Data Innovation Center to Showcase New Data Solutions at AAPEX 2019

The Data Innovation Center, located at booth #L2, Sands Upper Lobby in the Sands Expo, will have Auto Care Association staff and subject matter experts present to provide attendees with live demonstrations of its newest technical solution products, including UniLink, Demand Index and the Industry Standards. Interested attendees can secure personalized demos of each product to see how these solutions can be applied to their unique business needs.

Emerging vehicle technologies and aftermarket opportunities to be presented at AAPEX 2019

Auto Care Association and partners are offering industry education and solutions regarding ADAS, CAV, V2X, Embedded Systems and SVI.

From Kids to Adults, Timken Aims to Inspire Tomorrow’s Auto Pros

Timken has amassed a wealth of engineering knowledge over more than a century and believes that sharing this knowledge helps build a future workforce capable of delivering more efficient, effective technologies. Whether it is sparking young imaginations or providing aspiring auto techs with the resources they need to succeed, we are striving to set the industry up for continued excellence.

In the year 2020, we go to war to keep what should be ours

Be part of an awareness campaign like no other.

Data Innovation Center to Showcase New Data Solutions at AAPEX 2019

The Data Innovation Center, located at booth #L2, Sands Upper Lobby in the Sands Expo, will have Auto Care Association staff and subject matter experts present to provide attendees with live demonstrations of its newest technical solution products, including UniLink, Demand Index and the Industry Standards. Interested attendees can secure personalized demos of each product to see how these solutions can be applied to their unique business needs.

Emerging vehicle technologies and aftermarket opportunities to be presented at AAPEX 2019

Auto Care Association and partners are offering industry education and solutions regarding ADAS, CAV, V2X, Embedded Systems and SVI.

Here are some highlights from Rematec Asia’s first edition in Guangzhou, China

Co-located with Automotive Aftermarket Guangzhou (AAG), Rematec Asia presented the opportunity for its European, North American and South East Asian participants to get a first-hand look at remanufacturing companies in China and look for opportunities to enter the Chinese remanufacturing market.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper close out Ultimate Outdoor Adventure in stunning Ozark Mountains

The promotional event kicked off on Oct. 2 when the sweepstakes grand prize winners flew into Missouri and were welcomed with an evening of food, fun, and games at Fun Mountain, a 50,000-square-foot center of endless entertainment at Big Cedar Lodge, Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s hosting site.

Bill Maggs joins Parts Authority Executive Team

Maggs began his aftermarket career at Menco Corporation in Springfield, Illinois where he held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including store manager, warehouse operations manager, sales manager, general manager and president.

Leadership changes at National Pronto Association: Bill Maggs departs

Robert Roos, the organization’s vice president of sales and marketing, has been named president effective immediately, it was announced today by Frank Garcia, chairman of the board, National Pronto Association.

AAPEX attendees to compete in Virtual Vehicle Challenge

New this year to add to the fun and excitement, cars will race on the Virtual Vehicle Track with bends and turns similar to a Formula 1 track. Players will first make their cars in the virtual reality garage. Cars then will be added to the Virtual Vehicle Track with four cars racing at the same time.

Take a look at the Northwood University Aftermarket Club’s creation: The 1989 BMW 325is ‘E30’ Project Car

The Aftermarket Club is a student-run organization designed for students who have a passion for the automotive aftermarket industry. This year was significant for the Aftermarket program, as the Northwood University Aftermarket Club Project car was unveiled after nine months of hard work.

Cloyes to present educational, technical information during PERA webinar

During an October 16 webinar hosted by the Production Engine Remanufacturers Association (PERA), Cloyes Vice President of Engineering Jason Thompson and Technical Support Manager Cody Smith will present “Timing Drive Systems: An In-Depth Review of Chain Systems, Components, and Technologies.”

Second NASCAR Pinty’s Championship for Spectra Premium Radiator

This time, it’s racer Andrew Ranger who won the championship at the wheel his #27 MOPAR/Pennzoil.

MAHLE Motorsport introduces shelf stock GT-R 1L Stroker

The new shelf stock GT-R PowerPak Plus kit (part #930285660) features a lightweight thick slipper skirt style forging manufactured from 2618 aluminum alloy for additional high temp strength. MAHLE’s GRAFAL skirt coating reduces friction and increases scruffing resistance by providing a unique cushioning property that absorbs hard contact between the piston skirt and the cylinder bore.

AAPEX Mobility Garage Training to focus on electric cars, AFVs, shop equipment and technology

Training partners include AVI, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), RLO Training, and the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF).

Women in Auto Care announces 2019 Women of the Year Award winners

The three recipients of the Women of the Year Awards will be recognized at the Women in Auto Care awards ceremony and reception on Nov. 5 from 4-6 p.m. at the Venetian Hotel, Casanova Room 505 in Las Vegas.

Auto Care Association presents new on-demand webinar: ocean shipping changes as a result of IMO 2020

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will implement a new mandatory requirement to reduce sulfur oxide emissions worldwide by 85%. This is one of the largest reductions in sulfur content of transportation fuel taken at one time and one of the most dramatic fuel regulation changes ever implemented.

Richmond Raceway honors Federated CEO Rusty Bishop

Track president Dennis Bickmeier presented Bishop with a commemorative plaque in a special ceremony during the drivers’ meeting held prior to the start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 - NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Yokohama Tire’s new ADVAN Sport A/S+ Delivers ultra-high performance at every turn

The Sport A/S+, engineered for a broad selection of luxury vehicles, high-end performance vehicles, sports cars and American muscle cars, offers a significant upgrade in braking and handling in wet and wintry weather over its highly successful predecessor product and the competition.

VIPAR Heavy Duty to Host IMPACT Conference

The VIPAR Heavy Duty IMPACT Conference will take place October 20-25, 2019 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas.

CAWA’s Annual Dinner Gala during AAPEX and SEMA supports scholarship programs

All proceeds from the event benefit the CAWA Memorial Scholarship Fund which promotes quality and high standards in the auto care industry through education.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Kick Off Ultimate Outdoor Adventure

During Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s most adventurous promotion yet, guests will cozy up in their own private lakeside cabins, compete in an exclusive bass fishing tournament, enjoy a chuckwagon meal with a cowboy entertainer, take a pontoon ride, experience a private reception and dinner in a wine cellar, and so much more.

LIQUI MOLY unveils three new engine oils for BMW, Japanese makes

The German oil specialist will present its new products at both AAPEX and SEMA shows.

It took a missed opportunity meeting ‘Uncle Owen’ from ‘Star Wars’ to learn how to get more out of life

Hear Mark tell the story and relate it to missed opportunities and how to avoid them in the future.

Headed to AAPEX? How to survive your next automotive aftermarket trade show

Whether you're headed to AAPEX, SEMA, Autopromotec, Taipei AMPA or Automechanika around the world, Mark's suggestions will help keep you healthier, hydrated and happier.

Episode 2 of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast: The auto care industry goes to Washington, D.C.

The No. 1 topic of discussion was the rights of vehicle owners to do what they want with the data coming from their vehicles.

Cloyes to feature new brand and product introductions during AAPEX 2019

The Cloyes variable valve timing chain kits will also be featured in the AAPEX New Product Showcase, the largest and hottest collection of automotive aftermarket products.

From Kids to Adults, Timken Aims to Inspire Tomorrow’s Auto Pros

Timken has amassed a wealth of engineering knowledge over more than a century and believes that sharing this knowledge helps build a future workforce capable of delivering more efficient, effective technologies. Whether it is sparking young imaginations or providing aspiring auto techs with the resources they need to succeed, we are striving to set the industry up for continued excellence.

Four Seasons Introduces Brushless Direct Current Motors

Brushless motors are true to their name and utilize electronic sensored or sensorless commutation instead of a brush card. These cards degrade over time, causing motor failure. Brushless motors fulfill a greater range of applications than brushed motors and are more efficient by design, with characteristics such as quieter operation, greater speed control and less weight than the brushed design.

AAPEX 2019 Announces Let’s Tech 20-Minute Presentations

The presentations are modeled after the popular TED Talks, with Let’s Tech speakers delivering short, powerful information in 20 minutes or less. Let’s Tech is located at the Sands Expo, Level 2 Upper Lobby.

Permatex The Right Stuff 90 Minute Black Gasket Maker Works Quickly, Eliminates Service Delays

The Right Stuff 90 Minute Black works on applications in all types of passenger and commercial vehicles, including medium and heavy-duty trucks, the company says.

Body & Paint Championships in South Africa: Taking the ‘Big five’ to the finals

With a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros on the hood, Etienne Dutoit is heading to the finals of the Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships in Frankfurt.

Federated Celebrates its 24th Consecutive Season in NASCAR

Prior to the start of the Sept. 21 race, Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts, presided as the grand marshal of the Federated 400 and announced the traditional “drivers, start your engines” instructions. Jim Zhang, founder, chairman and CEO of Friction One, who earlier this year was inducted into the Federated Vendor Hall of Fame, waved the green flag to start the race.

Auto Care Association Announces Impact Award: Four for the Future recipients

The Impact Award: Four for the Future, honors four auto care industry professionals, age 40 or younger, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership or have made remarkable strides within the auto care industry.

Alliance Takes the Hill at Auto Care Legislative Summit 2019

More than a dozen representatives from across Alliance membership channels – including multiple Alliance leaders, warehouse distributors, and Certified Service center owners – met up in the nation’s capital to speak to U.S. congressmen and senators about how issues like the Right to Repair and Your Car, Your Data are affecting both technicians and vehicle owners.

Porsche Panamera GTS: A smart engine tuning for an awesome new performance

DTE Systems impressively optimizes the performance of the Porsche Panamera GTS and proves pioneering spirit, the company says.

Organizing an automotive conference in Rome? Bettoja Hotels has something for you.

To welcome business travelers from around the world, Bettoja Hotels just launched a new special promotion to meeting planners across its three hotels.

Kentucky Truck Parts Inc. Joins Power Heavy Duty Distributor Network

The family owned business serves fleets, farmers, independent service facilities, municipalities and owner operators in the south-central Kentucky area.

Aspen Auto Clinic, Replacement Parts, Inc. named 2019 ACE Award winners

The ACE (Auto Care Career and Education) Award annually recognizes industry companies that demonstrate a dedication to investing in the growth of their employees’ knowledge and skills through access to professional development and career opportunities.

E. Fletcher Lord, Jr., of Replacement Parts, Inc., selected as this year’s Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award recipient

The Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award is annually given to an individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing the concepts and programs for education and continuing education in the North American auto care industry.

AAPEX 2019 Offers technology-driven programs for service professionals

In addition, AAPEX has officially designated Nov. 7 as Service Professionals Day during which specific programs and exhibitor demonstrations and training will be offered for this industry segment.

You must get involved on the issue of vehicle data. And here’s why.

I joined more than 300 of our automotive aftermarket colleagues in Washington, D.C., to tell the story of our industry to the legislators and their staffers with whom we met.

BASF enters engine coolant market in North America with premium Glysantin brand

U.S. production will be based out of BASF’s site in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Spray Nine Grez-Off combines a powerful degreaser and parts cleaner in one formulation

Spray Nine Grez-Off delivers tough cleaning performance with less scrubbing effort. It also features a proprietary corrosion inhibiting formula that prevents flash rusting, which gives Grez-Off its unique versatility. The cleaner is non-flammable and does not generate fumes. It is safe to use, VOC compliant, and safe for home disposal.

Pennzoil introduces new oils designed for engine type and driving style

Four new full synthetic motor oils are engineered to meet the requirements of motorists' engine types and driving styles, providing complete care for these vehicles. The products will be available for purchase from select online retailers beginning November 1, 2019.

Alliance Hosts Hometown Summit During Annual Sales & Marketing Forum

Nearly 150 shareholder and channel partner attendees from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Colombia were in attendance.

Introducing Episode 1 of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast

Today, we're unveiling the inaugural episode of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast.

What I learned working a week around Ground Zero

I spent a great deal of time with firefighters, rescue workers and volunteers. At one point, we were embedded with a Red Cross unit. People are awesome. When the chips are down, we come together in ways that seem hard to believe at any other time.

A Special Message From The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation about Hurricane Dorian

The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has been helping aftermarket families turn tragedy into triumph since 1959. Like the industry, AACF is driven by passion and devoted to family.

AAPEX 2019 ADAS Forum to prepare auto repair shops for evolving technology

The Forum is part of this year’s AAPEXedu and will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Bellini Ballroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Mitchell 1 announces the return of the ‘Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes”

One grand-prize winner will receive round-trip airfare for two people to Las Vegas, four days/three nights in double occupancy hotel accommodations, two attendee badges for AAPEX and the SEMA Show and $500 spending money.

MAHLE Motorsport develops custom piston for Mazda Motorsports’ Spec Mazda MX-5

The new MX-5 piston is designed to meet the nationwide rules and spec parts list for the Mazda MX-5 2006-2015 chassis.

Continental names Gary P. Mercer as Western Sales Manager

In this role, Mercer will manage Continental’s aftermarket program for the traditional warehouse distributor network.

DEI announces Rosana Del Rio as new international account manager

The all-new position for DEI was filled to ensure that DEI becomes the global leader in thermal and acoustic control products.

Arnott introduces new premium coil spring conversion kit for 2003-2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Arnott's Mercedes-Benz suspension conversion kit, C-2663, features premium dampers custom-tuned by Arnott to provide the consistent performance Mercedes owners expect. The conversion kit also features powder-coated steel springs, made from American steel, which replace the rubber air springs.

MAHLE expands thermal management portfolio for the vehicles of today, and tomorrow with Behr Hella integration

Following the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Behr Hella Service (BHS) by MAHLE Aftermarket, all existing activities of BHS will be integrated into MAHLE on January 1, 2020.

Federated Auto Parts 400 set for September 21 at Richmond Raceway

NBC Sports Network will televise the race nationally with a start time of 7:30 p.m. EST.

Akebono and WORLDPAC join forces at 25th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Winners of the sales contest were treated to two and a half days jam-packed with entertainment related to the automotive industry, in non other than the birthplace of the automobile, Detroit.

Yokohama Tire Introduces the 715R ,a SmartWay-verified Open Shoulder Regional Drive Tire

Manufactured at Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Mississippi, the 715R is SmartWay-verified for low rolling resistance and available in a 11R22.5. Three more sizes – 295/75R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5 – will arrive in early 2020.

Raybestos Adds New Rotor Part Numbers for the 2019 RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Created for everyday driving conditions, Raybestos R-Line rotors deliver the most complete application-specific line on the market.

Women in Auto Care Award record-breaking number of scholarships in 2019

The group’s scholarship funding began with $2,000 in 2004 and has now expanded ten-fold to over $100,000 for the second year in a row. Since 2004, Women in Auto Care have given $457,000 in scholarships.

How the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is doing it right and what it teaches us all about business

Why can’t every business be like this? What can you do in your business to make people want to do business with you? And not only just do business, but really, really desire to keep coming back for more?
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