, along with advan...
    Australian aftermarket body calls for consumer awareness on warranty rights
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that it is pushing for consumer awareness around the broader issue of consumer warranty rights, according to a press release dated December 12. The AAAA has long argued that extended warranties often offer Australian consumers the same rights that they already receive for free under the Australian Consumer Law, rights that they should not be required to pay for. Consumers are entitled to a solution of a repair, replacement...
    New Tint World Louisville location opens, expanding auto aftermarket services in area
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release dated Dec. 13. Owners and husband-and-wife team Scott and Susan Hellervik will be the first in the state to own multiple units, with plans to open two additional Tint World franchise locations in the Louisville area, the release added.  Tint World Louisville offers a r...
    US-based Brown & Brown acquires Automotive Business Solutions
    US-based Brown & Brown Inc., an insurance brokerage firm delivering risk management solutions, announced that the company has acquired ABS Risk LLC and ABS Operations (collectively: ABS), according to a press release dated Dec. 8. ABS is an administrator of warranty products in the automotive aftermarket providing nationwide parts and labor repair warranties, national road hazard programs and component-specific warranties. The acquisition was made via Brown & Brown Dealer Services (...
    Epicor unveils solutions for automotive parts distributors and repair shops
    Epicor, a US-based provider of industry-specific enterprise software, has introduced two innovative solutions to help automotive replacement parts distributors and vehicle service repair businesses make data-driven decisions, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The new solutions, Epicor Predictive Inventory Assistant (PIA) and Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA), leverage the company's powerful aftermarket product content engine and connected data network to provide real-time insigh...
    Transtar forms NexaMotion Group to combine automotive aftermarket businesses
    US-based Transtar Holding Co. has announced the formation of NexaMotion Group, according to a press release dated Dec. 1. The new company will encompass the automotive aftermarket businesses that serve automotive professionals through distribution and e-commerce solutions. The group will include Transtar Industries, Transend, C&M Auto Parts, King-O-Matic, TransMart, Recon and Pro-King Automotive Products, the company said. Significance: According to the company, Neil Sethi, presid...
    UVeye, Hypertec announce partnership for advanced drive-through inspection systems
    UVeye, a technology company specializing in computer vision and AI for automated drive-through inspection systems, has partnered with Hypertec, a global player in sustainable technology solutions, to mass-produce its innovative systems in response to growing demand from the automotive industry, according to a press release dated Dec. 4. The partnership will see production take place at Hypertec's facilities in Plainfield, Ind., and Montreal with the aim of seamlessly installing, servicing&nbs...
    VW, Audi announce roadside assistance for customers affected by cyclone in Chennai, India
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India and German luxury-car manufacturer Audi have announced complimentary Roadside Assistance (RSA) for customer cars impacted by the floods caused by the severe cyclonic storm Cyclone Michaung in Chennai, India, according to news reports. Volkswagen India will additionally also provide customers with a priority comprehensive service check of vehicles to ensure timely repair of flood-related damages. Necessary standardized repair guidelines have been issued across d...
    US-based Straightaway Tire & Auto acquires Accurate Auto and Wayne’s Automotive
    O2 Investment Partners have announced that Straightaway Tire & Auto, an independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has completed the acquisitions of Accurate Auto & Tire Service and Wayne’s Automotive, according to a press release dated Nov. 29. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Accurate Auto is a full-service auto repair facility that has been serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for over 25 years, and Wayne’s is a full-service...
    US-based Auto Care Association and UK aftermarket body IAAF form new partnership
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), have agreed a new partnership, which will see the two associations work closer together in the coming months and years, according to a press release by IAAF dated Nov. 9. Meeting at automotive expo AAPEX, held recently in Las Vegas, the two federations — IAAF represented...
    Smartcar, Uber partner to enhance EV driving experience
    Smartcar, a developer platform for mobility businesses, has partnered with Uber Technologies to improve the electric vehicle driving experience for Uber drivers, according to a press release dated Nov. 29. With Smartcar's API, Uber can seamlessly integrate EV battery-level data into its Driver app, enabling eligible EV drivers to take on trips without range anxiety. This feature aims to create a comfortable and convenient experience for both drivers and riders using EVs on the Uber app. Accor...
    Hunter Engineering releases latest wheel-alignment specifications database
    US-based automotive service-equipment provider Hunter Engineering has announced that its newly updated vehicle information database is now available for Hunter WinAlign alignment users, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Effective Nov. 1, the release covers new models — those not yet in existence at the time of the previous release this past spring — as well as model year updates, covering original equipment manufacturer changes to existing vehicles. The company’s WinAlign soft...
    Ziebart promotes three senior leaders, including first female C-suite appointment
    Ziebart, a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced the promotion of three members of its senior leadership team, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The moves include the creation of a new C-level role, chief growth officer, and the first female to hold a C-suite title in the company's nearly 65-year history. Brian Jackman has been promoted to senior vice president and COO, as well as president of Ziebart Corp. He will oversee US franch...
    Cal-Tex launches vehicle service contract with EV insurance firm Ozop Plus
    Cal-Tex Protective Coatings Inc., a US-based provider of environmental protection and aftermarket products, has launched its white-labeled version of the Fully Charged Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) to be marketed to its network of 4,000 automotive dealerships, according to a press release dated Nov. 21, adding that Cal-Tex has branded the VSC as EV Complete Battery Plus. The company has formed an agreement with electric vehicle insurance company Ozop Plus, under which Cal-Tex’s EV Com...
    AsTech announces scanning support for Tesla vehicles
    AsTech, a Repairify company and the global firm involved in remote diagnostics, calibrations, programming and automotive intelligence for the collision and mechanical repair industries, has announced an expansion of its remote original equipment manufacturer solutions to now include remote OEM scanning support for Tesla vehicles, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. AsTech said its diagnostic devices are now able to complete authentic Remote OEM Scans for virtually every Tesl...
    Meko, Zeekr partner for authorized workshop services in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has partnered with electric car manufacturer Zeekr to offer authorized workshop services to Zeekr owners in Sweden, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Meko said it will handle service, repair and maintenance for Zeekr vehicles, as well as warranty issues, through its comprehensive network of workshops. The partnership aligns with Meko's strategy to be a complete service pa...
    Kinetic opens new service center in Las Vegas for AI-powered EV, autonomous vehicle and ADAS servicing
    Kinetic, a US-based infrastructure-as-a-service company, has opened a new service center in Las Vegas to deliver digital maintenance and servicing for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), according to a press release dated Nov. 2. The company's service model involves partnering with car dealerships, traditional automotive repair shops, rental companies and industry partners to offer AI and robotics-enabled digital servicing for ...
    New products from CCC Intelligent Solutions help insurers streamline vehicle claims processing
    CCC Intelligent Solutions, a US cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform provider of digital and data services, has launched two new AI-based products, First Look and Impact Dynamics, designed to help insurers process claims more efficiently and accurately, according to a press release on Nov. 8. First Look uses AI to predict the point of impact or whether a vehicle is repairable or a total loss, while Impact Dynamics predicts the change in velocity at the point of impact to evaluat...
    AAPEX 2023: Aftermarket AI firm Predii launches Predii 360
    Predii Inc., a firm involved in aftermarket AI innovation, has launched Predii 360, an automotive AI "co-pilot" designed to augment and support automotive service and repair workflows, according to a press release dated October 26 at the recently held AAPEX 2023 Show in Las Vegas. Predii 360 is said to provide reliable, actionable intelligence to enhance the efficiency and productivity of service writers, technicians, parts counter people, and other industry professionals. The solution is des...
    Opus IVS launches QuickADAS for streamlined collision repair process
    Opus IVS, a US-based provider of remote diagnostic solutions to repair shops and dealerships, has announced that it has launched the QuickADAS feature integrated into the DriveSafe collision diagnostics platform, according to a press release dated Oct. 27. QuickADAS is said to enable on-demand advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration for collision repair shops, streamlining the repair process and reducing the time it takes to deliver a fully calibrated vehicle to the customer, the r...
    IMS, High Mobility partner to offer risk profiling to insurers
    IMS, a global vehicle and driving data business, announced that it has partnered with High Mobility, an automotive original equipment manufacturer data provider, to offer pan-European insurers a comprehensive solution for risk profiling and claims analytics, according to a press release dated Oct. 17. The partnership aims to leverage OEM-embedded telematics data to provide additional insights beyond existing data streams from aftermarket telemetry, such as smartphone as a sensor. High Mobilit...
    Bosch introduces cost-effective hybrid battery repair set in Germany
    Bosch announced that it has introduced a new high-voltage battery repair set for selected hybrid models made by Toyota and Lexus, according to a press release dated October 19. Bosch observed that over the course of time, the performance of high-voltage batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles decreases as their modules wear out or become faulty. Generally, once the traction battery’s storage capacity has become too low, the complete battery system is replaced, which is a costly process. "...
    Opus IVS partners with Diagnostic Network on automotive diagnostics IVS Mobile
    Opus IVS, a division of the Opus Group, has launched IVS Mobile, a mobile app that provides professional diagnostics and expert support for automotive technicians. The app offers an integrated platform of original equipment and multibrand diagnostics, remote programming and calibration solutions, anchored by patented technology, according to a press release on October 27. With IVS Mobile, technicians can efficiently diagnose and resolve complex issues across a wide range of vehicles, and...
    US-based AirPro Diagnostics’ Auggie recalibration device passes NHTSA tests
    AirPro Diagnostics, a US-based firm involved in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration solutions for the collision, glass and mechanical repair industries, has announced that its Auggie mobile static recalibration device has been independently tested and the calibrations performed have met the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle requirements to help ensure a complete and safe repair, according to a press r...
    Gerber Collision enhances scanning and diagnostics capabilities with Opus IVS partnership
    Gerber Collision & Glass, a US-based firm involved in collision repair and glass replacement, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions, according to a press release dated October 19. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services through a single diagnostic platform with Opus IVS' advanced DriveSafe platform, enabling remote and direct-on-tool diagnostic capabilities acros...
    Bosch trains technicians on repairing high-voltage NiMH batteries
    Bosch has outlined its repair set for high-voltage batteries that allows the restoration of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) module in the traction battery of selected Toyota and Lexus hybrid models, according to a press release dated October 19. The company said this opens up the business of repairing high-voltage batteries to independent workshops as well for the first time. The company just completed a pilot program training Bosch Car Service associates on how to repair high-voltage NiMH batte...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket partners with Alldata for OEM repair data
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its Automotive Aftermarket division and the database and repair software provider Alldata are launching their collaboration on its workshop portal, Repxpert, in the UK, according to a press release dated October 19. As part of the move, Repxpert partner garages in the UK get a special Alldata offer to access an even wider range of original equipment manufacturer repair data and instructions in future, the releas...
    US-based aftermarket entity The Aeromotive Group merges with Roadster Shop
    US-based custom vehicle and chassis manufacturer, Roadster Shop, has acquired US-based aftermarket group, The Aeromotive Group, according to a press release dated October 19. The company will combine the strength of both brands to drive the development of innovative products, services and content, and will leverage a robust financial and operational foundation to support its growth, the release added. Roadster Shop has been building vehicles and chassis for street and performance driving for ...
    Motorprotek India launches DIY ceramic coating for cars and bikes
    Motorprotek India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of MP Motorprotek Ultra Shield XI DIY 9H Ceramic Coating, a do-it-yourself (DIY) ceramic coating kit for cars and bikes, according to a press release dated October 18. Ceramic coating is a protective layer that is applied to the exterior of the vehicle to protect its paint. The coating helps repel water and keep the paint looking shiny and glossy even during extreme weather. Motorprotek said high-quality ceramic coating can change the look ...
    Study reveals windshield repair costs in the US on the rise
    AmTrust Financial Services, a US-based supplier of automobile warranties, has released its 2023 AmTrust Extended Auto Warranty Report, which reveals that supply chain issues surrounding auto glass and the increasing sophistication of windshield technology drove up the average cost of windshield repair and replacement for car owners in the US in 2022, according to a press release dated October 5.   In an analysis of their warranty portfolio, AmTrust Warranty and Specialty Risk, a division...
    Auto Care Association says Connecticut law requiring garages to determine open recall unfair
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated October 4 that it has collaborated with other industry groups asking the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to clarify its intended implementation of Public Act No. 23-40 new section 24. The association said this enactment could impose burdensome and potentially anti-competitive requirements upon automotive aftermarket service and rep...
    UK’s BM Catalysts outlines its fitting kits and pressure pipe range
    UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions products, BM Catalysts, has reiterated the importance of using new fittings when replacing an emissions-control product, according to a press release dated October 5. BM Catalysts also recommended that technicians consider replacing pressure pipes when installing a new diesel particulate filter (DPF), to help avoid issues associated with blocked or damaged pipes. In addition to regular range expansions to its emissions-control product lines,...
    Equip Auto Lyon 2023: Aftersales trade show sees participation from 605 exhibitors
    The French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV), a trade association of original equipment manufacturers and garage equipment manufacturers, has announced that it recently concluded the Equip Auto Lyon aftersales event, which took place from September 28–30, was a success, according to a release dated October 5. The first edition of Equip Auto Lyon had an attendance of nearly 25,500 professionals across three days. It s...
    US-based Strickland Brothers acquires 24 Snappy Lube locations
    Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change (Strickland Brothers), a quick lube operator with over 178 locations across 27 states in the US, recently acquired 24 Snappy Lube locations across the state of North Carolina, US, according to a press release dated September 13. With this acquisition, the company has now surpassed 200 quick lube locations, the release added. The company plans to convert all 24 locations to Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change later in 2023. Strickland Brothers offe...
    Global remanufacturing industry expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% by 2027 – analysis
    Rematec, an Amsterdam-based trade brand dedicated to automotive remanufacturing worldwide, has announced that according to an analysis, the global remanufactured automotive parts market is expected to increase by $11 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.93%, according to a press release dated September 20. The trade brand quoted a report that observed that the average age of cars, particularly in North America and Europe, is a major driver of remanufactured parts indu...
    SunCar reports H1 2023 after-sales revenue at $98.8M, up 10% YOY
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive aftersales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, has announced that its revenue from automotive after-sales service in the six months ended June 2023 increased by 10% to $98.8 million from $89.9 million in the same period ended June 30, 2022, according to a press release dated September 28. The announcement was part of its financial results reported for the six months ended Jun...
    US-based ASE announces ADAS certification for workshop technicians
    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a US-based non-profit organization established in 1972, has announced the introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist Certification test (L4) that helps workshops optimize repair opportunities on ADAS-equipped vehicles by employing L4-certified technicians, according to a press release dated September 27. ASE said it created the L4 ADAS Specialist Certification test to identify technicians who possess ...
    US-based Voyomotive and Samsara partner to increase fleet uptime and reduce service costs
    Voyomotive, a firm involved in automotive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, has announced a new integration of its VOYOLink platform with Samsara, a company that operates a Connected Operations Cloud, to connect fleet vehicles directly to service centers, according to a press release dated September 14. Voyomotive develops automotive applications for the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) market. Its product offerings consist of mobile apps, firmware, APIs and ...
    Kia opens first solar-powered green workshop in Haryana, India
    Kia India announced that it has inaugurated its first green workshop at Rohtak, Haryana, India, according to a press release dated September 26. The solar panel-powered facility extensively optimizes water and energy usage, which helps in meeting more than 80% of the energy requirements while powering an electric vehicle AC charging unit. Kia is also replicating its water-recycling model from one of its manufacturing facilities in Anantapur, India, in this workshop, by recycling 100% of ...
    IAAF urges UK govt to consult with aftermarket on Net Zero plans
    The UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has urged the government to consult the automotive aftermarket on its Net Zero plans, after the banning of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicle sales was delayed to 2035, according to a press release dated September 21. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently announced that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK was being pushed back from 2030 to 2035, while saying he still expected t...
    Auto Care Association launches the Auto Care Academy for aftermarket professionals
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated September 18 that it has launched the Auto Care Academy, a self-paced online learning resource for auto care industry professionals. The online academy caters to professionals at all stages of their careers, from new industry entrants to seasoned veterans. The association believes completing the courses contributes to the enhancement of ...
    Survey reveals half of all Australian automotive workshops looking for staff
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) announced that new research survey findings have revealed that one in every two workshops has lost a technician in the last year, with one in four having lost a master technician, according to a press release dated September 6. The survey shed important light on the state of the automotive industry's skills shortage and technician salaries across Australia. The survey, commissioned by the AAAA and its research partner Fifth Quadran...
    South Korea’s SK Networks-owned Speedmate partners for vehicle detailing service
    SK Networks, a subsidiary of South Korean petroleum conglomerate SK Group, engaged in the businesses of energy and information technology distribution as well as car rental, announced that Speedmate, its all-inclusive car care brand, has launched car detailing services with the German premium brand Sonax Car-care, according to a press release dated September 5. Speedmate announced that it had opened a "car servicing/detailing multi-shop" at the Ikea Goyang store with Alles, the loca...
    Meko’s Sweden workshop adheres to EU's new safety repair rules
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has the first workshop SERMI-approved by the European Commission's appointed control body Digidentity, making it the first company in Sweden to live up to the EU's new safety rules for car workshops, according to a press release dated September 20. The workshop is named Mekonomen Brännlunds Motor in Gävle, Sweden. Independent workshops and mechanics who want to be able to work wi...
    CRP Automotive announces a range of Rein Coolant Hoses for Tesla models in the market
    US-based CRP Automotive, a manufacturer of replacement parts including steering, electrical, suspension, fluids, plastic and gaskets, among others, has announced a new range of replacement coolant hoses for Tesla battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release on September 18. Through its Rein Automotive brand, CRP Automotive’s new line of Tesla coolant replacement hoses offers 29 stock keeping units (SKUs). In order to ensure that these replacement parts continue to play a c...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
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