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    Australian aftermarket body welcomes new EV service standard
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that it welcomes the release of the new Australian standard for electric vehicle (EV) service and repair, according to an official announcement dated 2 February. The standard, ‘AS 5732 Electric Vehicle Operations – Maintenance and Repair’ contains new safety framework for independent service and repair workshops and it includes workshop layout, specialized tools, and protection equipment for technicians to safely and ef...
    US paints maker PPG launches a new cup system for paint refinish market
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that its SEM Products business has launched a ‘VCS Versatile Cup System’ for the automotive refinish market, according to a press release dated 2 February. The VCS hybrid system, which includes multifunctional cups, liners, and lids, combines the benefits of vented hard cups and sealed liner systems, helps increase body shop productivity. The VCS system is said to reduce the amount of cleaning solvent needed...
    ZF Aftermarket expands its workshop training courses for 2023
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it has significantly expanded its training offering with new, free online training courses that include a guide to installing air springs and CDC shock absorbers alongside training courses on transmission technology, according to a press release dated 31 January. The company believes the courses on high-voltage technology, driver assistance, and safety systems are becoming increasingly imp...
    Volkswagen India inaugurates a new sales and service outlet in Bhubaneswar city
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India has announced that it has inaugurated a new sales and service touchpoint in the city of Bhubaneshwar, according to a press release dated 20 January. The company will have a six-car display area in the showroom, which will host vehicles such as its sport utility vehicle (SUV) Taigun, the Virtus sedan and the Tiguan SUV. The 2S facility is said to provide a range of aftersales service through its “expansive 19-bay workshop that is operated by skilled ...
    UK auto body SMMT’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event returns to Automechanika Birmingham 2023
    UK automotive trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced that its ‘Meet the Buyer’ event will return to Automechanika Birmingham 2023 in June, as part of an all-new Automotive Supply Chain Forum from Automechanika organizer Messe Frankfurt, according to a press release dated 19 January. Meet the Buyer brings together automotive purchasers with suppliers who can meet their specific requirements. With automotive supply chains increasingly squeezed by global d...
    Volkswagen India opens new sales, spares, and services outlet in Andhra Pradesh
    Experience more with a Volkswagen service: hassle-free, transparent, and peace-of-mind ownership experience, as the service touchpoint comprises of a 24-bay workshop that will cater to the service, maintenance, and accident repair requirement of our esteemed customers, managed by highly skilled and trained technicians. Customers situated at a distance from the service shop can avail the door-to-door service initiative—Volkswagen Assistance and Mobile Service Unit. Volkswagen Passenger ...
    European car dealer Bilia becomes importer and dealer in Norway for Great Wall Motor
    Bilia Norge AS, has signed an agreement with Great Wall Motor to be an importer and dealer of their car brands in Norway, according to a press release dated 23 January. Billia Norge AS is a European car dealer that offers servicing and sales of cars, transport vehicles, and trucks plus supplementary services such as financing and insurance. The establishment of Great Wall Motor includes import operations as well as dealer operations with car sales and aftermarket services, the release added...
    Repairify-owned asTech says its “Rules Engine” now available for repairers
    asTech, a company involved in remote diagnostics, calibrations, and programming for the collision and mechanical repair markets, and a division of US-based Repairify Inc, has announced the full deployment of its patented “Rules Engine”, which is said to present users with the most accurate and cost-effective diagnostic scan type for the vehicle throughout the blue printing process and repair workflow, according to a press release dated 11 January. According to asTech, the new feature...
    US-based Rotary launches fully-automatic A/C solutions
    Rotary, a US-based maker of hydraulic vehicle lifts and wheel service products, announced the launch of its new line of fully automatic air conditioning diagnostic and recharging equipment through its recently announced partnership with TEXA, according to a press release dated 6 December. Rotary is the manufacturer of vehicle lifts and wheel service products for use in professional automotive service, commercial truck and transit industries. The company is part of Vehicle Service Group, an op...
    UK think tank says legislation key for access to vehicle repair information
    A new report from the UK-based think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) into upskilling UK technicians to service and repair electric vehicles has highlighted the importance of effective legislation to ensure the aftermarket has sufficient access to parts, information and connectivity under Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), according to a press release dated 6 January by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). A key part of shifting to cleaner road transport wil...
    UK-based First Line offers solution for Renault Clio wiper motor failure
    UK-based aftermarket supplier First Line Ltd. has announced a solution for the failure of the wiper motor for Renault Clio, according to a press release dated 5 January by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company said the issue can be caused by heavy rainfall, following which drain hole can be potentially blocked resulting in the motor becoming submerged in water. Citing the example of the Renault Clio MkII and MkIII from 2001>2014, the company said workshops need ...
    Servicing spend on UK fleet cars over four years old up 15% since pandemic
    The proportion of fleet servicing, maintenance and repair (SMR) spend on fleet cars aged four years old or over has increased by more than a half since the pandemic, rising from 28% in 2018 to 43% in 2022, according to an analysis by UK-based e-commerce firm Epyx, which facilitates SMR transactions for fleets. The average SMR invoice price for those older vehicles is 24% higher than for those aged below four years, “showing how keeping them on the road is proving expensive for businesses,...
    JLR joins collision repair training organization I-CAR’s program
    I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced that Jaguar Land Rover has joined I-CAR’s Sustaining Partner Program, according to a press release dated 19 December. Founded in 1979, I-CAR is a not-for-profit education, knowledge, and solutions organization focused on improving the quality and safety of auto collision repair. The program is designed to fund the various initiatives to ensure that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, ...
    US-based CAPA approves Magneti Marelli Parts & Services for its verification program
    The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), a US-based independent nonprofit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, has announced that Magneti Marelli Parts & Services has received CAPA approval to participate in its tier-1 Replacement Parts Verification Program, according to a press release dated 15 December. CAPA was created by automobile insurance companies to develop and oversee a test program guaranteeing the suitability and quality of auto...
    US-based EV maker Mullen Automotive signs first US dealer partner
    Mullen Automotive, a US-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, has announced Randy Marion Automotive (RMA), a commercial dealer group in the US, as the first dealer group partner for Mullen’s commercial EV lineup, which is set to launch in the US in 2023, according to a press release dated 13 December. Randy Marion Automotive will offer sales as well as service and parts for Mullen’s commercial lineup, covering Class 1–6 EV cargo vans and trucks, the release added. “We are exc...
    Toyota launches KINTO Unlimited car subscription for new Prius in Japan
    Japanese carmaker Toyota and KINTO Corporation have announced the launch of KINTO Unlimited, a variation of its vehicle subscription service KINTO, for some trim levels of recently launched new generation Prius, according to a press release dated 7 December. The KINTO Unlimited service is expected to enhance value of vehicle ownership period by providing 'Upgrade' and 'Monitoring' support after delivery, the release added. The service, available for a monthly usage fee, is a version of the ca...
    SEMA says 2021–22 Congressional session ends without passage of RPM Act
    SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA and Performance Racing Industry (PRI) have announced in a statement that despite strong Congressional backing and extraordinary support from the racing community, the 2021–22 Congressional session is ending without passage of the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, according to a press release dated 22 December. The RPM Act is a legislation to protect Americans' right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars and the motorsports...
    Automechanika Shanghai 2023 to be held from 15 - 18 February
    The Automechanika Shanghai 2023 will be held from 15–18 February at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in mainland China, according to a press release dated 29 December by the trade event organizers Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai). In November, the organizers had announced that they are putting the show, originally scheduled from 20 to 23 December 2022, on pause “while prevention measures related to the pandemic consolidate across the country”. The organizers now believe t...
    Getaround announces the closing of its business combination with InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp
    US-based connected car-sharing marketplace, Getaround, has announced the completion of its previously announced business combination with InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp., via a press release dated 9 December.  In connection with the completion of the business combination, Getaround’s common stock and warrants began trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbols “GETR” and “GETR.WS,” respectively, on 9 December 2022. The business combination was approved at a spec...
    Car repair and maintenance startup, ServiceUp launches new service line for fleets
    US-based car repair and maintenance startup, ServiceUp, announced that it launched its newest service line, ServiceUp for Fleets, to address the growing and complex needs of fleet managers, a press release by Business Wire dated 8 December read. Through its repair technology platform, ServiceUp is modernizing and innovating three of the most time-consuming tasks of fleet managers: vehicle maintenance and repair, repair order status and tracking, and repair order approvals. In s...
    Monro waives battery installation charges, along with other strategic initiatives
    US-based automotive undercar repair and tire services player, Monro, has implemented a series of initiatives designed to help customers prepare for winter driving, according to a press release dated 8 December. These efforts are part of a forward-looking strategic plan to position the company as a strong competitor in every market across the country. The company says this fall, it focused its efforts in three key areas: first, to change the way it sell batteries; second, t...
    BookMyGarage adds mobile mechanics to its growing service offering
    Online car service platform, BookMyGarage, has announced the addition of mobile mechanics to its growing service offering, a press release dated 14 December read. This gives the company's customers the ability to book their vehicle to be serviced or repaired from their home or workplace. The company says that the mobile mechanic services have grown in popularity in recent years. It conducted a survey that showed that more than one-third of its customers have used...
    Group 1 Automotive expands its US operations
    US-based automotive retailer Group 1 Automotive has announced the expansion of its US operations with the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter franchises in Anaheim, California, via a press release dated 1 December.   This acquisition expands Group 1's global relationship with Mercedes-Benz to 17 dealerships in the United States and the United Kingdom. Group 1 owns and operates 204 automotive dealerships, 275 franchises, and 47 collision centers in the US and the U...
    AutoNation to expand its aftersales business with the acquisition of RepairSmith
    AutoNation, a US-based automotive retailer has announced that the company has entered an agreement to acquire RepairSmith, a full-service mobile solution for automotive repair and maintenance, according to a press release dated 12 December.   The acquisition aligns with the company's objective to expand the ability to penetrate its aftersales service market and conveniently respond to customers' needs by broadening the reach of its existing aftersales networ...
    US-based RoboTire partners with Creamery Tire for tire-changing system
    RoboTire, a US-based robotics and automation solutions firm that designs and deploys systems to change vehicles' tires, has announced a partnership with Creamery Tire, a Pennsylvania-based tire service center, according to a press release dated 20 December. Under the partnership, Creamery Tire will deploy RoboTire's fourth-generation tire-changing system at its location in a North Philadelphia suburb, the release added. The partnership between Creamery Tire and RoboTire, who says its systems ...
    US-based auto repair network RepairPal partners with Nationwide Report
    RepairPal, a US-based auto repair network, has announced that the company has teamed up with Nationwide Report, a website that keeps consumers informed on local accidents and safety reports, according to a press release dated 15 December. Through this partnership, Nationwide Report aims to connect consumers with local automotive repair shops through RepairPal’s certified network, the release added. Established in 2007, RepairPal connects consumers with certified mechanics throughout the U...
    UK-based breakdown service provider RAC sees record demand for breakdown assistance
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown service provider for both private and business drivers, has announced that its latest data has revealed that 12 December witnessed the highest number of breakdowns for a single day on record, according to a press release dated 13 December. Significance: “Yesterday (12 December) was officially our busiest day for breakdowns on record, with around 12,000 drivers needing help, the equivalent of eight every minute of the day. Even our busiest day during the infamous Be...
    Automotive coatings maker Axalta partners with UK-based Steer Automotive Group
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems has announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement with Steer Automotive Group, a UK-based independently owned vehicle repair organization, according to a press release dated 5 December. Under the agreement, Axalta is the single preferred paint partner, supplying its premium refinish brand Standox to Steer Automotive Group’s 57 UK sites. The agreement also includes products from U-POL, known for its expertise in refini...
    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...
    European battery academy and skills alliance partner for workforce upskilling
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding between the Automotive Skills Alliance (ASA) and European Battery Alliance Academy (EBAA) was signed on 21 November in Brussels, according to a press release dated 25 November. The new partnership aims to create a single pan-European framework to enable the upskilling and reskilling of the automotive workforce across the mobility sector and battery value chain. The collaboration will prov...
    American insurer Allstate adds asTech as preferred diagnostic scanning provider
    US-based Repairify Inc, a US-based company engaged in diagnostics, remote scanning, and programming, automotive intelligence, and calibration services has announced that Allstate, a US insurance company, has added asTech as a preferred diagnostic scanning provider for collision centers participating in its Good Hands Repair Network (GHRN), according to a press release dated 15 November. The partnership provides participating GHRN shops with preferred pricing for asTech devices and its diagnos...
    US-based Repairify enhances focus on its Repair OnDemand marketplace
    US-based Repairify Inc, a US-based company engaged in diagnostics, remote scanning and programming, automotive intelligence, and calibration services announced it has built and is now successfully operating a two-sided sublet repair marketplace called Repair OnDemand, according to a press release dated 2 November. The company said Repair OnDemand is a marketplace connecting sublet repair professionals with companies that have vehicles in need of repair, such as fleet owners, auction...
    US-based Solera launches tool to deliver auto repair estimates for insurers
    Solera, a US-based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service (SaaS) has announced that it launched a full-service, virtual auto estimating solution to deliver on customer expectations for fast and accurate self-service solutions to simplify the claims process, according to a press release dated 15 November. XpertEstimate is said to bring together Solera’s industry-leading technology and an experienced auto physical damage staff to process estimates quickly, impr...
    VSG, Dover collaborate with TEXA to expand ADAS tools
    Rotary, part of Vehicle Service Group (VSG) and Dover has announced a partnership with TEXA that will enable Rotary to expand its automotive service offerings, according to a press release on 30 November 2022. The partnership will position Rotary to offer collision and repair shops a new mobile advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) solution as well as fully automatic air conditioning (A/C) charging stations. "With this exciting partnership, we strengthen our commitment to 'Serving the Shop...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO launches a booking solution for car service
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that it has launched a new digital booking system that makes it easier for the car owner to book car services, according to a press release dated 16 November. The booking system will be implemented in all MEKO workshop chains from 2023 to improve the customer journey and increase the number of digital bookings. The solution will also be offered to other companies with car-related services t...
    Automechanika Dubai 2022: Trade show sees enhanced focus on the African market
    Automechanika Dubai, touted as the Middle East’s largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket, and which was held at Dubai World Trade Centre during 22–24 November, saw focus shifting on the last day toward the African market with AfriConnections, a dedicated conference stream and networking area aimed at uniting businesses and dealers from Africa, according to a press release dated 24 November. According to a recent report commissioned for Automechanika Duba...
    Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority appoints executive officer
    The Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) has announced the appointment of Rodger Nardi as its executive officer, a position created to further strengthen AASRA’s role of managing the day-to-day operation of the Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS), which became law on 1 July 2022, according to a press release dated 2 December. Reporting to the AASRA Board, Nardi is responsible for developing strategic business plans, overseeing the sustainable growth of AASRA, and d...
    Automechanika Dubai 2022: organizers say the number of exhibitors is up 98% over 2021
    Automechanika Dubai, touted as the Middle East’s largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket industry, was held at Dubai World Trade Centre during 22–24 November with a vast showcase of present and future products, services, technologies, and insights from industry experts, according to a press release by event organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East dated 22 November. The 19th edition of the trade show claims to have increased 79% in floor spac...
    US-based automotive association MEMA restructures the organization
    A leading trade association in North America representing motor vehicle component manufacturers, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), has announced a new business structure to better position the organization and the vehicle supplier community for the future, according to a press release dated 18 November. The organization will now operate under one umbrella, MEMA, and represent automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers with two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group an...
    MAHLE Aftermarket opens virtual workshop
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced opening of a virtual workshop, according to a press release dated 5 October.  With a new virtual workshop, MAHLE Aftermarket now makes its products for conventional and alternative powertrains an informative and intuitive experience around the clock. The company is thereby creating a virtual training center for spare parts, battery diagnostics, calibration,...
    Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association announces details for 2023 Vision Conference
    US-based Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), has announced the details of its executive conference in 2023 in a press release dated 17 November. AASA announced that their annual Vision Conference will be held 11–12 April 2023, in Chicago, Illinois, US. The AASA Vision Conference will commence with a welcome reception at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel on 11 April 2023, and continue into a full day of presentations, breakout sessions, and networking on 12 April 2023...
    CCC Intelligent Solutions's Carwise.com adds certification filters on its website
    CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC), a leading SaaS platform powering the P&C insurance economy, announced an enhancement to its Carwise.com collision repair services website to make search results more relevant for site visitors, a press release dated 15 November read.  With the filter, users can now view repair facilities with industry or OEM certification credentials, making it easy for consumers to identify repair facilities with specialized experience. This new capability will give&...
    NGK Spark Plug concludes JV agreement with cutting tools company IMC International
    NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced the conclusion of joint venture (JV) agreement regarding capital and business alliance with IMC International Metalworking Companies B.V. (IMC) by making the consolidated subsidiary of the company into the JV company, a press release dated 28 October read.  IMC is a global, and a full line supplier of cutting tools group with many outstanding companies handling various types of cutting tools, with advanced techno...
    Discount Tire launches its drive-thru concept
    US-based independent retailer of tires and wheels, Discount Tire, has launched a high-tech store concept that offers a mobile-focused, drive-thru experience, via a press release dated 4 October. The new format is inspired by racetrack pit crews and is designed to offer customers a fast and seamless drive-through experience where they can stay in their car from start to finish for all of their tire and wheel needs. The new concept is markedly different from the traditional tire ...
    Auto accessory and window tinting franchise Tint World relocates
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, announces the relocation of its Mountain View location, according to a press release dated 9 November. Under owners Abdelrahim Afaghani and Sultan Alafghani, the new updated Tint World Mountain View provides the Santa Clara area with premier automotive aftermarket accessories and styling and window-tinting services. The company says that the new location will enhance Tint World’s industry-...
    Standard Motor Products expands Collision Repair Program offering
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products, has expanded its comprehensive Collision Repair program, according to a press release dated 3 November. The extensive program offers more than 7,500 parts engineered match the damaged part they are replacing, ensuring correct integration with electronic safety systems Every component is a direct-fit replacement and is designed to correctly integrate with the electronic safety systems fo...
    SEMA show 2022: Repairify to launch technical training program in 2023
    US-based Repairify Inc, a US-based company engaged in diagnostics, remote scanning and programming, automotive intelligence, and calibration services plans to launch in 2023 the Repairify Institute, a comprehensive technical training program for automotive professionals designed to ensure service readiness, according to a press release by PRNewswire dated 3 November. The company unveiled at the SEMA Show 2022. The Repairify Institute will utilize a course development process called adapt...
    Driven Brands touches 1,000 collision repair locations across North America
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, which houses brands such as ABRA or Auto Body Repair of America, CARSTAR, and Fix Auto USA, under Driven Collision, has announced that it has reached 1,000th collision repair facilities across North America with the opening of a CARSTAR auto body center in Little Rock, Arkansas, southern US, according to a press release dated 19 October. After entering the collision market in 2015 with the purchase of 240 CARSTAR locations, Driven ...
    Driven Brands doubles Take 5 Oil Change franchise locations in the US
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has announced that its Take 5 Oil Change service has opened its 200th US franchised location, in Hutto, Texas, according to a press release dated 6 October. Take 5 Oil Change has doubled its US franchise store count over the last year, the release added. Since acquiring Take 5 Oil Change in 2016 with its differentiated fast, friendly, 10-minute stay-in-your-car oil change model, Driven Brands claims to have scaled the business from...
    BM Catalysts launches new European entity to service its overseas partners
    UK-based manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes for automotive aftermarket, BM Catalysts, has announced a dedicated European company, BM Catalysts EU Ltd, to facilitate the smoothest possible trading with European partners and help fulfill demand for its products, a press release dated 25 October read. The company said that, with demand for emissions control products expected to increase, the additional manufacturing capabilities will enable BM Catalysts to cope with...
    Valvoline's synthetic motor oil offers 24x protection than an industry-leading one
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that head-to-head testing of its product with a “industry-leading full synthetic” motor oil revealed that Valvoline’s full synthetic motor oils provided 24x stronger protection against engine-killing contaminants, according to a press release dated 17 October. It said engine-killing contaminant include water, fuel, and ethanol.  If moisture builds up in the engine and is not properly controlle...
    Tesla releases new software update with better charging efficiency
    Tesla has released a new software update (2022.40.1) with enhanced charging efficiency for faster charge time and reduced energy costs, Electrek reported on 24 October. The automaker’s notes said “During DC fast charging, the thermal system controls have been optimized for each charging station’s power capability, improving both charging and on-route battery preconditioning efficiency. This results in a fast charge time and reduced energy costs,” according to the report. Significance:...
    US aftermarket supplier body launches website to reduce fraudulent warranties
    US-based apex aftermarket supplier industry body Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announced the launch of www.checkthepart.com, a website designed to help give parts professionals information and tips on how to identify and reduce fraudulent warranty claims, according to a press release dated 10 October. The Check the Part Initiative is supported and endorsed by the AASA and the Auto Care Association. The website promotes three simple steps to help reduce fraudulent claims:...
    Castrol launches EV transmission fluids for workshops
    Lubricant maker Castrol has launched Castrol ON EV Transmission Fluids specifically for use by franchised and independent workshops certified to work on electrified vehicle (EV) powertrains, according to a press release dated 13 October. Available in five-liter packs, the two new products—in D1 and D2 variants—are claimed to suit a wide range of EVs, helping to extend the life of the drivetrain system and enable EVs to go further on a single charge, the release added. The new product...
    Yokohama Rubber exposes counterfeit alloy wheels sales in Hong Kong
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced in a press release dated 28 September that a successful enforcement operation was conducted to combat counterfeit versions of the company’s alloy wheels in Hong Kong. In response to a request for cooperation received from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, Yokohama Rubber proceeded with preparations to expose a car parts company engaged in the distribution of counterfeit sports car alloy wheels imitating YOKOHAMA’s ‘AD...
    LIQUI MOLY outlines windshield repair package for workshops
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has outlined its extensive package to support workshops in repairing windshields, according to a press release dated 5 October. Aimed at enabling a workshop to not only repair stone chips, but also replace complete windows, LIQUI MOLY’s offerings include everything from chemicals (adhesives and primers), tools (separating cord, suction lifter, sausage caulking gun, seam scraper, etc.) as well as training, the release added. The compa...
    Japan’s Meiji Sangyo partners with BYD for maintenance technical training
    Meiji Sangyo, a Japanese supplier of auto repair parts and consumables, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with BYD Auto Japan, to provide BYD Maintenance Technical Training for electric vehicles (EVs) under its new branch of business, according to a press release dated 5 September. As part of the tie-up, the company will support BYD Auto Japan’s sales network—through its “Seiken e-Garage Service Shop concept”, the release added. The move is part of Meiji Sangyo...
    Liqui Moly showcases new services for workshops to generate more revenue
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that its Gear Tronic III and JetClean Tronic II service machines can allow workshops to expand their range of services and open new business areas, according to a press release dated 5 September.  Gear Tronic III largely automates the complex oil change process for automatic transmissions, for which simply unscrewing the oil drain plug is insufficient because a significant part of the old oil would remain in the transmission. Howe...
    Nexus Automotive outlines vision for future of aftermarket
    Nexus Automotive International, a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors, recently outlined its vision for the future of the aftermarket, according to a press release dated 14 September. Additionally, the alliance revealed its new signature as “The Automotive Aftermarket Company”, which conveys the ambition of the entire NEXUS Community to lead the transformation ahead for the sector, according to the release. The alliance observed that the automotive aftermarket face...
    HELLA highlights benefits from pooling of expertise with Faurecia Service
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that the merger of HELLA and Faurecia opens up new opportunities for the independent aftermarket by allowing the companies to pool their OE expertise, according to a press release dated 12 September. As a result, Faurecia Service product lines can now also be purchased through HELLA. This starts with Easy2Fit exhaust systems, which were specially developed to meet the requirements of wholesalers and w...
    US-based Motive Retail enables automotive repair firm to integrate with FordParts.com
    Motive Retail, a US-based global systems integrator, announced that ‘MAXXTRAXX’ by Scott Systems will be the first shop management system (SMS) to fully integrate with FordParts.com, thanks to help from their integration platform, Motive Integrator eXchange (MIX), according to a press release dated 15 September. Motive Retail an integrator focused on modernizing the automotive retail experience by enabling real-time data flow between all parties in the ecosystem. Scott Systems is a software ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: UK auto body seeks opportunities for USD57 billion aftermarket sector
    The recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 played host to the largest UK aftermarket overseas trade mission since pre-pandemic 2019, with a dedicated UK Pavilion organized by UK automotive trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), according to a press release by SMMT dated 13 September. A total of 22 companies with businesses ranging from engine remanufacturing and suspension system design services to specialist components, lubricants, and tire  sealants represe...
    US-based asTech outlines diagnostic solution to simplify auto repair
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech, has announced that asTech has introduced changes and expanded its offerings with an aim to streamline shop workflow for a shorter repair cycle and a more profitable shop, according to a press release dated 15 September. The company says one of asTech’s notable new offerings is the diagnostic Rules Engine, a robust and proprietary rules engine that can suggest when an alternative to the OEM scan tool can ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: HELLA positions itself as comprehensive aftermarket solution provider
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, positioned itself as a comprehensive solution provider in the aftermarket at the just-concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 8 September. The company said it offers extensive product and service solutions for the independent aftermarket to successfully manage change as the trend toward automated driving and e-mobility leads to a significant increase in complexity for inde...
    Honda Cars India to organize nationwide service camp from 21–30 September
    Honda Cars India, the Indian arm of Japanese carmaker Honda, has announced a nationwide service camp across its authorized dealership facilities in 239 cities from 21–30 September as a part of the company’s efforts to enhance the ownership experience, according to a press release dated 20 September. As part of the service camp, Honda customers can avail offers on value added services such as “Exterior, Interior enrichment, Anti-rust Treatment and more," the release added. Duri...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Hella Gutmann presents automated diagnostics
    Hella Gutmann, a partnership between European diagnostic brand Gutmann Messtechnik and German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, announced that it showcased its development in automizing vehicle diagnostics with artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technology at the just-concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair, according to a press release dated 30 August. The Hella Gutmann ‘Automated Diagnosisʼ (AD) is said to save workshops valuable ...
    HELLA integrates its tech portal with Faurecia’s subsidiary Clarion Europe SAS
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that thanks to the merger of HELLA and Faurecia, independent workshops now have the opportunity to access the repair service of Clarion Europe SAS, a subsidiary of Faurecia, via HELLA Tech World, according to a press release dated 13 September. HELLA Tech World is HELLA's workshop portal that offers car mechanics comprehensive expert knowledge, checklists, and instructions for smooth repairs. By in...
    CLEPA study indicates vehicle electrification to reshape the European aftermarket
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has revealed the findings of a joint study by Roland Berger and it states that the ongoing electrification transition in the automotive sector indicates a massive change for the European aftermarket, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key to this change would be that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have around 30% lower demand for traditional aftermarket components and BEV sales forecasts project a 53–82% market share i...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: MEYLE to launch control arm for Tesla Model 3, Model Y
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has announced that it is unveiling the new MEYLE HD control arm for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 6 September. The solution is in response to an increasing number of drivers of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y all over the world reporting an irritating squeaking sound from the front axle. A MEYLE development team identified...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Organizer says 83% of 2,800 exhibitors from outside Germany
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, has revealed the key topics at this year’s event and announced that the exhibitor line-up continues to be international, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key topics include alternative drive systems, training and professional development, resilient su...
    Lexus India rolls out service package for its flood affected cars in Bengaluru, India
    Japanese luxury car manufacturer, Lexus India, has announced a ‘Lexus Cares Package’ for its owners affected by the incessant torrential rains in Bengaluru, India, according to a press release dated 7 September. Parts of Bengaluru, also known as India's tech capital, have witnessed unprecedented rains over the past few days, halting life in the city amid fears of further disruptions over the coming days. Under the package, Lexus India will extend special support and rates for repairs of t...
    Nissan Motor expands vehicle subscription service in Japan
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co has announced via a press release dated 4 September that it has added three new vehicle models to its vehicle subscription service 'Nissan ClickMobi’. The models are the electric vehicles Nissan Leaf, Nissan Sakura, and the redesigned Nissan Xtrail which was launched in the Japanese market on 25 July. Launched in March 2020, Nissan ClickMobi is a subscription service for Nissan vehicles that is inclusive of various expenses such as vehicle inspection, maint...
    Hella outlines vehicle communication feature in its mega macs X diagnostic device
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has revealed that its mega macs X multibrand diagnostic device has been designed with the ultra-fast communication standards of future vehicles in mind and "understands" and "speaks" the language of the latest generation of vehicles, according to a press release dated 25 August.   "The technical framework for communication with vehicles whose systems are networked via fast Ethernet is provided in the mega m...
    Bridgestone Americas launces new brand platform
    Bridgestone Americas, Inc. today launched "What Really Matters," a new brand platform that is linked to the values of the global Bridgestone E8 Commitment and showcases the company's focus on creating a more sustainable world for future generations, according to a press release dated 24 August. The targeted activation will officially launch through multichannel content developed by creative agency Leo Burnett.  The platform marks a shift from the company's traditional product perfor...
    SEMA Garage opens a facility in Detroit, United States
    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Garage opens a new facility in Detroit, United States, the company announced via a press release dated 19 August. SEMA Garages gives SEMA members businesses access to special high tech-tools and equipment and services such as 3D scanning, 3D printing, ADAS testing, vehicle measuring sessions, fully equipped bays, emissions testing and certification.  The Detroit facility will give aftermarket parts manufacturers access to s...
    NAPA to carry Honeywell's new automotive refrigerant in its auto parts stores across the US
    US-based automotive parts distributor National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) will carry Honeywell's new refrigerant, Solstice yf UV—a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerant incorporating ultraviolet (UV) dye for leak detection support in automobile air conditioning systems, as per a press release dated 22 August. It will now be available at all participating NAPA Auto Parts stores across the United States.  Honeywell's Solstice yf UV is manufactured in the Unite...
    Valeo sees strong impact of electrification and digitalization on aftermarket
    Valeo Service, the aftermarket brand of French automotive supplier Valeo, has revealed the major trends shaping the aftermarket business as per a release dated 28 July. The company also highlighted its products and services that are aimed at meeting the requirements of the aftermarket sector in which electrification and digitalization are seen as playing a larger role. According to Michel Forissier, chief engineering and marketing officer of Valeo, the company is ramping up production of low ...
    CATL and Bosch Automotive Aftermarket open the first co-authorized NEV Service Center
    CATL and Bosch Automotive opened the first co-authorized new energy vehicle workshop in Chongqing, southwest China, according to a press release dated 25 July. The local franchiser, named Chongqing Runhe New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd. (“Chongqing Runhe”), is also CATL's 150th passenger vehicle workshop opened nationwide. Covering an area of about 2,400 square meters, the newly opened workshop is the first new energy vehicle repair station authorized by both parties in China, and will p...
    Aftermarket supplier WAI Global launches new website for UK market
    Aftermarket parts supplier, WAI Global, has launched a new website for UK market, according to a release dated 17 August from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new website showcases the company's constantly growing product portfolio, from alternators and ignition coils to electric vehicle charging cables, and provides an easy-to-use platform. Customers are guaranteed WAI’s renowned quality which matches or exceeds ...
    Automotive diagnostics provider, Autel US launches its Remote Expert platform
    Autel US, a leading provider of automotive diagnostics products, has launched its Remote Expert platform to all MaxiSYS Ultra, MS919, and MS909 tablets nationwide, according to a press release by PRNewswire dated 16 August. The Remote Expert platform connects technicians with independent module programmers, automotive diagnosticians, and system experts who use the peer-to-peer network to perform needed services remotely. Autel is a leading developer and distributor of profess...
    Dorman introduces New Solutions Catalog, a new online and offline catalogue
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the launch of a new digital and print publication, the New Solutions Catalog, via a press release dated 16 August.  In addition to the online copy, the New Solutions Catalog's print copies are also being distributed now across North America by Dorman’s field teams and through select channel partners. Jeff Darby, Dorman’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing said, “We thi...
    BBB Industries introduces new online portal to enhance 24-hour ordering
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has introduced new online portal designed to enhance 24-hour ordering, according to a press release dated 5 August.  The BBB Industries 1Stop customer portal shows real-time inventory for emergency orders and allows customers to immediately place orders. This portal can also automatically calculate if freight minimum requirements are met for stock orders and provide estimated shipping charges for special orders. A...
    ContiTech premium air springs to now trade under Continental brand
    ContiTech has announced that its premium air springs will officially be traded and transited to the worldwide brand name Continental, via a press release dated 26 July.  Commenting on the move, Garrett Oliveira, VP of Sales USA & Canada said, “We are excited about this change and look forward to the positive impact it will make. Continental is a brand recognized and respected worldwide, and our products reflect that commitment to quality and service. Customers know they c...
    MAHLE says flushing air conditioning key to system longevity
    The UK arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has reminded technicians of the importance and benefits of flushing air conditioning systems, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company said that during repair work, or changing the air compressor, it is crucial that the air conditioning system is cleaned out, as harmful substances and solids can form in the ...
    US-based CCC Diagnostics integrates with AirPro Diagnostics
    CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC), a US-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform powering the P&C (property and casualty) insurance economy, announced via a press release dated 2 August that AirPro Diagnostics (AirPro) will become the newest member of the CCC Diagnostics network. Through an integration with AirPro, collision repair users of CCC Diagnostics will soon be able to capture and document AirPro scan and calibration information in their CCC ONE workfiles, the release added. The str...
    Valeo Service launches CV clutch catalogue
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that the Valeo Commercial Vehicles Clutch Catalogue from Valeo Service is now available in both printed form and as a digital flip book, according to a press release dated 19 July. The company says its CV Clutch Catalogue is the most comprehensive ever offered on the market and it includes clutch and actuation products as well. According to the release, the catalogue includes over 1,500 references, for all truck, coach and bus manufacturers such as D...
    Castrol survey shows value and location top workshop customer loyalty drivers
    A nationwide survey commissioned by Castrol known as OnePoll research, conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, has identified the most important factors influencing customer loyalty for vehicle workshops across the UK, according to a company press release dated 22 July. The factor mentioned more than any other—by 45% of motorists—is the perception that the work carried out represents ‘good value’. However, the research also strongly indicates that motorists are not simply looking ...
    Valeo inaugurates its smart service center in Cairo, Egypt with a focus on aftermarket digitizing
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced the inauguration of a smart service center dedicated to the digitization of aftermarket services in Cairo, Egypt, according to a press release dated 21 July. According to the release, the Smart Service Center is the first of its kind for the Valeo Group, contributing directly to Valeo Service's plans to digitize aftermarket services for Valeo customers; the center provides digital marketing services, data science solutions, communication to...
    UK-based aftermarket supplier First Line expands range with 33 new references
    Automotive aftermarket supplier First Line has announced that it has introduced 33 products to its expanded parts range, across its steering and suspension, braking, filters, clutch, and wiper motor categories, for both passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications, according to a press release dated 7 July. First Line has added 17 new products to its steering and suspension range, with new references now available for popular passenger vehicles, including a strut mount and strut mo...
    UK AFCAR makes it easier for garages to highlight restricted access to vehicle data
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR) has announced that it has opened a route for garages to highlight restricted access to OEMs' data, according to a released dated 15 July by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Garages can access an online survey form floated by UK AFCAR, a coalition representing automotive trade associations and commercial organizations that formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upho...
    Schaeffler REPXPERT introduces new OneCode labelling system
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is making it easy for technicians to access data from its popular workshop portal, REPXPERT, with the launch of the Schaeffler OneCode product labeling system, according to a press release dated 30 June. Schaeffler OneCode is a new QR code that is unique to the product in the box, and which will be found on new and upcoming product labels. Professional technicians can use the REPXPERT app scanning function...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022: Magneti Marelli introduces Checkstar garage network
    The Magneti Marelli Parts & Services brand has announced that the company showcased its offerings at the UK Garage and Bodyshop show and has lined up two key introductions for the market, according to a press release dated 6 July. Magneti Marelli Checkstar is the company’s exclusive network of 4,000 qualified workshops worldwide. As part of the first announcement, the company said that “After historical success across the rest of Europe, we are introducing the Magneti Marelli Checksta...
    Castrol urges UK workshops to follow up on deferred work and upsell consumables
    New consumer research commissioned by Castrol suggests workshops across the United Kingdom could be missing out on valuable revenue-generating opportunities by not up-selling consumables and by not following up on deferred work, according to a press release by the company dated 6 July. The survey, a OnePoll research conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, found that only 40% of motorists are typically contacted by their workshop between vehicle services to discuss any work that might need to be ...
    Aisin acquires Toyota Mobility Parts’ retail store in Japan
    Aisin Seiki, a Japanese corporation that develops and produces components and systems for the automotive industry, announced that in an effort to expand its aftermarket business, the company has acquired the operations of a vehicle parts retail outlet 'James Komaki Minami' from Toyota Mobility Parts, according to a press release dated 1 July. With growth in the new and used car markets, the company aims to leverage its strengths as a comprehensive automobile parts manufacturer to direct repai...
    French automotive trade body FIEV pegs country’s aftermarket industry at EUR14 billion in 2030
    FIEV, or the French trade association of OEMs, garage equipment manufacturers, and all other providers of automotive solutions, has published the results of its study conducted ahead of the 26th edition of EQUIP AUTO Paris. The study was undertaken to assess the impact of the increasing electrification of the light vehicle fleet (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) on the aftermarket, according to a press release by FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive afterm...
    ZF Aftermarket advises caution with alternative dual-mass flywheel
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has urged garages to explain to customers that installing a simpler, cheaper replacement part for dual mass flywheel (DMF) such as a single-mass flywheel on everyday use passenger cars risks damaging the transmission, according to a press release dated 23 June. The DMF dampens torsional vibrations and allows the engine to run efficiently at significantly lower speeds than is possible with a conventional flywhee...
    UK-based automotive workshop supplier Prosol launches high voltage EV safety kit
    UK-based garage supplies provider Prosol has announced the launch of a ‘Fire Safety EV Safety’ kit for workshops, according to a press release dated 1 July from Auto Resource UK. The kit contains items such as a high-visibility ‘Holdall’ bag; electrical insulating gloves; cotton under-gloves; leather over-gloves; safety glove storage box; ‘chemsafe’ gloves; a first aid kit for burns; a faraday key pouch with snap shackle; flexi-head combinat...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed for the sixth time
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 1 July that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the need to consider fully the implications of the long-anticipated decision” and “unforeseen and unforeseeable scheduling complications encountered in the...
    Bilstein Group-owned febi expands aftermarket range with typically OE-specific parts
    Automotive aftermarket brand febi, part of the German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, which is a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, announced that it has launched new references to its specialist febiPLUS range, according to a press release dated 22 June.  The febiPLUS range features over 1,500 vehicle parts and unusual product types that provide an aftermarket repair and replacement option, removing the need to source via franchised dealerships, the release added.   The new refe...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA discusses key regulations with European Commission
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors announced that its Independent Service Providers (ISPs) group recently had a very positive exchange with European Commission Commissioner Thierry Breton on how the DataAct and forthcoming sector-specific regulation can create the space for rapid vehicle-generated data innovation in the European automotive and mobility eco-system, according to a statement dated 23 June. FIGIEGA’s members representing 4.5...
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