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“Uncertainty and unfavorable factors appear to be mounting for autos, including a volatile stock market, rising interest rates, rising oil prices and potential trade roadblocks,” says Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive.
Detroit—The new vehicle retail sales pace in April is expected to fall from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 13.5 million units, down 500,000 from April 2017....
Editor’s note: The following is from the blog of Peter Welch, NADA president and CEO, regarding an NADA-commissioned research project that included consumer focus groups and a national survey about the future of personal transportation.   It’s hard to attend an automotive conference these days...
NAPA presents Mevotech with its Sales Leadership Award for 2017.
NATIONAL Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has annouced it will spin off its Magneti Marelli parts business by the end of this year or early next year. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the spinoff will allow the automaker to focus on its core portfolio and strengthen its capital position. “The separation...
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...

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