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Washington D.C.—For the first quarter of the year, gas prices have been expensive. On average, motorists are paying a quarter more than at the same time last year. While pump prices have dipped in recent weeks, this is not a trend consumers should expect to linger. AAA forecasts the national gas...
Bill Garoutte succeeds Chuck Sulkala as the head of NABC.
NATIONAL The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced that Bill Garoutte has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Chuck Sulkala, NABC’s founder and executive director who retired at the end of 2017. In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing...
Alexandria, Va.—The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) released December sales figures for the international nameplate auto industry. Brands sold by United State’s 9,600 international nameplate franchises accounted for 55.1 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. in...
You’ve probably been hearing a lot lately about how important it is to appeal to Millennial customers. While that’s true (with Millennials expected to represent 40 percent of all car buyers by 2020), continuing to market to their parents and older siblings is going to be just as crucial to your...
The best shops in this country do it all — online marketing, direct mail, SEO, e-mail marketing, social media and rely heavily on their POS systems to be successful. Using just one no longer works, says Kukui CEO Todd Westerlund.
San Jose, Calif.—In February 2017, Todd Westerlund embarked on an ambitious journey to visit 1,000 shops to get a complete view of the industry from coast to coast. As a former technician, service writer and parts manager, Kukui’s CEO views the automotive repair industry from a varied set of...
Jens Schueler (left), of the Import Vehicle Community’s Executive Leadership Council, presents Brian Griffin III, of Product Management at Centric Parts, with the Import Vehicle Community Award for Best Catalog.
Five of the Top 10 drivers in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final points standings drove cars were equipped with Jasper products, including 2017 Series Champion, Martin Truex, Jr. with Furniture Row Racing. “Overall, our 2017 went real well,” said Terry Dekemper, Jasper Driveline...
Bill Maggs received the Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award.
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) recently presented awards highlighting the excellence in the warehouse distribution industry. The Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award, which acknowledges an aftermarket professional who has contributed to the industry in a unique and...
Center, from left: Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems, Ford Motor Co.; and Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA, accepted the awards for their companies.
Las Vegas—The top-trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2017 SEMA Show. Selected by SEMA Show exhibitors, the winners of the 2017 SEMA Awards are Chevrolet Camaro as the Hottest Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V as the Hottest Sedan, Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, Jeep Wrangler as...
The N.A. Williams Rep Link app was recently honored with a 2017 Automotive Communications Award (ACA) from Women in Auto Care in the business-to-business category, app for mobile devices. Account Executives Tina Choinacky (left) and Danielle Sonnefeld were presented the award.
ATLANTA, Georgia – Nov. 16, 2017 – The N.A. Williams Rep Link app was recently honored with a 2017 Automotive Communications Award (ACA) from Women in Auto Care in the business-to-business category, app for mobile devices. The prestigious award was presented to Account Executives Tina Choinacky and...
Washington D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has adopted an amendment in October to establish a federal advisory committee comprised of aftermarket representatives and other stakeholders. The amendment, offered by U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., was added to...

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