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    GM and Canada’s Lithion partner for circular EV battery ecosystem
    Canada-based Lithion Recycling and US automaker General Motors have announced that GM Ventures, the automaker's investment arm, has made a strategic investment in Lithion's Series A financing round, supporting a new GM-Lithion strategic partnership agreement to pursue a circular battery ecosystem using Lithion's advanced battery recycling technology, according to a press release dated 22 September. This collaboration between GM and Lithion will focus on: validation of Lithion's recovered batt...
    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 ...
    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...
    German auto body develops tool to identify EV quick-charging points
    VDA or the German Association of the Automotive Industry, has announced that its subsidiary Automotive Quality Institute GmbH (AQI GmbH) has developed a tool that can identify the need for quick-charging points for electric cars along highways throughout Germany, according to a press release dated 7 September. The tool is said to help charging station operators and others expand the quick-charging infrastructure along highways and federal roadways. This innovation focuses on the demand analys...
    Ford updates its BlueCruise hands-free driving software
    Ford Motor Company has announced that it is launching BlueCruise 1.2 and Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2 with new features—including hands-free lane changing—and system updates to create more of a human-like driving feel. BlueCruise is the company’s semi-autonomous hands-free highway driving feature and Activeglide is Lincoln's version of Ford Bluecruise. Both updates include three new features: Lane Change Assist enables system to perform a hands-free lane change when requested by the driver t...
    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 ...
    Lexus India rolls out service package for its flood affected cars in Bengaluru, India
    Japanese luxury car manufacturer, Lexus India, has announced a ‘Lexus Cares Package’ for its owners affected by the incessant torrential rains in Bengaluru, India, according to a press release dated 7 September. Parts of Bengaluru, also known as India's tech capital, have witnessed unprecedented rains over the past few days, halting life in the city amid fears of further disruptions over the coming days. Under the package, Lexus India will extend special support and rates for repairs of t...
    Nissan Motor expands vehicle subscription service in Japan
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co has announced via a press release dated 4 September that it has added three new vehicle models to its vehicle subscription service 'Nissan ClickMobi’. The models are the electric vehicles Nissan Leaf, Nissan Sakura, and the redesigned Nissan Xtrail which was launched in the Japanese market on 25 July. Launched in March 2020, Nissan ClickMobi is a subscription service for Nissan vehicles that is inclusive of various expenses such as vehicle inspection, maint...
    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...
    Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar introduces new windshield wiper blades
    Jeep Performance Parts introduced new windshield wiper blades for Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator, according to a press release dated 9 August by PRNewswire.  The key element of the new JPP performance wipers are 12 laser-cut holes along each blade, creating wet jets that release washer fluid along the entire length, flooding the dirty windshield glass as the blade travels along its arc. Dirt and debris are washed away on the first stroke.  With the vehicle's standard spray nozz...
    Connected fleet solutions provider, MiX Telematics, collaborates with Hino Trucks
    US-based leading global provider of connected fleet and mobile asset management solutions, MiX Telematics, is collaborating with Hino Trucks’ Edge to become an authorized Hino data services partner, according to a press release dated 9 August. MiX Telematics develops and implements connected fleet and mobile asset management solutions for customers across the globe.  This collaboration will provide MiX customers in North America that operate Hino trucks with rich data sets, inform...
    US-based PARTS iD Q2 FY 2022 net revenue USD104.3 million, down 20% from Q1 2022
    PARTS iD, the owner and operator of, among other verticals, “CARiD.com,” a leading digital commerce platform for the automotive aftermarket, today announced results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2022 via a press release dated 8 August.  The financial highlights of the release are: Net revenue for second quarter 2022 was USD104.3 million, a decrease of 20.1% as compared to second quarter 2021 and an increase of 9.9% as compared to first quarter 2022. Gros...
    Cummins completes acquisition of Meritor for USD3.7 billion
    Cummins, a US-based power solutions provider, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Meritor, a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets via a press release dated 3 August.  The acquisition of Meritor is expected to be immediately accretive to Cummins’ adjusted EPS and generate annual pre-tax run-rate synergies of approximately USD130 million by year three after ...
    Hengst Filtration to showcase range at IAA Transportation trade fair
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany based specialist in liquid and air filtration has announced that it will demonstrate its filtration solutions for future mobility to the IAA Transportation trade fair between 19 and 25 September in Hanover, according to a press release dated 27 July. IAA Transportation is a trade fair for logistics, commercial vehicles, buses and the transportation sector. Hengst believes in the commercial vehicle segment, fuel cell systems will be a key future technology for sust...
    US-based Volta to install EV charging stations in Hoboken, New Jersey
    Volta, a US-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider, has announced a partnership with the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, US, to install 25 conveniently located public EV charging stalls for the City’s residents, visitors, and commuters over the next 18 months, according to a press release dated 21 July. The addition of the new Volta charging stalls will more than double the number of public EV charging ports available in Hoboken, and both entities may partner to bring even more ...
    Automotive coatings firm XPEL announces tie-up with Rivian
    XPEL, a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection, and automotive window films, has announced that it has been selected as the exclusive supplier to Rivian Automotive LLC for their new paint protection film (PPF) factory direct program, according to a press release dated 12 July. By the terms of the agreement, Rivian Automotive will offer factory direct PPF options to its customers ordering t...
    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...
    Quantron strengthens its sales, service and strategy unit
    German e-mobility specialist Quantron, which is a spin-off of the Haller Group, strengthens its sales, service and strategy unit with appointment of three new executives, according to a press release dated 13 July. Quantron AG is filling further strategically important positions in Service & Customer Care, Sales Team, and Corporate & Product Strategy. Tobias Steffen takes on the lead for the sales team and structure and Dr. Srinath Rengarajan joins the Strategy unit as Senio...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres to exit Russian market
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 28 June that its Board of Directors have decided to initiate a controlled exit from the Russian market. The company said that it is no longer feasible nor sustainable for it to continue operations in Russia due to the war in Ukraine and the subsequent, tightening sanctions. According to the announcement, the exit preparations will start immediately, and the company will evaluate different options for the exit and the company sa...
    Toyota joins battery supply chain body in Japan to boost competitiveness
    Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it has joined the Battery Supply Chain Council or Battery Association for Supply Chain (BASC), a Japan based organization that promotes the strengthening of the international competitiveness of the battery supply chain and industries related to battery materials, parts and raw materials, according to a press release dated 24 June. BASC has Isao Abe, executive officer of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co as its chairman and the organization ...
    Renault, Vitesco partner to develop power electronics for electric and hybrid powertrains
    Renault Group, French automaker, and Vitesco Technologies, global automotive supplier of electric mobility and powertrain components, announced the signing of a strategic partnership for the joint development and the production of power electronics in a so-called “One Box” for electric and hybrid powertrains, according to a press release dated 12 July. Under this agreement, both partners will contribute their know-how and experience to jointly develop a power electronics concept that is u...
    ZF board member for aftermarket Holger Klein elevated to chairman, CEO
    German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has announced that Holger Klein, Member of the Board of Management responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, car chassis technology division, aftermarket and production, will succeed Wolf-Henning Scheider as chairman and CEO of the company at the beginning of 2023, according to a press release dated 8 July. Klein joined ZF in 2014 as an international industry expert from McKinsey management consultancy. Starting in 2015, he led the integration of U...
    OSRAM announces the closing of the sale of the AMLS business to Plastic Omnium
    German lighting major OSRAM has announced the closing of the sale of the Automotive Lighting Systems (AMLS) business to Plastic Omnium, according to a press release dated 1 July. OSRAM will continue to be a key supplier of automotive LED and optical components to Plastic Omnium, the release added. AMLS was established on 1 October 2021 following the dissolution of the OSRAM Continental joint venture. AMLS combines lighting technology with electronics and software to develop smart and innovati...
    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...
    CATL launches EVOGO battery swap services in Hefei, China
    Contemporary Amperex Energy Service Technology Ltd. (CAES), a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest EV battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL), has launched its EVOGO battery swap services in Hefei, the capital of east China's Anhui Province, the company announced on 18 June 2022. The company said that it has installed and started operations at three EV battery swap stations in Hefei so far, which becomes the second city after Xiamen where CATL has l...
    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...
    ŠKODA Auto, partners commit to construct EV charging infrastructure in Prague
    Czechia-based carmaker ŠKODA Auto has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Prague authorities and the energy company PRE, to jointly set up EV charging infrastructure in the capital, ŠKODA announced on 21 June 2022. Under the joint commitment, the three parties aim to build 100 high-performance (or HPC) chargers by the end of 2025. “To this end, a working group was set up to find the ideal locations for the HPC chargers,” the company said in its official note. According to an esti...
    Volkswagen, Siemens make joint equity investment of USD450 million in Electrify America
    Volkswagen Group and Siemens have made a joint equity investment of USD450 million to support the growth of Electrify America, one of the largest public fast charging networks for electric vehicles in North America, VW said in a statement on 28 June 2022. Siemens, which has invested with a low triple-digit million USD through its financing arm Siemens Financial Services (SFS), becomes a minority shareholder in Electrify America and gets a seat on the company’s board, the company said. It ad...
    Lynk & Co announces Castrol as its recommended lubricant supplier across Europe
    Automaker Lynk & Co, formed as a joint venture between Geely Holding, Geely Auto Group, and Volvo Car Group, has entered into a five-year agreement with Castrol for the supply of premium lubricants in all of the markets in which it operates across Europe, according to a press release by Castrol on 23 June. According to the agreement, Castrol EDGE Professional V 0W-20 lubricant will be used during regular servicing and maintenance work on Lynk & Co vehicles. Lynk & Co offers member...
    Toyota, Redwood Materials partner for closed-loop battery ecosystem
    Toyota Motor North America has announced that it will collaborate with battery recycling startup Redwood Materials to explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota's proposed battery ecosystem, according to a press release dated 21 June. Initially, this collaboration will focus on the collection, testing, and recycling of Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries. The companies will then look to expand into other areas such as battery health screening and data management, remanufac...
    BASF to build battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany
    German chemical company BASF has announced that it will build a commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, according to a press release dated 20 June. This investment is said to strengthen BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide. The site is an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities given the presence of many EV car manufacturers and cell producers in Central Europe. This investment will crea...
    Polaris sells Transamerican Auto Parts business to aftermarket distributor Wheel Pros
    Polaris, a US-based powersports company, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP) business to Wheel Pros, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of proprietary branded aftermarket vehicle enhancements for light trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), passenger cars and ATVs/UTVs, according to a press release dated 16 June. The transaction includes TAP’s full portfolio of operations, including all brands, product lines, manufac...
    Renault Group acquires Fixter to support its independent aftermarket activities in Europe
    French carmaker Renault Group has announced that it has acquired a start-up called Fixter, which is a digital platform connecting retail and professional customers to local garages for vehicle maintenance across all brands, according to a press release dated 10 June. Renault says this acquisition is part of the digitalization of the group's aftersales business unit. Founded in London in 2017 by Limvirak Chea, Frédéric Dermer, and Cristian Vrabie, Fixter has fast established itself in the ma...
    Chemical firm BASF launches material for sensor protection
    German chemical company BASF has announced the launch of a material called polybutylene terephthalate Ultradur B4335G3 HR HSP, which protects sensitive electronics such as sensors from degradation due to exposure to extreme conditions, according to a press release dated 16 May. Automotive electronics such as delicate wheel speed sensors, which are positioned next to the wheels, are routinely exposed to extreme climatic conditions such as splash water and salt. They play a crucial role in the ...
    Sweden-based CTEK delivers 1,000 EV charging points in Stockholm
    Swedish battery management company CTEK has announced that it is working with Stockholm Parking to install more than 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the new 18,000-square-meter ’Norra Stationsparken’ parking garage in Hagastaden, on the outskirts of Stockholm, according to a press release dated 23 May. ​This new parking garage in Hagastaden, one of Stockholm's largest urban development areas, has three underground floors offering parking for residents and visitors, and ev...
    Porsche India launches Porsche Approved business
    The Indian arm of German carmaker Porsche announced that it has launched the Porsche Approved program across the country with a comprehensive warranty on pre-owned cars for a minimum of 12 months, including access to the Porsche Assistance 24-hour roadside service, according to a press release dated 8 June, which added that the vehicles pass a rigorous 111-point inspection. The 12-month warranty includes repairs to all vehicle components including labor charges, except consumables and we...
    CLEPA: EU’s 100% CO2 reduction target puts half a million auto supplier jobs at risk
    Sigrid de Vries, the Secretary General of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has strongly opposed a decision by the European Parliament to phase out all carbon dioxide (CO2) emitting light vehicles by 2035, according to an official statement by CLEPA dated 8 June. On 8 June, a majority of MEP’s (Members of the European Parliament) approved the target of reaching zero-emission or 100% reduction of CO2 emissions for new passenger cars and light-duty vehicles by 2035, as ...
    Ford launches technician training programs in three new locations in the US
    US-based carmaker Ford announced that it is expanding the curriculum and adding locations to its premier training program designed to add more specially trained automotive technicians to a fast-growing field that now includes electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release dated 6 June. The initiative, known as Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET), is a collaboration between Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers and select community colleges and technical schoo...
    Symbio, Schaeffler establish an equal JV to produce fuel cell bipolar plates
    Symbio, a Faurecia and Michelin joint venture (JV) company, and Schaeffler have signed an agreement for establishing an equal JV company to produce fuel cell bipolar plates (BPP) for global mobility and energy solutions, Schaeffler announced on 7 June 2022. The new JV company, which will be located in Haguenau, France, will be established and become operational under the brand name Innoplate by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, start of production is planned for early 2024 at its Haguenau-based pro...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Global tire and wheel trade fair held in Germany
    Global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGNE, which was held from 24 to 26 May in Germany, is said to have seen participation from 12,000 trade visitors from 100 countries with around 300 exhibiting companies and brands from 35 countries, according to a press release dated 26 May. The event saw discussions around solutions relating to the themes of sustainability, digitalization, and the future of mobility. It presented innovations and products from the segments such as tires and wheels, au...
    Automotive Logistics Forum held in Friedrichshafen, Germany
    The Automotive Logistics Forum was organized at Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany on 18 and 19 May by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Logistics Association (BVL) with an aim to sharpen the focus on logistics, supply chain management, and automotive production, according to a press release dated 18 May. The event saw over than 40 speakers from OEMs, suppliers, logistics service providers, consulting companies and research provide information, assessments, ...
    CLEPA 2022 Aftermarket Conference: suppliers push for automotive-specific legislation on data access
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, reiterated the need for a sector-specific legislation to ensure fair and equal access for all providers to create a competitive market for the benefit of consumers, according to a press release dated 3 June. The discussion on access to in-vehicle data was one of the topics in focus at the 13th edition of its annual Aftermarket Conference held from 1–2 June in Brussels. Other topics included mobility use cases and dataplaces, according to...
    Castrol to expand service network in India as part of tie up with Jio-bp, MG Motor
    Carmaker MG Motor India and lubricant firm Castrol India are set to collaborate with Jio-bp to explore mobility solutions for electric cars, according to a press release dated 2 June. Under the partnership, Jio-bp, MG Motor and Castrol will explore setting up four-wheeler electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and expand Castrol’s existing auto service network to cater to EV customers. Jio-bp or Reliance BP Mobility Limited is an Indian fuels and mobility joint venture between Reliance ...
    Autopromotec 2022: Exide Technologies unveils new corporate identity
    Exide Technologies, a Paris, France-based provider of advanced energy storage solutions for the automotive and industrial markets, announced that it participated in the recently held Autopromotec 2022 in Bologna, Italy, and unveiled its fresh new corporate identity at the exhibition, according to a press release dated 25 May. The company said that its identity includes a new logo, new color scheme and new stand design. It reiterated its stance on sustainability by showcasing its Absorbent Gla...
    Sumitomo Rubber starts retailing its IMS repair kit at Dunlop outlets
    Japan-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries has announced that it has started retailing its temporary flat tire repair kit IMS or Instant Mobility System through its Dunlop chain of retail outlets, Tire Select and Tire Land, according to a press release dated 18 May. Claimed to eliminate the need for spare tires, the tire puncture emergency repair kit IMS comes in two sizes, one for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and large vehicles, and one for small and medium-sized vehicles and light vehicles. ...
    US remanufacturer BBB Industries visual customer service technology TechEyeQ
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced that it is simplifying the way its customers diagnose and repair their vehicles with its new customer service technology, TechEyeQ, according to a press release dated 10 May. Using TechEyeQ, customers can have real-time, live interaction with BBB’s technical services team to identify and resolve their problem quickly and effectively, the company said. Significance: “TechEyeQ is a gamechanger. It is...
    US remanufacturer BBB Industries acquired by Clearlake Capital
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Clearlake Capital Group with continued investment by Genstar Capital and BBB’s management team, according to a press release dated 19 May. Upon closing the transaction, Clearlake will become majority shareholders of BBB; financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the release added. The transaction is expected to close later th...
    Tesla launches new Full Self-Driving Beta update
    Tesla has started using a new FSD beta software update (2022.12.3.10), Electrek reported on 19 May. According to the article, it is the most extensive to date. The automaker has upgraded decision making framework for unprotected left turns, improved creeping for visibility using more accurate lane geometry and higher resolution occlusion detection, reduced instances of attempting difficult turns through better integration with object future predictions during lane selection, upgraded planner to ...
    Natron, Clarios tie-up to produce sodium-ion batteries
    Clarios, a US-based supplier of energy storage solutions to the OEM and aftermarket, and Natron Energy, Inc., a US-based manufacturer of sodium-ion batteries, jointly announced a strategic agreement to manufacture the world’s first mass-produced sodium-ion batteries, according to a press release dated 4 May. Clarios’ Meadowbrook facility in Michigan will become the world’s largest sodium-ion battery plant when mass production begins in 2023, the release added. “Clarios is excited to w...
    Schaeffler Group’s Q1 2022 automotive aftermarket revenue EUR463 million, up 2.1% y/y
    German automotive supplier Schaeffler Group announced via press release on 9 May that its automotive aftermarket division reported EUR463 million (around USD493 million) in revenue for the first quarter of 2022, representing constant-currency revenue growth of 2.1% from EUR444 million (around USD473 million) in the first quarter of 2021. The division earned EUR63 million (around USD67 million) in EBIT before special items, representing an EBIT margin before special items of 13.6% over ...
    Volvo Cars to integrate EV charging, payment functionalities in Volvo Cars app
    Volvo Cars plans to integrate a wide variety of electric vehicle (EV) charging functions and payment features into its Volvo Cars app as it aims to offer its EV customers an easy-to-use app experience, the company said on 19 May 2022. The move is part of the Swedish carmaker’s strategy to become a pure EV manufacturer by 2030. The company said that with the Volvo Cars app, pure electric Volvo car drivers will not only be able to find hundreds of thousands of public EV charging stations arou...
    Blink Charging reports Q1 2022 revenue USD9.8 million, up 339% y/y
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, announced via a press release dated 9 May that for the first quarter ended 31 March its total revenues were USD9.8 million, up 339% compared to USD2.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. Product sales increased 382% to USD8.1 million, up USD6.4 million from the same period in 2021 primarily driven by increased sales of commercial chargers, DC fast chargers, and residential c...
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK gearing up for shift to e-mobility
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK has restructured itself to better prepare for the shift to e-mobility, translating its OE expertise more robustly into the repair sector and supplying workshops and wholesalers with the right spare parts and service solutions, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 10 May. According to the release, the company is helping independent workshops in the introduction of new concepts and services to motorists, providing the necessary equipment, the right sp...
    LIQUI MOLY launches two products for EVs
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has announced the introduction of a coolant for fuel cells as well as a special transmission fluid solely for electric vehicles, according to a release dated 13 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The Fuel Cell Coolant FCF 20 by LIQUI MOLY based on ethylene glycol, combined with non-ionic additives, exhibits very low electrical conductivity and combines optimum thermal dissipation with ...
    Yokohama Rubber develops tech to estimate tire wear using a sensor
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that it has developed a technology to detect the wear level of passenger car tires by analyzing the sensing waveform obtained from a sensor that can be pasted on the inner surface of a tire using its own signal processing technology, according to a press release dated 21 April. The sensor is being jointly developed with Alps Alpine Co, a Tokyo-based manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems. Through a sensor affi...
    thyssenkrupp Automotive, NSK Steering to explore JV
    Japan-based NSK, a manufacturer of intelligent steering systems, engine and transmission bearings, and bearings and German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG, a supplier of automotive parts such as steering systems, dampers, camshafts, chassis, and body-in-white (BIW), have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a joint venture (JV) between NSK Steering and thyssenkrupp Automotive, according to a press release dated 12 May. The steering businesses of both companies are highly compleme...
    Toyota extends Kinto Factory service in Japan to its GR Series
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced via a press release dated 27 April that it has extended its Kinto Factory service roll-out in Japan to GR or Gazoo Racing models as well starting with the Yaris. The service, which involves existing Toyota owners getting the option to retrofit various features in their vehicles, originally began with Toyota Lexus models. It is in response to more customers increasingly holding on to their cars for longer. Dubbed ‘GR Upgrade Selection’, the service in...
    Tenneco supplies Monroe suspensions for Mercedes-AMG SL Roadsters
    US-based automotive components and systems supplier Tenneco has announced that the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class Roadsters will feature two of the latest intelligent suspension technologies from the company’s Monroe brand, according to a press release dated 16 May. The models will be offered with Tenneco's CVSA2 semi-active suspension or integrated CVSA2/Kinetic suspension. Both the components are now in production at Tenneco's recently expanded ride performance manufacturing complex in Gliwice, ...
    Shell signs agreement to sell retail and lubricants businesses in Russia
    Shell Overseas Investments B.V. and B.V. Dordtsche Petroleum Maatschappij—subsidiaries of petrochemical company Shell—have signed an agreement to sell Shell Neft LLC, which owns Shell’s retail and lubricants businesses in Russia, to PJSC Lukoil, according to a press release dated 12 May. PJSC Lukoil Oil Company is a Russian multinational energy corporation headquartered in Moscow, specializing in the business of extraction, production, transport, and sale of petroleum, natural gas, and pet...
    EV charging platform Driivz, nrg Supply partner to accelerate EV charging in Greece
    Driivz EV charging has announced via press release on 10 May that it partnered with alternative electricity and natural gas provider nrg Supply and Trading S.A. (nrg) in Greece to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) charging in the region.   Doron Frenkel, CEO of Driivz, said, “It is an honor to be chosen by nrg as they are becoming a leading player in e-Mobility. nrg, as a utility offering electricity to EV chargers from 100% renewable energy sources, shares our vision of...
    US-based Lightning eMotors partners with Perrone Robotics for retrofit autonomous tech
    Lightning eMotors, a provider of zero emission medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, and Perrone Robotics have partnered to offer Class 3–7 commercial fleet customers self-driving, electric fleet vehicles that can be deployed for a wide range of dedicated uses, according to a press release dated 9 May. The partnership expands Lightning’s zero-emissions electric vehicle (EV) platform offerings to include Perrone’s autonomous vehicle (AV)-powered...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA urges members to comply with sanctions on Russia
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, has called on its members to comply with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries on Russia or Belarus, according to a statement dated 9 May. The distributor body said the safest and most effective way to ensure compliance with the sanctions is to cease all commercial activities with Russia and Belarus and it urged all operators in the automotiv...
    Blink Charging acquires UK-based Electric Blue for USD23.4 million
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, announced via a press release dated 26 April that its wholly owned European subsidiary, Blink Holdings BV, has acquired Electric Blue Ltd. (EB Charging), a provider of integrated EV charging and sustainable energy solutions based in the United Kingdom. According to the company, the acquisition marks its first entry into the UK and adds more than 1,150 chargers, installed or co...
    HELLA and MINTH open second production plant in China
    HELLA MINTH Jiaxing Automotive Parts Co. Ltd, a joint venture of automotive supplier HELLA and the MINTH Group, has put a second production plant into operation in the Chinese city of Jiaxing, according to a press release from HELLA dated 3 May. With the new location, HELLA MINTH Jiaxing primarily serves the further increasing demand for radomes, which are permeable covers for radar systems that can be manufactured in special designs according to customer requirements and embedded, for example, ...
    Motorcar Parts of America receives order for inverter test system
    Motorcar Parts of America, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts based in the United States, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary D&V Electronics has received an order for an automated inverter test system from Taiwan’s Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) to support the development of electric vehicles and related technologies, a press release dated 9 May read. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The company says the traction inverter is ...
    Valeo launches Valeo Rescuer accident detection system
    French automotive supplier Valeo has announced the launch of Valeo Rescuer, an accident detection system for vehicles not equipped with an eCall system from the factory, according to a press release dated 26 April. The device can be plugged into the cabin’s cigarette lighter (12V socket) and it will alert emergency services within, on average, 90 seconds in the event of an accident at anytime and anywhere in Europe, according to the company. It provides automatic accident detection with its...
    Tenneco introduces hybrid friction material for ICE, electric cars
    Global automotive supplier of powertrain and chassis components, Tenneco has introduced advanced OE hybrid friction material composites that simultaneously serve braking performance and comfort requirements in both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles (EVs), the company said on 21 April 2022. The innovative new hybrid friction material combines the advantages of low steel and non-asbestos-organic composites in one concept for brake pads, it said. Commenting on the new produc...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed again
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 18 April announced that United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice on 15 April, informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the resurgence of a demanding criminal trial schedule, resumption of long delayed in-court non-trial proceedings coupled with insistent writin...
    All new Volvos can now receive OTA software updates
    Volvo has announced that all its new car models will be available with over-the-air (OTA) software update capability, a company press release on 7 April read. The OTA capability is available in the latest XC90, S60, and V60 models, with the company’s entire lineup able receive an update of the operating system over the air. The infotainment system will be upgraded Android 11 with the OTA update this week with access to new app categories on Google Play, including navigation, charging and pa...
    US ‘Right to Repair’ legislation receives further lawmaker support
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 13 April welcomed US Representative Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) for co-sponsoring the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair’ Act (REPAIR Act). The Association was joined by Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition, and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in applauding Davi...
    MAHLE Chairman and CEO Matthias Arleth to leave the company
    German supplier of powertrain and thermal components MAHLE announced on 15 April 2022 that the company and its current chairman of the management board and chief executive officer Matthias Arleth have mutually decided to terminate the contract. As a result, Arleth, 54, will leave the company by the end of April. “This step is due to differing opinions on the future strategic orientation of the group,” the company said in a statement. Notably, Arleth had joined the technology group in Janu...
    Germany’s KW automotive introduces coilover suspension for Polestar 2
    KW automotive, a Germany based supplier providing individual chassis solutions for road and racing, has announced that it has developed the KW V3 coilover suspension for the long-range dual-engine models of the Polestar 2 with all-wheel drive, according to a press release dated 7 April. The chassis, which is independently adjustable in the compression and rebound stages, gives the mid-size sedan with its two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors a harmonious handling, according to the ...
    Dayco partners with Nuvera for fuel cell vehicle solutions
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive industry with its aftermarket headquarters in Italy, has entered a strategic partnership with Nuvera Fuel Cells, a US-based manufacturer of heavy-duty, zero-emission fuel cell engines for on- and off-road mobility, according to a press release dated 9 March. This association aims to combine the companies’ capabilities to design and develop advanced fully integrated fuel cell solutions for a wide range of commer...
    US-based remanufacturer BBB Industries expands range
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has launched 14 SKUs to its Remy brand of starters and alternators covering over 3.9 million vehicles, according to a press release dated 12 April. BBB Industries is involved in the sustainable manufacturing of starters, alternators, hydraulic and air disc brake calipers, hydraulic and electronic power steering products, and turbochargers for the OEM, passenger, industrial, and commercial vehicle aftermarket indus...
    ZF Aftermarket reiterates commitment to remanufacturing
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has reiterated its commitment to remanufacturing in recognition of Global Remanufacturing Day, according to a press release dated 14 April. The company said that remanufacturing has enabled the Group to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and save energy every year: In 2020 for example, it reduced its global CO2 emissions by an estimated 12,444 tons and realized an estimated energy savin...
    HELLA June-February aftermarket sales up 17% y/y at EUR431 million
    German aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA has reported a 17.0% year-on-year (y/y) increase in aftermarket sales in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2021–22 (1 June 2021 to 28 February 2022) to EUR431 million (prior year: EUR369 million), according to a press release dated 7 April. The company attributed the increase to growth in its independent spare parts business, which is said to have developed extraordinarily well in many national markets. The busines...
    Comdata partners with Motorq to streamline EV fleet management
    Payment solutions provider Comdata, announced via a press release on 5 April the launch of a new solution in partnership with Motorq, a leading connected-car data and analytics company. According to the release, the solution would enable the capture of charge event data directly from electric vehicles (EV) and allow for fleet managers to accurately pay employees for EV charging costs—even when employees charge company vehicles at home. Widespread EV adoption for fleets continue to face impe...
    ATC Drivetrain opens EV battery and powertrain lab in North America
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturer of automotive powertrain and drivetrain systems, announced via a press release dated 5 April that it has launched remanufacturing capabilities for electrified vehicle systems at its Oklahoma City, Okla, facility will serve the North American automotive market. The investment allows ATC to remanufacture batteries and electric drive units for hybrid and battery electric vehicles, according to the release, which added that the move represents the ne...
    Wireless EV charging firm WiTricity to deploy its solution in Detroit
    WiTricity, a US-based wireless EV charging firm today announced that it has been awarded a USD50,000 grant by the state of Michigan and the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to deploy an electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging station at the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL), according to a press release dated 17 March. The DSPL is operated by the American Center for Mobility (ACM) and is an open innovation platform and real-world testing site for parking-related mobility, logistics and EV charg...
    HELLA develops new multifunctional, individualized panels for EVs
    Lighting and electrical specialist HELLA has developed a front-end panel concept for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release published by the automotive supplier on 24 March. The front-end panels are designed to integrate lighting technologies and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The supplier’s expertise in lighting and electrical areas has enabled the integration of front radar covers, so-called radomes, radar sensors, lidar, cameras for ADAS, and headlamp...
    UK AFCAR pushes for aftermarket inclusion in vehicle tampering debate
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR), a coalition comprising automotive trade associations and commercial organizations, formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upholding the rights of the independent aftermarket and consumers in the post-Brexit era has pushed for aftermarket inclusion in the ongoing vehicle tampering debate, according to a released dated 8 April by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The UK Government is ...
    Continental launches volume production of tires made from recycled PET bottles
    Continental has launched volume production tires made from recycled polyester yarn obtained from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, according to a press release published by Continental on 5 April. The new material initially will be available in selected sizes for Continental’s PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 summer tires and the AllSeasonContact tire. These tires are produced with a special logo ‘Contains Recycled Material’ on the sidewall to depict ContiRe.Tex technol...
    Honda expands used car subscription service in Japan
    Japanese carmaker Honda has announced that it has expanded its used car subscription service called Honda Monthly Owner to 378 locations in 47 prefectures nationwide from Thursday, 7 April, according to a company release dated 7 April. Honda says it is the only Japanese automaker that provides a monthly basis subscription service. It says its service can be used for as little a time as one month and 3,900 people are said to have registered as a member for the service. “As the automotive ...
    Valvoline appoints Lori Flees as President of its Retail Services segment
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has named Lori Flees as the president of its Retail Services business segment reporting directly to CEO Sam Mitchell, according to a press release dated 30 March. Flees joins Valvoline after nearly a decade with Walmart where she most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of its Health and Wellness division, the release added. As president of Valvoline Retail Services, the company s...
    Ireland unveils national EV charging infrastructure strategy
    Ireland’s Department of Transport has launched ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022–2025’ wherein the country aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by setting up an EV charging ecosystem to support 194,000 electric cars and vans by 2025, according to a draft published by the Transport Department on 31 March. The charging infrastructure outline includes partnerships between the Department of Transport and a range of stakeholders, including indust...
    Aftermarket coalition welcomes EU Data Act proposal but calls for automotive specific legislation
    A broad coalition representing a wide range of major automotive aftermarket stakeholders, as well as operators in the mobility services value chain, consumers, the insurance and the tire industries has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a European Union’s (EU) Data Act, according to a press release on FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, dated 23 February. However, the coalition believes the Act will not be sufficient on its o...
    Continental rolls out TPMS Pro for commercial vehicles and fleets
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental has expanded its commercial vehicle servicing product range with TPMS Update Plus Transport for tire pressure monitoring and maintenance of tire pressure monitoring systems, according to a press release dated 24 March. The company says the TPMS Pro service unit has been used in the passenger automobile sector for many years, and with this update, commercial vehicle tire workshops and fleet operators c...
    Adani Total Gas to set up 1,500 EV charging stations across India
    Adani Total Gas has announced plans to set up 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) across India, it said via a press release on 27 March. The company also has an expansion plan depending on the demand generation and momentum building of EV ecosystem in the country. It recently unveiled its first EVCS in Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat. “The Commencement of EV business with setting up the first charging station in Ahmedabad is yet another milestone for Adani Total Gas t...
    Perrone Robotics advances retrofit autonomous vehicle kit program
    Perrone Robotics, a US-based provider of fully autonomous vehicle technology, announced via a press release dated 30 March that its collaboration partner Roush Industries, a provider of engineering, testing, prototype, and manufacturing services to the transportation sector, has completed the first phase of the integration of Perrone’s TONY autonomous vehicle retrofit kit. The new fully autonomous, zero-emissions, electric prototype will be the model for a large-volume production process th...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands line of OEM fuel modules
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, has announced that it has added new application coverage to its line of OEM fuel modules for popular European and domestic makes, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Porsche, and Volkswagen models, according to a press release dated 31 March. In addition to the new fuel modules, the line now also includes a new fuel tank sending unit for Land Rover models, t...
    Stellantis, LG Energy to invest over USD3.97 billion in setting up a Li-ion battery plant in Canada
    Amsterdam-based Stellantis N.V. and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) have signed a binding, definitive agreements to set up the first large-scale electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facility in Canada, LG Energy confirmed through an official note on 23 March 2022. The battery plant will be set up and managed by the joint venture company formed by Stellantis and LGES, it said, adding that the joint venture (JV) company will invest over CAD5 billion (USD3.97 billion) in...
    Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki introduces new aftersales scheme
    Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced the rollout of a new aftersales scheme called ‘Customer Convenience Package (CCP)’ for its customers, according to a press release dated 16 March 2022. CCP will cover customer vehicles for unforeseen failures in engine due to hydrostatic lock and fuel adulteration, the release added. Maruti Suzuki has over 4,200 service touchpoints across more than 2,100 cities in the country, and some of its aftersales solutions introduced over t...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India to be held in February 2024
    ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi, India, the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service, is scheduled to be held from 1–3 February, 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, according to a press release dated 7 March. The announcement was made by event organizers Messe Frankfurt India, the Indian arm of German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bridgestone suspends manufacturing activities and new investments in Russia
    Japanese multinational auto parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 14 March that it would be suspending local manufacturing in and exports to Russia in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukrainian region. According to the press release, the company, as part of its new corporate commitment “Bridgestone E8 Commitment”, will suspend all operations in its car tire plant located in Ulyanovsk, Russia, from 18 March, after communicating with its employees ...
    Sensata partners with Swedish firm NIRA Dynamics for tread depth monitoring solution
    Sensata Technologies, a US-based supplier of sensors and sensor-equipped solutions to the automotive industry, has announced a collaboration with Swedish automotive control systems and signal processing firm NIRA Dynamics AB, for a tire Tread Depth Monitoring (TDM) ‘virtual sensor’ system for automotive OEMs, according to a press release dated 16 March. Powered by NIRA Dynamics’ tread wear estimation software, the solution is designed to give vehicle OEMs, drivers and fleets timely alerts ...
    Honda Motor and Sony Group sign MoU to jointly develop BEVs
    Honda Motor Company Ltd and Sony Group Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an intent to establish a joint venture (JV) company to engage in the joint development and sales of high value-added battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the carmaker said on 4 March 2022. Honda said that the two companies signed the MoU after deepening their discussions on plans of forming a strategic alliance to tap the demand for BEVs and new mobility services in the future. In its official...
    Auto Care Association says Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 8 March that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of a delay to provide a decision on the court case due to “unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances, principally involving supervening but insistent writing responsibilities in other matters”. The battle over access to vehicle repair information has bee...
    HELLA to construct new tool warehouse in Austria
    German aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA has announced the expansion of its site in Großpetersdorf, Austria. Through its local unit, HELLA Fahrzeugteile Austria (HFA), the company is investing in the construction of a new tool warehouse on three levels with about 450 square meters and a logistics hall with 600 square meters, it said via a press release dated 9 March. In addition, the machinery is being renewed and expanded and the site is scheduled for completion by...
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