Newsmaker

  • Brian Drews, parts manager at DeNooyer Chevrolet in Kalamazoo, Mich., spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the challenges presented by the high number of recalls announced by GM this year.
    Brian Drews, DeNooyer Chevrolet
  • Under the’ direction of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels, the agency has prepared a series of questions and answers regarding OSHA policies likely to have an impact on aftermarket operations.
    David Michaels, OSHA
  • Northwood University Professor Timothy G. Nash recently answered a series of questions from Aftermarket Business World about the prospects for alternative fueling systems.
    Timothy G. Nash
  • 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
  • The FFF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims “to remove barriers to competition so that natural gas, methanol, ethanol and electricity can compete on equal footing with gasoline at the pump and at the dealership.
    Eyal Aronoff
  • K&N Engineering recently won gold for its mobile catalog application in the National Catalog Managers Association President's Award for Catalog Excellence.
    Tim Martin, K&N Engineering
  • Last year, the Austin-based Mac Haik Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep dealership launched an e-commerce site in a bid to become a national OEM parts distributor. Now, it seeks nationwide wholesale partnerships to help expand its parts distribution efforts.
    Ben Stapleton
  • Fleetio is a software tool for fleet operators that allows them to log and track vehicle maintenance schedules using their mobile phones and OBDII devices.
    Matt Chapman
  • 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.
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