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Pittsburgh paint and chemical company, PPG Industries, has acquired a small Illinois coatings company for an undisclosed amount.
Toyota aims to produce 70 percent more Prius hybrids after a planned remodeling next year, bringing annual output to at least 480,000 units, the Nikkan Kogyo industry daily reported on Friday.
BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions today announced that it has named Superior Auto Paints of Baltimore, Maryland, its ColorSource PREMIER* Distributor of the Year. The award was presented at BASF’s annual ColorSource Premier Conference held recently at the Sanibel Resort in Fort Meyers, Florida.
Jay Leno and the Big Dog Race Team count on a Hypertherm Powermax to cut metal during their auto restoration projects.
The team at Jay Leno’s Garage knows that when it comes to fixing up cars—namely Jay’s impressive collection of vintage automobiles—there is one plasma cutting brand that rises above the rest: That’s why Jay and the Big Dog Race Team turn to the Hypertherm Powermax30 when cutting metal during an auto restoration.
"The Powermax30 is definitely impressive. I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I first saw it because the unit is so small. I thought there is no way that thing’s going to cut through the metal on our cars. But it did with no problem," said Bernard Juchli, head mechanic and race car driver for the Big Dog team. "It didn’t even hesitate for a second. It was fast, easy to use, and really produced a nice clean cut.
Sullair Corporation, a business unit of Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Company, is pleased to announce the expansion of its S-energy® Series compressors. A broad range of these lubricated rotary screw air compressors is now available in both constant speed and variable speed drive models, ranging from 15 (11 kW) to 100 (75 kW) horsepower with capacities of 44 to 500 acfm and pressures from 100 to 175 psig.Click for full story
A123Systems has started accepting Consumer Deposits for Plug-in Conversion Modules Capable of Increasing Fuel Economy to More Than 100 Miles Per Gallon and Reducing CO2 Emissions by more than 50%
A123Systems, developer and producer of Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries, announced the launch of its Hymotion product line’s new Web site, www.hymotion.com, designed to provide information and take orders from individuals interested in purchasing the L5 Plug-in Conversion Module (PCM) for the Toyota Prius. A123Systems also continues to sell Hymotion Plug-in Conversion Modules to fleet and government buyers, with more than 50 vehicles currently on the road in corporate and government demonstration programs.
Honda's first new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line June 16 and is on its way to California. Honda expects to lease up to 200 units of the zero-emissions vehicle there within a year at $600 month including maintenance. The FCX Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, emits only water in its exhaust. It is also two times more energy efficient than a gas-electric hybrid and three times that of a standard gasoline-powered car, the company says.
AutoClaims Direct, the leading strategic development firm to auto claims industry today announced the implementation of "live help" to further deliver unparalleled customer service support.
Effective June 1, 2008, General Motors has expanded the number of qualifying parts for its very popular GM PART-ner collision parts loyalty program. The objective of GM PART-ner is to thank the body shops for using genuine GM collision parts.
The 900 qualifying parts are some of the fastest moving collision parts GM offers and account for over 75% of the new aftermarket parts business on GM applications. The 900 part numbers are also the same parts that are on the Bump the Competition dealership price-matching program.
Mitchell 1 has added a Parts Ordering Information section to its Web site under the heading Program Distribution Group. With connections to the leading aftermarket parts distributors, professional technicians can connect with their current supplier of choice with the simple click of a mouse.
Scene Genesis AuditSentry, software that lets auto insurers easily review repair estimates for compliance with audit rules, has been unveiled by Scene Genesis, Inc.
AuditSentry is a significant improvement over a manual estimate-review process. The Web-based tool accepts data files from all three major auto estimating systems and verifies compliance against the insurer's audit rules, tracks changes and compares them to submitted supplements.