Motor Age

Innova Electronics Corporation announces the launch of its latest line of professional on-board diagnostic (OBD) tools.
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) launched its new Standard Interactive Buyer’s Guide, a powerful new tool to search for Standard parts.
The latest addition to the UpdatePromise solution elevates the Consumer Experience by providing a Virtual Service Advisor using progressive technology that provides straight-forward customer check-in, after hours vehicle pickup and payment, digital t
DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM) has received an Excellence in Partnership Award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) for exceptional quality, delivery performance and cost program participation.
A new stereo vision sensor and millimeter-wave radar sensor will help improve safety performance of vehicles by more precisely detecting obstacles and lane lines on roads.
The Bendix Premium line includes automotive brake pads, discs, shoes and complete brake shoe kits, and leads the industry in quality and ease of installation.
MACS member, CSF of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will open their new warehouse facility for a MACS Mobile A/C Best Practices clinic on Friday, Sept. 15.
Delphi Product & Service Solutions (DPSS) announces new numbers for its fuel, engine management and steering and suspension products for North America.
Air suspension specialist Air Lift Company has launched a new print and digital ad campaign designed to educate drivers on the problems that vehicle squat can cause when towing or hauling heavy loads and how it can be fixed.
Air Lift
Champion Laboratories, Inc. is pleased to introduce a new app for its brand of Champ filters that makes identifying the right filter technologies for cars, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and ATVs easy and convenient.


Four women were the recipients of refurbished vehicles from Recycled Rides during a presentation at NACE Automechanika 2017 in Chicago.
Recycled Rides
Awards were announced for auto body repair shops achieving Excellence in Material Management. One shop is chosen from each of the Mike Anderson Axalta Business Council Groups.
Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development, Collision Repair Education Foundation, presented a check of $22,500 to Kennedy-King College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, today at NACE Automechanika Chicago.
BASF Refinish Coatings received General Motors Global Refinish approval for its Glasurit and R-M paint brands.
The new GM collision certification program will build on current training — and tools — focused programs, but it is much more comprehensive, adding standards for pre- and post-repair scanning, calibration, and overall repair.
MSOs will continue to gain market share over the next four years, but a lot of the collision repair industry will still remain for smaller MSOs and independents to be successful.
Vincent Romans
“Is this the new normal?” Russell Thrall III, Editor in Chief of CollisionWeek, posed that question to panelists of the “Advanced Vehicle Technology Ensures that Pre- and Post-Scanning is Here to Stay!” portion of the Advanced
NACE Automechanika
A group of automotive video journalists, that represent an online audience of 500 million viewers per year, announced the formation of the Automotive Video Association (AVA).
Infusing heat and Nitrogen when spraying paint leads to less material usage, faster drying times and improved cycle time.
Sylvain Seguin, an employee at AkzoNobel since 2004, takes on the role after most recently serving as AkzoNobel’s Regional Sales Leader for Performance Coatings Vehicle Refinishes.

Aftermarket Business

Avoiding costly violations, examining fundamentals of the U.S. auto market and analyzing big data in the auto sector were topics of three speakers at the NACE Automechanika Business Outlook Conference today.
Crowne Group LLC has added Kristen Baffo as the new brand manager for Crowne Automotive Aftermarket Group (AAG).
Crowne Group
Second quarter sales were $340.3 million, a 5.1% increase compared to the same quarter last year, driven by the sales generated mainly from recent US business acquisitions, adding sales of $33.7 million or 10.4% as well as by the organic growth of 6.
Dozens of bills were introduced by numerous states related to connected vehicles. The varying standards create a regulatory quagmire for companies that want to build vehicles that can be driven in all 50 U.S. states.
Bob Redding
Sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, increased $114 million, or 5%, to $2.29 billion from $2.18 billion for the same period one year ago. Gross profit for the second quarter increased to $1.2 billion.
O’Reilly Automotive
During the four-day meeting, the group discussed product and vendor standards, motorsports, marketing and training programs, and key information and technology issues that influence the group’s overall strategy.
Automotive Distribution Network
Federated Auto Parts recently honored several of its suppliers for outstanding support of the Federated Car Care Center program.
Federated Auto Parts
Airtex/ASC, a leading manufacturer of fuel and water pumps for the OE and aftermarkets, named industry veteran Bruce Tartaglione as its senior strategist of new business development.
Amazon must have loved announcing that major traditional aftermarket suppliers have agreed to support their new push. Now that almost all items are available through Amazon Marketplace, direct selling of most popular SKUs to Amazon is snowballing.
Bill Wade
Aftermarket suppliers need to become holistic solution providers and extend their capabilities beyond manufacturing by incorporating digital innovations in their channels to market, including distribution, sales and service.
Frost & Sullivan