The first Spectra Premium CAPA-certified radiators are available with the release of the four new SKUs for popular vehicle applications.
Manufactured at the Laval, Canada, factory, the radiators are the first aftermarket parts that the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has certified for cooling systems.
“This new initiative subscribes to Spectra Premium’s long history of producing and distributing trusted automotive replacement parts and implements an additional market differentiator vis-à-vis the competition,” said Jason Best, senior vice president – aftermarket, Spectra Premium. “This product launch further consolidates Spectra Premium’s strategic position as the aftermarket provider of premium parts.”
In the February release, the four new SKUs – CU2311CC, CU2323CC, CU2362CC and CU2479CC – are applicable for more than 1.1 million domestic vehicles such as the Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Neon and Dodge Ram.
In the coming months, other CAPA-certified radiators hailing from the same CAPA program will be released to the market, according to Spectra Premium.
Coinciding with the first CAPA-certified product release, the cooling system category management team also inaugurated the Spectra Premium Body Shop Program to help its clients approach the collision repair market for the new CAPA parts as well as other front-end cooling system products such as other radiators, condensers and cooling fan assemblies.
“Thanks to the collaborative effort from everyone involved in the category management, quality control and production departments, along with the support from Intertek and CAPA, Spectra Premium has proven its capacity and commitment to produce radiators of the highest quality standards with the launch of these new CAPA-certified radiators,” said Eric Renaud, corporate category director, cooling systems, Spectra Premium.
CAPA-certified parts undergo a comprehensive testing program to ensure that the end user receives the best-quality part. Radiators holding the CAPA seal provide the guarantee to the installer and consumer that the part passed a stringent testing process and was benchmarked against its OE counterpart, according to CAPA.
Every Spectra Premium CAPA-certified radiator is produced in North America at the Laval plant. Operating since 2000, the 170,000-square-foot plant became the world’s first CAPA-certified radiator production facility on June 28, 2017.
Spectra Premium first began producing aftermarket radiators 20 years ago with the acquisition of seven Canadian radiator companies. The company then consolidated its radiator production with the construction of this Canadian production facility.