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Schaeffler’s Urs Stuckenbruck and Judy Love present REPEXPERT 2.0 during a press conference at AAPEX. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Las Vegas—Schaeffler announced the launch of its new technical and training website for the North American aftermarket at AAPEX. Urs Stuckenbruck, director Product Management and Marketing, North America, introduced the services and programs that are included in the REPXPERT service brand,...
Bogi Lateiner, of the Velocity Channel’s “All Girls Garage,” introduces MAHLE’s new ArcticPRO units at AAPEX. They will be available for sale during the first quarter of 2016.
Las Vegas—MAHLE Service Solutions announced at AAPEX 2015 additions to its line of ArcticPRO air conditioning (A/C) service units. The ArcticPRO ACX1185 is a unit that offers integration of the TechPRO diagnostic tool to service vehicles that use R134a refrigerant and the new ArcticPRO ACX1285 also...
The AASA Know Your Parts mobile Tech Hotline Directory puts full-service suppliers’ technical hotlines at technicians’ fingertips.
Las Vegas—The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Know Your Parts campaign launched a new resource for service professionals during AAPEX: the Know Your Parts “Tech Hotline Directory” for smart phones. “This new ‘Web app’ will give technicians a single source to access our supplier’...
John Ratzenberger, featured speaker at the 2015 ATRA Powertrain Expo luncheon, hosted by Raybestos, says “all my heroes growing up were people who had their own tools and knew how to use them.”
Las Vegas—The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) Powertrain Expo exceeded all expectations, said Dennis Madden, ATRA CEO, of the event Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  “Talk about synergy. With more than 1,200 attendees, two-dozen seminars, and...
Auto Care Association President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz, who is retiring after 12 years at the helm, addresses the AAPEX 2015 General Session audience. She will be succeeded by Bill Hanvey, of AASA. AAPEX is co-owned by AASA and the Auto Care Association.
Las Vegas—If the products and classes offered at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, provided indication as to where the industry is headed — and what it’s presently being transformed by — it’s technology. It’s a constant reminder that it needs to be embraced and...
Jeep’s Red Rock concept, based on a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, features "next-generation" Dana 44 solid front and rear axles with electronic locking differentials, and a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 low range. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)
Las Vegas—This year’s SEMA Award for the top trending vehicle models in four categories was announced Tuesday, November 3, at the SEMA Show. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Ford Focus took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler...
AASA’s Bill Long says consumers still perceive independents more favorably than dealerships, and the aging U.S. light vehicle fleet also favors independents, as consumers are very loyal to their local shops. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Las Vegas—Key industry dynamics and influences shaping and impacting the automotive aftermarket were outlined recently by Bill Long, AASA president and COO, during the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association Media & Member Briefing at AAPEX in November.   Some key points: • The...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Nov. 5, 2015 – AAPEX keynote speaker Louis Efron encouraged  attendees to recognize that what they do in the auto care industry has a huge impact on life and the world. “Shout it from the rooftops. Take every opportunity to let people know what you do, and remember, you keep the...
BETHESDA, MD – November 4, 2015 – Today the Auto International Association (AIA), a segment of the Auto Care Association, officially announced it has changed its name to the Import Vehicle Community. For more than a year, the segment’s leadership has conducted an extensive rebranding initiative,...
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