Motor Age

OTC has released its second major software update this year for the Genisys Touch and Encore diagnostic tools.
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The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will hold its Fall 2014 General Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, during the upcoming Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.
Robert Bosch LLC, a supplier of automotive parts to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and the aftermarket, has enlarged its portfolio of part numbers for select product lines. 
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Mitchell 1 has added a new website development service to its SocialCRM shop marketing solution to provide automotive repair shops a cost-effective solution for designing, managing and maintaining a professional business website.
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Test the battery, starting and charging systems in three minutes or less with the OTC 3200 Battery Tester.
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Four Seasons announced the company added 148 new part numbers to its major cooling and heating products in its temperature control line during the months of May, June and July.
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This year CARS and NACE attendees will be able to interactively participate in scan tool demos with Snap-on Tools and General Motors.
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) introduces its new QWIK-SENSOR Multi-coverage clone-able TPMS sensor line.
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Motorcraft has launched a premium-quality passenger car motor oil recommended by Ford Motor Company for 2013 model year and forward hybrid electric vehicles. 
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ALLDATA LLC has launched ALLDATA Community, an interactive, highly-responsive environment for technicians to use to help diagnose and repair vehicles faster.


Blackstone, a US private equity group, has purchased a majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers, one of the industry’s largest MSOs. 
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Crashed cars and recycled cars share the limelight- all for a good cause --  at the National Auto Body Council’s booth at NACE/CARS 2014 in Detroit, July 31-August 1.
Bumper quality problems on non-CAPA certified parts uncovered by Honda reiterate the importance of the association’s 501 bumper standard for safety.
Collision Care Auto Body Centers raffled a Mexican vacation to benefit its charity of choice, Louie’s Voice, which helps those with autism.
Collision Care Auto Body
A court ruled that salvage/recycled OEM crash parts are “diametrically different” than aftermarket crash parts and do not fall under the Automotive Crash Parts Act.
Automotive Recyclers Association
Pacific Collision Centers and Elite Group Collision Centers have merged and will be re-branded as Pacific Elite Collision Centers at all 14 locations.
CCC is integrating Pinnacle Professional automotive recycling software with CCC TRUE Parts Network.
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ALLDATA has launched the ALLDATA Community, which allows a pool of up to 300,000 technicians to exchange knowledge for diagnosing and repairing vehicles faster.
Designed for MSOs and operators looking for high-growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, divesting and operational excellence, CRES at NACE in Detroit on Aug. 1 features a day of education and marketing opportunities.
Hyundai Motor America launched its Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program, which provides reimbursement to dealers, allowing them to competitively price their genuine parts against alternative non-Hyundai parts.

Aftermarket Business

TRW’s North American (NA) Aftermarket Group has extended its all makes premium chassis program by 527 SKUs.
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UniPiezas Alfredo commemorated the opening of the first Parts Plus-branded store in Puerto Rico with an open-house and vintage-car show that attracted more than 1,000 attendees.
Automotive Distribution Network
Nominations are now open for the Triangle Award, the highest honor awarded by MEMA and its divisions: AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA.
Genuine Parts Company reported its sales and earnings for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014. 
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Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, announced a series of leadership appointments that are effective immediately.
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The AAPEXedu Webinar Series will present, “The Seven ‘Can’t Forget’ Ingredients in Your Marketing Messages,” a free exhibitor webinar at 4 p.m. EST Aug. 5.
Motorcraft launched a premium-quality passenger car motor oil recommended by Ford Motor Company for 2013 model year and forward hybrid electric vehicles.
Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corporation announced Bosch Community Fund grants in support of STEM education, which includes science, technology, engineering and math.
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Walker Products Inc. appointed Chris Habel to Central Regional Sales Manager effective July 21.
Walker Products
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a program of the Auto Care Association, is hosting the Young Professionals Program during AAPEX. 
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