Motor Age

The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the iATN exceeded 2 million in early December 2014, with the Shop Management and Technical Discussion forums being the most popular among iATN members.
iatn, technician training
Mighty Distributing System of America, a franchisor of sales and services in auto parts, announces that four of their new franchise distributors added in 2014 are affiliated with tire dealer groups.
mighty, mighty auto parts
This year, Ford is on par to achieve the same success with an impressive 16 launches underway.
Ford, Motorcraft has partnered with the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on its TireWise campaign and corresponding Tire Safety Month., tire rack
Federated Auto Parts is now accepting nominations for Federated Shop of the Year. 
Federated Auto Parts, Federated Car Care
Identifix, an industry leader in vehicle diagnostics and repair for more than 25 years, has achieved another milestone: 1,000 dealerships throughout North America now subscribe to Direct-Hit.
Snap-on announces a new diagnostic calculator feature has been added to its website to help automotive repair technicians and shop owners determine how much profit they could be making by using a Snap-on diagnostic platform.
snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announces the addition of 551 new part numbers to its BWD engine management line, covering domestic and import vehicles.
BWD, SMP, Standard Motor Products, BWD engine management
Autoshop Solutions, an automotive internet marketing company, introduces an exclusive benefit for the members of the Automotive Service Association of the Midwest (ASA-Midwest). 
Autoshop Solutions
Delphi Product & Service Solutions announces four new Mass Airflow Sensors (MAF) covering more than 500,000 vehicles built from 1995 to 2006, all of which are BMW applications.


Sherwin-Williams honored shop owners who averaged better than a double-digit sales increase in 2014 at it annual Vision Conference in Naples, Fla.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
With a little over three months left before NORTHEAST 2015, March 20-22, the show already has an increasing number of contracted exhibitors and will feature an expanded presence.
The Martin Senour Company announced its 2015 first quarter training schedule, with a variety of hands-on coatings application courses as well as several courses for shop owners and managers looking to increase their collision centers’ productiv
Martin Senour Paints
New York MSO Nu-Look Collision has won three awards in 2014 for its growth and local popularity.
Service King Collision Repair Centers has acquired Kirmac Collision Services in Seattle, Wash., and signifies Service King’s entrance into the Pacific Northwest market and it reaching more than 200 locations.
Service King Collision Repair Centers
Allstate Insurance Company continues its strong commitment to the future of the collision industry by contributing $100,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Collision Repair Education Foundation
Seidner’s Collision Centers, along with the Auto Club of Southern California and California Casualty presented two vehicles to local military veterans in the Citrus College Veterans Success Program through the NABC Recycled Rides program.
Lefler Collision & Glass Repair Center has acquired B&B Collision in Henderson, Ky., marking the shop’s fourth location and first in the state.
The Automotive Body Parts Association will hosts its 2015 Annual Business Meeting and Trade Fair in Chicago, April 21-24, 2015.
Nineteen CARSTAR shops across the country have either already given away, or are registered to give away, vehicles through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program.
CARSTAR Auto Repair Experts

Aftermarket Business

Tech Mahindra Ltd., a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering, announced the launch of Automotive Suite Solution.
Tech Mahindra
Brake Parts Inc (BPI) has completed the acquisition of the Raybestos brand from Affinia Group Inc. and Affinia International Inc.
Brake Parts Inc, BPI
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a program of the Auto Care Association, is hosting a complimentary webinar, “When Business Meets Social: Using Social Media for Business Success” on Jan. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST.
Auto Care Association
Buyer attendance at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) in Las Vegas increased in key target buyer categories identified by AAPEX, with independent repair garages leading the way with the largest growth at 12 percent.
Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEX
Timken named Patrick Durcak sales manager for the commercial vehicle aftermarket in Canada. He reports to Frank Mascia, managing director for the company’s business in Canada.
BBB Industries was recognized for its outstanding service as a supplier of rotating electrical and steering products at the recent Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance meeting.
BBB Industries
Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association released additional details to program members today, including frequently asked questions, about the merger of the two companies, which was announced Dec. 10.
Automotive Parts Services Group
Epicor Software Corporation today announced a comprehensive transition program that will enable users of Epicor Ultimate business management software to transition to a UniVerse or UniData™ (U2) database platform.
Epicor Software
The Alliance announced the creation of the China Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (CAAPA), which will go to market in China under the Auto Value brand.
China Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, CAAPA
GAZ Group, part of Russia’s largest diversified industrial group Basic Element, announces the start of sales of GAZ vehicles, including GAZelle Next and GAZon Next, in the country of Georgia.