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Although positioned in the concept car, the Ford Ranger Storm is still based on the concept of the current Ford Ranger by adding kits. Ford's move is naturally considered for the aftermarket in South America. In appearance, the new Ford Ranger Storm concept car is fitted with Pirelli's MTR Scorpion all-terrain tires, matching 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. After upgrading the tires, the vehicle posture of the new Ford Ranger Storm concept car has been significantly improved. However, in terms of chassis, the Ford Ranger Storm concept car did not upgrade the suspension system, still retaining the configuration of the regular version.
In terms of appearance, the Ford Ranger Storm concept car is optimized for exterior details. The intake grille uses a letter grille that is similar to the US version of the Ranger Raptor, but the letters on the grille become Storm. And embellished with silver highlights. The fog lamp trim cover on both sides of the front bumper adjusts the form of the fog lamp and is composed of two LED light sources. A silver shield is added to the front bumper to embellish it. In terms of the kit, the Ranger Storm concept car adds a roof rack to the roof of the gantry, and the right fender adds an additional wading throat.
The overall color of the car is dominated by two colors of orange and black. The black cross-country protection kit wraps the area under the cab, while the position of the container changes to the main color. This style of creation is very different from the Raptor version of the North American market.
In terms of power, the Ford Ranger Storm concept car is powered by a 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder diesel engine with a maximum output of 200 hp and a maximum torque of 470 N·m. It is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.
Karl Rove, a political strategist best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day, will speak at AAPEX 2018 during the grand opening keynote session, “Breakfast with John King and Karl Rove: How Trade and the Elections Could Impact the Aftermarket.”
AAPEX will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The grand opening keynote session is a ticketed event and will be held from 7-8:45 a.m. PDT on Oct. 30 in The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom, 5th floor.
During his keynote address, Rove will focus on the global impact of President Donald Trump’s imposed and proposed tariffs, as well as how tariffs potentially levied by foreign countries may impact U.S. businesses.
Rove served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000-‘07 and as deputy chief of staff from 2004-‘07. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, and coordinated the White House policy-making process.
Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News Channel contributor. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller, “Courage and Consequence.” His latest book is “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters.”
Rove’s address will be preceded by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, who will discuss the upcoming mid-term elections and the impact the various outcomes could have on Washington, D.C. King is an award-winning journalist who has covered the past eight presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
The grand opening keynote session will begin with a State of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry presentation by Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, and Bill Long, president and chief operating officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
To reserve a table for the event, contact AAPEX Event Management, Chris Kalousek, CEM, [email protected]
AAPEX 2018 will feature more than 2,500 exhibiting companies displaying the latest products, services and technologies. More than 47,000 targeted buyers are expected to attend, and approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from 135 countries are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2018.
Full story: http://www.aftermarketnews.com/karl-rove-joins-keynote-speaker-lineup-at-aapex-2018/
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC (“Transformco”), for $200 million utilizing cash on hand.
“We are excited to acquire global ownership of an iconic American brand. DieHard will help differentiate Advance, drive increased DIY customer traffic and build a unique value proposition for our Professional customers and Independent Carquest partners. DieHard has the highest brand awareness and regard of any automotive battery brand in North America and will enable Advance to build a leadership position within the critical battery category,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO, Advance Auto Parts. “DieHard stands for durability and reliability and we will strengthen and leverage the brand in other battery categories, such as marine and recreational vehicles. We also see opportunities to extend DieHard in other automotive categories. We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and excellent service. The addition of DieHard to our industry leading assortment of national brands, OE parts and owned brands will enable us to differentiate Advance and drive significant long-term shareholder value.”
AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Synthetic Blend
AmazonBasics high-mileage synthetic-blend motor oil offers an enhanced level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles. Its synthetic blend combines conventional oil with synthetic for cost efficiency with some of the benefits of a full synthetic. An important part of routine maintenance, the motor oil works well for anything from topping off levels to complete oil changes. Whether it’s a beloved older vehicle or one with an uncertain maintenance history, help protect its engine with AmazonBasics high-mileage, synthetic-blend motor oil.
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.
You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive.
The factory-recommended replacement intervals for filters can vary quite a bit depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as how it is driven. As a rule, older vehicles (those more than 15 to 20 years old) typically have more frequent service intervals than newer vehicles. Why? Because late-model vehicles require less maintenance, thanks to improvements in motor oils, transmission fluids, engine design and filter media.
Many long-life air and oil filters use synthetic fiber media or a blend of cellulose and synthetic fibers to extend filter life.
Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles was standard practice decades ago. But it’s no longer necessary because most multi-viscosity oils today are a synthetic blend or a full synthetic that resist viscosity breakdown and oxidation for a much longer period of time. Late-model fuel-injected engines also run much cleaner than their carbureted ancestors, which reduces oil contamination in the crankcase.
Air filters, cabin air filters, oil filters and (sometimes) fuel and transmission filters are important maintenance parts that typically are replaced according to a time and/or mileage schedule. A vehicle’s service schedule recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual or in a separate brochure. Unfortunately, many motorists never read – or totally ignore – the recommendations.
Factory service schedules are designed to prolong the life of the engine, transmission and cooling system, to reduce premature wear and breakdowns, but also to minimize maintenance costs while the vehicle is still under warranty. That’s why factory oil change recommendations have been stretched to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more on many late-model vehicles. Most late-model cars and light trucks no longer have recommended change intervals for transmission fluid and filters, or for fuel filters. These so-called “lifetime” fluids and filters are supposed to last a long time – but they won’t last forever. Experience has shown that “lifetime” filters and fluids don’t live up to the hype.
Fuel filters always should be replaced when a fuel pump is replaced (unless the filter is part of the fuel pump module assembly). Likewise, transmission filters should be replaced if a customer is changing the fluid in their transmission.
Last Line of Defense Against Contaminants
Filters are the first line of defense against contaminants. Air filters keep dirt and abrasive particles out of the engine. A good-quality air filter will trap about 98 percent or more of the particles that can cause trouble inside an engine. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, it’s efficiency actually increases. But, as the filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt, it also becomes more restrictive to airflow. The greater the pressure drop across the filter, the more it hurts performance and fuel economy.