Universal Technical Institute launches BMW FastTrack program in 2022

The program is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of BMW vehicles and will expand the BMW footprint to six Universal Technical Institute campuses.

LSI Chemical introduces NanoClear504 Oil Additive

NanoClear504 is formulated with three patented chemicals: clear nano carbon particles, a Group V Ester and Group IV PAO to allow for higher thermal conductivity, wear resistance, load carrying capacity and absorption ability.

Raybestos Element3 Ultra-Premium Brake Line, Enhanced for Ultimate Performance

As a market leader, Raybestos is committed to manufacturing high-quality brake components that offer unparalleled performance that are second to none. From friction to rotors, calipers to hydraulics, Raybestos produces dependable brake parts with expansive coverage.

Federated expands training resources with new content from The Group Training Academy

As the premier training resource in the auto care industry, The Group Training Academy continues to add valuable content so automotive service providers can stay well informed. Collaborating with an extensive list of knowledgeable partners, The Group Training Academy offers the finest online training options in the industry.

Universal Technical Institute launches BMW FastTrack program in 2022

The program is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of BMW vehicles and will expand the BMW footprint to six Universal Technical Institute campuses.

LSI Chemical introduces NanoClear504 Oil Additive

NanoClear504 is formulated with three patented chemicals: clear nano carbon particles, a Group V Ester and Group IV PAO to allow for higher thermal conductivity, wear resistance, load carrying capacity and absorption ability.

Yokohama Tire returns as the official tire for Nitro Rallycross

Nitro RX utilizes innovative, purpose-built tracks that feature some of the world’s best drivers, like Yokohama-sponsored Travis Pastrana, battling for the top spot.

Spectra Premium Industries emerges from financial restructuring

Turnspire Capital Partners will acquire Spectra’s existing operations and support ongoing development and growth under the new name of Spectra Premium Mobility Solutions.

Outstanding students honored with Federated Car Care Scholarships

The Federated Car Care scholarship program is administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and as an added bonus, each application is considered for all scholarships listed on AutomotiveScholarships.com where the qualifications are met.

The Parts House expands in Georgia, acquires White Brothers Auto Parts

White Brothers is a third-generation, family-owned and operated auto parts supplier headquartered in Macon, Ga. They have serviced technicians in central Georgia since 1946, growing their core base of customers over many decades.

AISIN Aftermarket announces new corporate branding, logo and packaging

The roll out of the new AISIN logo is currently under way, making its debut on the AISIN Aftermarket website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Eventually, the new logo will be utilized in AISIN Aftermarket’s marketing and ad campaigns. 

Pete Kornafel honored with UAF Educational Advocacy Award

For the past 25 years, Kornafel has led the industry’s scholarship program, first through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) and then as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation’s scholarship committee.

Federated Honors first responders during memorable race weekend

Prior to the race, a special ceremony was held to honor and remember those impacted by the events of 9/11. As part of the ceremony, first responders from the greater Richmond area were recognized for the incredible work they perform on a daily basis.

Niels Klarenbeek receives Remanufacturer of the Year 2021 award for Best Reman Ambassador

Klarenbeek was bestowed the award Wednesday during the APRA Remanufacturing Day at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus.

EnerSys expands ODYSSEY battery portfolio to include former NorthStar battery product line

As a result of the portfolio expansion, all NorthStar batteries for transportation applications will now be sold under the ODYSSEY battery brand.

Three Way Group joins the OptiCat Network

The OptiCat Network provides a cloud-based secure supplier controlled distribution mechanism that includes data validation and secure distribution of proprietary data to specifically chosen channel partners within the supply chain.

BendPak unveils battery pack and powertrain lifting system

Thanks to an innovative design that supports a full line of available accessories, it also doubles as a powertrain lift for internal combustion vehicles.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation kicks off 2021 AWDA Aftermarket Challenge

Those organizations who participated in last year’s AWDA Aftermarket Challenge together contributed a record $177,775 to UAF to fund programs that help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket workforce.

ASE offers T-Series, E-Series tests for truck service certification

Those who are certified in tests T2–T8 are recognized as ASE Certified Master medium-heavy truck technicians. 

2021 Import Product and Marketing Awards Program now accepting entries

All product award entries will be displayed in the awards program showcases during AAPEX in the Sands Expo on Level 2, Hall D+, booth #A37009 and will be recognized during an awards presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus restarts the aftermarket show engine

The full Automechanika Frankfurt experience is expected to resume in 2022. 

Receive diagnostics news and information from Snap-on with new ‘create a profile’ web page

Diagnostics such as industry technical articles, invitations to webinars showing how to apply diagnostics to solve common problems and many other informational topics.

Fleetrite Parts partners with Navistar Dealer Network to expand retail footprint

In continuation of its expansion efforts, Navistar plans to launch 20 Fleetrite standalone stores and retail locations by the end of 2021, with a future growth target of 50 locations by 2025.

Mitchell 1 announces winners of its ‘Sizzlin’ Summer Sweepstakes’

Winners were named each Thursday for six weeks, with two winners announced on the final day of the contest. 

VIPAR Heavy Duty to exhibit at TMC Fall Meeting in Cleveland

Fleets that visit the VIPAR Heavy Duty team in booth #16102 will have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of its fleet program and enter a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.

ASE World Class Technicians: Champions of auto care industry

Among the estimated 879,000 technicians in the United States, just 2,000 have earned world class status in over 30 years among the automotive service professionals who have tested and obtained ASE certification in 22 specialty areas: A1-A8 (automotive), T1–T8 (medium/heavy truck), B2-B5 (collision repair) and L1-L2 (advanced).

Ridetech offers new StrongArms control arms for various General Motors vehicles

The new tubular front lower control arms will allow users to adjust their ride height and fine-tune vehicle ride height with the addition or removal of included spacers located under the coil spring.

Dana launches DanaProParts.com for performance products

Streamlined for easy navigation, DanaProParts.com provides enthusiasts with a brand-new experience in online ordering. Visitors can quickly locate products using year, make, and model or browse by product category. If the specific part is not found, visitors can complete an online form to make a special request.

Women in Auto Care Awards more than $175,000 in scholarships and tools in 2021

The group’s scholarship program began in 2004 and has grown to awarding over $100,000 for the fourth year in a row, with 2021 being the program’s most successful year to date. Since 2004, Women in Auto Care have given more than $735,000 in scholarships.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opens IAA Mobility in Munich

More than 750 exhibitors from 32 countries are taking part in the nearly week-long show around the city, where companies are presenting transportation products and services with an emphasis on climate-neutral mobility. 

Parts Authority acquires 15 Parts Plus locations in New Mexico, Colorado markets

Parts Plus New Mexico and Colorado will continue to provide the quality service they refined throughout  their extended years of business with access to Parts Authority’s expanded inventory and expert service. Parts Plus and its 15 stores will be an instrumental and essential role as Parts Authority continues its  geographic expansion strategy.  

Automotive Parts Associates welcomes wholesale distributor Pitstop Auto

Established in 2015, Pit Stop Auto has established itself as a premier online supplier of automotive repair parts and accessories to both the DIY and the professional installer customer.

Dana launches e-axle production for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation zero-emission electric delivery vehicle

Designed with a custom Spicer S130 rear drive axle, the propulsion system for the MT50e application is engineered as a fully integrated e-Axle, including a gearbox and motor, providing up to 240 kW of power to support the vehicle’s driving range of up to 170 miles. 

IMR Inc. releases latest insights on independent repair shops’ ecommerce parts purchasing behavior

In July of 2021, IMR Inc. interviewed 500 independent repair shops, nationally representative by location in the U.S., to understand their use of public ecommerce websites like Amazon, eBay, RockAuto, JC Whitney and others, for the purchasing of automotive parts. 

Goodyear names Ellis Jones chief sustainability officer

Jones has been with Goodyear for more than 30 years, most previously serving as vice president, Global EHS&S and Business Continuity. He also led race tire manufacturing at Goodyear’s Akron headquarters and held various roles in finance, manufacturing, supply chain and marketing.  

Permatex promotes Ben Grueser to Associate Marketing Manager

In his new role, Grueser will be responsible for the management of ITW’s Spray Nine and Fast Orange brands.

DENSO expands its line of First Time Fit oxygen sensors

DENSO First Time Fit oxygen sensors meet or exceed both the needs of today’s highly sophisticated engines controlled by state-of-the-art onboard computers. They also meet or exceed the original equipment tolerances set by vehicle manufacturers.

Wallbox says its ultrafast public charger will fully charge an electric vehicle in less than 15 minutes

As electric vehicles become increasingly popular, there is a need for reliable public chargers that are ultrafast, long-lasting and easy to repair.

Love the aftermarket? Join the Club – the UAF Coffee Club

For the cost of a cup of coffee each month, individuals can “pour it forward” for the future of the automotive aftermarket. Funds raised through this ongoing support endeavor will help provide scholarships and educational opportunities for the next generation of industry professionals.

Standard Motor Products acquires Stabil Group

Stabil Operative Group is a German company that manufactures and distributes a variety of components, including electronic sensors, control units, and clamping devices to the European OE market, servicing both commercial and light vehicle applications.

MANN-FILTER launches new website

The site includes streamlined navigation, enhanced content and a fully responsive experience for users to view from any device, making it easier than ever for customers to find the right filters for their vehicles.

Yokohama Tire-sponsored drivers to compete in Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races

Travis Pastrana, Tanner Foust, Andrew Carlson and more will be at "The Big House" on GEOLANDAR tires at the Sept. 4-5 event

MBE Group promotes Lisa Gill to vice president

As vice president, Gill will further expand her role in leading client programs and mentoring team members, while also becoming more involved in the day-to-day operations, strategy and growth of the agency.

Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships awarded for 2021-22 academic year

The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships are administered through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation where Federated Auto Parts serves as a Gold Lifetime Trustee.

B’laster Holdings acquires Casite

Casite is best known for Motor Honey oil and maintenance treatments and EZ Connect Tire Repair emergency tire inflator and leak sealer.

Vaccination or negative Covid test required for AAPEX show

Precise details about health procedures were not released today by SEMA Show organizers, who said they are working with state and local health authorities to announce more information in the coming weeks.

ASE summer registration window ends September 30

ASE tests are conducted days, nights and weekends at nearly 500 secured, proctored test centers. It is recommended that service professionals coordinate testing with their employers and check test center availability before registering.

Continental OE-quality electric motor products built to help hybrids maintain OE performance

These components, previously only available from the OE dealer, are exact replacements for the original part, providing vehicle specific fit, form, and function.

Join Snap-on for live topic training sessions every Tuesday

Professional service technicians of all levels are invited to join Snap-on Diagnostics National Trainer Jason Gabrenas for live online training sessions every Tuesday that cover a variety of industry topics on a rotating schedule. 

Purolator Filters reminds motorists to keep air inside vehicles clean, healthy

With Americans spending more than 300 hours a year in their cars, there is a growing trend for an improved passenger experience. 

Messe Frankfurt CEO: Safe trade shows are already happening

The next events on Messe Frankfurt’s trade show calendar are Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus and Hypermotion Frankfurt, which are taking place with an extensive online program and in-person exhibitions on site in Frankfurt in September, the organization says.

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2022 redefines the matchmaking experience to reconnect the automotive community

Automotive professionals can start capitalizing now on the fair’s extensive global industry resources leading up to the physical show on March 15-17, 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). 

Dana partners with UNOH to support future automotive technicians

As part of its support, Dana recently donated six full axle assemblies to be used as instructional aids.

Dayco belts prove effective on track for Racers Edge Motorsports team

The team features Dayco’s signature decal on its 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo and team transporter as well as installs Dayco serpentine belts on its vehicles for the SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS race series. 

Quaker State announces three motor oils now available at retailers

These three motor oils provide motorists with high quality full synthetic and synthetic blend products for their high mileage, European, or new and old vehicles.

Free service technician webinar from ASE: Body Control Electronics Diagnosis

Body controls on modern vehicles have evolved into complex systems relying on a variety of electrical components controlled by modules communicating on various networks. Phil Fournier of Standard Motor Products will show that while these are complex systems, the diagnostics do not have to be complicated if fundamental electrical principles are understood. 

Federated, Elitek team up to provide diagnostics services for Car Care Centers

Elitek will provide Federated Car Care Centers with mobile onsite vehicle diagnostics and calibration, including mobile re-flashing, programming and diagnostics using OEM diagnostic software and vehicle interfaces.

Michael Clark named 2021 Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year

As the 2021 recipient, Clark will receive a one-year complimentary subscription to Mitchell 1’s ProDemand diagnostic, estimating and auto repair information software for his school, a three-year membership in the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), a check for $500 and a $200 Snap-on gift card.  

SEMA awards nearly $300,000 of scholarships to 119 students and recent graduates

For the first time in the program’s history, five students have been awarded Top Student Awards valued at $5,000 – the highest award possible.

ASE Education Foundation awards Michael Busch Memorial Scholarships

The Michael Busch Memorial Scholarship fund was created in memory of the son of a former collision shop owner and ASE board member, Jim Busch, who operated a shop in Issaquah, Washington until his retirement. His son, Michael, was an automotive technology student who tragically lost his battle with cancer. 

PWR STEER expands offering with 13 new ‘installation ready’ power steering pumps for popular applications

Exceptional new coverage for Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, KIA, Ram, Toyota, and Subaru models, company says.

‘Associations in Motion’ roundtable discussion brings together global automotive aftermarket associations

Fifteen automotive aftermarket associations from around the globe participated in a virtual program sharing, discussing and collaborating on opportunities and challenges within the automotive aftermarket industry. Association participants were surveyed before the event to better understand and ensure discussion topics are relevant and of interest to attendees from different markets.

Philips launches ‘Fall Back Into Lighting’ promotion

Program offers discounts for distributors and rewards for counter people on sales of Philips Ultinon Essentials LED Fog Lights.

Busworld India to reunite bus and coach industry players in August 2022

Even during the slowdown last year, Busworld India continued to keep the industry connected and updated through a series of virtual webinars and knowledge sessions.
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