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The AASA Know Your Parts mobile Tech Hotline Directory puts full-service suppliers’ technical hotlines at technicians’ fingertips.
Las Vegas—The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Know Your Parts campaign launched a new resource for service professionals during AAPEX: the Know Your Parts “Tech Hotline Directory” for smart phones. “This new ‘Web app’ will give technicians a single source to access our supplier’...
John Ratzenberger, featured speaker at the 2015 ATRA Powertrain Expo luncheon, hosted by Raybestos, says “all my heroes growing up were people who had their own tools and knew how to use them.”
Las Vegas—The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) Powertrain Expo exceeded all expectations, said Dennis Madden, ATRA CEO, of the event Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  “Talk about synergy. With more than 1,200 attendees, two-dozen seminars, and...
Auto Care Association President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz, who is retiring after 12 years at the helm, addresses the AAPEX 2015 General Session audience. She will be succeeded by Bill Hanvey, of AASA. AAPEX is co-owned by AASA and the Auto Care Association.
Las Vegas—If the products and classes offered at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, provided indication as to where the industry is headed — and what it’s presently being transformed by — it’s technology. It’s a constant reminder that it needs to be embraced and...
Jeep’s Red Rock concept, based on a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, features "next-generation" Dana 44 solid front and rear axles with electronic locking differentials, and a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 low range. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)
Las Vegas—This year’s SEMA Award for the top trending vehicle models in four categories was announced Tuesday, November 3, at the SEMA Show. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Ford Focus took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Nov. 5, 2015 – AAPEX keynote speaker Louis Efron encouraged  attendees to recognize that what they do in the auto care industry has a huge impact on life and the world. “Shout it from the rooftops. Take every opportunity to let people know what you do, and remember, you keep the...
BETHESDA, MD – November 4, 2015 – Today the Auto International Association (AIA), a segment of the Auto Care Association, officially announced it has changed its name to the Import Vehicle Community. For more than a year, the segment’s leadership has conducted an extensive rebranding initiative,...
Take advantage of the comprehensive training courses available to you and your team.  Download the schedule PDF by clicking on the link below. For class information, please call the class contact listed.  To register for a class, please call the NAPA Training Service Center at 800-292-6428. All...
Troy, Mich.—Moving from the shop floor to factory floor, remanufacturing is casting an ever-bigger light and influence on aftermarket and public perception, as evidenced in October when President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that promotes remanufactured parts in the maintenance of...
Washington, D.C.—New estimates released in September by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 1.82 trillion miles in the year’s first seven months, beating the previous record -- 1.77 trillion, set in July 2007. The new...
Detroit—If widely adopted, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) could generate tremendous benefits to society, sharply reducing the number, cost, and severity of automotive accidents, according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). “Because the vast majority of crashes in the...

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