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    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...
    Indian auto component industry body ACMA kicks off aftermarket roadshow
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex auto component industry body, announced that it commenced the first edition of the Automotive Aftermarket Roadshow in Namakkal, in South India, according to a press release dated 25 June. The Aftermarket Expo serves as a platform for innovation and collaboration between the buyers and exhibitors and aims to create awareness about the latest auto components and advanced technologies for the mechanics, dealers, a...
    Germany-based part supplier group discusses legal aftermarket topics
    AAMPACT e.V. (The International Independent Aftermarket Association) a Germany based international association of 55 car part manufacturers and automotive suppliers, announced that its Legal Working Group recently met to discuss the current legal topics in the aftermarket, according to a press release dated 22 June. At the invitation of Christopher Müller-Dahl, Head of the Legal Department at ElringKlinger AG, the AAMPACT Legal Working Group members were invited to the company’s site in De...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022 sees high aftermarket participation
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the automotive aftermarket community, witnessing 3538 participants over two days, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 20 June. The event, held from 8 to 9 June, kicked off with visitors from garages, bodyshops and the wider automotive aftermarket from all over the UK at the NEC in Birmingham to learn about the latest industry technology, tools and training, the release added. One of the key takeaways from ...
    Ford ties-up with dealers to train auto technicians
    Ford has announced that it is partnering with dealers to offer opportunities for students interested in meaningful careers as automotive technicians, according to a press release dated 13 June. “The average dealer will spend tens of thousands on a technician to be trained in a dealership over the course of 5–8 years. This program and other Ford technician training programs help to reduce the time and cost associated with recruiting and training new hires,” said Frederiek Toney, VP, Ford...
    HELLA developing its ‘Pro’ battery diagnostics solution for garages
    Hella Gutmann, the aftermarket arm of German aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, is developing the high-voltage battery diagnosis 'Proʼ to enable the assessment of the State of Health (SoH) of a high-voltage battery power pack independent of manufacturer, which will aid objective vehicle evaluation, the company said in a release dated 14 June. The high-voltage battery is considered the heart and most expensive component of a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Crucial...
    Renault Group acquires Fixter to support its independent aftermarket activities in Europe
    French carmaker Renault Group has announced that it has acquired a start-up called Fixter, which is a digital platform connecting retail and professional customers to local garages for vehicle maintenance across all brands, according to a press release dated 10 June. Renault says this acquisition is part of the digitalization of the group's aftersales business unit. Founded in London in 2017 by Limvirak Chea, Frédéric Dermer, and Cristian Vrabie, Fixter has fast established itself in the ma...
    JLR offers existing vehicle owners what3words location tech via OTA update
    Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it is offering customers accurate and precise navigation even in the most remote locations, by becoming the first automotive manufacturer to integrate what3words global location technology into vehicles already on the road through a software-over-the-air (SOTA) update, according to a press release dated 9 June. The update is integrated into Jaguar and Land Rover Pivi Pro infotainment through navigation provider HERE Technologies’ navigation software, the re...
    Continental Aftermarket US urges technicians to keep TPMS scan tools updated
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 10 May urged all automotive service technicians to make sure that their Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) scan tools are updated with their tool manufacturer’s latest software. Continental launched a national public service campaign to make sure that shops and service facilities are made aware that they need to keep their TPMS tools updated regularly so ...
    Dorman releases over 500 new aftermarket products for June
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts, has announced the release of more than 500 new auto parts, including more than 100 new-to-the-aftermarket parts for June, according to a press release dated 10 June. This month’s new solutions include an upgraded aluminum engine oil filter housing with oil cooler and filter (926-959) designed to replace an original housing known to have a high failure rate on over 9.4 million Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, and Volks...
    NTN-owned BCA Bearings recognized for its web-based catalog
    NTN, a Japan-based manufacturer of precision mechanical parts and components including hub bearings and driveshafts, has announced that its subsidiary BCA Bearings has received the Silver 2022 Content Excellence Award from the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) for its web-based catalog at the 2022 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference, according to a press release dated 2 June. The awards, given annually, recognize the best examples of product cataloging in the automotive aftermark...
    Auto Care Association forecasts US automotive aftermarket sales up 8.5% in 2022
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 7 June that total US light duty automotive aftermarket sales are forecasted to increase 8.5% in 2022 to USD356.5 billion, according to the “2022 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced by the association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). An additional 5% growth is expected for 2023 and growth will average mo...
    Porsche India launches Porsche Approved business
    The Indian arm of German carmaker Porsche announced that it has launched the Porsche Approved program across the country with a comprehensive warranty on pre-owned cars for a minimum of 12 months, including access to the Porsche Assistance 24-hour roadside service, according to a press release dated 8 June, which added that the vehicles pass a rigorous 111-point inspection. The 12-month warranty includes repairs to all vehicle components including labor charges, except consumables and we...
    Ford launches technician training programs in three new locations in the US
    US-based carmaker Ford announced that it is expanding the curriculum and adding locations to its premier training program designed to add more specially trained automotive technicians to a fast-growing field that now includes electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release dated 6 June. The initiative, known as Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET), is a collaboration between Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers and select community colleges and technical schoo...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Swiss-based RONAL GROUP showcases aftermarket wheel range
    Härkingen, Switzerland-based RONAL GROUP, a manufacturer and distributors of light alloy wheels for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as well as producer of cast and forged wheels, showcased a range of its products at THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022 in Germany from 24 to 26 May, according to a company release dated 30 May. The passenger car aftermarket range included new wheels with innovative paint finishes such as the RONAL R10 TURBO, which will soon be available in a copper-colored variant. O...
    CLEPA 2022 Aftermarket Conference: suppliers push for automotive-specific legislation on data access
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, reiterated the need for a sector-specific legislation to ensure fair and equal access for all providers to create a competitive market for the benefit of consumers, according to a press release dated 3 June. The discussion on access to in-vehicle data was one of the topics in focus at the 13th edition of its annual Aftermarket Conference held from 1–2 June in Brussels. Other topics included mobility use cases and dataplaces, according to...
    Castrol to expand service network in India as part of tie up with Jio-bp, MG Motor
    Carmaker MG Motor India and lubricant firm Castrol India are set to collaborate with Jio-bp to explore mobility solutions for electric cars, according to a press release dated 2 June. Under the partnership, Jio-bp, MG Motor and Castrol will explore setting up four-wheeler electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and expand Castrol’s existing auto service network to cater to EV customers. Jio-bp or Reliance BP Mobility Limited is an Indian fuels and mobility joint venture between Reliance ...
    Hunter Engineering to start offering consumable parts ordering through company website
    US-based automotive service equipment provider Hunter Engineering announced that it will now let consumers order genuine Hunter consumable parts quickly and easily on the Hunter company website, hunter.com, according to a release dated 7 June.  Complementing the nationwide network of local Hunter representatives, the new Shop Hunter Marketplace offers more than 150 commonly ordered wear items for US customers such as tire changer polymer mount heads, tire paste and brushes, hooks fo...
    US-based VP Racing Fuels launches branded fuel and carwash programs in UK and Europe
    US-based VP Racing Fuels, a supplier of racing, performance fuel products, and branded retail, has announced that it is bringing its branded fuel and carwash programs to the UK and Europe, according to a press release dated 10 May. The launch kicked off at the Uniti Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, held from 17–19 May. VP Racing Fuels says it offers the most comprehensive and differentiated branded fuel and car wash programs in the industry. The programs are claimed to deliver more benefits than...
    ZF Aftermarket outlines portfolio for CV clutch service
    ZF Aftermarket has outlined its a comprehensive range of solutions ranging from maintenance and repair to sustainable remanufacturing and the digitization of fleet operations, according to a press release dated 31 May. The ZF Aftermarket range includes all spare parts for clutch and transmission repair. The company says its TraXon automatic commercial vehicle transmission with 12 or 16 gears is the most widely used transmission for heavy commercial vehicles on the European market in young veh...
    Technical training in the spotlight at upcoming UK Garage and Bodyshop event
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event in June will give technicians an opportunity to refresh their skills and technical understanding with the latest industry trends and insights, with 67 live skills workshops and seminars, according to a release dated 24 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The event to be held at Birmingham’s NEC during 8–9 June, 2022 is said to have been curated with industry partners to help attendees grow their b...
    Aftermarket supplier WAIglobal UK joins industry condemnation of proposed MOT extension
    WAIglobal UK, the UK arm of Netherlands and US-based rotating electrics supplier has joined the calls of the automotive aftermarket in condemning the proposed extension to the MOT, or the Ministry of Transport test, according to a release dated 19 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). In the UK, once a car is three years old (four years in Northern Ireland) it must be tested each year to assess whether it meets road safety and environm...
    UK’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency provides clarity on MOT testing
    The United Kingdom’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is writing to all MOT testers around any potential changes to the MOT test frequency, clarifying that any proposals to change MOT requirements would only happen after a thorough assessment of the safety implications, according to a release dated 30 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). According to Sky News, UK PM Boris Johnson held a cabinet meeting 26 April in which he...
    Autopromotec 2022: latest edition of aftermarket trade fair held in Bologna
    Autopromotec, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket industry held every two years in Bologna, Italy, recently concluded its 2022 chapter held between 25–28 May, according to an official event announcement. The event saw significant participation from foreign exhibitors with a total of 42 countries represented. According to the release, the strong international importance of the event was reflected in a record number of foreign delegates which stood at 180 from...
    Sumitomo Rubber starts retailing its IMS repair kit at Dunlop outlets
    Japan-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries has announced that it has started retailing its temporary flat tire repair kit IMS or Instant Mobility System through its Dunlop chain of retail outlets, Tire Select and Tire Land, according to a press release dated 18 May. Claimed to eliminate the need for spare tires, the tire puncture emergency repair kit IMS comes in two sizes, one for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and large vehicles, and one for small and medium-sized vehicles and light vehicles. ...
    India’s MyCarMistry launches a network of car service workshops
    India-based MyCarMistry.com (MCM), has launched a network of car servicing workshops through a combination of owned and third-party workshops, according to a press release 26 May. The release added that the company aims to provide a seamless experience right from booking of service to hourly updates on service to timely delivery. MyCarMistry.com has also tied up with OEMs of all the leading car brands to ensure that only the genuine quality parts are used, according to the release, which clai...
    US-based Epicor and MicroStrategy collaborate for predictive maintenance
    Epicor, a US-based firm involved in industry-specific enterprise software, announced an agreement with global analytics and business intelligence provider MicroStrategy Incorporated to deploy the new Epicor Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA) solution via MicroStrategy’s ‘HyperIntelligence’ technology for service providers, according to a press release dated 18 May. According to the release, Epicor PMA combines AI technologies with the company’s deep insight into part consumption b...
    Tesla launches new Full Self-Driving Beta update
    Tesla has started using a new FSD beta software update (2022.12.3.10), Electrek reported on 19 May. According to the article, it is the most extensive to date. The automaker has upgraded decision making framework for unprotected left turns, improved creeping for visibility using more accurate lane geometry and higher resolution occlusion detection, reduced instances of attempting difficult turns through better integration with object future predictions during lane selection, upgraded planner to ...
    UK-based MAM Software updates its garage management software
    MAM Software, a UK-based provider of business-management software and product cataloguing solutions, has announced the latest version of Autowork Online, its cloud-based garage management software designed to manage every aspect of running a busy workshop or garage, according to a release dated 13 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The recent update includes many user enhancements for the TeamView companion application and a brand-n...
    SMP Europe reinforces importance of aftermarket high-quality mass airflow sensors
    Engine management and ignition specialist SMP Europe has reiterated the importance of fitting good quality air mass meters to vehicles, according to a statement dated 13 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Also known as mass airflow sensors, they are a critical component of an electronic fuel injection system. In the statement, SMP Europe said that through its Lucas and Lemark brands, the company manufactures OE quality sensors with ...
    US-based Chicago Pneumatic launches cordless impact wrench
    US-based machinery manufacturing firm Chicago Pneumatic has announced the launch of the CP8854, a cordless impact wrench designed for light vehicle tire changing applications in workshops and roadside assistance, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 10 May. The unit is claimed to be the first on the market to combine the twin hammer mechanism with an electric brushless motor. According to the company, the wrench’s 2-in-1 technology combines the best features of air tools w...
    Toyota extends Kinto Factory service in Japan to its GR Series
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced via a press release dated 27 April that it has extended its Kinto Factory service roll-out in Japan to GR or Gazoo Racing models as well starting with the Yaris. The service, which involves existing Toyota owners getting the option to retrofit various features in their vehicles, originally began with Toyota Lexus models. It is in response to more customers increasingly holding on to their cars for longer. Dubbed ‘GR Upgrade Selection’, the service in...
    Delphi Technologies Aftermarket expands training for independent aftermarket
    BorgWarner-owned Delphi Technologies Aftermarket has announced that it is providing independent aftermarket players the tools to grow their service offering in line with that of main dealers after enhancing its online training platform with a new module on Pass-thru technology, according to according to a release dated 3 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Aimed specifically at technicians and garages wanting to take advantage of pow...
    Continental Aftermarket US outlines Autodiagnos Pro scan tool
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 27 April outlined its Autodiagnos Pro OBD-II Scan Tool and Automotive Diagnostic System saying that that live data feeds from the tools can deliver comprehensive vehicle health reports to technicians and service shops. It said this allows technicians to analyze, diagnose, and repair vehicles faster and more accurately, according to the release, which added that Autod...
    UK auto body expresses concern over biannual vehicle check proposal
    UK’s apex motor industry body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has expressed concern over the UK lawmaker’s proposal to shift the annual vehicle check from annual to biannual, according to an official SMMT statement released on 27 April. In the statement, Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said that extending MOT intervals could cast a shadow over the safety of the vehicles at a time when vehicle miles driven are increasing. According to Sky News, UK PM Boris Johnson hel...
    HELLA to expand and further develop its Business Group Lifecycle Solutions
    Lighting and electrical specialist HELLA  intends to consistently expand and further develop the Business Group Lifecycle Solutions, according to a press release dated 29 April. In the past fiscal year 2020-2021, the Business Group Lifecycle Solutions generated sales of EUR0.9 billion According to the release, the company's goal is to build a holistic ecosystem within the framework of the Business Group Lifecycle Solutions that covers the entire process chain in the aftermarket...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed again
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 18 April announced that United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice on 15 April, informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the resurgence of a demanding criminal trial schedule, resumption of long delayed in-court non-trial proceedings coupled with insistent writin...
    US ‘Right to Repair’ legislation receives further lawmaker support
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 13 April welcomed US Representative Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) for co-sponsoring the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair’ Act (REPAIR Act). The Association was joined by Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition, and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in applauding Davi...
    Germany’s KW automotive introduces coilover suspension for Polestar 2
    KW automotive, a Germany based supplier providing individual chassis solutions for road and racing, has announced that it has developed the KW V3 coilover suspension for the long-range dual-engine models of the Polestar 2 with all-wheel drive, according to a press release dated 7 April. The chassis, which is independently adjustable in the compression and rebound stages, gives the mid-size sedan with its two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors a harmonious handling, according to the ...
    Technician provider Autotech Recruit to showcase its offering at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event
    UK-based specialist provider of temporary MOT testers and vehicle technicians, Autotech Recruit, has announced that it is showcasing its entire training offering at the forthcoming UK Garage & Bodyshop Event, according to a press release dated 13 April. Its training arm, Autotech Training, will demonstrate how its course offering can be tailored to meet the specific needs of garage and bodyshop owners and managers, including the delivery of courses on the premises of any business to reduce t...
    UK AFCAR pushes for aftermarket inclusion in vehicle tampering debate
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR), a coalition comprising automotive trade associations and commercial organizations, formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upholding the rights of the independent aftermarket and consumers in the post-Brexit era has pushed for aftermarket inclusion in the ongoing vehicle tampering debate, according to a released dated 8 April by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The UK Government is ...
    Continental expands automotive workshop training in Germany
    Continental has inaugurated a new branch of its ContiAcademy workshop training in Schwalbach near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, according to a press release dated 7 April. Compared to the previous central location for workshop training in Eschborn, the new training center’s teaching area has almost doubled to around 400 square meters. The program includes high-voltage training courses, which Continental offers up to level 3. It also offers several essential training courses for operational wo...
    Aftermarket distributor CoolDrive launches workshop information resource CoolData
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced the launch of its workshop information resource CoolData, according to a press release dated 4 April. Developed in conjunction with technical information experts HaynesPro, CoolData is now available for purchase as a subscription service for CoolDrive Auto Parts customers, the release said, adding that the HaynesPro CoolData offering enables professional workshops to diagnose, maintain and repair vehicles a...
    OSRAM to showcase lighting range at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022
    German lighting major OSRAM has revealed that it will be showcasing its wide range of OE-quality standard and upgrade bulbs, as well as its workshop solutions bulb stands at the UK Garage and Bodyshop event, according to a released dated 29 March from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by organizers of Automechanika Birmingham, will take place during 8–9 June 2022 at NEC Birmingham. In a...
    US-based CCC Diagnostics integrates with Repairify-owned asTech
    CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC), a US-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform powering the P&C (property and casualty) insurance economy, has announced that vehicle diagnostic and calibration solutions firm asTech, owned by US-based Repairify Inc, has joined the CCC Diagnostics network. CCC says the integration makes it easier for repair facilities to capture and document scan information and the streamlined service is available now via CCC ONE, the company’s platform that combines cri...
    Aftermarket coalition welcomes EU Data Act proposal but calls for automotive specific legislation
    A broad coalition representing a wide range of major automotive aftermarket stakeholders, as well as operators in the mobility services value chain, consumers, the insurance and the tire industries has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a European Union’s (EU) Data Act, according to a press release on FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, dated 23 February. However, the coalition believes the Act will not be sufficient on its o...
    Herth+Buss introduces NRGkick charging unit in its aftermarket range
    German electrical systems and parts specialist for the independent aftermarket, Herth+Buss, has announced that its aftermarket range now includes Austrian charging firm NRGkick’s charging unit for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, according to a press release dated 22 March. The unit allows charging of up to 32 amps and provides an output of up to 22 kW. It is claimed that an EV with a capacity of 24 kWh can be fully charged in just over an hour. Compared to conventional emergency char...
    Tenneco’s steering and suspension brand MOOG updates control arms
    US-based automotive components and systems supplier Tenneco has announced that MOOG, a steering and suspension brand from its DRiV group has announced a series of enhancements to its Premium control arms (RK part number prefix), according to a press release dated 30 March. According to the release, innovations to MOOG Premium control arms include induction-hardened studs and carbon fiber-reinforced bearings. Induction-hardened studs are said to provide added strength, while the patent-pending...
    Repairify says it completed 12.4m diagnostic scans in 2021
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech, has announced that its family of brands completed more than 12.4 million automotive diagnostic scans and delivered over 4.9 million diagnostic reports across the collision, mechanical, dealership, auction, and reconditioning repair markets in 2021, according to a press release dated 24 March. The announcement was part of the key insights unveiled for 2021, which the company says was a record-setting year. ...
    MAHLE Aftermarket helps workshops with free marketing material
    The aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier MAHLE  is supporting workshops with free marketing materials right on time for the air conditioning service season, according to a press release dated 22 March. Just in time for the start of the air conditioning service season, MAHLE Aftermarket is providing workshops across Germany with free support. This includes a number of new marketing and information materials relating to air conditioning service. Tried-and-true manuals for refriger...
    Bosch announces new automotive workshop franchise in the US
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has announced a new Bosch branded, automotive workshop franchise in the United States, according to a press release by PR Newswire dated 3 February. The new workshop franchise will feature: Custom business solutions including dedicated consultants for each workshop's specific needs Technical training through a Bosch cultivated Learning Management System Marketing resources such as Bosch branding, customer acquisiti...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket relocates, expands North American operations
    Automotive and industrial component supplier, Schaeffler Group USA Inc., has announced plans to relocate and expand its Automotive Aftermarket operations in North American market, according to a press release dated 16 March.  The new 250,000 square-foot facility is located in Strongsville, and is expected to be operational in the third quarter. In addition to providing more space—adding almost 110,000 square feet—the Strongsville warehouse distribution center...
    Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki introduces new aftersales scheme
    Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced the rollout of a new aftersales scheme called ‘Customer Convenience Package (CCP)’ for its customers, according to a press release dated 16 March 2022. CCP will cover customer vehicles for unforeseen failures in engine due to hydrostatic lock and fuel adulteration, the release added. Maruti Suzuki has over 4,200 service touchpoints across more than 2,100 cities in the country, and some of its aftersales solutions introduced over t...
    Schaeffler Aftermarket expands tie-up with Bilstein for workshop portal
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has expanded its partnership with German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, for chassis know-how on Schaeffler’s workshop portal REPXPERT, according to a press release dated 23 February. With this move, Bilstein's existing association with REPXPERT for expertise on shock absorbers and springs that began in summer 2021 goes from a “start-up phase” to regular operation. Volker Wegerhoff, head of...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India to be held in February 2024
    ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi, India, the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service, is scheduled to be held from 1–3 February, 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, according to a press release dated 7 March. The announcement was made by event organizers Messe Frankfurt India, the Indian arm of German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India ...
    Italian IT company Reply develops IoT platform for vehicle service
    Italian IT company Reply has announced that it has developed an internet of things (IoT) solution that digitizes the vehicle aftersales business and vehicle networking, for German automotive parts wholesaler SELECT AG, according to a press release dated 16 March. Called vjumi, the solution enables digital communication between the repair shop, the customer and the vehicle supplying independent workshops with their customers’ vehicle data in real time to prevent breakdowns and coordinate servic...
    Auto Care Association says Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 8 March that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of a delay to provide a decision on the court case due to “unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances, principally involving supervening but insistent writing responsibilities in other matters”. The battle over access to vehicle repair information has bee...
    Herth+Buss introduces new vehicle diagnostic solution for workshops
    German electrical systems and parts specialist for the independent aftermarket, Herth+Buss, has introduced an online diagnostic solution called Diagnose on Demand VCI (Vehicle Communication Interface) for independent workshops, according to a press release dated 25 January. The service is said to offer workshops with detailed technical information that simplifies a professional repair that complies with manufacturer specifications. By accessing an information system for RMI data (repair and m...
    Exhaust maker Klarius Products expands range
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions control components, announced that the company has added 33 new products to its emissions control range, including catalytic converters (CATs) and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for multiple models of the Ford Focus, according to a press release dated 28 February.  Further CATs that have been added to the Klarius range include those for the 2008–15 Honda Jazz 1.2 and 1.3, the 2010-onward Fiat 500 and 500L 0.9, t...
    Herth+Buss launches gas spring range under Jakoparts brand
    German electrical systems and parts specialist for the independent aftermarket Herth+Buss has expanded its Jakoparts range, which offers spare parts for Japanese and Korean vehicle models, to include the product group of gas springs, according to a press release dated 8 February. Gas springs, which enable comfortable opening and closing of tailgates and bonnets, are known to wear out over time. External environmental influences such as temperature fluctuations can contribute to the sealing ma...
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