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GTR High Performance owners, President Gonzalo Topete (left) and Vice President Ricardo Topete, are life-long Mustang enthusiasts.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.—In 1997, two long-time Mustang enthusiast brothers, Gonzalo and Ricardo Topete, founded GTR High Performance, fresh out of college at UC Riverside, with a simple concept: create a “socially responsible,” positive, and rewarding Mustang experience for street, show, or racing...
Sacramento, Calif.—California’s new motor vehicle market remains strong with more than two million vehicles expected to be sold in California in 2017. During the first quarter, the market grew nearly 1 pecent while sales nationally declined 1.4 percent. “2017 has seen slower growth in California...
(L to R) - Rusty Bishop of Federated; Jason Pugh, Eric Schwartz, Jeff Beiser of Parts Authority; Young Suhr, Charles Yu of APW Knox-Seeman; Bill Maggs of Pronto
Grapevine, Texas and Staunton, Va. – May 31, 2017 – APW Knox-Seeman Warehouse of Carson, California and Parts Authority of Rockville Centre, New York were recently honored by the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) for excellence in vendor support. Parts Authority and APW Knox-Seeman...
New 2017 APA board members include (from left), Jim Holmquist, Jeff Levine, Rob Jacobs, Ben Yelowitz, David Siskind and Eric Penne from Recochem, Joseph Koudsi, Mike Maloof, and Randall Swedlove.
Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has elected its 2017 board of directors including Jim Holmquist, owner of H&H Wholesale Parts, in Pacoima, as secretary. Randall Swedlove, of Morris Automotive Supply, in Fontana, was re-elected to a three-year term. “Our Board has been very supportive of our...
Sacramento, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) has announced its recent corporate sponsorship with O’Reilly Auto Parts. “O’Reilly Auto Parts is a household name, both for us in the automotive service industry and for anyone who has ever needed fixes for their vehicles,”...
Mike Johnson (left), owner of Antelope Valley Ford Lincoln, presents Jim Novoa with the 2016 e2 award for outstanding retail and service parts growth. (Photo by Tom Powell)
Lancaster, Calif.—Jim Novoa, parts manager at Antelope Valley Ford Lincoln, has won Ford’s highest honor, the 2016 Employee Excellence (e2) award for outstanding retail and service parts growth; he also won the e2 Customer Viewpoint award in 2012 for customer satisfaction. “This is the only program...
Manager Keenan Gilbert says Jessup Auto Plaza is investing in a number of equipment upgrades to its body shop.
Cathedral City, Calif.—Keenan Gilbert said the Jessup Auto Plaza dealership’s emphasis on becoming a one-stop location for all of its customers’ automotive needs is serving him well as body shop manager. The dealership is investing in its fixed-operations in a variety of ways, from upgrading...
Bill Hatfield (left), third-generation owner of Hatfield Buick GMC, Michael Madrid, parts manager, and Henry Adame, director of service and body shop manager, are proud of the dealership’s 100-plus year history of customer service.
Redlands, Calif.—Not many dealerships can say they have been voted “Best New Car” or “Best New Truck Dealer” in the whole county; especially if the county is San Bernardino, the largest in the U.S. with an area of 20,105 square miles. Yet, that’s exactly what family-owned Hatfield Buick GMC, which...
SANTA ANA, CA – (April 13, 2017) – Baseball’s back and so is Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) longtime sponsorship of the Los Angeles Angels. This is the eighth consecutive season in which YTC is a sponsor of the American League West team. Yokohama’s sponsorship includes its corporate logo in the...
Sacramento, Calif.—The unprecedented growth of California’s new vehicle market between the years 2009 and 2016 was robust and record-setting. For seven consecutive years, registrations not only increased, but also doubled, from 1.04 million to 2.09 million. “After years of steady growth, a level...

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