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  • "Bullitt" Mustang Goes on Display
    One of the most iconic movie cars of all time, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback – the “Bullitt” Mustang – has found a new temporary home. It will be on display through April 25 at America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Wash.
  • MEMA Honors Retiring President/CEO Steve Handschuh
    The Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) presented President and CEO Steve Handschuh with the association’s highest honor, the MEMA Triangle Award, at its Nov. 28 meeting. Handschuh retired as MEMA’s top executive Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Permatex Names Lee Burtelson as New VP & General Manager
    Permatex recently announced several organizational changes in its Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) Group. These include the appointment of Lee Burtelson as new vice president and general manager for engine repair, the retirement of his predecessor Andy Robinson, and the promotion of Dan Clarke to lead traditional aftermarket sales. The announcement was made by Mark Severin, ITW Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) group president.
  • S/P2 Careers Surpasses 50,000 Resumes to Help Shops Find Students
    S/P2 Careers has reached another important milestone as it has surpassed 50,000 resumes in its S/P2 Careers system. The S/P2 Careers resume database is fueled by career tech students looking for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities as entry-level technicians, according to the company.
  • AAPA Names Valvoline Channel Partner of the Year
    The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance recently named Valvoline 2018 Channel Partner of the Year. Valvoline was welcomed to the stage as this year’s winner during the Alliance’s annual Channel Partner supplier awards ceremony at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Fla.
  • Equifax Names Automotive General Manager
    Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company, has named Byron McDuffee automotive general manager. He will be responsible for leading the company’s automotive business, focusing on expanding enterprise solutions sales opportunities within the automotive market, as well as the continued development of strategic opportunities for industry-leading products that offer unparalleled value to existing customers while developing new relationships.
  • Jasper Names McDonald VP of Sales
    Jasper Engines and Transmissions recently named Joe McDonald vice president of Sales.
  • Automotive Parts Associates Announces Harley-Davidson Giveaway Winners
    After another successful round of the popular customer-loyalty giveaway, Automotive Parts Associates (APA) is excited to announce the grand prize and runner-up winners in the “2018 Harley-Davidson Giveaway” promotion.
  • AAPEX 2018 Keeps Attendees Ahead of the Curve
    With the automotive aftermarket undergoing significant evolution and change, AAPEX 2018 featured the latest new products and innovations, advanced training by industry experts, and current and futuristic technology demonstrations to keep attendees ahead of the curve.
  • Icahn Automotive to Buy RPM Automotive
    Icahn Automotive Group LLC, which owns and operates leading auto repair and maintenance providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RPM Automotive. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., RPM Automotive operates 10 locations with more than 100 service bays throughout the Northeastern part of the state. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions but is expected to close by year-end.
  • 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.