Import Vehicle Community Awards

Import Product and Marketing Awards

award submissions

Entries are being accepted for the 2024 awards program

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The Import Product and Marketing Awards recognizes innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket.

The program features various categories and is an opportunity for all AAPEX exhibitors to gain visibility and recognition of product and marketing concepts for import nameplate vehicles.


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 Recognition of Award Winners

  • Showcased at the Import Product awards ceremony during AAPEX
  • Exposure and coverage in industry press releases, AAPEX Express and during the Fabulous Networking Reception
  • Featured in award winners' video played during the Import Vehicle Community Luncheon
  • Highlighted in industry publications and on the Auto Care Association's website

award categories and criteria

Category 1
Best Overall Aftermarket Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles

Commercial success and widely distributed; should mark high in all these areas:

  • Market demand
  • Profit potential for the distribution chain
  • Presentation and packaging
Category 2
Best New Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
  • Innovation and ingenuity in design
  • Market need and appeal
  • Launched between AAPEX 2023 and AAPEX 2024
Category 3
Best Functional Fluid for Import Vehicles
  • Packaging and presentation
  • Market demand
  • Profit potential for distribution chain
  • Approvals and/or certifications
  • Uniqueness
Category 4
Best Repair Solution or Tool for Import Vehicles
  • Innovation and ingenuity in design
  • Impact for technicians/consumers
  • Functionality
  • Design and presentation
Category 5
Best Problem-Solver for Import Vehicles

Automotive products are sometimes prone to premature failure. Solutions to those failures can be found in products manufactured or remanufactured by the auto care industry.

  • Innovation and ingenuity in design
  • Shows consumer need
  • Functionality
  • Ease of installation information/instructions
Category 6
Best Packaging of a Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
  • Design and presentation
  • Ease to open and reclose packaging
  • Packaging quality, sufficient strength to protect product and prevent package degradation
  • Product identification and labeling to verify contents
Category 7
Best Merchandising, Advertising or Electronic Media Campaign of a Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
  • Relevance of advertising platform for campaign strategy
  • Effectiveness of brand messaging
  • Design, presentation, structure and ease of navigation
  • Concept and message relevance on the market
Category 8
Best Product Lookup for Import Vehicles

Category can include product catalogs and various lookup and search tools across different mediums and formats, such as print, online, and mobile.

  • Design and overall appeal
  • Overall layout and organization
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Useability
  • Up-to-date coverage
  • Use of cutting-edge technology
**Category 9 NEW**
Best Training Initiative or Program for Import Vehicles
  • Focuses on critical skill development at the shop level
  • Ensures comprehensive and effective knowledge transfer
  • Significantly enhances installer skillsets
  • Maximizes efficient use of technician time and resources
  • Features engaging and knowledgeable instructors
  • Utilizes advanced presentation techniques, tools, and technology

eligibility and entry fees

All AAPEX exhibitors are invited to submit their products for consideration in the Import Product and Marketing Awards Program showcases. Entries must be designed to fit import nameplate vehicles or electric vehicles, including parts manufactured both domestically and internationally.

The same product may be entered into multiple categories. Multiple products (from the same company) may be entered into the same category.

5 or more entries Import Vehicle Community sponsor fee Import Vehicle Community member fee Standard entry fee Late entry fee: Oct. 26 - Oct. 31

entry fee for 5 or more entries

Early-Bird (by Aug. 31): $175

Standard (after Aug. 31): $200

entry fee for Import Vehicle Community sponsors

Early-Bird (by Aug. 31): $200

Standard (after Aug. 31): $225

entry fee for Import Vehicle Community members

Early-Bird (by Aug. 31): $250

Standard (after Aug. 31): $275

Regular entry fee

Early-Bird (by Aug. 31): $275

Standard (after Aug. 31): $300

Late entry fee: Oct. 26 - Oct. 31

$400 per entry

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"For over two decades, our clients have benefited from participating in the Import Product and Marketing Awards, gaining increased recognition and attention from customers and prospects. By entering the awards program, companies demonstrate their commitment to the product, benefiting both the company and its distribution partners.

Additionally, it serves as a well-deserved acknowledgment for the engineers, product managers, and marketing and sales team members who have contributed to the product's success."

-Sue Spencer, Media Manager, Barolin + Spencer Marketing Communications

view our 2023 award winners

Best Overall Aftermarket Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
MEYLE PD Cabin Air Filter

MEYLE AG
MEYLE PD Cabin Air Filter

Best New Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
Blue Streak Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Kits

Standard Motor Products, Inc.
Blue Streak Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Kits

Best Functional Fluid for Import Vehicles
Pentosin Tesla EV Fluids Program (Pento EDF-2 & ATF 64)

CRP Automotive
Pentosin Tesla EV Fluids Program (Pento EDF-2 & ATF 64)

Best New Tool for Repairs on Import Vehicles
Xperion 6000 UV Pillar Work Light

Lumileds
Xperion 6000 UV Pillar Work Light

Best Problem-Solver for Import Vehicles
Brembo EV Kit

Brembo
Brembo EV Kit

Best Packaging of a Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
Schaeffler Hub Assembly

Schaeffler Group USA
Schaeffler Hub Assembly

Best Merchandising or Advertising of a Product or Product Line for Import Vehicles
Schaeffler REPXPERT Race to Reading Giveaway

Schaeffler Group USA
Schaeffler REPXPERT Race to Reading Giveaway

Best Catalog of a Product Line for Import Vehicles
SIDEM Mobile App Catalogue

SIDEM
SIDEM Mobile App Catalogue

Best Electronic Media for Import Vehicles
Redesigned densoautoparts.com Website

DENSO
Redesigned densoautoparts.com Website