Electric vehicle sales hit new record in fourth quarter of 2021, Kelley Blue Book says

Electric vehicle popularity continues to grow – nearly half-a-million buyers bought an EV in 2021 – and the number of pure EV choices continues to improve. There were 25 different EV models sold in Q4 2021, and several new nameplates are on the horizon for 2022. 

Valeo names Christophe Périllat as CEO

Jacques Aschenbroich will continue to act as Chairman of the Board of Directors until the end of his current term of office as a Director.

TPMS overload? Here’s how aftermarket repair shops, distributors can solve it

Despite TPMS being a requirement on all new vehicles, it remains a sore point for many repair shops and tire dealers I’ve talked to. The reason is there are just too many makes, models and the TPMS requirements that come with them and this complicates stocking TPMS sensors both at the parts warehouse, stores and repair shops.

Supplier Spotlight: Meet Sangsin Brake, a leading global brake friction supplier

Sangsin manufactures friction products for both domestic and overseas companies in more than 90 countries, and is now Korea’s largest brake manufacturer.

Electric vehicle sales hit new record in fourth quarter of 2021, Kelley Blue Book says

Electric vehicle popularity continues to grow – nearly half-a-million buyers bought an EV in 2021 – and the number of pure EV choices continues to improve. There were 25 different EV models sold in Q4 2021, and several new nameplates are on the horizon for 2022. 

Valeo names Christophe Périllat as CEO

Jacques Aschenbroich will continue to act as Chairman of the Board of Directors until the end of his current term of office as a Director.

UAF launches heavy duty scholarships website

The Heavy Duty Scholarship Central portal offers scholarships for students studying diesel and commercial heavy duty technology and considering careers in the business of servicing or supplying parts and vehicle maintenance.

Apply for automotive scholarships by March 31

More than 400 scholarships to be awarded for 2022-23 school year.

Philips MasterDuty Lighting delivers tough, long-lasting performance for Class 2-8 commercial vehicles

Philips MasterDuty lamps are designed to provide the ultimate protection against mechanical shock and easily handle the extreme stress and vibration of rough terrain and damaged roadways.

Nano technology leader LSI Chemical signs South Korean distributor

KBI, located in Hwaseong City, South Korea, is a major importer of transportation-related products.

Federated ‘Free Fuel Fridays’ returns

The always popular Federated Free Fuel Fridays returns and Federated will announce four free-fuel winners each Friday through March 11 on its Federated Auto Parts and Federated Car Care Facebook pages.

Dana-customized Jeep Gladiator Truck hitting the road

A unique feature of the Dana-modified Jeep Gladiator truck is that some of the body components – including a majority of the vehicle’s bed – were built using the remnants of a 19th century steel bridge that was located in Sydney, Ohio. 

Dayco launches new CVT High Performance Belt Line

The full line of OE-quality powersports products includes application-specific belts that ensure reliability under any driving circumstance, the company says.

AASA adds livestream option to Global Summit

“After closely monitoring weather conditions, flight cancellations, and COVID-19 cases, we have decided to add an informal live stream option to the 2022 Global Summit,” AASA said in an email and on the event signup landing page.

Dayco introduces heavy-duty two-piece tensioner for Detroit Diesel 13 and 15 series engines

Vehicle makes and models with these specific engine types use a competitor’s dual tensioner assembly – a 1-piece tensioner that keeps tension on two belts – and while it’s been upgraded over time, is still very difficult to install. 

ASE Education Foundation names new officers and board

The officers and board were elected during the foundation’s recent meeting held in Arizona.

ASE partners with Michael Lewis for IMSA Racing Series

Throughout the 2022 season, the ASE 50th anniversary logo will be displayed prominently on Lewis’s race gear. In addition, Lewis will represent ASE at select functions, events and media interviews in conjunction with the race schedule.

Hot Shot’s Secret announces 2022 Facebook Live schedule

Kyle Fischer, Lubrication Specialties Inc. Director of Branding and Promotions, and Eric Trimble, Lubrication Specialties Inc. Marketing and Product Manager, are regular hosts.

Autopromotec 2022 pre-show guide now available online

More than 85 percent of the exhibit space at Bologna Fiere, the show fairgrounds, already has been reserved.

TPMS overload? Here’s how aftermarket repair shops, distributors can solve it

Despite TPMS being a requirement on all new vehicles, it remains a sore point for many repair shops and tire dealers I’ve talked to. The reason is there are just too many makes, models and the TPMS requirements that come with them and this complicates stocking TPMS sensors both at the parts warehouse, stores and repair shops.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Diagnosing Modern Chassis Systems

In this webinar, Gary Kimball and John Dixon with DRiV/Garage Gurus will discuss how to diagnose issues with today's chassis systems.

SEMA Scholarship application period now open

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators.

Mitchell 1’s Ben Johnson presents ‘Preparing for Electrification’ during MAP Technical Conference

During Johnson’s presentation, he covered the various types of electric vehicles (EVs), current forecast projections for their growth in the car parc, what types of services are being seen in repair facilities and anticipated maintenance needs, and what a shop should be doing now to prepare for these technologically advanced vehicles when they show up in their aftermarket service bays.

New Edelmann Elite Premium Synthetic Power Steering Fluid delivers best universal application coverage, expanded temperature range

The new power steering fluid meets and exceeds OE specifications and delivers an operating temperature range of -58 °F to +400 °F, surpassing most other fluids available in the aftermarket, the company says.

Epicor acquires warehouse management systems provider JMO Business Systems

The JMO acquisition extends Epicor’s industry-leading portfolio of business growth solutions to virtually every functional area of the automotive parts and service industry, Epicor said in a statement.

ASE announces new officers for 2022

The officers were elected during the annual ASE board meeting held in Arizona.

LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler changes to Honda

Transition in automobile racing: With its Engstler racing team, the German motor oil and additive manufacturer become one of the main Honda customer team in the WTCR and TCR Germany.

Christine Bowser named president of Pinnacle Media

The agency’s founder, Drew Shippy, will remain with the firm as chairman and CEO.

Permatex website features interactive solution quiz to help consumers find correct product application

A major component of the updated, mobile-friendly site is an interactive product solution quiz that asks customers specific questions regarding their application and guides them to select the best Permatex product to fit their needs.

Free Instructor Professional Development Webinar: Adopt-a-School Tool Kit

In the webinar, Mike Coley and John Saia of the ASE Education Foundation provide insight into the new Adopt-a-School Tool Kit.

Fisher Auto Parts acquires Allied Auto Parts

Fisher Auto Parts has acquired Allied Auto Parts with 13 locations in Massachusetts and two locations in Rhode Island, it was announced today by David Reid, SVP and COO of Fisher and Michael Borr, president of Allied. 

New regional data, product groups added to Auto Care TrendLens Interactive Data Platform

Regional views of data for both economic and industry data are now available to TrendLens and Demand Index users, providing more ways for the platform’s users to visualize and analyze the latest data for better business insights.

Vicor adds new Global Automotive Segment Director

Chinmaya Joshi joins Vicor from the Jaguar Land Rover group where he served as a Senior Manager for powertrain power electronics.

New Continental power sports cooling fans built for rugged performance on popular ATVs and UTVs

“Off-road recreational vehicles is one of the fastest growing segments in the motorsports industry, which is still considered to be in its infancy," says Christina Bergstrom, Senior Product Manager.

Dorman Products unveils real-time inventory tool

To use the new functionality, visitors to DormanProducts.com can search for a product using either vehicle year, make and model, keywords, VIN, OE number, or visual hardware drilldown.

Registration open for ASE winter certification

Since its initial offering of four automobile tests 50 years ago, the preeminent independent non-profit organization now offers more than 50 ASE certification tests, covering nearly every aspect of the motor vehicle service and repair industry. 

Premium Guard Inc. completes acquisition of IPC Global Solutions

The announcement was made by Anan Bishara, CEO and President of PGI, who noted, “This is a new chapter in PGI’s history."

Mitchell 1 brings back ‘Snow Much Fun’ Facebook sweepstakes

One winner of a $50 Amazon gift card will be announced on the Mitchell 1 Facebook page each Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 11 to Feb. 24, with a flurry of six winners to be announced on March 1. Facebook users can enter the sweepstakes on the Mitchell 1 page.  

Chris Kersting to retire from Specialty Equipment Market Association

The move comes as SEMA concludes a successful 2021, delivering two of the nation’s largest in-person trade shows since the start of the pandemic—the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and PRI Show in Indianapolis.

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announces multiple promotions

AASA announces the promotions of Ben Brucato, Megan Gardner, and Elizabeth Goad.

Federated 50/50 Challenge rewards ASE-certified parts specialists, technicians all year long

The promotion awards $50 per week for 50 weeks to both ASE-certified parts specialists and ASE-certified technicians.

East Penn Manufacturing Co. receives industry award for the seventh consecutive year

The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) to less than 10 percent of all member companies.

ASE kicks Off 50th anniversary celebration

For half a century, ASE has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals, becoming the renowned independent non-profit organization striving to uphold and promote high standards of vehicle service and repair.

Rod Umphreys of Total Specialties USA appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council

Umphreys started his lubricants career in 2001 working at McCollister and Company, a small independent lubricants manufacturer in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Hahn Automotive Warehouse acquires Carparts Distribution Center

Stan Lewis, Carparts’ president, will continue with the company as General Manager for the New England store group.

Autopromotec, Motor Valley Fest combine forces for 2022 shows in Italy

Autopromotec, held every two years in Bologna, Italy, is set for May 25-28, 2022, while Motor Valley Fest in Modena, will take place May 26-29, 2022.

Shell named as top supplier in Kline & Company report

Using 2020 as the base year, the report covers all leading lubricant consuming country markets, market segments, product types and formulations. Shell retains the number one ranking for all three lubricants categories tracked by Kline – consumer automotive, commercial automotive and industrial.

Standard Motor Products announces appointment of new director

In connection with the addition of Puryear, the Board of Directors increased the size of the Board from nine to 10 directors.

Ford launches zero-carbon electric vehicle home charging initiative in Calfornia

Ford is participating in the California Air Resource Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to offer customers a new way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change by matching the use of electricity used to charge plug-in electric vehicles at home with 100 percent local renewable energy.

DENSO joins tornado relief effort with automotive partners, donates $250K through foundation

DENSO North America Foundation will give $200,000 to the American Red Cross to assist relief activities in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, states in which DENSO operates.

Clarios to debut new smart energy storage technology at CES 2022

Clarios will debut the SMART AGM technology with a product demonstration in their booth throughout the CES show dates.

Goodyear introduces its first electric vehicle replacement tire in North America

The ElectricDrive GT features Goodyear’s SoundComfort Technology, which acts as a built-in sound barrier that helps reduce road noise.

Automechanika Dubai concludes 18th edition

The show hosted exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 national pavilions all demonstrating just how far the sector has come in its technological transformation and signaling more change ahead.

Continental launches new line of active grill shutters for direct replacement on Chrysler and Ford

Previously available as a dealer-only part, Continental Active Grill Shutters are now available to the aftermarket for direct replacement on popular Chrysler and Ford models.

CRP Automotive names Matt Zarlenga as 2021 U.S. Sales Representative of The Year

Zarlenga has been with Sherman-Pearson Company since 2019 and has represented CRP Automotive’s AAE, REIN, Pentosin, and AJUSA brands in the Northern and Central Ohio market.

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) invites you to attend the 2022 Vision Conference

This year’s AASA Vision Conference “Engage. Shift. Accelerate.” will be held in-person in Dearborn, MI, from April 5-6.

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur sets 2023 for next show

Continued quarantine requirements for non-residents entering Malaysia, domestic travel restrictions and preventative measures to stem the cross-country spread of COVID-19 remain fundamental factors in further postponing the show.

LIQUI MOLY, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Beta to continue collaboration

Since 2014, all new motorcycles have been delivered with oil from LIQUI MOLY. That will remain the case for the next three years.

Messe Frankfurt: Trade shows are more important than ever

“The physical trade fair business model is alive and well," said Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt during an end-of-year press talk this week.

NAPA Auto Parts, Universal Technical Institute form new strategic alliance

NAPA will supply essential parts for hands-on labs, including brake kits, rotors, bulbs, bearing kits, wheel weights and more. The initial stage of the partnership will impact UTI, MMI and NTI-branded campuses and may be expanded to MIAT-branded campuses in the future.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: HVAC Blower Motor and Resistor Diagnostics and Replacement Tips

Phil Fournier from Standard Motor Products covers the basics of troubleshooting and diagnosis of traditional blower motor and resistor board troubleshooting, along with some techniques for preventing repeat failures of blower motor resistor boards.

MAHLE Motorsport introduces Ford EcoBoost 1.6L shelf stock PowerPak Plus Piston kit

This new PowerPak Plus kit is available in a 79.00mm bore size and has a slipper skirt style forging that is strong yet lightweight.

Development of PC-12 diesel engine oil category approved by API Lubricants Group

The New Category Evaluation Team (NCET) voted this week to recommend to the DEOAP to proceed with the development of Proposed Category - PC-12.

Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) to host the 2022 Aftermarket at CES Event in Las Vegas

The event will be co-presented with Capstone Financial Group on January 6 at the Venetian.
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