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SEMA Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series (Photos by Jay Sicht)
Las Vegas—The top trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Selected by manufacturing exhibitors, the SEMA Vehicle of the Year award winners are: • SEMA Car of the Year: Ford Mustang • SEMA Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series • SEMA 4x4/SUV of the...
Bill Hanvey (left), president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, delivered the opening statements alongside Bill Long, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). The ceremony included a breakfast and featured keynote speakers John King and Karl Rove. (Photos by Shane Rohleder)
Las Vegas—CNN’s John King and political strategist Karl Rove gave their views on how tariffs could impact the automotive aftermarket industry during the grand opening keynote breakfast at AAPEX 2018 in Las Vegas. King said the great unknown is what will happen post-elections, such as Special...
National PRONTO’s Bill Maggs (left) presents the Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award to Federated’s Larry Pavey.
The Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award was given to Larry Pavey, CEO, Automotive Parts Services Group and president, Federated Auto Parts. The award is given to an individual who has contributed in a unique and monumental way while employed in the auto care industry. The award was presented by...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Does the generation that grew up with cell phones and connects with friends and celebrities from all over the world still have the need and desire to drive cars? What percentage of youth would rather give up their phone over their car? Those questions and more are answered in...
Germantown, Tenn.—The Automotive Distribution Network recently partnered with Safety-Kleen to launch a new environmental-waste green initiative designed to helps its members and their customers manage, collect, recycle and responsibly dispose of automotive-waste byproducts, from used oil and oil...
Bethesda, Md.—Based on a petition jointly filed by the Auto Care Association and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. Copyright Office eliminated a limitation in October that only permitted car owners to circumvent vehicle software under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)....
ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – ever heard of it? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In shop visits around the country I meet a lot of blank gazes when I mention it. But if I asked about features like “blind-side monitoring,” “pedestrian detection,” “adaptive cruise control” or “lane...
Newport Beach, Calif.—There is steadily increasing merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive aftermarket world today as private equity firms seek profitable businesses to expand their interests. Last year had the largest number of deals on record. “All segments are doing...
Richard Rawlings (center) and Kukui are working together to help shops succeed in Garage Rehab.
San Jose, Calif.—Kukui Corporation joined Richard Rawlings and crew for the second season of the hit Discovery Channel program Garage Rehab. Kukui supports the shop featured in each episode with a new website designed to help them revitalize their marketing efforts and achieve ultimate success. In...

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