Continental, a leading aftermarket supplier of OE-engineered parts, advanced diagnostics, service information, and connected services, received the award for “Best New Technology Product” during the 2021 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas, NV for its new Autodiagnos Drive remote vehicle data solution.

Presentation of AAPEX 2021 New Product Showcase Award during ceremony at AAPEX show, (left to right) Bill Hanvey, President/CEO Auto Care Association, Howard Laster, Executive Director & General Manager, Continental Automotive Systems, Christopher Bahlman, Head of Diagnostics & Services, Continental Commercial Vehicles and Services, and Paul McCarthy, President/CEO of AASA.

The award was presented by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) during a special ceremony at the start of the show. Autodiagnos Drive is designed to deliver advanced diagnostic information to service providers, fleet managers, and repair facilities so they can maximize their data-driven services. This easily installed, plug-and-play technology increases productivity, reduces downtime, and enhances customer service by keeping customers continuously aware of the vehicle’s condition via live access to extended vehicle diagnostic data.

Continental Autodiagnos Drive was part of the AAPEX 2021 New Product Showcase, which debuted the industry’s newest products and allowed the products to be judged electronically by pre-registered buyers who viewed the products in the AAPEX Product Plus magazine. Entries with the most votes were named Best New Product in each of eight categories, in addition to New Technology, the other categories included: Tools & Equipment, Safety, Hard Parts, Chemicals, Lubricants & Filters, Automotive Lighting, and Appearance Chemicals & Car Care

The Award was accepted by Howard Laster, Executive Director & General Manager, Continental Automotive Systems, and Christopher Bahlman, Head of Diagnostics & Services, Continental Commercial Vehicles and Services. Bahlman noted, “We are extremely delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award. We are proud of our entire team’s efforts to make Autodiagnos Drive a reality and help our customers increase productivity, reduce downtime, enhance customer service, while gaining better insights into the condition of the vehicles they service or manage. Every member of the Diagnostics & Services team is excited about the recognition they have received for their hard work and dedication.”

In addition to the new Autodiagnos Drive, Continental’s Diagnostics and Services group also features two major diagnostic tool programs: Continental Autodiagnos PRO Automotive Diagnostic System and Continental Autodiagnos TPMS Tools. Both programs are designed to meet the needs of aftermarket service professionals by streamlining vehicle data that technicians can use to analyze, diagnose, and repair vehicles faster and better.

Continental is a leading aftermarket supplier of OE-engineered parts for HVAC and engine cooling, door systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, engine management, fuel systems and instrumentation, as well as automotive diagnostic systems, premium wiper blades, and brake system parts and fluid.

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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs around 192,000 people in 58 countries and markets. On October 8, 2021, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Drawing on more than 120 years of cooperation with vehicle manufacturers, Continental offers a broad range of spare parts in OEM quality for the aftermarket. Under brands like Continental, ATE, VDO, REDI-Sensor, ClearContact, OEM DP, Autodiagnos, Uniroyal, Semperit, and GALFER, the technology company manufactures tens of thousands of products, including tires, brakes, drive components and thermal management components. It also provides diagnostic solutions, tools and services for repair shops. Continental is one of the most important suppliers in the independent automotive aftermarket.

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