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    LIQUI MOLY expands distribution in the UK
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has announced the expansion of its distribution in the UK with its range now also available at Motor Parts Direct, a UK based independent retailer of car parts and accessories, according to a press release dated 31 January by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) “This makes getting hold of motor oils and additives made in Germany easier, not only for workshops, but also for car drivers,” said Debbie Barnes, managing director ...
    Australian shock absorber brand Roadsafe expands range
    Roadsafe, an Australian manufacturer of steering and suspension components, has announced the launch of aftermarket shock absorbers under the Roadsafe STR and the Roadsafe 4WD product ranges, according to a press release dated 1 February. Roadsafe STR covers replacement shock absorbers for passenger vehicles and daily drives, while Roadsafe 4WD covers shock absorbers for performance-oriented and four-wheel drive vehicles, the release added. The company said the shock absorbers are tested loca...
    Falken Tyre launches two new flagship tires
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries-owned Japanese tire manufacturer Falken Tyre has announced the launch of the latest flagship tires, which, the company claims, has garnered popularity in Europe and North America. In a press release dated 16 January, the company announced the launch of AZENIS FK520L tires for premium vehicles and AZENIS FK520 tires made for all-around performance on wet road surfaces. The tires are available in 68 sizes at launch and will first go on sale in Japan on 1 March before ...
    Canada’s Mevotech expands range with over 2,300 parts
    Mevotech, a Canada-based engineering, designer, and manufacturer of driveline, steering, and suspension aftermarket parts, has announced the expansion of its range with the introduction of over 2,300 new “Original Grade” branded parts, according to a press release dated 24 January. The company said its “Original Grade” branded parts are built to meet and exceed OE design specifications for fit, form, and function, which renews fatigued chassis and keeps aftermarket vehicles on th...
    US-based Driven Brands opens 10th Take 5 codeveloped location
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has announced the opening of its 10th Take 5 oil change and car wash in Concord, North Carolina, according to a press release dated 31 January. The company said bringing the oil change and car wash together in one location simplifies the car care experience for customers and drives operational synergies by developing a quick lube and car wash concurrently, further enhancing the unit-level economics. The company has a pipeline of ov...
    Red Diamond Aftermarket to exhibit KONI-branded shocks at 2023 Florida RV SuperShow
    Red Diamond Aftermarket Solutions, a brand of US-based The Shyft Group, announced that it will exhibit at the 2023 Florida RV SuperShow and introduce its line of Red Diamond Shocks by premium manufacturer KONI, according to a press release dated 18 January. The Shyft Group is a firm engaged in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets in North America. Known for making adjustable shocks for numerous brands of recreat...
    MAHLE Aftermarket added over 700 part numbers to its range in 2022
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has added over 700 new part numbers throughout 2022, according to a release dated 16 January from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket. The new products cover the brand’s leading categories across filtration, thermal management, and engine gaskets, the release added. In 2022, over 432 references were added to MAHLE’s popular thermal manageme...
    Klarius outlines replacement exhaust range for the Nissan Qashqai
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions control components, has outlined its range of replacement exhausts for the Nissan Qashqai that support the model throughout its lifecycle, according to a press release dated 16 January. The company offers exhausts to fit petrol and diesel 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, and 2.0 Qashqai models from 2006 to 2022, all available with a 2-year standard warranty and a “Fit First Time” guarantee, according to the release, which added that the bus...
    CRP Automotive introduces Rein turbo kits for BMW models
    US-based manufacturer of automotive and service parts, CRP Automotive, has announced the introduction of Rein Automotive-branded “TechSelect Turbo Kits” for popular BMW applications, according to a press release dated 6 January. The company said these innovative kits are a first-to-market solution for turbocharger replacement service and include all of the hoses, gaskets, and hardware necessary to complete the job quickly and efficiently. Developed with technicians in mind, Rein Auto...
    US-based AWE launches bolt-on exhaust suite for the Audi 8Y RS 3
    AWE, a precision engineering firm based in Pennsylvania, US, has announced the release of its new exhaust suite for Audi’s 8Y RS 3, according to a press release dated 22 December. AWE’s exhaust suite for the model is said to come with two configurations – a valved SwitchPath-branded exhaust that is controlled via the factory drive-select modes for normal throttle conditions, and a more performance-oriented Track Edition. Both configurations provide significant weight savings over stock,...
    US used car dealer CarMax launches online prequalification financing capability
    CarMax, a US-based retailer of used cars, has announced the national launch of its prequalification capability—a new online financing experience that empowers customers with the ability to shop CarMax vehicles nationwide with personalized financing terms, with no impact to their credit score, according to a press release dated 17 January. Prequalified customers will know their terms on vehicles across CarMax’s inventory within minutes, including monthly payment and Annual Percentage Rate (AP...
    Klarius enhances exhaust delivery across Ireland with new facility
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions control components, has announced that the company is now offering 24-hour delivery for its exhausts in Northern Ireland and will be expanding its availability across the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in the second quarter of 2023, according to a press release dated 12 January. The company says Irish distributors and stockists can now access one of the most extensive ranges of aftermarket emissions control components in Europe fro...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Valeo showcases its latest technologies
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that the company demonstrated its latest technologies in the fields of greener, safer, and smarter mobility at the Auto Expo Components trade show in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, from 12 to 15 January, according to a press release dated 12 January. The company says its innovations are characterized by the transformation of engines, emergence of new vehicles, increased safety, and adoption of electric vehicles in India. Valeo Service, the af...
    US-based Spartan RV Chassis showcases connected tech at Florida RV SuperShow
    Spartan RV Chassis, a brand of US-based The Shyft Group, announced that it has showcased its newly optimized 'Connected Coach experience', a suite of advanced interactive technologies engineered to keep the driver’s focus at the wheel during the 2023 Florida RV SuperShow during 18–22 January, according to a press release dated 17 January 2023. The Shyft Group is a firm engaged in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle ma...
    FILTECH 2023: Hengst Filtration to showcase filtration for fuel cell applications
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany-based specialist in liquid and air filtration, has announced that it will showcase its entire spectrum of filtration systems and filter elements that cut across segments such as plant and machine engineering, industrial filtration, hydraulics, life science, and health care as well as in the automotive and motor industry at the Filtech 2023 trade show, which will be held in Cologne from 14–16 February, according to a press release dated 12 January. Under its filt...
    FILTECH 2023: MANN+HUMMEL to present solutions for cleaner mobility
    German components supplier and filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL has announced that all its business units will present solutions for cleaner mobility, cleaner air, cleaner water and cleaner industry at the upcoming trade show Filtech, which will be held in Cologne from 14–16 February, according to a press release dated 13 January. As part of its cleaner mobility product range, the company will showcase its expertise in the filtration of air, cabin air, oil, fuel for vehicles with internal comb...
    Hella Pagid range grows to cover 6,611 vehicle applications in 2022
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture (JV) between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, announced that it is a full-range supplier offering more than 14,000 brake spare parts for all vehicle models and the expansion of its range has resulted in the coverage of 6,611 vehicle applications in 2022, according to a press release dated 12 January. The company said its range of brake pads has now been expanded by a further 64 items for ...
    Dana to showcase range at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week
    Dana Incorporated, the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it will showcase new and innovative products during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) held 16–19 January Texas, according to a press release dated 12 January. The company said it will unveil the Spicer EZ-ID digital tool, which is said to be an easy-to-use visual pathway that offers quick identification of driveline assembly part numbers that are missing p...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Lubrizol showcases SilSense material for car seat covers
    Lubrizol Engineered Polymers has announced that a prototype of its newly developed SilSense material for car seat covers was exhibited at the Auto Expo Components trade show in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, from 12 to 15 January, according to a press release dated 13 January. The company said SilSense material is a non‑animal solution which has low volatile organic volatile (VOC) as it is produced through a cleaner, solvent-free process than other products currently used in the mar...
    Dorman launches over 400 repair solutions for January
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the release of more than 400 new motor vehicle parts, 150 of which are first-to-the-aftermarket, via a press release dated 13 January. The new parts build upon the company’s range that saw the introduction of more than 4,000 new products in 2022, the release added. The latest parts release for January includes a new cost-saving OE FIX liftgate handle trim kit for more than half a million 2013–19 Ni...
    Industrias Dolz adds over 40 new references for its timing chain kits
    Spanish automotive aftermarket supplier, Industrias Dolz, has announced that it has introduced over 40 new references to its range of timing chain kits, according to a press release dated 4 January. The addition of the new timing chain kit references results in expanding the range that already exceeds 80 product numbers, the release added. The references include application for engines from OEMs such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Jaguar, Ford, and Group PSA. Significance: According to the ...
    CES 2023: HARMAN unveils new scalable software platform for in-vehicle audio
    HARMAN, an automotive technology company and subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has unveiled HARMAN Ready on Demand, a software platform for delivering branded audio value, feature enhancement, upgrades, and monetization opportunities in an easy to-use app, according to a press release dated 4 January. Ready on Demand is the foundation for providing expanded experiences and future upgrades that can be unlocked by the consumer at any time via in-app purchases throughout the life of the ...
    CES 2023: Visteon showcases range of digital cockpit technologies
    Visteon will showcase a range of digital cockpit technologies at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 5 January. With an immersive user experience, using consumer technologies, active privacy, and sunlight readability, the display solutions use very low power. The company will showcase two digital cockpit platforms, the Lightscape Panorama Display and the Command & Control Display. “Vehicles and mobility are rapidly changing, and Visteon is developing the technology that will allo...
    MAHLE Aftermarket says its particle counter officially approved
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced that it is one of the first manufacturers to receive official approval of the German Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (national test authority) for its PMU 400 particle counter, according to a press release dated 21 December. An approved device is mandatory for emission tests on Euro 6 diesel vehicles in Germany from July 2023. The PMU 400 is available as a...
    German supplier ZF produces 50 million automotive cameras with 10 million in 2022
    ZF, German supplier of automotive cameras and automotive components, announced in the run-up to the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that it has produced its 50 millionth automotive camera and has surpassed the 10 million-mark annually for automotive smart camera production, a claimed industry first, according to a press release dated 3 January. ZF manufactures cameras around the globe at its plants in Marshall, Illinois in the United States, Anting, China, Peterlee in the...
    CES 2023: ZF positions itself as a full-range supplier for autonomous transport systems
    German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has positioned itself as a full-range supplier for autonomous transport systems as it unveiled its next generation shuttle for autonomous driving at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US, according to a press release dated 4 January. The new shuttle is equipped with lidar, radar, camera, and audio systems that provide precise environmental detection. The supplier also announced a strategic partnership with US mobility services ...
    UK-based Fuel Parts and Marathon Warehouse Distribution announce range expansion
    UK-based aftermarket supplier SMP Europe and Marathon Warehouse Distribution, a distributor of SMP’s FuelParts brand in the UK, have announced an expansion of range portfolio and availability, as SMP looks to strengthen the positioning of FuelParts products in the market, according to a press release by aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated 19 December. SMP Europe’s aftermarket program includes brands such as Intermotor, Lucas, Fuel Part...
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK extends mechatronics range for LCVs
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK, the UK-based aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced the introduction of 25 new starter motor references and 33 alternators to its light commercial vehicle (LCV) mechatronics product portfolio, according to a release dated 19 December from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Significance: MAHLE’s new starter motor and alternator references are suitab...
    ATrack launches a range of 4G telematics devices and asset trackers
    ATrack Technology Inc., a well-known global telematics brand, recently launched three new 4G products for fleet management and asset tracking, including the AK500 telematics gateway, AX300 onboard diagnostics (OBD) vehicle tracker, and AS500 long standby asset tracker, according to a press release by Business Wire dated 13 December. The AK500 is a multifunctional telematics gateway that uses LTE Cat4 high-speed connectivity, with 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi sharing, Bluetooth, and real-time positi...
    Standard Motor Products introduces 214 new part numbers
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has introduced 214 new part numbers in the company's December new number announcement, according to a press release dated 22 December.  The December release includes a drive motor battery-pack-charging-cord adapter for 2023–08 Tesla vehicles, as well as parts for the 2022–21 Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2020–19 Ford SSV Plug-In Hybrid, and 2019–11 Nissan Leaf. Under its br...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive adds hydraulic jacks maker Compac to its range
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that the company has expanded its tools and equipment category with the addition of Compac hydraulic products, according to a press release dated 19 December. Compac is said to offer a comprehensive product range catering to all types of vehicles and workshops. Its range includes a line of jacks, ranging from low-height and extremely low chassis jacks for passenger cars up to two metric tons, to those ...
    Italy-based UFI Filters supplies heat exchangers to Renault and Nissan
    Italy-based filtration and thermal management company UFI Filters has announced that it has provided OE heat exchangers for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s electric motors, according to a press release dated 1 December. UFI Filters has been chosen to supply the heat exchanger for the new ePT-160 front electric motor, 160 kW, mounted on the new Renault Megane E-Tech and Nissan Ariya. The e-motor will also equip other C-segment model vehicles that will be launched by 2024 within the Fran...
    MS Motorservice expands timing chain kits range
    MS Motorservice, the aftermarket sales arm of German powertrain and thermal parts supplier Rheinmetall, has announced that it is expanding its product portfolio with a range of timing chain kits, according to a press release dated 6 December. The range sees addition of nine new articles that now available cover around 2,200 vehicle types, that are equivalent to a market potential of over 46 million vehicles worldwide, the company said. By the end of 2022, more than 20 different timing chain k...
    Continental outlines its tire retreading strategy
    Continental Tire Canada has outlined its retreading strategy and product portfolio, saying that retreading is key to its sustainability targets, according to a press release dated 6 December. When tire tread depth has worn down and is no longer adequate for safe transportation, retreading can be performed reusing quality tire casings. The company said retreads offer excellent fleet mobility solutions that can lead to both cost savings and environmental benefits. With good quality tires c...
    Bosch integrates OEM’s original circuit diagrams into diagnostic software for workshops
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has announced that it is currently upgrading and significantly augmenting its Esitronic 2.0 online diagnostic software by integrating vehicle manufacturers' original circuit diagrams, according to a press release dated 1 December. This would allow independent workshops to now consult the same detailed information as authorized repair shops, the release added. The company said integrating vehicle manufacturers' original circu...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive adds products from Macnaught to its range
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has begun stocking products from Macnaught, a 75-year-old Sydney-based company that specializes in products and systems for workshops across oil, grease, compressed air, water, and other fluid categories, according to a press release dated 8 December. Macnaught’s offering includes portable oil systems, trolleys, oil control guns, hand-operated fuel pumps, and electronic fluid management systems. C...
    Delphi expands product range for North America
    BorgWarner-owned Delphi Technologies has announced that it has added 142 parts to its main line and an additional 21 parts to its specialty Sparta fuel pump line, according to a press release dated 8 December. The addition to Delphi’s fuel portfolio includes 35 new parts that include fuel pump strainer sets, fuel pump hanger and module assemblies, and fuel transfer units. The new parts represent repair coverage opportunity for over 6.4 million vehicles in operation (VIO) in the United ...
    Auto Expo Components 2023: BorgWarner to showcase eMobility solutions
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, has announced that it will demonstrate its products at the 2023 Auto Expo Components show in during 12–15 January 2023, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India, according to a press release dated 14 December. The company will showcase a broad range of technologies that support vehicle electrification including battery systems, charging stations, electric motors, integrated drive modules, power electronics, and high-perform...
    Bosch launches new halogen headlamp bulb Plus 200 Gigalight
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has launched the Bosch Plus 200 Gigalight halogen bulb which, compared with standard halogen bulbs, is claimed to emit up to 200% more light, according to a press release dated 6 December. The company said the bulb’s illumination range has also been improved, adding that the light beam from the Plus 200 Gigalight shines up to 150 m without dazzling oncoming traffic. Bosch said the light emitted is considerably whiter than the l...
    Goodyear launches Wrangler Steadfast HT replacement tire
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 8 December that it has expanded its Wrangler highway tire portfolio with the Goodyear Wrangler Steadfast HT. Representing Goodyear’s strongest performing highway tire to date, the Wrangler Steadfast HT is claimed to be an all-season tire with strong wet performance and enhanced ride comfort. The tire comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear limited warranty and features a long-lasting tread compound f...
    Dana introduces Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealing compound to North American customers
    Dana Inc, the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has introduced REINZOSIL, a universal sealing compound for automotive use from its brand Victor Reinz to its North American customers, according to a press release dated 6 December. The company launched the room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone at the recently held Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) ...
    Akebono Brake expands disc brake pad range for BMW and Cadillac models
    North America’s Akebono Brake Corporation, part of Japanese brake and friction material firm Akebono Brake Industry Co, Ltd, has announced that it has expanded its disc brake pad range that adds coverage for several BMW and Cadillac models, according to a press release dated 9 December. The product expansion pertains to the company’s EURO Ultra-Premium Disc Brake Pad line, which sees the addition of three new part numbers: EUR1850, EUR1850A, and EUR1850B and the company’s Akebono Perfor...
    LKQ Euro Car Parts expands Starline-branded transmission products range
    UK-based supplier of car parts, LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched its new Starline range that includes drive shafts, CV-joints, and universal and tailored-fit boot kits, as well as a selection of 700 bearing and wheel hub kits, covering 90% of the UK car parc, according to a release dated 5 December from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Significance: Commenting on the launch, Colin Cottrell, marketing director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said, ...
    Klarius expands range with catalytic converter for the Toyota Verso-S
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions control components, has announced that its range now features 45 new parts, including a catalytic converter (CAT) for the Toyota Verso-S, according to a press release dated 16 November. With more than 11,000 references already offered with next morning UK delivery, Klarius said it has everything required to ensure the availability of quality emission control components. Significance: Klarius’ most recent products inc...
    Eaton introduces new TVS X3100 supercharger exclusively for aftermarket
    Power management firm Eaton has introduced its Twin Vortices Series (TVS) X3100 supercharger for aftermarket applications, according to a press release dated 1 November. A new design based on both the R-Series and V-Series rotors, the X-Series has been developed specifically for aftermarket customers whose primary goal is maximum airflow efficiency at higher supercharger speeds, the release added. According to the company, the X-series rotor has a three-lobe, high-twist design that moves 30% ...
    Goodyear expands Wrangler-branded tire range
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 14 November that it has expanded its lineup of Wrangler-branded tires with the Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse HT. Backed with a 60,000-mile treadwear limited warranty, the Wrangler Workhorse HT is said to feature a long-wearing tread compound designed to deliver dependable tread life and traction in wet, dry, and light snow driving conditions. Available in 34 sizes, the new tire is an all-terrain, al...
    Mainland China-based Sailun launches dedicated EV tires
    Sailun, a tire manufacturing company based in mainland China, has announced the group’s first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) passenger car tire called ‘ERANGE | EV’, according to a press release dated 1 November. The ERANGE | EV line is a new generation of tires for EVs utilizing the company’s EcoPoint3 technology. The tires are claimed to not only reduce braking distance and noise, but also boost the cruising range of EVs through improved rolling resistance. Significance: ...
    UK-based BM Catalysts seeing strong demand for SCRs
    UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket hot end emissions products, BM Catalysts, has announced that its Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) references continue to grow in popularity in line with market forecasts, with considerably strong launch sales reported across the UK and Europe, according to a press release dated 10 November. The company believes the global SCR market size is estimated to reach USD24 billion by 2030, with more than a 13.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The company ha...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands ATE disc brake pad coverage
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded disc brake pad coverage under its ATE brand for over 95% of European vehicles, according to a press release dated 1 November. Semimetallic and ceramic formulations are available for most models from Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Range Rover, Renault, Saab, smart, Volkswagen, and Volvo, according to the release. ...
    Valeo produces 10 millionth front camera system integrating Mobileye technology
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that it has, together with Mobileye, achieved the production of Valeo’s 10 millionth front camera system containing Mobileye technology, at Valeo’s site in Wemding in Germany (Bavaria), according to a press release dated 16 November. Valeo, a key player in the advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) space, started its collaboration with Mobileye in 2015, choosing to integrate into its front camera system hardware and software the Mobileye...
    Bridgestone develops bespoke EV-ready tires
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region has announced via press release on 23 November that the company has developed bespoke tires for the BMW iX, the automakers’ first all-electric vehicle since the BMW i3. The ultra-low rolling resistance Bridgestone Alenza tires are said to feature a host of cutting-edge technologies that complement the BMW iX’s performance and character, the release added. Significance: The custom-engineered tires feat...
    Sensata unveils tire mounted sensor for automotive and tire OEMs
    Sensata Technologies, a US-based supplier of sensors and sensor-equipped solutions to the automotive industry, has announced that it has developed a new tire mounted sensor for vehicle and tire OEMs to deliver enhanced safety, performance, and data insights, according to a press release dated 30 November. The tire mounted sensor includes TPMS functionality as well as an accelerometer to detect the force with which the tire is striking the ground. Mounted directly to the tire's inner liner, th...
    Israeli automotive data firm Otonomo launches platform upgrade
    Israeli automotive data firm Otonomo has announced a new set of fleet enablement capabilities to its Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform to support fleet operators, according to a press release dated 1 December. The update is said to provide Otonomo’s fleet customers the ability to self-serve vehicle attribute data, confirm vehicle connectivity via vehicle identification number (VIN), and allow visibility into both newer connected fleet vehicles and legacy vehicles via hardware-based conne...
    Continental Aftermarket US adds OE knock, cam, and crankshaft sensors to Engine Management Line
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has added new knock, cam, and crankshaft sensors to its OE-engineered Engine Management Sensor line, according to a release dated 1 November. The new sensors are designed to provide exact vehicle fit, form, and function, and are built in ISO/TS certified facilities to deliver the highest quality, dependability, and long service life, the company said. The applicati...
    LIQUI MOLY launches brake fluid for EVs
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, announced that it has developed a brake fluid especially for electric vehicles (EVs) called DOT 5.1 EV, according to a press release dated 15 November. The company believes there are several reasons why brake systems are more demanding for vehicles that are partly or even purely electrically powered. “One of the reasons is corrosion protection, because the electric motor also acts as a brake and uses it to generate energy for the battery,...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches next-generation TPMS sensor
    In a release dated 1 November, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has launched its new REDI-Sensor SE10008 Multi-Application Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) Sensor. Part of the next generation of REDI-Sensor TPMS sensors, the SE10008 is claimed to deliver application coverage for BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Smart, Subaru, and Volvo mo...
    DENSO refreshes its passenger car and light commercial vehicle wiper blade catalogue
    DENSO Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Japan-based DENSO Corporation, has announced that it has updated its passenger car and light commercial vehicle wiper blade catalog, according to a press release dated 23 November. In addition to wiper blade styles, sizes and applications, the publication also addresses attachment fixings on wiper arms and the differences between the fixing solutions, the release added. The catalog highlights the design features that DENSO OE wiper blades in...
    Automechanika Dubai 2022: Magneti Marelli Parts & Services showcases range
    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, announced that it showcased its range at the just concluded Automechanika Dubai from 22–24 November, according to a press release dated 22 November. The company displayed several of its technologies and solutions at its stand at the show. These included headlamps with laser that were fitted on the Audi A5, ...
    ZF Aftermarket launches air springs range under Sachs brand
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has announced that for the first time, it has introduced its own range of air springs, according to a press release dated 24 November. Positioned under its Sachs brand, the air springs are claimed to simplify the product replacement for workshops. ZF says there are already 6 million cars on the road in Europe that have air springs at least on the rear axle, but in many cases they are on both axles. They are o...
    Swiss-based RONAL GROUP to showcase aftermarket wheel range at Essen Motor Show
    Härkingen, Switzerland-based RONAL GROUP, a manufacturer and distributors of light alloy wheels for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as well as producer of cast and forged wheels, announced that it will showcase a range of its products at the Essen Motor Show 2022, according to a press release dated 17 November. The group will present its latest products from the RONAL and SPEEDLINE CORSE ranges from 3 to 11 December. From the RONAL product range, the company will be showcasing the re...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands blower motor range
    In a release dated 1 November, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has added 12 new and exclusive late model blower motor stock keeping units (SKUs) to its line of HVAC motors. The new motors increase the company’s total blower motor line count to 521 SKUs and deliver an overall coverage for over 340 million import and domestic cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and light trucks on the road in...
    Tenneco’s DRiV Motorparts introduces selective catalytic reduction systems
    Tenneco’s DRiV Motorparts business introduces Walker® replacement selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for more than 1.4 million passenger vehicles in operation across Europe, a press release by UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated 22 November read. Walker® selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems are available through leading replacement parts distributors for the following vehicles: Citroën Grand C4 Picass...
    UK-based aftermarket parts manufacturer BM Catalysts expands its product range
    UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket hot end emissions products, BM Catalysts, has announced that it has expanded its product range with 12 new references, according to a press release dated 18 November.  BM Catalysts’ latest additions are compatible with 77 vehicle fitments, providing coverage to a further 1.3 million vehicles in the combined UK and European car parc. The latest range expansion from BM Catalysts includes 3 DPFs, an additional catalytic converter and 8 pipes, with...
    Castrol expands its carbon neutral portfolio
    Castrol is expanding its portfolio of carbon neutral products in Europe with Castrol TRANSMAX, a range of highly advanced transmission and axle fluids. Castrol TRANSMAX products are available for automatic and manual vehicle transmissions and for axles. These products have been verified as carbon neutral, in accordance with the internationally recognized PAS 2060 specification. A typical passenger car makes an average of 18,000 stop-starts and 88,000 gear changes every year. This places huge ...
    OSRAM shows its latest advanced optical technologies
    At the ams OSRAM booth in Hall B4.279, visitors will experience how ams OSRAM combines sensors and emitters to create advanced optical systems for its customers. The leading-edge technology, solutions and systems on show at electronica 2022 bring to light information embedded in the environment, enabling customers in the industrial, automotive and mobility, wearable, horticultural, and healthcare device markets to develop solutions, which make life better for everyone. Pierre Laboisse, EVP fo...
    SEMA and AAPEX 2022: Schrader exhibits its TPMS Solutions
    Schrader TPMS Solutions, the automotive aftermarket brand of Sensata Technologies and a global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for automotive, heavy vehicles, and off-road vehicles, announced that it exhibited its new products at SEMA and AAPEX tradeshows on 1–4 November 2022, according to a press release dated 8 November.  The new products included two additions to their programmable sensor line, the EZ-sensor family of products: preassemble...
    Dorman launches over 300 repair solutions for November
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the release of more than 300 new motor vehicle parts, via a press release dated 9 November.  November's releases includes more than a dozen of Dorman OE FIX repair solutions, that company says are designed to help save time, money, or increase reliability. The new release features products like OE FIX climate control module designed to fit 1.7 million 2001–21 Chevrolet Express and GMC Sa...
    Dayco Aftermarket expands its water pump product line
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, has announced the expansion of its water pump lineup to include coverage for almost 30 million North America vehicles that require an electric water pump, via a press release dated 31 October.  Tom Tecklenburg, director, Aftermarket, Dayco North America said that, “According to industry research, the global market for this product line reached more than USD3.1 billion at the...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based Gentex Corporation showcases range
    Gentex Corporation, a US-based supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, announced that it showcased its growing product portfolio, including car-to-home automation, connectivity, and e-concierge products, in addition to digital rearview mirrors for passenger vehicles and professional race car integration at the SEMA show 2022 held from 1–4 November in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated 1 November. Gentex said it supplies nearly ev...
    Liqui Moly showcases automotive chemicals at AAPEX and SEMA Show 2022
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it demonstrated its wide range of automotive chemicals at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) from 1–3 November as well as the SEMA show 2022 held from 1–4 November in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated 20 October. The new products included Top Tec Gear EV 510, a gear oil especially for Tesla. “The EV 510 is one example of how we are supporting the change in mobility. We aim our wide range of automoti...
    Australian aftermarket distributor CoolDrive adds CPS CarSmart to its range
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has launched the CPS CarSmart refrigerant charging station from the CPS brand, which has recently expanded its CarSmart series to cover more workshop automotive air-conditioning machine needs, according to a press release dated 10 October. With its parts available through CoolDrive Auto Parts, CPS has been supplying tools and test equipment to the Australian automotive air conditioning industry for over 30 years, the releas...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based Mile Marker expands winch range
    Mile Marker, a US-based manufacturer of winches, hubs, aftermarket accessories, and recovery gear for vehicles including trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), has made several announcements at the SEMA show 2022 in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated 3 November. The company officially launched its new “CUSTOM SHOP by Mile Marker” line of custom-colored winches, locking hubs, recovery gear, and accessories. The company said this product line builds on its axle hubs range...
    BorgWarner announces aftermarket portfolio expansion at AAPEX 2022
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, attended the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) from 1–3 November showcasing several offerings from its Delphi Technologies, Delco Remy, and BorgWarner aftermarket brands, according to a press release dated 1 November. Delphi Technologies Aftermarket’s new fuel pump line called Sparta, specifically designed for older and high mileage vehicles, made its AAPEX debut, the release added. The Delphi Technologies F...
    Lumileds expands Philips Ultinon Drive 5000 Series with lightbars for off-roading
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced that it is extending its Philips Ultinon Drive 5000 Series of LED Lightbars to include eight models, according to a press release dated 1 November. The series now includes 10-inch, 20-inch and 30-inch versions, each in a choice of single or double LED rows as well as 40-inch and 50-inch double row versions for off-road adventures. The Philips Ultinon Drive LED lightbars are cla...
    SEMA show 2022: Repairify launches asTech All-In-One scanning solution
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech, has introduced the new asTech All-In-One solution for local and remote automotive diagnostics, calibrations, and programming to simplify the repair process at the ongoing Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a press release dated 19 October. The asTech All-In-One is a comprehensive tablet-based solution with both local and remote capabilit...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services strengthens brake range
    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, announced that it has significantly widened its range of brake pads and disks for the aftermarket, according to a press release dated 27 October. The company said its brake component range is more varied than ever, offering almost total coverage of cars currently on the road in Italy, in an effort to cater to...
    MS Motorservice launches oil coolers for the aftermarket
    MS Motorservice, the aftermarket sales arm of German powertrain and thermal parts supplier Rheinmetall, has announced that it has expanded its product range with 37 new oil coolers for passenger cars and utility vehicles, according to a press release dated 2 November. The engine oil cooler and the transmission oil cooler open-up global market potential of over 150 million vehicles for repair shops—with plans to continuously expand the range of products, the release added. Significance: The ...
    Bosch launches battery charging solution for vehicle workshops
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has launched the new BAT 6120, a universally usable device for vehicle workshops that can serve both as a smart and fast charger for 12-volt lead and lithium batteries and as a power source providing up to 120 amperes of continuous current, according to a press release dated 27 October. Its compact design makes the battery charger suitable for mobile use on a trolley, a bench, or the floor, according to the release, which added that...
    Eaton expands aftermarket differentials range
    Power management firm Eaton has announced its Vehicle Group has expanded its portfolio of Detroit Truetrac and ELocker differentials to cover many new off-road models and is showcasing them at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated 2 November. For Detroit Truetrac, the new off-road models include model year (MY) 2018–22 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator and MY 2021–22 Ford Bronco G6 (M220 axle). For the ELocker, the model coverage includes MY 2019–22 Ford Ranger (M190 ...
    Repairify introduces scanning solution for remote and local diagnostics
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech, has introduced the asTech® Mini device, a powerful, compact, and comprehensive Bluetooth enabled onboard diagnostics (OBD) II scanning solution for OEM and OEM-compatible diagnostics, according to a press release by PRNewswire dated 25 October.  Paired with the asTech mobile app, the asTech Mini delivers the functionality of thousands of OEM scan tools in a powerful, pocket-sized device. With th...
    Tenneco’s steering and suspension brand MOOG expands its product offering
    MOOG, the industry-leading steering and suspension brand from Tenneco Inc.'s DRiV group, has announced 79 new part numbers for its ball joints, control arms, tie rods and more during the third quarter 2022, according to a press release by PRNewswire dated 27 October. New parts include four control arm and ball joint assemblies: CK620889, front right lower; CK621474, front right upper; RK623739 front right lower; and RK623740, front left lower. Part number CK620889 is now available for the fol...
    Dayco North America enters timing chain kit market
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced  launch of an all-new line of timing chain kits for the North America automotive aftermarket, via a press release dated 31 October.  Dayco has developed a precision engineered, premium line of more than 100 timing chain kit part numbers. The kits feature direct OE replacement components, including top grade chains that eliminate stretch, precision machined sproc...
    Standard Motor Products introduces 365 new part numbers
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced the introduction of 365 new part numbers in its October new number announcement (NNA), via a press release on 25 October. The release includes new coverage for over 100 product categories, and 110 part numbers for 2021 and 2022 model year vehicles. SMP’s commitment to providing replacement parts for hybrid and electric vehicles through its brands Standard and Four ...
    Premium Guard launches engine air filter solution under the brand name HIGHFLOW
    Premium Guard Inc (PGI), an American automotive aftermarket filtration solutions brand has launched an all-new premium engine air filter solution for light duty vehicles under the brand name HIGHFLOW, a press release by PR Newswire dated 27 October read. According to the company, HIGHFLOW premium air filters delivers an enhanced product offering to the rapidly expanding market for premium air filtration products. The product boasts a specialty media engineered to allow greater ...
    Bosch extends electric coolant pumps portfolio for the aftermarket
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has announced that it has expanded its electric coolant pumps portfolio for workshop customers and the range now comprises 50 article numbers, including 14 variants for hybrid and electric vehicles, according to a press release dated 18 October. The portfolio now covers 60% of the passenger cars and vans in Europe equipped with an electric coolant pump. Bosch observed that in vehicles with combustion engines, and especially in hy...
    Dayco North America expands range of serpentine belt kits
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced the expansion of its line of serpentine belt kits, introducing 32 new Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) that it claims cover millions of domestic and import light trucks, SUVs and light-duty fleet vehicles on the road, according to a press release dated 24 October. The company says each OE-quality serpentine belt kit, currently available to order for customers in the US and Canada, i...
    Bilstein Group-owned febi and Blue Print expands its range
    Automotive aftermarket brand febi and Blue Print, part of the German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, has expanded its range with new braking, clutch, filter, steering, and suspension products, according to a press release by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated 24 October.  The steering and suspension product lines expand with the introduction of a new axle beam mount for Volvo S60 (2019-), V60 (2015-) and XC60 (2017-) models (part 177192), a new stabilizer link f...
    Hankook expands iON range with winter tire for EVs
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire has announced the launch of the iON winter tire, the first winter tire in a new product line that has been specifically designed for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release dated 30 September. “Following on from the iON evo, Hankook’s summer tire, the new Hankook iON winter is the second member of the new, global 'iON' tire family for premium electric vehicles,” the release added. Features of the new tire include reduced rol...
    Monroe expands product range for October
    Monroe Shocks and Struts, a brand from Tenneco's aftermarket and ride performance company DRiV, has announced new part numbers during October for many of its most popular products, including new Monroe Quick-Strut assemblies, and OESpectrum and Magnum shocks and struts, according to a press release dated 4 October. These new part numbers provide coverage for nearly 2 million vehicles in operation (VIO) in the United States and Canada, the release added. New for over 570,000 VIO, Monroe Quick-...
    Continental launches PremiumContact 7 summer tire
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced the launch of the PremiumContact 7, the seventh generation of the summer tire, that focuses on maximum safety, according to a press release dated 4 October. “The new generation is the flagship of our brand. Our objective was to develop the safest tire on the market, which offers our customers a comfortable and carefree ride at all times—with the PremiumContact 7, we deliver peace...
    UK-based automotive aftermarket supplier BGA expands product range
    UK-based automotive aftermarket supplier BGA (BG Automotive) announced the expansion of its product offering with eight new references across various product categories—timing chains, camtrain, sump pans, crankshaft pulleys and transmission, according to a press release dated 23 September. The company said it develops and releases new product references for the automotive aftermarket industry every month. According to the release, a brand new timing chain has been released for Mercedes...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Arnott Suspension Products displays product range
    Arnott Suspension Products, a US-based manufacturer of aftermarket replacement air suspension components and kits for luxury cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and motorcycles, has announced that it showcased its range at last month’s Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 27 September. The company presented a wide variety of air suspension parts and applications. As part of the showcase, it had a prelaunch of the new WABCO compressor for the BMW 5-Series...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Germany’s VIEROL presents products
    German automotive replacement parts company, VIEROL, announced that it presented a range of product highlights and innovations at the Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 22 September. The company showcased its offerings from several of its divisions such as VAICO, VEMO, and ACKOJA. The VAICO brand includes smart repair solutions for engine and transmission parts for the global independent aftermarket. The brand has over 28,000 spare parts includ...
    Hitachi Astemo develops steer-by-wire prototype system with failsafe function
    Hitachi Astemo has developed steer-by-wire prototype that actuates the tires via electric control of steering wheel inputs rather than mechanically, this enables not only smooth, effortless steering wheel operation, but also redundancy via a fail-safe function that allows for continued operation in the event of a failure, it said in a press release on 30 September. According to press release, the steer-by-wire system not only increases safety and comfort but also realizes a greater degree of ...
    Dayco introduces aftermarket radiator caps for the EMEA region
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced the expansion of its aftermarket program to include radiator and expansion tank caps for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, according to a press release dated 14 October. Although the company is known for manufacturing OE power transmission solutions for OEMs, Dayco has also grown its thermal management related product range “to satisfy the increasing demands...
    UK-based BM Catalysts expands range for 203 compatible vehicles
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced that it has added 35 new references in its latest range expansion, according to a press release dated 23 September. The company’s latest additions are applicable to 203 vehicle fitments, providing coverage to a further 8 million vehicles in the European car parc, the release added. Significance: The latest range expansion from the supplier includes 12 catalytic converters, an additional DPF, 13 pressur...
    Industrias Dolz adds 13 new references for its timing chain kits
    Spanish automotive aftermarket supplier, Industrias Dolz, has announced that it has introduced 13 new references to its range of timing chain kits, according to a press release dated 27 September. The company says the move is aimed at providing solutions for the new applications that arrive at the workshops. The new references include application for Audi/VW/Seat/ŠKODA’s 1.4 TFSI engine, BMW/MINI/Citroën/Peugeot’s 1.6 petrol, Mercedes-Benz’s 1.4/1.6/1.9 petrol, BMW’s 2.0/2.3/2.8 pet...
    TBC Brands launches new tire in the mud terrain category
    US-based distributor of proprietary brand tires, TBC Brands has expanded its off-road, mud-traction offering with the addition of a tire in the mud-terrain category, according to a press release dated 22 September. The tire, called Mud Claw Comp MTX, is part of its Eldorado, Multi-Mile, and Delta offerings and succeeds the Mud Claw Extreme MT. It provides “extreme off-road traction with plenty of on-road” capability, the release added. TBC says the mud-terrain tire was designed to increas...
    First Brands Group launches Centric-branded friction and rotor parts
    First Brands Group (formerly TRICO Group), a global automotive parts company headquartered in Michigan, US, that develops, markets and sells premium products through a portfolio of nine market-leading brands, announced that it has expanded its line of Centric-branded brake components to include 86 new friction and rotor parts covering popular cars, light trucks and SUVs, according to a press release dated 19 September. The Centric part numbers consist of friction coverage for late-model vehic...
    US replacement parts maker Standard Motor Products expands ADAS offering
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced that it has expanded its aftermarket Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) program, via a press release dated 19 September. The company said its ADAS components are direct-fit replacements, designed to match the damaged or failed OE units they are replacing, which ensures correct integration with the vehicle’s electronic safety systems. As part of the range exp...
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