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BBB Industries announced it has acquired the equity interests of the Remy North American rotating electric business, consisting of World Wide Automotive and Remy Mexico Holdings, more commonly known as Remy Power Products.
“Remy Power Products brings a century of OE experience to the automotive aftermarket, delivering industry-leading starter and alternator coverage for domestic and import passenger vehicles,” BBB Industries said in a news release. “Automotive service professionals value and trust the Remy brand for benchmark-quality rotating electrics, responsive support and world-class technical training.”
The transaction encompasses the entirety of Remy’s North American rotating electric business, BBB Industries noted.
“Remy’s remanufacturing expertise and market understanding along with its proven ability to provide high-quality products is a natural complement to BBB,” BBB Industries CEO Duncan Gillis said. “The Remy brand has a rich history, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring this added value to our existing and new customer relationships.”
Dave Overbeeke, CEO of Remy Holdings, added: “With continuity for our customers a key transaction priority, we are confident that BBB’s excellent aftermarket reputation and scale in rotating electrics will enhance the customers’ overall experience.”
Founded in 1987, BBB Industries produces remanufactured starters, alternators, hydraulic and air disc-brake calipers, power-steering products and turbochargers for OEM and aftermarket applications.
By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
Recently, foreign media reported that GM has confirmed that it plans to position Cadillac as the leading brand of the group's future electric vehicles. The newly developed general BEV3 platform is expected to be used by Cadillac in 2021.
At present, the news about whether Cadillac's next electric car is SUV or car is unknown, but earlier, the company did release ELR plug-in hybrid model based on Volt and CT6 plug-in hybrid version. Meanwhile, in September last year, Cadillac CEO Steve Carlisle announced that they would suspend diesel engine development and focus more on electrification. It is understood that GM said in November 2018 that due to the restructuring of the company, they will increase investment in electric vehicles and autopilot in the next two years, and plans to launch a new electric vehicle structure and advanced battery system in 2021 to support its R & D in at least 20 new models in the United States and China.
By Jacky Xine
Ford F-150 Which we are already very familiar with, the classic model has long dominated the sales list in the United States. Recently, Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Industry Conference that "we will use batteries and hybrids to bring the F-series pickups into the electric age. We are also preparing the same for Ford Transit trucks. We launched the plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Transit truck and will electrify the Ford Transit series worldwide.
However, F-150 won’t be the first electric pickup that Ford ever made. Ford has already produced one electric pickup, Ranger EV, which was appropriately built in Edison, N.J from 1998 to 2002.
In last year, Ford announced that it planned to "make 16 electric vehicles to market by 2022," and said the first model to be launched would be a pure electric CUV with a 300-mile range. At that time, the plan was to launch the hybrid version of the F-150 by 2020. As for the pure electric version, it would be more backward. Obviously, under the pressure of Tesla and Rivian, Ford adjusted its product launch plan.
In other words, the original planned F-150 hybrid version is still in production, but at least one of the F-series that will be launched later will be fully electric. This is just one of the many electric car announcements that Ford released last week. Other announcements include Ford and Volkswagen announced that they are considering co-developing electric vehicles; American automaker premium brand Lincoln also announced that it will produce a Ford Mustang Electric version of the electric car; Ford Mustang electric car should be Ford's first all-electric car, it will be designed and manufactured from the beginning, and will be listed next year.
By Erica Zhu Feilong Jiangli
Solar Edge announced that consumers of electric vehicles (EV) can now use Google Assistant to control their solar inverters for charging electric vehicles. Solo Technologies Co., Ltd. is one of the first companies to integrate the charging function of electric vehicles with Google assistants.
Solar Technologies provides the world's first solar energy inverters for charging electric vehicles. Through innovative solar boost modes, the inverters charge six times faster than standard level 1 chargers. Integrating this technology into Google Assistants can simplify the charging process of electric vehicles for consumers and meet the needs of smart energy solutions.
Lior Handelsman, founder of Solo Technologies and vice president of marketing and product strategy, said: "Smart home mainly provides convenience and interconnection, but the next step for smart home is to integrate smart energy management solutions such as electric vehicle charging. By working with Google to combine the convenience of smart home with the value of smart energy, Solar Technology can enable more people to use smart solar energy and be in the leading position in this field.
Now, consumers can communicate with Google assistants to start or stop charging electric vehicles. Solo Technologies also plans to add other features to Google's assistant commands, such as querying the charging status of electric vehicles, checking the average mileage that can be reached during the charging process, and booking the charging ahead of time.
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.