Aftermarket

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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Federal-Mogul takes aim at 'cheap' aftermarket parts from China

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Federal-Mogul, saying its Champion spark plugs and other aftermarket parts are losing out to “cheap” products from China sold by big retail chains, is fighting back. The diversified parts supplier said today its aftermarket division will be renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts. A crew of newly hired technicians will visit stores and service shops to tout the benefits of Wagner brake products, ANCO wiper blades and other components....
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Michelin to close truck tire plant in Hungary

May 6, 2014 13:07 CET
Michelin plans to close its truck tire plant in Budapest, Hungary, in response to adverse trends and aggressive competition in the European market. The French firm, however, will keep making high-performance car tires in the country....
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GM’s new recall risk: replacement ignitions

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
As General Motors recalls 1.6 million vehicles that have defective ignition switches linked to at least 12 deaths, it faces another potential risk -- this time in the spare parts market. Repair shop owners say it is still possible to purchase GM brand ignition switches manufactured by Delphi Automotive carrying the same parts number as the product at the center of the recall....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

9:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend. But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper....
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Ford's aluminum F-150 faces insurance rate, repair shop challenges

8:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
After laboring for five years to develop its aluminum F-150, Ford now confronts a new challenge: preventing higher insurance rates and a dearth of mechanics equipped to repair its body from deterring buyers....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Michelin says new tire gets better with age

9:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Michelin said it has developed a tire with tread that changes as it wears to reduce stopping distances....
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Nissan plans big push for Nismo parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
Nissan North America wants to help its dealers retail more motorsports parts as it pushes for a bigger U.S. role for its Nismo performance brand. Nissan parts and service officials are planning ways to step up marketing of the Nismo parts line, including a standardized motorsports boutique that would occupy floor space in participating Nissan dealerships....
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Are seat covers the next thing in personalization?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
For years, seat suppliers have pitched the idea of personalized seat covers that would offer car owners a wide variety of styles. Now, it's starting to happen. This year, Renault introduced the Captur crossover, which features seat covers that can be zipped off and replaced....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Inferior parts can damage a brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Thank you for "Factory parts for an older car? Good luck." This is an important but neglected issue....
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Honda accelerates slowly into go-fast parts market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Despite years of watching teenagers slam their Civics with aftermarket add-ons, Honda hasn't had a division that makes factory-engineered, street-legal, warranty-backed, go-fast parts....
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Factory parts for an older car? Good luck

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2013
I'm averse to debt, so I paid cash for the cleanest Ford Taurus SHO I could find, a 1995 green-over-gray car with just 76,000 one-owner miles....
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French union want talks with U.S. tire chief on layoff plans

Oct. 24, 2013 06:01 CET
Union leaders at a Goodyear tire plant in northern France have agreed to talks with a Texan executive who caused an uproar earlier this year by saying the factory was "not worth saving" and calling the plant's workers lazy....
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Advance Auto Parts to buy General Parts, become No. 1 N.A. aftermarket retailer

7:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
Advance Auto Parts will buy General Parts International for just over $2 billion, creating the largest North American retailer of auto parts, as strong new car sales hit demand for repair and replacement....
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Hankook Tire to invest $800 million to build first U.S. plant

7:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Hankook Tire, South Korea's biggest tiremaker, will invest $800 million to build its first factory in the United States as automakers stay on track for a fifth straight year of growth....
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Daimler deal allows Hankook Tire to expand into premium market

Sept. 3, 2013 18:06 CET
Hankook Tire said it has begun supplying tires to Daimler AG for the new Mercedes-Benz S-class and E-class sedans -- a step up in brand recognition for South Korea's top tire maker which has been eager to expand further in the premium tire market....
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Daimler deal allows Hankook Tire to expand into premium market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
Hankook Tire said it has begun supplying tires to Daimler AG for the new Mercedes-Benz S-class and E-class sedans -- a step up in brand recognition for South Korea's top tire maker which has been eager to expand further in the premium tire market....
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