National Mechanical

Scottsdale, Ariz.—TechForce Foundation has released a Transportation Technician Supply & Demand Report updating its reports for 2018 that reveals the transportation technician shortage continues to worsen. The “Technician Supply & Demand Report” supplements the previous reports, adjusting...
Cleveland—OEConnection LLC (OEC), the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, in partnership with Toyota Motor North America, is launching a comprehensive mechanical parts ordering and fulfillment program. The program interfaces...
January 15, 2019 (DETROIT) – As more Americans choose to drive bigger SUVs and pickups, the demand for diesel engines strengthens, due to the technology’s reliability, fuel efficiency and lower cost of ownership. In 2018, even as overall automobile sales in the United States were up by only 0.5...
DENVER (Jan. 9, 2019) – If you bought a new car in 2018, you might have focused on the purchase price and monthly payment when it came time to calculate just how much car you could afford. That means, per AAA's 2018 Your Driving Costs study, you likely overlooked the single largest expense...
LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 8, 2019 – Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded automotive lubricants and services, today announced the launch of its Auto Career Accelerator (ACA), an online recruiting platform that connects thousands of emerging professionals to open...
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 7, 2019)  -- A broad coalition of leading industry, non-profit and academic institutions today launched a first-of-its kind campaign to inform the public and policymakers about the potential and the reality of advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles. Partners for...
For the last hundred years, the automobile industry has been at the forefront of change and innovation. As manufacturers continue to incorporate new technologies into vehicles, service technicians have to continually expand their skillsets to keep up with the pace of change. In order to figure out...
Las Vegas—Insights into the future drivers of the aftermarket and opportunities associated with them were outlined recently by Bob Cushing, president and CEO of WORLDPAC and executive VP of Advance Professional, who was the keynote speaker at CAWA’s annual dinner in Las Vegas. “I’ve never been so...
Las Vegas—More than 170 million new cars with some level of connectivity will be in circulation in the U.S. by 2025. That figure comes from Frost & Sullivan Research & Consulting, which presented data at a seminar at AAPEX, “Trends in Emerging Technologies: Industry Plans and Consumer...
“I’m not sure that until this year the folks in Washington understood the importance of suppliers and the importance of the aftermarket. They do now,” says, Paul McCarthy AASA executive vice president.
Las Vegas—Government affects all industries, as reported by a McKinsey study two years ago, which calculated that 30 percent of all business profits were determined by government legislation and regulation. “Frankly, historically the aftermarket has been pretty insulated,” said Paul McCarthy, AASA...

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