BCAR: the solution to detect niche products in the IAM

B CAR Auto Parts was founded more than 10 years ago as a company specialized in niche products for the independent aftermarket (IAM) with headquarters in Barcelona.

Nowadays, we are selling our products in over 50 countries worldwide in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and America; giving distributors a tool to contend with their competitors, among which are official dealers who had, until then, these products as a captive, giving an IAM solution.

BCAR offers a wide catalog of gearbox cables (or shifter cable), electric parking brakes, remote keys, and key shells for the independent aftermarket. With top-level partners, we develop an innovative and efficient design with high added value. BCAR developed the most complete catalogue of the market, in an unknown niche in the independent aftermarket with three main solutions:

Detecting niche products in the automotive industry

Our brand has committed to a more sustainable future since its foundation; we have been working hard to identify niche product opportunities in the automotive aftermarket for passenger cars, Light Commercial, and Heavy Duty vehicles. These are our main business focus:

Gearbox Cables

Send guidelines from the gear lever to the gearbox, and in our case, this system is called Remote Gear
Shift System. Unlike conventional control cables such as a clutch, brake, accelerator, and others; are developed with a more complete and advanced technology, called Push-Pull, which makes the cables not stretch and lose strength in the transmission.

There are single-wire cables and double-wire cables; these two-wire cables consist of a select and an insert cable: the Select Cable, is used for fore and movement and the Insert Cable is used for side-to-side movement of the gear lever.

Electric Parking Brake (EPB)

Also known as electronic parking brake, is an electronically controlled parking brake, whereby the
driver activates the holding mechanism with a button and the brake pads are electrically applied to
the rear wheels. This is accomplished by an electronic control unit (ECU) and an actuator mechanism. EPB systems can be considered a subset of Brake-by-wire technology.

There are two mechanisms: cable puller systems and caliper-integrated systems. This second mechanism is the most common today, and in which BCAR has developed its range.

The EPB Caliper functions as a conventional hydraulic brake for standard service brake applications, and as an electric brake for parking and emergency braking. The Electric Parking Brake (EPB) is a caliper with an additional actuator that operates the parking brake. The EPB Caliper system is electronically controlled and consists of the EPB, the EPB caliper and the electronic control unit (ECU).

Unlike other parking brake systems, The EPB consists of a small motor (also called an “Actuator”) placed on each Rear Brake Caliper of the vehicle. Once activated, manually or automatically, the actuator will start a mechanism that will block or release the brake pads on the brake discs, allowing the driver to immobilize or move the vehicle.

Today, 70% of the new vehicles launched have this technology and studiesshow that the share of the EPB in the Aftermarket will grow by 42% in 2025.

Remote Keys & Key shells

AKONEN is a B CAR Auto Parts Group international brand specialized in remote keys for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Remote keys are unknown and specialized products in the independent aftermarket. When a customer loses their key car, damages it, or simply needs an extra one, they usually get a new key at the official dealers, who are, until then, the most unique offer in the market.

AKONEN has detected this opportunity and has developed a wide range of high-quality remote keys, giving its customers a strong tool to contend with their competitors. From mere buttons to more complete key shells, including a transponder, key blade, open/close buttons, boot buttons, and other functionalities; AKONEN offers more than 1.935 references for 45+ brands, guaranteeing quality and compatibility with customer vehicles.

Meet the future with BCAR

As a company, we have been working with all our customers and stakeholders, in a change of mindset in this industry.

In the near future, according to TÜV SÜD, electric vehicles could represent 35% of global new car sales by 2040. This is where the products offered by the new challenges in the automotive industry, and with this perspective that characterizes BCAR, we will continue detecting opportunities to develop and offer new solutions.

Let BCAR be your partner solution for niche products in the independent aftermarket, and transform the new business model of the automotive sector.