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Washington D.C.—Fuel economy remains the top vehicle attribute that has the most room for improvement, according to a nationally representative survey of Americans by Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports. Even as gas prices remain low, consumers want to decrease...
Detroit—General Motors Fleet customers can spend more time interfacing with clients thanks to a strategic agreement with MapAnything Inc. MapAnything, a Salesforce Ventures Portfolio company, has launched MapAnything Live to GM Fleet customers. It’s a new connectivity solution that combines...
Las Vegas—A new Mobility Park at AAPEX 2017 will feature live demonstrations, giving attendees the opportunity to experience and learn first-hand more about today’s automotive technology. AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and is held annually at the Sands Expo...
Steve Rogers is the new president of Edelbrock.
NATIONAL Edelbrock announced the appointment of Steve Rogers as president of Edelbrock, succeeding Wayne Murray, who will assume the role of COO. Previously, Rogers was president and CEO of K&N Engineering. He will focus on product strategies and marketing initiatives to continue growing the...
The aftermarket repair segment will see new-car dealers take a larger market share through 2025, which will represent $9 billion worth of volume going to the OE channel, says Bill Long, AASA.
San Diego—Rebounding from the economic downturn, the automotive aftermarket has averaged better-than-expected growth over the past few years, beating analysts’ projections, though the industry should brace for change in the next four years and beyond. “The automotive aftermarket is no longer ‘...
A 15% Border Tax Would Cost US Automakers and Suppliers $22 Billion a Year, Net; from Leaving NAFTA, a 20% Tariff on Mexican Imports Would Drive Up Production Costs Per Vehicle by $650 on Average, According to BCG Analysis DETROIT, July 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Two proposed policy changes—...
Washington D.C.—In detailed comments submitted May 24, to the House Ways and Means Committee, MEMA expressed support for tax reform that promotes U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, job growth, and productivity, but warned the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) as currently outlined in the House...
Washington D.C.—In comments submitted on June 12, to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, MEMA (Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association) took a firm stance on behalf of its members arguing that great care be taken in renegotiating or modernizing the North American...
Bethesda, Md.—In a major victory for the auto care industry, the Supreme Court upheld the legal precedent of patent exhaustion, which states that a company’s right to protect its patent ends when the product is sold to the end user. Information from an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court by...
Disciplining employees is one of those tasks that shop owners tend to dread. There’s good reason for that discomfort. It’s not only difficult to figure out how to communicate criticism to employees in an effective way, but it’s also a challenge for shop owners and their managers to determine what...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.