Northern California

Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience growth throughout the state, especially with increasing electric vehicles sales, which now make up 3.1 percent of total new vehicle sales year to date, an increase from 2.4 percent this time last year. However, according...
Special speaker Fred Gruner of NVIDIA and ASCCA Connected Car Committee member (far right), answers a question from the audience during the Q&A session.
El Cajon, Calif.— Imagine 15 years from now, when 80-90 percent of vehicles sold will have some sort of autonomous system that will be highly integrated, and systems will be complicated and difficult to debug problems. “People will want experts who specialize in self-driving systems,” said Fred...
Hanson Distributing has acquired Valley Auto Parts in City of Industry.
Big O Tires recognized Chris Monteverde, a multi-store owner in Northern California, as one of its 2017 Franchisees of the Year. Monteverde invests in his locations and his associates and he said he training is essential for continual growth and has a dedicated training room for associate...
SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2018) — The Classic Sports Racing Group’s 15th annual Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races at Sonoma Raceway promises to showcase some of the finest vintage race cars all in the name of charity, Oct. 6-7. Nearly 300 vintage race cars will hit the track for a full weekend of...
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – September 27, 2018 –  Big O Tires franchisee Chris Monteverde was honored on September 5 by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. “IFA is proud to recognize Chris Monteverde for his extraordinary story and success,” said...
1936 Pontiac Sedan, “Pindian,” winner of the Goodguys Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by BASF at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals on Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Pleasanton, CA.
The recent Goodguys West Coast Nationals Show Presented by BASF at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif. had a slew of award-winning cars present, including the crowned "America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod." Robert Anderson’s 1936 Pontiac sedan “Pindian,” was awarded Goodguys Most...
Coralville, Iowa. – Fuse5 Automotive Software (FAS), a US based provider of Business Management Solutions for the Automotive Aftermarket, is proud to announce that it has partnered with the California Automotive Wholesaler’s Association (CAWA). “CAWA, in a strategic move for the future, is pursuing...
Nationally known Automotive Professor Rick Escalambre and ASA Midwest (Vision) award winner teacher of the year will be teaching a class on Automotive Computer Controls at Skyline College starting on October 11th. Whether you’re a shop owner, seasoned professional or just getting started this...
Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The three-bay car service, Fast Track Oil Change, has opened in Middleton, reports National Oil & Lube News. Middletown’s Store 24 owner Palani Velloo opened Fast Track Oil Change, adjacent to Store 24. It is the only car service nearby for residents in Middletown, Cobb and...
Head Estimator Matt McDermott, owner Jeff Gil, Front Office Manager Denise Gil and Assistant Manager Troy Gil celebrate the shop’s 30th anniversary at Gil’s Body Works.
Pleasanton, Calif.—Looking back fondly on 30 years in the collision repair industry, owner Jeff Gil is proud of what he and his family have achieved at Gil’s Body Works. As a former metal technician and painter, this second-generation operator has witnessed many changes since 1988, when he began...

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