OEM News

  • BorgWarner will supply Cam Torque Actuated (CTA) variable cam timing technology for the upgraded Ford Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine, debuting in the 2009 Ford Escape. BorgWarner's industry-first, patented technology improves engine performance and fue
  • Automotive Technical Support Services presents Ford 6.0L D.I.T. Diesel: Powerstroke Troubleshooting as its next course offering. The class is Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Automotive Retailers Association, No. 1-8980 Fraserwood Court, Burnaby, Brit
  • Automakers have recently rolled out EcoDriving, a comprehensive, nationwide effort to save consumers money at the gas pump, reduce fuel use and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The industry also applauded California and Colorado for being the firs
  • HUGHES Telematics has entered two agreements that enhance its portfolio of global technology relationships. IBM and Oracle both will provide essential technological ingredients necessary to deliver HUGHES Telematics' consumer solution to its automoti
  • With all the news centered around the automotive industry right now, telematics isn?t as talked about as it once was. But the electronic topic is still a possibility for the aftermarket to jump into and get some of the benefits dealerships are seeing
  • President Barack Obama spoke to the nation Monday morning, addressing the bankruptcy filing by General Motors. Here is the text of President Obama?s address that will affect automotive industry and aftermarket.
  • DENSO Corporation has developed the world?s first passenger vehicle air conditioning system that uses ejector technology. The ejector, which is a small refrigerant injector, contributes to an overall reduction in power consumption.
  • Ford Motor Company has ushered in new, extreme tests ? such as ramming shopping carts into car doors and blasting water cannons to force vehicles into skids ? to fine tune new, industry-leading safety technologies for its mainstream vehicles.
  • Automotive searches on leases have increased again in the last month, according to Swapalease.com. The Web site reports searches for two GMC models nearly tripled since February.
  • Chrysler LLC has unveiled its new line of V-6 engines that it reports will improve fuel efficiency across the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge lineup by 8 percent on average compared with previous Chrysler V-6 engines. This more refined and fuel-efficient V-
  • The all-new 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received automotive recognition recently when it earned a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
  • Terrafugia, Inc. has taken flight with its vehicles, launching the first flight of its Transition® Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept. Often referred to as a "flying car", the Transition is a two-seat aircraft designed to take off and land at loc
  • Consumer Reports recently identified the most and least reliable used cars for 10 years ? from model years 1999 to 2008. Reliability data was compiled from the magazine's Annual Auto Survey, which generated responses about more than 1.4 million new a
  • Porsche AG has released more information about its Cayenne S Hybrid, which will debut next year. Using a parallel full hybrid design with the electric motor between the combustion engine and the transmission, Porsche engineers have been able to drive
  • In these difficult economic times, automotive OEMs are employing strategies to help make the price of replacement parts more competitive to help make sure repair shops and vehicle owners get what they really want ? OE quality, performance and warrant
  • Ricardo, Inc. has launched the Battery Systems Development Center at its Van Buren Twp., Michigan, headquarters. The center provides the a comprehensive and integrated range of capabilities for turnkey development and application of complete high-vol
  • Tire dealers and repairers catering to RVers will be pleased to know that the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RIVA) is expressing optimism that the stimulus package will help promote motorhome sales and aid in the industry?s economic recover
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  • Kelley Blue Book reports that the results of its recent Market Intelligence survey of in-market new-car shoppers on kbb.com details consumers' opinions on gas prices and how they affect their purchase decisions.
  • The automotive industry is just one area going ?green? and becoming less oil dependent. Students in Ohio Technical College's Alternative Fuel program recently developed an all-electric powered vehicle dubbed the "Electro-Van" to be more green.
  • Consumers are more in-tune with hybrid vehicles than they were a decade ago, but when sales should be increasing, economic factors have slowed this market. But it is still growing.