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ACDelco Filters New To Range
Ensuring that two of its flagship product groups, clutch and filters remain as dynamic and relevant to the UK and European aftermarket as possible, ACDelco has introduced a number of new-to-range part numbers. On the clutch front, some eight new kits, five of which feature CSCs, and one further CSC part number, serve to cover a number of popular vehicle types.
The Cool Way to Enjoy Summertime Driving-
Let’s face it, summertime is drive time. It doesn’t matter whether we have a soft top, estate car or saloon, the appeal of sunny skies and an open road is all it takes to get most of us out onto the road. Even the ongoing rising cost of motoring has done little to dampen the spirits of those who relish the opportunity to revel in the enjoyment of summertime driving.
ACDELCO MAKES IT A WRAP IN COVENTRY
Working with leading Midlands motor factor, Coventry-based Nyanza Autoparts, ACDelco - one of the world’s foremost automotive component suppliers – is looking to increase the visibility of its brand across the city.
ACDelco Focused On Accelerating Aftermarket Feel Good Factor
With indicators pointing to the fact that the economy is bouncing back and on the road to recovery, and increasingly so, ACDelco is set to play its part in proliferating feel good factor messages, not just in the UK independent aftermarket but on a pan-European basis. Lee Quinney, ACDelco’s Director, puts us in the picture. “Whilst it would be remiss of me to say that we are totally out of the woods, signs do point to a healthier business outlook for 2014. We only have to look at the resurgence in new vehicle sales, for example, to support this.
There’s No Stopping ACDelco’s Braking Programme!
Having populated its braking programme with the introduction of a 1200 part number range of brake discs at the start of the year, ACDelco is ending 2013 in equally buoyant mood having developed the range still further. In this latest braking product range extension, the UK and European aftermarket operation has added an additional 228 brake discs and a further 42 pad references. This presents ACDelco’s continuously developing customer base with a total braking product range of circa 3000 part numbers.
ACDelco Lights Up A1 Motor Stores Conference & Exhibition
ACDelco made its presence felt amongst A1 Motor Stores’ growing rank of members who attended the buying group’s 2013 annual conference and exhibition held at The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds city centre recently. Indeed with ACDelco continuing to enjoy increasing levels of business with A1 through its members, the UK and pan-European aftermarket operation used the event to promote the depth, diversity and relevance of its parts programme to a number of both existing and hopefully soon-to-be converted customers.
ACDelco Calls For Focus on Cabin Filters
Given that summer has got off to a promising start, with relatively long-range forecasts painting the picture of a continued period of hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine, it is important that we are as prepared as we can be to enjoy it…..the motorist included. And whilst we would all probably prefer to be basking or lounging in the sun, the reality, for motorists anyway, is that they are likely to spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, whether driving for business or pleasure.
ACDelco Continues Clutch Development Programme
Ensuring that one of its flagship product groups, clutch, remains as dynamic and relevant to the UK and European aftermarket as possible, ACDelco has introduced a further 20 new clutch kits. This latest range development comes on the back of 26 references, including 14 x 3 in 1 clutch kits that were introduced only this spring.
ACDelco Promotional Giveaways A Breath Of Fresh Air
As one of the world’s most widely recognised automotive brands, ACDelco continues to capitalise on every available opportunity to maintain its visibility amongst its ever-widening target audience. It will come as little surprise then to hear that the UK and pan-European aftermarket operation has brought on stream a number of additional promotional giveaways.
ACDelco - Manufacturer/Model Specific Fluids The Way Forward
In response to the increasing trend for automotive fluids, in particular oil and brake, to become manufacturer/model specific, ACDelco has introduced a number of new product references that fit into this growing category. In doing so, the UK and European aftermarket operation is confident that it will help widen the appeal of its fluids programme, which already stands as one of its core product groups.
ACDelco Highlights Issues Over Counterfeiting After Fake Parts Haul
ACDelco’s recent announcement that it has successfully seized some 50,000 counterfeit vehicle parts in Saudi Arabia is a stark reminder of the magnitude of what remains a significant global problem. It also demonstrates the level of commitment leading players such as ACDelco assign to protecting brand reputation, not to mention the safety of vehicle owners in the process. And whilst this latest haul emanated from what many may term is the other side of the world, the UK and European aftermarket operation is keen to emphasise the ongoing need to remain vigilant closer to home.
ACDelco - ‘Driving Forward’ In 2013
ACDelco intends to continue to exploit the aftermarket opportunities that exist not just in the UK but also across Europe by promoting its capabilities on the back of the adopted promotional platform for 2013 of ‘Driving Forward’. As ACDelco’s director Lee Quinney states: “We have never shied away from being bold when it comes to our continued intent to strengthen our position in the UK and European aftermarkets where we operate, and as our current campaign dictates, 2013 will be no exception. Whilst the prevailing climate does remain a challenge, we are confident that we occupy as strong a position today as we have done over the last seven years, and are therefore understandably optimistic as to what 2013 has to hold.
ACDelco - Empowered To Succeed In 2013
Having settled into a new home located in General Motor’s UK Head Office in Luton, Griffin House, leading global aftermarket parts supplier, ACDelco, has its sights set firmly on securing growth throughout 2013 inline with forecasts. Indeed the UK and pan-European operation has already spent little time accelerating its new product introduction programme, having launched a comprehensive 1200 part number range of brake discs.
ACDelco Adds More Charge To Battery Range
Given ACDelco’s pedigree within the field of automotive batteries – described by many as the ‘best dressed battery in the business’ - it will come as little surprise that the UK and pan-European aftermarket operation has introduced a range of the latest generation AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries for stop/start applications. Introduced for the coming season and serving to complement ACDelco’s range of SMF batteries that continue to remain hugely popular, just three new part numbers cover some 447-vehicle applications, taking in references for Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen.
ACDelco Opens Up A New Frontier In Cyprus
ACDelco - a global leader in automotive systems and components - has continued to rollout its European expansion programme having appointed a new parts distributor within Cyprus. Representing the first time ACDelco has established a presence within this EU member state, Fotoniaco Trading Limited of Limassol now has distribution rights for ACDelco’s complete aftermarket programme.
ACDelco Rear Wipers Come To The Fore
ACDelco is set to strengthen the depth of its UK and pan-European wiper product range over the coming weeks, following the decision to introduce a universally appealing four part number range of rear wiper blades. Covering some 88 references across the A – Z of the current vehicle parc, each rear wiper blade – 11”, 12”, 14” or 16” in length – comes supplied with four connectors making them compatible with the main five rear wiper arm types. This feature alone means that customers can provide comprehensive vehicle coverage by stocking a rationalised range of parts.
ACDelco E-Catalogue Continues On The Up
ACDelco is reportedly delighted with the impact its E-catalogue has had since it was fully integrated into the UK and European aftermarket operation’s website almost a year ago. Indeed in the intervening period, customers and site visitors using the facility have increased month on month, with ACDelco now regularly seeing in excess of 1,150 visitors accessing this particular tool online.
ACDelco Rewards Quinney With Directorship
Five and a half years after joining ACDelco - one of the most widely recognised brands within the worldwide aftermarket - General Manager Lee Quinney has received the ultimate accolade from parent company General Motors, having been promoted to the position of Director – AMUK.
ACDelco Turns Its Attention To Turkey
In its drive to significantly strengthen its presence across Europe, ACDelco has formed a new alliance with an aftermarket partner in Turkey. Recognising the potential for growth that exists within what stands as a strategically important market, Delco Automotive Ltd, based in Istanbul, now has distribution rights for ACDelco’s complete aftermarket programme. In addition to drawing on the strength, depth and relevance of ACDelco’s European product offering, Delco Automotive has at its core an experienced team of individuals, all of whom are well versed with Turkey’s automotive industry, in particular the replacement parts sector.
ACDelco Welcomes Team Newcomers
With ACDelco’s parent group focused on progressive career and personal development, the UK and pan-European operation has welcomed three newcomers to its aftermarket team. Covering the fields of finance, logistics and product management, the new appointments have been made in support of GM’s policy of ensuring each team member gains the maximum opportunity to align their skills set to the needs of today’s automotive industry.
ACDelco Adds Greater Fluidity To Its Parts Programme
Looking to widen the appeal of its aftermarket fluids programme, ACDelco has bolstered both its oils and brake fluids product offering in another move centred on maintaining the growth impetus of its UK and European operation. In order to maintain the dynamism of a product offering that sees oils continue to become increasingly manufacturer/model specific, ACDelco customers have access to four advanced formula fully synthetic oils, not to mention a special long drain Turbo SAE 10W40 oil with low saps formulation. And with dexosÔ from ACDelco setting the new benchmark when it comes to the latest generation of high performance, long life synthetic motor oils – a specification uniquely designed by GM Powertrain engineers – a dexos2 multigrade GEOS-B 5230 mid saps oil has been introduced to supersede a number of existing part numbers.
ACDelco Continues To Develop Clutch Programme
ACDelco is firmly on target to see its clutch programme break through the 1000 part number barrier ahead of the year end, the UK and European aftermarket operation having added a further eleven new clutch kits this month, not to mention 2 SMF kits and an equal number of concentric slave cylinders. Following the introduction of nine kits in February, ACDelco’s clutch programme now totals some 927 references and remains one of the operation’s most progressive product groups. As ACDelco’s General Manager, Lee Quinney states: “The latest new additions not only cover a number of very popular car models, they take in an equally appealing range of van applications, which will help strengthen our coverage of the van and light commercial vehicle sectors. Once again, this latest range enhancement reinforces our policy of aligning clutch to an ever changing vehicle parc.”
ACDelco Promotional Campaign - ‘Part Of Something Bigger’
ACDelco has taken its highly visible ‘One Aftermarket One Future’ promotional campaign to a new level for 2012. Embracing the leading automotive aftermarket component suppliers global marketing strategy, the theme has been widened to now centre on ‘Part Of Something Bigger.’ Having already been inbuilt into the look of ACDelco’s UK and European website, the ‘Part Of Something Bigger’ slogan will also appear on all above-the-line and other support marketing and promotional material as the year unfolds.
ACDelco Lights Up Bulbs Range
Leading UK and European automotive aftermarket parts specialist, ACDelco, has continued to accelerate its product range development programme by turning its attention to bulbs. Having already overhauled its friction braking product group this year, ACDelco has added seven new references to its aftermarket bulbs programme.
ACDelco Drives Forward Clutch Programme
One of the most progressive product groups within the UK and European aftermarket arsenal of ACDelco is clutch. Having brought on stream an additional 100 plus new-to-range references last year, the ACDelco team is confident that it will smash through the 1000 part number barrier ahead of the year end. Indeed with ACDelco having already added a further nine clutch kits this month, taking the range to some 916 references in total, the target is already well within their sights.
ACDelco Pulls Out The Stops On Braking
As part of its drive to align its product offering to meet the needs of an ever-changing vehicle parc, ACDelco has totally overhauled its UK and pan-European braking friction programme. Representing a move that sees ACDelco more than double its product offering, the new range takes in some 1500 brake pad part numbers. Truly all makes, the braking friction programme covers cars, vans and light commercial vehicles.
ACDelco Makes E-Catalogue Easy
ACDelco is already hailing its E-Catalogue that forms an integral part of the UK and European aftermarket operation's new website, as one of the industry's best when it comes to ease of use and the speed with which information can be retrieved.
ACDelco Has Target In Its Sights
ACDelco firmly on target to hit year end sales forecast
ACDelco Improves Fluidity Of Its Website.
Leading global aftermarket automotive components supplier, ACDelco, has overhauled both the look and content of its UK and European website. Designed to be more user friendly and increasingly interactive, the changes introduced are both design and functionality led.
ACDelco Launches Slick New Look Labeling At CAAR Show
Leading UK and European aftermarket components supplier, ACDelco, used its attendance at the recent two day CAAR trade show conference to launch a new look labelling programme across its oils range.
Flat Blades Wipe Up For ACDelco
ACDelco’s decision to strengthen its wiper product offering with the introduction of a range of flat blades late last year is already paying dividends according to Lee Quinney, General Manager of the UK and European aftermarket operation.
ACDelco Launches 'OLO' Online Parts Ordering System
Maintaining its promise of announcing ongoing and dynamic initiatives for its UK and European aftermarket operation, ACDelco has introduced a new and fully automated online parts ordering system.
ACDelco Makes Internal Changes And Increases Head Count
ACDelco has kick started the year by announcing a number of key internal changes
ACDelco Posts Continued Aftermarket Growth
On the back of having seen the UK aftermarket operation secure ‘above expected’ organic growth in 2010, ACDelco’s General Manager, Lee Quinney and his team are in buoyant mood as the company approaches its sixth anniversary since vigorously re-emerging onto the UK scene in April 2005.
08/07/2011
ACDelco SMF Batteries - In The Prime Of Their Life

As a globally recognised supplier of automotive systems and components, ACDelco has enjoyed its fair share of industry firsts and milestones. Take the pioneering development and introduction of the SMF or Sealed Maintenance Free battery forty years ago in 1971. This product has, over the last four decades, developed quite a reputation. And now, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary, their popularity shows no signs of abating. Indeed to many within the industry, SMF batteries are now seen as being in the prime of their life.

As well as being recognised as the ‘best dressed battery’ in the business, it is the outstanding features and the benefits that SMF batteries consistently deliver that continue to make them a firm favourite with workshops and customers. And whilst many of the features and benefits of SMF are well documented, their outstanding reputation basically centres on three key performance attributes:

Fit and Forget. With traditional batteries maintenance is understandably overlooked, often with dire consequences: failure and the prospects of the cost and inconvenience of replacement, and sometimes vehicle recovery for the customer in the process. Being maintenance free, ACDelco SMF batteries do what they say on the can – you just fit and forget them, letting customers enjoy miles of trouble free motoring in the process.

Extended Service Life. With ACDelco having constantly improved the technology of SMS batteries over the last forty years, the lead/calcium expanded grid design extends battery life.

Increased Shelf Life. Being a distress purchase product, stocks will always be needed on the shelf, ready and charged to get drivers up and running. Peace of mind comes from the fact that when compared to conventional batteries, the SMS variety enjoys a shelf life of up to 12 months without the need for charging.

“It is great to share in celebrating the 40th anniversary of ACDelco’s SMF batteries. As their ongoing popularity shows, they have proved a real winner and are likely to continue to lead the field in the future. ACDelco SMF batteries have a very good reputation within the UK and across Europe, being recognised for their rugged reliability and quality performance. It really is a fit and forget product and one that is reported to present very few problems over what amounts to a long and trouble free service life,” comments ACDelco’s General Manager, Lee Quinney.

At the heart of the design of SMF batteries are the lead calcium expanded grills (Lead Calcium Technology) that offers proven resistance against corrosion, overcharging, gassing, water usage, self discharge and thermal runaway, all of which limit the battery life of conventional lead acid batteries.

ACDelco’s platinum range of SMF (sealed maintenance free) batteries for the European aftermarket provides all makes coverage of cars, light vans and selected commercial vehicles. Covering DIN and JIS applications, this premium line takes in some 43 product references, included in which are a number of popular Asian vehicle applications, such as Mitsubishi Shogun, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 3, Suzuki Lian and specialist applications such as Ssangyong and Perodua.

FEATURES & BENEFITS CHECK LIST:

Built in hydrometer (most batteries) – Indicates state of charge.

Factory-sealed – Protects against acid damage & makes these batteries truly maintenance free.

Polypropylene case – Reinforced design is tailored to support the battery elements to withstand road shock and vibration. This strong durable material combines lightweight with high impact strength.

Liquid-gas separator area – Protects against loss of electrolyte or contamination, captures & returns vapour as a liquid to cell reservoir for longer battery life.

Integrated or rope handle – For ease of transport and installation.

Flame arrester – Safety system, prevents explosion from sparks outside the battery, minimises acid leakage, prevents inflow of dust.

Heat-sealed covers – Helps prevent electrolyte contamination and increase case strength.

Centred cast on plate strap – Stronger than thinner gas-burned conventional connectors.

Low resistance envelope separators – Encapsulated negative plates help to prevent shorting / treeing between negative and positive plates as well as aid vibration durability.

Increased battery shelf life - Compared to conventional batteries, up to 12 months shelf life without charging due to the use of calcium / calcium grids.

For further information on ACDelco SMF batteries or any other products in the range, contact Nicola Keep on: 01582 426240, or email acdelcosales@gm.com.