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News Briefs 06/20/12

• The Bosch Car Service program in Canada has reached 100 members. The program was revitalized in Canada last year.

• The International Automotive Technicians Network (IATN) waveform and file library has exceeded 30,000 vehicle-specific files. The items are uploaded by IATN members based on their real-world automotive repair experiences. The library includes waveforms, scan data images and component photos.

• Registration is now open for Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), which is comprised of the CARS and NACE shows. ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Discounts on Super Passes and Expo Passes are available through June 30. For more information, click here.

Spectra Premium Industries has released a seven-video series on radiator installation on YouTube at www.youtube.com/spectrapremiumvideos.

• A bill is before the North Carolina senate seeking to eliminate annual motor vehicle safety inspections in the state. MEMA has come forward in opposition to the proposed legislation.

OTC is partnering with its distributors to provide local training and simulations to technicians wanting to learn more about the latest J2534 reprogramming (reflash) and coding techniques.

Mitchell 1 has launched a new website for its ProDemand repair information software at www.ProsDemandIt.com.

Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts has added eight independent collision centers to its multi-store operator (MSO) network since the start of the year.

• Chief Automotive Technologies is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The company makes vehicle frame-pulling equipment, computerized measuring systems and frame specifications.

• New Shockwave-equipped Rotary Lift SmartLift in-ground lifts and two-post surface lifts have been approved by such vehicle manufacturers as Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and VW. These OEMs have included the Shockwave-equipped lifts in their official equipment programs.

Nissan North America has opened a 31,000-square-foot service training center in Somerset, NJ. The facility will train dealership techs from across the Northeast on both Nissan and Infiniti products. Nissan plans to open similar facilities in Washington, DC and Chicago later this year.

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