Mazda Motor Corp. has picked the New Generation Star Tester made by Hickok Electrical Instrument Co. of Cleveland as its primary powertrain diagnostic tool. About 1,100 units representing sales of $1.2 million have been distributed to Mazda dealers in North America. In 1995 Mazda will make testers and related accessories available to all its dealers worldwide. About 6,000 units are expected to be distributed over the next several years.

SIDE RAILS - Dana Corp. of Toledo, Ohio, will team up with Simesc S.A., a structural-components manufacturer based in Joinville, Brazil, to form Simesc Parish. Simesc offers Dana a foothold in Brazil and existing market share for high-strength, low-alloy, non-heat treated straight side rails for heavy and medium trucks. Simesc sells components to Volvo, Scania and Autolatina in Brazil.

INSULATION - ATD Corp. of St. Louis has asked a federal court there to find Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen of America in contempt of court for violating a 1993 consent judgment. The automaker had agreed to stop selling, importing and using parts that infringe patents held by ATD for Thermsulate material, a foil insulating pad used to reduce exhaust system heat. ATD has asked the court to make Volkswagen to abide by the consent judgment.

TRANSMISSIONS - Ferguson Formula Developments, which builds transmissions for the Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari 456GT and McLaren Formula One car, will change its name to FFD-Ricardo Limited Inc. Ricardo Group PLC acquired the Livonia, Mich., firm in June for its transmission design and chassis engineering expertise.

INTERIOR TRIM - Cambridge Industries Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., has teamed up with Empe Werke of Gerestried, Germany, to form a joint venture company, C.E. Automotive Systems, to sell EmpeFlex in North America. The natural-fiber-reinforced polypropylene material is used on door-trim panels, package shelves, garnish moldings, consoles and seat backs. EmpeFlex will be used in door panels for the 1995 Opel Corsa and BMW 3 series.

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