Press release #Automotive Aftermarket

With its comprehensive range of spare parts, Bosch Classic keeps classic cars and young classic cars running

Bosch Classic at the Retro Classics 2020 fair in Stuttgart

  • Bosch Classic produces spare parts for historic vehicles and provides remanufacturing and replacement solutions for defective components
  • Presentation of the new spexor mobile alarm device
  • Well-proven Ft 1 v 4 high-temperature grease will be available as of April
Nico Krespach

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Karlsruhe (Germany) – The great interest in classic automobiles is proven by the high popularity of classic-car fairs and events. For many years, the Bosch Classic business unit has also been committed to preserving historic vehicles. At this year’s Retro Classics taking place in Stuttgart from February 27 to March 1, Bosch Classic will again present itself and its technical know-how as well as its comprehensive range of spare parts to the owners of young classic and classic cars. Moreover, the innovative alarm system “spexor” warning owners of historic vehicles of any attempted theft – will also be presented at the Bosch stand in hall 3.

Spare-parts supply for young classic and classic vehicles

The classic-car fleet is continuously growing. Nowadays, these vehicles – such as Mercedes SL (R129) launched in 1989 – feature ever more electronic equipment. Bosch also provides a wide range of spare parts for these younger classic cars – for instance for Mercedes-Benz R129 500 SL. Bosch Classic associates consider spare-parts supply for historic vehicles to be their main task in order to keep these vehicles running and on the roads. For this purpose, Bosch Classic relies on different strategies. In case the genuine tools and documentation are still available and as long as the product is still cost-efficient due to the high demand, Bosch Classic might even decide to restart the production of genuine parts. Several relaunched components are also based on modern technical components. One example for this: the black Bosch starter battery. Although it features the genuine classic design, it is equipped with modern battery technology. The relaunched starter for Porsche 911, 928 and 959 models is yet another example of further development of the original starter. It features a lower weight and a compact design. With its 1:1 REMAN service, Bosch Classic also provides a remanufacturing option for components of historic vehicles that is true to original. The range of components suitable for remanufacturing includes, for instance, Bosch and Kugelfischer mechanic injection pumps, intake-manifold pressure sensors, fuel distributors or warm-up regulators. In addition, Bosch provides workshops with an exchange and repair service for electronic components of young classic and classic cars, as well. Besides car radios and navigation systems, Bosch Electronic Service professionally repairs instrument clusters and sophisticated switchgear and control units (e.g. for HKZ, D-Jetronic and Motronic). During the remanufacturing process, Bosch Electronic Service technicians use genuine parts or Bosch-approved comparable parts only. In case a historic component cannot be repaired, the electronic service can often provide reconditioned exchange units.

Well-proven contact grease for ignition contacts is available again

Bosch Classic restarted the production of the well-proven Ft 1 v 4 contact grease standing out for its high adhesion. The heat-resistant high-temperature grease is used to grease the ignition contacts of ignition distributors. Numerous vehicle manufacturers recommend using this grease in order to increase the service life of ignition contacts. It will be available as of April 2020.

Mobile alarm device spexor detects car burglaries

In Germany, some 700 thefts related to vehicle burglaries are reported every day. Owners of historic vehicles are also affected more and more often. On its stand, Bosch will present a solution called spexor. The small mobile alarm device first presented at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas can be installed into the cabin without sophisticated cable harnesses and unsuspiciously. It is activated by means of a smartphone app. Based on data provided by different sensors detecting movements, pressure changes and noises, spexor detects burglaries and sends a silent alarm to the user’s smartphone. If desired, the device can also emit a deterring and loud acoustic signal. As an option, there is also the possibility to inform security services such as the Bosch Emergency Assistant. They can then call the police in case of emergency. Its durable battery supplies spexor with energy for up to two months while the integrated SIM card allows its operation without need for a permanent WiFi connection.

Important dates for fans of classic vehicles

In 2020, Bosch Classic will again offer technical trainings on historical Bosch systems thus teaching practical knowledge. For further details on training dates and registration, please have a look at Additional dates fans of historic vehicles should take note of: The popular Bosch Boxberg Klassik classic-car rally will take place from June 26 to 28. Registration is open until April 15, 2020. And Bosch Hockenheim Historic 2020 will take place from April 24 to 26.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern 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-specific products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 13,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training courses, 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 15,000 workshops, and 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 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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