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  • Continental Names Sales Technical Training Specialist
    Continental, a global supplier of systems, components and tires to automobile and truck manufacturers, and a provider of OE-engineered aftermarket parts, has named Allen Selzler as sales technical training specialist for Continental Automotive’s Interior Division, Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket (CVAM) Business Unit. In this role, Selzler will be responsible for the organization, coordination, and execution of regional presentations and demonstrations with prospective and existing customers.
  • Driverless-Trucks Idea Gains in Germany
    Germans would increasingly feel safer with fully automated, driverless trucks on the road, based on the findings of a recent survey by Bosch and Innofact AG in the lead-up to the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany.
  • ZF Receives Award from Frost & Sullivan
    Frost & Sullivan recognizes ZF Friedrichshafen AG with the 2018 European Company of the Year Award for establishing itself as a premium aftermarket parts supplier in a segment that is both highly competitive and price sensitive. The company leverages distributor partnerships to add new capabilities to its existing automotive aftermarket portfolio.
  • Snap-on Notes Expanded Coverage, Features
    Snap-on’s software upgrade to 18.4 accounts for most any vehicle that rolls into a bay, with new and expanded coverage and features.
  • Dealership Unveils New Training Center that Teaches Prisoners to be Techs
    A Virginia automotive dealer, a local sheriff and a community college joined to train nonviolent offenders in the Norfolk City Jail as automotive technicians.
  • Auto Care Petitions U.S. Copyright Office to Exempt Repairers from DMCA Software Anti-Circumvention Prohibition
    Based on a petition jointly filed by the Auto Care Association and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. Copyright Office on Oct. 26 eliminated a limitation that only permitted car owners to circumvent vehicle software under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The final rule issued under the current DMCA’s seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding effectively permits third-party repairers to also access software on personal, commercial and agricultural vehicles that are legitimately owned.
  • KYB Wins Best Overall Import Product
    KYB Americas Corp. took Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product Line for its Strut-Plus program during the Auto Care Association’s Import Vehicle Community awards program at AAPEX.
  • Akebono Brake Awarded “Best Advertising” Print Campaign
    The Auto Care Association’s Import Vehicle Community awarded Akebono’s People of Akebono advertising campaign “Best Merchandising/Advertising of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks” as part of its 2018 Import Product and Marketing Awards. The Akebono team, led by Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker, president and CEO, accepted the awards at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
  • ALI Elects 2019 Board, New Chairman
    Members of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), the trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety, elected its 2019 board of directors at the annual meeting Oct. 28 in Las Vegas. Jerome Lentz of Challenger Lifts (Louisville, Ky.) was elected chairman. Buck Gasner of DEKRA North America (Marietta, Ga.) was re-elected to a second two-year term as associate class representative.
  • Changing Marijuana Laws Spurs Odor Removal Product
    As we have all watched on the news or read in the newspaper, a substantial number of states have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana. Now there is a company offering a product to automotive service and detailing operations to get that distinctive odor out of a vehicle upholstering.
  • Amazon Delivers to Your Chevy Trunk
    Remember when Amazon announced that you could get an app so a complete stranger could open the door to your home to deliver products – so thieves couldn’t steal them.
  • Centric Receives Service's Export Achievement Certificate
    Auto Care Association member Centric Parts was presented with the U.S. Commercial Service's Export Achievement Certificate for their accomplishments in the Central and South American markets during AAPEX activities in Las Vegas.
  • Airtex-ASC Launches New Enhanced Website
    Airtex-ASC has launched a newly designed website that features increased product information and detailed technical support to help meet the needs of its customers. The new site, www.airtexasc.com, also houses a comprehensive online parts finder.
  • Monroe Quick-Strut Assemblies Have Increased Coverage
    Tenneco has expanded its aftermarket ride-control offering, making Monroe® Quick-Strut® premium replacement strut assemblies available for an additional 4.2 million vehicles registered throughout North America. With 21 new part numbers recently added, Tenneco has expanded its range of Quick-Strut assemblies by 247 product numbers this year.
  • Bosch launches Technician Nation
    Bosch Automotive has launched Technician Nation, a new online platform for technicians to use as a resource for addressing vehicle issues. The online and on-tool platform includes a dashboard aggregating nationwide service trends that can be segmented by geography, vehicle and code, based on vehicle scans from technicians using diagnostic tools powered by Bosch.
  • Omnicraft™ Parts Now Available at FordParts.com
    FordParts.com, which relaunched earlier this year with an improved experience for fleet customers and technicians, is now offering even more options with the addition of Omnicraft parts. Omnicraft completes the Total Parts Lineup from Ford by offering premium aftermarket parts that are backed by Ford Motor Company for non-Ford/Lincoln vehicle repairs.
  • Arch Auto Parts Transforms Block By Renovating Flagship Store
    Arch Auto Parts, an aftermarket auto parts supplier in Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County, N.Y. has completed major renovations and rebranding on its facilities in Hollis, N.Y. As corporate headquarters, parts warehouse and busiest of the 12 stores, it was important for the outside of the building to accurately reflect that this location is much more than a busy parts store with long lines on Saturday mornings, the company said.
  • Federated’s Pavey Joins Global Brake Safety Council
    “It’s simple – brakes save lives,” stated Larry Pavey, president of Federated Auto Parts, after joining the Global Brake Safety Council. “One of the easiest things we can do as an industry is to recognize that brakes are the most important safety device in a vehicle. This mindset should enable a collective step toward widely accepted standards in brake manufacturing. I look forward to collaborating with the GBSC on this critical issue.”