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Start-up aims to change how warranties are sold
November 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

AutoPair Warranty, an auto warranty start-up with a head office in Toronto, has introduced competitive and simple pricing plans for extended car warranties or used car warranties. The company says all warranty plans will be sold at the dealers’ cost,

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Bosch, Castrol team up on shop program in U.S. and China
October 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The automotive aftermarket division of Robert Bosch GmbH and Castrol have announced a partnership to open 25 co-branded repair shops in the U.S., and another 25 in China. The pilot phase started in Orlando, Fla., and Suzhou, China this month.

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Volvo, Geely intend to merge engine operations
October 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Volvo Cars and Geely intend to merge their existing combustion engine operations into a stand-alone business in order to establish a new global supplier that will seek to develop next generation combustion engines and hybrid powertrains. The proposed new business

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Continental acquires CRP’s belt business
October 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Continental has acquired the assets and business of CRP Industries’ Continental-related belt and belt kits program. As a result, the technology company has brought all of its Continental-branded aftermarket belt products under its North American business. The acquisition specifically comprises

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Mahle to integrate all remaining Behr Hella activities Jan. 1
September 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Following the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Behr Hella Service (BHS) by Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Mahle Aftermarket, all existing activities of BHS will be integrated into Mahle on Jan. 1, 2020. The integration will give Mahle a broad portfolio

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Drew Technologies acquires BlueLink Diagnostic Solutions
August 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Drew Technologies has acquired the Durham, N.C.-based vehicle diagnostics provider BlueLink Diagnostic Solutions. Drew Technologies, Inc., a diagnostics and reprogramming company based in Ann Arbor, Mich., acquired BlueLink’s technology and operating assets for 2.8 Million Swedish Kroner (approximately $384,000 CDN).

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Brampton parts store joins the Vast family
August 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Robin’s Auto Parts in Brampton is the latest Auto Value member in Ontario.

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Daimler backs new at-home maintenance service
August 22, 2019 by Renee Montague

The trend of offering at-home car repair seems to have caught the attention of one of the world’s largest automakers.  Daimler AG is a major investor in a new maintenance service that brings certified technicians to a customer’s door. The

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Power Stop launches Canadian initiative
August 20, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Power Stop LLC, of Bedford Park Ill., has introduced its products and attributes to the Canadian marketplace. Canadian aftermarket veteran Robert Pitt has entered into an agreement to oversee the Power Stop launch and manage all of the company’s products

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Automotive industry veteran launches new sales agency
August 14, 2019 by Renee Montague

After 40 years with the Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. in a variety of key marketing and sales roles, Siggi Tigges has launched a new sales agency called S.A.T. Sales and Consulting LLC.  Tigges served the last 28 years with

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New service provides customers alternative way to source tires
August 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A new service, which bills itself as “the modern approach to car maintenance,” now offers customers an easy way to source tires for their vehicles. A Toronto-based company called BUKL has partnered with Bridgestone to give motorists a wide selection

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Mahle launches new Facebook page
May 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Automotive tool and equipment manufacturer Mahle Service Solutions says its new Facebook page gives it the ability to communicate in real-time with its customers. The Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/mahleservicesolutions, was designed to disseminate technical content, product updates, photos, videos, news,