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    • By Counterman
      WIX Filters, a division of MANN+HUMMEL, has launched WIX VarioPleat technology, allowing the company to provide air-filter technology to meet the needs of heavy-duty and industrial customers.
      Available early next year in North America, the advancement allows WIX to provide exact-fit replacement parts for buyers that have varying-sized applications. The innovative technology will cover many applications, for both on- and off-road machines, according to the company. Containing variable and deep pleats, the advancement offers a high filtration capacity that comes in several different shapes to meet aftermarket standards. 
      Additionally, the rugged containment molded frame contains built-in handles, allowing for easy filter removal. The technology is highly efficient and offers a robust design for a wide range of customers that have specialty filtration needs, according to WIX. 
      “At WIX, we understand the need for various-shaped materials and products to fit the wide range of applications that are available,” said Donald Chilton, director of product management at MANN+HUMMEL. “The development of this new line gives heavy-duty and industrial machine owners the option to get all of their parts from one place.”
      WIX has 11 facilities in eight different countries and manufactures more than 210 million filters annually. Focusing on innovation and quality, WIX meets or exceeds OEM standards for fit, form and function and has partnered with companies across the country to also offer price-competitive products, according to the company. 
      To learn more about WIX filters, buyers can contact their local sales representative or visit 
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    • By Counterman
      In November 2020, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved an update to the state’s landmark Right to Repair law, requiring automakers to provide a platform that enables motorists to access and control their vehicles’ telematics data.
      While the passage of Ballot Question 1 was a huge win for the automotive aftermarket, it’s unclear when the provisions of the legislation will see the light of day.
      After voters approved the ballot measure by a 75% to 25% margin, a coalition of automakers – the Alliance for Automotive Innovation – filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ballot question based on a litany of allegations, including cybersecurity concerns; insufficient time to comply with the new data-access requirements; and their contention that the ballot initiative is preempted by federal law.
      Over the past two years, the automakers have managed to keep the case tied up in court. Attorney General Maura Healey has idled the legislation until the lawsuit is resolved.
      Recently, it was reported that the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and the state attorney general’s office have submitted scheduling proposals for further proceedings in the litigation.
      In its proposal, the
      link hidden, please login to view states: “While it remains the plaintiff’s position that the OEMs cannot comply with the plain language of the Data Access Law without violating their safety obligations under the Vehicle Safety Act, plaintiff understood the court to request a more robust discussion of the statutory interpretation issues that hopefully could narrow areas of disagreement. We are not off to an encouraging start. Worse, the attorney general couples her reiterated interpretations with an accelerated schedule that will ensure this endeavor fails. The attorney general’s proposed schedule simply does not allow time for a deeper dive on these interpretation questions.” The alliance proposed being given until Sept. 22 to review and reply to the AG’s proposal with the hopes of conferring and submitting a single clarified document on or before Oct. 14.
      “It’s been nearly two years since the people of Massachusetts voiced their strong desire for more choice and competition when it comes to auto repairs,” Justin Rzepka, executive director of the CAR Coalition, said in response to the latest activity in the case. “As this case continues to drag on, Congress cannot wait – it must act on federal Right to Repair solutions, like the REPAIR and SMART Acts, to restore choice and empower businesses to service car owners that want options.”
      Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development will hold a 
      link hidden, please login to view on Right to Repair at 10 a.m. EST on Wed., Sept. 14. Witnesses include the executive director of the Repair Association, which  link hidden, please login to view, along with representatives from a New Hampshire-based tech shop and Maine family farm. The post
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    • By Counterman
      The U.S. automotive aftermarket has experienced several victories when it comes to Right to Repair, which secured the consumer’s right to choose where they get their vehicle maintained and repaired.
      This right was secured twice in Massachusetts: first in 2012, resulting in a nationwide memorandum of understanding (MOU) with automakers for vehicle diagnostic and maintenance data from the OBD, and again in 2020 for wirelessly generated vehicle data.
      Contrary to the will of Massachusetts voters, soon after the win in 2020, the automakers filed a lawsuit to overturn this 2020 victory for consumer rights and we are still waiting on a decision from the judge.
      As the industry awaits the long-anticipated decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts, the auto care industry continues the fight for safe and secure access to vehicle maintenance and repair data on the national and international stage. On the federal front, the Auto Care Association has worked to gain support for the
      link hidden, please login to view to secure the Right to Repair for all Americans, but time is running out to secure co-sponsors in this Congress. Due to currently competing legislative priorities (supply chain shortages, war, inflation), it is likely the REPAIR Act bill will need to be reintroduced in 2023. In response to the need to continued momentum and even more engagement on the issue, members of the Auto Care Association’s
      link hidden, please login to view are asking for the industry to partake in a “Right to Repair Awareness Month” this July. “It’s critical to engage our 4.4 million brothers and sisters in this battle for independence,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association. “We must continue a steady drumbeat and add more voices to our story. That’s why this July, we’re launching Right to Repair Awareness Month to ensure that every colleague, peer and coworker knows what Right to Repair is and why they need to get involved.”                  
      Anyone in the industry can join the Right to Repair Awareness Month effort by doing two simple things:
      Share your support for Right to Repair throughout the month of July and what it means to you on social using the hashtag #righttorepair. The Auto Care Association has created a link hidden, please login to view for eye-catching communications. Be an ambassador within your organization: spread the word about Right to Repair Awareness Month with your supervisor. Ask your HR department to send this company-wide and use resources from the association’s media kit to educate your company and encourage your employees or colleagues to also take 30 seconds to link hidden, please login to view to their local legislator via the association’s Action Center. Additional resources, including full briefs on Right to Repair can be found on the Auto Care Association website for both the
      link hidden, please login to view and link hidden, please login to view levels. Companies that partake in employee education efforts will be recognized. Send details about your participation in the Right to Repair Awareness Month to [email protected]
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    • By Counterman
      The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA) Technology Council (ATC) has extended the submission deadline for the 2022 Technology Innovation award to Aug. 8.
      This annual award celebrates a company that has shown extraordinary commitment to creating new and innovative products in business process technologies in the aftermarket including sales and marketing, IT and data management.  
      Finalists will pitch their new technologies during the virtual ATC Fall Meeting on Sept. 7, and the winner will be announced during the AASA Technology Conference to be held Sept. 25-28.   
      “This award is exciting because it showcases businesses that are putting in the work to make the aftermarket more efficient and more effective,” commented Chris Gardner, senior vice president, operations, AASA, and ATC executive council lead. “We are looking forward to seeing the newest best-in-class technologies and awarding the 2022 Technology Innovation Award during the AASA Technology Conference this Fall.” 
      Past winners of the ATC Technology Innovation Award  
      2021 –  link hidden, please login to view, visual search  2020 –  link hidden, please login to view, automated load sheet technology   Award entry information is available 
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    • By Counterman
      More than 18 months after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure expanding the state’s Right to Repair law to include data access for vehicle owners, the voter-approved changes remain in limbo.
      Douglas Woodlock, a judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, issued a notice on July 1 announcing another delay in the decision on the automakers’ challenge to the Right to Repair ballot initiative.   
      Citing “the need to consider fully the implications of the long-anticipated decision” and “unforeseen and unforeseeable scheduling complications encountered in the past several weeks coming upon the extended holiday weekend,” Woodlock further delayed the conclusion of the case.
      Based on his statement, the delay is expected to be short. However, the judge previously stated that he would issue a final judgment no later than July 2.
      On Nov. 3, 2020, Massachusetts voters approved the ballot measure by a 75% to 25% margin. The new Right to Repair law would require manufacturers to provide vehicle owners both access and control of the diagnostic and repair data generated by their vehicles.
      In December 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, whose members produce the vast majority of cars and light trucks sold in the United States, filed for a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the new law. The motion for injunction claims that the updated Right to Repair law “is unconstitutional because it is preempted by federal law.”
      “By requiring auto manufacturers to eliminate existing cybersecurity controls that protect core vehicle functions and thereby ensure the safe operation of vehicles within prescribed emissions limits, the Data Law conflicts with the requirements, purposes and objectives of the federal National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Clean Air Act,” the alliance asserts in its court filing.
      The Auto Care Association
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