Regional Coverage

Northern California passenger car sales fell 3.9 percent, while light truck sales are down 5.1 percent.
Sacramento, Calif.—The California new vehicle market is off to a solid start for 2019. While the market experiences a mild decline, new vehicle registrations are trending to exceed 1.9 million sales in 2019. According to the California Auto Outlook First Quarter 2019, market share for non-luxury...
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Jerit Daley of Raybestos Brakes to the Association’s Manufacturers Advisory Council. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “Jerit is a young professional in our industry and I know he will add...
ST. LOUIS (June 11, 2019) Navistar International, a global manufacturer of commercial vehicles, has donated five diesel-powered (heavy duty) trucks to Ranken Technical College. Ranken students are using the equipment as part of their Diesel Technology degree program to gain practical experience in...
Car Presentation to Recipients Took Place Monday at the NABC Gateway Pars for Cars Golf Fundraiser  Presented by Enterprise at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, MO
ST. LOUIS (June 3, 2019) – On Monday, June 3, three deserving St. Louis veterans experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families – thanks to the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program...
Legislation (S.B. 242) that would have allowed historic vehicles to be issued license plates without an annual mileage restriction failed to pass before Missouri’s legislature adjourned for 2019. In Missouri, an historic vehicle is defined as being 25 years old or older, owned solely as a collector...
SONOMA, Calif. (June 6, 2019) – Stock car racing in Sonoma dates back to June of 1969, just months after the raceway opened for business. Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 50 years of racing in wine country during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, June 21-23, including a...
Kurt Garbe, a retired Portland shop owner, volunteer and leader in many industry organizations, died May 29 at age 77.
Kurt Garbe, a retired Portland shop owner who spent decades as an active volunteer and leader in many industry organizations, died May 29 at age 77. “Kurt shared countless hours over the decades as a dedicated board member of NATA, and prior to that, to the organizations that merged in 2001 to form...
Sacramento – June 6, 2019--CAWA, Representing the Automotive Parts Industry, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $14,500 in scholarships this year to fourteen individuals. “Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young people in pursuing their...
DIAMOND BAR, Calif., (June 5, 2019) — Nexen Tire America Inc., a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV / light truck and winter tires, has announced the details of the fully-customized 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S which will be given away National Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7 to a combat-...
Bestop Premium Accessories Group continues to make strides in building a portfolio  of first-class aftermarket brands
Louisville, CO (June 5, 2019) – Bestop® Premium Accessories Group, the industry’s leading group of premium Jeep® accessories and soft tops, announces the acquisition of Softopper, LLC. The Coloroado based company specializes in convertible soft tops for pickup trucks and Jeeps. Softopper is...

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