OEM News

  • Motor Age: Do you do anything to promote preventive winter maintenance? If so, what?
  • The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has announced its support for proposed legislation by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulksi, D-Md., which seeks to stimulate the struggling economy by boosting retail automobile sales.
  • Alcoa Automotive Wheels? Dura-Bright finish process has been selected to grace two new wheels rolling on the 2009 Chrysler Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Dodge and Jeep platforms.
  • According to a report in the New York Times, gasoline, for now, has the corner on the American automotive fuel market, but maybe not forever. Carmakers already produce passenger vehicles that run on diesel fuel, ethanol and hydrogen. The fir
  • BorgWarner's regulated two-stage (R2S) turbocharger technology is combined with variable turbine geometry (VTG) to help International Engine Group's PowerStroke 6.4-liter V-8 diesel engine meet stringent North American emission requirements without c
  • After an eight-year sales slide in the U.S., Isuzu Motors Ltd. is leaving the U.S. auto sales wars. Isuzu said in late January it would stop selling its pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. early next year. Isuzu had originally been a pioneer in the Am
  • Chrysler LLC will provide its dealers with an all-new set of industry-leading Internet marketing tools. The new direction was developed as a joint effort with Chrysler LLC and the Chrysler Dealer Internet Advisory Committee to help dealers who want t
  • Ford Motor Company reports that it will invest $75 million in Michigan Truck Plant's body shop to prepare for small-vehicle production. The plant will begin converting its body shop in November when the tooling and equipment specific to the Ford Expe
  • The origins of the Z/28 Camaro date back to late 1966 when plans were made to launch the all-new Chevrolet "pony" car. Vince Piggins (Chevrolet's production promotion manager at the time) had noticed a new and growing road-racing class called "Trans-
  • Successful independent service providers (a.k.a. retailers, jobbers, and parts resellers) offer their customers knowledgeable technicians, quality products, and superior service. But one of the major challenges is buying products at a price where a c
  • OnSight Solutions, (OSS) the Automobile Dealer's Visual Merchandising Professional, has announced the opening of three new franchise locations. OnSight Solutions sold their first franchise in May of 2006, and the company now has 14 nationwide owners
  • In the October and November 2007 issues of Styling & Performance magazine, we covered in depth the lucrative early- and late-model Camaro restoration and performance parts sales and service aftermarket and how they relate to your busines
  • The 2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport will be available with Bridgestone-brand Dueler? Run-Flat tires (RFT) as part of the Sport Appearance Package.
  • During the next decade, Yokohama Rubber Company (YRC) will plant 500,000 trees, creating nearly 25 acres of new forest. The sites for tree planting include the Hiratsuka factory community, as well as six other Japanese facilities and 11 overseas affi
  • Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission held another briefing Aug. 28 to discuss Florida’s proposal of adopting California’s motor vehicle emissions standards, including the fleet-wide av
  • AltCar Expo 2008 is expected to include one of the nation's largest displays of alternative fuel vehicles and feature the first production Tesla Roadster.
  • To help vehicle manufacturers in their pursuit to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) offers insight on the benefits of steel.
  • Audi's A1 concept car has the distinctive look of another popular little vehicle owned by BMW.
  • Union workers and Titan Tire Corp. are cheering a recent anti-dumping ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding off-the-road (OTR) tires imported from China.
    James E. Guyette
  • I am teaching eight courses this semester, and live work is piling on us faster than we can work it out. The cool thing is that the students are learning to gather data and make surgical repairs.