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    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway completes transaction with Pendragon
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has completed the transaction with Pendragon PLC, to be renamed Pinewood Technologies Group PLC, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. With the move, the company has acquired the UK Motor and Fleet Management divisions of Pendragon, the UK's third-largest automotive dealership group, and formed a strategic partnership with P...
    Italian automotive body ANFIA says 2023 spare parts turnover up 11.58% YOY
    Italy-based National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA) has announced that its Aftermarket Barometer, a statistical survey within the ANFIA Components Group, has revealed that the aftermarket turnover of the association’s group companies grew 11.58% in 2023 compared to 2022, according to a press release dated Feb. 16, 2024. In 2022, the aftermarket turnover was up by 7.8% compared to 2021. The aftermarket turnover is considered as the turnover of component manufacturer...
    Report: Court case sheds light on emissions inconsistencies in car modifications in UK
    A recent court case involving AET Motorsport has highlighted a legal grey area surrounding car modifications that could put drivers and businesses at risk of prosecution, according to a news report by Autocar UK dated Feb. 9. The court found the company guilty of illegally altering a car's catalytic converter and engine control unit to increase noise levels, making it illegal to drive on public roads. The magistrates emphasized that business owners must be aware of the law and warned that simila...
    Snap-on introduces access to Audi and Volkswagen
    Snap-on Incorporated, a manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for vehicle repair and other sectors, has announced access to Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) secured vehicle systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. Snap-on customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled diagnostic tool, powered by the latest software, now have the freedom to access any VAG vehicle. Gaining "on-the-fly" entry is possible by completing VAG registration through ...
    O’Reilly Automotive reports Q4 2023 sales at $3.83 billion, up 5% YOY
    O’Reilly Automotive, a US-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has announced record revenue and earnings for its fourth quarter and full year (ended Dec. 31, 2023), according to a press release dated Feb. 7. The results represent 31 consecutive years of comparable store sales growth and record revenue and operating income for O’Reilly since becoming a public company in April 1993, the release added.  Sales for the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2023), increased $188 million, ...
    US paint-maker PPG launches repair management tool for body shop productivity
    US-based paint, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG has announced the launch of the PPG AdjustRite repair management tool, the latest feature of the company’s AdjustRite commercial estimating system, which provides enhanced productivity for commercial vehicle repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The mobile-friendly PPG AdjustRite repair management platform offers technicians a time clock system and automated tracking of work hours per repair order. Shop managers...
    Apollo Tyres launches Trumigo for doorstep car servicing
    India-based tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., has announced the launch of Trumigo, a digital initiative for doorstep car servicing, in Gurugram, a city in northern India, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. This service offering is available in Gurugram on a pilot basis and will soon be rolled out for the entire Delhi National Capital Region. Trumigo offers at-home car services and high-quality car maintenance directly to customers' doors. This service includes periodic servicing, ...
    India’s automotive aftermarket expected to grow to $14 billion by 2028
    Ahead of the 5th ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry, has revealed that the size of the Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to grow from $10 billion in 2023 to an estimated $14 billion by 2028, according to a press release dated Jan. 29. The data was quoted from the Global Automotive Aftermarket Research Report co-authored by the industry body. The study focuses on seven pro...
    UK government maintains current MOT test frequency
    The UK government has agreed to maintain the current Ministry of Transport (MOT) test frequency following a consultation that explored extending the first test from three to four years, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated Jan. 25. Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said, “Plans to extend the first test from three to four years have been met with the full power of the entire automotive industry including m...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway appoints chief customer officer
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has promoted Adam Chamberlain to chief customer officer (CCO), according to a press release dated Jan. 23. With the foundational elements of the LAD Strategy now in place, Chamberlain's expanded role will involve innovating the customer experience across the company’s extensive network, including the Driveway experience, Gre...
    US-based Straightaway Tire & Auto makes two new acquisitions
    O2 Investment Partners announced that Straightaway Tire & Auto, an independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has completed the acquisitions of Maple Grove Auto Service and Warzecha Auto Works, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Maple Grove is a full-service auto repair facility that has been serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for over four decades, and Warzecha is a full-service auto repair faci...
    CarParts.com announces extension of $30 million repurchase plan
    CarParts.com Inc., a leading online retailer of automotive parts and accessories, announced that its board of directors has approved the extension of the company's current $30 million stock repurchase plan to July 26, 2026, according to a press release dated Jan. 22, 2024. The Repurchase Plan was originally set to expire on July 26, 2024. The company believes this extension supports planned approaches to capital deployment to create long-term value for stockholders through...
    China’s SunCar announces vehicle service contract with China Construction Bank
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a two-year exclusive vehicle service contract with the Fujian Branch of China Construction Bank, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. SunCar expects to derive cumulative revenue from the contract valued at approximately 25 million yuan (about $3.5 million). Following a competitive bidding process, SunCar was selected as the...
    Data solutions firm Motor launches inventory connect to streamline workshop efficiency
    Motor Information Systems, a leading provider of automotive data solutions and Hearst company, has announced its latest achievement in expanding its market presence in the automotive intelligence space with the launch of the Motor Inventory Connect for third-party software and service providers, according to a press release dated Jan. 8.  The company said third-party software and service providers working with aftermarket shops can utilize this as a gateway to seamlessly access deta...
    US car-care solutions provider Ziebart ranked as top franchise for 2024
    Ziebart International Corp., a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced that it has been ranked as a Top Franchise for 2024 by Franchise Business Review, according to a press release dated Jan. 10. The company was recognized for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, with 86% of franchisees recommending the brand, 86% feeling respected by the company, and 84% valuing Ziebart's honesty and integrity. Additionally, 83% of franchisees enjoy working...
    SiriusXM Connect launches ACN+ safety technology for automakers across North America
    SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services Inc. (SiriusXM Connect), a subsidiary of SiriusXM Holdings Inc. and a provider of connected products and services to vehicle manufacturers, has announced an expansion of its Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (ACN+) safety technology in partnership with RapidSOS, an intelligent safety company, according to a press release dated Jan. 11. ACN+ powered by RapidSOS provides emergency response by digitally delivering critical incident and vehicle crash data t...
    MEMA event promotes passage of REPAIR Act to protect consumer choice in vehicle servicing
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it is organizing a fly-in event from Jan. 30–31 to advocate for the passage of the REPAIR Act, which aims to protect consumers' right to choose independent repair shops and suppliers for vehicle servicing, according to a press release dated Jan. 4. The event will bring together senior executives, corporate le...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi 2024 to have over 500 exhibitors
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) have announced that the fifth edition of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi — the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service — is scheduled to be held from Feb. 1–3, 2024. In a press release dated Jan. 2, it was announced that the event would bring together over 500 exhibitors from 12...
    BT Group to convert old street cabinets into EV charging points to add to UK’s charging infrastructure
    London-based telecommunications company BT Group plans to convert old green street cabinets into electric vehicle charging points across the UK, according to a news report published by the BBC on Jan. 7. These metal cabinets were traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling, the report said, adding that many of these street cabinets are coming toward the end of their lifespans. Under a pilot program, the first green street cabinet will be installed as an EV charging point in Sco...
    B&R Auto announces three acquisitions and new executive appointment
    B&R Auto, a US-based value-added provider of recycled automotive parts and a portfolio company of Highview Capital, has announced the acquisitions of American Auto Recycling (American Auto), New Way Auto Sales & Parts (New Way) and Charlie's Towing (Charlie's), according to a press release dated Jan. 4. The acquisitions of American Auto and New Way expand B&R's business into Arizona, US, while the acquisition of Charlie's grows B&R's existing footprint in Oregon, US, the release ...
    Denso to showcase retail solutions with microlocation technology at NRF 2024
    Denso, a leading mobility supplier, has announced that it will exhibit at National Retail Federation (NRF) Show 2024 in New York City from Jan. 14–16, where it will showcase cutting-edge automotive technologies applied to the retail world, according to a press release dated Jan. 3. Denso experts will showcase the company's microlocation technology, which automakers currently use to offer hands-free and secure vehicle access to users through their smartphone. The team will provide a live dem...
    PARTS iD announces delisting from NYSE American
    PARTS iD Inc. has announced that it received notification from the NYSE that the NYSE has initiated proceedings to delist the Class A common stock of PARTS iD Inc. from NYSE American, according to a press release dated Jan. 2. The NYSE also indefinitely suspended trading of the company’s Class A common stock effective Dec. 26, 2023. PARTS iD does not intend to appeal the NYSE’s determination, the company said. Significance: According to the release, the NYSE determined t...
    Japanese aftermarket IT services provider Broadleaf partners with Toyota Mobility Parts
    Broadleaf Corp., a Japan-based IT solutions provider for automotive aftermarket businesses, and Toyota Mobility Parts have agreed to start a collaboration with the aim of realizing an optimized service for streamlined ordering processes of auto repair parts in the auto aftermarket, according to a press release dated Dec. 11, 2023. Currently, preparations are underway to start providing the service, the release added. Leveraging its advanced IT technology and extensive client network of client...
    Aisin and SPK commence sale of power back door kits in Japan
    Japan-based SPK Co. Ltd and Aisin Corp. have announced that they have jointly developed a power back door kit for the Toyota Yaris Cross, and the companies launched it as an exclusive SPK product on Dec. 12, 2023, according to a press release dated Dec. 11, 2023. This product electrically opens and closes the back door by operating the in-car switch or wireless key. It also has a function to adjust the automatic stop position of the back door at any height and a function to stop at any height...
    Driven Brands names Damien Harmon to board of directors
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has appointed Damien Harmon to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2024, according to a press release dated Dec. 19. Harmon is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in retail and leadership, and will also serve as a member of the compensation committee, the release added. Jonathan Fitzpatrick, CEO and president of Driven Brands, expressed the company's excitement to have Harmon join the board, citing his ex...
    US-based Dobbs Tire and Auto Centers receives investment from Audax Private Equity
    Audax Private Equity (Audax), a US-based investment firm, has announced an investment in Dobbs Tire and Auto Centers, a US-based tire retailer and auto-aftermarket service provider, according to a press release dated Dec. 18. In addition to its comprehensive tire offerings, Dobbs provides a full range of automotive services specializing in routine, preventative and complex diagnostic repairs for all types of vehicles including cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), hybrids an...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association appoints new chairman
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced the appointment of Wayne Bryant to the position of AAAA chairman, according to a press release dated Dec. 21. The AAAA is the national, independent association representing the aftermarket, and the role of the AAAA board is critical in further strengthening the association’s ability to support, develop and future-proof the aftermarket industry, the organization said. Wayne Bryant, who holds the position of CEO, Auto...
    Opus IVS extends ADAS diagnostics support
    Opus IVS, a US-based firm involved in diagnostics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration, programming and on-demand remote expert support, has announced the launch of Giotto software's latest iteration — release 22.0, which comes integrated into the company’s DriveSafe and DrivePro products, according to a press release dated Dec. 20. The newly enhanced Giotto release offers first-to-market comprehensive support for model year (MY) 2024 vehicles, along with advan...
    US-based heavy-duty aftermarket firm High Bar Brands’ ownership changes hands
    High Bar Brands (HBB), a US-based manufacturer and distributor of high-quality commercial vehicle solutions for the heavy-duty trucking industry, with its portfolio of brands, including Minimizer, Premier Mfg., Dieter’s Accessories, Panelite, and Viking Sales, has announced its strategic recapitalization with Sentinel Capital Partners, according to a press release dated December 20. As part of the move, Sentinel, a New York-based alternative asset manager has acquired HBB from Heartwood Partne...
    US retailer O’Reilly Automotive to acquire Canadian parts distributor Vast-Auto
    O’Reilly Automotive, a US-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has announced that it will acquire Canadian auto parts distributor Groupe Del Vasto, according to a press release dated December 18. O’Reilly Automotive has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with the shareholders of Groupe Del Vasto to acquire all the outstanding shares of the company. Groupe Del Vasto operates as Vast-Auto Distribution (Vast-Auto). Founded in 1986, Vast-Auto Distribution is involved i...
    Australian aftermarket body calls for consumer awareness on warranty rights
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that it is pushing for consumer awareness around the broader issue of consumer warranty rights, according to a press release dated December 12. The AAAA has long argued that extended warranties often offer Australian consumers the same rights that they already receive for free under the Australian Consumer Law, rights that they should not be required to pay for. Consumers are entitled to a solution of a repair, replacement...
    US-based Driven Brands launches B2B digital marketplace for workshops
    Driven Brands Holdings Inc. (Driven Brands), an automotive services company in North America, has announced the launch of Driven Advantage, a new B2B digital marketplace powered by Mirakl Platform, according to a press release dated December 13. The new B2B marketplace connects Driven Brands’ 5,000+ automotive corporate locations, shop owners, franchises, and affiliates with more than 80,000 handpicked products from third-party suppliers, the company said. With Driven Advantage’s one-stop...
    European mobility service providers call for action on in-vehicle data legislation
    As part of the Independent Service Providers (ISP) group, CLEPA and nine other European associations representing the mobility ecosystem, including consumers and insurers, have written to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen to express dismay at a new delay in the Commission’s adoption of a long-promised sectoral legislation for access to in-vehicle data, according to a press release dated December 19 by The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison...
    New Tint World Louisville location opens, expanding auto aftermarket services in area
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, has announced the opening of a new location in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release dated Dec. 13. Owners and husband-and-wife team Scott and Susan Hellervik will be the first in the state to own multiple units, with plans to open two additional Tint World franchise locations in the Louisville area, the release added.  Tint World Louisville offers a r...
    US-based Brown & Brown acquires Automotive Business Solutions
    US-based Brown & Brown Inc., an insurance brokerage firm delivering risk management solutions, announced that the company has acquired ABS Risk LLC and ABS Operations (collectively: ABS), according to a press release dated Dec. 8. ABS is an administrator of warranty products in the automotive aftermarket providing nationwide parts and labor repair warranties, national road hazard programs and component-specific warranties. The acquisition was made via Brown & Brown Dealer Services (...
    Epicor unveils solutions for automotive parts distributors and repair shops
    Epicor, a US-based provider of industry-specific enterprise software, has introduced two innovative solutions to help automotive replacement parts distributors and vehicle service repair businesses make data-driven decisions, according to a press release dated Nov. 1. The new solutions, Epicor Predictive Inventory Assistant (PIA) and Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA), leverage the company's powerful aftermarket product content engine and connected data network to provide real-time insigh...
    Transtar forms NexaMotion Group to combine automotive aftermarket businesses
    US-based Transtar Holding Co. has announced the formation of NexaMotion Group, according to a press release dated Dec. 1. The new company will encompass the automotive aftermarket businesses that serve automotive professionals through distribution and e-commerce solutions. The group will include Transtar Industries, Transend, C&M Auto Parts, King-O-Matic, TransMart, Recon and Pro-King Automotive Products, the company said. Significance: According to the company, Neil Sethi, presid...
    UVeye, Hypertec announce partnership for advanced drive-through inspection systems
    UVeye, a technology company specializing in computer vision and AI for automated drive-through inspection systems, has partnered with Hypertec, a global player in sustainable technology solutions, to mass-produce its innovative systems in response to growing demand from the automotive industry, according to a press release dated Dec. 4. The partnership will see production take place at Hypertec's facilities in Plainfield, Ind., and Montreal with the aim of seamlessly installing, servicing&nbs...
    VW, Audi announce roadside assistance for customers affected by cyclone in Chennai, India
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India and German luxury-car manufacturer Audi have announced complimentary Roadside Assistance (RSA) for customer cars impacted by the floods caused by the severe cyclonic storm Cyclone Michaung in Chennai, India, according to news reports. Volkswagen India will additionally also provide customers with a priority comprehensive service check of vehicles to ensure timely repair of flood-related damages. Necessary standardized repair guidelines have been issued across d...
    CarParts.com launches revamped content marketing strategy
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has announced the launch of a refreshed content marketing strategy, aimed at enhancing the customer experience, according to a press release dated Nov. 28. The new hub helps consumers learn about their vehicle's maintenance and repair needs; features include links to purchase products directly from the CarParts.com website or mobile app and how-to videos that allow individuals to tackle easy jobs at home. The co...
    US-based Straightaway Tire & Auto acquires Accurate Auto and Wayne’s Automotive
    O2 Investment Partners have announced that Straightaway Tire & Auto, an independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has completed the acquisitions of Accurate Auto & Tire Service and Wayne’s Automotive, according to a press release dated Nov. 29. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Accurate Auto is a full-service auto repair facility that has been serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for over 25 years, and Wayne’s is a full-service...
    US-based Auto Care Association and UK aftermarket body IAAF form new partnership
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), have agreed a new partnership, which will see the two associations work closer together in the coming months and years, according to a press release by IAAF dated Nov. 9. Meeting at automotive expo AAPEX, held recently in Las Vegas, the two federations — IAAF represented...
    Smartcar, Uber partner to enhance EV driving experience
    Smartcar, a developer platform for mobility businesses, has partnered with Uber Technologies to improve the electric vehicle driving experience for Uber drivers, according to a press release dated Nov. 29. With Smartcar's API, Uber can seamlessly integrate EV battery-level data into its Driver app, enabling eligible EV drivers to take on trips without range anxiety. This feature aims to create a comfortable and convenient experience for both drivers and riders using EVs on the Uber app. Accor...
    Hunter Engineering releases latest wheel-alignment specifications database
    US-based automotive service-equipment provider Hunter Engineering has announced that its newly updated vehicle information database is now available for Hunter WinAlign alignment users, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Effective Nov. 1, the release covers new models — those not yet in existence at the time of the previous release this past spring — as well as model year updates, covering original equipment manufacturer changes to existing vehicles. The company’s WinAlign soft...
    Ziebart promotes three senior leaders, including first female C-suite appointment
    Ziebart, a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced the promotion of three members of its senior leadership team, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The moves include the creation of a new C-level role, chief growth officer, and the first female to hold a C-suite title in the company's nearly 65-year history. Brian Jackman has been promoted to senior vice president and COO, as well as president of Ziebart Corp. He will oversee US franch...
    Cal-Tex launches vehicle service contract with EV insurance firm Ozop Plus
    Cal-Tex Protective Coatings Inc., a US-based provider of environmental protection and aftermarket products, has launched its white-labeled version of the Fully Charged Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) to be marketed to its network of 4,000 automotive dealerships, according to a press release dated Nov. 21, adding that Cal-Tex has branded the VSC as EV Complete Battery Plus. The company has formed an agreement with electric vehicle insurance company Ozop Plus, under which Cal-Tex’s EV Com...
    AsTech announces scanning support for Tesla vehicles
    AsTech, a Repairify company and the global firm involved in remote diagnostics, calibrations, programming and automotive intelligence for the collision and mechanical repair industries, has announced an expansion of its remote original equipment manufacturer solutions to now include remote OEM scanning support for Tesla vehicles, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. AsTech said its diagnostic devices are now able to complete authentic Remote OEM Scans for virtually every Tesl...
    Kinetic opens new service center in Las Vegas for AI-powered EV, autonomous vehicle and ADAS servicing
    Kinetic, a US-based infrastructure-as-a-service company, has opened a new service center in Las Vegas to deliver digital maintenance and servicing for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), according to a press release dated Nov. 2. The company's service model involves partnering with car dealerships, traditional automotive repair shops, rental companies and industry partners to offer AI and robotics-enabled digital servicing for ...
    Canada-based The Mufflerman Inc. acquires EuroMechanic
    According to a press release on Nov. 14, The Mufflerman Inc., a service center and workshop chain operating out of the Greater Toronto Area and Southwest Ontario province in Canada, has announced the acquisition of five service centers and tire workshops under the EuroMechanic brand, which specializes in the repair, service and tire fitment of European vehicles. With this acquisition, these EuroMechanic workshops would continue with their original brand name and operate as a distinct division...
    US, Canada advance right-to-repair efforts with legislative milestones
    In a significant step forward, the REPAIR Act in the US has been sent for markup and voted through a House of Representatives subcommittee, marking the furthest right-to-repair efforts have gone in the country, a press release reported Nov. 8. Meanwhile, in Canada, the House of Commons has unanimously passed Bill C-244, which proposes amendments to the Copyright Act to give Canadians the right to access their data for the purposes of diagnosis, maintenance, or repair of certain products, incl...
    US-based Auto Care, IAAF partner to enhance collaboration in automotive industry
    Auto Care Association and the IAAF have formed a new partnership aimed at enhancing collaboration and sharing best practices between the two associations, according to a press release dated Nov. 9. The agreement was reached during a meeting at the recent AAPEX automotive expo, where representatives from both federations discussed common goals and aims affecting their respective industries and memberships. Auto Care Association, representing the over $470 billion US auto care industry, pr...
    Indian car services and repair platform GoMechanic raises 500 million rupees for continued growth and expansion
    GoMechanic, an Indian aftermarket automotive services platform, has raised 500 million rupees (about $6 million) from a marquee investor and existing shareholders, a press release reported on Nov. 9. The company was recently acquired by Servizzy, which is a subsidiary of the Lifelong Group, in March, after investors in GoMechanic discovered significant anomalies in its financial records while it was under the control of its previous management. With the new investment, both external and inter...
    Mitchell 1 launches active recalls feature for all OEM makes
    US-based Mitchell 1, a division of Snap-on Inc. that provides service center and workshop products and solutions including repair information, workshop management systems and marketing services, has now expanded its active recalls features to include more vehicles in the US, a press release dated Nov. 8 said. This expansion will provide automatic notifications to shops using its Manager SE shop management software concerning outstanding safety recall actions that need to be performe...
    Voters in Maine, US, overwhelmingly back right to repair
    In a recent ballot initiative in Maine, US, over 80% of voters supported a measure that ensures car owners have access to vehicle diagnostic tools and data necessary for routine repairs, according to a press release dated Nov. 8. This victory comes as the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 906) gains momentum on the federal level. The REPAIR Act aims to provide consumers with expanded repair options by ensuring that vehicle owners can access repair data a...
    New products from CCC Intelligent Solutions help insurers streamline vehicle claims processing
    CCC Intelligent Solutions, a US cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform provider of digital and data services, has launched two new AI-based products, First Look and Impact Dynamics, designed to help insurers process claims more efficiently and accurately, according to a press release on Nov. 8. First Look uses AI to predict the point of impact or whether a vehicle is repairable or a total loss, while Impact Dynamics predicts the change in velocity at the point of impact to evaluat...
    AAPEX 2023: Aftermarket AI firm Predii launches Predii 360
    Predii Inc., a firm involved in aftermarket AI innovation, has launched Predii 360, an automotive AI "co-pilot" designed to augment and support automotive service and repair workflows, according to a press release dated October 26 at the recently held AAPEX 2023 Show in Las Vegas. Predii 360 is said to provide reliable, actionable intelligence to enhance the efficiency and productivity of service writers, technicians, parts counter people, and other industry professionals. The solution is des...
    US-based auto repair shop platform PartsTech expands network
    PartsTech, a platform for auto repair shops to access parts suppliers, has expanded its network to include over 50 tire suppliers, making it the only platform that offers free access to more than 30 of these suppliers, according to a press release dated October 31. Founded in 2012, PartsTech has been revolutionizing the automotive aftermarket repair industry by providing repair shops with an extensive array of tire suppliers through its user-friendly platform. This partnership with TireConnec...
    Opus IVS launches QuickADAS for streamlined collision repair process
    Opus IVS, a US-based provider of remote diagnostic solutions to repair shops and dealerships, has announced that it has launched the QuickADAS feature integrated into the DriveSafe collision diagnostics platform, according to a press release dated Oct. 27. QuickADAS is said to enable on-demand advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration for collision repair shops, streamlining the repair process and reducing the time it takes to deliver a fully calibrated vehicle to the customer, the r...
    US retailer O’Reilly Automotive says Q3 2023 sales at $4.20 billion, up 11% YOY
    O’Reilly Automotive, a US-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has announced record revenue and earnings for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, according to a press release dated Oct. 25. Sales increased $405 million, or 11%, to $4.20 billion from $3.80 billion for the same period one year ago. The company’s net income for the quarter rose $64 million, or 11%, to $650 million from $585 million for the same period one year ago. Sales for the first nine months of 2023 increased $1.21...
    Auto Care Association, MEMA welcome advancement of REPAIR Act
    The United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce, has favorably reported the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act, to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for future consideration. This move was applauded by the Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an ...
    IMS, High Mobility partner to offer risk profiling to insurers
    IMS, a global vehicle and driving data business, announced that it has partnered with High Mobility, an automotive original equipment manufacturer data provider, to offer pan-European insurers a comprehensive solution for risk profiling and claims analytics, according to a press release dated Oct. 17. The partnership aims to leverage OEM-embedded telematics data to provide additional insights beyond existing data streams from aftermarket telemetry, such as smartphone as a sensor. High Mobilit...
    Bosch introduces cost-effective hybrid battery repair set in Germany
    Bosch announced that it has introduced a new high-voltage battery repair set for selected hybrid models made by Toyota and Lexus, according to a press release dated October 19. Bosch observed that over the course of time, the performance of high-voltage batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles decreases as their modules wear out or become faulty. Generally, once the traction battery’s storage capacity has become too low, the complete battery system is replaced, which is a costly process. "...
    Opus IVS partners with Diagnostic Network on automotive diagnostics IVS Mobile
    Opus IVS, a division of the Opus Group, has launched IVS Mobile, a mobile app that provides professional diagnostics and expert support for automotive technicians. The app offers an integrated platform of original equipment and multibrand diagnostics, remote programming and calibration solutions, anchored by patented technology, according to a press release on October 27. With IVS Mobile, technicians can efficiently diagnose and resolve complex issues across a wide range of vehicles, and...
    US-based AirPro Diagnostics’ Auggie recalibration device passes NHTSA tests
    AirPro Diagnostics, a US-based firm involved in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration solutions for the collision, glass and mechanical repair industries, has announced that its Auggie mobile static recalibration device has been independently tested and the calibrations performed have met the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle requirements to help ensure a complete and safe repair, according to a press r...
    Gerber Collision enhances scanning and diagnostics capabilities with Opus IVS partnership
    Gerber Collision & Glass, a US-based firm involved in collision repair and glass replacement, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions, according to a press release dated October 19. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services through a single diagnostic platform with Opus IVS' advanced DriveSafe platform, enabling remote and direct-on-tool diagnostic capabilities acros...
    US powersports retailer RumbleOn appoints new CEO
    RumbleOn, which calls itself the largest powersports retailer in North America, has appointed Michael Kennedy as its CEO effective November 1, according to a press release dated October 20. In connection with his appointment as CEO, Kennedy will also join the RumbleOn board of directors as of that date. Kennedy succeeds Mark Tkach, who has served as interim CEO since June. According to the company, Kennedy is an accomplished Powersports industry veteran who brings over three de...
    Bosch trains technicians on repairing high-voltage NiMH batteries
    Bosch has outlined its repair set for high-voltage batteries that allows the restoration of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) module in the traction battery of selected Toyota and Lexus hybrid models, according to a press release dated October 19. The company said this opens up the business of repairing high-voltage batteries to independent workshops as well for the first time. The company just completed a pilot program training Bosch Car Service associates on how to repair high-voltage NiMH batte...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket partners with Alldata for OEM repair data
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that its Automotive Aftermarket division and the database and repair software provider Alldata are launching their collaboration on its workshop portal, Repxpert, in the UK, according to a press release dated October 19. As part of the move, Repxpert partner garages in the UK get a special Alldata offer to access an even wider range of original equipment manufacturer repair data and instructions in future, the releas...
    US-based aftermarket entity The Aeromotive Group merges with Roadster Shop
    US-based custom vehicle and chassis manufacturer, Roadster Shop, has acquired US-based aftermarket group, The Aeromotive Group, according to a press release dated October 19. The company will combine the strength of both brands to drive the development of innovative products, services and content, and will leverage a robust financial and operational foundation to support its growth, the release added. Roadster Shop has been building vehicles and chassis for street and performance driving for ...
    Motorprotek India launches DIY ceramic coating for cars and bikes
    Motorprotek India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of MP Motorprotek Ultra Shield XI DIY 9H Ceramic Coating, a do-it-yourself (DIY) ceramic coating kit for cars and bikes, according to a press release dated October 18. Ceramic coating is a protective layer that is applied to the exterior of the vehicle to protect its paint. The coating helps repel water and keep the paint looking shiny and glossy even during extreme weather. Motorprotek said high-quality ceramic coating can change the look ...
    Study reveals windshield repair costs in the US on the rise
    AmTrust Financial Services, a US-based supplier of automobile warranties, has released its 2023 AmTrust Extended Auto Warranty Report, which reveals that supply chain issues surrounding auto glass and the increasing sophistication of windshield technology drove up the average cost of windshield repair and replacement for car owners in the US in 2022, according to a press release dated October 5.   In an analysis of their warranty portfolio, AmTrust Warranty and Specialty Risk, a division...
    Auto Care Association says Connecticut law requiring garages to determine open recall unfair
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated October 4 that it has collaborated with other industry groups asking the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to clarify its intended implementation of Public Act No. 23-40 new section 24. The association said this enactment could impose burdensome and potentially anti-competitive requirements upon automotive aftermarket service and rep...
    Hella Pagid expands product range of deposit-free brake calipers
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor Hella, announced that it is further expanding its range of brake calipers without deposit for the independent automotive aftermarket by 130 articles to 352 articles for a wide range of vehicle manufacturers, according to a press release dated October 10. With this move, the number of vehicle applications grows from approximately 8,200 to almost 11,640, re...
    Equip Auto Lyon 2023: Aftersales trade show sees participation from 605 exhibitors
    The French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules: FIEV), a trade association of original equipment manufacturers and garage equipment manufacturers, has announced that it recently concluded the Equip Auto Lyon aftersales event, which took place from September 28–30, was a success, according to a release dated October 5. The first edition of Equip Auto Lyon had an attendance of nearly 25,500 professionals across three days. It s...
    US-based Strickland Brothers acquires 24 Snappy Lube locations
    Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change (Strickland Brothers), a quick lube operator with over 178 locations across 27 states in the US, recently acquired 24 Snappy Lube locations across the state of North Carolina, US, according to a press release dated September 13. With this acquisition, the company has now surpassed 200 quick lube locations, the release added. The company plans to convert all 24 locations to Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change later in 2023. Strickland Brothers offe...
    Global remanufacturing industry expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% by 2027 – analysis
    Rematec, an Amsterdam-based trade brand dedicated to automotive remanufacturing worldwide, has announced that according to an analysis, the global remanufactured automotive parts market is expected to increase by $11 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.93%, according to a press release dated September 20. The trade brand quoted a report that observed that the average age of cars, particularly in North America and Europe, is a major driver of remanufactured parts indu...
    SunCar reports H1 2023 after-sales revenue at $98.8M, up 10% YOY
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive aftersales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, has announced that its revenue from automotive after-sales service in the six months ended June 2023 increased by 10% to $98.8 million from $89.9 million in the same period ended June 30, 2022, according to a press release dated September 28. The announcement was part of its financial results reported for the six months ended Jun...
    US-based ASE announces ADAS certification for workshop technicians
    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a US-based non-profit organization established in 1972, has announced the introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist Certification test (L4) that helps workshops optimize repair opportunities on ADAS-equipped vehicles by employing L4-certified technicians, according to a press release dated September 27. ASE said it created the L4 ADAS Specialist Certification test to identify technicians who possess ...
    US-based Voyomotive and Samsara partner to increase fleet uptime and reduce service costs
    Voyomotive, a firm involved in automotive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, has announced a new integration of its VOYOLink platform with Samsara, a company that operates a Connected Operations Cloud, to connect fleet vehicles directly to service centers, according to a press release dated September 14. Voyomotive develops automotive applications for the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) market. Its product offerings consist of mobile apps, firmware, APIs and ...
    Kia opens first solar-powered green workshop in Haryana, India
    Kia India announced that it has inaugurated its first green workshop at Rohtak, Haryana, India, according to a press release dated September 26. The solar panel-powered facility extensively optimizes water and energy usage, which helps in meeting more than 80% of the energy requirements while powering an electric vehicle AC charging unit. Kia is also replicating its water-recycling model from one of its manufacturing facilities in Anantapur, India, in this workshop, by recycling 100% of ...
    IAAF urges UK govt to consult with aftermarket on Net Zero plans
    The UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has urged the government to consult the automotive aftermarket on its Net Zero plans, after the banning of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicle sales was delayed to 2035, according to a press release dated September 21. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently announced that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK was being pushed back from 2030 to 2035, while saying he still expected t...
    Auto Care Association launches the Auto Care Academy for aftermarket professionals
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated September 18 that it has launched the Auto Care Academy, a self-paced online learning resource for auto care industry professionals. The online academy caters to professionals at all stages of their careers, from new industry entrants to seasoned veterans. The association believes completing the courses contributes to the enhancement of ...
    Mobivia-owned distributor Carter-Cash acquires online retailer Yakarouler
    Mobivia, Europe’s largest independent provider of automotive maintenance and repair services, announced that Carter-Cash, brand of the Mobivia group, specializing in distribution of tires, auto parts and fast maintenance services at low prices, has merged with online retailer Yakarouler following the acquisition of Yakarouler’s assets in June 2021, according to a press release dated September 21. With the move, the Yakarouler brand will disappear, and Carter-Cash will absorb Yakarouler’...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway acquires UK’s Pendragon dealership group
    Lithia & Driveway, an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, has announced that it intends to enter in a strategic partnership with Pinewood Technologies and acquire the UK motor and fleet management divisions of Pendragon PLC, the UK's third-largest automotive dealership group, according to a press release dated September 18. This acquisition will round out Lithia's presence in the UK market and is expected t...
    US parts retailer AutoZone says Q4 2023 sales at $5.7 billion, up 6.4% YOY
    US-based retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories AutoZone has reported net sales of $5.7 billion for its fourth quarter ended Aug. 26, 2023, an increase of 6.4% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, according to a press release dated September 19. Net income for the quarter increased 6.8% over the same period last year to $864.8 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 14.7% to $46.46 from $40.51 in the year-ago quarter. For the fiscal year ended Aug. 26, 2023, s...
    Survey reveals half of all Australian automotive workshops looking for staff
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) announced that new research survey findings have revealed that one in every two workshops has lost a technician in the last year, with one in four having lost a master technician, according to a press release dated September 6. The survey shed important light on the state of the automotive industry's skills shortage and technician salaries across Australia. The survey, commissioned by the AAAA and its research partner Fifth Quadran...
    South Korea’s SK Networks-owned Speedmate partners for vehicle detailing service
    SK Networks, a subsidiary of South Korean petroleum conglomerate SK Group, engaged in the businesses of energy and information technology distribution as well as car rental, announced that Speedmate, its all-inclusive car care brand, has launched car detailing services with the German premium brand Sonax Car-care, according to a press release dated September 5. Speedmate announced that it had opened a "car servicing/detailing multi-shop" at the Ikea Goyang store with Alles, the loca...
    UK PM pushes petrol and diesel car ban to 2035 from 2030
    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has delayed a ban on new petrol and diesel cars as part of exemptions and delays to several of the country’s green policies in a major change to the government's approach to achieving net zero by 2050, according to an official press release dated September 20. The government has moved back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission, according to the statement, which added that the mo...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics introduces online training for modern technicians
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics, a provider of original diagnostic tools and technical support, has announced the launch of its Automotive Training Academy's innovative online training platform, according to a press release by the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), dated September 7. The move is in response to the pressing demand for up-to-the-minute training amidst the rise of electric vehicles, hybrids and intricate vehicle systems, the release ...
    MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers renews call for federal solution on Right to Repair
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it recognizes the step forward made by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in identifying the need to address protocols for the open access implementation of the Massachusetts Data Access Law, according to a press release dated August 23. ...
    SunCar Technology evaluates collaboration with Starr Strategic Holdings
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive aftersales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, evaluated the potential of a partnership with insurance firm Starr Strategic Holdings, according to a press release dated September 8. The company said its Chairman and CEO Ye Zaichang recently met with X. Rick Niu, the president of Starr Strategic Holdings LLC. Starr Strategic Holdings is the division of Starr Insurance ...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway acquires UK’s Arden Motors
    Lithia & Driveway, an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced the acquisition of the Arden businesses representing BMW, MINI and Motorrad in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, according to a press release dated September 1. Commenting on the acquisition, Neil Williamson, Regional President, United Kingdom, said, “Following LAD’s entrance into the UK with the Jardine Motors Group earlier this year, we ...
    SunCar Technology Group expands overseas car services
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive after-sales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, announced that it has renewed its one-year overseas airport pickup service agreement with Bank of Communications Ltd. (BoComm), the fifth largest bank in China, according to a press release dated September 7. SunCar said its overseas airport service covers 213 overseas airports worldwide, including in the US, the UK, Canada, ...
    Hella Gutmann partners for battery diagnostics for workshops
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of automotive supplier Hella that operates under the brand Forvia, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Battery Quick Check GmbH, a joint venture of Twaice and TÜV Rheinland, to develop an evaluation procedure for the real state of health (SoH) of an electric vehicle's power pack for workshops, according to a press release dated August 31. Workshops that operate Hella Gurmann’s Mega Macs X diagnostic device in configurati...
    Caruso partners up with Renault for vehicle-data access
    Multibrand in-vehicle data provider Caruso announced that it has signed an agreement with Renault Group that allows Caruso’s customers to access the vehicle’s data such as mileage or geoposition without the need to install any additional device, according to a press release dated August 30. The data will be fully compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Caruso data marketplace is currently one of the leading platforms for real-time in-vehicle data in Europe, the relea...
    Japan’s Marubeni acquires Mexican car maintenance company Radial Llantas
    Japanese trading company Marubeni Corp. has announced the acquisition of Mexican car maintenance company Radial Llantas (RL) by increasing its stake in the company from 49% to 80%, according to a press release dated August 21. RL is the largest independent car maintenance chain in Mexico. Its services include the sale and replacement of tires and other consumables, and the provision of related maintenance. Since October 2016, when Marubeni first invested in the company, RL’s network of stor...
    US-based auto repair network RepairPal partners with fintech firm Lendflow
    RepairPal, a US-based auto repair network, has announced a strategic partnership with Lendflow, a fintech company specializing in innovative lending solutions, to provide shops with access to financing options when seeking new tools and/or shop upgrades, according to a press release dated August 29. With the move, the Certified RepairPal shop network will now have the opportunity to quickly access the funds they need to meet staffing demands, stock up on inventory, as well as finance large eq...
    UK’s National Franchised Dealers Association welcomes new MOT recall measure
    The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, has welcomed the policy move that allows vehicle recalls to now appear on the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test certificates, according to a press release dated August 16. The vehicle recall system is a safety mechanism for motorists to return their car to their dealership to have warranty recalls repaired free of charge to adhere to regulations. Apart from the rep...
    EV charging cable specialist WAI Global launches portable charger
    Rotating electrics supplier and electric vehicle charging cable specialist WAI Global announced that it has launched the Recharge 3000 portable EV charger, providing professional services with an EV range extension of 10 miles, according to a press release dated August 15 from the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The model sits above its Recharge 2000 model in the range and offers professional services a 3-kW power bank perfect for vehicl...
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