Weddle-Type-2-VW-Transaxle-1-2-14Maximize traction with Weddle Industries new VW Type 2 transaxle. In a standard “open” differential, torque is divided equally between the wheels. If one wheel slips and spins, only a fraction of the total torque is utilized. The Mini Locker eliminates this problem by delivering power to the wheel with the most traction. This will help you keep moving instead of getting stuck.

How it works. The Type 2 Mini Locker consists of two bi-directional over-running dog clutches. Each clutch has a driving member (the driver) and a driven member (the existing sidegear). Both clutches are rotated by the differential cross shafts to form a fully locking combination when engine torque is applied. The Mini Locker provides differential action when cornering by allowing the rear wheels to rotate at different speeds. Because the outside wheel is “ground driven” faster than the inside wheel, the dog clutch disengages, allowing the outside wheel to rotate freely; power continues to be applied to the slower (inside) wheel. In low traction situations, the Mini Locker will always deliver power to the wheel with the most grip, with up to 100% of the engine’s torque available to either wheel.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11WHITE, GEORGIA – Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. (TNA) located in White, GA; broke ground today for a 700,000-square foot addition to its current 2,000,000-square foot tire manufacturing plant.  The warehouse portion of the facility will also be expanded by 323,000-square feet in order to accommodate the increasing demand for Toyo Tires® and Nitto® brand premium light truck and passenger car tires.

Parent company, TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. of Osaka, Japan, is investing $371-million in the TNA expansion over the next four years.  This investment will result in the creation of 650 new jobs in the State of Georgia.

The state-of-the-art TNA manufacturing facility first broke ground in 2004 and features a proprietary automated production system called A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module).  The first tire rolled off the line in early 2006 when the company employed a staff of 81 people.  It has since undergone three expansion projects, more than doubling the size of the facility and now employing a staff of more than 1,000.

Spot-Trace-12-6-13COVINGTON, La. — SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (OTCQB:GSAT) and leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced the launch of the new SPOT Trace(TM) – the ultimate anti-theft asset tracking device. SPOT Trace ensures cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need to be, notifying owners via email or text when movement is detected anytime, anywhere. SPOT’s growing family of products uses 100% satellite technology to provide location-based messaging and emergency notification for on or off the grid communications.

“SPOT Trace is a cost effective tracking product that will give loyal SPOT users and new users across the globe assurance that their personal assets are safe,” said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar. “SPOT Trace is the latest advancement in our commitment to build products that reach an audience beyond the traditional mobile satellite service user that are relevant to millions of people globally.”

2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
The roots of America’s love affair with Jeep can be traced to World War II, as the one-of-a-kind vehicle dutifully served the U.S. military with its durability and ruggedness. The affinity for Jeep gained traction as the first civilian Jeep (“CJ”) vehicles – the Willys-Overland CJ-2A – reached the public in 1945. The CJ-2A, and successor CJ-3A, was immortalized for its go-anywhere capability and strictly functional amenities.

Odyssey-Battery-logo-10-15-13READING, Pa. (Nov. 5, 2013) – ODYSSEY Battery by EnerSys will host celebrities Brian Deegan (freestyle motocross legend, founder of Metal Mulisha and motorsports icon), and Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood (as seen on History Channel’s Top Gear) at ODYSSEY® Battery booth no. 24863 in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2013 SEMA Show.

Deegan, a four-time LOORRS Champion, 2011 X Games Rallycross gold medalist, two-time Lucas Oil Off Road driver of the year and ranked top-three off-road driver worldwide, will appear at the booth on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. He is also known as one of the stars of Ford Racing’s Octane Academy, along with Foust.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires® will have a bigger presence than ever before when the 2013 SEMA Show opens on November 5, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Attendees will see Toyo Tires exhibits throughout the show including on the first floor of the South Hall; in the popular DUB® Live area located in the parking lot outside the South Hall; and in Toyo Tires® Treadpass™, the new passageway connecting the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Countless booth and feature vehicles will also don Toyo tires throughout the show.

Ron-THUMB-Burgundy-Dodge-10-10-13The Dodge brand and Paramount Pictures have teamed up in a groundbreaking co-branded marketing collaboration that casts legendary news anchor “Ron Burgundy” as the new face of the new 2014 Dodge Durango as the automotive brand launches a multifaceted advertising and marketing campaign in advance of the holiday release of the upcoming film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Will Ferrell reprises his comedic role as Ron Burgundy, the boastful news anchorman, in a robust campaign which debuted from Dodge on Saturday, October 5. The integrated cross-promotion marketing campaign marks the first time a movie studio and brand tie-in has utilized starring talent, in character, to create original long and short form content. The co-branded promotional advertising campaign will span television, print, digital and social media. It debuted across television and online on Saturday, October 5.  The new 2014 Dodge Durango arrives in dealerships in North America this month. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” releases nationally in theaters December 20, 2013.

20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicOctober 8, 2013, Auburn Hills, Mich. – It’s SEMA season. Today Chrysler Group LLC released sketches of select Mopar-modified vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We developed these Mopar-modified vehicles to inspire ultimate customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With catalogs full of proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories, Mopar is a one-stop shop for factory-engineered personalization.”

Weddle-u-joints-10-2-13Goleta, California — Newly developed by Weddle Industries, these heavy duty U-joints eliminate unwanted slop in your shift linkage. Nearly impervious to dirt, sand, and grit, these joints are designed to operate smoothly with zero slop, even in extremely harsh environments.

Originally developed for NASCAR steering systems, these joints have been modified by Weddle to fit various models of shifters and transaxles. They are capable of a 32 degree working angle and have sealed needle bearings for easy movement and precise action. The sealed bearings keep out the grime and ensure that these U-joints perform flawlessly, even in the nastiest off-road conditions. Competition proven. Made in USA.

About Weddle Industries:
Weddle Industries is a supplier of high-performance transaxle and driveline components for special application vehicles. The company is headquartered in Goleta, California, where they maintain a large inventory of racing gears, clutches, shifters, gear oil pumps, torque converters, axles, constant velocity joints, and other driveline products, all of which are available through an extensive dealer network. For additional information, visit
www.weddleindustries.com.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11Cypress, CA – Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and its affiliates (“Toyo”) announced today that on September 16, 2013, the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to institute an investigation against 22 manufacturers, importers and sellers of passenger and light truck tires (collectively, the “Respondents”).

The ITC will investigate whether these Respondents infringed one or more of Toyo’s eight tire design patents.

The ITC has ordered that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain passenger and light truck tires. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ALJ will set a target date for completing the investigation. The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time.  Commission investigations are usually completed in 13-15 months.