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By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
China-based EV startup XPENG Motors officially launched its first mass-produced model, the XPENG G3, on December 12, 2018. Its second model, positioned as a mid-sized BEV sedan that is to compete with the Tesla Model S in terms of intelligent level, is expected to make its debut at Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2019, according to insiders from the startup.
XPENG Motors aims to raise RMB 20 billion of investment in 2019. Up until now, it has completed the Series B round of financing with its value of fundraising totaling up to RMB10 billion. As to the financing performance of another two prominent EV startups, NIO has already gone public obtaining over RMB21.8 billion, while WM Motor has closed its Series D round with total funding value exceeding 15.5 billion.
By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
China's shortcuts in automobile manufacturing industry
Over the past nine years, China has become the world's largest automobile market and producer, with annual production and sales exceeding 25 million vehicles. China's automotive industry has also been the world's largest automotive industry in just a few years, driven by the huge domestic demand of the Chinese market. But there is not a strong enough component system to support the development of China's automobile industry. In March this year, the 2017 Top 100 list of global auto parts suppliers was officially unveiled. Unsurprisingly, Germany's Bosch Group continued to rank first with more than $46 billion in revenue, while German gearbox supplier Zeiff rose to second. From the third to the tenth ranking of parts companies are Magna, electronics, mainland, Aixin, modern Mobius, Virginia, Lear.
In this ranking, China's highest ranking of parts companies is Yanfeng automotive interior system, followed by CITIC Deka ranked 71. And the selected parts enterprises are mainly single components. Feilong Jiangli supply water pumps for car plants.
In contrast, there is no comprehensive automobile parts supplier in China's automobile industry.
By Mengjuan Zhu
When the pump is damaged, we should pay attention to the following items when replacing.
（1） The real cause of the pump damage should be clear. Before replacing the pump, the radiator fan, thermostat and coolant should be determined.
（2） It is likely that pumps with similar shapes but suitable for different types of engines will occur, so before installing the pumps, a comparison should be made between the new pump and the old pump removed, or a check should be made on the part number of the pump and the type of the engine to determine whether the selected pump is suitable for the model being repaired.
（3） Water pump installation surface should be carefully cleaned and leveled.
（4） When installing the pump, wet the seal ring with coolant first. If you need to use sealant, be careful not to apply too much.
（5） Do not use the way of percussion pump shaft to install the pump. You should check the real reason for the difficulty of pump installation. If the excessive scale in the cylinder water channel leads to the difficulty of pump installation, steel wire brush or fine sand paper should be selected according to the scale situation. When installing bolts in water pumps, they should be tightened progressively in the direction of diagonal according to the prescribed torque, excessive tightening of bolts or causing damage to gaskets.
（6） The tension of the pump belt must be strictly controlled according to the adjustment standard. Excessive tension of the belt, will cause bearing overload operation and early damage; and too small tension, easy to produce noise, serious pump can not work properly.
Feilong Jiangli warm notes: If you can't replace it by yourself, please go to the warehouse.
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link hidden, please login to view While there’s some debate about when self-driving cars will become commonplace – and precisely how they’ll be used by consumers – it’s fair to say that self-driving vehicles are coming. When they arrive, they will likely cause changes across society.
When it comes to changes in the auto repair industry, there’s reason to believe that self-driving cars will lead to overall growth. Here’s why:
1. More Vehicles On The Road
If the most optimistic projections for self-driving cars are correct, the cost of operating a self-driving car will be even lower than the cost of vehicle ownership today. If that’s the case, it’s likely that we’ll see an overall increase in the number of vehicles on the road. This is called “the Jevons effect,” and it’s been seen in history numerous times.
Essentially, the Jevons effect is that consumption increases as prices decrease. If using a vehicle becomes less expensive, people will use their vehicle more often…which would probably mean more vehicles on the road (and in the repair shop).
2. More Annual Miles Driven
If consumers can spend their time in a self-driving vehicle reading, sleeping, working, watching a movie, etc., why wouldn’t they use it for long trips? Instead of dealing with a commercial flight, consumers can get in their self-driving vehicle, enter a destination, and then read a book. It might take a few more hours to drive than it would to fly, but that’s not a big loss if that ‘extra’ travel time can be spent productively.
Not to mention, when you arrive at your destination, you have your vehicle (with all your stuff) at your disposal. No more messing around with airports, rental cars, etc.
Self-Driving Vehicles Will Be Good For Repair Shops
If self-driving vehicles are convenient, safe, and affordable, that can only be good news for the repair industry. Consumers will drive more vehicles more often, leading to more maintenance and repair work. Here’s to our self-driving future!
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The leadership of National Pronto Association and Automotive Distribution Network announced today the merger of the two organizations. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the newly formed organization will be known as the Pronto Automotive Distribution Network.
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, Pronto Automotive Distribution Network will be led by Robert Roos as president and David Prater as executive vice president. The combined organization will represent more than 250 members in North America with an estimated revenue of approximately $5 billion annually. Members will continue to market under the Pronto, Parts Plus and Auto Pride names.
In addition, Pronto Automotive Distribution Network, together with Federated Auto Parts, will comprise the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”
"It's great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing," said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. "Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”
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.
By Joe Pagone
I have been a mechanic for many years. I used to buy Napa Auto Parts almost always. I felt the parts were good quality, although more expensive than others. It does not pay to install poor quality parts on a car, they come back, and bite you! Unfortunately, a few years ago it seems Napa changed their policy on quality. This happened around the time they totally changed the on-line site. Around the same time, I started looking at Rock Auto on-line. Rock Auto offers each part by a few different manufacturers, quality levels, and prices. I started noticing that despite Napa still charging higher prices, they were now supplying the cheapest, lowest quality parts instead of the better quality they were known for. Given that, why would a person order from Napa, when Rock Auto is surprisingly lower priced, and you have a quality level choice . Napa seems to be riding on their previous well known name, while keeping the prices artificially high.
Some prime examples of this is, I purchased a starter solenoid, (eckland, Napa's electrical brand), as a preventative measure. The third start-up, after installing, the solenoid froze in the on position, with key off, and kept the starter spinning and engaged until I could unhook one battery terminal. Burned up the relay, starter, and a couple wires. I purchased a rebuilt alternator, took it from the box, and turned it, it felt rough turning, as if there was dirt in the bearing race or defective bearing components. I purchased Napa's best fuel pump, and it was very noisy from day one. I purchased a set of Napa Branded, 2 ton each, jack stands. One of them had a defective casting that would not allow the stop to lock in place. Although it seemed it locked, when weight was applied, it fell. I purchased rebuilt Ford Front calipers from Napa, and with in one year, the unplated soft steel bleeder screws has rusted solid to the caliper!
Are other people seeing this too??