More service, diagnostic info on Web sites
ARLINGTON, Va.-Several more auto makers have published their service and diagnostic information online.
DaimlerChrysler A.G. has launched a Web site-at www.techauthority.com-that includes access to factory-authorized emissions and non-emissions diagnostic and repair information for vehicles in 1996 model years and newer. Some vehicles in the 1995 model year also are covered.
Land Rover and Jaguar, both divisions of Ford Motor Co., have posted their Global Technical Reference Web sites containing technical information for 1996 and newer model years.
Jaguar's and Land Rover's fee-based Web sites include workshop manuals, body repair information, electrical circuit diagrams, diagnostic information, recall bulletins, training information and information about how to obtain diagnostic and special service tools.
Jaguar's Web site is at www.jaguartechinfo.com, and Land Rover's site is at www. landrovertechinfo.com.
Nissan North America Inc. has launched two new technical information Web sites to provide access to Nissan-authorized diagnostic and repair information for 1994 and newer vehicles, with some information available back to 1987. These Web sites contain the same information and updates available to Nissan and Infiniti franchised dealers.
Current features on the Web sites include: service manuals; technical service bulletins; service training materials and video order information; tool and equipment ordering instructions; owners manuals; and reprogramming information.
The Web sites can be accessed at www.nissantechinfo.com for Nissan brand vehicles and www.infinititechinfo.com for Infiniti brand vehicles.
These Web sites join others that are part of promises by auto makers to make their data available to independent repair shops by Aug. 31. The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) in Arlington was created to monitor the auto makers' progress.
Other auto makers with Web sites already launched include BMW/Mini, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor America, Isuzu, Saab, Toyota Motor Co., Volkswagen/Audi and Volvo.
LT aftermarket grew, AAIA report indicates
BETHESDA, Md.-The size of the light truck aftermarket has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, according to a study released by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
In its just-released report, ``The U.S. light truck aftermarket: The impact of growing pickup, SUV and minivan sales,'' the AAIA said the light truck aftermarket has risen from $38.8 billion in 1993 to $74.1 billion in 2002. Sales in that sector experienced a 7.4-percent increase from 2001 to 2002, the association said, growing from $69.0 billion to $74.1 billion. The study forecasts the size of the 2003 light truck aftermarket as $79.9 billion-an estimated 7.8-percent increase over 2002.
Bethesda-based AAIA estimates the size of the sector based on factors including business receipts, vehicle sales, automotive product prices, vehicle registrations and component maintenance and repair replacement rates.
The report also contains other information such as comprehensive sales data for each light truck type, sub-type and model; historical and current registration data for each light truck segment; miles of travel, fuel consumption and operating costs for light trucks; replacement rates for specific maintenance and service jobs for each light vehicle segment; and forecasts of the size and contribution of light trucks to the light vehicle aftermarket.
For more information on the study, contact AAIA at (301) 654-6664.