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Chevrolet Announces New Colorado Will Have Duramax Diesel

Chevrolet announced that the Colorado will be offered with an optional 2.8 liter Duramax diesel engine. The 2.8L diesel is an inline four cylinder, turbo-diesel that makes 369 foot-pounds of torque. This will allow the Colorado to have a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

According to Chevrolet, the engine option will be offered in both the LT and Z71 vehicle trims, but only in a Crew Cab model. The vehicle will also include a smart exhaust brake and trailering package with integrated trailer-brake controller. All Colorado vehicles that are equipped with the 2.8L Duramax will also feature 3.42:1 rear-end gears and a locking differential.

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BOLT Releases Jeep Product Catalog

BOLT Releases its new BOLT Jeep lock catalog that showcases the convenience and security of BOLT one-key lock technology in a range of innovative, Jeep-specific lock applications. BOLT's four-page Jeep catalog features information on BOLT’s weatherproof locks, its patented one-key lock technology, newest products, Padlocks, BOLT’s line of trailer locks, cable locks, and spare tire locks. BOLT Jeep lock products come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.boltlock.com

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Wilwood Disc Brakes New Big Brake Kits

Wilwood Disc Brakes Announces its new front and rear big brakes kit for 1999-2015 GM 2500 series trucks and SUVs. Wilwood’s TX6R Tactical Xtreme forged aluminum calipers are the center point of the new front and rear 15" - 16” upgrade disc brake kits for vehicles handling up to 14,000 GVWR. The kits feature easy bolt-on installation, and are fully compatible with all original equipment controls. Fade resistant BP-20 SmartPads are combined with large diameter Spec37 directional vane GT slotted rotors. Calipers are available in gloss black, red powder coat, or clear anodize finish. For more information visit, www.wilwood.com

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Air Suspension Kits From Air Lift Company

Air Lift Company now offers two air spring options for the Ford F-450; the LoadLifter 5000TM and LoadLifter 5000TM ULTIMATE. Air Lift's LoadLifter 5000TM air spring kit works with the existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capacity. The LoadLifter 5000TM ULTIMATE, according to Air Lift, eliminates the harsh jarring of rough roads while leveling the F-450 when towing or hauling loads. Both of the Air Lift underframe kits work with most in-bed hitch configurations and can be installed without drilling. Air Lift products are backed by a lifetime warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com

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Sprintex USA Supercharger For Dodge Challenger

Sprintex USA introduced a fully integrated supercharger system for 2012 to current model Dodge Challangers equipped with the 3.6L V6. The system features a patented twin screw design, provides 54% more horsepower, and 47% more foot pounds of torque over a stock V6 Challenger. Designed to take a Challenger from zero to 60 in less than five seconds, it generates an additional 50 foot pounds of torque by 1,000 RPM. The Sprintex supercharger is designed, engineered and tested to OE specifications. As a fully integrated and reversible system, all components are supplied pre-assembled. For more information, visit www.SprintexUSA.com

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New Interactive Garage Countermans’ Selling Tool

RCH Designs has developed the Interactive Garage, an automotive accessory sales tool that combines an innovative software program with professional digital imaging, allowing customers to see their vehicle with truck accessories applied to it. "When I worked behind the counter of a 4x4 shop in Colorado years back it came apparent to me that it takes a long time to shuffle through the catalog rack of hundreds of aftermarket manufacturers to show the person on the other side of the counter what a lift kit, tires, wheels and a bug shield would look like on their vehicle," says Ryan Hagel, President of RCH Designs. "I’d be lucky to find a few samples of what was being asked for, let alone an image on the vehicle in question that the customer had. So, I took out my digital camera, put a vehicle in a studio, grabbed a bunch of aftermarket products and the Interactive Garage was born." 

The Interactive Garage allows retailers to sell online with an interface, or as a stand-alone sales machine at any brick and mortar retail location.  The “Try it before you buy it” visualization approach to automotive aftermarket sales will help increase accessory purchases and allows users to quickly accessorize their vehicle with a multitude of parts from various manufacturers in a manner of minutes. As another way to enhance  the customer experience, the Interactive garage is an easy to use approach for those buyers looking to browse around on their own before any assistance is needed from the experienced sales staff either online or on-site. For more information on the Interactive Garage, visit www.interactivegarage.com.

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Ford Introduces Its F-150 Limited

Ford recently introduced its 2016 F-150 Limited pickup, a luxury truck outfitted premium accessories that go beyond Ford's Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum editions. Some of the truck's features include 22-inch aluminum wheels, aluminum interior accents, and polished eucalyptus wood inserts. The Mojave leather seats include a 10-way massage settings and cameras on the vehicle will allow the driver to see 360-degrees. The exterior of the truck includes raised lettering on the hood and custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate. "The new Limited sets a new bar for what discerning customers should expect in a high-end truck," s ays Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "We're adding segment-exclusive technology and features that improve productivity, convenience and capability with distinctive style."

The Limited edition truck also incorporates the BLIS cross-traffic alert system, a panoramic sunroof, power deployable running boards, and Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, that makes it easy for anyone to back up a truck to hitch it up to a trailer. With a Sony 10-speaker sound system, CD player and a five-year subscription to Sirius XM radio, the Limited certainly seems unlimited to what kind of accessories can be placed into a luxury pickup.

Ford's Limited F-150 will have a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 that allows towing up to 10,100 pounds. Equipped with a six-speed electronic transmission, the Limited is rated at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined fuel economy.

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T-REX Grilles Announces TORCH Series Grille for the 2004 – 2008 F-150

T-REX Grilles announces that its Torch Series Grille with built-in LED lighting components are now available for the 2004-2008 model Ford F-150. The grille is made as an OEM factory replacement, and features a precision laser cut 12 gauge steel frame, wrapped around formed heavy duty wire mesh, with X Metal Series chrome stud rivets, and a flat black powder coat finish. Made in the USA, the T-Rex Grille easily bolts-in to the original grille opening, requiring no cutting or fabrication during the installation, and can be installed in under an hour with common hand tools. Each grille is backed by an industry leading lifetime structural warranty, and a three year limited finish warranty. For more information visit, www.TREXBILLET.com

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Rockford Fosgate Subwoofer Enclosures Now Available

Rockford Fosgate announces its Power Series T1 Slim Loaded Subwoofer Enclosure line. The 10-inch T1S-1X10, 12-inch T1S-1X12 sealed, and the 10-inch T1S-1X10P vented are scheduled to be available in August. All three models are Klippel-verified and 2031-CEA compliant.  Some features include a cross-braced reinforced enclosure with double wall baffle construction, is constructed with a 5/8 inch black premium grade carpet finish with a black stitched inlayed logo, and 12 AWG spring loaded input terminals. For more information, visit www.rockfordfosgate.com

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TopperEZLift From A.R.E. Accessories

A.R.E. Accessories announces its TopperEZLift, a topper lifting system that can raise and lower any A.R.E. fiberglass truck cap. Powered by the vehicle’s 12-volt battery and drawing five to eight amps, the TopperEZLift adds 17.5 inches of additional height and provides added space without removing the cap. The system can raise up to 900 pounds and allows the cap to seal firmly back down onto the truck bed upon lowering.  Self-locking actuators secure the topper in place, raised or lowered, and the kit includes mounting brackets, hardware and a control box with all required wiring and cable ties. For more information visit, www.4are.com

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ProRYDE Introduces New Leveling Lift Kit For Jeep JK

ProRYDe announces its Progressive Lift Leveling Kit that provides adjustable rear ride height choices for the Jeep Wrangler JK two-door and four-door 2007-2015. The patented design allows rear lift options of one-inch, one and a half-inch, and two-inch. The kit features a rear track bar re-locator bracket, shock extenders, and steel components that are black e-coated. Made from high-strength steel & 6005/HT5 aluminum components and 10.9 grade hardware, the kit does not require replacement of any original OEM components, and comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects. For more information visit, www.ProRYDE.com

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AMP Research PowerStep XL

AMP Research announces a new model to its lineup of PowerStep electric deployable running boards, the PowerStep XL. The PowerStep XL features three additional inches of drop, plug and play wiring, an integrated LED light system, and are constructed of sturdy 6063 marine-grade aluminum with corrosion-resistant black textured coating. For extra strength, the boards’ components are made from die-cast aluminum alloy with an anodized PTFE-coated (polytetrafluoroethylene) military-spec finish for corrosion resistance. Precision stainless steel pivot pins ensure rock-solid stability with a 600 pound capacity, and maintenance-free, self-lubricating bushings. The boards are backed by a five year/60,000 mile limited warranty. For more information visit, www.LundInternational.com

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WEATHER GUARD Introduces New EZGlide2 Drop-Down Ladder Racks

WEATHER GUARD announced its release of the EZGlide2 Drop-Down Ladder Racks. The ladder racks are built with powder coated aluminum, and feature an easy operating system, are lighter than the first generation EZGLIDE, easy installation, and mounting kits. WEATHER GUARD offers a complete line of van ladder racks to choose from based on vehicle styles and applications. The EZGlide2 Drop-Down ladder racks fit extension ladders up to 40 foot, step or podium ladders from three-twelve feet, and easily operates with up to 100 pounds of ladders per side. The optional third cross-member accommodates a conduit carrier for secure storage. For more information, visit www.ezglide2.com

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GM Unveils Its 2016 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Pickups

Chevrolet and GMC unveiled their 2016 model Silverado and Sierra pickups. At first glance the Chevrolet Silverado has a rugged, yet stylish appearance. Chevrolet didn't redesign the entire truck, but they did add a new, smoother grille that is partially color matched to the vehicle. The hood features a center bulge that looks similar to the traditional cowl hood used on early model Chevy muscle cars. The headlights are more streamlined and feature LED's that provide a sleek yet modern appearance to the front of the Silverado.

The 2016 GMC Sierra also has similar facelift improvements but has new bumpers and LED lights around the headlights. Both trucks will have the availability of an eight-speed transmission, that was only available on 6.2L equipped engines, will now be available on 5.3L V8 models but is not a standard feature. The trucks will also have support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, allowing you to make a better connection between you and the vehicle.

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Ranch Hand Hires Mike Kane As VP of Manufacturing & Engineering

Ranch Hand hired Mike Kane as the company's new Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering. According to Ranch Hand, Kane will be responsible for improving the manufacturing and engineering processes, as well as continually monitoring these processes to make sure that the best looking, highest quality products are leaving the Ranch Hand factories. “With Mike on the team, Ranch Hand can continue to lead the industry with products that provide safety and eye appeal," says Ranch Hand President, Greg Chumcha.

Kane earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and bachelor’s degrees from Ithaca College in New York and Central Connecticut University. He has also held several executive level positions, including vice president of manufacturing, and past division president for a major retail company spanning eight business entities. His experience has also been as a chief operating officer for a $100 million organization with corporate, wholesale and retail locations, and director of supply chain operations for a $1.5 billion division of a global technology corporation. For more information, visit www.ranchhand.com.

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DEI Announces Bill Herrmann as Vice President of Operations

Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI) announces that Bill Herrmann has joined as vice president of operations.  He joined the company in late June and will report direct to Design Engineering Inc. CEO, David Markley. Herrmann has over 30 years’ experience in industrial and chemical distribution, as well as, chemical and food manufacturing.  He has spent most of his career within the supply chain procurement, logistics, forecasting, operations management and inventory control disciplines. For more information visit, www.DesignEngineering.com

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The New N-FAB Manufacturing Plant

N-FAB announces that its company has settled at a new location. Previously in a 40,000 square foot facility, N-FAB has been operating at its new 150,000 square foot facility for about ten months. The new building features a new research and development center, a semi garage for the N-FAB trailers, and a photo studio that is now under construction. According to N-FAB, the larger work space will help the company do the job right the first time and stay known for its industry leading design and exceptional utility. N-FAB’s current line capacity can yield upwards of 10,000 finished goods parts per month. For more information visit, www.n-fab.com

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Hellwig Released Rear Sway Bar For The New Colorado & Canyon

Hellwig announces its new rear sway bar for the two and four wheel drive Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. The sway bar features heat treated, solid chromoly, one inch steel, and comes with a lifetime warranty. The kit features adjustable end links, as well as 2 holes in the arms for rate tuning, and polyurethane bushings. The kit comes with everything necessary to complete installation, and is a direct bolt on kit that does not require welding or drilling. For more information visit, www.hellwigproducts.com

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Rugged Ridge Two Door Exo-Top Now Available

Rugged Ridge announced its Exo-Top for two-door 2007-2015 Jeep Wrangler JK. The two-door Exo-Top combines open air functionality of a soft top with the utility of an integrated roof rack. Rugged Ridge’s two-door Exo-Top features a patent-pending design that is a direct bolt-on installation with no drilling required. It is also compatible with most standard rack attachments and accessories in the industry, enabling Jeep owners to utilize the Exo-Top with their existing equipment. The Exo-Top also features a Sun Slider, which allows the top to slide back with the release of two clips. For more information visit, www.RuggedRidge.com

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A.R.E. Offers Work-Ready Diamond Edition Truck Cap

A.R.E. Accessories introduces the Diamond Edition Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU). The Diamond Edition DCU is constructed with.063 diamond-plated aluminum and a fully-welded aluminum frame. All DCU doors feature automotive-quality BOLT lock cylinders in folding t-handles, as well as Suspa gas props on all doors. The DCU can be outfitted to fit specific needs and offers more than 200 options. In addition, A.R.E. can also custom build a Diamond Edition DCU to exacting specifications. The Diamond Edition DCU comes with a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.4are.com

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Magnum Roller Fairlead License Plate Adapter

Innovative Creations Inc. announced the release of its new Magnum Roller Fairlead License Plate Adapter. Made in the USA from heavy-duty steel, then powder-coated to prevent corrosion, the Magnum Roller Fairlead License Plate Adapter includes all mounting hardware for the license plate. For more information visit, www.icionline.com

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TruXedo Introduces New Tonneau Cover

TruXedo, Inc. announces its newest tonneau cover, Titanium. Titanium by TruXedo is a hard rolling tonneau cover that offers full bed access. The cover features aluminum slats that are bonded to UV resistant, industrial grade leather-grain vinyl. The tonneau rolls up and can be secured safely at the front of the truck bed. All TruXedo, Inc. accessories can be purchased through a network of distributors and dealers.  For more information visit, www.truxedo.com

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June Truck Sales On Pace To Set New Record

June light-duty truck sales continue to rise with GM gaining increased sales compared to June of 2014. Auto industry experts agree that if these increases continue, auto makers may surpasss sales of more than 17-million units by December, which hasn't been accomplished since 2001.


June 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014

55,171 - Ford F-Series -8.9% vs 2014
51,548 - Chevrolet Silverado +18.4% vs 2014
33,332 - Dodge Ram +0.6% vs 2014
18,618 - GMC Sierra +20.8% vs 2014
15,959 - Toyota Tacoma +31.1% vs 2014
9,926  - Toyota Tundra +10.6% vs 2014
6,558  - Chevrolet Colorado +N/A% vs 2014
4,437  - Nissan Frontier -22.5% vs 2014
2,532  - GMC Canyon +N/A% vs 2014
1,155  - Nissan Titan +18.3 vs 2014
07     - Honda Ridgeline -99.5% vs 2014


2015 Sales YTD

357,180 - Ford F-Series
275,822 - Chevrolet Silverado
212,716 - Dodge Ram
100,850  - GMC Sierra
88,801  - Toyota Tacoma
61,014  - Toyota Tundra
41,575  - Chevrolet Colorado
34,805  - Nissan Frontier
15.017  - GMC Canyon
6,049   - Nissan Titan
503     - Honda Ridgeline

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CURT Offers new Pindle Mount And Weight Distribution Hitch Shanks

CURT is expanding on its 2 1/2-inch ball mounts and added a 2 1/2-inch weight distribution replacement shank (#17128), a 2 1/2-inch adjustable pintle mount (#48339), a 2 1/2-inch forged receiver mount pintle hook (#48010), and a 2 1/2- inch forged receiver mount ball & pintle combination (#48012). All of these heavy-duty mounts are made with solid steel and are designed to fit CURT class 5 Commercial Duty hitches or any trailer hitch with a 2 1/2-inch x 2 1/2-inch receiver tube opening. These ball mounts are designed eliminate the need for a reducer sleeve or adapter and allow for a class 5 hitch to be used to its full potential. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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Westin Automotive Introduces New Low Profile LED Light Bar

Westin Automotive introduces its Low Profile Double Row LED Light Bar. The LED Light bar features two tightly stacked rows of optic-free three-watt Osram LED chips and reflectors encased in a 6063 extruded aluminum housing with custom over-sized heat sinks. The LEDs run on low amperage and produce zero UV emissions. Westin's Low Profile Double Row LED Light Bars are available in flood beam and flex beam pattern, and feature a rubber seal. The housings are IP rated at 68 and include a Gore pressure equalizing vent, and have a shatter and scratch resistant lens. Included is a wiring harness with connector, switch, and in-line fuse. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com.

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Lund Introduces Terrain HX Steps

Lund International has introduced its new Terrain HX to its existing lineup of nerf bars and running boards. The all-new Lund Terrain HX Step is a nerf bar that is made from three-millimeter thick three-inch steel tubing, and features a black powder-coated textured finish that guards against corrosion. The hoop steps offer a four-inch drop and are welded to the main tube for durability. In addition, the Terrain HX Step features an easy no-drill installation. Lund backs the new Terrain HX Step with a limited lifetime warranty. Applications include Chevrolet/GMC, Ram, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota pickups; and Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. For more information visit, www.LundInternational.com.

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Avery Dennison 2015 “Wrap Like A King” Contest

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced  that its 2015 “Wrap Like a King” Challenge is open through September 30, 2015. Vehicle wrap installers from 42 countries around the globe can now submit commercial or color change wrap projects to be judged by a panel of industry experts. The first 25 submissions in the Challenge will receive a special entry prize. Seven geographic regions in the United States, Canada and Europe have been established for the 2015 Wrap Like a King Challenge. Submissions to the Challenge will be evaluated against their regional peers by the judges and winners announced in October. The overall winner will be chosen and crowned the “King of the Wrap World” at the 2015 SEMA Show. For more information visit, www.graphics.averydennison.com.

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New Tuffy Lock Box Fits 2015+ Ford F150 SuperCab

Tuffy announces its 16 gauge steel security lockbox that mounts under the rear seat in 2015+ Ford F150 SuperCab (Extended Cab) pickups. The full-width formfitting design of the Tuffy lockbox has over 3000 cubic inches of lockable storage, and  features Tuffy’s Pry-Guard Locking System with a 10 tumbler double bitted security lock, and has built in weather seals. The mounting system is only accessed from inside the box. When additional floor space is needed the lockbox can be removed without the need of tools, and can be quickly and easily installed using the factory hardware without drilling. For more information visit, www.tuffyproducts.com.

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Covercraft Offers Custom-Fit Dashmat Dash Covers

Covercraft introduces its new Dashmat custom fit dash cover. DashMat dash covers come in five different fabrics and thirty different colors. Each DashMat is custom cut and comes in a variety of fabrics including VelourMat, SuedeMat, UltiMat, and Ltd. Edition DashMat. The original DashMat and UltiMat are made of polyester fabric manufactured from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and each carries the earth-friendly EcoFi designation. DashMat and UltiMat carry a Lifetime Limited Warranty. VelourMat, SuedeMat, and Ltd. Edition DashMat carry a two-year Limited Warranty. For more information, visit www.DashMat.com.

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New Michelin Defender LTX Tire Designed Specifically For Trucks & SUVs

Michelin created a new truck tire that is specifically designed for work trucks, SUVs, and high-mileage vehicles. The Defender LTX M/S is a longer lasting tire that features Michelin's EVERTREAD technology that adds longevity, as well as providing a stronger platform for pulling a trailer or day-to-day driving. This all-season tire was designed to meet the demands of heavy, high torque transporting trucks and provides traction in mud and snow.  With a starting price around $130 and a 50K-70K mile warranty, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S will provide truck owners with the confidence and long tread wear they've been asking for. For more information, visit www.michelinman.com.

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Covercraft Enters Recapitalization Agreement And Welcomes Mark Korros As CEO

Covercraft Industries Inc. announced it has entered a recapitalization agreement with Century Park Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in facilitating owner liquidity and business expansion by supporting management and investing in infrastructure. “Demand for our various product lines has increased dramatically, especially over the last several years, and we want to do everything we can to set Covercraft up for success going into the future,” said Marty Lichtmann, president of Covercraft. “Our goal has always been to treat our employees like family, make the best products we can and provide the best solutions to meet customer needs. Lichtmann will welcome Mark Korros as the new CEO of the company effective immediately, and will remain actively involved in an operations and consulting role. Korros noted that he is very pleased to be joining a seasoned company already poised for product and category expansion, and looks forward to focusing on the company’s future fueled by his leadership.

Korros is a member of the Century Park Capital Partners Executive Council and has more than 35 years of executive leadership experience with past posts at C.C. Filson Co. Franklin Covey Co., Samsonite, Reebok, Health-tex Childrenswear and Levenger. “Covercraft’s solid business platform will facilitate the implementation of a variety of growth initiatives that will preserve the heart of the brand while expanding company offerings,” said Korros.

Covercraft now has more than 530 dedicated employees. Headquartered in Pauls Valley, Okla., the company has additional manufacturing facilities in Texas, Mexico, England and Australia, and additional design centers in Okla., Calif., Ariz., and Ohio. Covercraft has earned more than 20 awards of excellence including the Pauls Valley Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, the American Pet Association 5-star Approval Award, the Exceptional Leadership in Industry Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and multiple awards from OEM manufacturers like Ford, GM, Honda, Subaru and Toyota.For more information, visit www.covercraft.com.

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Rigid Industries Capture™  LED Light Bar With GoPro Mount

Rigid Industries' new  Capture™ LED light bar is the world's first and only LED light that features a docking station and housing for a GoPro® Hero 3+ or 4 (not included). Rigid's patented radius housing and lenticular lens design provides an optimum beam pattern that works within the GoPro's field of view, and the system provides constant power to charge the unit. Equipped with 16 Cree XPG2 LED's within a thermally controlled board, Rigid Industries' Capture™ Light Bar provides the highest quality components and circuitry available. High and low beam output provides optimum lighting for capturing thrilling moments with your integrated GoPro®, and the compact size, (4.02"H x 3.91" D x 12.46" L) of the Capture™ LED can be mounted just about anywhere.  The Rigid Industries Capture™ is available in either a black or white housing that is IP68 certified, and comes complete with powder-coated mounting hardware and wiring. For more information, visit rgidindustries.com/capture.

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Tickets Available for 2015 SEMA Ignited Event

The SEMA Ignited event allows consumers to experience the cars, parts and spectacle of the 2015 SEMA show. Auto enthusiasts and consumers can now visit www.semaignited.com to purchase tickets to attend SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after party that connects the general public with industry leaders, celebrities and award-winning custom vehicles. The Friday night festival takes place immediately after the SEMA Show closes on November 6, from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. As vehicles exit the Las Vegas Convention Center, they will parade across the street and congregate in what is known as the Gold Lot. The customized rides will be displayed in either a hot-rod, truck, sport-compact or general village area for consumers to get up close with vehicles that feature new and innovative products from the coveted trade-only SEMA Show.

The night will include vehicle demonstrations, automotive celebrities, entertainment, and the culmination of SEMA Battle of the Builders, a nationwide competition that brings together creations from top vehicle builders throughout the country. It will also serve as the backdrop for a nationally broadcasted television special that will feature the top 10 finalists of the competition.

Entrance into the event is free for credentialed SEMA Showgoers. Consumers can purchase tickets at 50 percent off the regular fee of $20 until July 6, 2015 at www.semaignited.com. Students and military members are free but must still register for tickets. Children ages 12 and under are free with a paid general admission ticket. Additional details about the event are available at www.semaignited.com.

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Air Lift Loadlifter For 2015 GM 3500 Pickups

Air Lift Company offers its new LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air spring kit for 2011-2015 Chevy/GMC/ C/K 3500. The fully-adjustable air springs work with the existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capacity. The kit features an internal jounce bumper, is virtually maintenance-free, and easy to install with common hand tools in about three hours or less. Air Lift air spring kits are backed by an industry exclusive lifetime warranty that covers the entire contents of the kit. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.

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Kenwood Welcomes Randy Davis as Western Region Sales Manager

KENWOOD USA announced that it has hired industry veteran Randy Davis to become its next Western Region Sales Manager. Kenwood will charge Davis with overseeing sales operations in the 13 Western states, from Colorado to Alaska and Hawaii. Davis plans to bolster the territory by helping sales representatives, distributors and retailers employ creative strategies to grow market share and increase sales. For more information visit, www.kenwood.com/usa.

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Leer 750 Sport Tonneau For 2015 Ford F-150 Pickups

LEER introduced its new 750 Sport tonneau cover made exclusively for the 2015 Ford F-Series pickup. The hard fiberglass cover is designed to fuse style with superior functionality and matches the contours of the truck to create a custom appearance that enhances the vehicle, while protecting cargo within the bed. The 750 Sport is available from authorized LEER dealers and features a recessed element and a tailgate flare. The 750 Sport also utilizes LEER's FlexSeal barrier and SuperLift gas-propelled lifters, as well as an interior headliner, automotive style rotary latches, keyless remote, and 12-volt LED illumination. For more information, visit www.leer.com.

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CURT Mfg. Appoints David Chon As Director Of Engineering

CURT Manufacturing LLC. has appointed David Chon, an experienced engineer in the automotive industry as the new director of engineering at CURT’s Wixom, Michigan facility. David has several years of experience in engineering and leadership roles in the automotive industry, including 11 years with Chrysler and four years with Honda. Chon will focus on CURT's ability to building quality hitches and being first-to-market. For more information, visit, www.curtmfg.com.

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BOLT Offers Secure Jeep Hi-Lift Jack Mount

BOLT now offers a J-Mount bracket mounting system allowing Jeep TJ and JK off-road enthusiasts to attach their hi-lift jack to the side of their vehicle for easy, vertical access. The J-Mount features BOLT lock, one key convenience and is available for 1997 to 2015 Jeep TJ and JK models. The J-Mount is designed to bolt into existing window bracket holes on either the driver or passenger side just in front of the side mirrors, no drilling required. Made in America from automotive-grade, weatherproof solid steel with a powder-coated finish available in either red or black. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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Transfer Flow Trax 3 Fuel Monitoring System

Transfer Flow introduced its new Trax 3 Fuel Monitoring system. The Trax 3 is computer controlled and displays the percentage of fuel in your Transfer Flow auxiliary and main fuel tanks. Based on the capacity of your vehicle’s main fuel tank and the capacity of the Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank, the TRAX 3™ system will also transfer fuel at pre-determined fuel levels while the vehicle is in operation. The fuel capacity in the main tank and auxiliary tank will decrease at similar rates. The LCD display shows fuel level percentages in each tank and the operational status of the fuel system.  Transfer Flow created a video that demonstrates the features of the Trax 3 Fuel monitor system. Watch the video below or visit www.transferflow.com for additional information. 

 

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CURT Appoints Robert Krouse As Company Research and Development Director

CURT Manufacturing LLC. has appointed Robert Krouse to the company's Engineering team as the research and development director. Krouse will work in the company's Wixom facility and will help to advance CURT’s hitch ratings and standards. Krouse is an expert in trailer hitch design and testing, as well as towing safety. He has over 25 years of experience working for GM as a trailering engineer and subject matter expert. He has worked withProving Ground Test Lab and CAE to refine hitch durability. He has also authored internal and external trailering literature and conducted training seminars for GM engineers, management, journalists and industry professionals.

Krouse has also done extensive work with the SAE organization, serving on a number of trailering committees to improve tow ratings and standards. He initiated and chaired the Tow Vehicle-Trailer Rating Committee that standardized the OEM methodology fortrailer ratings, covering all aspects of towing. He also helped develop standardized weight conditions for trailer rating calculation. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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Westin Offers Secure Cargo Solutions With Brute BedSafe Boxes

Westin Automotive announces the availability of its Brute BedSafe Boxes. According to Westin, Brute BedSafe aluminum heavy-duty roller drawer boxes are 53 percent lighter than steel boxes. The drawers feature .125-inch thick smooth mill and have a 350 lb. capacity. The top and side have a 500 pound capacity for evenly distributed weight with .100-inch thick reinforced diamond tread casing. BedSafe Boxes have a rain gutter feature for water resistance and are base reinforced. Inside, each features movable dividers for item organization as needed. Made in the U.S.A. and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com.

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ICI Introduces Magnum License Plate Light

Innovative Creations Inc. announces the release of its new Magnum License Plate Light. ICI Engineer Kyle Dahlquist developed the Magnum universal LED license plate light to address customer requests. The Magnum universal license plate light features quick and easy installation, can be used with any standard license plate mount, and works with any replacement or stock bumper. The mount is made from steel, then powder-coated to prevent corrosion. The light is LED and has been tested in mud, rain and snow. For more information visit, www.icionline.com.

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Westin Automotive Offers Contour License Plate Re-Locator Bracket

Westin Automotive announces the availability of the Contour License Plate Re-Locator Bracket for Westin's Contour 3.5 Inch Bull Bar. The Contour License Plate Re-Locator Bracket mounts to the underside of the center cross tube. This optional bracket is available for use in states where the display of a front license plate is required. This is a bolt-on installation with no drilling required and with hardware included. Bracket is black powder coated and has a 3-year warranty. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com.

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Rostra Add-On Navigation For GM Trucks

Rostra precision Controls has introduced a  SoftTouch™ add-on navigation system for the 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra with a factory-installed MyLink-equipped 4.2-inch or 8-inch LCD screen. The plug-and-play system allows for rapid installation, and the digitizer overlay enables installers to convert the non-touch 4.2-inch screen into a touch-based unit for accessing on-screen navigation controls, including turn-by-turn voice directions. Visit www.rostra.com.

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Clean Seal Introduces Secondary Manufacturing Process

Clean Seal, one of the industry's leading gasket and sealing manufacturers, keeps up with demands of new applications that require notches, holes or right angles to provide proper sealing. In the company's latest video, they showcase how they created a secondary manufacturing capability to provide its customers with these types of capabilities.

 

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Toyo Open Country A/T II Provides Foundation for the Ram Rebel

Toyo Tire North America OE Sales (TNOE) announced today that the new Ram 1500 Rebel pickup will be outfitted with the brand’s Toyo Open Country A/T II. Inside the truck’s cab, the tire’s tread design is embossed on both the front and rear passenger seats. The Open Country A/T II feature long tread life, all-season performance, an aggressive tread design, and a wear-resistant tread compound. The complete Open Country A/T II line-up includes nearly 100 fitments, ranging from original equipment replacement to flotation sizes. For more information visit, www.toyotires.com

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Cequent Unveils Towing Industry’s Fifth Wheel Hitch Selector

Cequent Performance Products announces the release of its new fifth wheel hitch selector. The online system is available on the company's Reese and ProSeries websites, and walks the user through a step-by-step process of building a complete fifth wheel hitch system. “Unlike receiver or front mount hitches, fifth wheel hitches are not vehicle-specific, so it can be difficult to know which one is right for you,” said John Walsh, CPP vice president of sales and marketing. “Our new selector system takes the guesswork out of the process and gives our customers the peace of mind that they have everything they need before hitting the open road.”

The selector starts by prompting the user to select his/her vehicle year, make and model. Next, the user selects a mounting system, bed size, rail kit, and finally a fifth wheel hitch. Accessories are offered at the end of the process. Once all of the selections are made, the user has the option of printing or emailing the list of products.For more information visit, www.cequentgroup.com

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Ranger Design Announces Partnership With Legend Fleet Solutions

Ranger Design Inc. and Legend Fleet Solutions have entered into a partnership that will now see Ranger Design stock and ship Legend UltraGrip floors. This will now allow Ranger Design to offer customers a durable flooring option that is compatible with Ranger’s full range of commercial van products. The Legend UltraGrip precut floor offers class leading anti-slip protection, and is constructed with a rigid heavy duty, non-porous rubber coated surface. In addition, all Ranger products are backed by an outstanding warranty and supported by a customer service department committed to personalized service. For more information visit, www.rangerdesigninc.com

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Nissan Expects Growth In The Crossover SUV Market

Nissan plans to grow its market share with its Rogue Crossover Sport Utility vehicle. In a recent article in the Detroit News, Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn indicated that the company is intending to gain a greater percentage of the market with its Rogue Crossover and other models. Ghosn sees substantial growth in the crossover SUVs like the Rogue and the company is also expecting to see an upturn from the upcoming release of the new Titan.  According to Ghosn, he intends to gain up to 10 percent of the market by mid-2017. Currently, GM owns 29 percent of the market.

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May Truck Sales Are Up Heading Into The Summer

Truck sales are up heading into the summer months. According to Ward Auto's latest sales report, May truck sales were strong for GM, Dodge and Toyota. Ford still holds the top number in overall truck sales, but compared to 2014, their numbers are dropping. Nevertheless, truck accessory retailers and manufacturers are expecting increased growth in a variety of markets that these vehicles are being used, such as work trucks, outdoor lifestyle, fleets and more.

May 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014

61,870 - Ford F-Series -9.7% vs 2014
51,602 - Chevrolet Silverado +10.6% vs 2014
39,952 - Dodge Ram +7.6% vs 2014
18,977 - GMC Sierra +3.6% vs 2014
17,520 - Toyota Tacoma +26.3% vs 2014
11,650 - Toyota Tundra +2.3% vs 2014
8,881  - Chevrolet Colorado +N/A% vs 2014
5,439  - Nissan Frontier -18.4% vs 2014
2,901  - GMC Canyon +N/A% vs 2014
1,128  - Nissan Titan +4.5% vs 2014
26    - Honda Ridgeline -98.2% vs 2014


2015 Sales YTD

302,009 - Ford F-Series
224,274 - Chevrolet Silverado
179,384 - Dodge Ram
82,232  - GMC Sierra
72,842  - Toyota Tacoma
51,088  - Toyota Tundra
35,017  - Chevrolet Colorado
30,368  - Nissan Frontier
12,485   - GMC Canyon
4,894    - Nissan Titan
496       - Honda Ridgeline

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Rockford Fosgate’s Compact All-In-One Power Bank Now Available

Rockford Fosgate announces that the new RFC-350 compact All-In-One Power Bank is now available. For use in mobile, motorcycle, motorsports, and marine applications, the 9,000 mAh Capacity RFC-350 Charges Mobile Devices and Jump Starts Vehicle Batteries. The All-In-one power bank features micro-USB charging cables, has an input 5V at 1.5A, has an output of 5V at 2.1A, or an output 12V at 350A (max). For more information visit, www.rockfordfosgate.com

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BAK Industries Releases Hard Rolling Tonneau Cover

BAK Industries introduced its Revolver X2, an aluminum hard rolling tonneau cover that features mechanical locking rails, a flush low profile design, and simple one-handed operation. According to BAK, Its “no profile” design ensures better fuel economy, and renders a clean aesthetically rich look. The cover is designed to withstand over 400 pounds of evenly distributed weight, and features Tuff-BAK vinyl lining. Revolver X2 allows for 100% truck bed access, locks securely with the truck’s tailgate, and is backed by an extended 3-year warranty. For more information visit, www.bakindustries.com

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Husky Liners announces the “This Guy Likes Fishin’ Giveaway”

Husky Liners announces its once in a lifetime fishing trip giveaway. One winner and a guest will fish the Rogue River in  Southern Oregon for the Steelhead/Salmon run in late September/early October. They will stay in a rustic bed and breakfast and fish for two days with a well-known guide from a drift boat. Choose conventional or fly-fishing. The winner will go home with a custom rod. For more information visit, www.huskyliners.com

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New Magnum Bumpers From ICI

ICI introduces its Magnum Bumpers for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500, and 2009-2012 Dodge Ram Light Duty Trucks. There are three different styles of bumpers available for each year, make, and model. The options include the Standard Magnum Bumper for the Silverado HD pickups, the Magnum Bumper for the Silverado HD with an RT-Series Light bar, and the Magnum Bumper for the Silverado HD pickup with a Pre-Runner style light bar. For more information visit, www.icionline.com

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Husky Liners Releases New 2015 Ford F-150 X-act Contour Floor Liners and Wheel Well Guards

Husky Liners has released the X-act Contour Floor Liners and Wheel Well Guards for the new 2015 Ford F-150 Truck. The X-act Contour Floor Liner product line is designed to match the contours of the consumer’s vehicle. The Wheel Well Guards, with the addition of the rear guards for the 2015 F-150, covers, protects, and boosts the appearance of consumer’s truck wheel wells. Both of these Husky Liner products come with Husky Liners’ No Hassle Lifetime Guarantee. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com

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LEVEL 8’s Scorpion Rims dress up late model Trucks, Jeeps and SUVs

Level 8 Motorsports introduces its “Scorpion” rim designed to fit most full and mid-sized trucks, SUVs and Jeeps in popular bolt patterns.  With sizes ranging from 16 x 8.5 to 20 x 9, and available in Anthracite grey and Matte Black machined finishes.  Made in a Class A plant that manufactures one piece cast aluminum rims for some of the largest OEM car and truck manufacturers worldwide, the quality is backed by a lifetime structural and one year limited finish warranty.  For more information please visit, www.Level8Motorsports.com

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AIRAID Now Offering Cold Air Intakes For Mid-Sized SUV’s And Trucks

AIRAID introduces its latest addition of intake systems for midsize SUVs. AIRAID's newest Cold Air Dam system fits the 2013-2015 Fords Escape with 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost engines, and the 2015 Lincoln MKC with 2.0L and 2.3L EcoBoost engines. Consisting of Cold Air Dam panels and a new performance filter, the new system gives consumers up to ten horsepower and twelve foot pounds of torque on the 2.0L with no tuning required. The filter is backed by AIRAID's exclusive No Hassle Warranty. For more information, visit www.AIRAID.com

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CORSA Offers Exhaust Systems and Resonator Delete Kits For the 2015 Ford F-150

CORSA Performance introduces its new cat-back exhaust systems for the 2015 Ford F-150, as well as resonator delete kits. CORSA's new 2015 Ford F-150 exhaust system, available for most F-150 cab and engine configurations, features the company's proprietary Reflective Sound Cancellation technology, and a straight-through, nonrestrictive design increasing air flow by 17.4%. The three-inch cat-back, single side exit systems are available for the 2.7L, 3.5L, and the 5.0L V-8, with twin four-inch Pro-Series tips in either polished stainless or black Pro-Series laser etched with the CORSA logo. CORSA's resonator delete kits fit both stock and CORSA systems, and all components, including clamps and hangers, are constructed with premium grade stainless steel. CORSA exhaust systems are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.corsaperformance.com

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Buyers Products Introduces New Aluminum Underbody Tool Box

Buyers Products introduces a new line of heavy-duty underbody aluminum tool boxes. The XD Series boxes are two-door barn style boxes constructed of 1/8-inch thick aluminum with an extruded aluminum front frame. The extrusion features a rain gutter to channel water away from the interior of the box, automotive bulb seal gasket seals, bolt-on stainless steel hinges with ¼-inch pins, and a die-cast 3-point latch system with a built-in compression roller. The XD Series is available in several different sizes. For more information, visit www.buyersproducts.com

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New Ball Joint Kit for RAM Trucks from AAM

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) announced the availability of a new ball joint kit for some 2500 and 3500 model RAM trucks. AAM’s new ball joint kit for 2013.5 and newer 2500 and 3500 RAM trucks with a front 9.25” beam axle includes the upper and lower ball joint, ball joint seal, nuts, and wheel hub bolts. For more information visit, www.aam.com

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Ford F-150 Frame Shortages May Slow Production

According to several reports, Ford is cutting down on its weekend overtime shifts in both the Dearborn and Kansas City plants due to a shortage of frames for its 2015 model F-150. With a high demand for the vehicle, Ford had been adding weekend shifts, but with a shortage of frames, reports are indicating that UAS officials are confirming that overtime and extra shifts have been recently cancelled.

According to a statement issued by Ford, the company is working closely with its suppliers to meet customer demands for the F-150. To date, F-series trucks have been up 1.4 percent so far this year, and according to Ford, 60 percent of its retails sales were with premium models such as the King Ranch, Lariat and Platinum trucks.

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Smittybilt’s SRC Stingray Vented Hood

Smittybilt introduces its new SRC Stingray vented hoods for 2007+ Jeep JK Wrangler. The SRC Stingray vented hood features a black e-coat finish, is manufactured from 0.8mm steel, combines with a thick underbody insulation mat, and has the ability to accept factory hardware. The Smittybilt SRC Stingray vented hood also features a Smittybilt Advantage Warranty. For more information visit, www.Smittybilt.com

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Air Lift’s Air Spring Kits For 2015 Ford Transit Van And Wagon

Air Lift introduces its new air spring suspension kits for the 2015 Ford Transit 150, 250, 350 and 350XLT models. Air Lift Company has custom-engineered two air suspension options. Air Lift's LoadLifter 5000TM air spring kit works with the existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capacity. The LoadLifter 5000 kits require no drilling into the frame and include roll plates to protect the air springs from sharp edges. The LoadLifter 5000TM ULTIMATE air spring kit features all the benefits of a LoadLifter 5000 kit with the addition of an internal jounce bumper. Air Lift offers wired, wireless and automatic on-board air compressor systems to provide one-touch or hands-free control of the air springs. All Air Lift air spring kits are backed by an industry-exclusive lifetime warranty that covers the entire contents of the kit. The company also ensures satisfaction with a 60-day money back guarantee on load support air springs and on-board compressor systems. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com

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2009-2014 Ford F150 Security Console Insert

Tuffy introduces its new line-up of console inserts for full size trucks beginning with the Ford F-150 flow-through center console insert. The 16 gauge steel console insert features an OEM Pry-Guard locking system with 1/8th inch thick welded steel components, a ten tumbler double bitted security key, weather seals, doesn’t require drilling, and also features welded sixteen gauge steel construction. The Tuffy console insert provides access to optional OEM USB and power outlets inside the console utilizing a lid support feature that keeps the lid open while accessing contents. It maintains a completely stock look including full use of the factory accessory tray, armrest and lid. Featuring a durable texture powder coat finish, the insert comes ready to install in just a few minutes without drilling. For more information visit, www. tuffyproducts.com

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Rigid Industries LED Lighting honored with President’s “E” Award

Rigid Industries LED Lighting is honored with the Presidents “E” Award this morning by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in Washington D.C. for significant contributions to increase the U.S. exports.  Rigid Industries is committed to providing top-notch, innovative quality technologies, exporting and increasing job growth in America. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker remarked, “When President Kennedy signed the executive order reviving the E Awards in 1961, he stated, “more exports will mean a stronger America…and greater assurance of a free world.”  For more information visit, www.rigidindustries.com

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New Hiniker SS600/SS1000 Stainless Steel Tailgate Spreaders

Hiniker introduces its new stainless steel tailgate spreader. The spreader features an in-cab variable- speed controller with blast control and control for optional vibrator. Hiniker’s brushed-finish 304 stainless steel hoppers are available in six and ten cubic foot capacities. An optional swing-away hitch provides easy access to the truck bed and tailgate.For more information visit, www.hiniker.com

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Kenwood Promotes Rob Sutton to Director of Sales

Kenwood USA announced that Robert Sutton has been named Director of Sales for the Car Electronics division, a promotion from Western Region Manager. The appointment strengthens Kenwood's national sales leadership with more than 25 years of industry experience. Sutton will be responsible for developing and implementing retail-beneficial sales programs, as well as managing the company's network of regional managers and independent sales representative firms. He will also provide strategic input on initiatives to drive the brand's product development and marketing strategy. For more information visit, www.kenwood.com

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Sprintex Introduces Supercharger for Dodge Ram 1500

Sprintex USA is introducing its twin screw supercharger for 2012 V6 Dodge Ram 1500 to current model trucks. The supercharger gives consumers 50 foot pounds of torque by 1,000 RPM. With an additional 100 horsepower, the system delivers 60 mph in less than six seconds. The Sprintex supercharger gives consumers 27% better gas mileage, 20 additional HP and 200 lbs. lighter weight. The Sprintex Dodge Ram supercharger features the company’s patented S5 335 twin screw rotary compressor, the Sprintex supercharger high efficiency water to air intercooler, and all Sprintex superchargers are designed, engineered and tested to OE specifications. All components are supplied pre-assembled, and is engineered with self-contained oiling. For more information visit, www.SprintexUSA.com

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Truck Vault Hires David Mcinturf

TruckVault, Inc. announces the hiring of long time industry professional David McInturf to work closely with its growing upfitter, commercial fleet and sport markets. David will be based out of St George, UT and will immediately start to work on our Southern California LE upfitter business as well as working closely with key accounts in our expanding commercial fleet and sport divisions. David has been married for 37 years to his wife Elaine and has 2 grown children. For more information visit, www.truckvault.com

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AIRAID Intake For 2015 Ford Expedition

AIRAID announces its release of a new Cold Air Dam Intake system for the 2015 Ford Expedition equipped with the 3.5L Eco-Boost V-6. The intake system features blade-style weather-stripping,an adapter with a built-in velocity stack, a bifurcated intake tube, and AIRAID filter. In addition, the intake system does not require drilling or trimming and the filter is backed by AIRAID’s No-Hassle Warranty. For more information visit, www.airaid.com

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Eagle One Introduces Evolution Car Wash Detailing System

Eagle One has introduces its Evolution Car Wash System. The 3-step detailing system was designed to provide DIYers with an easier and effective way to wash and protect their vehicle. The system consists of a Pre-Wash, Wash and Element Shield, and a hose-end sprayer. A patented microemulsion bonds to all exterior surfaces to provide a protective barrier against bugs, bird droppings and road grime. For more information, visit www.eagleone.com

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CURT Introduces New Line of Cargo Bags

CURT Manufacturing, LLC. has added waterproof cargo bags to its Cargo Management product line and offers protection from rain, dirt, road grime and even wind damage. The bags feature thick UV-resistant vinyl and heavy 500x500 denier fabric. The bag also features one inch wide polypropylene straps, a zipper that wraps half way or three quarters of the way around the bag depending on the model, and hook-and-lock flaps that cover the zipper for dryness. For added security, the zippers can be brought together, and have holes big enough for a pad lock. CURT cargo bags are available in the cargo carriers and roof-mounted cargo baskets. They come in four different sizes, and come with a one-year warranty. For more information visit, www.curtmfg.com

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DiabloSport Tuners Available For 2014-15 4.3L GM Trucks

The DiabloSport inTune and Trinity performance programmers are out now for 4.3L V6 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. According to DiabloSport, the company made several dyno pulls on their 4.3L Silverado development vehicle. The company ran 93 octane gasoline, saw peak gains of 10 Rear Wheel horsepower, and 14 foot pounds of torque. Apparently they went on to optimize drivability by enhancing throttle response, cleaning up transmission shifting, amplified the factory tow/haul mode, and got a huge performance boost over stock. For more information visit, www.DiabloSport.com

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TruXmart’s Quattro

TruXmart introduces the TruXmart Quattro, a soft folding tonneau cover. The TruXmart Quattro features stainless steel hardware, a UV protected vinyl coated tarp, powder coated mounting rails, and folds in four sections. The cover does not exceed the height of the truck’s cab reducing wind resistance, road noise, and potential product damage. The TruXmart Quattro also maintains full third brake light visibility and partial rear window visibility on truck models with beds shorter than six feet. The TruXmart Quattro requires no drilling, has tri-layer sewing and stitching, comes with an L.E.D smart light and tailgate seal, and features three latching points using a combination of the Smart Latch system as well as the quick latch system. For more information visit, www.truxmartcovers.com

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TruXmart Introduces New Tonneau

TruXmart introduces its new tonneau cover, the TruXmart Forte. The TruXmart Forte features zinc plated, powder coated galvanized steel, and has developed a built in storage system. The TruXmart Forte can divide the truck bed in up to three compartments and features no drilling, tailgate and bulkhead seals, weather tight “Q Seal” gaskets and foam seals, rubber seals on the hinges, tailgate lock, and a latch system. The TruXmart storage system consists of both a cargo dividing bag as well as a smart storage bag, and is attached on the front or back panel using a heavy duty zipper system. For more information visit, www.truxmartcovers.com

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Smittybilt Bowless Combo Top

Smittybilt introduces its Bowless Combo Top. The top functions as a primary full top and features removable side and rear windows, vinyl-coated material, OEM diamond-style fabrics, 30ml DOT-approved tinted vinyl windows, self-correcting zippers, internal storage compartments, a heavy duty hook-and-loop system, and does not require factory bow hardware. This top requires the use of the factory door surrounds and tailgate bar, as well as a header windshield channel (sold separately). Product available for 2007-2015 JKs (2/4 Door) and 1997-2006 TJ with Door Skins. For more information visit, www.Smittybilt.com

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Lund Bull Bar with Integrated LED Light Bar

Lund has released its new Bull Bar with an Integrated LED Light Bar. The Bull Bar features an integrated 20” LED light bar, a steel three and a half inch oval tube construction, and a built-in skid plate with the Lund logo. The light bar comes in a black powder-coated wrinkle finish or in a polished 304 stainless steel finish. The Bull Bar’s integrated 54-watt, 20-inch LED light bar features a 3K lumen output, and spreads light in a wide flood beam pattern. The Bull Bar and Light Bar require no drilling, and comes with a three year warranty. Applications include Chevrolet/GMC, Ford, Ram and Toyota tucks and Jeep Wrangler JK. For more information visit, www.LundInternational.com

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BD’s Ford 6.7L Exhaust Brake

BD Diesel Performance announces that they have increased engine retarding horse power and added safety to the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke towing experience while reducing foundation brake maintenance costs. BD’s new dash mounted 3-position switch allows the consumers vehicle to receive higher cylinder back pressure slowing the engine down, and allowing the  transmission to down shift with determination to slow consumers loaded trucks.  According to BD Diesel Performance, using factory connection points, the unit can be installed in less than an hour. For more information visit, www.dieselperformance.com

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New Hiniker Torsion-Trip V-Plow

Hiniker introduces its 9200 series torsion-trip V-plow. The plow features a new design, with construction and components of a contractor-duty plow, as well as double-acting hydraulic cylinders, and torsion-trip edges to provide independent protection to each plow wing. The moldboards feature a low-friction, high-density polyethylene surface that is corrosion-free and dent-resistant, according to Hiniker, as well as wrap-around curb guards with chrome-alloy wear-bars. The plow is available in eight and a half- and nine and a half foot widths, and can be customized with optional skid shoes, cutting edges, and snow deflectors. For more information visit, www.hiniker.com

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A.R.E. Wins Canton Regional Chamber Business Excellence Award

A.R.E. Accessories was chosen as a winner of the 2015 Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award. The award is designed to recognize innovative and dynamic for-profit, privately-held businesses in Stark County. The company focuses on product innovation for both consumer and commercial product offerings, and has received a Ford Project Excellence Award in 2014, two General Motors Design Awards in 2013, and a Consumer's Digest "Best Buy" Award. For more information, visit www.4are.com

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Increase In Van Sales May Help Upfitters

Many truck accessory retailers have been retrofitting and modifying vans for the workforce. Van accessories and custom alterations are a big source of revenue for many retailers who have found that business has been good lately. One of the reasons is that Ford, GM and other manufacturers are reporting increased sales of vans for the fleet market. In April along, Ford reported that it sold nearly 11,000 of its Transit vans, 4,802 of its E-Series vans, and 3,860 of its Transit Connect vehicles. GM reported selling 4,952 of its Chevrolet Express vans and 3,438 of its GMC Savana vans in April. Dodge Ram and Nissan vans have also reported good sales in April.

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TruXmart Releases Innovative Tonneau Cover

TruXmart announces its new tonneau cover, the TruXmart Smart Roll. The Smart Roll features stainless steel hardware, powder coated lightweight aluminum cross members and frame, a UV durable vinyl coated tarp, weather tight seals, and tri-layered sewing and stitching. According to TruXmart, the Smart Roll is easily installed on the truck with a no drill rail mounted system, and is easily adjustable and secures with their patented smart latch system. The cover also features a free L.E.D. Smart light and tailgate seal, and gives consumers full bed access while leaving the rear window unobstructed. For more information visit, www.truxmartcovers.com

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Pro Comp’s New Leveling Kit

Pro Comp announces the release of its new two-inch Level Lift system for 2013-2015 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 4WD trucks with radius arm front suspension.  The leveling system features simple installation, shock extensions and all necessary hardware, and provides clearance for tires up to 35 inches tall. Pro Comp’s lift kit is covered by a lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.ProCompUSA.com

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Rigid Industries Dually XL Flood Light

The new Dually XL Series flood light from Rigid Industries provides high-intensity LED illumination for a variety of applications. The small 12.5x6.5x7-inch light features nine LEDs that produce 2736 raw lumens  that can illuminate the trail ahead, or work sections on the job site. Manufactured with a polycarbonate lens, a durable UV-resistant polyester powder-coat, stainless steel hardware, and a vibration isolator, the Dually XL utilizes patented Rigid Industries optics that project high intensity LED light with more output for use in any application. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.

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Covercraft Offers UVS100 Sunscreens For Truck Owners

Covercraft now offers UVS100 Custom Sunscreens for work truck owners. According to Covercraft, the UVS100 is the only product of its kind to earn a U.S. patent. UVS100 Custom Sunscreens feature triple laminate construction with an outer reflective surface, an insulated foam core center, a soft felt surface on the back, and are backed by a 90-day warranty.The UVS100 custom sunscreens are made in the U.S.A. and come in five popular colors. For more information, visit www.covercraft.com

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Westin Offers HD Bar Clamps for LED Light Bar Mounting

Westin Automotive Products, Inc. announces the availability of its new HD Bar Clamps for LED Light Bar mounting. Westin's HD Bar Clamps are made from cast aluminum and designed to give the user a stylized mounting option for a side mount LED Light Bar. The HD Bar Clamps feature easy installation, and black stainless hardware. Brackets are sold in pairs and feature a black powder coat finish backed by a 3-year warranty. The bar clamps mount onto three different tube sizes: two-inch, two and a half- inch, and three- inch. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com

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Introducing The Bedslide Max

Bedslide announces the Bedslide Max, available soon through distributors in the coming weeks. The Max will be available in two sizes, for the the eight foot long bed and the six and a half foot short bed. The Max bedslide features full-extension slide for cargo accessibility, heavy-duty cam-follower bearings and hard latch, and an all-weather composite deck to protect cargo from the elements. The Max bedslide also features a low profile design to maximize storage under a bed cover, a 2,000 pound weight capacity, and lifetime warranty.  For more information visit, www.bedslide.com

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Air Lift Offers Towing Solutions For 2015 Ford F-150

Air Lift Company offers three new air spring kits for the 2015 Ford F-150 pickups. The air spring kits are designed to improve ride, handling and safety when towing and hauling heavy loads.  According to Air Lift, each kit features application-specific brackets and air springs. Air Lift adjustable air spring kits ensure that weight is properly distributed to maximize vehicle stability, safety and comfort. Working with the existing suspension, air springs improve braking and steering, eliminate squat and sway and maintain ideal ride height. All three kits feature easy installation and come with Air Lift's lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.airliftcompany.com

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April Truck Sales Rebound Strong

Spring sales started off well for automakers with many posting increases in their light-duty line-up. Mid-sized trucks, especially the Chevrolet Colorado, are showing signs that they will continue to grow. While Ford F-series trucks are still the highest sold over all the other brands, they are not posting any gains from last year.


April 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014

62,827 - Ford F-Series -0.9% vs 2014
45,978 - Chevrolet Silverado +7.5% vs 2014
37,921 - Dodge Ram +3.4% vs 2014
18,082 - GMC Sierra +4.8% vs 2014
15,656 - Toyota Tacoma +12.9% vs 2014
10,681 - Toyota Tundra +4.5% vs 2014
7,010  - Chevrolet Colorado +N/A% vs 2014
5,827  - Nissan Frontier +2.3% vs 2014
2,432  - GMC Canyon +N/A% vs 2014
1,038  - Nissan Titan +8.6% vs 2014
43     - Honda Ridgeline -96.8% vs 2014


2015 Sales YTD

240,139 - Ford F-Series
172,672 - Chevrolet Silverado
139,432 - Dodge Ram
63,235  - GMC Sierra
55,322  - Toyota Tacoma
39,438  - Toyota Tundra
26,136  - Chevrolet Colorado
24,929  - Nissan Frontier
9,584   - GMC Canyon
3,676   - Nissan Titan
470     - Honda Ridgeline

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Mid-Size Pickups May Be Stealing Sales From Full-Size Trucks

In a recent article in Automotive News, industry executives believe the surge of GM's Colorado and Canyon mid-size truck sales might be hurting sales of full-sized trucks. According to the report, the mid-size truck market accounts to more than two percent of the total car and light-duty truck market in the U.S. According to Tom Libby, IHS Automotive analyst, owners of full-sized Silverado and Sierra pickups made up more than 16 percent fo the customers who switched to the smaller mid-sized pickups. Rich Latek, GMC's director of marketing stated in the article that the mid-sized truck segment is a "sleeper" in which GM added a third shift to the Wentzville, MO plant to keep up with the high demand for these vehicles.

Analysts quoted in the article predicted that the mid-sized market may grow to as high as 500,000 U.S. sales which would double 2014 figures. During the peak of the market in 1986, small pickup sales accounted for nine percent of the market with more than 1.4 million sales. Many of the analysts believe the mid-sized market won't reach this level anytime soon, but that it may get to reach three percent of total light-duty truck sales by the end of the year.

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AAM Makes Helical Gear Limited Slip Differential Case

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has announced the availability of a helical gear limited slip differential case for 1999-2015 GM pickup trucks with an 8.6” rear axle. AAM’s limited slip differential case features traction enhancing capabilities under most driving conditions. The 8.6” limited slip differential also features TracRite GT technology. The TracRite GT torque bias is proportional to the throttle, providing smooth application of torque to the wheels. AAM differential cases are designed as well as tested for each specific vehicle application. For more information, visit www.demandaam.com

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ARIES Announces All-New Website and Catalogs

ARIES is refocusing its marketing strategies, and is in the process of publishing a series of new catalogs and website. ARIES has released three new catalogs for 2015. Each features a clean layout, new photography, expanded content and refined application data. ARIES is also reinventing its online presence. As of April 2015, the brand new ARIES website went live. The website features a simple, user-friendly dropdown menu and functional vehicle lookup tool that utilizes their refined application data. There are also links to the dealers-exclusive page, technical support and online versions of the catalogs. For more information visit, www.ariesautomotive.com

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Tectum Holdings Inc. Acquires A.R.E. Accessories

Tectum Holdings, Inc. (“THI”) announced it has acquired A.R.E. Accessories, LLC. A.R.E. “We’re really thrilled to have A.R.E. join our family,” said Bill Reminder, CEO of THI Corp.  “We have always viewed A.R.E. as simply the best and preferred choice in fiberglass truck bed covers and caps.  Their award winning designs and engineering excellence will be a tremendous complement to the THI lineup of truck bed covers.  I am looking forward to working with the talented executive and management team."

A.R.E.Accessories, (“A.R.E.”) is the world’s single largest selling brand of highly engineered, custom-made fiberglass and aluminum truck caps and tonneau covers. A.R.E. operates from three manufacturing locations in Ohio and a distribution center in Nevada.  The facilities utilize state-of-the-art equipment, production processes, and environmental emission controls earning ISO 9001 certification in 2001.

This is THI's eighth acquisition for the company which also the holding company for the Extang, TruXedo, UnderCover, Advantage Truck Accessories, Retrax and BAK Industries brands and BedRug, a pioneer in the development of bed liners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, THI is a leading supplier of branded light duty truck accessories for pickup truck bed applications. Since its formation, the Company has grown organically and via acquisition from two tonneau brands into a diverse portfolio of seven major tonneau brands and a premier bed liner brand. For more information, contact www.thicorp.com

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Dick Cepek Introduces New DC Wheel Line

Dick Cepek announces its new DC Wheel line featuring three different designs – the DC Blackout, DC Matrix and DC Terrain. Each design features a laser-etched Dick Cepek signature, a two-stage matte black finish, and a pop-top center cap with embossed DC logo. Each wheel includes a lifetime limited warranty for structural defects, and a one-year finish warranty. For more information, visit www.dickcepek.com

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CargoEase Acquires Grablock To Expand Line Of Cargo Products

Grablock Inc. and CargoEase Inc. jointly announce the acquisition of Grablock's assets, trademarks and designs to CargoEase Incorporated. The transaction creates benefits to CargoEase and its customers. CargoEase will be able to further provide more value added products, along with adding additional resources to improve and develop future cargo handling equipment. For more information visit, www.cargo-ease.com

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Mickey Thompson Expands All-Terrain Baja ATZP3 Line

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has announced its expansion of all-terrain Baja ATZp3’s to include five new 16- and 17-inch size tires. The tires were designed with PowerPly™ three-ply sidewall construction, and feature large tread blocks; as well as an extra-wide footprint. The stone ejector ribs resist stones and cracking, and the three-ply sidewalls are puncture resistant. For more information, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com

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Selling Safety Accessories To GEN Y Vehicle Owners

A 2015 Tech Choice Study found that Gen Y (1989-1999) vehicle owners and buyers considered items such as blind-spot detection, simple wireless device connections, remote vehicle diagnostics and camera rearview mirror technologies as the most important electronic features for vehicles they purchased or are planning on purchasing. The study was an online survey that consisted of more than 5,300 people who bought or leased a new vehicle within the past five years. Overall, it indicated these vehicle owners preferred collision avoidance features over connectivity and navigation features.

For truck accessory retailers, it can mean increased sales of back-up camera systems and warning indicators that can appeal to this growing segment of the industry. According to J.D. Power And Associates, Gen Y customers purchased 27.7 percent of the new vehicles this year and are expected to overtake Baby Boomers within the next eight years. In addition, J.D. Power reports that Gen Y customers are willing to spend an average of $3,703 on these types of technologies for their next vehicle.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Vehicles For Ignition And Airbag issues

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing two recalls covering  58,000 older vehicles equipped with manual transmissions to replace clutch ignition interlock switches. The company said the wire in the switches could break, and as a result the engine may not start. In rare cases if recommended starting procedures were not implemented, the vehicle with a faulty wire may exhibit unintended movement when the ignition key is turned. The recall includes a total of 43,874 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler SUVs and Dodge Viper cars manufactured in 2006 in the United States, along with 2,944 in Canada, 706 in Mexico and 11,309 elsewhere.

The company did not say when they will launch the recall, but recommend that the starting the vehicle, to activate the parking brake, place the shift lever in the neutral position, and press the clutch pedal before turning the vehicle’s ignition key.
Fiat Chrysler is also recalling about 4,000 vans manufactured in North America to remove a section of tape from their side-curtain air bags. The recall covers 2015 Ram ProMaster City cargo and passenger vans, including 2,400 in the United States.

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Kleinn Train Horn Systems For 2015 GM HD Pickups

Kleinn Air Horns announces its newest vehicle-specific, 100 percent bolt-on onboard air & train horn systems. The new systems are a direct fit for 2014 through 2015 GM 2500HD and 35000HD diesel trucks that use US made, vehicle-specific brackets. The complete lineup of air horn kits feature various air horns and two levels of 100percent duty cycle air compressors that require no cutting, welding or drilling. All systems come with U.S. made, 11-gauge brackets that bolt to existing factory locations on the host truck. Every system features a sealed Kleinn air compressor paired with a 3-gallon American-made steel air tank. Kleinn HD kits use no cargo space and feature easy DIY installation. A custom-fit wiring is also included that requires only a few connections to get the system up and running. Additionally, each system features a Kleinn Tire Inflation Kit and quick-connect couplers. For more information visit, www.kleinn.com

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Cequent Performance Products Unveils New Video Series

Cequent Performance Products announces its new series called ION Cequent. The monthly program uses a newscast format to take the viewer behind the scenes, profiling customers, employees, sponsorships, products, legacy brands, company history, and community projects. The program pilot sets the tempo for the months to come with spots covering the company’s racing profile, equestrian involvement, and a special interview with a pioneering employee for one of its principle brands. For more information, visit www.CequentGroup.com

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