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FCS Automotive recently announced the release of 82 new numbers, including 51 complete strut assemblies, 11 shock absorbers and 20 bare strut assemblies.
All of these units are in stock and ready to ship.
“FCS remains committed to be first-to-market with new numbers, while providing the most comprehensive market coverage in North America – well-beyond our nearest competitor,” FCS said in a news release. “Many of these numbers are not available from the competition.”
The new numbers account for more than 31 million vehicles on the road in the United States and Canada. Popular applications covered include the Acura RDX, BMW X5 Series, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry, Volvo XC90 and more.
As a global supplier in more than 40 countries, FCS products are always produced to meet strict OE quality processes backed by extensive in-house testing and IATF16949 and ISO14001 certifications, according to the company.
For more information about FCS products, call 866-708-4554 or visit www.fcsautoparts.com.
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Lucas Oil Products has introduced a new essential roadside-safety product just in time for the winter travel season.
The Lucas tire inflator is an easy-to-use, non-flammable tire inflator and sealer for use in all passenger vehicles to quickly seal punctures and re-inflate a damaged tire.
“As someone who has had their fair share of flat tires in the past, this is one of my favorite new products,” said Shane Burns, sales vice president, Lucas Oil Products. “Our new tire inflator is a necessity when it comes to quickly and easily addressing a common auto emergency and has the potential to be a true lifesaver. This serves as another great example of our commitment to developing a robust line up of problem-solving products for vehicle care and roadside safety.”
Seals and inflates flat tires for a temporary emergency repair Safe and easy to use No tools required Works fast Tire-sensor safe Non-flammable VOC-compliant in all 50 states The Lucas tire inflator, available at select retail stores, features an easy-to-use hose applicator that is perfect for emergency roadside fixes without using any tools, according to the company.
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Rotomaster, a Vancouver-based turbocharger brand of ADP Distributors, has unveiled its new logo and packaging with an expanded vision to provide comprehensive, industry-leading solutions to the automotive aftermarket.
The re-engineered brand reflects Rotomaster’s forward-thinking approach to turbocharger engineering and design, according to the company.
“Since 1978, Rotomaster has lived and breathed turbochargers, celebrating much growth and success over the years,” said Garret Wiebe, general manager of Rotomaster. “After joining forces with CARDONE Industries in 2017, we wanted to modernize the look and feel of our brand to reflect the same innovative drive that continues to inspire our organization.”
After a long history in the heavy-duty, marine and powersports markets as a Tier 1 and aftermarket supplier, Rotomaster is now also focused on the gas-powered, light-duty vehicle market, which is steadily growing as new vehicles utilize turbo technology to provide more horsepower while reducing fuel consumption.
By combining the engineering and testing capabilities of Rotomaster with the distribution footprint and scalability of CARDONE, Rotomaster is poised to make a significant impact on the turbocharger aftermarket, the company said. The redesign of the logo represents that synergy ‒ striking a balance between Rotomaster’s history and the bright future to come.
Beyond new packaging and the refreshed logo, Rotomaster also has redesigned its website to offer a more user-friendly experience for its customers.
“Rotomaster is a market-leading brand that offers the widest breadth of coverage and top-quality products for turbocharged vehicles of all types,” said Mike Carr, chief executive officer at CARDONE. “Now it has a revitalized logo and packaging that reflect that fact.”
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The industry shouldn’t be afraid of EVs. On the contrary, EVs are certain to present more business opportunities to automotive shops that are prepared for them. That was the takeaway from Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, during his session on the AAPEX stage on what shops, and the aftermarket, need to do to get ready for electrification.
“Whether BEVs (battery electric vehicles) are 5% or 50% of the market, we’re in business to solve problems and to keep these vehicles on the road and maintained properly,” Johnson said. “So, what we need to be focused on is not ‘when,’ but ‘what’ to do about it. It’s not a matter of ‘if.’ And, the good news is, for all these people who say to themselves that this is going to put them out of business, it just isn’t true.”
For shops to prepare to start working on EVs, Johnson suggested first getting familiar with the service information for these vehicles. For example, disabling the high-voltage system in these vehicles isn’t always as simple as just pulling a connector. Instead, some vehicles require the technician to wait a period of time – around 10 minutes or so – for the supercapacitors in the vehicle to discharge their stored energy.
Johnson said EVs are unique in that they have a servicing mode, and that it can’t be assumed it is safe to work on a vehicle as long as it is turned off; some electric vehicles could still be active. Johnson added technician knowledge will eventually make up for time lost researching this EV service information.
“[Systems] are not getting simpler. They’re getting more complex to deal with the things that we lose when we lose the internal combustion engine. You know, I’ve always said that a technician’s best tool is actually not their information system. It’s their experience,” Johnson explained. “When we look at a problem on a car the first time, we see a symptom on a particular vehicle that might drive us crazy figuring it out. But, once we figure it out, the next time we see that vehicle, which is inevitable, we’ll do it that much faster. So sometimes we lose a little money on the first one, but we make it up in spades as we go through the repair process.”
Johnson also suggested technicians should receive some training on the relationship between voltage, current and resistance, as well as how current flows, how to isolate circuits and how to measure many of these values. Technicians also should be familiar with basic EV tools, like a digital multimeter or oscilloscope.
In 2020, 2.3% of the vehicles sold were true electric vehicles, Johnson noted. About 12% were electrified, but also had a gasoline engine.
“So, 98% of what was sold last year still had a combustion engine,” he said. “If you look at the car parc and the actual cars that are on the road, over 99% of those still have internal combustion engines. There are over 70 EV models planned between now and 2027.”
Although the Biden administration is targeting half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. being EVs by 2030, that target is likely a bit aggressive, Johnson asserted.
“With Mr. Biden and his plan, nobody really sees a path to a 50% BEV sale by 2030. But, they do see a path if everything goes correctly, and it would be pretty aggressive, to see 32% by 2030,” he said. “And, just to put it into perspective if that happened, we would still have 68% of the vehicles sold with an internal combustion engine, and 92% of the vehicles on the road with [an internal combustion engine].”
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AutoZone will build a new distribution center in Chowchilla, California, the company announced on Dec. 16.
AutoZone expects to begin construction in the summer of 2022 for a projected opening in 2024, according to a news release from the city of Chowchilla.
The distribution center will bring at least 280 jobs to Chowchilla, a community of 19,000 residents that’s about a two-hour drive from San Jose.
“With more than 640 stores across the state of California, we are very excited to be a part of the Chowchilla community,” AutoZone CEO Bill Rhodes said. “During our process to identify our next distribution-center location, Chowchilla’s leadership team has been amazing and has helped solidify our decision to come and be an integral part of this great community. Our significant investment in Chowchilla represents our commitment to always putting our customers first and is an important part of our strategy for accelerated growth.”
Chowchilla is located at the intersection of two major highways. Highway 152 serves as the gateway to the Bay Area, and Highway 99 links together the major cities within the San Joaquin Valley. Chowchilla boasts 2,800 acres of land zoned for industrial and commercial development, ready for building or occupancy, according to the city.
“We are very excited for this new development and what it means for the city of Chowchilla and the people who live here,” said Mayor John Chavez. “We needed a way to create new jobs for the community, so they do not have to commute outside our city for work, and they can spend more time with their families.”
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