Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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M T D D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 8 56 2 0 1 8 A A P E X port, purchase rewards, training and repair assistance and business support discounts. LUMILEDS HAS A NEW INSTALLER PROGRAM Lumileds LLC's new installer program is designed to help shops sell upgraded vehicle lighting to consumers. e Philips Lighting Specialist Program runs to April 30, 2019. e Philips Lighting Specialist Program offers incentives for warehouse distributors (WDs), shops and consumers. e program focuses on the Philips X-tremeVision upgrade headlight and offers shops a $25 Visa gi card for every 10 pairs of Philips X-tremeVision upgrade headlights sold and gives shop customers a $10 mail-in rebate for each pair of Philips X-tremeVision headlights purchased. Lumileds displayed its line of LED lighting solutions for vehicles interiors and exteriors at AAPEX. e company says the bedrock of the LED line is the Philips Ultinon LEDs. Lumileds' latest LED innovation, the Philips X-tremeUltinon LED Fog Lamp, is designed to be an extremely powerful, plug-and-play replacement for H8, H11, and H16 halogen fog bulbs. NEW IB PULSE TESTS BATTERY IN JUST TWO STEPS e insights of 2,000 technicians guided the development of the new IB Pulse battery tester from Interstate Batteries Inc. Cliff Sewing, Interstate Batteries' category manager of testing, said the company went to the field to find what technicians need in their battery testers. e result is a handheld tester that easily scans a vehicle identification number (VIN) and battery UPC to provide fast, accurate results. "A typical battery tester might have ten to fieen steps in the screen flow. e IB Pulse completes the test in as few as two steps. You scan the VIN of the car, scan the UPC of the battery and hit the start button." When the test is complete, the IB Pulse displays the Interstate Batteries part numbers that fit the vehicle tested. "I've seen no other tester on the market that gives the battery part number," said Sewing. ARCTICPRO MACHINES ARE SMALLER e latest ArcticPro air conditioning handling systems from Mahle Service Solutions are smaller than earlier versions. "ese sleek, newly designed high-performance units are smaller in size than previous models taking up less space in automotive repair shops," said Rich Wolf, general manager. "Mahle has set a new standard for the industry in servicing A/C machines with its new and most popular feature: an ergonomic, hinged cabinet service door for easy access to all internal components." e newly designed machines include four units (ACX2180, ACX2180H, ACX2150 and ACX2120H) to recover, recycle and recharge vehicles equipped with R134a refrigerant. Two new units (ACX2280 and ACX2250) are available to service vehicles that are factory filled with the new R1234yf refrigerant. DELPHI EXPANDS GDI SERVICE PROGRAM Delphi Technologies PLC has added gasoline direct injection (GDI) and multiport gas fuel injector testing equipment to its GDI service program in North America. e expansion coincides with the introduction of the Hartridge Excalibur GDI Master, which gives technicians the ability to test GDI and port fuel injection (PFI) up to 250-bar pressure, in test cycles as little as five minutes. "GDI market growth outpaces most other automotive categories, so quality parts and diagnostic equipment for GDI systems will be a must for garages to be competitive," said Alex Ashmore, president, Delphi Technologies Aermarket. Delphi currently offers around 100 GDI high pressure fuel pump SKUs in North America and plans to expand. In addition, the company announced plans to reach a full-line steering and suspension offering by 2020 and a more comprehensive suite of engine sensors. NGK ADDS PRODUCTS AND A BRAND NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) Inc. introduced a spark plug, a sensor line and a vehicle electronics brand. e new product is NGK Ruthenium HX spark plugs. e new line is NTK Technical Sensors. e new brand is WVE Vehicle Electronics. e company says the Ruthenium HX is the latest in high-ignitability spark plug technology comprised of the precious metal ruthenium. is new product contains 25 part numbers covering over 200 million vehicles currently in operation. In addition, NGK is launching a spark plug service interval resource by including original equipment manufacturer suggested spark plug replacement recommendations in its ngksparkplugs.com parts finder and the company's Aces catalog content. NGK Spark Plugs has also expanded its NTK product portfolio beyond oxygen sensors. e NTK Technical Sensors port- folio contains position, pressure, speed, temperature, fluid level, emissions and specialty sensors. e new WVE Vehicle Electronics brand offers bumper-to-bumper products covering electrical components for both domestic and import vehicles. Dawn Gonzalez, marketing communica- tions manager for Lumileds, is next to a vehicle retrofitted with Extreme Ultinon LED fog lamps and Ultinon LED lights. Cliff Sewing says the new IB Pulse tester is small, compact and can be mounted on a wall. Delphi Technologies' Mary Gustanski (left), senior vice president and chief technology officer, and Chad Smith, vice president of North America aftermarket, are shown with the new Excalibur GDI Master for testing GDI and PFI injectors.

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