• Chad Norris, rookie crew chief for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Frosted Flakes Ford, is making a run at the leaders in the $100,000 MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” battle.
  • Dayco Products, LLC has just released a new app for smartphones and tablets.  The Dayco app features a comprehensive application catalog – perhaps the most innovative feature being the VIN scanner. 
  • The racing suits are finally clean but the memories will last forever for the five fortunate winners of the Federated Car Care “Get Dirty with Kenny” promotion. 
  • Bosch’s Mastertech VCI (M-VCI) aftermarket scan tool now provides OEM level diagnostics for General Motors vehicles by supporting the General Motors Tech2WIN application.
  • Trico Products just announced the release of its 2012/2013 U.S. Application Guide specially designed for automotive technicians, counter professionals and consumers to quickly look up the proper wiper blade for a specific vehicle.
  • Midtronics, Inc. today announced the release of a new software update to its HYB-1000 Hybrid Battery System Analyzer product, extending the list of supported hybrid vehicles to 12.
  • The European Vehicle Software Kit for VERUS® PRO from Snap-on provides everything that professional technicians need to expand the capability of their new scan tool.
  • A&A Midwest Cores, a top core supplier to engine and transmission rebuilders and machines shops, has a new website at
  • The new brand message of the automotive parts supplier HELLA is called "Technology with Vision." The slogan for over 20 years, "Ideas today for the cars of tomorrow" is therefore being replaced.
  • Federal-Mogul’s MOOG® Steering and Suspension product line now includes 50 additional parts that provide coverage of millions of popular foreign nameplate and domestic vehicles.
  • Mitchell 1 has added Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) provided by Gates Corporation to its ProDemand™ repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program.
  •   Certified Automotive Specialists, owned by Gene and Robin Morrill in Glendora, Calif., is the overall 2012 Top Shop contest winner.
  • Adding gas purchases or putting employees on a company cell phone plan are two of several new ideas a CARS panel discussed Friday afternoon in “Compensation Plans that Work for Mechanical Shops.”
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  •   NEW ORLEANS — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is expanding its benefits offerings beyond the management and business side to the parts side.  
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  • Generation Y is the fastest growing segment of the workforce. As one panelist put it, they’re bringing some more life and energy to today’s shop and industry as a whole.
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  • A panel discussed “What Else is in the Box?” in the first of two mechanical forums at ASRW on Friday morning.
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  •   For six families, they now have something to help them get back on track – a refurbished vehicle donated through Recycled Rides.
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  •   Most shop owners learned the business in the bays, not in an accounting class. That’s just fine, and where Bob Greenwood with the Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd. comes in.
  • The hardest thing for CEOs and business leaders to do is think. But thinking is the most important thing you can do to better your business, says Dick Cross. 
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  •   Not all shops use the Internet in their bays and they could be missing out on an easy way to make technicians’ workflows smoother.