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This 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK, built by Omix-ADA, is equipped with a variety of Rugged Ridge bolt-on aftermarket products.
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Six consecutive years of growth have propelled the aftermarket 4x4 industry to a new sales record of $39.2 billion, an 8-percent increase in retail sales revenue, according to the 2015 SEMA Market Report. “Economic stability and the rising number of new-vehicle sales for the...
AmsoilL DCT Fluid’s built-in oxidation resistance helps prevent sludge formation in vital transmission parts.
Amsoil introduces new synthetic dual-clutch transmission fluid Superior, Wis.—Amsoil has introduced a new synthetic fluid for dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs). Amsoil Synthetic DCT Fluid’s frictional properties protect against shudder and gear clashing to consistently produce fast, smooth shifts....
Cardone was recently honored by Federated Auto Parts with its Sales Representation Award.
NATIONAL Axalta Coating Systems was a supporter of SkillsUSA’s 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky., June 20 - 24. The partnership provided support to the event’s Automotive Refinishing Technology Contest that contributes to SkillsUSA’s mission to improve...
North Richland Hills, Texas—The Automotive Management Institute (AMi), a provider and collaborator of management education for automotive collision and mechanical service repair professionals, announceD the launch of the “next generation of AMi.” It includes six new front office and management...
Detroit—New-vehicle quality improved 6 percent, double the 3 percent rate of improvement in 2015 and the largest increase since 2009, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), released in June. The study, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners...
Applications are now being accepted for NADA Academy Plus, a new, cost-effective program that trains a dealership management team to improve business performance. “NADA Academy Plus is a rapid, fast-track program designed to align industry best practices with a dealership’s vision, goals and...
Research Triangle Park, N.C.—New technology — from in-car features to motorists’ connectivity through their mobile devices — is dramatically changing business in the automotive aftermarket. AASA and its AAPEX co-owner, the Auto Care Association, have made automotive technology the focus of this...
Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was...
The Odyssey battery logo will appear on Tanner Foust’s 2016 Rockstar Energy Volkswagen Beetle in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series.
NATIONAL Advance Auto Parts announced MANN+HUMMEL as the official automotive filter supplier supporting its professional filter program, CARQUEST oil filters. The announcement marks a milestone expansion of Advance’s 30-plus year partnership with MANN+HUMMEL. It will begin manufacturing oil filter...
Washington, D.C.—New data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving reached 746 billion miles in the first three months of 2016, beating the previous record of 720.1 billion miles set last year. For a sense of scale, 746...

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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.