The Automotive Service Association (ASA), along with a coalition of various industry groups, has urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to finalize rulemaking that would prevent rebuilt, wrecked, flooded or stolen vehicles from unknowingly landing in consumer’s hands.
"The market has grown at a much faster clip than we thought," said GM President Frederick Henderson. "We're seeing all of our global competition running hard in Russia."
Three additional independent automotive repair organizations have announced their support for the Right to Repair bill currently before the Massachusetts Legislature on the eve of what is expected to be a critical vote by the committee that has been considering the legislation.
Almost all Americans believe they are safe drivers, yet almost three-quarters are guilty of distracted driving, a survey from Nationwide Insurance finds. 90% of drivers believe DWD – Driving While Distracted – will only increase in future generations.
Ford Motor said it no longer believes that it will be profitable in 2009 and will instead post break-even results for the year. The news is a blow to the auto maker, which had vowed to be profitable in 2009 based on its continued-cost cutting practices in North America and increased international sales. Ford plans to cut 2008 production of large trucks and SUVs, citing customer shifts to more fuel-efficient cars and crossover SUVs.
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Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI - News), a leading provider of technical training, established the UTI Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. As the independent philanthropic arm of UTI, the efforts of the Foundation enable eligible students to pursue technical training leading to in-demand careers in the automotive, collision repair, diesel, marine, motorcycle and NASCAR industries through scholarships, grants and other programs. Under the direction of its board of directors, the new non-profit has already awarded nearly $250,000 this year in scholarships and grants.
Automotive Parts and Service Association (APSA) of Illinois today joined the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) in support of H.R. 5638, sponsored by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). Introduced in March 2008, the bill would amend Title 35, U.S. Code (Patents) to provide design patent exemption for alternative repair parts used for the purpose of repairing a vehicle to its original appearance, protecting consumers from monopolies imposed by the large automakers in the aftermarket collision parts market.
Nearly 100 men and women who work in the automotive aftermarket industry, including professional technicians from repair shops from around Massachusetts, converged on the Statehouse Tuesday, May 13th to call for passage of the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act (HB 296). Despite persistent claims by automobile manufacturers that repairers are getting the information they need, the repairers told their legislators they continue to be shut out on critical information despite the small fortune they are now paying for tools, software and diagnostic information.