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CNN’s John King and political strategist Karl Rove giving their views on the upcoming midterm elections and how tariffs could impact the automotive aftermarket industry during the grand opening keynote breakfast at AAPEX 2018 in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Nov. 1, 2018 – CNN’s John King and political strategist Karl Rove gave their views on the upcoming midterm elections and how tariffs could impact the automotive aftermarket industry during the grand opening keynote breakfast at AAPEX 2018 in Las Vegas. AAPEX represents the $740...
Despite its overall score, California suffered due to high average re-fuelling cost and poor year-on-year sales increase.
Mountain View, Calif.—Recent data analysis by mobile car repair company YourMechanic has ranked the top five U.S. states for electric vehicle ownership. The company analyzed electric vehicle (EV) data to rank each state according to various categories such as market share, fuel cost, increase in...
Dearborn, Mich.—FordParts.com, which relaunched earlier this year with an improved experience for fleet customers, technicians and do-it-yourselfers, is now offering more options with the addition of Omnicraft parts. Omnicraft completes the Total Parts Lineup from Ford by offering premium...
Warren, Mich.—Bosch Automotive has launched Technician Nation, a new online platform for technicians to use as a resource for addressing vehicle issues. The online and on-tool platform includes a dashboard aggregating nationwide service trends that can be segmented by geography, vehicle and code,...
Southfield, Mich.—Before midnight on Sept. 30, Canada joined the U.S. and Mexico to form the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), designed to replace the current NAFTA. The agreement has 34 chapters and more than 1,700 pages of text. Below is a high-level summary of the main outcomes of interest...
Jasper’s Doug Bawel speaks to shop owners in Denver on the first night of an 11-day, seven-city speaking tour to present the company’s training seminar, “Creating a Culture of Excellence.”
Stapleton, Colo.—Do shops ask their teams what they want out of the business? What they want on the shop floor, in the break room, or what color chairs should go in the lobby? “Nobody washes a rental car — ownership creates a culture of excellence,” said Doug Bawel, chairmen and CEO of Jasper...
Students and parents must be able to see a well-articulated career path that has clear opportunities for advancement and growth. (NASTF graphic)
North Richland Hills, Texas—A lack of industry standards for education and absence of a structured career path has bedeviled the aftermarket for years. As vehicle technology exponentially accelerates, the aftermarket’s magnetism for drawing new talent to its workforce has been less than electric....
Findings show that if installed on all vehicles, ADAS technologies can potentially prevent more than 2.7 million crashes.
Los Angeles—More and more, drivers are recognizing the value in having vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as blind spot monitoring systems, forward collision warning and lane keeping assist. However, while many of those technologies are rapidly being offered as standard,...
Superior Township, Mich.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Hyundai America Technical Center funding to conduct research and development for an advanced mixed-mode gasoline (spark/compression ignition) engine to attain significant improvements in both fuel economy and CO2 emissions....
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.—Big O Tires, one of North America’s largest retail tire franchisors with nearly 450 stores in 23 states, recently announced the company will waive the initial franchise fee for eligible first responders. The program is an extension of the previously established U.S....

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