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Skip Potter, executive director for NASTF, opens the Fall 2015 General Meeting during AAPEX in Las Vegas. NASTF is an organization designed to connect automakers and technicians.
Las Vegas—The now-famous hack last year of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee through its wireless connection  — just a demonstration by security researchers — was the first evidence of the vulnerability of an entire fleet of connected cars to potentially malicious attacks, warned Milan Patel, of IBM, a panelist...
As fuel efficiency improves and both older and younger generations require more room and performance from their vehicles, car buyers are shunning compact cars for a bigger ride. Ford Motor Company estimates that SUVs make up about one-third of the current market, and will grow to about 40 percent...
Consumers today are changing the way they define value, and there’s increasing evidence that value is less about the lowest price and more about ROI, says David Portalatin.
Las Vegas—The automotive industry’s market is performing, on average, better than the majority of other markets, experiencing growth where others have remained largely flat, said David Portalatin, of The NPD Group Inc., during a presentation at AAPEX, in Las Vegas. “There’s a positive outlook for...
Jim Lang says jobbers continue to lose market share and are being squeezed out of the DIY business, which will greatly reduce their margins.
Las Vegas—From longer life expectancy for the average U.S. vehicle to a growing domination of foreign nameplates in the VIO (vehicles in operation), the aftermarket has a bright future for those who are prepared, proactive and nimble. Jim Lang, of Lang Marketing, presented those and other forces...
“Five Days to Victory” helped inspectors and inspection companies complete most of the steps required to achieve lift inspector certification in five days instead of the five months or longer.
Cortland, N.Y.—Nearly 100 people worked toward Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification during the “Five Days to Victory” event held on the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-5, 2015. The event, sponsored by ALI member manufacturers Challenger...
“Properly charged batteries yield higher cycles,” said Alan Kohler, Odyssey battery marketing manager at EnerSys.
EnerSys introduces Odyssey battery portable charger series at SEMA Show Reading, Pa.—EnerSys introduced its new line of Odyssey battery portable chargers at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. With automatic six-stage charging and a wide range of built-in...
ACDelco’s Beth Grotsz and Bob Sanford made several new program and product announcements recently at AAPEX.
Las Vegas—ACDelco executives recently noted that the company is celebrating 100 years in business in 2016 and, along with that milestone, made several announcements for the new year at a recent press conference at AAPEX, in Las Vegas. Stepping back to briefly review 2015, Bob Sanford, general...
Washington, D.C.—It’s a new era for the kit car industry.  President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.  The SEMA-supported provision is part of a larger highway construction bill.  Rep....
American Honda Motor Co, Inc. is undertaking an initiative to contact Honda and Acura owners who may be affected by the recent airbag inflator recalls, reaching out to both independent mechanical repair and collision repair shops. It will be handled with a three-pronged approach. American Honda...
Research Triangle Park, N.C.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) is urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to stem the tide of counterfeit motor vehicle parts flooding the Internet by listing certain sites known to traffic in counterfeit goods on its annual...

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