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  • Advance Cross Banner Visibility Program Aids Professional Technicians
    Advance Auto Parts Inc. recently completed the nationwide rollout of cross banner visibility, a program that enables the company to serve professional customers with a greater breadth and depth of quality parts available in-market. Cross banner visibility enables shop owners, technicians and Advance team members to view the entire product assortment available from Advance, Carquest and Worldpac on one platform, powered by a new catalog, the company said.
  • Akebono Releases 31 New Part Numbers
    Expanding Coverage for Ultra-Premium Ceramic Disc Brake Pads -  Akebono Brake Corporation released 31 new part numbers, expanding vehicle coverage of its Pro-ACT®, Performance® and award-winning EURO® Ultra-Premium Ceramic Disc Brake Pad lines by almost nine million vehicles.
  • Move Over George Jetson!
    Samson Motors of Meadow Vista, Calif., has set 2018 as the year its Switchblade™ flying car gets off the ground.
    The three-wheeled flying car (or roadable aircraft, if you prefer) uses a 190 HP motorcycle engine, with a propeller in the back. A continuously variable transmission with reverse is planned.
  • MEMA Supports Emissions Harmonization with CARB
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) submitted comments recently to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) supporting its Phase 2 proposal that largely harmonizes California’s standards with federal standards. The comments are part of MEMA’s effort to ensure consistency across state and federal standards, which is critical to enable suppliers to continue their investments in innovation research and development.
  • Lawmakers Press Administration on NAFTA Resolution
    Lawmakers from both parties urged President Donald Trump’s top negotiator in talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement to maintain dispute-resolution mechanisms that have been a central part of the 24-year-old pact.
  • Omnicraft Hits 2018 NASCAR Sponsorship
    Since its January 2017 launch, Omnicraft – Ford’s line of replacement parts for non-Ford vehicles – has introduced more than 2,500 parts numbers, sponsored the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 NASCAR Ford Fusion race car twice, and gained recognition from Ford dealers, Ford authorized distributors and independent repair shops.
  • Senator Urges Foresight in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
    Michigan has made progress to lead the development of robotic technology that will drastically change transportation. But lawmakers and business leaders need to ready for what comes after self-driving cars hit the road, according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.
  • Jasper Earns Safety Certification
    The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Drivetrain Remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Ind., (Power Drive), has achieved STAR Certification in the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). 
  • Auto Care Association Testifies; Supports Warranty Parts Notification
    The Auto Care Association testified recently before the Maryland House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee for passage of legislation that would ensure car owners are provided with important information regarding their warranty rights when purchasing or leasing a new vehicle.
  • Federated Scholarships Available
    Federated Auto Parts will award scholarships to the employees or children of any active Federated Car Care Center purchasing from any Federated member.
  • Tire Guru Software Now Integrated with Epicor’s
    Epicor Software Corp., a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, recently announced that tire dealers and automotive service businesses relying on Business Center point of sale (POS) software from Tire Guru Software, websites and more can now leverage the power of the Epicor Integrated Service Estimator® (ISE) solution to close more sales and drive increased productivity.
  • MEMA Renews Call for Action to Require V2V Communications
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has called for action on a federal proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in all new passenger vehicles.
  • Raybestos Adds New Training Videos to Website
    Raybestos® has added several training videos to the resources section of its website to demonstrate proper brake repair techniques and provide the knowledge needed to perform the perfect brake job.
  • NATEF and AYES Formed New Organization: ASE Education Foundation
    The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) recently merged to become the ASE Education Foundation.
  • Industry Loses Jobbers Exhaust Founder George Blevins
    Undercar Digest is sad to report the passing of George Blevins, founder of Jobbers Exhaust in Lexington, Ky. George died Feb. 2. He was 85.
  • Tenneco Names Bruce Ronning VP & GM NORTH AMERICA AFTERMARKET
    Tenneco recently announced that Bruce Ronning has been appointed vice president and general manager, North America Aftermarket.
  • BCA Receives Shipping Award from Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
    NTN, the parent company of BCA Bearings, recently announced that BCA has once again received an “Outstanding Shipping Performance Award” from the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. This marks the third consecutive year that BCA has received the honor.
  • Mitchell 1’s Ben Johnson to be Featured Speaker at Auto Repair Management Conference
    Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, will present the session, “Industry Trends and Emerging Technologies,” during the Elite Worldwide Inc. Pro Service Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Jan. 31. The conference will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California.
  • Industry Loses Icon Al Gaspar
    Al Gaspar, industry icon and former president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), died at his home in Cave Creek, Ariz., Nov. 25.
  • New Restrictions for Selling R-134a Start
    For entities selling or distributing refrigerants for use in motor vehicles, there will be new restrictions for R-134a and other substitute refrigerants sold after Jan. 1, 2018. The rule establishes certification requirements for buying large containers of refrigerant and mandates that small containers include a self-sealing valve.
  • University of the Aftermarket Foundation Elects Chairman
    The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has elected its slate of officers for fiscal year 2018. Veteran aftermarket industry executive Robert Egan, MAAP, will serve as chairman of the foundation.
  • Motorcraft Increases Hub Coverage
    Motorcraft is broadening its newest line of hub and bearing assemblies with price-competitive applications for more than 41 additional late-life-cycle vehicles. Newly released hubs target high-mileage older model cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.
  • Precision Tune VP Joins Global Brake Safety Council
    The Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) recently announced that Joel Burrows of Precision Tune Auto Care has joined the association.
  • BPI Receives Diamond Award from Uni-Select
    Brake Parts Inc (BPI) was recently honored by Uni-Select® with the Diamond Award for Excellence to the industry. The award was presented during the annual Uni-Select Bumper to Bumper National Supplier Awards, held at the BMO Club at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • FCA Opens Mopar Parts Distribution Center
    FCA U.S. recently opened a 500,000-square-foot Mopar parts distribution center (PDC) in Metro Detroit, marking the second new Mopar PDC to open in the U.S. in 2017. The Romulus facility employs more than 100 workers and represents an investment of $10.4 million by FCA U.S.
  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Name Wix Channel Partner of the Year
    Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper recently announced that Wix Filters was selected as the 2017 Channel Partner of the Year by shareholders of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. The announcement was made during the recent Alliance annual Winter Meeting at National Doral in Miami.
  • Reader Publishes TorqueFlight Manual
    Longtime Undercar Digest reader Tom Hand recently noted that he has authored the book Chrysler TorqueFlight, A-904 and A-727.
  • Interstate Batteries Launches Partnership with Advance
    Advance Auto Parts and Interstate Batteries® recently announced a strategic partnership to better serve the changing needs of the automotive aftermarket with premium quality products, expanded availability and enhanced customer service. Interstate Batteries will become the exclusive automotive and specialty battery brand to Advance Auto Parts® stores and customers in the spring of 2018.
  • Bosch Giving Track Donates to Foundations
    Bosch Giving Track contributed $3,000 to charities specified by its sponsored teams, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske, in the month of October. Through Giving Track, Bosch contributes $1,000 to a team-specified charity each time a driver from one of its sponsored teams secures a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ victory. Bosch Giving Track has contributed a total of $19,000 in donations this season following wins by drivers of sponsored teams.
  • Mitchell 1 to Celebrate 100 Years
    In 2018, Mitchell 1 will mark its 100th year of providing repair information solutions to the motor vehicle industry.
  • Viewers Watch Monty 8100S Demonstrations
    Demonstrations are always a part of Industry Week and all eyes were on The Hofmann monty® 8100s center post tire changer at SEMA.
  • Industry Veteran Bill McIntyre Dies
    Undercar Digest is sad to report that William “Bill” Davis McIntyre Jr., Monroe, Mich., died Nov. 6. He was 81.
  • BPI Executive Named CFO of the Year
    Phil Cutting, chief financial officer for Brake Parts Inc, has been named CFO of the Year for large private equity companies by the Financial Executives International Chicago Chapter, according to by David Overbeeke, president and CEO of BPI. 
  • SEMA Accepting Scholarship Applications
    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries at
  • Maryland Technician Wins Petty’s Garage Custom-Built Mustang from Mahle
    Tracy Weiland, a technician at The Shop European Auto Clinic in Rockville, Md., won the Grand Prize in the Mahle “Drive With the Original” promotion. The custom-built Petty’s Garage Ford Mustang was awarded on the first day AAPEX.
  • PaceSetter Long Tube Headers for Ram Trucks
    PaceSetter Performance Products just released 17/8-inch long tube headers for the ’09-15 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 5.7L Hemi engine, 2WD and4WD (4WD with independent front wheel suspension only).
  • What Follows the Raybestos ’53 Pickup
    In an informal gathering of members of the press at AAPEX, Brake Parts Inc President David Overbeeke said the next Raybestos build will be an import performance vehicle to coincide with BPI’s Raybestos European Specialty disc brake pads. Overbeeke noted that he originally wanted to do that build instead of the 1953 Chevy build that is underway but was convinced otherwise by his marketing department.
  • Hunter Unveils New Quick Check Flightboard
    Hunter Engineering Released its Quick Check® Flightboard™ at SEMA. It is an automated display that quickly showcases inspection findings in the service drive or customer waiting room. This display features inspection results in real-time to educate vehicle-owners, increase shop transparency and ease the friction of manual presentations.
  • Motorcraft Launches 2nd Wave of Load Strut Applications
    Motorcraft is launching a second wave of loaded struts, providing additional coverage for Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The new line of struts will allow even more opportunities for shops and technicians that service these vehicles, according to the company. A big benefit of these OE loaded struts is that they are offered at the same or lower price than major competitors.
  • Advance Leveraging Carquest, Autopart International & WorldPac Brands
    There is good news for customers of Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Autopart International and CARQUEST.
  • Delphi Expands Product Offering
    Delphi Product & Service Solutions continues to expand its portfolio to include more coverage and products for customers in fuel, engine management and steering & suspension portfolios. In all, Delphi is announcing 51 new Fuel products, 125 new Steering & Suspension products, and 162 Engine Management products – covering more than 110 million vehicles.
  • Precision Tune VP Joints Global Brake Safety Council
    The Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) recently announced that Joel Burrows of Precision Tune Auto Care has joined the association.
  • ACDelco Expands into Fast-Growing TPMS and New Brake Caliper Aftermarket
    GRAND BLANC, Mich. – This fall, ACDelco, the aftermarket brand professionals trust most*, is expanding its aftermarket offerings to give shop owners more choice in two high-growth areas: Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and new – not rebuilt or remanufactured – brake calipers that will be sold with no core charge.
  • Akebono Brake Corporation Receives Third Import Product Award
    The Import Vehicle Community, a segment of the Auto Care Association, today recognized the Akebono EURO® Ultra-Premium brake pads with its “Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product or Product Line” award. The Akebono team, led by Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker, President and CEO, Akebono Brake Corporation, accepted the award at the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.
  • NASCAR Driver Julia Landauer Teams Up with TechForce
    Julia Landauer, NASCAR powerhouse, female racer and advocate for women in S.T.E.M., has signed on as an official partner of TechForce Foundation and its FutureTech Success™ campaign. This industry-wide initiative aims to drive tomorrow’s workforce of transportation technicians by repositioning the image of the profession. Moreover, the campaign provides middle- and high-school students and their parents opportunities to experience automotive and motorsports technology and to encourage diverse audiences, including women and people of color, to enter the field.
  • Federated Facebook Contest Features 1965 Shelby Cobra Diecast
    The Federated Facebook diecast contest is back with one of its coolest offerings yet, a 1965 Federated Shelby Cobra, according to Phil Moore, senior vice president of Federated Auto Parts.