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News Briefs 1/11/12

Jiffy Lube came in at No. 15 in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Annual Franchise 500” listing — the highest placement of any automotive organization. Last year, Jiffy Lube was ranked No. 30.
Matco Tools came in at No. 26 overall on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list. In 2010, Matco was No. 19.
Snap-on Inc. was No. 28 — down from No. 24 a year ago.
• Quebec is considering the establishment of a motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program for the province starting in 2013.
ASA expects legislation to be introduced this year in the Maine senate to modernize the state’s vehicle safety inspection program.
Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers has selected Kihon Media as an approved vendor. Kihon will provide its Sensible Driver online marketing program designed specifically for Quick Lane retailer shops.
Bosch has introduced a new series of fluid exchange products, including automatic transmission fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid and differential fluid exchangers.
Extech Instruments (Nashua, NH) has donated more than $40,000 worth of handheld test equipment to vocational, technical and science programs in eastern Massachusetts.
Experian Automotive (Schaumburg, IL) has launched an application called AutoCheck Mobile for Consumer that provides consumers with access to vehicle history reports via their Android and iPhone devices.
Showpower, the transmission/undercar expo, will host automotive service providers and suppliers March 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion. Joining Showpower this year will be the annual meeting of the Volume Transmission Group division of ATRA, which serves members whose primary business is the rebuilding and remanufacturing of transmissions in volume. For more information, visit
• 98 percent of aftermarket companies — including repair shops, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and jobbers — recycle car batteries, according to a study by AAIA.