The new Cleghorn Light Bar Cowl from Cliffride, is a precision molded factory replacement to the vehicle’s OE windshield wiper cowl on 2007-2016 model Jeep JK Wranglers. The innovative cowl design incorporates a 31-inch, single-row LED light bar, that is securely mounted to the vehicle’s inner hood-hinge bolts, using the steel powder-coated brackets provided in the installation kit. The cowl is manufactured from ABS plastic and is precision molded for a perfect fit and comes ready to be painted to match the exterior color of the vehicle. The installation uses factory hardware, and does not interfere with the operation of the vehicle’s windshield wipers, hood, or obstruct the driver’s view. For more information, visit www.cliffride.com.
TruckVault Pro Staff Member Kim Rhode Wins Silver Medal at the ISSF World Cup
Kim Rhode, member of the USA Shooting Team and TruckVault-sponsored shooter won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Rio on April 23rd. In 2008, Rhode's prized competition shotgun was stolen from the backseat of her vehicle. She approached TruckVault looking for a way to protect her valuable shotguns. In 2013, TruckVault partnered with Kim as she started her journey towards her sixth Olympic medal. For more information go to www.truckvault.com.
Galpin Motors Finds and Plans to Restore Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Custom 1956 Ford F-100
Southern California’s Galpin Motors has found the famed and long lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup. While the Southern California custom shop plans to completely restore the truck much like it does with other builds, the ’56 Ford can currently be seen in the condition it was found for a limited time at Galpin. Eventually, GAS’ team of craftsmen, led by Dave Shuten, will fully restore the truck using new old stock and period correct parts and equipment and the intention is to debut it at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2017. For additional information, visit www.galpin.com.
VersaTrac From ARIES Automotive Opens Doors to Easier Installation and Customization
ARIES Automotive is making customization and installation easier with its new VersaTrac mounting system. Using a single set of vehicle-specific brackets, a variety of side bar and running board options can be installed or swapped out whenever desired. The VersaTrac mounting system saves time and money for the consumer, as well as time and inventory space for the dealer. It eliminates the need to purchase and install an entirely new set of mounting brackets with each new side accessory. The mounting brackets are available for purchase as a stand-alone item or as part of a complete kit with compatible side bars and running boards. Currently, the VersaTrac mounting system is available only on ARIES AdvantEDGE side bars and RidgeStep running boards. However, more products are being developed within the ARIES line that will feature the VersaTrac mounting system, providing more choices and customization options for consumers. For more information, visit www.ariesautomotive.com.
A.R.E. Expands Truck Cap Options for 2016 Nissan Titan XD
A.R.E. Accessories is giving owners of the 2016 crew-cab short bed Nissan Titan XD pickup more choices in fiberglass truck caps with its CX and MX Series truck caps. The CX Series truck cap features standard options such as a front picture window, dark-tinted side windows, a heavy-duty rear door with automotive grade t-handle lock, and a third brake light for safety. A variety of optional windows, doors and interior accessories are available to meet the needs of each consumer. The MX Series fiberglass truck cap features an aerodynamic, mid-rise style to provide additional headroom for loading and interior headroom. The product comes with a front picture window, dark-tint sliding side windows and a heavy-duty rear door with an automotive grade t-handle lock as standard equipment. Other MX Series options include a full fiberglass walk-in door, a Yakima Tower Series Roof Rack, a roof-mounted LED light bar by Rigid Industries, a fold-down front, and more. A.R.E. truck caps are manufactured to meet customer specifications and painted to match the OEM color. The CX and MX Series truck caps fiberglass structure and the painted finish are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.4are.com.
Bestop Inc announced it has acquired Tuffy Security Products of Cortez, Colorado. “Tuffy has firmly established itself as a trail-blazer in the security products category and we’re excited to add them to the Bestop family of premium brands,” says Bestop CEO John Larson. Tuffy represents the second add-on acquisition for Bestop in 2016. In June, the company acquired leading vehicle lights manufacturer, Baja Designs.
The acquisition complements Bestop’s existing lockbox business, and is in line with the company’s commitment to deliver the highest-quality products to its distributors, jobbers, and consumers. “Bestop is growing both organically and through acquisitions,” adds Larson. “At the same time, we continue to invest in brand development, aggressive product innovation, and working with our retail partners to drive the best-possible consumer experience.”
“The Tuffy and Bestop teams have a common mission – to help people to better enjoy off-roading by delivering product excellence and leadership,” says Tuffy Founder and President, Shawn Gregory. “We are both committed to solving issues that get in the way of having fun – and off-roaders are going to be excited to see what these two leading brands come up with.” For more information, visit www.bestop.com.
The Truck Accessories Group, LLC (TAG), has acquired the Custom Fibreglass Manufacturing Co. d/b/a SNUGTOP. SNUGTOP, headquartered in Long Beach, California, is a manufacturer of premium quality pick-up truck caps and tonneaus. The company employs 200 people and services more than 180 customers worldwide. It will operate as a business unit within TAG, led by Hartmut Schroeder.
“The purchase of our company by TAG provides SNUGTOP the opportunity to grow and improve our business for the benefit of both our customers and our employees,” said Schroeder. “We are excited to join TAG and realize the benefits of being part of a larger organization.”
Truck Accessories Group, LLC (TAG) is a wholly-owned business unit of J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc. It is North America’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass and aluminum pick-up truck caps and tonneaus, including LEER, Century, Raider and Pace Edwards brands. TAG operates six facilities with manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Washington and California.
J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc. is a privately-held, diversified manufacturing company, with operating subsidiaries engaged in the production of commercial truck and van bodies, step-vans, service/utility truck and van bodies, funeral coaches, limousines, pick-up truck caps and tonneau covers, precision machined components and expandable foam plastics. For more information, visit www.truckgroup.com.
Husky Liners is starting a promotion due to reaching their goal of 100,000 likes on Facebook. To celebrate, they’ll be giving away a Protection Package to one lucky winner. The protection package will include a full set of floor liners, gearbox, mud flaps, and wheel well guards. In addition, the winner will also receive an installed BEDSLIDE 1000CL, Air Lift Helper Spring setup and compressor, an Action Accessories adjustable ball mount, and an A.R.E. truck cap or Tonneau (winner’s choice). Anyone that has liked their page has already been automatically entered for a chance to win. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com.
Warn Industries Changed Its Hydraulic Series Winches
Warn Industries has made a host of changes to its Hydraulic Series winches to help increase productivity on the job. The improvements help to decrease downtime allowing for increased productivity. According to Warn, the Hydraulic Series winches are now 50-percent easier to unspool with a redesigned end housing and aircraft-grade gear lubricants. Again according to Warn, the winches are 20-percent stronger through improved mold flow and casting geometry, the tie rods are now twice as strong as before, and if a tie rod does break, Warn’s shear bolt technology allows for a quick, inexpensive repair. Additionally, these winches have hydraulic motors featuring external mounting for quick and easy service, and stainless steel fasteners used throughout. For more information on this product, visit www.warn.com.
Snugtop Announces Its New “SnugPro Capsule” Commercial Cap
Snugtop introduces its lightweight SnugPro Capsule. Built for long-term durability, the SnugPro Capsule is reinforced to provide a 500-pound roof carrying capacity, full-length heavy-duty door hinges, stainless steel T-handles, and three-point locking. The capsule also features one-piece Advanced Structural Composite construction, weighs 475-pounds, is specifically designed for each make and model truck, and painted to match the color and gloss of the vehicle using the Axalta Chroma Premier process. A built-in LED brake light and optional rear-view camera are available to add to the caps style and functionality. For additional information, visit www.snugtopcommercial.com.
ProRYDE made it easy to raise and level the ride height on Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickup trucks, with its new Adjustable Leveling Kit. The system raises the front of the vehicle 1.5 to 2.25 inches, with a high-quality, adjustable upper strut spacer. The system is easy to install and won SEMA’s Best New Off-Road/4x4 Product Of The Year. When installed, the leveling kit allows the use of a 32.2-inch diameter wheel on a factory vehicle at an affordable price. For more information, visit www.prorydeliftkits.com.
Putco now offers its Condor Hood Shield for the Jeep Wrangler. The hood shield does not require any modifications or replacement of the consumer’s factory grille. The shield comes available in black or clear finishes. The clear finish can also be prepped and painted to match one of Wrangler’s factory OEM colors. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Bills For Higher Taxes On Fuel Efficient Vehicles Die
A bill in Minnesota was introduced to increase fees on fuel efficient vehicles, which would incur taxes based on miles traveled. According to SEMA, the legislation was intended as a “recoupment” surcharge of up to $95. The surcharge would have been calculated to levy the highest tax on owners of the most fuel efficient vehicles. This legislation died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
Separate legislation to require the Department of Transportation to take steps to implement a vehicle mileage user fee to tax drivers on actual miles driven also died. Both bills would need to be reintroduced next year in order to gain legislative consideration. These bills sought to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.
Michelin Adds New Sizes to Popular Defender LTX M/S Tire Lineup
Michelin announced that it is expanding the MICHELIN DEFENDER LTX M/S tire line with more than 30 new tire sizes. The tire is now available for nearly 75 percent of light-truck vehicles and SUV’s. The DEFENDER LTX M/S with EverTread features durable tread life and all-weather traction, designed to better meet the higher-torque demands of modern light trucks and SUVs. DEFENDER LTX M/S tires are offered with a 50,000- to 70,000-mile warranty. The DEFENDER LTX M/S is now available to consumers through more than 10,000 authorized dealer locations across North America. The tire is offered in 71 sizes that range from 15-inch to 22-inch rim diameters. For more information, visit www.michelinman.com.
Delta U.S.’s manufactured LED SILO light bar designed for the JEEP JK has been redesigned. The new light bar features a laser-cut aluminum crossbar, and machined billet aluminum mounting arms; reducing its weight by five-pounds. The 57-inch SILO Sky-Bar also features a no weld, no drilling, and no visible wire harness design, comes equipped with a dual three-phase harness, and LED Cab lights. The SILO Sky-Bar is powered by a battery of 120-Watt LED long range pencil beams; producing over 10,000 Lm of brightness and 6000K near daylight illumination. This product is made in the USA with an In-house manufacturing process. For more information, visit www.DeltaLights.com.
Rostra Precision Controls, Inc. introduces its new 2D1 PAR 56 replacement LED headlamp. The headlamp features a die-cast aluminum body, a corrosion-resistant black powder-coat finish, an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens, and industry-standard H4, three-pin connector. This product is sold in a clamshell retail package. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
Putco’s new Blade LED Tailgate Light Bar features high power COB LED’s that provide light output in red, amber, & white to operate with running, brake, turn signals and reverse lights. The light bar features a polycarbonate housing and easy installation with a four-prong wiring harness and attachment clips. The light bar fits all full and mid-size trucks in 60-inch and 48-inch lengths. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Putco’s SwitchBack LED Day-liner is a lighting accessory that is engineered to be operable with a consumer’s vehicle’s daytime running lights and turn signals. The white LED’s are illuminated during running light function and amber LED’s flash in sync with factory lights when the turn signal is engaged. The day-liner features easy application and is available in a black or silver anodized finish. For further information, visit www.putco.com.
Putco announces the availability of its new Silver-Lux LED kit. The kit is custom designed to enhance the appearance and functionality of a consumer’s vehicle. The kit features an aluminum tower, high-power Lumileds, patented copper weave heat-sink, and a clock-able collar for beam adjustment. Available in single and dual filament. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Putco announces its new Chevrolet Bowtie Emblem Kits as an attractive new way to customize consumer vehicles. The bowtie emblems are made of solid 304 stainless steel and are available in black powder-coat, chrome, and gunmetal grey as an alternative to existing OEM emblems. Each kit includes front and rear emblems unless otherwise indicated. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Putco announces its newest Ford Towing Mirror Covers, designed to fit the current 2015+ Ford F-150 as well as the new 2017 Ford Super-Duty. Each kit includes two pieces for each mirror that tape over the existing factory mirror for a solid chrome appearance. The covers are made from chromed ABS plastic. On top of the chrome mirror covers, Putco offers a full line-up of matching chrome trim accessories including door handle covers, window trim, window visors, tailgate handle covers, fuel door covers, and more. For more information, please visit www.putco.com.
Putco announces its black platinum fender trim, designed to protect consumer vehicle’s from road debris and add a custom appearance. The fender trim is made of premium stainless steel to endure the elements as well as maintain its mirror black finish. The trim is available in all cab and bed lengths. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Putco’s Ford emblem kits were designed to give consumers vehicle’s a custom look. Made of black anodized solid billet aluminum with the “Ford” logo etching for an alternative to existing OEM emblems. Each kit includes a bolt-in grille emblem and a tape-on rear emblem. For more information, visit www.putco.com.
Despite some slowing of full-size truck sales in July, mid-sized truck sales continue strong through the summer months. While sales for Ford, GM and Ram full-size trucks were slightly below last year’s levels for this month, the entire 2016 truck sales year is still greater than 2015, making for better opportunities for truck accessory sales to follow suit. Honda also launched its new Ridgeline with sales figures that don’t correspond to last year’s sales of the vehicle which were almost non existent. As the season ends into the summer and fall clearance sales push 2016 models out for 2017 models, we’ll get a better picture of what the market will look like for the coming year.
July 2016 Sales Figures vs July 2015
65,657 - Ford F-Series -1.0% vs 2015
54,116 - Chevrolet Silverado -4.0% vs 2015
39,827 - Ram Truck +1.7% vs 2015
22,428 - GMC Sierra +13.2% vs 2015
16,580 - Toyota Tacoma -2.7% vs 2015
10,474 - Toyota Tundra -0.4% vs 2015
9,195 - Chevrolet Colorado +27.5% vs 2015
7,244 - Nissan Frontier +72.7% vs 2015
3,532 - GMC Canyon +33.1% vs 2015
1,143 - Nissan Titan +1.5% vs 2015
3,518 - Honda Ridgeline + N/A vs 2015
2016 Sales YTD
460,901 - Ford F-Series
327,768 - Chevrolet Silverado
270,637 - Ram Truck
128,894 - GMC Sierra
111,615 - Toyota Tacoma
65,440 - Toyota Tundra
60,422 - Chevrolet Colorado
52,255 - Nissan Frontier
20,894 - GMC Canyon
7,242 - Nissan Titan
5,992 - Honda Ridgeline
Truck Hero, Inc. Appoints Marla Zwas as General Counsel
Truck Hero, Inc. announced the appointment of Marla Zwas as General Counsel, reporting to the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Reminder. Ms. Zwas joins Truck Hero with nearly 25 years of legal experience. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Flagstar Bancorp. Prior to Flagstar, she served as Senior Counsel, Corporate Affairs for Chrysler Group (now FCA). During her tenure at Chrysler Group, she was lead securities attorney and primary advisor to the treasury. “I am thrilled to join Bill and the Truck Hero team,” said Zwas. “I look forward to leveraging my experience within the automotive industry and with capital markets to help Truck Hero realize its full growth potential over the next several years.” For more information, visit www.truck-hero.com.
Edelbrock introduces Cross-Ram LS3 intake manifolds for the modern Gen IV engines with LS3, L92 and L76 rectangular port cylinder heads. The intake manifold features a dual-plenum design with thirteen-inch long runners, flanges that will accept 90mm GM LS3 throttle bodies, has a black or red powder-coated finish for the plenums, and a light silver base with bright zinc fasteners. The manifold design is Dyno tested resulting in gains of 28-horsepower and 25-foot pounds of torque. The manifold is also ideal for twin turbo applications under the hood. For more information, visit www.edelbrock.com.
CCI Presents New Wheel Skin For Jeep Grand Cherokee
Coast to Coast International introduces a new Imposter Series wheel skin for the 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new 17-inch wheel skin utilizes a new dual retention system. The Imposter Series wheel skins are chrome ABS wheel liners which both simulate and overlay the face of the OEM wheel. According to Coast to Coast International, wheel skins are ideal for enhancing a vehicle’s appearance and differentiating existing inventory. The Imposter Series wheel skins also feature a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
Coast to Coast International presents a new Imposter Series wheel skin for the 2015- Ford F150. The new wheel skin utilizes a new patent pending retention technology. The Imposter Series wheel skins are chrome ABS wheel liners which both simulate and overlay the face of the OEM wheel. The wheel skins are ideal for enhancing a vehicle’s appearance and differentiating existing inventory, according to Coast to Coast International. The Imposter Series wheel skins come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
Toyo Tires introduces two new additions to the Open Country series of tires, Open Country Q/T, a touring all-season tire specially designed for CUVs and SUVs; and the Open Country C/T, an on and off-road commercial grade tire designed to fit half and one-ton pickups. The Toyo Open Country Q/T was built for a wide range of vehicles, from CUVs to luxury SUVs. The all-season tire features Silent Wall technology, four wide circumferential tread grooves, multi-wave sipes in the tread, and come with a 65,000-mile tread-wear warranty and is backed by the Toyo Tires 45 Days/500 Miles No Regrets Trial Offer. The Toyo Open Country C/T features three-ply construction and all-weather traction, with a tread compound that contains high levels of natural rubber, dual-angle shoulder blocks, and pinned tread to accept TSMI #15 studs. The Open Country C/T size line-up includes 16 OE replacement and flotation sizes ranging from 16- to 20-inches in wheel diameter and load ranges D and E. For more information, visit www.toyotires.com.
BDS Suspension introduced the RECOIL traction bar system, a spring loaded traction bar system that allows truck owners to improve traction on a variety of terrains without limiting wheel travel. The traction bars use heavy wall construction with internal compression springs that can be loaded or unloaded to control axle wrap. The latest kits to hit the market are designed for the 1999-2016 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty trucks equipped with the eight-foot long bed. The kit is compatible with a range of lift heights and features easy installation, a five-year 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty, and BDS’s exclusive No-Fine-Print warranty. For more information, visit www.bds-suspension.com.
Ford announced the capabilities of its 2017 model Ford Super Duty pickups, with greater towing, payload and a stronger, yet lightweight aluminum body.
For 2017 models, the extra capacity comes from more power out of the available 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine and 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. The gasoline engine makes 430 lbs.-ft. of torque, while the 6.7 liter is rated at 925 lbs.-ft. of torque. This extra power allows gives the F-250 Super Duty a maximum payload of 7,630 pounds, while the F-350 can carry up to 7,630 pounds of payload.
If you plan to be hauling with the “big boys” then you might opt for the F-450, (Super Crew Dualie) which has a towing capability of 32,500 pounds with a gooseneck hitch. With a fifth-wheel hitch, the F-450’s towing capability is 27,500 pounds and 21,000 pounds with a popular bumper hitch. The F-450’s maximum combined weight rating is 41,800 pounds.
Ford enthusiasts might wonder how all this is possible with an aluminum body, but Ford stands by its experience with the F-150’s aluminum construction and claims that the weight savings for the Super Duty pickups will be identical to the F-150, when comparing the various cab configurations. Despite the body, Ford also strengthened the frame, suspension and axles to handle the added capacities.
As trucks continue to increase in capability, they can continue to drive additional possibilities, and revenue for the accessory aftermarket and RV market. In addition, while truck sales continue to improve better than last year’s record setting sales, the future looks bright for the towing market.
Robby Gordon And KMC Collaborate On New XD131 RG1 Wheel
KMC Wheels today announces the launch of the XD131 RG1, the result of its collaboration with race car driver Robby Gordon. Gordon designed the look of the XD131 RG1, while KMC Wheels incorporated XD Pro Cap that can be customized with different color rings that allows its customers to give a personal touch. “I am stoked about the partnership with KMC Wheels,” commented Robby Gordon. “This new design rocks, and I am so excited to see this wheel offered at shops across the country.”
Gordon is also a KMC Wheels brand ambassador and races on the same wheel he helped design in Desert Racing, Stadium Super Trucks and on his Dakar vehicle. Gordon will be contributing his expertise and experience to additional models that will be released over the next few years. RG2 is already in development along with a line of UTV Wheels. For more information, visit www.kmcwheels.com.
Roadwire Unveils Designer Leather Interior For GM SUVs
Roadwire Leather Interiors’ now offers an exclusive limited-edition Designer Series upholstery for the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Manufactured to exacting specifications in Roadwire’s state-of-the art facility, the 2016 Chevrolet/GMC Designer Series fits models with 60/40 middle-row seats and features premium-quality automotive leather and European-style perforated inserts offset with elegant Double Diamond contrast stitching that adds an extra dash of sophistication.
“The newest addition to our elite Designer Series is stylish, elegant and tasteful. It instantly transforms the stock interior of any 2016 Yukon, Suburban or Tahoe from ordinary to extraordinary, creating a sumptuous appearance fit for any lifestyle” said Dave Edmondson, Roadwire senior VP. “As this package is available exclusively from Roadwire, it gives our restyler customers and their automotive dealer clients a competitive advantage in the marketplace. At the same time, it affords dealers an exceptional profit-building opportunity to upsell this unique package to image-conscious buyers.”
In addition to the all-new Designer Series for the 2016 Suburban, Tahoe and Yukon, the series is also available for the Camry LE, Toyota Tundra, and the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.
CCI’s Imposter Series Wheel Skin for Dodge Ram 2500
Coast to Coast International presents a new Imposter Series wheel skin for the 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 2500. This styled steel wheel skin is chrome wheel liner which both simulates and overlays the face of the OEM wheel. According to Coast to Coast International, the Imposter Series wheel skins are ideal for enhancing a vehicle’s appearance, differentiating existing inventory, and providing a cost effective alternative to purchasing aftermarket wheels. The Imposter Series wheel skins come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
Coast to Coast International announces a new CCI grille overlay for the 2015-2016 GMC Canyon. With the new grille overlay, the front grille is restyled to reflect a chrome package that upgrades both vehicle and trim level appearance and complements the styling of the OEM grille, according to Coast to Coast International. This product features easy Installation without the need for drilling or tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
BOLT Offers One-Key Lock Technology Products for Heavy Duty Trucks
BOLT offers convenience and security to drivers of heavy duty work trucks, including International Pro Star, International 4000 Series, International Terra Star, Mitsubishi Raider, Sterling Condor, Volvo VN Series, as well as Freightliner Century and Columbia models. BOLT locks are designed to allow a single ignition key to be programmed to open any number of BOLT locks, reducing the need for multiple keys. The weatherproof BOLT locks are manufactured with an electro-less nickel-plated carbon steel pin or shaft assembly shield for strength and durability, and feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter, protective rubber shell, and a six-plate tumbler sidebar to prevents theft attempts. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
TrailFX recently launched its four-inch Trapezoid Side Steps, featuring a design that is said to be both stylish and functional. Featuring mirror-finished SS304 stainless steel construction, the steps offer deep tread pads, heavy duty injection molded end caps, easy bolt-on rocker panel installation, dual UV resistance and a limited lifetime warranty. Applications are available for Ford, Chevy, GMC, Dodge and Toyota. “The team at TrailFX is dedicated to advancements in quality engineering, providing retailers, restylers and consumers with products that are as stylish and affordable as they are strong and dependable,” said Jane Donnelly, Director Private Brands - Automotive. For more information, visit www.trailfx.com.
Permatex Earns Retailers’ Choice Award from the NRHA
Permatex has been awarded the 2016 Hardware Retailer Choice Award from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) for its Fast Orange Grease X Mechanic’s Laundry Detergent during the 2016 National Hardware Show. The Retailers’ Choice Award honors manufacturers for their innovation, and helps retailers single out new and innovative products that they feel are unique, interesting, and hold a great promise for sales in their stores. Winners of the 2016 Retailers Choice Awards were chosen by a special panel of distinguished retailers. Dan Clarke, Sr. Product Manager at Permatex, noted, “We are honored to receive this prestigious Retailers’ Choice Award for our Fast Orange Grease X Mechanic’s Laundry Detergent. Our innovations team came up with an excellent solution to a very frustrating cleaning problem. We are very proud of them and their first-to-market achievement.” For more information, visit www.permatex.com.
Harbinger LED launches with intention to bring new polished lifestyle branding to the off-road light sector by bringing together its collective experience investments and venture capital to the aftermarket industry. The Harbinger team has found success by leveraging international supply chain expertise and unique marketing. “We’d spent about a year in R&D researching every component that goes into your typical light bar before we built our first prototype. We believe that we have carved out a sizeable niche for those looking for excellent quality without wanting to break the bank” they said and stated, “We’re building a brand that is derived from offering high quality products with unmatched customer service. We’re enthusiasts ourselves, and we want to be a part of each and every one of our customer’s builds, whether that be someone’s first car or one of the many SEMA builds in which we have participated.” For more information, visit www.harbingerled.com.
Delta Tech Industries announces to consumers that its seven-inch headlights are now available with integrated COB LED Halo lights to be used as daytime running lights. Each Halo delivers 710-Lumens while using seven and a half Watts. The headlights are DOT compliant equipped with Xenon high and low light source, and features easy instillation, European precision optics prismatic lens, vacuum metalized reflectors, and silicone protective boots. For additional information, visit www.deltalights.com.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: 375 HP and 475 LBS-Ft. Torque
New information released from Ford Motor Company stated that the 2017 Ford Raptor, with its twin-turbo 3.5 liter EcoBoost V-6 engine will produce 375 horsepower and 470 lbs.-ft. of torque. These numbers are greater than any other light-duty, half-ton pickup truck within the Raptor’s market segment.
According to Ford, the 2017 Raptor will also have six different driving modes, allowing for improved traction in a variety of conditions. Drivers can select from a normal mode for routine driving, a mud and sand mode, a Baja mode, street, weather mode for snow and rain, and a rock mode for driving at low speeds over rocky conditions. Ford says that the 2017 Raptor will have a price around $50,000 and will be available sometime in early or mid 2017.
Rockford Fosgate Launches autolink Smart Control App for Remote Start Systems
Rockford Fosgate announces the launch of its autolink smart control app for remote start systems. Sold exclusively through Rockford Fosgate dealers, autolink includes the first year of service at no additional charge. After year one, consumers have the option to renew for one, two, or three-years. The multi-brand compatible autolink add-on interface module allows control of an aftermarket remote start system through a downloadable smartphone application. The app provides control of a vehicle from virtually anywhere and 3G network service is available. Additionally, an integrated GPS locator will show the user where the vehicle is at anytime from anywhere. Additional features include control up to four additional functions from the smartphone, it works with most digital alarm remote start systems, supports IOS and Android, and operates on a nationwide cellular network so consumers can be almost anywhere and still control the vehicle. Consumers can purchase autolink at Rockford Fosgate retail locations beginning in late September. For more information, visit www.rockfordfosgate.com.
Coast to Coast International presents to consumers its new CCI grille overlay for the 2016-2017 GMC Terrain. With the new grille overlay, the front grille is restyled to reflect a chrome package that upgrades both vehicle and trim level appearance, according to Coast to Coast, and complement the styling of the OEM grille. This product features easy installation that does not require tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
Truck accessory retailers and manufacturers often hold back on any spending during an election year, but despite any traditional negativity towards the economy, truck sales continue at an all-time high. According to Ford Motor Company executives, plants are running at full capacity and continue to dominate overall truck sales.
Mid-sized pickups are also helping the truck accessory market, with sales figures on GM and Toyota models continuing to rise in June of 2016. Overall, experts agree that 2016 is looking to be another record year for truck sales, which can result in greater potential for accessory sales for retailers and restylers.
June 2016 Sales Figures vs June 2015
70,937- Ford F-Series +28.6% vs 2015
49,662 - Chevrolet Silverado -3.7% vs 2015
38,126 - Ram Truck +14.4% vs 2015
17,162 - GMC Sierra -7.8% vs 2015
15,809 - Toyota Tacoma -0.9% vs 2015
9,433 - Toyota Tundra -5.0% vs 2015
9,049 - Chevrolet Colorado +38.0% vs 2015
8,166 - Nissan Frontier +84.0% vs 2015
3,398 - GMC Canyon +34.2% vs 2015
896 - Nissan Titan -22.4% vs 2015
2016 Sales YTD
395,244 - Ford F-Series
273,652 - Chevrolet Silverado
231-405 - Ram Truck
106,466 - GMC Sierra
95,035 - Toyota Tacoma
54,966 - Toyota Tundra
51,227 - Chevrolet Colorado
45,011 - Nissan Frontier
17,362 - GMC Canyon
6,099 - Nissan Titan
Rostra Announces New Wireless Camera and Monitor Options for Vehicles
Rostra announces the availability of its new wireless monitor and camera solutions for the heavy-duty and fleet markets. The seven-inch monitor includes a built-in four-channel multiplexer for displaying video from up to four cameras at once; and can record that video to a microSD card for on-road accountability. The options available include the 250-8215-IR - 250-8215 wireless input monitor with one 250-8153 wireless output camera. This monitor can accept up to four cameras. The seven-inch LCD monitor with the quad-wireless camera input includes hinged and dashboard stands, a remote control, power harness, and dual paddle antennas. Lastly, the wireless hinge-mount CMOS color camera with a built-in lens cover features an infrared LED array for night vision, a microphone for in-cab audio, and a paddle-style wireless antenna. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
Rigid Industries announces the release of its Rigid Ignite, an LED light source with several mounting capabilities and full kits for out-door enthusiasts. The first Ignite light is a surface mounted LED light that attaches to any Go-Pro case mount. The light is available in spot, diffused, or flood with white or black color options. The next available product are the flush mounts, Rigid’s smallest forward projecting light. These lights feature a low minimum voltage of six to twenty eight VDC, is IP68 compliant, is available in spot, flood, and diffused, and has a peak beam intensity of 1786-cd. The next two products are the spot and flood motorcycle light kits. These kits include two Ignite High/Low light’s, two mounting brackets, two sets of hardware, a motorcycle harness, and a pendent switch. Lastly, Rigid offers consumers two back up kits; the Ignite diffused back up light surface mount kit and the Ignite diffused flush mount kit. The surface mount kit includes two Ignite lights, two mounting brackets, and two sets of hardware. The flush mount kit includes two Ignite lights and two sets of hardware for installation. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.
Directed Announced new Content Theft Protection Products
Directed now offers two new Content Theft Protection (CTP) products designed to protect consumers from a growing threat. The first option Directed offers is the Content Theft Protection OEM Shock Sensor. Designed to be added to vehicles with basic OEM alarms that only go off when a door is opened, this sensor turns that OEM “alarm” into a “security” system that detects thieves on the outside the vehicle. The second is Content Theft Protection coverage that can be added at the point of sale to select VIPER & CLIFFORD products. For more information, visit www.directed.com.
Mile Marker Announces New Ownership and Expansion Plans
Mile Marker Industries has confirmed the company has been acquired by private equity firm HRH Boca, LLC. The new ownership comes with an ambitious strategic vision, building upon the company’s heritage of professional products. Mile Marker will retain its name and headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida. The announcement promises exciting developments for Mile Marker’s base of off-road enthusiasts and wholesale distributors, bringing with it new business leadership, product development and global expansion. For more information, visit www.milemarker.com.
Permatex Black Polyurethane Adhesive Formulated for Automotive Applications
Permatex has developed Permatex Black Polyurethane Adhesive, a versatile adhesive that can be used on both interior and exterior applications. Permatex Black Polyurethane Adhesive is a single-component, silicone free, elastomeric adhesive formulated to be effective in a wide range of applications. The adhesives features include a low odor, UV resistant, and low volume shrinkage. Permatex Black Polyurethane Adhesive is paintable with most paints and can be used above and below the water line. It bonds to steel, stainless steel, aluminum, glass, fiberglass, rubber, plastic, ABS, and PVC. Permatex’s Black Polyurethane Adhesive is safe for use in auto body and paint shops. For more information, visit www.Permatex.com.
Coast to Coast International presents a new CCI grille overlay for the 2016 Ford F-150. The new grille overlay is restyled to reflect a chrome package to upgrade both vehicle and trim level appearance. According to Coast to Coast International, the CCI grille overlays complement the styling of the OEM grille. This product features easy Installation and requires no tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.
Truck Covers USA Covers Mopar Max’s Project Ram Hauler
Mopar Max magazine’s latest project truck is a Ram 3500 dually, used to haul their MoparMax Maulin’ Magnum across the country to various NMCA and NHRA meets. They chose the American Roll Cover for its capabilities, tough exterior and its use with a top-mounted tool box. “When we’re not towing, we may have luggage, expensive parts and other valuables in the bed that we’d rather keep secure,” said Richard Kratz of Mopar Max.com. “Race tracks and airports tend to be located in less than the most desirable parts of town, that’s just the way it is. When we have all of our luggage in the bed and we need to pick up some groceries, we’d really like for the luggage to still be in the bed when we get back from shopping.”
Mopar Max magazine created a video with Alex Rogeo, drag racer and spokesperson, who spoke with Kim Tremling at Truck Covers USA about their project truck and the features of the American Roll Cover.
PROTHANE now offers motor mount inserts for the 2004-2008 Dodge Cummins diesel engine. The polyurethane inserts interlock with factory motor mounts and, according to PROTHANE, were specially formulated with high-strength polyurethane that is designed to absorb the high torque of the Cummins power plant. PROTHANE also offers suspension bushing kits, motor/transmission mounts, chassis mounts, bump stops and driveline couplers. For more information, visit www.prothane.com.
Rostra Gives Chevy/GMC Owners A New Rear-View Video Interface
Rostra announces the availability of its new rear-view video interface for multiple 2014+ Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Sierra and GMC Canyon vehicles. This interface device works with the 4.2-inch or eight-inch factory LCD screens with MyLink that powers on automatically when the vehicle is in reverse. This includes Rostra’s vehicle-specific tailgate handle integrated CMOS color camera. The system also includes the ability to view video from an auxiliary camera while the vehicle is in motion. No dealer programming is required with this device, and all of the factory functionality built into the infotainment system remains the same. For more information visit, www.rostra.com.
Rostra Gives Consumers A New Rear-View Video Interface
Rostra announces the availability of its new rear-view video interface with intelligent moving on-screen grid lines. This add-on interface device is for multiple 2013+ General Motors vehicles with 4.2-inch or eight-inch factory LCD screens with MyLink that powers on automatically when the vehicle is in reverse. This also includes Rostra’s wedge-shaped CMOS color camera, and grants consumers the ability to view video from an auxiliary camera while the vehicle is in motion. This devise allows 12-volt installers to deliver images from a rear-view or other auxiliary cameras to the factory-installed LCD screen vehicle. No dealer programming is required with these devices and all of the factory functionality built into the infotainment system remains the same. For more information visit, www.rostra.com.
Rostra Adds Two Video Interface Devices To Their Arsenal
Rostra announces the availability of its new dual-camera blind-spot visibility system, and two new “Bring Your Own Camera” add-on video interface devices. These devises allow 12-volt installers to deliver images from a rear-view or other auxiliary cameras to the factory-installed LCD screen in their General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler vehicle. No dealer programming is required with these devices and all of the factory functionality built into the infotainment system remains the same. The auxiliary video interface option from Rostra is for multiple 2011+ Ford vehicles with an eight-inch factory LCD screen and existing rearview camera that can be triggered to power on to display video from an auxiliary camera while the vehicle is in motion. This unit accepts video from any RCA-equipped camera. The second “BYOC” option from Rostra is a rear-view video interface with intelligent moving on-screen grid lines for multiple 2013+ General Motors vehicles with 4.2-inch or eight-inch factory LCD screens with MyLink that powers on automatically when the vehicle is in reverse; or displays video from an auxiliary camera while the vehicle is in motion This unit also accepts video from any RCA-equipped camera. For more information visit, www.rostra.com.
Rostra Add-On Video Interface Devices Now Available
Rostra announces the availability of its new dual-camera blind-spot visibility system, and two new “Bring Your Own Camera” add-on video interface devices. These devises allow 12-volt installers to deliver images from a rear-view or other auxiliary cameras to the factory-installed LCD screen in their General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler vehicle. No dealer programming is required with these devices and all of the factory functionality built into the infotainment system remains the same. The first “BYOC” rear-view video interface for multiple 2014+ Chrysler vehicles come in five-inch or 8.4-inch factory LCD screens that power on automatically when the vehicle is in reverse. This unit accepts video from any RCA-equipped camera. The second “BYOC” rear-view video interface is for multiple 2011+ Ford vehicles with a four-inch factory LCD screen that powers on automatically when the vehicle is in reverse. This unit also accepts video from any RCA-equipped camera. For more information visit, www.rostra.com.
Rostra announces the availability of its new dual-camera blind-spot visibility system. The dual-camera blind-spot vision system feature low-profile cameras attach to the underside of a vehicle’s side-view mirrors and include weatherproof extension harnesses and RCA video outputs to connect to any RCA-equipped monitor. The cameras can be rotated in their housing to match the angle of a side-view mirror or to be vertically mounted elsewhere on the vehicle. Built-in loop cables allow the grid lines to be enabled and disabled as well as provide the option for the cameras to be used for forward-facing video. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
CURT Manufacturing LLC. has made improvements to its Understanding Towing resource. Comprised of the Towing 101 beginner’s guide and an extensive Towing Glossary, the new Towing 101 is a basic guide to the complete towing experience. It is made up of ten chapters, featuring detailed information, videos, diagrams and charts. It covers everything from basic towing components to safe practices on the road. Towing 101 also includes step-by-step walkthroughs on selecting a trailer hitch, installing it on the vehicle, hooking up a trailer and more. The other component of Understanding Towing is the new Towing Glossary. Expanded from 140 to over 500 towing-related terms, the resource offers clear definitions, pictures and diagrams, as well as links to additional resources. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
3M Introduces 3M Total Automotive Sanding System Powered by Festool
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division announced its collaboration Festool. The collaboration brings together 3M’s best-in-class abrasives, global sales and distribution capabilities with Festool-branded power tools, and dust extraction technologies. The 3M Total Automotive Sanding System is engineered to support the ongoing needs for cleaner, safer, more efficient and profitable collision repair shops. The 3M Total Automotive Sanding System offers five systems; the Body Repair Set and the Paint Prep Set, accessories and 3M consumables, as well as dust extraction equipment. The Paint Finishing Set is available with Festool pneumatic products, accessories and 3M consumables. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
Forgeline Unveils New VX1 Monoblock Wheel for Trucks & SUV’s
Forgeline Motorsports is unveiling a new, one- piece, forged, monoblock VX1-Truck wheel for truck and SUV owners. Engineered to be lightweight while delivering minimal deflection, Forgeline designed the new VX1-Truck offering with larger six-lug fitments specifically for applications such as Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford Expedition, as well as Ford and Chevy full-size pickups. Machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, the wheel is available in 20 and 22-inch diameters with a range of widths and offsets, and is available in fully customizable finish options. For more information, visit www.forgeline.com.
Cargo Ease has recently developed a line of products directed at Jeep owners, an outfitted Cargo Ease locker and slide. There are multiple applications available. Standard features include: a max of 500-pounds per drawer, 2,000-pounds evenly distributed on the top, single and duel drawers, with optional heights of either nine or twelve-inches. The Cargo Ease slide and locker is available for, but not limited to trucks, vans, jeeps, and SUV’s. Custom designs are also available. For more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com.
BDS Suspension announces the availability of its four and a half-inch Coilover system for 2007-2016 Toyota Tundra’s. The complete system includes a pair of high strength, one-piece cross-members built from ¼-inch steel, a full width belly skid plate, the suspension and drivetrain components, a pair of CNC-machined ductile iron steering knuckles, frame mounted brackets, bump stop extensions, differential relocation brackets, weld-in frame reinforcement plates, sway-bar links, alignment cam bolts, and heavy duty tie rod ends to round out the front of the kit. In the rear, three-inch rear lift blocks and longer u-bolts are featured, as well as brake line extensions and precision tuned FOX 2.0 IFP rear shocks to give clearance for 35-inch tires. For more information, visit www.bds-suspension.com.
Rostra Precision Controls announces the RearSight, an updated 4.3-inch LCD-equipped rearview mirror. The mirror has been re-engineered to include a manual-dimming tab to reduce road glare, selectable and/ or adjustable parking grid lines, reverse-triggered rear-view camera input, a remote control, duel RCA video inputs with individual triggers, nine-foot video cable for easier connectivity, one-touch Front/AUX camera view with auto-off, and includes a built in standard mounting stem with an accessory Hyudai/Kia windshield adapter. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
Westin’s HDX Winch Mount Grille Guard for 2016 Silverado 1500
Westin Automotive announces the availability of its HDX Winch Mount Grille Guard for the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500. Westin's HDX Winch Mount Grille Guard encompasses all of the features of an HDX Grille Guard, with the additional capability to hold a winch up to ten and a quarter-inches tall with a rating of up to 12,000-pounds. The winch trays are tested and capability confirmed to a minimum straight line pull of 16,500-pounds, according to Westin Automotive. HDX Winch Mount Grille Guards are available in 304 stainless steel backed by a lifetime warranty, or a black powder coat finish that is backed by a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Coast to Coast International presents its new CCI grille overlay for the 2015-2016 Chrysler 300. The new front grille overlay is restyled to reflect a chrome package to upgrade both the vehicle and its trim level appearance. CCI grille overlays complement the styling of the OEM grille, according to Coast to Coast International, that features easy Installation and requires no tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
The Imposter Series Wheel Skin From Coast to Coast International
Coast to Coast International announces the availability of its new Imposter Series wheel skin for the 2014-2015 Dodge Charger. This new wheel skin, IMP383X, is a chrome ABS wheel liner which both simulates and overlays the face of the OEM wheel. The Imposter Series wheel skins are ideal for enhancing a vehicle’s appearance, differentiating existing inventory, and providing a cost effective alternative to purchasing aftermarket wheels. The Imposter Series wheel skins come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
JVC Ships Flagship Multimedia Receiver With Apple CarPlay
JVC Mobile Entertainment announced the shipping of the KW-V820BT, its 2016 flagship multimedia receiver with Apple CarPlay. The KW-V820BT features JVC's anti-theft design to protect its entertainment features, including Bluetooth and integrated apps for Spotify and Pandora. The unit is also SiriusXM-Ready and connects to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner. Its iDatalink Maestro connectivity enables control of factory installed entertainment options such as satellite radio, Bluetooth and media inputs. The unit's own inputs and outputs include dual one and a half-amp charging USB ports, rear-view camera input, three sets of RCA outputs, and A/V connections for rear-seat entertainment. The KW-V820BT carries a built-in, 50-watt x four MOSFET amplifier and tailors music with 13 bands of equalization, High-Resolution Audio Playback, K2 frequency enhancement, digital signal processing, time alignment and bass restoration from compressed audio. For more information, visit www.mobile.jvc.com.
Westin’s Off-Road Light Bar for 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Westin Automotive announces the availability of its Off-Road Light Bar for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Westin's Off-Road Light Bar features a patented bolt-on mounting technique to add a post mounted LED Bar, or up to four eight-inch auxiliary lights to the vehicle for most. Light mounting tabs are welded on the inside of the front facing tube to allow an additional two-inches of clearance in front of the mounted lights. The light bar is available in either a polished stainless steel that is backed by a lifetime warranty, or a black powder coated steel finish that is backed by a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
The Original Tuff Truck Bag, a collapsible, waterproof and dustproof cargo bag that can fit all pickup truck bed models to store/protect cargo, equipment and more. The bag is 40-inches wide, 50-inches long, 22-inches high, and weighs nine-pounds. The cargo carrier features waterproof non-breathable PVC, a triple fold zipper cover, metal corner rings to secure to a pickup bed, four straps, and has a high temp, heat fusion weld seam. The Tuff Truck Bag comes with a storage tote bag, and works in conjunction with truck tool boxes. Bags can be purchased in either black or tan. For more information, visit www.tufftruckbag.com.
Truck Hero Gains New Leadership From Inter-Company Promotions
Truck Hero added new leadership positions with its promotion of employees within the company. “All of these individuals have impressive and proven track records within the company and it is with great pride we can make these promotions from within the ranks of our team. I have the utmost confidence each of these gentlemen will build on the many successes they have already achieved," said Bill Reminder, President and CEO of Truck Hero. Truck Hero is a industry leading family of companies that i ncludes Extang, TruXedo, BedRug, UnderCover, Advantage, Retrax, BAK, A.R.E., N-Fab, and two online retailers: AutoCustoms and Real Truck. For more information, visit www.truckhero.com.
Ryan Herman was promted from VP of Sales for BAK Industries to a newly created position as Executive Vice President of Sales for Truck Hero. Herman will be responsible for all sales activity for Extang, TruXedo, Advantage, Retrax, BAK, International Sales and Corporate Customer Service.
Joel Mohlenhoff, who was the Vice President of Sales for TruXedo, is now promoted to Vice President of Sales - BAK Industries.
Chris Greer, former Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Extang Canada, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales of TruXedo.
Westin Offers Brackets For Mounting LED Light Bar To HDX Grille Guard
Westin Automotive announces the availability of HDX Grille Guard LED Brackets. The brackets are designed for use on Westin HDX Grille Guard applications to accommodate a single or double row LED bar with side mount capability. Brackets are sold in sets of 2 and include bolt plates and hardware. HDX Grille Guards can accommodate an LED Light Bar up to 30-inches in length. Consumers can choose polished stainless steel or a black powder coated steel to complement the HDX Grille Guard finish. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Jeep JK & JKU Products Now Available Through Go Rhino
Go Rhino's new Total Bumper System, patented Light Mount Bar and Windshield Light Frame now offers 2007-2016 JEEP JK and JKU owners the ability to customize the appearance to reflect their personalized style with a large selection of features, options and style choices available on the market today. Go Rhino's comprehensive line of JEEP products evolved as a response to consumer's and market trends demanding products that offer personalization, modularity, style and lighting options. For more information, visit www.GoRhino.com.
Bestop announced that it has acquired Baja Designs of San Marcos, California. “Baja Designs engineer’s elite-level products that are a perfect match with Bestop’s ultra-premium Jeep soft tops and accessories,” says John Larson, Bestop CEO. The acquisition reflects Bestop’s priority of growing both organically and through acquisitions in the automotive aftermarket. The company continues to invest in brand development and aggressive product innovation, while evaluating opportunities to extend into new product categories. For more information, visit www.Bestop.com.
Oil Eater has introduced a professional grade emergency spill kit that provides all-in-one solutions for containment and cleanup of hazardous spills in vehicle servicing facilities and other areas. A bonus five-gallon bucket of Oil Eater Original cleaner is included in each kit to clean surfaces after the spill has been absorbed. Each kit includes absorbent pads, pillows, universal snakes, booms, protective gloves, oil-resistant, high temperature disposal bags, and an emergency response instruction guide. Kits are available in 65-gallon and 95-gallon over-packs which can handle the corresponding volume of liquid. Oil Eater cleaner-degreaser is water-based, non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable and biodegradable. For more information, visit www.oileater.com.
DEWALT unveiled its FLEXVOLT system that features the world’s first batteries to automatically change voltage when the user changes tools. The two FLEXVOLT batteries, a 6.0Ah battery, and a 9.0Ah battery power the lineup of brushless 60V MAX and 120V MAX FLEXVOLT tools. The two batteries feature patent-pending technology that is backwards compatible with most existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools and chargers. Both the 6.0Ah and 9.0Ah FLEXVOLT batteries are said to extend the runtime of existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools, and also power five new 60V MAX tools and two new 120V MAX tools. The FLEXVOLT tools and 6.0Ah battery will be available in fall 2016, and the 9.0Ah battery will be available in early 2017. Each FLEXVOLT tool comes with the standard DEWALT three year limited warranty, one year free service, and 90 day money back guarantee; while the FLEXVOLT batteries come with a three year limited warranty, three year free service, and 90 day money back guarantee. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com.
Yakima Products, Inc. is partnering with Toyota for its Road Warrior Program. Yakima Road Warriors can be found at more than 75 cycling, outdoor, and automotive events across North America. Over the years, the program has spread to four representatives based in the Northeast, the Rockies/Midwest, the Southeast and the West Coast; giving consumers the chance to touch and test products first-hand. The new partnership makes Toyota the vehicle partner for the program, and features co-branded Toyota models, including the Tacoma Highlander, 4Runner, Rav4 and Sienna. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.
Mickey Thompson Adds Two New Sizes To Baja MTZP3 Line
The Baja MTZP3 product line from Mickey Thompson now includes two new 18-inch sizes, the LT275/70R18 and LT295/70R18 for a wide range popular trucks, SUVs and 4x4 vehicles. The Baja MTZP3 features a silica-reinforced tread compound, siped tread lugs, and shoulder scallops with mud-pocket scoops. The sidewall is reinforced with Mickey Thompson’s PowerPly technology along with decoupling grooves and signature SideBiters. For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
Air Lift’s Heavy-Duty LoadLifter 5000 Now Available for 2013-16 Ram ProMaster
Air Lift's heavy-duty Load-Lifter 5000 and Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE adjustable air spring kits are now available for 2013-2016 Ram Pro-Master’s 1500, 2500 and 3500 model rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Air Lift's Load-Lifter series air spring kit work with consumers existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000-pounds of levelling capacity. The Load-Lifter 5000 is engineered for hauling or towing heavy loads. The Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE features an internal jounce bumper providing added shock absorption and extra protection for heavy loads. All components including air springs and all hardware, are provided for both the Load-Lifter 5000 and Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE, and does not require drilling. Air Lift offers automatic wired and wireless on-board air compressor systems to provide one-touch control from inside the vehicle or remotely. All Air Lift products are backed by a lifetime warranty, and a 60-day money-back-guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Pat Stewart Appointed As Director Of Marketing For Go Rhino/Big Country
IDDEA CA. LLC, DBA Go Rhino Products, Big Country and Go Rhino Public Safety appointed Patricia Stewart as Director of Marketing. “IDDEA is looking forward to Patricia’s marketing direction and experience to contribute to our next level of growth, consumer engagement and success,” said Peter Taylor, General Manager for IDDEA Ca LLC.
Stewart began her career in the automotive aftermarket arena and has spent 22 years in a variety of strategic and tactical marketing positions for Truck Accessories Group, LLC LEER, Pace Edwards, Century and Raider brands developing a wide range of brand-building initiatives and dealer-focused marketing strategies to support sales and marketing. “I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to join the IDDEA Ca LLC, Go Rhino / Big Country team in this role and at this milestone in the company’s history,” Stewart said. “The company has a long heritage as a product innovator and industry leader, which showcases the vision and leadership of the Alvarez’ family.” For more information, please visit www.gorhino.com . 888-427-4466
Partnership Award and Ambassador of the Year Award Presented to CURT
CURT Manufacturing LLC. accepted two awards at The AAM Group Vendor Showcase in 2016. CURT was selected as an award winner for The Partnership Award and the Ambassador Award. The Ambassador Award is given to an individual within a manufacturing company who goes above and beyond to support the AAM membership and the goals of the AAM Group. The Partnership Award is an award given to the company that best exemplifies the qualities of a fully engaged partner of the AAM Group in the past year. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
Weapons Grade Fabrication now offers its Bomber Headache Rack to consumers. The headache rack window protection insert is manufactured from laser cut 1/8-inch & ¼-inch steel, using reinforcing ribs for rigidity and shape contour. All racks are designed to match the contours of the bed, cab and roofline for a precise fit on consumer’s specific model truck. The rack features full exposure of the third brake light, and modular load retainers are optional. For more information, visit www.wgfab.com.
Wide Wheel Tubs for 67-72 Chevy And GMC Fleet-side Pickups
Auto Metal Direct introduces its new Wide Wheel Tubs for 1967 to 1972 Chevy and GMC fleet-side pickup trucks. The wide wheel tubs are approximately 15-inches wide, are manufactured from heavy gauge steel, and according to AMD, allow consumers to install oversize rear tires and wheels while maintaining the look and styling of the original bed. For more information, visit www.autometaldirect.com.
Chevrolet debuts the 2017 Cruze Hatchback, the latest addition to the expanding Cruze lineup. The Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190 when it arrives in dealerships this fall. The price includes the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees. It will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package. The car features an Ecotec 1.4L turbo, increased cargo space of up to 47.2 cubic feet, and segment-exclusive technologies such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and wireless charging, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibilities. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
PIAA has introduced two all new LED lights to its LP Series line. According to PIAA, both of the Ion Yellow LED lights are manufactured with quality components and feature an aluminum housing with a poly lens, and are 10g vibration rated. The smaller two and three quarter-inch LP270's come in a 30º driving beam pattern, while the larger three and a half-inch LP530's come in the 30º driving pattern as well as a SAE compliant 65º Fog pattern. All PIAA light kits come complete with pre-assembled wiring harness which include a lighted switch and relay. For more information, visit www.PIAA.com.
American Racing Offers Consumers Wheel Customization
American Racing announced the launch of its online Custom Shop feature that allows consumers to customize any wheel available for purchase. The option is made possible by its custom wheel building facility located in Southern California. Customers can build a custom wheel online with features including custom forging, specialty two-piece fitments, finishes that include paint colors, powder coating, tinted clear coat and vehicle paint matching; as well as drill-from-blank services and backspacing in eighth-inch increments. For more information, visit www.americanracing.com.
Westin Automotive announces that from June thirteenth through August first 2016, they will offer free LED Lights with the purchase of a Westin HDX Front Bumper. The HDX Front Bumpers feature openings for the mounting of two 10-inch Double Row LED Light Bars. Westin’s HDX Front Bumpers are one-piece and are constructed with seven-gauge steel for heavy duty winching capability. It also features an application specific chiseled design with welded bends, and is powder coated with a textured black finish or available raw. HDX Bumpers are designed, engineered, tested and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Cequent Performance Products now offers the first line of Custom Quick Install 5th Wheel Brackets to fit 2009 to 2016 RAM 1500 series trucks with air ride suspension. The Quick Install 5th Wheel mounting brackets, and the Quick Install 5th wheel kit with mounting brackets and 10-bolt rails are in the Reese brand line of products. The kits were designed to fit all cab styles, bed lengths, and engine combinations for complete flexibility. The kits do not require any drilling, and feature a 10-year warranty. For more information, visit www.cequentgroup.com.
Roadwire Rolls Out Industry Leading Interior Extended Care Warranty
Roadwire Inc. has rolled out its new Roadwire Interior Extended Care program. This extended care program is a pioneering initiative that ensures repair or replacement of any stained, faded or damaged OEM or aftermarket cloth or leather interior installed in a new or used vehicle.
The program is the first of its kind available for the restyling industry and was developed to provide a seamless process for auto dealers to offer customers a long-term solution to maintaining the look and performance of their vehicle interior, while also generating a new dealership revenue stream.
The Roadwire Interior Extended Care program, administered by Innovative Aftermarket Systems (IAS) known for delivering high-quality F&I products to auto dealers, includes several unique features. For example, although a Roadwire initiative, the program is not exclusive to Roadwire OEM or aftermarket leather products. It provides coverage for all cloth, vinyl or leather interiors regardless of origin—no matter if they were supplied by other aftermarket manufacturers or an automaker. Coverage also includes protection against stains, fading and discoloration, as well as punctures, loose seams or stitches, tears and even protection against small cigarette burns. Coverage is available for three or five years, and requires no messy chemical sprays or applications.
“The new Roadwire Interior Extended Care program is a revolutionary concept. It’s the first time that auto dealers, working in concert with a nationwide network of authorized installers and restylers, are able to provide consumers with an unprecedented level of vehicle-interior protection,” stated Dave Edmondson, senior VP of Roadwire Inc. and its family of companies, Roadwire Leather, Distinctive Industries, Classic Soft Trim and Signature Automotive Products.
“Our partner, IAS, has a proven track record of delivering superior-quality F&I products to dealers nationwide, and we are excited by the opportunity to partner with IAS on this unprecedented initiative. This program not only creates a new F&I profit opportunity, but will also have a significant impact on customer satisfaction,” added Edmondson.
“IAS is pleased to provide our best-in-class services to administer the Roadwire Interior Extended Care program,” said Bob Corbin, IAS president and CEO. “By utilizing our award-winning administration infrastructure, Roadwire has the capabilities to grow and expand their protection program at a rapid pace. We look forward to a successful and mutually beneficial partnership.” For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.
Cap-it And Leer To Open New Outlet Stores in Dallas TX
Cap-it® has partnered with Leer to open new franchise stores in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) under the Trade Name “Cap-it® America’s Truck Accessory Stores™.” Cap-it’s 26-year relationship with Leer and its 30 locations in Canada have established the brands as upscale retailer/installers of quality truck accessories and adventure products.
Cap-it is now awarding franchise opportunities with exclusive territories to qualified applicants in the DFW market. “Whether you’re an auto dealership, an existing truck cap store, or an individual that wants to operate your own business, you’ll find Cap-it fun, profitable and an exciting opportunity to dominate in your town,” said Andrew Funk, Cap-it president. For more information, visit www.capitfranchise.com/us
BOLT Sponsors Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
BOLT Locks announces that they will be sponsoring Pro Lite rider Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg from Temecula, Calif., in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Sternberg won the overall championship for Off-Road Racing in 2010. In 2011, he won a Best Whip gold medal, and in addition to being a professional off-road truck racer, he is also a freestyle motocross rider. "Since four-wheel parts is the 'Official Off-Road Parts Retailer' for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, our support of Jeremy Stenberg just makes good sense, "explained Erika Garcia, national sales manager, BOLT Locks. "Just like Jeremy, a large percentage of off-road enthusiasts own Jeeps or pickups to haul their toys like four wheelers and motorcycles. And our BOLT Locks makes it easier to keep these items secured." For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Westin Automotive Receives Recognition From AAM Group
Westin Automotive accepted three awards from AAM Group at their recent members meeting yesterday. Westin received an A+ Rating Data Certificate, the Ambassador Award (Junior Calvert), and the Vendor of the Year 2016 “Manpower” Award. AAM Group's acknowledgement is an encouragement of Westin Automotive’s efforts to improve communication. AAM Group bestows these awards to the manufacturer that has made a significant impact in the area of product data, communications, sales representative (Junior Calvert), and for most improved manufacturer relations overall. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Cequent Performance Products introduces its Tekonsha ModuLite ZCI, a zero contact interface to eliminate the need for cutting, and splicing. The product isolates the trailer light operation from the tow vehicle’s electrical system, eliminating all contact with the vehicles lighting system. Instead, ZCI uses sensors that snap around the wires to detect if current is present; and because ZCI is not directly connected, there is ZERO chance of feedback to the vehicle. The ZCI’s design is also universal, fitting every known vehicle in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, according to Cequent. For more information, visit www.cequentgroup.com.
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade was named the Most Satisfying Luxury SUV and also earned the President’s Award in AutoPacific’s 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Escalade’s score of 810 was the highest Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) score to date, and it was the most satisfying vehicle overall in this year’s ratings. AutoPacific conducts the VSAs annually, measuring how satisfied an owner is with his or her new vehicle. VSAs are based on survey responses from more than 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year cars and light trucks. The Cadillac brand was also rated as the second most satisfying luxury brand overall in the California-based firm’s research. For more information, visit www.cadillac.com.
Team Toyo announces that its driver Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. and Toyo Tires won the 48th Annual SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend, finishing first overall for Four Wheel Vehicles and first in the Trophy Truck class. Vildósola endured 120+-degree temperatures to finish the 477.52-mile desert course in a time of 08:20:52.105. His #21 Vildósola Racing / Toyo Tires trophy truck relied on 40-inch Toyo Open Country R/T-R tires to get through the desert terrain. This is the first overall SCORE Baja 500 win and second class win for Vildósola, who joined Team Toyo in December of last year. “The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the toughest desert races in the world and to be first is a testament to Tavo’s talent and dedication. We are proud to make tires that can match his toughness and tenacity, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. For more information, visit www.toyotires.com.
Westin Announces Availability of E-Series Bull Bar in Black
Westin Automotive is now offering its E-Series Bull Bars. The Bull Bar tube is black powder coated and the skid plate is textured black. Westin's E-Series Bull Bar is a front-end light bar designed for trucks and larger model SUVs. It mounts to the vehicle's existing mounting points with no drilling required and comes complete with vehicle specific mount kit. It also features mounting points for two auxiliary lights up to six-inches in diameter. The E-Series Bull Bar features a laser cut Westin block letter logo design on the skid plate. Backed by a three-year warranty. Optional License Plate Re-Locator Bracket and LED Mount Brackets are available and sold separately. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Pro Comp Introduces Tundra Performance Long-Travel Suspension
Pro Comp announces its new Performance Long-Travel Suspension system for the 07-present Toyota Tundra. The kit provides four-inches of lift in order for consumers to fit 35-inch tall tires. The kit has passed FMVSS 126 testing, certifying that all Electronic Stability Control systems continue to function properly after the suspension modifications. In addition to being FMVSS 126 compliant, the new long-travel performance suspension is covered by the Pro Comp Promise Lifetime Warranty – 100% transferable, with no questions asked. The suspension system also qualifies 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.
Transfer Flow, Inc. Honored at California Small Business Day
Transfer Flow, Inc. was honored by Assemblyman James Gallagher at California Small Business Day. As Small Business of the Year for the Third Assembly District, Transfer Flow, Inc. was celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the community. “The team at Transfer Flow has been an incredible asset to the North State community. One of the reasons why I selected them for this honor is because of their successful efforts to increase the region’s skilled workforce,” said Gallagher. “I am pleased to honor Transfer Flow to help celebrate the success of their entrepreneurship as well as their dedication to producing the highest quality manufacturing products.” For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.
3M Auto announces its new Trizact Precision Scratch Kit, ideal for a do-it-yourself solution to maintaining consumer vehicle’s. The kit includes a scratch pad, buffing pad, rubbing compound, polishing pad, and scratch remover. 3M Auto has also put together a product guide to help owners effectively remove scuffs and scratches in the appropriate steps; prep, sand, refine, and polish. Surface Prep is the first step; wash the area to remove any built up dirt and grime. Wet sand the area with the 3M Trizact Scratch Pad until the scratch is removed, then wipe the area clean. Buff the surface using a household drill (1200 to 1600RPM) with the supplied purple pad mounted securely, and apply 3M Rubbing Compound to remove the haze from the sanding process. Polishing the treated area is the last step after switching to the supplied black polishing pad. Using the household drill and the new fixture, apply 3M Scratch Remover to polish the treated area and surrounding area with light pressure, and use a microfiber cloth to remove any excess Scratch Remover upon completion. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
Maradyne introduces its new high performance fan, the Fast & Cool Air Blower. The Fast & Cool Air Blower is designed to be positioned at three different angles, 0-degrees, 45-degrees and 90-degrees. Made from roto molded housing, the 3,000 FPM (feet per minute) Fast & Cool Air Blower delivers two-to three-times the air-flow power of other small fans on the market, according to Maradyne, and is apparently ideal for the race track or shop, where rapidly cooling engines, brakes and clutches is essential; as well as being useful in drying a shop floor or in dyno settings. The Maradyne Fast & Cool Air Blower comes with a one-year warranty for both parts and labor. For more information, visit www.maradyneHP.com.
New for 2017, Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will feature a patented air intake system designed to drive cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures. According to Chevrolet, the air intake system will provide 60-percent of the air to the diesel engine from an inlet at the front of the hood, while an air filter housing draws 40-percent additional air from one of the front fenders. According to Chevy, it blends with the cooler air from the hood inlet before funneling into the combustion chambers, assuring the engine can breathe even if the hood is blocked. The hood scoop includes an air/water separator to ensure only dry air is drawn into the engine. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.