National Mechanical

Detroit—The second annual Telematics & Technology forum at NACE/ CARS, held recently at the Cobo Center in Detroit, assembled industry experts and hosted multiple panels to discuss emerging technologies, from the “Internet of Everything” (IOE) to the age of the “Connected Car” and what it will...
STAUNTON, Virginia, September 10, 2015 – Federated Auto Parts recently recognized its supplier partners that support the Federated Car Care Center program. “We are very fortunate to have so many outstanding vendor partners that not only supply Federated with top quality name brand parts, but also...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—SEMA-member manufacturers now have access to a new, upgraded 3D printer that produces larger and more accurate prototypes than the machine previously available through the SEMA Garage. Resembling a vending machine that dispenses soft drinks, the new Fortus 450mc is the...
Atlanta—Women tend to believe in the technology and safety potential of connected vehicles and autonomous driving much more so than men, according to the annual Jabian Automotive Industry Survey. A blind survey of 1,045 North American drivers identifies preferences for vehicle technology and...
Detroit—The inaugural Service Repair Leadership Forum (SRLF), July 25, at the NACE/CARS show at the Cobo Center in Detroit, was one of many CARS-focused training seminars organized by the ASA to bolster the offerings for service professionals attending the show. Co-Emcees Maylan Newton, CEO of...
Lenexa, Kan.—Are you charging and testing your customers’ batteries using the same equipment you were just a few years ago? If so, you may cause irreversible damage by using the wrong charger, and you may needlessly condemn a perfectly good battery by using an incorrect testing regimen. As...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Light truck, SUV, and 4x4 aftermarket parts and accessory sales continued to climb in 2014, according to the 2015 SEMA Market Report, which this year surveyed approximately 20,000 U.S. consumers. Economic stability and the rising number of new-vehicles sales for the past several...
Durham, N.C.—Sixteen years ago, Bob Beckmann launched Beckmann Technologies in Durham, N.C., when he was successfully rebuilding electronic control modules, mostly for Mercedes-Benz cars.  Beckmann Technologies still thrives, but as use of the Internet grew, so did the company, and with the...
Oxnard, Calif.—The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) will kick off Industry Week in Las Vegas with its Powertrain Expo at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Oct. 29-Nov. 1. On the technical side, there will be more than 24 hours of seminars presented by 15 experts from around...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Determining the most appropriate wheels and tires is easier with the use of the SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) Ride Guide, an easy-to-use manual that includes technical test data regarding the effects of plus-sizing wheels for select vehicles. The guides are designed to equip...

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