Newsmaker

  • Among passenger vehicle registrations, diesels currently account for more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. while hybrids amount to 2.8 million. Diesels represent 10.6 percent of all pickup truck registrations.
    Allen Schaeffer
  • Gentilini Motors, a Woodbine, N.J.-based family of dealerships, has recently launched a number of "green" initiatives, including a 238 KW solar array that provides 60 percent of the energy at its Ford dealership.
    Paul Gentilini
  • More than 6,000 standout students – all of them state contest winners – gathered in Kansas City this summer to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships as they prepare for careers in the automotive industry.
    Mark Algie, 3M
  • With Tesla lobbying to sidestep the franchise dealership model in place in most states, NADA commissioned a report defending the franchise model, while outlining drawbacks of previous direct-sales efforts by OEMs.
    Maryann Keller & Associates
  • Headquartered in Moscow, Larte Design is entering the American marketplace with its line of SUV customization systems for the Infiniti, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz nameplates.
    Alexey Yanovskiy, Larte Design
  • Zipcar, the car sharing subsidiary of Avis, began rolling out in May its new One Way program that enables members to take point-to-point trips within cities or travel to and from airport terminals.
    Kaye Ceille, Zipcar
  • We help a lot of distributors list parts on eBay, and they view it as another channel. We've seen more activity around that particular market channel in the last year or two.
    Scott Thompson, Epicor
  • Owned since 2012 by Calumet Specialty Products Partners (CLMT) of Indianapolis, Royal Purple produces a wide range of high-performance lubricants for international automotive and industrial applications.
    Randy Fisher, Royal Purple
  • J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study of 2011 model year vehicles revealed that problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) had increased 6 percent, the first such increase since the 1998 study.
    David Sargent
  • BOLT Lock’s 100-year-old parent firm, Strattec Security Corp., is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive access control systems and the key OEM lock supplier for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
    Erika Garcia
  • Jim DeGrasse, owner of Triangle Auto Supply, discussed his company's recent deployment of a cloud-based business management system from Fuse5, and the use of technology in the aftermarket supply chain.
    Jim DeGrasse
  • Jeff Victer, global sales director at GoldenWest Lubricants Inc., says the California-based company’s Prolong Super Lubricants line “is the perfect example of an American success story.”
    Jeff Victer
  • Apex Supply Chain Technologies addresses supply chain inefficiencies in the automotive aftermarket and offers solutions to fix them by installing "industrial vending machines" in auto repair shops.
    Kent Savage
  • Cars.com released a market research report about consumer perceptions about the cost of repairs, price transparency, and digital marketing among auto dealership service departments, versus independent and "big box" repair chains.
    Jack Simmons
  • AAIA announced that its Product Attribute database (PAdb) now defines performance and physical attributes for products accounting for 92 percent of all retail automotive sales, and 98 percent of light-duty application sales.
    Scott Luckett, AAIA
  • PROS Holdings is a software provider that uses big data to help clients improve their sales effectiveness. TRW Aftermarket is using its solution to make tailored offerings and improve pricing strategies.
    Sean Duclaux, PROS Holdings
  • The mayor of Chicago and executives from Advanstar Communications and Messe Frankfurt introduced Automechanika Chicago, a new trade show that will focus on shop-level training for technicians and product discovery.
  • Art Ickes, president of Spartan Motors' specialty vehicles business unit, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the company’s work with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.
    Art Ickes
  • As chairman of the May 20-21 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS), Denny Welvaert has applied his military experiences to connect with success in the business world.
    Denny Welvaert
  • Mitch Kudler was one of the first managers to hire technicians via Audi's Veterans to Technicians program, and currently has four military veterans on his staff with plans to hire more.
    Mitch Kudler