Aftermarket

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier Toyo Tire considering U.S. expansion on SUVs

3:36 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2013
Toyota supplier Toyo Tire & Rubber is considering expanding production in the United States as part of a plan to concentrate investments in markets where it can gain from profitable products such as SUV tires.... Read More »

 

Study: Women get higher quotes from repair shops

3:28 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
When it comes to auto repairs, women are likely to get quoted a higher price than men, but women are better at negotiating a discounted price, according to a study conducted by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.... Read More »

 

Apollo's second offer to buy Cooper creates new global tire giant

11:59 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2013
Apollo Tyres' $2.5 billion offer to buy Cooper Tire & Rubber, announced this week, wasn't the first time the Indian company tried to acquire the American tire producer. Now the combined company promises to be a major player in the world tire business, with numerous connections to automakers.... Read More »

 

India's Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.5 billion

9:57 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2013
India's Apollo Tyres is buying American tire producer Cooper Tire & Rubber in an all-cash deal valued at $2.5 billion, or about a 40-percent premium over the 30-day average price of Cooper's stock.... Read More »

 

India's Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.5 billion

June 12, 2013 15:57 CET
India's Apollo Tyres is buying American tire producer Cooper Tire & Rubber in an all-cash deal valued at $2.5 billion, or about a 40-percent premium over the 30-day average price of Cooper's stock.... Read More »

 

Study: Don't forget women, baby boomers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Want to sell more accessories to new-vehicle buyers? Don't forget to make your sales pitch to women and baby boomers. That insight comes from the 2013 Automotive Accessory Market Report released in April by Foresight Research of suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler to end Continental accord as merger project wanes

May 13, 2013 21:46 CET
Schaeffler, the largest investor in tire and components supplier Continental, plans to end an agreement between the two German companies as it continues to dismantle a plan for a gradual merger.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler to end Continental accord as merger project wanes

3:46 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
Schaeffler, the largest investor in tire and components supplier Continental, plans to end an agreement between the two German companies as it continues to dismantle a plan for a gradual merger.... Read More »

 

Nissan recalls 123,308 Altimas for spare tire issue

9:36 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
Nissan is recalling 123,308 Altima sedans in the United States to adjust the inflation of the spare tires, which could be over- or under-inflated.... Read More »

 

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