Southern California

Signal Hill, Calif.—Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep is among the oldest dealerships in the U.S., founded in 1909 by Walter L. Thomas as the Long Beach Auto Co., Parts Manager Chris Brodeur, who started at the dealership in 1986, said.  “My dad, Tony, who had been a technician at the dealership...
Northridge, Calif.—When Carlos Menjivar and his wife, Guille, owners of Omega Automotive and Northridge Body Works decided to purchase the collision shop, they found it presented both opportunities and challenges. “The shop started as Omega Transmissions with two bays in May of 2001, just up the...
Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Leader Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins held a joint press conference recently to announce that they were repealing Senate Bill 350’s provision requiring vehicle petroleum use be cut in half by 2030. The other two provisions to increase renewable energy use by...
(Sacramento, CA. - October 22, 2015)   CAWA, a regional automotive trade association, today announced that Charles Tyson, EVP Merchandising, Marketing , Supply Chain of Advance Auto Parts will keynote their 2015 Gala Dinner to "kick -off" Industry Week in Las Vegas next month. The gala will be held...
Southfield, Michigan, October 22, 2015—October is National Fall Car Care Awareness Month, and Federal-Mogul Motorparts wants to help educate consumers about the importance of regular vehicle maintenance.  On Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT, the Garage Gurus(TM) at Motorparts' Van...
Performance Plus Tire & Automotive Superstore is gearing up to prepare for their 18th annual Thanksgiving Day Food Drive. The annual food drive, set to take place Sunday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 11:30am.  It will be held at their “locally world famous” retail store location at 3910 Cherry Ave,...
Riverside, Calif.—Tony Solorio, owner of AutoTech since its opening in 1992, said he and his team takes the proactive approach that every customer should be aware of their vehicle’s condition before it leaves the shop. “When a vehicle comes in for any service, we do a free 38-point courtesy safety...
Placentia, Calif.—Dan Guy, owner of Yorba Linda Auto Service since 2000, said his business has grown considerably in the past two years, thanks to making staff changes, implementing new marketing strategies, and increasing the shop size by 2,500 square feet. “We took over the unit next to our shop...
Los Angeles—Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., and Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, are the featured industry keynote speakers at the 2015 AutoConference LA, formerly the Western Automotive Conference. The half-day conference,...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported impressive gains in California’s new vehicle market.  Nearly 533,000 new vehicles were registered during the second quarter of 2015 with light truck sales boasting a 19-percent increase over the same time last year.  “...

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