New online shop with integrated spare parts catalog at www.hc-cargo.com
Product data sheets and technical drawings available
Range extended to include spare parts for air conditioning systems
The HC-Cargo website has been completely redesigned and now includes an online shop with integrated online catalog at www.hc-cargo.com. The catalog enables workshops to find the spare parts they need quickly and easily, and to order them directly from the website. A wide range of information brochures, catalogs, product data sheets, technical drawings and sales material is also available to download free of charge. What's more, the new website provides users with a wealth of information on the product range and the HC-Cargo brand itself. For example, new products are showcased continuously on the home page. All content is currently available in German, English, Italian, French and Polish, and additional languages are set to follow.
New Online Shop with Integrated Parts Catalog The new online shop allows customers worldwide to order from the entire range of HC-Cargo electrical spare parts for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery, and for marine and industrial applications, directly from the website. The intuitive search function ensures that finding the right spare parts is a quick and easy process. The online catalog offers various search options: Parts can be searched for by vehicle brand, model and year or the German KBA number, or using the original spare part number, HC-Cargo part number or competitor part number.
Range Extended to Include Spare Parts for Air Conditioning Systems The HC-Cargo product range has been extended and now includes a complete selection of spare parts for servicing vehicle air conditioning units. The parts available include compressors, condensers, filter dryers, expansion valves and evaporators for European vehicles. The range has also been supplemented with products such as compressor oil and o-rings. The HC-Cargo range offers a particularly extensive selection of products for the core component of vehicle air conditioning systems, the compressor, covering over 90% of vehicles in Europe. The high-quality spare parts are manufactured with a high level of precision to ensure that they always function perfectly. Regular product tests and supplier audits guarantee the quality and long life of HC-Cargo products.
Fast Delivery and a Technical Hotline Local sales centers and warehouses in eight European countries and in the USA provide local customer service and a fast and reliable delivery service. The experts who man the HC-Cargo service hotline are available to assist workshop associates with any questions or problems relating to vehicle repairs.
Under its HC-Cargo brand, Holger Christiansen A/S supplies electrical spare parts for vehicles. Its product range includes around 30,000 items for the product sectors of starters, alternators, vehicle air conditioning systems, lighting technology, engine management and workshop accessories. Holger Christiansen A/S has been part of the Bosch Group since 2008 and is integrated into the Automotive Aftermarket Division.
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 17,000 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 16,000 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 600 “AutoCrew” partners.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”
ACS 511 and 611 models for cost-effective and convenient servicing of air-conditioning equipment in the workshop
Fully automated processes ensure reliable servicing of air-conditioning equipment
ACS 810 model specially designed for servicing air-conditioning equipment in trucks and buses
Air-conditioning systems that operate using the R134a refrigerant will continue to govern everyday life in the workshop for a long time; not least because new vehicles in the EU can still be supplied with the refrigerant, which was previously commonplace, until 2016. For this reason, Bosch has once again significantly expanded its range of servicing units for the R134a refrigerant.
The new ACS 511 and 611 air-conditioning service units offer a high level of automation, thereby simplifying maintenance work. The units monitor each work step in a fully automated process, enabling air-conditioning equipment to be serviced efficiently while saving on time. The ACS 511 has been designed specifically with workshops with a lower level of service requests in mind. The Bosch ACS 611 sets itself apart thanks to its powerful compressor and the high level of performance offered by the vacuum pump. These features make the unit ideally suited to maintaining air-conditioning systems in passenger cars and trucks. To tackle the particular requirements placed on air-conditioning servicing by heavy-duty commercial vehicles and buses, Bosch is bringing a tailor-made solution onto the market in the form of the automatic ACS 810. All new air-conditioning service units have been developed in collaboration with the specialists at Robinair. These products can be viewed as the first result of the acquisition of the SPX Service Solutions unit that took place back in December 2012.
Integrated Scales for Accurate Quantity Control The new air-conditioning service units also offer automatic recovery, recycling and replenishment of the oil and refrigerant. During this process, integrated scales ensure the quantities are controlled in an extremely precise manner. In manual mode, the mechanic can also monitor each work step individually. The ACS 611 and ACS 810 units offer a particularly high level of performance and are equipped with a powerful two-stage vacuum pump that ensures a rapid and effective evacuation of the vehicle's air-conditioning system. All new units are equipped with a comprehensive vehicle database that holds all details on the oil and refrigerant quantities for the various air-conditioning systems. Finally, an integrated printer can be used to produce a detailed log of the air-conditioning service for the customer.
Use as an enhanced version of the on-board computer, providing interesting travel data
Access important data about the engine while on the move, in real time
Read out the fault memory via the OBD interface
Using the new, free fun2drive app from Bosch installed on a smartphone, drivers can read out fault codes via the vehicle's on-board diagnostics (OBD) interface while on the move, and send this data straight to the workshop. The app also records interesting travel data and displays a wide range of current data about the engine, turning the smartphone into an enhanced version of the on-board computer. The new fun2drive app from Bosch, which is currently available in Germany and India, can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android devices. A version for the Apple iPhone is set to follow.
The fun2drive app can be used to read the data for all vehicles equipped with a diagnostics interface compatible with OBD II. Gasoline-powered vehicles from European and Asian manufacturers have been equipped with the OBD II interface since 2001, while diesel models have had them on board since 2004. US vehicles have been equipped with the interface since as early as 1996. In order to transmit the OBD data to the smartphone, a Bluetooth-compatible OBD II adapter is required. Such adapters can be sourced on the market. The data is transferred to the fun2drive app via Bluetooth.
Share Travel Data with Friends via Facebook With the fun2drive app from Bosch, it is possible to record travel data, such as the distance covered and the average and top speed, and immediately share this data with friends via Facebook, for example. Current engine data, such as speed, oil temperature, fuel consumption or barometric air pressure, can also be evaluated in real time. The diagnostics function of the app enables the driver to read out the fault memory and view the significance of the individual fault codes. There is also an integrated search feature to locate the nearest Bosch Service workshop, with the option of transferring any fault codes present online and obtaining advice from a specialist over the telephone. The option of agreeing on a specific maintenance or repair order there and then makes it even easier and more convenient for customers to get professional and rapid assistance in the future.
“Best Brand 2013” in seven categories in “Auto, Motor und Sport”
Six top spots for “Best Brands” in “Auto Bild”
Bosch held in high regard by car drivers over many years
Each year, the German car magazines “Auto, Motor und Sport” and “Auto Bild” ask their readers to name their top brands when it comes to car accessories, spare parts and services. “Auto Bild” awards the title of “Best Brand in All Classes” to the brand that enjoys the most trust among car drivers, with readers given a choice of 22 categories. Just like last year, they voted Bosch the “Multi Champion.” This year's title in “Auto, Motor und Sport” is called “Best Brand 2013,” in which readers rated 23 categories ranging from exhaust systems to spark plugs. Bosch was the most popular brand in this vote too — and by some distance.
Bosch Windshield Wipers Record Outstanding Result among “Best Brands” Nearly 113,000 readers of “Auto, Motor und Sport” took part in this year's vote to find the “Best Brands.” They awarded Bosch first place in seven categories — batteries, lights, filters, windshield wipers, workshop chains, tools and spark plugs. Bosch also gained second place in the brakes/brake linings product category. Bosch recorded an outstanding result for its windshield wipers in 2012, but actually managed to top it this year with 92.6% of the vote. In previous years, readers of “Auto, Motor und Sport” have consistently rated the Bosch brand image as outstanding.
Double Success for Car Batteries from Bosch as Best Brand Almost 100,000 readers voted in the “Auto Bild” poll of the best brands. Bosch appeared in six categories and made it onto the podium in every one, coming in second place for its brakes and first place for its car batteries, windshield wipers, workshop chains and spark plugs. Bosch once again enjoyed a double success for its car batteries, with “Auto Bild” readers confirming that Bosch batteries offer the best quality and service life, as well as the best price/performance ratio.