Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Bosch Automotive Tradition: one decade of service for fans of classic and modern classic cars The range for classics comprises more than 60 000 products

  • Wide range of information at the Retro Classics in Stuttgart
  • Comprehensive database including 50 000 historic documents
  • Parts, knowledge and several events for the booming classic-car market
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  • March 24, 2015
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Karlsruhe/Stuttgart – This year, Bosch Automotive Tradition celebrates its tenth anniversary. The classic-vehicle business unit of the Automotive Aftermarket division located in Karlsruhe provides a wide range of already more than 60 000 different products for classic-car enthusiasts. “As intended by the company founder Robert Bosch, we take our historic responsibility very serious and do everything we can to support owners of classic cars with regard to the maintenance of their beloved vehicles,” Fritz Cirener, head of Automotive Tradition, explains. The classic-vehicle business unit does not only help by supplying Bosch spare parts, but it also coordinates the reproduction of several parts. Actually, some of the latter are based on recent developments as is the case with the “black battery”. The program is complemented by the remanufacturing of genuine spare parts.

Bosch Automotive Tradition on site
Throughout the anniversary year 2015, the Bosch Automotive Tradition experts will attend several events – helping out with their knowledge and presenting their products. As early as April, they will be on site at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic (April 9 – 12) and at the Techno Classica in Essen (April 15 – 19). In June, the business unit will participate at the Bosch Vino Miglia (June 13 – 20) and at the Bosch Boxberg Klassik (June 26 – 28). Next on the schedule: the Eifel Rallye Festival (July 23 – 25) in Daun. Moreover, the Automotive Tradition experts will also be available for talks at the Bosch stand on the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main (September 17 – 27).

Bosch tradition at the Retro Classics
Bosch Automotive Tradition will also participate at the Retro Classics from March 26 to 29. One of the novelties shown will be the CC charger for quick and easy recharging of weak 6-volt batteries. The device also includes a so-called trickle-charging function making sure that classic cars can start right away even after longer periods without being driven. Thanks to the two-section charging cable, one part of the cable can stay connected to the battery if the charger is to be removed. An additional fuse prevents short circuits or cable fires – even if the cable is damaged.

The device is a perfect supplement to the powerful classic-car battery for 6-volt on-board power supply which is reproduced by Bosch since last year. While the battery exterior with its black body matches its historic counterpart, Bosch relies on state-of-the-art technology and quality standards for the interior components. In this manner, the reproduced historic battery features both the same high level of safety and the same long service life as recent Bosch starter batteries – and it can be recycled almost entirely as well.

At the Bosch stand, visitors of the Retro Classics in Stuttgart can expand their knowledge at a 15-minute taster training and discuss technical questions with the Bosch experts. Fans of classic cars can find solutions concerning technical details at the Bosch Automotive Tradition knowledge database as well. It includes more than 50 000 historic documents and can be accessed at Furthermore, visitors at the Bosch stand are also informed about the repair and remanufacturing range Reman restoring the operative readiness of control units. That way, vehicle owners can have their defective D-Jetronic or CDI (ignition control unit) repaired directly at Bosch – no matter which car it is from and independently from the type of engine (no matter whether it has four, six or eight cylinders).

The Bosch knowledge classic
The editorial team of the Bosch Automotive Handbook – with its 28 editions published by now – is also part of Bosch Automotive Tradition. Engineering students, researchers and development engineers of the automotive industry equally consult this handbook. Automotive technicians preparing for their master craftsman examination and automotive experts also rely on the profound and comprehensive knowledge provided by this classic. The first edition was published in 1932, and was compiled when Robert Bosch was still at the helm of the company he founded. It has since grown to a total of 1544 pages, which contain numerous specialist articles providing detailed explanations about the functional principles of all relevant vehicle components – from the internal combustion engine to state-of-the-art driver assistance systems. About 200 specialist authors contributed to the current edition. Their expert articles cover the entire range of automotive topics. The authors reach from Bosch or other automotive-industry engineers to employees of universities or colleges of applied sciences.

Readers’ contact:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Phone: +49 9001 942010

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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