Arnott acquires AccuAir

The purchase enables Arnott to expand its industry-leading air suspension products within the performance and luxury light vehicle market, as well as within the powersports industry.

Focus on creating fans for your business, not customers

There are companies I buy from because they’ve created a culture that draws you in.

Automechanika Shanghai 2020 creates channels for cross-sector collaboration

The show aims to amplify these latest forms of cooperation through leveraging its exhibitor and buyer resources in the supply chain. It will draw attention to ever-evolving digital, technological and consumer trends revolutionizing the auto market and place more emphasis on network expansion, supply chain integration and sustainability.

With The Group Training Academy, Federated Expands Training Resources for Automotive Service Professionals

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.

Arnott acquires AccuAir

The purchase enables Arnott to expand its industry-leading air suspension products within the performance and luxury light vehicle market, as well as within the powersports industry.

Focus on creating fans for your business, not customers

There are companies I buy from because they’ve created a culture that draws you in.

MAHLE’s Jörg Stratmann: There will not — and cannot — be one single powertrain of the future

“MAHLE is in a very strong position. We supply the technologies for sustainable mobility. As far as alternative drives are concerned, MAHLE is focusing on hydrogen and battery technologies,” he said.

Full speakers list announced ahead of Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG)’s first-ever virtual experience

The half-day virtual event provides unique and industry-focused programming opportunities to enhance leadership skills, knowledge of the industry and capabilities for attendees to earn .4 CEU credits.

Carparts Distribution Center celebrates 45 years of business

Carparts Distribution Center is an Auto Value shareholder owner of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.

LSI Chemical introduces TotalArmorW7

Developed for refineries and fuel jobbers, or for private label use, TotalArmorW7 provides consistent winter operability and increases cetane up to 7-points for improved power, fuel economy and cold starts.

Dayco expands warranty program to 125,000 miles for aftermarket timing belt kits, water pump line

Effective October 15, when a technician or a DIYer purchases a Dayco Water Pump or Dayco Timing Belt Kit with Water Pump, they can register their purchase to be covered for 125,000 miles (USA) or 201,000 kilometers (Canada).

Continental offers new wiper motors and transmissions for direct OE replacement

Formerly dealer-only parts, the Continental program offers 20 part numbers of wiper motors and transmissions providing applications on import and domestics cars and light trucks from model years 2005-2020.

Poland is becoming an automotive industry player. Learn why on October 15.

Last year, US imports of automotive parts from Poland grew by nearly 54% to a total of $354.1 million USD.

Electric vehicles cost HOW MUCH to maintain? Mark Phillips takes a look

And what does this mean for the automotive aftermarket?

Market Insights with Mike: New Industry Indicators Suggest Trend Toward Stability

Overall, the auto care industry bodes positively, with employment and industry sentiment rising considerably since bottoming out in April.

Bo Fisher Honored with Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award

For decades, Fisher has continued and expanded his father’s focus on education. Because Art Fisher was a long-time proponent of education and training in the aftermarket, the annual Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship program was established in his memory, awarding substantial scholarships to students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.

Walmart is going to act more like an airport and so should your business

Every step of your journey in an airport — from the moment you step through the entrance, traverse security, your concourse, the food court and navigate the airport subway — is steeped in an immense amount of design that occurred years before you visited that airport.

WVE Vehicle Electronics introduces 472 new part numbers in September

In all, WVE announced 3 solenoids, 12 fuel injection throttle bodies, 25 coils, 67 emissions products, 145 switches and 220 sensors – which includes more than 272 million sales opportunities.

Yokohama Tire’s annual fall rebate promotion runs through Oct. 31

From now through Oct. 31, consumers can earn up to $70 in the form of a Yokohama Visa Prepaid card or a Visa Virtual Account after purchasing a set of four select Yokohama tires.

Federated inducted into GCommerce Customer Hall of Fame

Federated and GCommerce have been associated since 2007, when GCommerce began working with Federated member KOI Auto Parts. In 2009, GCommerce partnered with Federated member Fisher Auto Parts before beginning its relationship with Federated Auto Parts later that year.

Industry experts participate in ASE P2 test development workshop

The ASE Parts Specialist series includes three tests with questions about product knowledge, vehicle systems, and communications and sales skills.

Auto Care Association receives federal award to expand ACES and PIES technology standards into international markets

The Auto Care Association will receive $299,000 from the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award.

Uni-Select Inc. provides a business update

Key industry metrics in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. are showing clear signs of recovery, the company says.

DENSO launches PowerEdge Heavy-duty J180 mount alternator

DENSO’s PowerEdge brand has grown to 18 part numbers of replacement starters and alternators that meet and exceed the electrical demands of the heavy-duty rigs that drive the economy.

Automechanika Shanghai 2020 introduces new digital platform

AMS Live, a new integrated platform that looks beyond the geographical boundaries of onsite and online participation. The value-added service will be available from November 30 to December 6, 2020, which will run alongside the physical show itself.

Motor Magazine names Permatex Threadlocker ORANGE Best New Aftermarket Adhesive in 2020

Presented annually, the award recognizes tool and equipment manufacturers who develop new products with innovative features that help professional automotive technicians do a better job in diagnosing and repairing today’s technologically-advanced vehicles.

Hot Shot’s Secret sponsored Firepunk Diesel S-10 sets new world record at ODSS Season Finale

Firepunk Diesel purchased the pink and white wrapped Save the Racks truck in 2019 and gave it a brand-new Hot Shot’s Secret themed wrap at the beginning of the season.

Recipients of prestigious awards named during Auto Care Association’s Virtual Fall Leadership Days

John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., commented on Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper companies being named 2020 winners in all three categories of the Auto Care Association’s Career and Education (ACE) award.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) promotes Kyle Fischer to new position of director of branding & promotions

As Director of Branding & Promotions, Fischer will be responsible for working closely with the Director of Marketing and Director of Sales to develop positioning for Hot Shot’s Secret branded products for each market.

Virtual AAPEX Experience announces lineup of technical and management training

Classes are identified as beginner, intermediate and advanced and many are accredited toward the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

Free service technician webinar from ASE — Brake Rotor Match Machining: Why and How

During this one-hour session, industry expert Geoff Womer of Pro-Cut Brake Solutions will review the latest OE positions on brake rotor service, including the latest brands to adopt the rotor-matching method.

Advanced ATE Super DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid delivers excellent performance in extreme cold conditions

This state-of-the-art DOT brake fluid features a high wet boiling point and excellent flowability (viscosity) even in very cold operating conditions.

Dana introduces Spicer Select 404 ring and pinion gearing

Purpose-built and manufactured with the same heat treatment processes and materials as Spicer original-equipment gears, Spicer Select 404 gearing is designed for exceptional fit and easy installation to maximize uptime.

Auto Care Association part of demo for the European Commission of a secure vehicle interface

“We hope that the overwhelmingly positive reception in Europe for this solution will lay the groundwork for adoption in the U.S., where the Right to Repair battle and need to access to vehicle data ensues,” said Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs, Auto Care Association.

AutoZone 4th quarter same store sales increase 21.8 percent

Excluding sales from the additional week included in last year’s quarter, adjusted sales were up 21.2%. Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 21.8% for the quarter. Same store sales are computed on a 16-week basis.

Shop-Ware designated as preferred shop management software provider for the National Pronto Association

The strategic partnership will increase the efficiency and profitability of the network of Pronto Auto Care Experts (PACE), Pronto Smart Choice, and other Pronto affiliated shops.

Massive fire strikes AAM facility in Ohio

AAM has more than 20,000 employees at nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries, according to the company's most recent annual report. AAM is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier with an aftermarket division.

APACE Holding Co. to acquire APC Automotive Technologies’ AP Emissions Business

Following a comprehensive strategic analysis, APC’s Board of Directors concluded that this transaction maximizes the value of the AP Emissions business and will enable further growth and innovation into the future for the benefit of employees and the wider industry.

Continental ‘TPMS – 2020 Vision’ named best automotive aftermarket training program by Motor magazine

The program was named a Top 20 Tools award winner for 2020 by Motor magazine. Presented annually, the award recognizes tool and equipment manufacturers who develop new products with innovative features that help professional automotive technicians do a better job in diagnosing and repairing today’s technologically-advanced vehicles.

ASE survey finds service professionals adapting to changes in business climate due to COVID-19

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) conducted...

Alliance kicks off digital sales & marketing forum

Hundreds of sales and marketing personnel from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and Colombia tuned in for the meeting, which is taking place virtually for the first time in its history.

CRC Industries announces expansion of marketing department

The company announced three new personnel appointments to its marketing department to support the company’s continued growth through innovation.

Federated marks NASCAR milestone with Federated 400

The race marked Federated’s 25th consecutive year of involvement in NASCAR.

The Alliance’s Dale E. Hopkins to discuss the benefits of cutting edge business technology at the AASA Technology Conference

Hopkins is a strategic technology solutions and strategic planning executive with an extensive background in building and leading effective initiatives for medium to large-scale software, content and supply chain solution companies, including i2 Technologies, Aspect Development, CCI/Triad and, most recently, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.

Auto Care Association hosts technology standards webinar in collaboration with ARIDRA Mexico

The webinar was attended by top local auto care industry executives and focused on the Auto Care Association’s technology data standards, ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) and PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard), the application and benefits of the standards, and the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP).

Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) now accepting applications for 2021 ACPN Scholarship

The ACPN Scholarship awards one deserving individual, who has the passion and determination to pursue professional and personal growth, the opportunity to attend the 2021 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference.

Auto Care Association testifies on revisions to DMCA to address negative impacts on competition on auto care industry

In his testimony, Lowe pointed to the major changes to automotive technology that have occurred since the passage of DMCA in 1998. Lowe expressed that no one could have anticipated back then that today’s vehicles would become “computers on wheels.”

Free service technician webinar from ASE: Essential Technology for Diagnosing Low and High Pressure Leaks

This webinar, presented by Mark Hawkins from Redline Detection LLC, will cover diagnostic leak detection for EVAP, intake and general repair, as well as the latest leak detection technology that has been made a mandatory tool by OEMs.

LSI Chemical joins prestigious Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA)

ILMA is the primary professional association formed to improve laws and influence public policy, share the latest research and technical information and promote commerce for the automotive and industrial lubricant and metalworking fluid industry.

Australian Auto Aftermarket and Collision Repair Expo rescheduled

The Expo, the largest aftermarket trade show of its kind in Australia, will now take place April 7–9, 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 is set for Saturday night; race will be televised by NBCSN

Prior to the race, Tim Parks of Parks Auto Parts in Charleston, South Carolina, will preside as the grand marshal of the Federated 400 and announce the traditional “drivers, start your engines” instructions. Parks was recently honored with Federated’s most prestigious member recognition, the Art Fisher Memorial Award.

Federated Car Care kicks off ‘Be a Federated Fan’ race promotion

The contest is open to any Federated Car Care Center member in good standing. Car Care Centers will receive one entry for every $100 of purchases from now until Nov. 15, 2020.

National Pronto Awards scholarships for 2020-21 academic year

The annual Pronto Auto Service Center scholarship program is funded by National Pronto Association and its warehouse distributor members and is administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Dayco to premier on ‘Earth’ with John Holden national show as a leading system solutions provider for hybrids

"Earth" is hosted by Emmy award winner and former NBC correspondent John Holden and will run on Fox Business Network on September 6 at 5 p.m. EST.

Suppliers will learn about safe and secure data access at the AASA Mobility Innovation Conference

Susan Pase, Special Initiatives Advisor, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and Frank Schlehuber, Senior Consultant Market Affairs, CLEPA, will join the virtual AASA Mobility Innovation Conference to discuss the latest updates on safe and secure vehicle data access on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Virtual AAPEX experience to feature training, product demos and one-on-one meetings

The Virtual AAPEX Experience will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, however, attendees may begin setting up business meetings with exhibitors starting in early October.

DENSO upgrades website for better business-to-business service

The site also allows DENSO’s aftermarket business partners to tailor account activity reports to fit their individual company needs.

Auto Care Association’s TrendLens 2.0 update brings new features, product performance data and business-friendly pricing

TrendLens 2.0, the Auto Care Association’s updated interactive data platform, grants users access to more product performance data at a price-point that works for manufacturers of all sizes.

Free service technician webinar from ASE: Light-Duty Diesel Systems and Diagnosis

This session, presented by Matt Rieger, area operations training manager for FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will cover a quick overview of modern light-duty diesel engine systems and the common components and their functions.

Women in Auto Care Awards more than $100,000 in scholarships and tools in 2020

The scholarship funding was provided to 40 female students across the United States looking to begin a career in the auto care industry.

DuraGo recognized with National Pronto Partnership Award

The Pronto Partnership Award is bestowed upon a member, supplier or an individual who best demonstrates dedication and commitment to National Pronto Association and its membership.
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