Professional Automotive Translation Services

Stepes (pronounced /’steps/) delivers expert automotive translation services across more than 100 languages. We specialize in translating a wide array of materials, including technical manuals, user guides, product catalogs, specifications, as well as safety and regulatory documents. Our linguistic proficiency extends to warranty papers, service agreements, and marketing and advertising materials, ensuring comprehensive language solutions tailored to the automotive industry’s unique needs.

Professional Automotive Translation Services

Accurate Automotive Translations

Accurate Automotive Translations You Can Trust

Are you an automotive company or an auto parts manufacturer seeking to accurately translate and localize your technical documents and marketing content into Vietnamese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or Japanese? Look no further than Stepes. We provide expert automotive translation services in over 100 languages, specializing in a wide array of automotive documents including owner’s manuals, warranty documents, safety guidelines, and marketing materials.

At Stepes, quality and efficiency are paramount. Our team of translators is not only fluent in languages but also deeply familiar with the automotive industry’s unique terminology and jargon. This expertise is crucial in automotive translation, where precision can impact safety and usability. Our translators work closely with automotive subject matter experts to ensure that every translated document—from detailed service manuals to sophisticated marketing materials—accurately reflects your brand’s message and adheres to industry standards. We are committed to meeting your deadlines and budgetary requirements without ever compromising on the quality of our translations.

Stepes leverages state-of-the-art language technologies and generative AI to elevate the quality of your translations. Our cloud-native translation management system enables real-time terminology management, crucial for maintaining consistency in terms of part names and technical descriptors across multiple languages. We employ dynamic translation memories to enhance efficiency, reducing turnaround times and lowering costs by reusing previously translated segments where applicable. Additionally, our automated linguistic quality checks ensure that every translation is consistent, accurate, and contextually appropriate for the automotive sector. This technology-driven approach significantly enhances the consistency and accuracy of all projects, facilitating flawless communication across global markets.

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The Authority in Automotive Translations

The Authority in Automotive Translations

There are many factors affecting an automotive brand’s success in international markets and quality translation and localization plays an increasingly important role. The global automobile industry is one of the most competitive fields, not only because car consumers demand the latest makes and models, but they also expect cutting-edge technologies and personalized services to be readily available in the vehicles they purchase. The electric car evolution, autopilot, and self-driving technologies only accelerate the speed of development. This is why car manufacturers today demand professional language translation services that are fluent with the latest engineering advancements and, at the same time, are quickly deployed to the market. Stepes AI-powered, fully automated human translation services provide a much-needed solution that the automotive industry needs to meet the rapidly changing international customer demands and grow their global revenue.

We Translate Auto Parts and Components

At Stepes, we recognize the pivotal role of precise and professional translation in the automotive industry. Our tailored translation services are designed to seamlessly convey the intricacies of automotive parts and components across global markets. Leveraging cutting-edge tools and adhering to industry best practices, Stepes ensures that every translated document upholds the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

Engine Components

Pistons, Cylinders, Crankshafts, etc.: Stepes provides expert translation of technical manuals and maintenance instructions, using industry-specific terminology. Our use of advanced CAT tools ensures consistency and accuracy in all technical translations.

Transmission System

Gearbox, Clutch, Driveshaft, etc.: Service manuals and warranty documents are translated with a focus on the complex details of transmission systems. Stepes employs specialized glossaries to maintain terminological accuracy, vital for such intricate machinery.

Electrical Systems

Batteries, Alternators, Wiring Harnesses, etc.: Our translation of electrical diagrams and user interfaces prioritizes clarity and precision, crucial for ensuring safety and functionality. Stepes utilizes subject matter experts to verify the technical accuracy of each translation.

Braking System

Brake Pads, Calipers, ABS Systems, etc.: Stepes translates safety guidelines and regulatory compliance documents with an emphasis on adhering to global standards, using localized expertise to ensure compliance in different markets.

Steering and Suspension

Steering Wheel, Shock Absorbers, Tie Rods, etc.: With detailed translation of technical specifications, Stepes ensures that the crucial aspects of steering and suspension components are clearly communicated, reducing the risk of errors in these critical systems.

Exhaust System

Mufflers, Catalytic Converters, etc.: Stepes aids in translating environmental compliance documents, utilizing our understanding of international environmental standards to provide accurate and compliant translations.

Cooling System

Radiators, Water Pumps, etc.: Our translators, skilled in automotive jargon, ensure that maintenance manuals are translated with technical precision, providing clear instructions for managing vehicle temperatures.

Fuel System

Fuel Tanks, Fuel Pumps, etc.: Stepes' translation services cover safety instructions and regulatory documents, ensuring they meet the specific requirements of different regions, thus facilitating global distribution and compliance.

Body Components

Doors, Bumpers, Hoods, etc.: By translating design specifications and repair manuals, Stepes helps manufacturers convey important information about body parts, contributing to safety and aesthetic appeal.

Interior Parts

Seats, Dashboard, Infotainment Systems, etc.: Stepes translates user manuals and interface guides, focusing on the comfort and convenience features, and ensuring that these translations resonate with users in different markets.

Safety Features

Airbags, Seatbelts, etc.: Our meticulous approach to translating safety information and instructional guides ensures that every detail is accurately conveyed, underscoring the importance of safety in automotive products.

Tires and Wheels

Tires, Rims, etc.: Product catalogs and installation manuals translated by Stepes maintain the highest degree of accuracy, supporting the safety and performance of these critical components.


Headlights, Taillights, etc.: Stepes' expertise in automotive lighting systems ensures that translations of technical specifications and installation guides are both accurate and easily understandable.

Stepes’ Approach to Translation in the Automotive Industry:

Innovative Technology

At Stepes, we harness state-of-the-art translation technology and AI to enhance both accuracy and speed in our translation services. Our advanced tools include AI-driven translation memories and glossaries, which ensure consistency across large volumes of documents. Furthermore, our machine translation systems are fine-tuned with automotive terminology, providing initial drafts that are then refined by human translators for nuanced accuracy. This blend of technology and human expertise enables us to handle complex projects efficiently while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Expert Teams

Our teams are carefully composed of industry-specific translators and technical experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to each project. These translators are not only language experts but also have a deep understanding of the automotive sector, ranging from engineering to regulatory compliance. This dual expertise ensures that every translation is contextually and technically accurate, reflecting the precise terminology and conventions of the automotive industry. Regular training and professional development keep our teams at the forefront of industry advancements and linguistic nuances.

Continuous Improvement

Stepes is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvement in our translation practices. We stay abreast of the latest trends and standards in the automotive industry, regularly updating our methodologies and tools to reflect these changes. This approach ensures that our translations are always aligned with current industry practices, technologies, and regulatory environments. We actively seek feedback from our clients and industry experts to refine our processes, ensuring that our services remain at the cutting edge of both linguistic excellence and industry relevance.

Client Collaboration

Central to our approach is a strong emphasis on client collaboration. We engage closely with each client to fully understand their specific needs and challenges. This collaborative process involves thorough consultations and regular communication, allowing us to tailor our services to meet the unique requirements of each project. Whether it's adapting to specific terminologies used by a client or aligning with their internal processes, our flexible approach ensures that our translations are not only accurate but also customized to fit seamlessly into our clients' operations and communication strategies.

Just-In-Time Manufacturing Meets JIT Translation

Just-In-Time Manufacturing Meets JIT Translation

Toyota invented just-in-time manufacturing in the 1970s so automotive companies can produce cars more efficiently at the lowest costs. Stepes invented just-in-time (JIT) translation to reduce translation turnaround times to respond to our automotive customers’ requirements for fast response. JIT translation is about using modern technology, the Internet, the smartphone, and localization process automation via APIs, to deliver professional human translation services at the fastest speed. The combination of cloud, AI powered, and fully automated translation services deployed on all devices form the foundation of Stepes Automotive Translation 2.0 solution.

Today’s Automotive Translations Demand Faster, Better, and Simpler Solutions

Automotive Translations

The old language translation service models are time-consuming and involve overly complicated workflows for the modern, rapidly changing automotive industry. Car manufacturers can no longer afford to wait for weeks or even months to get their websites, business documents, and automobile user manuals translated. JIT and Lean Manufacturing processes today require content translated easily, on-demand as the engineering developments are being carried out. This means the traditional batch and project methodology for processing high volume language translations are no longer adequate to meet today’s agile manufacturing processes. This is why Stepes highly simplified, on-demand, and just-in-time human translation solutions are in hot demand because we’re able to help global car manufactures accelerate product development and achieve faster success globally.

Continuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery

The digital transformation is disrupting the way companies do business, forcing the automotive industry to adopt an agile and continuous development model. This means automotive translation services must be agile, always-on, and provide continuous deliveries around the clock. Stepes is the leader in next-gen, AI-powered translation technology that fully automates the entire language localization workflow process so businesses can deploy their multilingual content to reach global audiences fast and on a constant basis.

We Translate All Types of Automotive Documents

Stepes has experience translating a wide variety of automotive documentation including owners’ manuals, engineering guides, shop repair manuals, assembly line instructions, training documents, and much more. Just upload your documents in PDF, Word, FrameMaker, or InDesign files to our real-time online translation portal, and Stepes will take care of the rest. Specifically, we translate all of the following technical documents for the automobile sector:

  • Owner’s manuals
  • Engine repair manuals
  • Cooling system specifications
  • Battery assembly instructions
  • Transmission user guides
  • Exhaust system installation guides
  • Parts reference manuals
  • Warranty documents
  • Maintenance manuals
  • Shop repair manuals
  • Brake system documentation

Automotive Documents


We Translate Into 100+ Languages

Stepes automotive translation services support Simplified Chinese, French, Indonesian, Brazilian Portuguese and all of the following languages. We are also increasing our offering for Indian and African languages to meet our customers’ emerging market expansions.

  • Arabic (AR)
  • Chinese, Simplified (ZS)
  • Czech (CS)
  • Danish (DA)
  • Dutch (NL)
  • English (EN)
  • English, UK (UE)
  • Finnish (FI)
  • French (FR)
  • German (DE)
  • Italian (IT)
  • Japanese (JA)
  • Korean (KO)
  • Norwegian (NO)
  • Polish (PL)
  • Portuguese, Brazilian (PB)
  • Russian (RU)
  • Spanish (ES)
  • Swedish (SV)
  • Thai (TH)
  • Vietnamese (VI)
  • Afrikaans (AF)
  • Albanian (SQ)
  • Amharic (AM)
  • Armenian (HY)
  • Azerbaijani (AZ)
  • Basque (EU)
  • Belarusian (BE)
  • Bengali (BN)
  • Bhutanese (BT)
  • Bihari (BH)
  • Bosnian (BS)
  • Breton (BR)
  • Bulgarian (BG)
  • Burmese (MY)
  • Catalan (CA)
  • Chinese, Hong Kong (ZH)
  • Chinese, Traditional (ZT)
  • Croatian (HR)
  • English, Australian (AE)
  • English, Canadian (CE)
  • Estonian (ET)
  • Faroese (FO)
  • Filipino (TL)
  • French, Canadian (CF)
  • Frisian (FY)
  • Galician (GL)
  • Georgian (KA)
  • Greek (EL)
  • Guarani (GN)
  • Gujarati (GU)
  • Hausa (HA)
  • Hawaiian (HW)
  • Hebrew (IW)
  • Hindi (HI)
  • Hungarian (HU)
  • Icelandic (IS)
  • Igbo (IG)
  • Indonesian (ID)
  • Interlingua (IA)
  • Irish (GA)
  • Javanese (JW)
  • Kannada (KN)
  • Kashmiri (KS)
  • Kazakh (KK)
  • Khmer (KM)
  • Kirundi (RN)
  • Kurdish (KU)
  • Laothian (LO)
  • Latin (LA)
  • Latvian (LV)
  • Lingala (LN)
  • Lithuanian (LT)
  • Luganda (LG)
  • Macedonian (MK)
  • Malagasy (MG)
  • Malay (MS)
  • Malayalam (ML)
  • Maltese (MT)
  • Maori (MI)
  • Marathi (MR)
  • Moldavian (MO)
  • Mongolian (MN)
  • Montenegrin (ME)
  • Nepali (NE)
  • Norwegian Nynorsk (NN)
  • Pashto (PS)
  • Persian (FA)
  • Persian, Dari (DR)
  • Portuguese (PT)
  • Punjabi (PA)
  • Romanian (RO)
  • Rwandan (RW)
  • Scots Gaelic (GD)
  • Serbian (SR)
  • Sesotho (ST)
  • Shona (SN)
  • Slovak (SK)
  • Slovenian (SL)
  • Somali (SO)
  • Spanish, Latin American (XL)
  • Sundanese (SU)
  • Swahili (SW)
  • Tajik (TG)
  • Tamil (TA)
  • Tanchangya (TC)
  • Telugu (TE)
  • Tibetan (BO)
  • Tonga (TO)
  • Tswana (TN)
  • Turkish (TR)
  • Uighur (UG)
  • Ukrainian (UK)
  • Urdu (UR)
  • Uzbek (UZ)
  • Valencian (VA)
  • Welsh (CY)
  • Yiddish (YI)
  • Yoruba (YO)
  • Zulu (ZU)
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Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

Stepes offers high quality automotive translations with our professionally trained, native human translators who specialize in multilingual localization for the automotive sector. Unlike other translation companies, we offer complete transparency for our translators so our clients can review their professional qualifications and translation certificates anytime. Better yet, we are the first company to offer our customers a chance to rate our translators’ performance by giving them a star rating. The linguists with three consecutive 5-star ratings automatically become our clients’ dedicated translators. In fact, we’re so confident you will like our services, we offer you a full 30-day satisfaction guarantee.


What is J2450?

Translations can be subjective due to personal preferences with regards to choices of words and language expressions. This is why it used to be difficult to objectively evaluate a document translation. The SAE J2450 was created in the 1990s by a group of automotive companies such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler in conjunction with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) as an attempt to quantify language translation quality. It uses seven-point metrics that can be more easily measured and include such criteria such as missing translation, terminology errors, mistranslation, grammar errors, and inconsistencies, etc. Since its invention, J2450 has been widely adopted by the localization industry to conduct professional linguistic quality assurance (LQA).

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