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December 4, 2018

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Auto Industry

Secure Vehicle Interface: Auto aftermarket's answer to telematics

LAS VEGAS — It may not be surprising that most U.S. vehicle owners want full access to and control of their vehicles' telematics data, including maintenance and repair information, according to the results of a survey sponsored by the Auto Care Association (ACA).

Automotive Service

Raybestos realigns products into 3 lines

MCHENRY, Ill. — Brake Parts Inc. has realigned it Raybestos product offerings into three distinct lines — Element3, Raybestos R-Line and Specialty— to improve inventory management and sales.

Auto Industry

AAPEX 2018: GM/ACDelco introduces more products, program for shops

LAS VEGAS — General Motors Co. showcased new GM Genuine Parts and ACDelco parts during AAPEX designed to give independent shops more incentive to choose factory-designed and engineered vehicle parts.

Auto Industry

Jeep unveils long-awaited pickup model

LOS ANGELES — After a year or more of rumors, speculation and innuendo, the Jeep pickup — dubbed the Gladiator — broke cover at the LA Auto Show as a 2020 model.

Auto Industry

Auto techs at nine tire outlets earn top ASE honors for 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recognized 52 automotive technicians from 41 companies — including nine who work at tire dealerships — recently as the top techs at their respective places of business.

Automotive Service

VIP Tires raises $6,070 for New Hampshire school district

WEST LEBANON, N.H. — The West Lebanon location of Auburn, Maine-based VIP Tires & Service has donated $6,070 to Lebanon-area schools, thanks to an Oil Changes for Education initiative that concluded in late October.

Automotive Service

Icahn automotive unit trims loss in Q3 on 4.7% higher sales

NEW YORK — Icahn Enterprises L.P.'s automotive segment — comprising Pep Boys, IEH Auto Parts Holding and franchise businesses — trimmed its operating loss in the quarter ended Sept. 30 on slightly higher sales.

Auto Industry

U.S., Canada, Mexico sign USMCA

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The heads of the U.S., Mexico and Canada have signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, making the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement a reality.

Automotive Service

Hybrid Shop rehires Carey Mellor as VP of sales

TORRANCE, Calif. — The Hybrid Shop L.L.C. has rehired 30-year automotive aftermarket industry veteran Carey Mellor and named him vice president of sales.

Factory Fixes

Cause of squeak in Infiniti suspension may be defective front stabilizer

Owners of some 2004-10 QX56 trucks may complain of a clunk, squeak or pop from the front suspension. According to Infiniti, the noise is most obvious when turning, while driving over speed bumps or other rough surfaces or under deceleration or hard acceleration.

Dan Marinucci

Battery specialist may help save useful testers

A savvy battery expert may save a useful piece of testing equipment — such as meters, scan tools and oscilloscopes — from premature extinction by creating an effective replacement battery for it.

New Products

ACDelco's new TPMS sensor fits vehicles built after 2006

Exide introduces new Enhanced Flooded Battery

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