Breaking up Continental is an old idea, but even as suppliers such as Delphi and Autoliv announced they were dividing last year, the German giant didn't budge. With Conti now talking of a major overhaul, all eyes are the billionaire Schaeffler family, which controls almost half of the supplier's stock.
Is two million any better than 1,999,999, other than the one vehicle that makes the difference? Other numbers, such as used-vehicle values, incentives and interest rates, are likely more important.
As this issue of Fixed Ops Journal ends our second year, I've assumed the role of editor. If I'm to have any hope of following adequately in my predecessor's footsteps, I'll need the help of this magazine's expert and influential readers.
In a guest commentary, vAuto founder Dale Pollak urges service departments to make radical changes to address inefficiencies in scheduling, productivity and transparency.
Columnist Richard Truett explains why, based on frustrating experience, he won't be going to a dealership for oil changes from now on.
I have nothing but admiration for Elon Musk. He is a remarkable entrepreneur who has achieved many remarkable things. But I believe he has bitten off too much with the Tesla Model 3.