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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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Win A Protection Package From Husky Liners

Husky Liners announces the Ultimate Protection Package Giveaway. The winner will receive a full set of Floor Liners, GearBox Interior Storage, a full set of Mud Guards, Headlight Protection Film, and paint protection film for their vehicle. Two runners-up will receive either a full set of Floor Liners or Mud Guards. For more information visit, www.huskyliners.com

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Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport Package

Following truck accessory trends and styles, Chevrolet announced it will offer a Custom Sport trim package for the 2500 and 3500 Silverado HD trucks. The package consists of mono-chromatic, body-color grille and bumpers, as well as chromed mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels. On 3500 dually model trucks, the wheels will measure 17-inches in diameter. Available in two and four-wheel drive configurations, Chevrolet has the Custom Sport trim package available in its LT and LTZ models. According to Chevrolet, the Custom Sport trim package will cost between $700 to $1700, depending on the trim and cab model choices.

 

The mono-chromatic appearance comes from body-matched grille and bumpers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chromed mirrors and polished 18-inch alumimum wheels give the truck a sporty appearance at a nominal upgrade cost. 

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Automotive Touchup Precise-Match Touch Up Paint

Automotive Touchup announces its custom formulated, precise-matched automotive touch up paint. According to Automotive Touchup, they have been working with the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry, and all paints are created per order in a three-step online ordering process using a vehicle's specific make, model and year. The touch up paint is available in paint pens, bottles and aerosol cans. Automotive Touchup products were designed for easy application and performance. Automotive Touchup also features accessories and products to help consumers with different levels of needed paint repair. To ensure the success of Do It Yourself paint projects, the Automotive Touchup website features a library of educational how-to videos that demonstrate techniques for a range of repairs. For more information, visit www.AutomotiveTouchup.com

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CalTrend Seat Covers Available For 2015 Model Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks

CalTrend announces its Custom Tailored Seat Covers for the 2015 Ford F-150. Using precision computer CAD/CAM systems, CalTrend provides specific seat cover applications to fit Ford F-150 Standard Cab, Super Cab and Super Crew model seats. CalTrend custom seat covers are side-airbag compatible for vehicles with side-air bags, and feature large seat-back pockets to store personal items.  CalTrend provides 2015 Ford F-150 owners with a variety of fabrics to choose from such as; "I Can't Believe It's Not Leather,"  DuraPlus, Neoprene and NeoSupreme,  and  Tough Camo.  All CalTrend Seat Covers, come with a two-year manufacturer's warranty and feature reinforced seams and a cushioned foam lamination providing a comfortable feel. For more information, visit www.caltrend.com

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CalTrend Introduces Tough Camo Rugged Seat Covers

CalTrend announces its water and abrasion-resistant camouflage seat covers, named Tough Camo. Tough Camo features a lacquered topcoat, is available in two prints, Camo-Marsh and Camo-Woods, and was designed for work-trucks, fleet operators and outdoor enthusiasts. According to CalTrend, the Tough Camo seat covers provide protection from accidental punctures, moisture, mildew, and is resistant to cold cracking, stains and UV exposure; as well as being easy to clean and maintain, flame resistant, and features unique antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. All CalTrend seat covers are manufactured in the U.S.A., and are cut and custom tailored to fit a variety of make and model Pickup Trucks, Vans, SUV's and passenger vehicles.  CalTrend custom seat covers are compatible for vehicles with side-air bags, and feature large seat-back pockets. For more information visit, www.caltrend.com

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Innovative Creations, Inc.  Expands and Enhances

ICI has expanded its manufacturing department and further enhanced its quality control system. Leading this effort is Tony Damiano, who joined ICI in June of 2014 and was recently promoted to Facility Manager. In his new role, Tony is responsible for overseeing Manufacturing, Shipping and Receiving, as well as inventory management. Prior to joining ICI, Tony owned and operated a successful powder coating business and was Director of Manufacturing for a global electronics/adhesive manufacturer where he was responsible for the implementation of the ISO 9000 and streamlining production to increase output and meet sales demand. Tony’s 10+ years of powder coating experience and 12 years of manufacturing experience have enabled ICI to bring its three-stage powder coating process to all Magnum products. For more information visit, www.icionline.com

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Rockford Fosgate New Speaker Models For 2015 Now Available

Rockford Fosgate announces that the Power 6.5-inch full-range speaker family for 2015 is now available, including the 75-Watt (RMS) T1650 Coax System and the 80-Watt (RMS) T1650-S Component System. Additionally, the T1650 and T1650-S features and specifications include an injection molded carbon fiber filled polypropylene cone, and a linear high excursion matched motor magnetics and suspension design. The T1650 features a one-inch treated aluminum dome tweeter, integrated concealed 12dB/Oct crossover components, and mounting hardware. The T1650-S features a one-inch treated fabric dome tweeter, asymmetrical 18dB and 12dB LP External Crossover Network, user Selectable Tweeter Level, Bi‐Amp and On/Off Axis Switching, and Flush and Surface Tweeter Mounting Hardware. In addition, the speakers also feature a VAST Vertical Attach Surround Technique, a Santoprene rubber surround, high temp aluminum voice coil, is CEA-2031 compliant, a StampCast frame structure, and Fatigue and tear resistant linear Poly‐Cotton spider. For more information, visit www.rockfordfosgate.com

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March 2015 Truck Sales Slide

Light duty truck sales slid downward in March of 2015 compared to the previous year. While Ford F-Series trucks still maintained the highest total sales over the other vehicle manufacturers, the company's overall sales were down slightly compared to last year. GM 's truck sales however, continued in the positive category with its new Colorado and Canyon Mid-Size pickups and the Silverado and Sierra models.  Here's the breakdown of vehicle sales. 

March 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014

67,706 - Ford F-Series -4.6% vs 2014
45,193 - Chevrolet Silverado +7.0% vs 2014
41,595 - Dodge Ram -2.2% vs 2014
17,395 - GMC Sierra +3.2% vs 2014
15,885 - Toyota Tacoma +10% vs 2014
11,508 - Toyota Tundra -0.7% vs 2014
6,621  - Chevrolet Colorado +N/A% vs 2014
7,128  - Nissan Frontier -0.2% vs 2014
2,434  - GMC Canyon +N/A% vs 2014
1,048  - Nissan Titan -20.2% vs 2014
77        - Honda Ridgeline -95% vs 2014

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Nissan And Mercedes To Build Joint Mid-Sized Pickup

Nissan and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) have agreed to jointly develop a new midsized pickup truck. The Mercedes pickup truck will share many of the same design characteristics as the Nissan NP300. The new pickup will have a double cab and will be targeted for customers who need a truck for personal as well as for fleet customers needing a reliable work-truck. Initial distribution will be for the Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin American markets. “Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path. Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment, ”said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Nissan is the second largest 1-ton pickup truck maker and because of this, the company has already been designing a truck for Renault, also based on the NP300. The Mercedes truck will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina. The joint pickup project is the latest milestone in the strategic partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this month. The strategic cooperation among the three companies began on April 10, 2010. At the time, the scope of the collaboration was limited to three projects primarily focused on Europe. Since then, the combined portfolio shared between Renault-Nissan and Daimler has more than quadrupled to 13 projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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MasterPry LED Pry Tool from GTE Simplifies Repairs

General Technician Equipment (GTE), has introduced MasterPry LED. According to MasterPry LED, the pry bar set features two tools, and can accomplish more than competing kits containing up to 25 pieces. The pry tool comes standard with an onboard, super bright, LED light to illuminate the repair area. Additional features of MasterPry LED include precision edges for scraping and tight panel separation, wedged tips, ergonomic Easy-Grip body, no-slip knurled finish and military-spec, polymer plastic. Batteries are included. For more information, visit www.gtetools.com

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Rugged Ridge Announces New Exo-Top For Jeep Wrangler

Rugged Ridge introduced its Exo-Top soft top and roof rack for 2007-2015 Jeep Wrangler JK. Available now for four door JK Wranglers, and in summer 2015 for two door models, the Rugged Ridge Exo-Top features a patent-pending design that is a direct bolt-on application with no drilling required for installation. The Exo-Top also features a Sun Slider retractable function, allowing the top to slide back with the release of two clips. Integrated into the 300 pound capacity roof rack, the soft top design fastens using a series of Velcro straps along the perimeter bars of the roof rack. The pulling force applied by the Velcro helps to tighten and shape the soft top, and eliminates the need to unload any gear or cargo from the roof rack in order to conveniently lower, raise or remove the Jeep’s soft top. The Exo-Top is also compatible with most standard rack attachments and accessories in the industry, enabling Jeep owners to utilize the Exo-Top to safely haul gear or equipment. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com

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Gumout Launches The Expert Series Line

Gumout Performance Additives introduces the new Expert Series to its family of products exclusively at AutoZone. According to Gumout, the Expert Series products are formulated with the most advanced cleaning and conditioning agents available in the market, and was scientifically formulated to clean, protect and enhance key engine and automotive parts. According to Gumout, their products are proven to perform on the latest engine technology, as well as being equally effective on older technology. The Gumout series features single use products, and specialty kits. For more information visit, www.Gumout.com

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CURT’s Most Advanced Weight Distribution Hitch

CURT Manufacturing, LLC. Introduces the TruTrack, a weight distribution hitch. The hitch combines load equalization and active sway control to enhance safety and stability. The hitch features three key components; adjustable support brackets, a spring & cam system, and an interlocking head tilt adjustment. The TruTrack connects to the trailer frame using a pair of trunnion-style spring bars and heavy-duty, adjustable support brackets, and integrates a special spring & cam system. The cam system builds up pressure to actively stop sway and then relaxes to make smooth turns. The cam system also features a hex castle nut for easy adjustment to fit most industry-standard couplers. The TruTrack uses a pair of interlocking nuts and six preset holes to give consumers specific angles of tilt. The interlocking nuts of the TruTrack can be accessed on the outside of the head, easing installation. For more information, visit curtmfg.com

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Monroe Offers Counter Professionals Rewards

Tenneco is offering the Monroe Quick-Strut “Ready 2 Sell BENEFITS” promotion that rewards counter people with a $10 Visa Prepaid card for each pair of qualifying Monroe Quick-Strut replacement assemblies sold during the promotional period. The Monroe Ready 2 Sell BENEFITS scorecard promotion will be available from April 1 through May 31, 2015 for sales of qualifying pairs of the industry’s first premium all-in-one strut replacement solution. Each Monroe Quick-Strut assembly features a premium strut featuring one of Tenneco’s exclusive, application-engineered valving technologies; precisely calibrated coil spring; robust bearing plate; and other parts specified by Tenneco engineers for the vehicle. Each component is selected to help restore the vehicle’s original ride and handling characteristics. Monroe Quick-Strut replacement assemblies are backed by a Safe & Sound Guarantee 90-day consumer cash back offer and limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Monroe.com

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Husky Liners Releases New GearBox

Husky Liners has released a GearBox under the seat storage system for the new 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Truck. This product features a black textured finish and comes with Husky Liners’ No Hassle Lifetime Guarantee. Husky Liner currently has sixteen gear boxes to fit 2007 models through 2015 models for Chevy, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, and the 2007 through 2013 Cadillac Escalade.
For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com

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Smittybilt M-1 Bumpers

Smittybilt announces that its line of M-1 truck bumpers fit the front and rear of the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. The M-1 truck bumpers are constructed from 3/16 and ¼-inch cold rolled steel.  The front bumper features a two piece design with a solid center that ties together the front frame horns and serves as a foundation for the d-ring mounts and integrated winch plate that accepts up to a 12,000 pound winch.  The front bumpers also feature driving and fog lights that are included with every M-1 bumper.  Both front and rear bumpers, available for 2007-2015 models, come with a textured matte black powdercoat finish that is backed by a five year limited warranty.  The M-1 bumpers themselves also feature the Smittybilt Advantage Lifetime Structural Warranty. For more information visit, www.Smittybilt.com

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Delta Lights New LED Hummer H2 Roof Bar

Delta Lights announces its design and fabrication of an LED Hummer H2 roof bar. The aircraft aluminum light bar installs over the existing Hummer H2 roof rails that requires no drilling. The 4X LED bar provides standard garage clearance and is equipped with four (four each) 25 Watt Delta LED lights. The bar includes protective covers, mounting brackets with a security key, OEM Harness, switch and relay to provide an awesome near daylight 6,400 lumens of illumination found only on trophy race cars. The entire Bar draws less than 8 Amps. It can operate under 12V or 24V. For more information visit, www.deltalights.com

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Covercraft Industries Offers Spidy Gear Bed Webb Cargo Containment

Covercraft announces its Spidy Gear Bed Webb cargo containment shock cord for pickup and work truck owners. Constructed of heavy duty six-millimeter 100% stretch shock cord, the Bed Webb features a spider web design to contain truck bed cargo. The Bed Webb is available in a choice of four colors, and fits both small and full-size domestic and import pickup trucks. It returns to its original shape when not in use for easy storage, and carries a 90-day warranty. For more information visit, www.covercraft.com

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WELD Offers Lightweight Wheel for Off-Road Applications

WELD now offers its WELD REKON XT F58 wheel featuring one-piece forged construction for strength with no excess weight. The F58 is ideal for modern high performance off-road trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps. It features WELD’s Advanced Tactical Coating, a proprietary nano-ceramic barrier to protect against mud, abrasions, salt, and corrosion. ATC locks in WELD’s signature mirror shine with no dulling or discoloration. Available in 17” and 20” diameters, widths of 8.5” and 9”, and for 5 and 6 lug bolt patterns. It has a load rating of 2,600 pounds and is designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA.  For more information visit, www.WELDwheels.com

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Bedrug’s Joint Sponsorship With TEAM TOP THIS

Bedrug Inc. announces its joint sponsorship with Team Top This for 2015. “We look forward to participating in events with FLW Outdoors and B.A.S.S. through our sponsorship”, said National Sales Manager of Bedrug Mike Timmons.   “Partnering with a true professionals like Team Top This fits well with our company and brand” said Timmons. “We’ll be updating everyone on Team Top This progress this season on our BedRug Outdoors Face Book page.”  For more information visit, www.bedrug.com

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Are Truck Leases Holding Up The Light-Duty Truck Market?

According to an recent article in Automotive News, more new truck customers are leasing their vehicles, instead of purchasing them outright. According to the report, leases accounted for about 14 percent of U.S. retail light-duty pickup sales in 2014. In addition, the report suggests that the current trend of leases are what is behind the driving force that is extending the light-truck market growth in the U.S. by the big three automakers.

That formula led to a 25 percent drop in light-duty pickup truck resale prices back in 2008, which hurt the U.S. Economy. But the automakers discussed in the article point out that they are willing to gamble that strong resale values will hold up over the next three years and keep the full-size light-duty truck market on a high.

Click here to read the article on the Automotive News Website

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Dodge Announces New Texas Ranger Edition Concept

Dodge introduced its new concept truck called the Texas Ranger. According to Ram President and CEO Bob Hegbloom, the Texas Ranger Edition is a concept truck that pays homage to those famous lawmen, the Texas Rangers. Dodge Ram division created the concept truck in part with a $100,000 donation to the Texas Ranger Hall Of Fame Museum in Waco, Texas.

The concept is an upcaled Laramie Longhorn package that includes the Texas Ranger logo on the truck's interior center console, seat backs, as well as on the exterior of the truck with a fender badge and center hubcap on the 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Dodge officials did not comment if the concept truck would be available as a new trim package but, with Texas being one of the largest states in the country in truck sales, it would be a smart marketing move.

 

The Ram Texas Ranger concept pays homage to the real Texas Rangers and helps support the Texas Ranger Hall Of Fame Museum in Waco, Texas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Ranger badge appears in the information center on the Ram's gauge cluster. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior of the Ram Texas Ranger concept features a luxurious leather interior with the Texas Ranger insignia on the center console and seat backs. 

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ToughTested To Feature New Audio Line

The ToughTested line of consumer electronics announces that they will be featuring its new line of earbuds at The 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show. ToughTested’s offers four types of earbuds designed to reduce environmental noise. All four models carry EPA ratings guaranteeing that they reduce environmental noise by as much as 30 percent. In addition to the noise reduction feature they also offer decibel limited sound for hearing protection. Two of the models feature a proprietary technology called EQ-Voice. ToughTested earbuds were designed and tested for safety, fit, utility and durability by audiologists, sound engineers and independent labs. For more information visit, www.tough-tested.com

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Maradyne High Performance To Support Jarit Johnson Racing Team

Maradyne High Performance Fans will provide the Jarit Johnson Racing team with engine-cooling fans for the 2015 TORC Championship season. The team's trucks will be equipped with Maradyne's Champion Low Profile Series 12-, 14- and 16-inch fans, the company's lowest profile high-performance reversible fans designed for heavy-duty cooling.  For more information visit, www.maradyneHP.com

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CORSA Performance Announces New Exhaust System

CORSA Performance announces their new cat-back exhaust system for the2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon’s 5.3L V8 engine. The system was redesigned to feature a more efficient path for exhaust gases to escape. CORSA systems feature a mandrel bend process, patented Reflective Sound Cancellation technology, and is tuned specifically for the Tahoe and Yukon models. With bolt-on installation, the CORSA cat-back exhaust system has a single side exit design with four-inch Pro-Series tips, laser etched with the CORSA logo, in either a polished finish or a black finish. Black Pro-Series tips feature Physical Vapor Deposition technology to resists corrosion. All components, which are included, are crafted in the U.S. using 304L stainless steel. All CORSA exhaust systems are 50-state emissions legal and come with a limited lifetime warranty, as well as an illustrated installation guide. CORSA also offers the same high-quality exhaust systems for 2002-2014 Tahoes and Yukons. For more information visit, www.corsaperformance.com

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Yokohama Tire Corporation Announces Partnership with KaBOOM!

Yokohama Tire Corporation announces their three-year multichannel partnership with KaBOOM! to include cause marketing campaigns, playground builds and annual title sponsorships. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all children get the  balanced and active play they need to thrive and as such, was named by Yokohama as the charity recipient of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in 2014. All proceeds from the annual tournament have been earmarked to fund KaBOOM! efforts to provide children with active play so they can grow into successful adults. Sally McConnell, chief revenue and marketing officer at KaBOOM! says, “Thanks to this partnership, we are moving one step closer to our bold goal of bringing balanced and active play into the lives of all children.”  Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. For more information visit, www.yokohamatire.com

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3M Expands Capacity Sorbent Products

3M is expanding its innovative sorbent line to include 3M Medium Capacity Sorbents. Designed for use in multiple industries, users can choose from three types: Maintenance, Oil & Petroleum, and Chemical. All 3M sorbents are made with microfiber materials that contain no abrasive granules that can damage equipment. 3M Medium Capacity Sorbents feature a low loft design, added scrim, and are made with at least 50 percent recycled content by weight. They are also available in two formats, pads and rolls. 3M offers three different types of Medium Capacity Sorbents. 3M Maintenance Sorbents can be used for general spill control and clean-up of non-aggressive water- and petroleum-based liquids. 3M Oil & Petroleum Sorbents are reusable and contain a scrim that only takes on oil—more than 90 percent of oil can be reclaimed. 3M Chemical Sorbents are used for control and clean-up of most hazardous liquids. They resist reactions with most hazardous chemicals, including acids, and also absorb petroleum- and water-based solutions. For more information visit, www.3m.com

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Wienerschnitzel Supports 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Races

Wienerschnitzel announces their support in their partnership with 4 Wheel Parts at the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Races. They will be serving hot dogs and chili dogs at the 4 Wheel Parts hospitality tent during select events at the Lucas Oil short course race series. In addition, Wienerschnitzel will also be supporting  4 Wheel Parts President, CEO and driver, Greg Adler in the Pro 4 racing division as an extension of the developing collaboration between 4 Wheel Parts parent company, Transamerican Auto Parts and Wienerschitzel. Wienerschnitzel will be present as the season kicks off at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on March 21, 2015, with additional appearances in California, Utah and Nevada. For more information visit, www.wienerschnitzel.com

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Westin Announces Product Offering for 2015 Colorado/Canyon

Westin Automotive announced 43 new part numbers for the 2015 Chevy Colorado, and 39 part numbers for the GMC Canyon. Products include GenX Oval Tube Drop Step, Pro Traxx 4 and 5 Oval Steps, Mount kits for universal oval steps and running boards, 3-inch round steps, Ultimate and E-Series Bull Bars, and MAX Winch Tray. Westin Sportsman and Winch Mount Grille Guards are currently available for the Colorado only.  The Sportsman Grille Guard design for the 2015 Colorado features Westin’s “Double Hood Bar”, with contours that follow the vehicle lines and open-up the center/top section. The guard features an overall snug, custom fit with removable headlight crossbars for consumers seeking a “rugged look.” The grille also features pre-drilled mounting holes for installation of up to four LED Auxiliary lights on the center plate. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com

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Air Lift Company’s 2015 Catalog Now Available

Air Lift Company's 2015 Load Support Product Catalog is now available, and features the company's selection of air spring suspension products available for towing and hauling use and automotive performance applications. The catalog features descriptions of towing safety and ride comfort Air Lift load support products provide to half-ton, 3/4-ton and one-ton pickups, vans SUVs and CUVs. Air Lift's on-board air compressor options, including the SmartAirTM automatic leveling system, are also included. For automotive performance enthusiasts, the catalog features information about Air Lift's track-proven performance suspension systems for European, JDM and modern muscle vehicles. Air Lift offers suspension solutions for a wide range of applications, including standard duty, heavy duty, commercial duty and snow plow or fleet applications. To help consumers understand load support technology and choose the best suspension solution, the catalog includes a frequently asked questions section. For more information visit, www.airliftcompany.com

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Westin Commercial Overhead Truck Rack for 2015 Ford F-150

Westin Automotive announced that its Commercial Overhead Truck Rack extends to cover the 2015 Ford F-150. Complete model year range fits 1999–2015 Super Duty Long Bed and Super Duty Short Bed pickups. Westin's Overhead Truck Rack is a cargo management tool made of two inch textured black round tube and features an adjustable cross bar and removable rear bar. Patented "X-Braces" provide upper support, and all other welded joints feature gussets for added strength. The overhead truck rack mounts directly to the truck with full bed rail mounting plates. Optional hold-down clamps are available, but sold separately. The rack can be used in conjunction with crossover or side-rail tool boxes. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com

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New Product for the 2015 Ford F-150 From Hellwig

Hellwig releases front sway bars for the new 2015 Ford F150. The Hellwig front sway bar for the 2015 F-150 also fit 2009-14 F-150’s as well. The one and a half inch diameter sway bar features heat treated, chromoly steel for long lasting performance and to control the vehicle’s body roll in everyday driving or tow/haul conditions. It replaces the factory front sway bar and reuses the same mounting points and end links. The installation only requires basic hand tools. There is no drilling or welding required and everything bolts to steel so no problems with galvanic corrosion. Hellwig’s new Polyurethane bushing, heat treated, powder coated front sway bars also come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.hellwigproducts.com

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Truck Covers USA offers American Roll Cover For Ford F-150

Truck Covers USA now offers its American Roll Cover, American Work Cover and American Work Cover Jr. for the new 2015 Aluminum Body Ford F150. Built in the USA. The American Roll Cover is tension driven for ease of movement, and has an automatic stop and lock point every 12 inches. The American Work Cover includes a heavy duty galvanized sheet metal sectioned tool box, making it a multi-functional cover for work-trucks and fleets. The American Work Cover Jr. provides all the benefits of the American Work Cover but features a smaller tool box. For more information visit, www.truckcoversusa.com

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Smittybilt Offers Protection For Jeep JK

Smittybilt’s XRC front tube fenders, rear tube fenders, XRC JK Body Armor Skins, and rear quarter panels are now available for 2007 and up Jeep Wrangler JK and Unlimited JK. The skins and rear quarter panel products are made from 1/8-inch cold rolled steel contoured to the factory body with the ability to re-bolt on stock front and rear fenders if desired. The XRC JK Armor Skin, and rear quarter panel include all the necessary mounting hardware.  All XRC Armor and rear quarter panels are sold in pairs and come powder coated in a two-stage textured matte black finish. The XRC JK front and rear flux flares (also sold in pairs) are made of CNC bent one and a half diameter tube covered with 1/8-inch laser cut cold rolled sheet metal that is six inches wide and provides an extra three inch of suspension travel. The front and rear fenders also feature 3/4 inch L.E.D. turn signal lights, spacers and brackets, and bolts onto the same OE mounting points with minimal modifications. Smittybilt offers a five-year limited warranty on powder coated skins and flux flares and are backed by the Smittybilt Advantage Limited Lifetime Warranty. For more information visit, www.Smittybilt.com

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CURT Gives T-Connectors a New Name

CURT Manufacturing, LLC, is making a transition within its towing electrical product line. According to CURT, as of 2015, CURT T-connectors are being referred to as either "custom vehicle-to-trailer wiring harnesses" or "custom vehicle-to-trailer wiring connectors". While “T-connector” may be well-known to those who work in the industry, research has shown that the majority of consumers are unfamiliar with the term. According to CURT, making the transition will be beneficial for both dealers and consumers and will make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for. CURT will also be splitting custom vehicle-to-trailer wiring into two subcategories: custom wiring harnesses and custom wiring connectors. These subcategories are based on the type of connection each product uses to install in the vehicle. Custom wiring harnesses plug into the taillight assembly using two or more plugs, and customer wiring connectors use a single plug to connect into an OEM socket already equipped on the vehicle. The majority of CURT electrical products are built at the company's headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and will continue to be proudly made in the USA. The 2015 CURT catalog has already integrated the terminology changes, and CURT’s website content will be soon to follow. For more information visit, www.curtmfg.com

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Pro Comp 4-Inch Suspension Systems For Chevy/GM 1500 And Toyota Tundra

Pro Comp now offers four-inch suspension systems for 2007-15 Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and 2007-15 Toyota Tundra.  Both systems are FMVSS 126-compliant, integrate with the factory electronic stability control systems and allow fitment of 33-inch tall tires. Both Pro Comp suspension systems feature a heavy duty one-piece cross member and CNC-machined knuckles that work in conjunction with strut spacers that retain the factory struts to maintain the OE ride quality and handling.  The rear suspension is raised to match the front ride height with lift blocks, new u-bolts, and nitrogen charged Pro Comp ES9000 shock absorbers.  All necessary brackets and hardware are included with every suspension system. The suspension systems also qualify for the Pro Comp Lift Shield five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty at no additional cost when installed by a Pro Comp Authorized Installer. For more information visit, www.ProCompUSA.com

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OE Lighting Solutions are now Magnum Light Mounts

OE Lighting Solutions from ICI are now available as Magnum Light Mounts. Magnum Light Mounts are brackets designed for mounting aftermarket lighting on a variety of vehicles.  All Magnum Light Mounts are designed for easy, do it yourself installation and are compatible with Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota and Nissan trucks, as well as with most major brand name LED lights. Made in the U.S.A. from quality 1/8’’ steel, these light mounts feature a black powder coat finish. For more information visit, www.icionline.com

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Truck Covers USA Offers Its American Roll Cover

Truck Covers USA now offers its American Roll Cover, American Work Cover and American Work Cover Jr. for the new 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon. Built in the USA. the American Roll Cover is tension driven for ease of movement, and has an automatic stop and lock point every 12 inches. The American Work Cover includes a heavy duty galvanizd sheet metal sectioned tool box, making it a multi-functional cover for work-trucks and fleets. The American Work Cover Jr. provides all the benefits of the American Work Cover but features a smaller tool box. For more information visit, www.truckcoversusa.com

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February Truck Sales Continue To Climb

Manufacturers are reporting stong sales in February, especially with the influx of the mid-size trucks from GM. Ford full-size trucks still continue to outsell other brands but the Dodge Ram continues to improve it's overall truck sales month to month.

February 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014

55,256 - Ford F-Series -1.2% vs 2014
45,395 - Chevrolet Silverado +24.1% vs 2014
31,298 - Dodge Ram +6.8% vs 2014
15,157 - GMC Sierra +6.5% vs 2014
12,372 - Toyota Tacoma +13.1% vs 2014
9,052   - Toyota Tundra +14.2% vs 2014
6,563   - Chevrolet Colorado +0% vs 2014
6,106   - Nissan Frontier +5.4% vs 2014
2,153   - GMC Canyon +0% vs 2014
816      - Nissan Titan -26.9% vs 2014
136      - Honda Ridgeline -88.1% vs 2014

February 2015 Sales Year-To-Date

109,606 - Ford F-Series
81,501   - Chevrolet Silverado
55,916   - Dodge Ram
27,778   - GMC Sierra
23,781   - Toyota Tacoma
17,249   - Toyota Tundra
12,505   - Chevrolet Colorado
11,194   - Nissan Frontier
4,178     - GMC Canyon
1,590     - Nissan Titan
350        - Honda Ridgeline

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Pop & Lock New Gatekeeper Universal Tailgate Lock

Pop & Lock LLC announced the release of their newest product for tailgate security called the Gatekeeper. This new product is a universal model that locks the tailgate to the truck. Designed to fit all truck platforms on the road today, featuring a design similar to a padlock that fits around the tailgate hinge and locks the tailgate to the truck. Once locked into place, the tailgate can easily open and close but cannot be removed without the included key. The Gatekeeper Installs in seconds with no special tools required. For additional information visit, www.popandlock.net.

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Rancho Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebration With Spring Promotion

Rancho Performance Suspension and Shocks brand is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special “Magic No. 6” promotion that gives performance enthusiast’s savings on shock, strut and lift kit purchases. Available from March 1 through June 30, 2015, the Rancho “Magic No. 6” promotion offers up to a $506 Visa Prepaid Card with the purchase of qualifying Rancho products. To earn a $506 Visa Prepaid Card, consumers must purchase a Rancho lift kit and parts totaling $2,300 or more; to earn a $406 Visa Prepaid Card, consumers must purchase a Rancho lift kit and parts totaling $1,600-2,299; to earn a $306 Visa Prepaid Card, consumers must purchase a Rancho lift kit and parts totaling $800-1,599. The promotion also includes a variety of $126 to $26 Visa Prepaid Card offers for the purchase of shock and strut combinations and lift kits that include shocks. For more information visit, www.GoRancho.com

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Hellwig Releases New Line For The Ram ProMaster Van

Hellwig has released their helper spring for the 2014-15 Ram ProMaster 2500/3500. The helper spring gives additional load support to the Ram ProMaster by adding a leaf below the factory leaf pack. The added springs provide support when loaded without the jarring ride when empty. It includes everything necessary to install the product. Never exceed factory GVWR rating for the vehicle. The helper spring is manufactured in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.hellwigproducts.com

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Odor Eliminator Fogger Removes Toughest Odors From Vehicles

Eagle One released their new Odor Eliminator Fogger. According the Eagle One the Oder Eliminator permanently eliminates the odor of smoke, pets, food, and mildew on contact. Its formula contains Ordenone, which attaches to malodor molecules of all kinds, changing their chemical structure to no longer remain airborne. Simply set off the Fogger in the vehicle, wait ten minutes, then open the doors and let it air out for one minute. The fogger is available at leading auto parts retailers. For more information, visit www.eagleone.com

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Bushwacker Releases Three Fender Flare Styles for 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup

Bushwacker is releasing three fender flare styles for the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. The flares add extra tire coverage to help protect the truck’s paint from dirt and debris and help keep the truck in compliance with local laws. Bushwacker engineered and designed the flares specifically for the ’15 Ford F-150 featuring Dura-Flex 2000 material. The flares are 100% UV-protected to prevent chalking. They come finished in an OEM-style matte-black finish, but are easily paintable. The flares install without cutting or drilling, and include Bushwacker’s limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.Bushwacker.com

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T-Rex Grilles Releases New Grille Options For 2015 F-150 Pickups

T-Rex Grilles releases a series of grille products for the 2015 Ford F-150. The current product line includes the Billet Series Grille, X-Metal Series, and the Torch Series with built in powerful LED Lighting features. The X-Metal Grille Features a low profile dog bone shape frame outlining the formed heavy duty wire mesh featuring four squares per inch. The one-piece grilles are a direct replacement insert. The Torch Main Grille is precision formed of heavy duty wire mesh and encloses a curved 30” LED Light Bar with a 12 gauge framed construction. The integrated LED Lighting component is secure with hidden mounting brackets. The Torch Bumper Grille is highlighted by the dual 3” LED Light Cubes that sit flush with the lower bumper unit. The one-piece grille directly inserts into the stock grille opening. The one-piece Billet Aluminum grille is a lower bumper grille, is one single unit, and is made to overlay the stock bumper grille unit. Each T-Rex Grille is manufactured to exact tolerances in the U.S. All 2015 Ford F-150 T-Rex Grilles come in a polished and/or black finish and are backed by a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty and three Year Limited Finish Warranty. For more information visit, www.TREXBILLET.com

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Tuffy Security Products Introduces Under Rear Seat Lockbox

Tuffy Security Products releases its 2015 Ford F-150 Under Rear Seat Lockbox. The security lockbox features 16 gauge steel security lockbox mounts under the rear seat in a Ford F150 SuperCrew Crew Cab. The full width formfitting design of the Tuffy lockbox has over 4500 cubic inches of lockable storage. The secured contents are accessed by flipping either or both of the rear seats up and opening the corresponding lids. The design allows the full width of the lockbox to be used. For more information visit, www.tuffyproducts.com

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Monroe Spring Promotion Rewards Consumers for Taking Control of Ride Control Replacement

The Monroe “Take Control” promotion, running through April 30, offers a Visa Prepaid Card valued at up to $120 for qualifying purchases. The offer includes Monroe OESpectrum shocks, Reflex shocks, Sensa-Trac shocks, Max-Air shocks, Gas-Magnum shocks, Monroe Load Adjusting shocks, Monroe Quick-Strut replacement assemblies, Rancho RS5000 shocks, and Rancho RS5000X shocks. The promotion offers motorists deals to save when they replace their worn struts and shocks at the promotion, while receiving cash back on select purchases. For more information visit, www.Monroe.com

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Transfer Flow Introduces 40 Gallon Refueling Tank for Light Duty Trucks

Transfer Flow Inc. has introduced its 40 gallon refueling tank for 2010 – 2015 light duty pickups. The fuel system features a 12-volt refueling pump, wiring harness with cab-mounted power switch, 12-foot hose and fuel nozzle, locking fuel cap and mounting hardware. The tank comes pre-assembled and fits under most standard tonneau bed covers. The tank is made from 12-gauge aluminized steel, and is baffled on all four sides reducing fuel slosh. The tank is powder coated black with the option of an elastomeric polymer spray-on coating. The tank comes with a special permit from the Department of Transportation, making it legal for transport of gasoline, diesel, ethanol, methanol and aviation fuel. The tank is notched to meet DOT requirements. For more information visit, www.transferflow.com

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Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack for 2015 Ford F-150

Westin announces that their Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack will extend through the 2015 model year for the Ford F150. Complete year range for the Ford F150 is 2009 – 2015. Westin's Headache Rack features angled louvers , a two inch round upper body tube for adjusting cargo, and four welded light tabs for the mounting an LED Light Bar or a combination of Auxiliary and Work Utility LED Lights. A crossover tool box up to 70” wide can be mounted over the rack's bed rail mounting brackets. A separate mount kit is available to accommodate boxes larger than 70” wide. The mounting brackets feature a laser-cut Westin logo and have a four-bolt support for a secure fit. Mounting kit and hardware are included. The rack is available in black or white powder coat finish, and is backed by a three year warranty. For more information visit, www.westinautomotive.com

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Stampede Hood Protector and Sidewind Deflectors Now Available for 2015 GM SUVs

Stampede has released its Vigilante Premium Series Hood Protector and Tape-Onz Sidewind Deflectors for the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Stampede’s Vigilante Premium Series Hood Protector has an aerodynamic reverse-flip design. Made from durable, UV-stable material, the VP Series hood protector provides protection from rocks, mud, rain, and road debris and is scratch-resistant. The stand-away design allows for easy cleaning and installation. Available finishes include Smoke, Chrome, Clear, Camo, and other specialty finishes. Tape-Onz Sidewind Deflectors feature durable, scratch-resistant, UV-stable material and are contoured to the vehicle’s shape for looks and functionality. These products are available in Smoke, Chrome, Clear, Camo, and other specialty finishes. For more information visit, www.StampedeAutomotiveAccessories.com

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Tonno Pro Tonno Fold Now Available for 2015 Ford F-150

Tonno Pro introduces their Tonno Fold truck bed cover for the 2015 Ford F-150 standard and extra short bed pickups. The cover features tear- resistant double-sided vinyl with a tri-fold design. The cover also features a 6063 grade powder-coated aluminum frame, impact resistant EZ clamps, and rubber seals to prevent leaking. The Tonno Pro Tonno Fold truck bed cover is also backed by warranty. For more information visit, www.tonnopro.com

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BD Ford 6.4L TapShifter Lever Kit

BD Diesel Performance introduces their Ford 6.4L TapShifter Lever Kit. The TapShifter gives consumers the ability to select what gear they want.  The lever kit controls the converter lock-up clutch, and controls the overdrive. The TapShifter works with engine retarders like BD's own VVB. The kit includes an OE style 6.7L shift lever and mini / dimmable gear selection display. TapShifter is also available for early Chevy Duramax diesels. For more information visit, www.dieselperformance.com

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Mickey Thompson Performance Tires And Wheels Offers 50,000- Mile Limited Tread Wear Warranty

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels introduces a 50,000- mile limited tread wear warranty for Baja STZ in the 48 contiguous United States, the District of Columbia, and in Canada. Eligibility requires that the tires be owned and used by the original purchaser for the vehicle application, fitment, load and speed rating recommended by the vehicle manufacturers specifications, and that the tires have been inflated, rotated and installed correctly. For more information visit, www.mickeythompsontires.com

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ATC Truck Covers Sponsors Andrew Upshaw For The 2015 FLW BASS Tour

ATC Truck Covers has added Pro Fisherman FLW Tour and Bassmaster Northern Opens Andrew Upshaw to its sponsorship roster. “ATC Truck Covers makes the perfect products for outdoorsmen, especially fishermen, and we’re happy to support the industry,” ATC Director of Marketing Brant Combs said. Upshaw has competed in 14 Bassmaster events, including the Bassmaster Classic. He won the Carhartt College Series championship as a student at Stephen F. Austin University. After he graduated, he began competing on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour in 2012. For more information visit, www.atctruckcovers.com

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FLW Adds RAM Trucks As Official Tow Vehicle

FLW and the Ram Truck brand announces their marketing agreement that names Ram the official tow vehicle of FLW. Ram trucks will be displayed at all FLW Tour Expos and prominently featured at the 20th anniversary Forrest Wood Cup. The sponsorship also includes exposure for Ram across all FLW media platforms, including FLWFishing.com, FantasyFishing.com, FLW Bass Fishing magazine, social media and the “FLW” television show, which airs on the NBC Sports Network WFN and Pursuit. In addition to significant media exposure through FLW media properties Ram dealers nationwide have the opportunity to host pro days and offer contingency awards tied to FLW tournaments. For more information visit, www.FLWFishing.com

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Chevrolet’s GearOn Colorado Takes Aim At Truck Accessory Lifestyle Market

Chevrolet recently introduced a GearOn special edition Colorado pickup. According to GM, this is designed to personalize the vehicle for truck owner's lifestyles and activities. Many people in the truck accessory market, think that the GearOn edition is directly affecting the accessory sales, because the truck is outfitted with step bars, bed rails, a cargo managment system in the bed and more. 

The package will cost $31,250 and is offered in extended or crew cab configurations. The truck is also styled with gloss-black 18-inch aluminum rims, body-colored grille, front and back black bow ties, front fog lamps and remote start.

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Honda Releases Sketch For New 2016 Ridgeline

Honda recently released its vision for the next generation Ridgeline compact pickup truck. According to Honda, the compamy intends to compete in this market against the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon truck. The truck is said to debut in less than two years (2016). The sketch released by Honda comes from the company's U.S. design team that are in Los Angeles and Ohio.

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Chevrolet Introduces a Black Out Package On Silverado

Chevrolet introduced it's latest work-truck with a Black Out option package, available as a $1595 option. Needless to say, everything is blacked out on the vehicle, including the center bowtie on the grille, wheels, mirrors and trim, all enhanced with darkened window tint.
According to Chevy spokespersons, the blackout styling is popular and it may give truck dealerships a vehicle that will appeal to a certain customer segment, and get them into the dealership. The Black Out option will be available in regular and extended cab models.

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Boom Mat Introduces New Retail Starter Kit

Boom Mat’s new Retail Starter Kit combines Boom Mat’s top acoustic and thermal insulation products into one kit with store promotional materials and sample packs. The new kit includes some of Boom Mat’s top sellers; materials that cover the basics of controlling heat and sound including: four sheets of Boom Mat Damping material, two cans of Boom Mat Spray-On, one box of Under Carpet Lite, one package of Under Hood , two Slim Round Speaker Baffles, and two Oval Slim Speaker Baffles. The brand focused starter kit also includes helpful educational promotional material: one Boom Mat retail display board, a colorful Boom Mat banner, six Boom Mat decals and two sample packs. The new starter kit offers a cost effective way to sign on as a Boom Mat retailer or help support sales for existing retailers.  The only charge is for product. All promotional materials in are included with no addition charge. For more information visit, www.BoomMat.com

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A.R.E. Offers New Caps and Tonneaus for 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

A.R.E. introduces its new cap and tonneau covers for 2015 model Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups.  A.R.E.’s truck caps are available for both the five- and six-foot beds of these mid-size pickup trucks and include the CX Series, the new Overland Series which features LINE-X protective coating, and the V Series. A.R.E.'s LSII Series tonneau cover is also available for these vehicles, and is a custom-fitted fiberglass cover that is equipped with a lift assist system and a painted palm-grip handle. The LSII is easy to open and close and integrates into the design of the new truck models. All A.R.E. products are painted to match the owner's truck using the exact OEM paint code for quality appearance and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the life of the original pickup truck it is installed on.  For more information visit, www.4are.com

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DEI Introduces New Muffler Shield Kit

DEI introduces its new Muffler Shield Kit, developed with the same race proven technology as DEI’s Floor and Tunnel Shield II products. The Shield kit is constructed of 10 mil dimpled aluminum with a 1/8” needle glass insulator. The shield is designed to reduce radiant heat resulting in a cooler cabin interior and overall component protection from the effects of extreme heat. Easy to trim, it is designed to wrap around most any size muffler with a secure fit.  The kit includes one 42” x 24” Muffler Shield, two 40” x ½” wide heavy duty 304 stainless steel positive locking ties and locking tie tool. For more information visit, www.designengineering.com

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