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    ZF unveils smart seatbelt technology
    ZF Passive Safety Systems has developed a new seatbelt system that can adapt to the size and weight of vehicle occupants in the event of an accident, it said in a press release dated Jan. 30. The core of the technology is called Multi-Stage Load Limiter (MSLL), which is responsible for the individual system adjustment. This technology allows for more flexibility in belt forces, reducing the consequences of accidents for all occupants. The approach of this technology lies in the individual con...
    CRP Automotive announces a range of Rein Coolant Hoses for Tesla models in the market
    US-based CRP Automotive, a manufacturer of replacement parts including steering, electrical, suspension, fluids, plastic and gaskets, among others, has announced a new range of replacement coolant hoses for Tesla battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release on September 18. Through its Rein Automotive brand, CRP Automotive’s new line of Tesla coolant replacement hoses offers 29 stock keeping units (SKUs). In order to ensure that these replacement parts continue to play a c...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
    Cloyes introduces timing-system kits for various OEM models
    US-based Cloyes, a specialist in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of timing-drive systems and engine components for global original equipment manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket, has announced the launch of timing-system kits for 2009–2018 Volkswagen engines, 2013 General Motors engines and 2011–2020 Ford engines, in which all kits include a turbocharger, according to a press release dated September 15. The new kits by Cloyes are applicable to more tha...
    Seven OEMs to form high-power vehicle-charging JV in North America
    BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group and Stellantis NV, according to a press release dated July 26, have agreed to collaborate on expanding a high-speed charging network, powered by renewable energy, by at least 30,000 charge points in urban and highway locations across North America. A major hurdle for existing and potential battery-electric vehicle (BEV) customers is access to fast, reliable, efficient and low-cost charging for their vehicles during drivi...
    New battery-electric vehicle aftermarket initiatives launched in Australia
    According to a press release dated July 27, a new dedicated joint Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) campaign has been launched to support the country's aftermarket with battery-electric vehicle (BEV) training and product development opportunities, and to further aid in promoting the sale of BEVs among vehicle fleets in the state of Victoria, Australia.  The AIC has taken into its possession two new BEVs, a Ford F-150 Lightning ...
    ZF Aftermarket announces expansion of product support
    ZF Aftermarket has expanded its parts offerings in the first half of 2023 for vehicles in the US and Canada, adding 285 new listings to its ZF, Lemförder, Sachs, TRW and Wabco branded portfolios, as announced in a press release dated July 18. The company has introduced 47 new part numbers for TRW brake-pad sets, extending availability to nearly 11.9 million more vehicles in operation (VIO). The company also expanded its offerings for Lemförder window regulators, motors and related...
    US-based Auto Care, IHS Markit to host webinar on 20 October
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and IHS Markit are set to host a webinar on the evolution of vehicle configurations in parts and fitment on 20 October, Wednesday at 1-2pm ET. The continuous progression of vehicle configurations has made our experiences safer, easier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Similar to other industries, the vehicle industry has evolved to accommodate individual preferences, cus...
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