Opinion | Commentary

  • Aftermarket tire retailers, auto service businesses and auto dealers are all up in arms about a couple of proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Some might argue that the biggest impact the Toyota sudden accelerator problem has had on the aftermarket is a temporary jump in sales of floor mats.
  • With the regulatory-minded Obama administration now in control of federal agencies, there will be a push to turn up the heat on the safety of products, especially those imported from the Far East.
  • With all the attention now being paid in Washington to the connection between over-regulation of business and its drag on job creation, one has to shake one's head at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Concern about the impact of imported Chinese auto parts on U.S. parts manufacturers was at the heart of a letter sent to President Obama in March.
  • Auto parts retailers and repair shops would be subject to increased criminal and civil penalties for unwittingly selling counterfeit auto parts if \H.R. 4279 passed overwhelmingly by the House in May.
  • The EPA has yet to make a ruling on California's request to seek the Clean Air Act.
  • The EPA finally published the conditions under which automakers can use HFO-1234yf, the new, "green" refrigerant, in new cars.
  • The passed Cash for Clunkers bill has some issues that may cause it to fail.
  • The federal government's proposed unified greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel efficiency standards announced in September will have more impact on OEM manufacturers than aftermarket retailers initially.
  • Concern about the quality and safety of Chinese imports has spread to the automotive aftermarket with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • I want to look at the implications of bringing younger customers into the brand.
  • U.S. automotive exporters seeking new global markets for their products should look to our nearest neighbors to the south for growth markets.
  • I sit on the edge of a generation. Chronologically, I am a Baby Boomer. Technically — and I mean that as a double entendre — I am more Generation X.
  • I know it’s sometimes hard to believe, but for the most part, Southern California is a desert.