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    Insurers show support for right to repair
    The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers. APCIA promotes and protects the viability of private competition for the benefit of consumers and insurers. APCIA has issued a statement, on 3 October, supporting two recently released white papers focused on the impact of right to repair legislation in the auto industry. The white paper “Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (RE...
    Continental US expands coverage for power window lifts and door lock actuators
    In a release dated 26 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its direct-fit replacement Door Systems Program with new part numbers and increased application coverage. Claimed to be designed to provide OE fit, form, and function, this includes power window motor/regulator assemblies, power window regulator assemblies, and door lock actuators. Continental said its power w...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ams OSRAM demonstrates cross-portfolio expertise
    German lighting major OSRAM has presented a comprehensive aftermarket product portfolio at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 12 September. In addition to LED, xenon, and halogen products and a portfolio for equipping and maintaining vehicles, the company presented a range of battery charging and battery testing devices designed especially for professional automotive service shops for the first time. For the off-road segment, the compa...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches OE-quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters
    In a release dated 7 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has added a new line of filtration products to its aftermarket products portfolio. The new line features a wide range of OE quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters for applications on domestic and import cars, vans, SUVs, and light trucks. Continental says its oil filters are manufactured using advanced technologies and innovative ...
    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: Bosch displays new testing and diagnostic equipment
    The automotive aftermarket division of German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch presented a wide range of innovations and new developments for the workshop market at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13–17 September, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company showcased its DAS 3000 tool for the exact adjustment and calibration of the sensors and camera systems that support modern driver assistance systems on vehicles of different makes. The tool permits p...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ZF Aftermarket displays suspension and brake repair expertise
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen reiterated its focus on new products for the car chassis at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The new products included, for the first time, Sachs air springs for passenger cars, Wabco air suspension compressors and TRW brake caliper repair set, the release added. “The chassis has a decisive influence on the safety, comfort and efficiency o...
    Brembo expands aftermarket range with Greenance Kit Concept
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, announced the launch of its Greenance Kit Concept, a jointly developed new range of combined special alloy discs and dedicated brake pads that expand its aftermarket line-up, according to a press release dated 13 September. Derived from the company’s innovation in the OE market, Brembo’s latest solution aims to combine top braking performance with a lower environmental impact, while also increasing disc life, the relea...
    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 ...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based FV Suspension to display product range
    US-based coilover and air ride suspension company, FV Suspension, has announced plans to introduce its “2022 Honda Ridgeline Air Struts and 2022 Ford Explorer St Coilovers” at the SEMA show 2022 slated to be held from 1–4 November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a press release dated 19 September. FV Suspension manufacturers high-performance suspension for different car brands and models and claims to be “one of the few coilover and air suspension manufacturers that s...
    Lumileds expands Philips Xperion 6000 work light range with flood lights
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of three new Philips Xperion 6000 flood lights with a smart-zoom function for the workshop segment, according to a press release dated 12 September. The professional Philips Flood, Flood Audio, and Flood Mini work lights offer mechanics and auto professionals the durability, flexibility, and battery lifetime expected from professional-grade equipment, the release added....
    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...
    Lumileds launches H4-LED retrofit headlight bulb in France
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of what it calls “the first road-legal H4-LED in France” from its Philips Ultinon Pro6001 LED retrofit range, according to a press release dated 22 August. The new bulb is claimed to deliver up to 230% brighter light, and its plug-and play-design allows do-it-yourselfers and mechanics to install it on their own. According to the company, designing a safe, road-le...
    US-based lifecycle management company Solera partners with DigniFi
    Solera, a US-based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service (SaaS) has announced a strategic partnership with DigniFi, a leading FinTech platform for the automotive industry for a financing option that is claimed to make unexpected repairs more affordable, according to a press release dated 9 September. Solera will offer access to DigniFi financing options to consumers seeking payment solutions for a range of vehicle repairs made by auto repair and body shops as ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Brembo showcases latest aftermarket product lineup
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, is showcasing its entire range of replacement solutions divided into four product families at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair for the automotive service industry from 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company says its range mirrors the on-going expansion of its replacement product offering and overall product strategy. Significance: The four of ...
    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...
    Brembo launches Enesys energy saving system for the aftermarket
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, has launched its latest aftermarket offering, the Enesys Energy Saving System, according to a press release dated 13 September. This new technological solution is said to have been designed to further enhance the sustainability characteristics of a vehicle’s braking system, by reducing wear on discs and pads, potentially resulting in lower harmful emissions and fuel consumption. Aimed at light commercial vehicle profe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BorgWarner and Delphi present new products
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, along with Delphi Technologies has revealed new products for the aftermarket at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The supplier’s booth highlights BorgWarner’s electrification solutions aimed at leading the aftermarket into the next stage of e-mobility transformation. The company showcased products from several of its brands such as BorgWarner Aftermarket, BERU, D...
    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...
    Valeo Service outlines ultrasonic parking sensors
    Valeo Service, the aftermarket brand of French automotive supplier Valeo, has outlined its range of Ultrasonic Parking Sensors (UPS) for the independent aftermarket that are fitted on the bumpers and sides of the vehicle to enable detection of any obstacles during manual parking, automatic parking, or low speed driving, according to a press release dated 8 August. Its Park4U Remote product is said to perform both perpendicular and parallel parking through the simple use of a smartphone. Valeo...
    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...
    BYD partners with Castrol for EV fluids
    BYD (China) and Castrol have signed a three-year partnership to enhance the supply and promotion of Castrol ON advanced EV Fluids for BYD’s zero-emissions vehicles, according to a press release dated 22 August. The agreement builds on existing first-fill agreement, the release added. BYD sold almost 600,000 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) last year and plans to increase this to a million units in 2022, the release stated, adding that BYD will officially recommend the use of Castrol ON EV T...
    UK-based breakdown service provider RAC extends contract with Kia UK
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown service provider for both private and business drivers, has announced that Kia UK has extended its long-running roadside assistance partnership with the company till end-2023, according to a press release dated 7 September. Every new Kia sold is covered by Kia Roadside Assistance, a comprehensive roadside service delivered by the RAC aimed to give drivers peace of mind, whether they are driving in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe. The contract also sees the ...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO and Mobivia Fleet Solutions announce partnership
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that the company and Mobivia Fleet Solutions, have signed a partnership agreement to provide fleet customers and also new electric vehicle (EV) producers a complete service and full car fleet maintenance in the respective markets they operate in, according to a press release dated 7 September. MEKO AB and Mobivia both operate a network of sales and services related to automotive maintenance...
    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...
    TMD Friction-owned Mintex launches brake discs and drums
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has launched three new brake discs and eight new brake drums under its Mintex product range, extending its product lines to cover more vehicles, according to a release dated 5 September from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new additions to Mintex’s brake disc range cover 12 vehicle models across five vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Cupra, Mazda, Skoda and VW. Brake disc part MD...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Continental to display new services and solutions
    German automotive supplier Continental has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 1 August, saying that it will present aftermarket solutions such as SINDRI, the new, digital, direct vehicle acceptance tool for workshops, the virtual repair support service “Remote Expert,” among other workshop related services and products. According to the company, SINDRI, a tablet application, will showcase how digitalization en...
    Sensata-owned Schrader launches TPMS coverage for EVs
    Schrader, a brand of Sensata Technologies, and a global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for automotive, heavy vehicles and off-road vehicles, announced electric vehicle coverage for its programmable TPMS sensor line, EZ-sensor, according to a press release dated 31 August. The EZ-sensor, and its latest generation EZ-sensor GO are claimed to provide users with 70% EV coverage for national brands, the release added. The OE quality sensors cover some of the most popular E...
    Schaeffler showcases its transmission replacement solution for the Fiat 500
    The UK arm of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has outlined its transmission system replacement solution for both the 872 and 964cc versions of the Fiat 500, 500 C, and 500 L from July 2010, according to a press release dated 2 September on its workshop portal REPXPERT. The demands for improved driving comfort, performance, fuel consumption, and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions mean that the Fiat 500 is fitted with complex drivetrain components, which if...
    UK arm of NGK to showcase EGR valves at trade event in November
    The UK arm of NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced that it will showcase its recently introduced EGR valves range at the MechanEx show, a regional aftermarket trade exhibition for automotive repair professionals, to be held at Sandown Park in the UK in November, according to a release dated 5 September by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). NGK says the first phase of the launch of EGR valves took p...
    Disc Brakes Australia expands its hydraulic brake range
    Disc Brakes Australia, a manufacturer of standard replacement and high-performance disc brake rotors, has announced that it is further expanding its range of OE-replacement and upgrade brake components under its STREET SERIES label, according to a press release dated 22 August. The latest release, which consists of a series of brake hoses, initially features nearly 500 part numbers covering a multiple of applications the company said, adding that it is will expand the range over the coming ...
    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...
    US-based accessories firm Tint World inaugurates new Naples store
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has announced the relocation of its Naples store to better serve Collier County, according to a press release dated 29 August. Tint World Naples provides automotive aftermarket services and accessories, including window tint, mobile electronics, audio and video equipment, paint protection films, and more, the release added. "Tint World's commitment to the industry's leading customer experience is one o...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Danish remanufacturer BORG Automotive to showcase range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it will showcase its complete product portfolio at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 25 August. For the first time, the company, which distributes its line-up under the brands Elstock, DRI, Lucas, and TMI, will exhibit its range of turbochargers that the company launched in 2020.  At its booth, the company will showcase its remanufactured alternators, sta...
    Japan’s ITOCHU to offer remote degradation monitoring for EV batteries
    Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corporation announced that it will begin proposing solutions utilizing remote degradation diagnostic services for automotive lithium-ion batteries developed by Hitachi High-Tech Corporation, according to a press release dated 22 July. ITOCHU has automobile fleet management knowledge, and Hitachi High-Tech developed technology to remotely determine the status of battery degradation; together, the companies have tested a service to remotely diagnose ...
    Amazon strikes "green hydrogen" deal with US-based Plug Power
    Amazon announced that the company has signed an agreement with Plug Power, a US-based turnkey hydrogen and fuel-cell solutions provider, to supply 10,950 metric tons per year of green hydrogen for its transportation and building operations starting in 2025, according to a press release dated 25 August. The new green hydrogen will be used to replace the grey hydrogen, diesel, and other fossil fuels and will provide enough annual power for 30,000 forklift trucks and 800 long-haul trucks used for t...
    Hella Pagid expands range of core-free brake calipers
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture (JV) between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, announced that it is further extending its brake caliper range, according to a press release dated 29 August. The JV has expanded the range of core-free brake calipers for the independent aftermarket by 110 to 222 calipers for a wide variety of vehicle manufacturers, increasing the coverage of vehicle applications from about 4,400 to almost 8,200...
    Continental Aftermarket expands replacement battery cooling fan range for hybrids
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced in a release dated 27 July that it has expanded its line of hybrid battery cooling fans to provide coverage for popular hybrid models from Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, and Toyota from 2003 to 2021.  Designed as an exact replacement for the original fan, Continental hybrid battery cooling fans are said to restore the original battery cooling perf...
    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...
    Hella updates diagnostic device for easier high-voltage measurement
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, has highlighted that two new functions in its mega macs X device in X5 configuration now allow even smoother high-voltage measurements, according to a press release dated 22 August. The company says with the increase of hybrid and electric vehicles in workshops, the need for electrical measurements is also rising and even before any diagnostics, the input check of the absence of voltage on high-voltage vehicles is ...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands engine management sensor range
    In a release dated 9 August, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its line of OE engine management sensors with new SKUs and additional vehicle application coverage for a wider range of domestic, European, and Asian cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and light trucks. Built to be identical in fit, form, and function to the original OE parts, the sensors are desig...
    According to Mercedes-Benz, trading of counterfeit products on online platforms is rising
    German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has said that the global trade in its counterfeit products continues to increase; in 2021 alone, more than 1.86 million counterfeit products were seized in over 650 raids, according to a press release dated 4 August. The company said trading of its counterfeits rose around 6% compared to 2020. The carmaker said its brand protection team focuses on safety-related counterfeits and is taking rigorous action against such products. Its measures focus on components suc...
    MiX Telematics signs a definitive agreement to acquire an industrial technology company
    US-based leading global provider of connected fleet and mobile asset management solutions, MiX Telematics, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trimble's Field Service Management's (FSM) business, according to a press release dated 25 August by PRNewswire. Trimble is an industrial technology company that supports it's customers by providing purpose-built technology products to enterprise lifecycle solutions.  Trimble's Field Service Management (FSM) is an advanced devel...
    eBay acquires a software solution provider for automotive parts sellers, myFitment
    Global ecommerce giant, eBay, has announced the acquisition of myFitment group of companies, via a press release dated 23 August. myFitment offers software tools to sellers of automotive and powersports parts and accessories and support the sellers thrive and avoid returns.  eBay has listed more than half a billion parts and accessories globally, ranging from brand new replacement parts to the vintage and hard to find parts. According to the company, in order to elevate th...
    STEER enters into an agreement with an American fleet operator for its EV subscription business
    STEER Holdings Inc. entered into an agreement with a fleet operator with presence in North America, Enterprise Fleet Management, to lease over 1000 electric vehicles valued between USD80 and USD150 million for its EV subscription business, STEER EV, according to a press release dated 22 August by Businesswire.  STEER is a an integrated ESG technology platform that moves people and delivers things through subscription and on-demand services.The Company’s offerings are subscription-...
    US-based provider of vehicle maintenance and repair Sun Auto opens additional stores in Nevada and California
    US-based provider of vehicle maintenance, repair, tire sale, and tire replacement, Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc., has announced the expansion of its Sun Auto Service and Goodguys Tire & Auto brands with new store openings in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Visalia, California, via a press release dated 8 August.  Sun Auto Service #2060 opened on 16 July 2022, and is located at 3340 W. Cactus Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89141. The 11th Sun Auto location in the Las Vegas area, it has 14 ba...
    UK-based Ring Automotive launches engine bay inspection lamp
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it has launched a rechargeable underbonnet inspection lamp, providing 1,200 lumen brightness for up to four and a half hours’ continuous use, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The RUBL200 Underbonnet Inspection Lamp is claimed to provide technicians with a versatile lightin...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Schaeffler to showcase repair and service solutions
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler has announced that it will be showcasing its complete portfolio of market and future-oriented repair solutions for combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September through its Automotive Aftermarket division, according to a press release dated 1 August. The company is presenting many new products from its LuK, INA and FAG product brands at their booth and is taking a close look at...
    Hella implements cybersecurity in its mega macs diagnostic devices
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that to support independent workshops in communicating as unhindered as possible with vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, its independent aftermarket supplier arm Hella Gutmann has implemented the 'Cyber Security Management' (CSM) function in its mega macs range of diagnostic devices as early as 2020, according to a press release dated 2 August. CSM allows verified users to diagnose s...
    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 ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BM Catalysts to showcase range
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced that it will be participating at the Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, where its team will be on hand to provide visitors with unique insight into the company’s latest product offerings and information on the significant investments made, according to a press release dated 25 July. The company will showcase its latest product launch of Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) references to ...
    Schaeffler inaugurates new aftermarket headquarters in Frankfurt
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division has officially inaugurated its new global headquarters in Frankfurt’s Gateway Gardens district in Germany on 21 July, according to a press release dated 22 July. The Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for Schaeffler's global spare parts business and makes an important contribution to the overall success of Schaeffler AG, the release added. "With the move from Langen to Frankfurt, w...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: HELLA outlines range for workshops and wholesalers
    HELLA, the German lighting and electronics automotive supplier operating under the FORVIA umbrella brand, announced that it will present its comprehensive range of solutions for automotive workshops and wholesalers at Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 2 August. After a four-year break due to the pandemic, Automechanika, one of the world's leading automotive trade shows for equipment, parts, accessories, management and services, will be held fo...
    Comline Auto Parts outlines its range of cabin air filters
    Comline Auto Parts, a UK-based automotive aftermarket parts brands, has urged technicians to replace a cabin air filter during routine servicing since cabin air filters are often overlooked during a service, according to a press release dated 26 July. The company said its range of cabin air filters stop, prevent and protect against airborne pollutants such as allergens, odors, dust mites, pollen, toxic fumes and dirt. Comline claims its activated carbon cabin air filters offer extra protectio...
    UK-based BM Catalysts expands range with 26 new references
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced the addition of 26 new references to its product range, according to a press release dated 22 July. The company’s latest additions are applicable to 138 vehicle fitments, providing coverage to a further 3.9 million vehicles in the European car parc. The new references from BM Catalysts include 16 catalytic converters, of which nine conform to Euro 6 emissions standards and 15 to Euro 5, plus five ...
    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...
    TMD-owned Textar expands aftermarket braking range
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has expanded its Textar branded brake pad and disc product offering with 13 new-to-range parts, according to a release dated 21 July. Three new brake pads were introduced that cover six manufacturers across both passenger car and commercial vehicle applications, including Citroën, MAN, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, Porsche, and Volkswagen (VW), the company said.  Textar has also added nine new brake discs to its range for Audi, Cupra, Ford, Hyundai,...
    MAHLE posts record 2021 aftermarket sales at EUR1.1 billion, up 18.5% y/y
    Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components MAHLE has announced that in 2021, its subsidiary MAHLE Aftermarket registered sales of approximately EUR1.1 billion (around USD1.21 billion), up by 18.5% year on year, according to a press release dated 19 July. The company said those are the highest annual sales figures achieved since the business unit was founded. The company observed that the workshop equipment business exhibited particularly strong growth, and MAHLE Afte...
    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...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO acquires Finnish firm Koivunen
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Koivunen, a provider of automotive spare parts and related services in Finland and Estonia, with operations also in Latvia and Lithuania, according to a press release dated 14 June. The enterprise value is EUR122 million (around USD125 million) on a cash and debt free basis. Through the expansion, MEKO says it will have a presence around the ...
    Swedish spares distributor Mekonomen Group changes name to MEKO
    Mekonomen Group, an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that the company’s new name MEKO AB (publ.) has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, according to a press release dated 14 June. The name change was decided by the shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 20 May, to more clearly reflect the breadth of operations and show that the Group is more than one important brand, the release added. “The name change to MEK...
    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...
    US-based lifecycle management company Solera updates Identifix software
    Solera, a US based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service, data, and services has launched new, intuitive color wiring features to its Identifix Direct-Hit-branded auto repair software, according to a press release dated 13 July. The update brings an easier and more convenient experience to the technician-built vehicle repair database with more than 3 million confirmed fixes, the release added. Direct-Hit subscribers can now view multiple wiring diagrams side-b...
    Australian supplier Burson Auto Parts launches windscreen wipers
    Australia’s Burson Auto Parts, a supplier of automotive parts, tools, and workshop equipment, has announced the launch of two new windscreen wiper product ranges, according to a press release dated 13 July. The first is the Eyon Glide branded windscreen wiper replacement product range, manufactured by Trico, a firm involved in automotive wiper engineering, design and technological development. The wiper range includes modern Beam Blade wipers along with conventional wiper blade assemblies t...
    US aftermarket supplier Dorman launches over 300 new products for July
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the release of more than 300 new auto parts, including more than 98 new-to-the-aftermarket parts, according to a press release dated 11 July. This month’s new solutions include a windshield washer fluid reservoir (603-862) designed to directly replace the original equipment reservoir in more than 1.5 million Ford F-150, Ford Lobo, and Lincoln LT pickup trucks. In this part category, the company offer...
    BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions to support Peugeot dealers in Europe
    German chemical company BASF has announced that BASF Global Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions, a business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, has partnered with the European Association of Peugeot Car Dealers (AECP) for the upcoming years, according to a press release dated 12 July. The company says this new partnership strengthens the long-standing ties and mutual trust that exist between BASF Automotive Refinish and Peugeot car dealer networks in Europe. It ensures that all AECP affili...
    Nokian tires outlines its energy efficient and silent EV tire range
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 13 July that it is involving the shift to EVs in its tire development. The company says it is focusing on low tire noise and energy efficiency. The power, mass, and low noise level of EVs are among the factors guiding its development, according to the release, which added that when the car is nearly silent, low tire noise is a substantial improvement in terms of driving comfort. It noted that the tire’s structure and tread co...
    Tenneco-owned Walker announces 36 new part numbers
    Walker Emissions Control, a brand from Tenneco's DRiV group, has introduced 36 new part numbers to offer increased coverage to over five million vehicles in operation (VIO), according to a press release dated 11 July. New offerings include 14 part numbers for Walker Quiet-Flow SS mufflers, covering 47 applications, an expansion of Walker's EPA-compliant, ultra direct-fit catalytic converters line for 41 applications and a variety of new pipe & resonator assemblies, the release added. Walk...
    German aftermarket supplier MEYLE outlines future product line
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has outlined the future of its HD-branded range of parts, announcing that it will showcase electric and hybrid vehicle innovations at the Automechanika aftermarket industry event in September, according to a press release dated 16 June. The first phase of its future strategy includes producing a carbon-neutral steering and suspension product line for the independent aftermarket, the release added. T...
    US replacement parts maker Standard Motor Products expands Blue Streak range
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced the expansion of its Blue Streak-branded line with the latest product release of 23 new part numbers in the Direct Ignition and Variable Valve Timing categories, according to a press release dated 29 June. The new Blue Streak Ignition Coil Multi-Pack Kits include a full set of heavier-duty ignition coils providing technicians the requisite tools for a complete coil s...
    Eberspaecher to showcase air heaters and energy management systems
    Eberspächer, a German producer of thermal management systems and automotive control components for OEMs and its aftermarket customers, has announced that to meet the growing demand of campers for greater independence of external power supplies, the company has developed the Xellstor energy management systems, according to a press release dated 13 June. Significance: The energy management systems of the Eberspaecher Xellstor product family can supply power to the camper vehicle itself or also...
    Garage Services Online joins UK aftermarket industry body IAAF
    The UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that it has added Garage Services Online, a website provider that which works exclusively within the independent garage sector, as its member, according to a press release by IAAF dated 10 June. According to the release, Garage Services Online is known for designing and developing websites that boost a garage’s business. Its team is said to understand the independent garage sector as well as ...
    US-based distributor Automotive Parts Headquarters expands parts stores chain
    Automotive Parts Headquarters, a Minnesota, US-based distributor of automotive parts and accessories which owns and operates a chain of automotive parts stores, has announced the addition of Hi-Line Service & Hydraulics to its family of independently owned Auto Value parts stores, according to a press release dated 6 June. The new parts store will formally be known as Hi-Line Sales LLC, creating a one-stop-shop for parts and service, the release added. Since joining the Auto Value chain o...
    India’s insurance regulator permits 'pay as you drive’ concept
    With an aim to facilitate technology-enabled insurance covers, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has permitted general insurance companies to introduce concepts like ‘pay as you drive’ and ‘pay how you drive’ for the Motor Own Damage (OD) cover, according to a press release dated 6 July. The tech enabled cover also includes floater policies for vehicles belonging to the same individual owner of two-wheelers and private cars. All the three above mentio...
    South Korea based SpeedMate signs MOU for emergency EV charging service
    SK Networks, a subsidiary of South Korean petroleum conglomerate SK Group, engaged in the businesses of energy and information technology distribution, announced that its aftermarket business brand SpeedMate has forged an MOU in South Korea with battery diagnostic solution firm MinTech and charging solutions company Eva to develop an emergency electric vehicle (EV) recharging service, according to a press release dated 21 June. As part of the understanding, SpeedMate will embed EV recharging ...
    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 ...
    US-based provider of vehicle maintenance and tire replacement Sun Auto acquires Coopers Auto Repair Specialists
    US-based provider of vehicle maintenance, repair, tire sale, and tire replacement, Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc., has announced the acquisition of Coopers Auto Repair Specialists, a full-service auto repair brand with two locations in the state, according to a press release dated 13 July.  The two locations feature a total of 22 bays and are located at 1718, 103rd Street E in Tacoma, Washington, and 5325,122nd Street E in Puyallup, Washington. Casey Cooper, former co-owner of ...
    US replacement parts maker Standard Motor Products introduces 119 part numbers
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced the addition of 119 new part numbers to its ‘Standard’ and ‘Standard Import’ lines, according to a press release dated 29 June. This release covers 53 product categories and includes 44 part numbers for 2021 and 2022 model-year vehicles, the release added. As part of its replacement parts range for the latest hybrid and electric vehicle systems, SMP has relea...
    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...
    Akebono Brake launches AWP Brake Caliper for the aftermarket
    A Japan-based parts supplier, Akebono Brake Corporation, has announced that it has started distributing a new brake caliper, AWP Brake Caliper, from May 2022, according to a press release dated 14 June. This new high performance brake caliper for the aftermarket from Akebono is compatible with Toyota Alphard/Vellfire 2.4L/2.5L manufactured after May 2008 and Toyota Alphard/Vellfire 3.5L manufactured from 2008/05 to 2017/12 and hybrid vehicles, according to the company. The company said that i...
    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...
    Schaeffler Aftermarket expands range with thermal management modules
    The Automotive Aftermarket division of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is expanding its range of thermal management modules under the INA brand, according to a press release dated 5 July. Schaeffler has been series supplier in many vehicles since 2011 with its first-generation thermal management module. The company says it develops thermal management modules that are capable of controlling the coolant temperature in various cooling circu...
    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...
    DENSO Aftermarket and Tetrosyl Express announce UK distribution partnership
    DENSO Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Japan-based DENSO Corporation, has announced that effective July 2022, the company has entered into a partnership with Tetrosyl Express, a manufacturer and supplier of car care products in Europe, as a key strategic distribution partner in the UK market, according to a release dated 4 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). By partnering with Tetrosyl Express, DENSO says it can improve accessibi...
    NGK Spark Plug to change its English language name to ‘Niterra’ starting April 2023
    NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced that following its 122nd ordinary general meeting of the shareholders on 24 June, it will change its English language company name to ‘Niterra’, according to a press release from 4 July. The Group’s new English company name – ‘Niterra’ – is a coined word, which combines the Latin words ‘niteo’ meaning ‘shine’ and ‘terra/earth’. Considering the company’s sustainable business objectives, as w...
    NGK launches 50 new aftermarket PTC sensors under NTK brand
    NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced the launch of 50 new exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS) to its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand, according to a press release from 13 June. The range extension sees the addition of Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) sensors to the company’s current Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) portfolio, the release added. EGTS serve as a temperature monitor for turbochargers, catalytic converters, diesel particle fil...
    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...
    UK-based Comline Auto Parts expands aftermarket hubs and bearings range
    Comline Auto Parts, a UK-based automotive aftermarket parts brands, has announced that it has released a host of hubs and bearings for popular models, according to a press release dated 29 June. The company says its hubs and bearings undergo tremendous amounts of testing to guarantee consistent performance, with the range encompassing a variety of design styles—from two-piece ‘generation 0’ to ‘generation 2 and 3’ variants—and arriving at the workshop as a complete kit, thus, cont...
    MANN-FILTER launches transmission oil filter for the e-axle
    German components supplier and filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL has announced that in order to meet new electromobility requirements when it comes to oil filtration, the company has developed new transmission oil filters to provide cooling and lubrication of the e-axle, according to a press release dated 29 June. For commercial vehicles in the independent aftermarket, one of these transmission oil filters is available as MANN-FILTER W 7071 for Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 and eActros 400, the release ...
    Industrias Dolz adds 28 new references auxiliary electric water pump range
    Spanish automotive aftermarket manufacturer of water pumps, Industrias Dolz, has announced that it has introduced 28 new references to its range of auxiliary electric water pumps, which brings the total number of part numbers in its range to 70, according to a press release dated 29 June.  The company says that the 28 new references cover more than 850 vehicle models from brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Ford, Porsche, Jaguar, or Opel. Industrias Dolz believes that as engines ...
    UK-based remanufacturer Carwood to showcase green solutions at Automechanika Frankfurt
    UK-based remanufacturer and fuel systems supplier, Carwood, announced that the company will demonstrate how it is helping distributors and garages service current and future vehicles by showcasing a range of OE-quality, eco- and cost-friendly products at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt, which will be held between 13–17 September 2022, according to a press release dated 29 June. A full range of its remanufactured fuel pumps and injectors covering all makes and models of vehicle, includ...
    Mainland China based ZC Rubber showcases range at Brazilian tire show
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently showcased its new Westlake-branded ultra-high performance (UHP) passenger car tires for the Brazilian market at Pneushow 2022 held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 22–24 June, according to a press release dated 28 June. The Pneushow is an international trade show that takes place every two years, focusing on products, machines, solutions and innovations related to tires. At the event, ZC Ru...
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