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    Snap-on introduces access to Audi and Volkswagen
    Snap-on Incorporated, a manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for vehicle repair and other sectors, has announced access to Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) secured vehicle systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. Snap-on customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled diagnostic tool, powered by the latest software, now have the freedom to access any VAG vehicle. Gaining "on-the-fly" entry is possible by completing VAG registration through ...
    US paint-maker PPG launches repair management tool for body shop productivity
    US-based paint, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG has announced the launch of the PPG AdjustRite repair management tool, the latest feature of the company’s AdjustRite commercial estimating system, which provides enhanced productivity for commercial vehicle repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The mobile-friendly PPG AdjustRite repair management platform offers technicians a time clock system and automated tracking of work hours per repair order. Shop managers...
    Apollo Tyres launches Trumigo for doorstep car servicing
    India-based tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., has announced the launch of Trumigo, a digital initiative for doorstep car servicing, in Gurugram, a city in northern India, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. This service offering is available in Gurugram on a pilot basis and will soon be rolled out for the entire Delhi National Capital Region. Trumigo offers at-home car services and high-quality car maintenance directly to customers' doors. This service includes periodic servicing, ...
    Dorman releases fifth edition of its OE Fix Guide
    Dorman Products (Dorman), a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, has announced the release of the OE Fix Guide Vol. 5, its award-winning publication highlighting its most innovative automotive repair solutions designed to help mechanics make faster, longer-lasting repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 5. The company said this year’s 32-page magazine builds on Dorman’s successful previous editions, which have won awards from the Conten...
    ZF Aftermarket expands [pro]Academy training platform
    With an aim to demonstrate its capabilities as a full systems aftermarket provider, ZF Aftermarket is expanding its training offerings for technicians in commercial vehicle fleets, distributors and independent aftermarket service shops in North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 22. The company showcased its product portfolio, digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles, alongside its ZF [pro]Academy training offerings, at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2024, held...
    Honda Cars India introduces Ultra Body Coating for enhanced vehicle protection
    Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has introduced Ultra Body Coating, an enhancing appeal and protective solution for its customers, according to a press release dated Jan. 31. The Ultra Body Coating is a high-performance transparent layer formulated with a next-generation material called Silane, which makes it the hardest glass-based coating by industry standard, the release added. The company said that the coating provides an ultraglossy, glass-based, super smooth surface to the vehicle and retains ...
    India’s automotive aftermarket expected to grow to $14 billion by 2028
    Ahead of the 5th ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry, has revealed that the size of the Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to grow from $10 billion in 2023 to an estimated $14 billion by 2028, according to a press release dated Jan. 29. The data was quoted from the Global Automotive Aftermarket Research Report co-authored by the industry body. The study focuses on seven pro...
    UK government maintains current MOT test frequency
    The UK government has agreed to maintain the current Ministry of Transport (MOT) test frequency following a consultation that explored extending the first test from three to four years, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated Jan. 25. Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said, “Plans to extend the first test from three to four years have been met with the full power of the entire automotive industry including m...
    China’s SunCar announces vehicle service contract with China Construction Bank
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a two-year exclusive vehicle service contract with the Fujian Branch of China Construction Bank, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. SunCar expects to derive cumulative revenue from the contract valued at approximately 25 million yuan (about $3.5 million). Following a competitive bidding process, SunCar was selected as the...
    Repsol to exceed 600 service stations with renewable fuel in 2024
    Repsol has announced that it will exceed 600 service stations supplying 100% renewable fuel by the end of 2024, according to a press release dated Jan. 16. The company said that with the move, it is accelerating its commitment to renewable fuels, with a goal of expanding its network of service stations with renewable fuels in the Iberian Peninsula. Renewable fuels are one of the main levers of Repsol's strategy to accelerate the reduction of emissions from transport and achieve the goal of be...
    Data solutions firm Motor launches inventory connect to streamline workshop efficiency
    Motor Information Systems, a leading provider of automotive data solutions and Hearst company, has announced its latest achievement in expanding its market presence in the automotive intelligence space with the launch of the Motor Inventory Connect for third-party software and service providers, according to a press release dated Jan. 8.  The company said third-party software and service providers working with aftermarket shops can utilize this as a gateway to seamlessly access deta...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi 2024 to have over 500 exhibitors
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) have announced that the fifth edition of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi — the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service — is scheduled to be held from Feb. 1–3, 2024. In a press release dated Jan. 2, it was announced that the event would bring together over 500 exhibitors from 12...
    US senators demand Tesla vehicles recall for steering and suspension components
    Tesla Inc. is being ordered by two US senators to recall steering control and suspension components, following the results of a recent Reuters investigation, Repairer Driven News reported Jan. 2. According to the investigation, the company knew about the existing flaws in its vehicles that led to component failures, but hid the causes and blamed the customers instead. Tesla has countered that the company is “truthful and transparent” and the article is “erroneous.” The National Hig...
    Australian aftermarket body calls for consumer awareness on warranty rights
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that it is pushing for consumer awareness around the broader issue of consumer warranty rights, according to a press release dated December 12. The AAAA has long argued that extended warranties often offer Australian consumers the same rights that they already receive for free under the Australian Consumer Law, rights that they should not be required to pay for. Consumers are entitled to a solution of a repair, replacement...
    New Tint World Louisville location opens, expanding auto aftermarket services in area
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release dated Dec. 13. Owners and husband-and-wife team Scott and Susan Hellervik will be the first in the state to own multiple units, with plans to open two additional Tint World franchise locations in the Louisville area, the release added.  Tint World Louisville offers a r...
    Bosch rolls out major update to its Bosch ESI[tronic] diagnostic software
    The Bosch ESI[tronic] diagnostic software, which is used in Bosch Car Service operations and independent automotive workshops worldwide, has been updated to be faster, more intuitive and simpler in the future, with the updated version being branded ESI[tronic] Evolution, according to a press release dated Dec. 11. The new features and modifications will be introduced step by step with each future update, allowing ESI[tronic] users to gradually familiarize themselves with the functions while usin...
    Epicor unveils solutions for automotive parts distributors and repair shops
    Epicor, a US-based provider of industry-specific enterprise software, has introduced two innovative solutions to help automotive replacement parts distributors and vehicle service repair businesses make data-driven decisions, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The new solutions, Epicor Predictive Inventory Assistant (PIA) and Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA), leverage the company's powerful aftermarket product content engine and connected data network to provide real-time insigh...
    UVeye, Hypertec announce partnership for advanced drive-through inspection systems
    UVeye, a technology company specializing in computer vision and AI for automated drive-through inspection systems, has partnered with Hypertec, a global player in sustainable technology solutions, to mass-produce its innovative systems in response to growing demand from the automotive industry, according to a press release dated Dec. 4. The partnership will see production take place at Hypertec's facilities in Plainfield, Ind., and Montreal with the aim of seamlessly installing, servicing&nbs...
    VW, Audi announce roadside assistance for customers affected by cyclone in Chennai, India
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India and German luxury-car manufacturer Audi have announced complimentary Roadside Assistance (RSA) for customer cars impacted by the floods caused by the severe cyclonic storm Cyclone Michaung in Chennai, India, according to news reports. Volkswagen India will additionally also provide customers with a priority comprehensive service check of vehicles to ensure timely repair of flood-related damages. Necessary standardized repair guidelines have been issued across d...
    Borg Automotive’s remanufactured products reduce environmental impact compared to newly produced product parts
    Borg Automotive Reman, an established European remanufacturer of automotive spare parts, commissioned the Linköping University to conduct comparative life-cycle assessments of its remanufactured products across eight product groups, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The products included used original brake calipers, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, starters, alternators, turbochargers, AC compressors, steering racks and steering pumps, which it distributes under the brands Elst...
    Meko to provide aftermarket services to HiPhi owners in Northern Europe, starting from the fourth quarter of 2023
    Meko, a leading independent auto aftermarket company in Northern Europe, has agreed to partner with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer HiPhi, which is set to introduce its brand in Norway, to provide vehicle owners with authorized aftermarket services starting in the fourth quarter of 2023, a press release dated Nov. 22 said. This collaboration aligns with Meko's strategy to serve as a service partner to new EV manufacturers looking to establish themselves in select regions. The partnershi...
    Standard Motor Products announces expansion of product categories and parts lineup
    Standard Motor Products Inc., a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the addition of several categories and products including vacuum pumps, parking-brake actuators, sunroof systems, transfer-case motors and air pumps. Standard Motor Products is expanding its product categories to include powertrain-neutral parts for import and domestic vehicles with various powertrains, including internal combustion engine (ICE), hybrid and electric, according to a press release dat...
    Schaeffler’s Repxpert to host conference for technicians and garage owners
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is planning to host a conference for technicians and garage owners called the 2024 Repxpert Conference, which will be based on the principles of its workshop portal Repxpert's Academy Live technical training events, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The company said its Repxpert team believes the time is right to develop this innovative initiative further by expanding the concept into a full...
    Hunter Engineering releases latest wheel-alignment specifications database
    US-based automotive service-equipment provider Hunter Engineering has announced that its newly updated vehicle information database is now available for Hunter WinAlign alignment users, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Effective Nov. 1, the release covers new models — those not yet in existence at the time of the previous release this past spring — as well as model year updates, covering original equipment manufacturer changes to existing vehicles. The company’s WinAlign soft...
    Cal-Tex launches vehicle service contract with EV insurance firm Ozop Plus
    Cal-Tex Protective Coatings Inc., a US-based provider of environmental protection and aftermarket products, has launched its white-labeled version of the Fully Charged Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) to be marketed to its network of 4,000 automotive dealerships, according to a press release dated Nov. 21, adding that Cal-Tex has branded the VSC as EV Complete Battery Plus. The company has formed an agreement with electric vehicle insurance company Ozop Plus, under which Cal-Tex’s EV Com...
    ZF Aftermarket expands commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, announced that it has expanded its commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. The company had announced in 2022 its intention to significantly grow its commercial vehicle product distribution network in Mexico. As part of the move, it has expanded the Guadalajara center from 10,000 square meters to nearly 15,000 square meters. The hub enables ZF...
    AsTech announces scanning support for Tesla vehicles
    AsTech, a Repairify company and the global firm involved in remote diagnostics, calibrations, programming and automotive intelligence for the collision and mechanical repair industries, has announced an expansion of its remote original equipment manufacturer solutions to now include remote OEM scanning support for Tesla vehicles, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. AsTech said its diagnostic devices are now able to complete authentic Remote OEM Scans for virtually every Tesl...
    Meko, Zeekr partner for authorized workshop services in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has partnered with electric car manufacturer Zeekr to offer authorized workshop services to Zeekr owners in Sweden, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Meko said it will handle service, repair and maintenance for Zeekr vehicles, as well as warranty issues, through its comprehensive network of workshops. The partnership aligns with Meko's strategy to be a complete service pa...
    Kinetic opens new service center in Las Vegas for AI-powered EV, autonomous vehicle and ADAS servicing
    Kinetic, a US-based infrastructure-as-a-service company, has opened a new service center in Las Vegas to deliver digital maintenance and servicing for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), according to a press release dated Nov. 2. The company's service model involves partnering with car dealerships, traditional automotive repair shops, rental companies and industry partners to offer AI and robotics-enabled digital servicing for ...
    Hella Gutmann outlines its ADAS calibration solutions for workshops
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of automotive supplier Hella that operates under the brand Forvia, has outlined its solutions for workshops for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibrations that include the CSC-Tool Digital, the CSC-Tool SE and the CSC-Tool Mobile in conjunction with a diagnostic device from the mega macs series, according to a press release dated Nov. 14. The company cited a study by the German expert organization Dekra, that revealed that safety-rela...
    Parts delivery delays renders 5,000 JLR vehicles idle at dealer aftersales centers
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been facing a parts shortage crisis, since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2023, that has left almost 5,000 vehicles waiting for repairs at the company's aftersales service centers, according to a press release dated Nov. 6. The delay has been caused by the transition of the company’s supply chain from several warehouses to one "super center" that is operated by its logistics partner Unipart Logistics. This problem has further exacerbated the f...
    Canada-based The Mufflerman Inc. acquires EuroMechanic
    According to a press release on Nov. 14, The Mufflerman Inc., a service center and workshop chain operating out of the Greater Toronto Area and Southwest Ontario province in Canada, has announced the acquisition of five service centers and tire workshops under the EuroMechanic brand, which specializes in the repair, service and tire fitment of European vehicles. With this acquisition, these EuroMechanic workshops would continue with their original brand name and operate as a distinct division...
    UK developing legal framework that will hold OEMs responsible for collisions involving autonomous vehicles
    According to a briefing from the UK Prime Minister’s Office, the government is bringing forward a bill that is aimed at protecting consumer rights by according liability of collisions involving autonomous vehicles to original equipment manufacturers, a press release dated Nov. 10 said. This policy could clear any ambiguity in the industry, especially in terms of who will pay for vehicle damage in the event of a collision. According to recent reports, some insurance companies have suppo...
    Bridgestone has acquired a 5% stake in Halfords Group PLC’s automotive SaaS platform, Avayler
    Japanese multinational tire manufacturer Bridgestone has acquired a 5% stake in automotive software-as-a-service company Avayler, belonging to UK-based Halfords Group PLC, according to a press release dated Nov. 4. The software developed in-house by Avalyler allows companies to streamline their customer bookings and job processes in workshops and service centers, in addition to accepting bookings for mobile tire services. The SaaS solution is used by Halfords to manage its wide network o...
    US, Canada advance right-to-repair efforts with legislative milestones
    In a significant step forward, the REPAIR Act in the US has been sent for markup and voted through a House of Representatives subcommittee, marking the furthest right-to-repair efforts have gone in the country, a press release reported Nov. 8. Meanwhile, in Canada, the House of Commons has unanimously passed Bill C-244, which proposes amendments to the Copyright Act to give Canadians the right to access their data for the purposes of diagnosis, maintenance, or repair of certain products, incl...
    US-based Auto Care, IAAF partner to enhance collaboration in automotive industry
    Auto Care Association and the IAAF have formed a new partnership aimed at enhancing collaboration and sharing best practices between the two associations, according to a press release dated Nov. 9. The agreement was reached during a meeting at the recent AAPEX automotive expo, where representatives from both federations discussed common goals and aims affecting their respective industries and memberships. Auto Care Association, representing the over $470 billion US auto care industry, pr...
    Mobil 1, Steer partner to revolutionize auto repair experience.
    Mobil 1, the leading brand of synthetic motor oil, has partnered with Steer, an automated marketing and communications platform, to enhance the auto repair experience for shop owners and customers nationwide.Through this collaboration, the Mobil 1 and Steer teams will integrate their products, brands, and expertise to improve the overall consumer and workshop experience. Steer's platform to automate customer marketing and communications for auto repair shops, in partnership with Mobil 1, aims...
    Litens expands product lineup with nine new OAD and OAP SKUs for 1 million vehicles in operation
    Litens, a global provider of aftermarket parts, has announced the expansion of its product lineup by adding eight new overrunning alternator decoupler (OAD) and one overrunning alternator pulley (OAP) stock keeping units (SKUs), according to a press release on Nov. 8. These new products offer coverage for over 1 million vehicles in operation (VIO). The new SKUs include late-model coverage for popular Ford, Hyundai, Buick, Nissan and Honda models. Litens has responded to the growing demand in ...
    Indian car services and repair platform GoMechanic raises 500 million rupees for continued growth and expansion
    GoMechanic, an Indian aftermarket automotive services platform, has raised 500 million rupees (about $6 million) from a marquee investor and existing shareholders, a press release reported on Nov. 9. The company was recently acquired by Servizzy, which is a subsidiary of the Lifelong Group, in March, after investors in GoMechanic discovered significant anomalies in its financial records while it was under the control of its previous management. With the new investment, both external and inter...
    Mitchell 1 launches active recalls feature for all OEM makes
    US-based Mitchell 1, a division of Snap-on Inc. that provides service center and workshop products and solutions including repair information, workshop management systems and marketing services, has now expanded its active recalls features to include more vehicles in the US, a press release dated Nov. 8 said. This expansion will provide automatic notifications to shops using its Manager SE shop management software concerning outstanding safety recall actions that need to be performe...
    Voters in Maine, US, overwhelmingly back right to repair
    In a recent ballot initiative in Maine, US, over 80% of voters supported a measure that ensures car owners have access to vehicle diagnostic tools and data necessary for routine repairs, according to a press release dated Nov. 8. This victory comes as the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 906) gains momentum on the federal level. The REPAIR Act aims to provide consumers with expanded repair options by ensuring that vehicle owners can access repair data a...
    New products from CCC Intelligent Solutions help insurers streamline vehicle claims processing
    CCC Intelligent Solutions, a US cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform provider of digital and data services, has launched two new AI-based products, First Look and Impact Dynamics, designed to help insurers process claims more efficiently and accurately, according to a press release on Nov. 8. First Look uses AI to predict the point of impact or whether a vehicle is repairable or a total loss, while Impact Dynamics predicts the change in velocity at the point of impact to evaluat...
    AAPEX 2023: Aftermarket AI firm Predii launches Predii 360
    Predii Inc., a firm involved in aftermarket AI innovation, has launched Predii 360, an automotive AI "co-pilot" designed to augment and support automotive service and repair workflows, according to a press release dated October 26 at the recently held AAPEX 2023 Show in Las Vegas. Predii 360 is said to provide reliable, actionable intelligence to enhance the efficiency and productivity of service writers, technicians, parts counter people, and other industry professionals. The solution is des...
    US-based auto repair shop platform PartsTech expands network
    PartsTech, a platform for auto repair shops to access parts suppliers, has expanded its network to include over 50 tire suppliers, making it the only platform that offers free access to more than 30 of these suppliers, according to a press release dated October 31. Founded in 2012, PartsTech has been revolutionizing the automotive aftermarket repair industry by providing repair shops with an extensive array of tire suppliers through its user-friendly platform. This partnership with TireConnec...
    Opus IVS launches QuickADAS for streamlined collision repair process
    Opus IVS, a US-based provider of remote diagnostic solutions to repair shops and dealerships, has announced that it has launched the QuickADAS feature integrated into the DriveSafe collision diagnostics platform, according to a press release dated Oct. 27. QuickADAS is said to enable on-demand advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration for collision repair shops, streamlining the repair process and reducing the time it takes to deliver a fully calibrated vehicle to the customer, the r...
    IMS, High Mobility partner to offer risk profiling to insurers
    IMS, a global vehicle and driving data business, announced that it has partnered with High Mobility, an automotive original equipment manufacturer data provider, to offer pan-European insurers a comprehensive solution for risk profiling and claims analytics, according to a press release dated Oct. 17. The partnership aims to leverage OEM-embedded telematics data to provide additional insights beyond existing data streams from aftermarket telemetry, such as smartphone as a sensor. High Mobilit...
    Bosch introduces cost-effective hybrid battery repair set in Germany
    Bosch announced that it has introduced a new high-voltage battery repair set for selected hybrid models made by Toyota and Lexus, according to a press release dated October 19. Bosch observed that over the course of time, the performance of high-voltage batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles decreases as their modules wear out or become faulty. Generally, once the traction battery’s storage capacity has become too low, the complete battery system is replaced, which is a costly process. "...
    Opus IVS partners with Diagnostic Network on automotive diagnostics IVS Mobile
    Opus IVS, a division of the Opus Group, has launched IVS Mobile, a mobile app that provides professional diagnostics and expert support for automotive technicians. The app offers an integrated platform of original equipment and multibrand diagnostics, remote programming and calibration solutions, anchored by patented technology, according to a press release on October 27. With IVS Mobile, technicians can efficiently diagnose and resolve complex issues across a wide range of vehicles, and...
    US-based AirPro Diagnostics’ Auggie recalibration device passes NHTSA tests
    AirPro Diagnostics, a US-based firm involved in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration solutions for the collision, glass and mechanical repair industries, has announced that its Auggie mobile static recalibration device has been independently tested and the calibrations performed have met the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle requirements to help ensure a complete and safe repair, according to a press r...
    Gerber Collision enhances scanning and diagnostics capabilities with Opus IVS partnership
    Gerber Collision & Glass, a US-based firm involved in collision repair and glass replacement, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions, according to a press release dated October 19. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services through a single diagnostic platform with Opus IVS' advanced DriveSafe platform, enabling remote and direct-on-tool diagnostic capabilities acros...
    Bosch trains technicians on repairing high-voltage NiMH batteries
    Bosch has outlined its repair set for high-voltage batteries that allows the restoration of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) module in the traction battery of selected Toyota and Lexus hybrid models, according to a press release dated October 19. The company said this opens up the business of repairing high-voltage batteries to independent workshops as well for the first time. The company just completed a pilot program training Bosch Car Service associates on how to repair high-voltage NiMH batte...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket partners with Alldata for OEM repair data
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its Automotive Aftermarket division and the database and repair software provider Alldata are launching their collaboration on its workshop portal, Repxpert, in the UK, according to a press release dated October 19. As part of the move, Repxpert partner garages in the UK get a special Alldata offer to access an even wider range of original equipment manufacturer repair data and instructions in future, the releas...
    Motorprotek India launches DIY ceramic coating for cars and bikes
    Motorprotek India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of MP Motorprotek Ultra Shield XI DIY 9H Ceramic Coating, a do-it-yourself (DIY) ceramic coating kit for cars and bikes, according to a press release dated October 18. Ceramic coating is a protective layer that is applied to the exterior of the vehicle to protect its paint. The coating helps repel water and keep the paint looking shiny and glossy even during extreme weather. Motorprotek said high-quality ceramic coating can change the look ...
    Study reveals windshield repair costs in the US on the rise
    AmTrust Financial Services, a US-based supplier of automobile warranties, has released its 2023 AmTrust Extended Auto Warranty Report, which reveals that supply chain issues surrounding auto glass and the increasing sophistication of windshield technology drove up the average cost of windshield repair and replacement for car owners in the US in 2022, according to a press release dated October 5.   In an analysis of their warranty portfolio, AmTrust Warranty and Specialty Risk, a division...
    Auto Care Association says Connecticut law requiring garages to determine open recall unfair
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated October 4 that it has collaborated with other industry groups asking the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to clarify its intended implementation of Public Act No. 23-40 new section 24. The association said this enactment could impose burdensome and potentially anti-competitive requirements upon automotive aftermarket service and rep...
    ZF Aftermarket introduces ZF Bus Connect in North America
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, announced that it is introducing its advanced digital solution, ZF Bus Connect, in North America at the 2023 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Orlando, Fla., according to a press release dated October 9. The new digital product provides a cloud-based tool for bus fleets, service providers and original equipment manufacturers to increase safety and efficiency, improve uptime and decrease ...
    ZF Aftermarket urges workshops to leverage winter checkup opportunity
    ZF Aftermarket has urged automotive workshops to see the next few months as an opportunity to plan ahead and get their customers into the workshop for a check — including users of all-season tires as many vehicle owners only think about winterizing their cars when the first snowflakes start to fall, according to a press release dated October 5. When customers come in for a winter checkup, the focus should not be on changing the wheels alone, but on checking the entire vehicle, accordin...
    Equip Auto Lyon 2023: Aftersales trade show sees participation from 605 exhibitors
    The French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV), a trade association of original equipment manufacturers and garage equipment manufacturers, has announced that it recently concluded the Equip Auto Lyon aftersales event, which took place from September 28–30, was a success, according to a release dated October 5. The first edition of Equip Auto Lyon had an attendance of nearly 25,500 professionals across three days. It s...
    US-based ASE announces ADAS certification for workshop technicians
    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a US-based non-profit organization established in 1972, has announced the introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist Certification test (L4) that helps workshops optimize repair opportunities on ADAS-equipped vehicles by employing L4-certified technicians, according to a press release dated September 27. ASE said it created the L4 ADAS Specialist Certification test to identify technicians who possess ...
    US-based Voyomotive and Samsara partner to increase fleet uptime and reduce service costs
    Voyomotive, a firm involved in automotive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, has announced a new integration of its VOYOLink platform with Samsara, a company that operates a Connected Operations Cloud, to connect fleet vehicles directly to service centers, according to a press release dated September 14. Voyomotive develops automotive applications for the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) market. Its product offerings consist of mobile apps, firmware, APIs and ...
    Kia opens first solar-powered green workshop in Haryana, India
    Kia India announced that it has inaugurated its first green workshop at Rohtak, Haryana, India, according to a press release dated September 26. The solar panel-powered facility extensively optimizes water and energy usage, which helps in meeting more than 80% of the energy requirements while powering an electric vehicle AC charging unit. Kia is also replicating its water-recycling model from one of its manufacturing facilities in Anantapur, India, in this workshop, by recycling 100% of ...
    IAAF urges UK govt to consult with aftermarket on Net Zero plans
    The UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has urged the government to consult the automotive aftermarket on its Net Zero plans, after the banning of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicle sales was delayed to 2035, according to a press release dated September 21. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently announced that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK was being pushed back from 2030 to 2035, while saying he still expected t...
    Auto Care Association launches the Auto Care Academy for aftermarket professionals
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated September 18 that it has launched the Auto Care Academy, a self-paced online learning resource for auto care industry professionals. The online academy caters to professionals at all stages of their careers, from new industry entrants to seasoned veterans. The association believes completing the courses contributes to the enhancement of ...
    Survey reveals half of all Australian automotive workshops looking for staff
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) announced that new research survey findings have revealed that one in every two workshops has lost a technician in the last year, with one in four having lost a master technician, according to a press release dated September 6. The survey shed important light on the state of the automotive industry's skills shortage and technician salaries across Australia. The survey, commissioned by the AAAA and its research partner Fifth Quadran...
    Meko’s Sweden workshop adheres to EU's new safety repair rules
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has the first workshop SERMI-approved by the European Commission's appointed control body Digidentity, making it the first company in Sweden to live up to the EU's new safety rules for car workshops, according to a press release dated September 20. The workshop is named Mekonomen Brännlunds Motor in Gävle, Sweden. Independent workshops and mechanics who want to be able to work wi...
    CRP Automotive announces a range of Rein Coolant Hoses for Tesla models in the market
    US-based CRP Automotive, a manufacturer of replacement parts including steering, electrical, suspension, fluids, plastic and gaskets, among others, has announced a new range of replacement coolant hoses for Tesla battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release on September 18. Through its Rein Automotive brand, CRP Automotive’s new line of Tesla coolant replacement hoses offers 29 stock keeping units (SKUs). In order to ensure that these replacement parts continue to play a c...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
    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...
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics introduces online training for modern technicians
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics, a provider of original diagnostic tools and technical support, has announced the launch of its Automotive Training Academy's innovative online training platform, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), dated September 7. The move is in response to the pressing demand for up-to-the-minute training amidst the rise of electric vehicles, hybrids and intricate vehicle systems, the release ...
    MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers renews call for federal solution on Right to Repair
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it recognizes the step forward made by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in identifying the need to address protocols for the open access implementation of the Massachusetts Data Access Law, according to a press release dated August 23. ...
    Hella Gutmann partners for battery diagnostics for workshops
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of automotive supplier Hella that operates under the brand Forvia, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Battery Quick Check GmbH, a joint venture of Twaice and TÜV Rheinland, to develop an evaluation procedure for the real state of health (SoH) of an electric vehicle's power pack for workshops, according to a press release dated August 31. Workshops that operate Hella Gurmann’s Mega Macs X diagnostic device in configurati...
    Japan’s Marubeni acquires Mexican car maintenance company Radial Llantas
    Japanese trading company Marubeni Corp. has announced the acquisition of Mexican car maintenance company Radial Llantas (RL) by increasing its stake in the company from 49% to 80%, according to a press release dated August 21. RL is the largest independent car maintenance chain in Mexico. Its services include the sale and replacement of tires and other consumables, and the provision of related maintenance. Since October 2016, when Marubeni first invested in the company, RL’s network of stor...
    Japan’s Niterra partners with Cars Inc. for digital vehicle service
    Niterra, formerly called NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, announced that the company has developed a contracted partnership and capital investment with Cars Inc., which provides cloud-system services for automotive garages, according to a press release dated August 29. Significance: Cars Inc. provides a cloud service named Cars Manager that helps clients to increase their profit, customers and efficiency through marketing automation. According to the release, the ...
    US-based auto repair network RepairPal partners with fintech firm Lendflow
    RepairPal, a US-based auto repair network, has announced a strategic partnership with Lendflow, a fintech company specializing in innovative lending solutions, to provide shops with access to financing options when seeking new tools and/or shop upgrades, according to a press release dated August 29. With the move, the Certified RepairPal shop network will now have the opportunity to quickly access the funds they need to meet staffing demands, stock up on inventory, as well as finance large eq...
    UK’s National Franchised Dealers Association welcomes new MOT recall measure
    The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, has welcomed the policy move that allows vehicle recalls to now appear on the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test certificates, according to a press release dated August 16. The vehicle recall system is a safety mechanism for motorists to return their car to their dealership to have warranty recalls repaired free of charge to adhere to regulations. Apart from the rep...
    LKQ Academy to upskill 1,000 technicians in hybrid vehicles and EVs
    Training provider LKQ Academy has announced that it will upskill another 1,000 technicians in servicing hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles by the end of 2023, as part of its continued focus on futureproofing the independent aftermarket, according to a press release dated August 15 from the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The announcement follows a successful 12 months for the LKQ Academy, in which it trained more than 2,000 technician...
    UK aftermarket body IAAF joins global automotive Right to Repair movement
    UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), announced that it has joined other global association leaders to support the critical global Right to Repair movement by signing the new right-to-repair position statement, according to a press release dated August 11. “The statement enumerates the core beliefs of the movement and the objectives and intended outcomes of right to repair legislation. The document sets out [10] best practice principles...
    Auto Care Association drives data-standards adoption in Chile
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated August 24 that it hosted a data-standards seminar on August 10 in Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with the Chilean Chamber of Commerce of Automotive Parts and Accessories (CAREP) and Mercado Libre. The seminar was part of the association’s trade promotion initiatives, made possible by the Market Development Cooperator (MDCP) award fr...
    Auto Care Association applauds validation of Massachusetts Data Access Law
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated August 23 that it appreciated the continued support of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to support the 2020 Data Access Law, and the willingness of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revisit its position on the enforceability of the law. The Auto Care Association said it was gratified by the ...
    Sweden’s Meko ties up with Malte Månson Verkstäder for heavy-vehicle service
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it is expanding its focus on heavy vehicles through a new strategic collaboration that makes it a supplier to Sweden's largest independent workshop chain for trucks, Malte Månson Verkstäder, according to a press release dated August 23. Malte Månson Verkstäder is the largest Swedish independent service chain for trucks with 17 workshops. The company is in an expansion phase with organi...
    US-based Tint World opens new location in New Jersey
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, has announced its expansion in New Jersey, US, with the opening of a new location in the Maple Shade, NJ, township, according to a press release dated August 22. "There's something for everyone here, from everyday commuters to automotive enthusiasts, and we're proud to bring the extensive Tint World catalog to Burlington County [NJ]," Maurice Hooks, co-owner of Tint World Maple Shade, said. Tint Wor...
    UK-based AvailableCar upskills workshop technicians with Delphi training
    Used car supermarket group, AvailableCar, announced that it has embarked on a continual development program with Delphi, investing in the upskilling of its workshop technicians as the vehicles it processes continue to get ever-more advanced, according to a press release dated August 7 by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). AvailableCar was launched in 2002 in East Midlands, UK, and is a family-run business that operates across ...
    China’s SunCar announces service agreement with Jidu Auto
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive after-sales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, announced that it has recently entered into an exclusive two-year insurance intermediation and after-sales service agreement with Jidu Auto, an electric vehicle venture between China’s tech giant Baidu and Chinese automaker Geely, according to a press release dated August 22. SunCar said that under the agreement, it will pr...
    Japan’s Bridgestone launches subscription service
    Bridgestone Tire Solution Japan Co. Ltd., a Bridgestone Group company, announced that it has launched a subscription service to meet the needs of increasingly sophisticated transport operators by utilizing its store network B-Select that is expanding throughout Japan, according to a press release dated July 26. Significance: The company aims to promote its subscription-based solution service Total Package Plan (TPP) through its B-Select retail outlets. TPP is designed to meet more advanced re...
    US-based Dodge Direct Connection and Jay Leno's Garage announce partnership
    Television host and comedian Jay Leno and Dodge Brand CEO Tim Kuniskis have teamed up to announce a new line of co-branded car care products from Direct Connection, the Dodge brand’s performance products line, and Jay Leno’s Garage, according to a press release dated August 19. The new initiative will feature more than 20 premium car detailing and car wash products under the Direct Connection/Jay Leno’s Garage banner, including a branded Direct Connection detailing bucket with a starter ki...
    Hella Gutmann diagnostic devices updated with AI function
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of global original equipment (OE) supplier Hella, announced that in an effort to extend the benefit of AI to automotive repair shops, it has combined AI with its experience and data from 30 years of system diagnostics and further automated vehicle diagnostics, according to a press release dated August 8. It has done this by offering a function called "Automatic Diagnostics" (AD) to workshops with the update of software version 70 within its ...
    UK survey reveals EV tires are more likely to fail compared to petrol cars
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown-service provider for both private and business drivers, announced that a new report from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has shown that electric vehicles are 40% more likely to fail a Ministry of Transport (MOT) tire-failure rate than petrol cars, according to a press release dated July 19. The IMI has attributed the figures on the greater average weight of EVs compared to other vehicles. It also stated that the greater amount of torque produced by ele...
    UK breakdown-service provider RAC says pothole-related breakdowns on the rise
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown-service provider for both private and business drivers, announced that its latest analysis showed that its breakdown patrols attended to over 8,100 pothole breakdowns the second quarter of 2023 (April–June), the highest number in five years, according to a press release dated July 24. Since the start of 2023, the RAC has dealt with 18,250 breakdowns for damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels that it said were most likely caused by de...
    US Automotive Service Association issues policy position statement
    The US Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced through its press release dated July 27 that its board has approved a policy position statement, which provides direction for insurance companies to account for the time that repairers spend in researching original equipment manufacturer repair and service instructions in order to restore vehicles accurately and safely. This position statement was triggered by the ASA's Collision Operations Committee after members and repairers in the...
    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 Innova debuts new diagnostic tools
    US-based Innova Electronics Corp. has announced the launch of its original equipment manufacturer-level professional Smart Diagnostic System (SDS) Tablets and RepairSolutionsPRO app. It is the first line of products that the company has developed specifically for professional automotive use, with inputs from ASE-certified technicians, automotive repair students, existing customers and insights from service center visits. According to a news article dated July 24, the new product line con...
    Equip Auto Lyon 2023: Space dedicated for car wash innovations
    The French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV), a trade association of original equipment manufacturers and garage equipment manufacturers, has announced that it is dedicating a space for car wash professionals to present solutions on innovation to preserve water and meet the challenges of the ecological transition at the Equip Auto Lyon aftersales event expected to take place from September 28–30, according to a rel...
    Hella Gutmann certifies all its tools with the 'Secure Diagnostics' charter
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of global original equipment (OE) supplier Hella, has announced that submitted its range of multibrand diagnostic tools to the French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV)'s Charter of Commitment for Manufacturers of Diagnostic Solutions for a new "Secure Diagnostics" certification, according to a press release dated July 10. FIEV is the French trade association of original equip...
    US-based Tint World expands presence in Connecticut and Washington in US
    US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, has announced the opening of a new location in Brookfield, marking its second location in Connecticut, and also opened its first location in Washington state, US, according to a press release dated June 29. Tint World Brookfield is owned by military and law enforcement veteran and automotive enthusiast Jamil Payne, introducing northern Fairfield County, Conn., to aftermarket automotive styling se...
    Goodyear partners with TÜV SÜD for advanced tire inspection
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., announced that it has partnered with TÜV SÜD to integrate the Goodyear CheckPoint solution into the TÜV SÜD Digital Vehicle Scan (DVS) inspection system, according to a press release dated July 13. TÜV SÜD is an internationally renowned independent organization for undertaking safety, testing, certification, auditing and advisory services. The TÜV SÜD DVS is a solution that uses advanced sensor technology to assi...
    MEMA says right-to-repair agreement inadequate for repair access
    Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, have announced that the agreement between the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation falls short of protecting the future of repair access, according to a press release dated July 11. The association believes the agreement highlights cru...
    LKQ Benelux-France launches Autoglobe universal garage concept
    LKQ Benelux-France, a subsidiary of LKQ Europe, a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, has announced the launch of its newest garage concept called Autoglobe, according to a press release dated June 21. Autoglobe consists of 3 subconcepts that focus on different parts of the aftermarket. These include Autowelt that focuses on premium and exclusive brands; Automonde, that focuses on the European volume brands; and Auto Orient, that will serve as the designated label for Asian bran...
    US-based Auto Care Association says it does not support the new right-to-repair agreement
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated July 11 that it objects to the right-to-repair pact between the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, saying that it was not consulted about, was not a party to and does not support the agreement. The Auto Care Association was an origin...
    UK aftermarket body IAAF says delay on Ministry of Transport decision unacceptable
    The UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that it is calling on the government to make its decision on the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test frequency, with the federation calling the lack of clarity on the matter “completely unacceptable,” and harmful for the entire supply chain, according to a release dated June 30. The Department for Transport (DfT) launched a public consultation on the future of MOTs in Great Britain in Feb...
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