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Reviewed.com Roundup: High-tech Cars And More
09.15.13 (2:48 am)   [edit]

Cars: From Maruti 800 to the BMW MINI

(Photo: Reviewed.com) Story Highlights We saw some very techy cars at the Frankfurt Auto Show, including some concept cars The Olympus E-PM2 brings picture quality you would see from cameras that cost twice as much LG's 27EA83-D monitor is aimed at graphic designers and artists, but falls short in some ways SHARE 1 CONNECT 15 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE For nearly 15 years, Reviewed.com has tested thousands of products all to help consumers buy, use, and understand electronics, appliances, and now cars. Apparently, some new cellphones were announced, but here's what we get ourselves into instead. Live from the Frankfurt Auto Show We're on the ground at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, where we're checking out the coolest concepts and newest tech in the car industry. Highlights include hybrid concept cars from Kia and Toyota , the latter of which has a super capacitor (rather than a gas engine) for powerful burst of speed perfect for racing. We also saw a small Opel that could be imported to the U.S. under the Buick brand, meant to compete with the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. Check out more coverage at Reviewed.com Cars . CAR TECH: Connectivity is going to be the next big car trend Olympus PEN E-PM2 Digital Camera Review There's never been a better time to shop for an entry-level camera with interchangeable lens, with diverse designs to suit broad tastes. If you want great image quality but not a heavy, complicated camera, the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 (MSRP $499) is a good place to look.

Derailed train cars removed from Calgary's Alyth Yard

Seven Canadian Pacific Railway cars that derailed Wednesday have been removed from a Calgary train yard. Pic/ AFP 1991: Tata Motors launches Sierra Tata Motors, known for building the most versatile and sturdy trucks, brings out its first passenger vehicle -- the Tata Sierra in May 1991. Three years later, the iconic Tata Sumo is launched. A joint venture agreement is also signed with Daimler Benz -- Mercedes Benz to manufacture Mercedes Benz passenger cars in India. Ratan Tata launches Tata Sierra in May 1991. File Photo 2010: Club Torque is founded in Mumbai In January 2010, Club Torque is born in Mumbai -- the first-of-its-kind club where members can hire the supercars throughout the year. Their list of supercars include the Ferrari F-430, the Merc E-Cabriolet, the BMW z4, the Audi R8 and the Porche 911. The club insures, stores and maintains all the cars. A member is even allocated points which can be traded for driving time in the cars throughout the membership year. 2012: BMW MINI in showrooms German automobile giant BMW launches its first MINI showroom in India in April 2012.

Five classic cars under $10,000

bronco-under-10-g-660.jpg (Evelyne Asselin/Radio-Canada) Safety rules lag as oil transport by train rises After derailing Wednesday, all remaining Canadian Pacific Railway cars have been up-righted and placed back on the track at the Alyth Yard in Calgary. Fifteenth Street between Blackfoot Trail and Ninth Avenue will open once response equipment has been moved off site. MAP: Notable Calgary train derailments The cars carrying a flammable liquid derailed around 5 p.m. MT Wednesday as a slow-moving train was heading northbound out of the Alyth Yard. There were no leaks or injuries but more than 140 homes were evacuated for a few hours as a precaution. The product in the cars is a diluentused to thin oilsands bitumen for transport through pipelines. Fire department officials said Friday they were finding it challenging to remove the product from the high-pressure rail cars. It had taken crews roughly four to six hours to move the product from each tanker into an empty car on an adjacent track. Inglewood residents protest CP Rail Residents of thenearbycommunity of Inglewood gathered outside Alyth Yard Friday afternoon to protest what they said was a failure of CP Rail to share clear information about what CP Rail is transporting. Roughly 60 people, including the local alderman, attended the gathering. "We're here because we're fed up and concerned with the absence of information about what CP Rail is transporting," said protest organizer Rebbeca O'Brien. Many said they are worried about their safety in the aftermath of the Lac-Megantic tragedy . Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines .

Forget Smart Cars, Imagine an Intelligent Highway

Smart Highway Founder Roosegaarde Corvairs pioneered the use of turbocharging, and later cars could be made to handle quite well with some relatively inexpensive modifications, in spite of what Ralph Nader said. Incidentally, the 50th anniversary of the book Unsafe at Any Speed is coming up the year after next. Good reason to buy a Corvair, we think. Jay Leno loves his red Corsa Coupe. 1983-91 Porsche 944 coupe : The vintage Porsche market is on fire right now, with some cars appreciating 300 percent or more over the last five years. All have one thing in common theyre air cooled and the engine is in the back. Water-cooled front-engine Porsches have yet to see the love from collectors, and we think that the 944 is one of the best of the bunch. A derivative of the nicely balanced but underpowered 924, the fender bulges and smoother and more powerful balance shaft-equipped twin-cam four was just was Dr. Porsche ordered to make the 944 a credible performance car. Maintenance doesnt come cheaply (break a timing belt and youll wish you hadnt been born), but the 944 is a bargain-priced precision instrument for dissecting curvy back roads. 1976 Chevrolet Corvette : Malaise-era Corvettes get a bum rap from most Corvette fans but in reality, theyre quite nice and anything but pathetically slow.

SHARE 14 CONNECT 15 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE FRANKFURT Buick didn't have its own display at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, but we still got a chance to see what they might be building in the near future. That's because concepts and production cars from Opel, GM's European division, provide a window into the direction that Buick will probably take. Hopefully, the Opel Monza concept will be no exception. GM has made no secret of wanting to strengthen ties between Opel and Buick, promising that future product from both companies would be closely related. With Opel's European influence and Buick's traditionally strong showing in China, that could make for a truly international brand. If Opel's Monza concept that debuted in Frankfurt is any indication, we like the direction Buick will be headed. Squint just hard enough, and you can see fenders that might make it onto an upcoming Lacrosse or Regal, and tail lamps that wouldn't be out of place on a Verano. The Monza's grille web site would even look good with Buick's characteristic waterfall of chrome, though we can't figure out where the portholes would go. DESIGN: "Darth Vader" Lexus concept brings attitude to Frankfurt Auto Show Since it debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, rumors abounded that GM would import a version of the tiny Opel Adam as a Buick, to compete with the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. It would also provide a European-style alternative to the Chevy Spark and help introduce young buyers to the brand something Buick sorely needs after decades of selling cars to retirees.

Cars From the Start: Industrial Arts Education in America

1932 Fisher Coach "Why can we not connect it to a small, simple sensor so the lights are only on when you drive so you get this beautiful sort-of ghost of light?" Roosegaarde asks. The Super Highway is designed to be simultaneously beautiful and intelligent, armed with capabilities to spark future innovation around the way people drive and live. While vehicles themselves continue to be a major piece of this puzzle as manufacturers like Elon Musks Tesla ( TSLA ) build electric cars and others focus on autonomous ones, roads have barely budged. When we look at highways, why is so much money and time and energy spent on cars but the actual roads themselves are still stuck in the Middle Ages? Roosegaarde asks. The project has a five-step plan for modernizing European roadways, including embedding highways with technology that can visually communicate with the driver using "smart" paint that would be charged by the sun throughout the day. Paving existing roads with new technologies could help make electric cars -- even autonomous cars -- more feasible and desirable, with roads evolving as fast as the technologies that power them. Wising Up The basic idea is nothing new in fact, as early as 1991 a professor at Virginia Tech proposed embedding electronic sensors into the pavement that would be able to relay information about roads conditions via radio waves to a central computer. In 2010, the research group ACCESS Linnaeus Centre announced a focus on wireless sensor networks for roads, saying it would help reduce the environmental impact of the transportation system and improve efficiency. However, past projects have been hit with high costs and technological roadblocks. Dr. Rajit Gadh, director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center, which is studying how to better plug electric vehicles (EV) into the smart grid, says mass-scale projects cannot be widely successful without acquiring several minor successes first. While the technology exists to charge EV cars wirelessly while in motion, he warns of the heavy costs of putting inductive coils underground every few feet on the highway and suggests instead using this still infant technology at high-traffic intersections, bus stops or stop signs where energy can be more efficiently transferred. If developers prove through smaller feats the feasibility of their technology, they may be able to garner more investment, which could ultimately help trigger fresh commercial investment and adoption. "Theres still a lot of steps needed to be done in research labs before you can have a pretty scalable solution whereby you can charge in an economical manner while you're driving," Gadh said. Though he does see it becoming as ubiquitous as today's EV charging stations -- perhaps even gas stations -- much farther down the road. Developers of the Smart Highway plan to use magnetic fields stationed under the road to charge moving cars. They are tweaking their technology in partnership with the Dutch government. Ever the designer, Roosegaarde is already brainstorming new ideas, including applying some of these same technologies to illuminate bicycle lanes or airport landing tracks.

European concept cars preview Buick's future

GM Children spent an average of 471 hours perfecting their clay model designs for competition. Judges evaluated the work on both Craftsmanship (Fidelity to Scale, Workmanship, Painting and Finishing) and Design (Originality, Artistic Merit, Practicality of Design). Boys all over the country turned in their work in specially-designed crash-proof containers shipped by Railway Express, signing over creative and intellectual property rights to their work for the chance to win a college scholarship. Some of the work is amazingly detailed and has the feel of a clay model designed right in the studio. Some of it is primitive and crude, but not less charming in its own way. Harley J. Earl (Vice President in charge of Styling, GM 1938-1958) was a major advocate and corporate supporter of the Fisher-Guild, says Jacobus. He needed auto designers and stylists and the Guild competition gave him away to find new, raw talent for his styling studios. The Fisher Body Craftsmans Guild lasted until 1968, when the Guild was disbanded. The reasons it went away are up for some debate, largely due to lack of interest during a time when high school kids were more concerned about learning to play Jimi Hendrix licks and not being shipped to southeast Asia than they were about lengthy careers with General Motors.



 
Global Automotive Modular Platform Sharing Market Analysis 2013-2023
09.11.13 (2:40 pm)   [edit]

Freescale and ROHM Will Collaborate to Deliver Innovative Automotive Solutions for Japanese and Global Markets

Large conglomerates such as VAG that have a substantial product portfolio with relatively little differentiation aim for high levels of modularity. Meanwhile smaller companies such as Volvo and Jaguar-Land Rover have a smaller product range but a wider variety in size. For these types of companies developing their own fully modular platforms is not cost-effective for all models as production number would be too small and the range of models too narrow.The process of finding a suitable level of modularity for new platforms is going on throughout the automotive industry. One prevailing trend, however, is that all R&D projects are becoming more modular. The main underlying causes of this are the general consolidation of the industry and the continuously growing number of global vehicle sales. Standardisation and economies of scale are essential for success in the automotive industry, traditionally known for its thin profit margins.There are nevertheless important players in the automotive industry that do not have plans to embrace the modular platform strategy yet. Toyota and Hyundai-Kia, for example, already have a high level of flexibility in its manufacturing method through its use of 'lean production' which incorporates a just-in-time strategy and allows production of different models on the same production line. Furthermore the Japanese and Korean giants have a wide range of models in each size category. These factors mean that these companies can obtain cost effective production with a larger number of differently sized traditional platforms and would have less to gain from developing one resizable modular platform. Despite this, Toyota and Hyundai-Kia are implementing significant standardisation programs in order to obtain the cost savings that other manufacturers obtain through their modular platforms. Why you should buy Global Automotive Modular Platform Sharing Market Analysis 2013-2023 Stay ahead with this comprehensive analysis of the automotive modular platform sharing market prospects- The report comprises 101 pages Get ahead by studying highly quantitative content that delivers solid conclusions benefiting your research and analysis- 85 tables, charts, and graphs quantifying and forecasting the automotive modular platform sharing market View global automotive modular platform sharing market forecasts from 2013-2023 to keep your knowledge one step ahead of the competition- The report provides an analytical overview with detailed sales projections and analysis of the market, the competitors, and the commercial drivers and restraints.- Study global automotive modular platform sharing manufacturer market share forecasts from 2013-2023- Volkswagen Audi Group'- Renault-Nissan- BMW'- Daimler- General Motors- PSA Peugeot Citroen- Volvo Learn about the 7 leading manufacturers with modular platforms and analysis of their strategies and prospects.- Volkswagen Audi Group's MGB platform- Renault-Nissan's CMF platform- BMW's UKL platform- Daimler's MFA & MRA platform- General Motors' DII platform- PSA Peugeot Citroen's EMPII platform- Volvo's SPA platform For each of the 7 companies studied in detail you will receive -- Market share forecasts from 2013-2023 for each of the model types built upon their modular platforms.- Launch dates for each of the model types built upon their modular platforms.- 2012 sales for the models types built upon their modular platforms.- Analysis of drivers and restraints Understand the competitive landscape with profiles of other leading automotive modular platform companies examining their positioning, products, strategies and outlook.- Chrysler- Fiat- Ford- Hyundai-Kia- Honda- Jaguar-Land Rover- Suzuki- Toyota Discover the qualitative analysis informing the automotive modular platform sharing market forecasts- SWOT analysis of competitive factors: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats revealing what drives and restrains the industry and the prospects for established companies and new market entrants.

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Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit Focuses on Economic Parity

Jackson, Sr., founder and president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. "Each time minority consumers purchase vehicles they are creating a socio-economic paradigm with the auto industry that cannot be ignored. Diversity is the foundation of our nation. Auto companies that embrace diversity will reap the economic benefits; those who reject diversity will suffer long term economic consequences." Rev. Jackson will host Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America; and Osamu (Simon) Nagata, president and CEO, Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America at the Business & Education Awards Luncheon. These industry leaders will share the business case of an inclusive cultural environment, as it relates to employment, suppliers, dealers, advertising, marketing and philanthropy in the marketplace. Judge Greg Mathis, chairperson, PUSH Excel and TV personality, will present scholarships to deserving college students. The morning session begins with a thought-provoking panel moderated by award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, entitled, "Assault on Diversity." A Leadership Town Hall Panel Discussion featuring Dr. Julianne Malveux, economist and former president Bennett College for Women; George Fraser, founder and CEO, FraserNet, Inc.; Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president, public Affairs and government relations, The Nielsen Company; and Ted Childs, thought leader and senior management consultant will discuss the impact of diversity in the Black community. They will share the strategic approaches that companies use to eliminate diversity and offer growth solutions with diversity and inclusion as business imperatives. Several minority-owned suppliers were among the hardest hit during the economic recession. Jim Lowry, senior advisor, The Boston Consulting Group, will lead a morning discussion on "Supplier Diversity: The Plan for Growth through Commitment, Innovation and Partnerships," with Grace Lieblein, vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors; Robert Young, vice president, purchasing, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America; Burt Jordan, vice president, global vehicle and powertrain purchasing & advance auto parts coupon supplier diversity, Ford Motor Company; and Jim Wehrman, senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing. These procurement leaders collectively purchase more than $300 billion. The U.S.

and ROHM Co. Ltd. have agreed to collaborate on select, automotive-related activities designed to provide comprehensive solutions for the Japanese and worldwide automotive markets. The collaboration brings together two of the most prominent names in automotive silicon. Freescale has a decades-long track record of delivering innovative semiconductor solutions to many of the worlds top automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers, while ROHM is a leading provider of high-quality peripherals, including discrete components and ASSPs supporting microcontrollers for automotive markets in Japan and worldwide. Freescale and ROHM plan to collaborate in market segments and technologies where the companies products do not compete. "We are pleased to announce one of the first collaborations between Freescale and a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, established for the benefit of the top automakers and tier one OEMs around the world," said David M. Uze, vice president of Freescale Semiconductor Inc., president and representative director of Freescale Semiconductor Korea, Inc., and president of Freescale Semiconductor Japan Ltd. "Bringing together two of the strongest silicon providers in the industry is great news for the Japanese and larger global automotive markets. We look forward to growing our relationship and developing more technology solutions that underscore the individual strengths of these two great companies." The collaboration is expected to include cross-promotional activities, as well as the joint creation of a range of solutions engineered to speed and simplify the development of innovative, high-quality, cost-effective automotive systems. Examples of this collaboration will include: An evaluation board based on Freescales S12 MagniV automotive microcontrollers and leveraging discrete products from ROHM.



 
How To Find Used Car Parts
09.04.13 (2:19 pm)   [edit]

London 'Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts

Specialty salvage yards/repair shops: If you have an older car, a foreign car , or something that's just plain weird , you have to do a little bit of research to find out where all the geeks who like your strange ride are hiding out. Some cars are hopeless, but advance auto parts coupon for a lot of them, there's some weirdo who lives in a remote desert enclave hoarding old cars and parts. I've seen this for old Toyota FJ40s, Volvos, VWs, and here in Boulder, Colo., for Subarus . Though they're getting harder to find, you can also count on a few places to have a pretty good stock of rusting Detroit iron (more and more of those cars are pretty well picked over). The best place to start is Google. A neighbor with a derelict [your car here]: We've all seen them: that guy down the street with a collection of old [your car here]s. Growing up, there was a guy down the street with anywhere from three to four old (non-running) Mustangs in his driveway. My dad had a friend with not one, but four 70s/80s Ford Country Squire estate wagons. There's a guy down the street from me now with at least three mid-80s Subaru wagons.

How To Find Used Car Parts Theyve been just running flat out and making a lot of money. They are looking very, very strong, particularly when compared to the Europeans and the Japanese. U.S. auto sales are on track for the best year since 2007, driven by an aging fleet, low interest rates and competitive lease deals. That success is part of the problem, Ostermann said. A slump in auto sales in Europe , where the economy has contracted for a record six quarters, has left fewer suppliers in shape to acquire companies. Much of the big, post-recession growth in the U.S. has already occurred as the market has rebounded from a 2009 low of 10.4 million vehicles to a seasonally adjusted pace of 15.8 million in July, according to researcher Autodata Corp. Almost There They looked at the market opportunity a few years ago -- 10.6 million to potentially back to 16.5 million and said, Thats a long runway, he said. The fact is, were almost there now. North American auto suppliers are most likely to be the buyers, PwC forecasts.

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A new London skyscraper, known as the walkie talkie has reflected the suns rays onto a parked car, melting parts of it in the process. Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar XJ on Eastcheap in the City of London on Thursday afternoon. Upon returning two hours later, he noticed parts of his car, including the wing mirror and Jaguar badge, had melted. Mr Lindsay, the director of a tiling company, said: "I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, 'what's happening?' "The photographer asked me 'have you seen that car? The owner won't be happy.' "I said: 'I am the owner. Crikey, that's awful.'" "You can't believe something like this would happen," he added. "They've got to do something about it. Related articles Volvo vs Human crash test dummies "It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body. "On the windscreen, there was a note from the construction company saying 'your car's buckled, could you give us a call?'" Fortunately for Mr Lindsay, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf have footed the repair bill, which reached 946. In a joint statement, they said: We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter. "As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected while we investigate the situation further."

NAPA AUTO PARTS, zMAX Dragway Agree to Sponsorship For Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals

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Scoping Classic Cars At Bob's Big Boy In Burbank
09.01.13 (2:06 am)   [edit]

EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters

Traffic on the M6 and tell stories about this cartoony diner that still serves almost 2,000 burgers a day. Back in the '50s, this was the center of the car-crazed universe. Kids from Burroughs brought their roadsters here, they say. The Burbank High kids went to another Bob's in Burbank, up on San Fernando Road. Chris Erskine Crowd surfing on Santa Monica Pier concert night "You can't even get to the sparkplugs on today's cars," says Edley Rondinone, lamenting the decline in teens' passion for cars. After all, kids today assemble motherboards and processors, not carburetors and water pumps. At most high schools, shop class has gone the way of Latin. Teens today don't use their hands, except on each other. And to eat cheeseburgers.

63-plate special: Five of the best city cars and superminis

New reg special: Five of the best city cars and superminis Best alternatives 4. Mini Price: 11,870-23,605 In terms of subjective, heart-over-head appeal, theres little that troubles the Mini in this class. Its stylish both inside and out, and great to drive in town, on the open road and on motorways. The boot may be tiny and youll pay for the premium image but the Minis sheer appeal simply casts those concerns aside. The entry-level First comes in at 11,870, but for that you get the underpowered 75bhp petrol engine. Better to spend a little more on the 122bhp Cooper model, which has enough power to make the most of the brilliant chassis. The Cooper S, meanwhile, is a superb hot hatch, but at 18,185 it is pricey. The diesel engines may be a little unrefined but they do return impressive fuel economy. The more powerful 112bhp unit is preferable to the 90bhp diesel but no less efficient, making it the pick of the pair. The interior looks funky, but some of the plastics sit at odds with the Minis premium image. The standard equipment is fairly generous across the board and the scope for personalisation is vast.

Cars That Don't Get Driven

C7 Air Ride Hitch coupled to trailer gooseneck All cars could be fitted with speed limiters under new EU proposalsPhoto: ALAMY By Claire Carter Comments Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded. Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph. The new measures have been announced by the European Commissions Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year. A Government source told the Mail on Sunday Mr McLoughlin had instructed officials to block the move because they violated motorists freedom. They said: This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels. The Commission wanted his views ahead of plans to publish the proposals this autumn. He made it very clear what those views were. against the Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) scheme is that the UK has a better road safety record than other European countries with 1,754 people dying in road accidents last year compared to 3,657 in Germany. Related Articles

A nibble at the world of competitive eating with a <i>gyoza</i> <a href=advance auto parts coupon contest' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> While I don't personally have a huge collection of cars, the four I do have don't get driven as much as I'd like. Since I am often testing new cars, I rarely have time to drive my own classic Porsche 911 . Even the most exciting modern cars, like the Nissan GTR or the Lotus Evora can't match the feeling of a classic sports car like the Porsche 911. Sports Cars today are really too good. With traction control, smart automatic transmissions, and superb handling and braking, it is really hard to push one of these modern cars to the limit. It is also very hard to pass these limits and lose control. This is great for safety, but not so great for true driving sensation. The Porsche 911 is also tough to push to its limits, but when you succeed, you have a feeling of accomplishment that can't be matched by the modern sports car. Vintage sports cars are also much lighter and more simple in their execution. All in all, it is just a totally different, and quite special feeling to drive a great old sports car.

The Technology For Self-Driving Cars Is Ready — Here's What It Will Take To Get Them On The Road

The issues Nissan and its rivals need to address are legal and insurance-related ones. The Big Hurdles In a video interview , Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer said "what we need now is regulatory changes." Self-driving cars are already legal in California and Nevada , so it's clear legislators are open to the idea. But the fact that they will share the road with human-driven cars presents "a lot of legal issues to iron out," Brauer says. If an autonomous car gets into an accident with one driven by a human, who is to blame? How do you assign fault to a computer program? Do you assume the human screwed up? More importantly, how do you convince Allstate or GEICO to insure a car without a human behind the wheel? Even without human error, accidents will happen. In an interview, Maarten Sierhuis, the director of Nissan's Research Center in Silicon Valley, said autonomous technology "is moving fast and moving forward," but it's not 100% there just yet.



 
Bidders Vie For Former Assets Of Bankrupt Auto Parts Giant Fenco
08.28.13 (1:49 pm)   [edit]

As part of the bid offering, major asset groupings are available to interested parties, Tiger announced. Examples of such groupings include the complete Fenco operation, the wheel-hub business unit, the equity interest in Fenco's FAPCO Maquiladora operation in Mexico, or all inventory of a particular product line. With an at-cost value of $30 million, the finished goods include new and remanufactured aftermarket auto parts, as well as product lines such as steering systems, brake calipers, wheel hubs, brake master cylinders, CV joints, clutches and more. The cores available in the sale have a total at-cost value of $18 million. These include power steering pumps, gears, rack-and-pinion, brake calipers and brackets, master cylinders, clutch kits, masters and slaves, and CV Joints. All cores are sorted, organized and layered in steel bins by part number and will be sold with the bins. With an at-cost value of $12 million, the available raw material includes new imported brackets, semi-loaded and complete calipers, bleeder kits, O-rings, rack-and-pinion seals, tier rods, pump reservoirs, valves, shafts and much more, along with all related packaging. The manufacturing and remanufacturing equipment being sold include grinders, shot blasters, finishing equipment, machine shops, testing equipment and material-handling equipment, along with pallet racking, trailers, and a wide variety of hand and power tools. The accounts receivable are listed at $31 million. In addition, the Fenco and Dynapak Trademarks, along with the parts database and domain names such as Fencoparts.com and Fencotechhelp.com, are available for purchase. On the real estate side, the sale includes a 50,000-sq.-ft.

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Gremlin car parts uncovered in Grand Blanc Township possibly tied to Oakland County child killer case, police say
08.25.13 (1:35 am)   [edit]

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One of the car parts buried was from a blue Gremlin. That type of vehicle was tied to the child killer case. Police aren't sure that the car parts recovered are from the Gremlin that may be tied to the killings, said Lt. Mike Shaw, a public information officer for the MSP. Shaw said police are expected to be investigating the area for much of the afternoon. The known victims of the Oakland County child killer are Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale; Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak; Timothy King, 11, of Birmingham; and 10-year-old Kristine Mihelich of Berkley. Nicknamed at the time as "the babysitter," the killer kept victims alive for a period of time, as well as fed and even bathed them before the slayings took place, according to news reports over the years. Numerous names have been linked to the case, but it was a Bloomfield Township man convicted sex offender Christopher Busch that held the interest of many police investigators, according to press reports on the case since the 1970s. Busch, who was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound between his eyes in 1978, was the son of a wealthy General Motors Co.

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Some of the kids officers are still looking for could be as young as 11-years-old. Obviously no adult supervision -- you see this all the time. It's not just unique to here, said HPD Sgt. W.D. Chapman. Jones is trying to teach his 16-year-old son to do the right thing. He works so he can support him. I do what Im supposed to do. I go to work.

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Continental, Europe's second-largest car parts maker, is reportedly close to a deal with Google and IBM to develop autonomous driving systems. COLOGNE, Germany In what could be a major step forward to the sci-fi world of self-driving cars, German car parts supplier Continental is reportedly close to a deal with Google and IBM to develop autonomous driving systems. our editor recommends STORY:Google Glass Heading to Film School Class Continental, Europe's second largest auto parts maker, already has a pact in place with networks equipment maker Cisco Systems to develop systems for automated and driverless automobiles and on data transfer between cars. Self-driving technology has been a pet project of Google co-founder Sergey Brin for several years now with Google testing its fleet of self-driving cars on California roadways. But Brin has also insisted Google was not interested in building a self-driving car itself, preferring to work with established industry players to co-develop the necessary technology. Hanover-based Continental, which makes everything from tires to brakes and stability control systems for cars and trucks, could be an ideal partner for the Internet giant and push the idea of self-driving cars into the mainstream. PHOTOS: THR & Google's Pre-White House Correspondents Party in DC: Red Carpet Arrivals This could be the kick in the pants driverless cars need to get further into the mainstream consciousness, wrote Brandon Turkus, Associate Editor at car news website Autoblog.com, commenting on the reported deal. The newspaper article speculates that Continental, which has a large in-house team of developers already working on self-driving technology, would deliver the steering systems needed for robot cars. IBM would likely handle backend communication via a high-speed data server crunching real-time road and car information system, with Google delivering navigation, traffic and online tech. Continental declined comment but shares in the publicly-traded firm were up nearly 1.5 percent in early trading Thursday.

This year marks Advances 20th consecutive year of support for JDRF in their efforts toward curing, treating, and preventing type 1 diabetes. In the past 19 years, Advance has raised more than $35 million for JDRF, including over $4.3 million for diabetes research in 2012. Advance and its Team Members are tireless in their efforts to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Our annual JDRF Sneaker Campaign is always an inspiring time of year for our Company because it clearly shows our Teams commitment to serving our community. The $35 million-plus that we have raised over the past 20 years is proof that Service is our best part - not only for our Commercial and DIY customers, but for our communities as well, said Darren Jackson, Chief Executive Officer. This year, our team is asking every customer to buy a pair of sneakers and to do their part. The Companys sneaker sales program, which will be held at more than 4,000 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, begins tomorrow, August 22 and runs through October 5. Customers can purchase paper sneakers that benefit the charity including $1, $5, $25 or $50 sneakers. Advance then displays the customer purchased paper sneakers in the store windows to show support for this worthwhile cause. Proceeds from every sneaker sold go directly to JDRF and help bring the organization one step closer to finding a cure. In addition to the retail Sneaker Campaign, Advance raises additional donations from fundraising events at the Companys distribution centers and Store Support Center.

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Gremlin car parts uncovered in Grand Blanc Township possibly tied to Oakland County child killer case, police say
08.21.13 (1:26 pm)   [edit]

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Police received a tip around 5 p.m. Monday about several car parts that were found during construction of a new home on Del Webb near Baldwin and Vassar roads. One of the car parts buried was from a blue Gremlin. That type of vehicle was tied to the child killer case. Police aren't sure that the car parts recovered are from advance auto parts coupon the Gremlin that may be tied to the killings, said Lt. Mike Shaw, a public information officer for the MSP. Shaw said police are expected to be investigating the area for much of the afternoon. The known victims of the Oakland County child killer are Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale; Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak; Timothy King, 11, of Birmingham; and 10-year-old Kristine Mihelich of Berkley. Nicknamed at the time as "the babysitter," the killer kept victims alive for a period of time, as well as fed and even bathed them before the slayings took place, according to news reports over the years. Numerous names have been linked to the case, but it was a Bloomfield Township man convicted sex offender Christopher Busch that held the interest of many police investigators, according to press reports on the case since the 1970s. Busch, who was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound between his eyes in 1978, was the son of a wealthy General Motors Co.

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(8316) , hired top-ranked Japanese auto parts analyst Kunihiro Matsumoto from UBS AG. (UBSN) SMBC Nikko hired Matsumoto as a senior analyst in late July, Tadataka Ishida, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the brokerage, said in a phone interview today. Matsumoto was rated the No. 1 auto parts analyst in Japan this year by Institutional Investor magazine and a Nikkei Veritas newspaper poll. Sumitomo Mitsui, Japans second-largest bank by market value, is expanding its equity business, seeking more fees and commissions as loan profitability at the nations banks remains the lowest in Asia . The brokerage also hired Hiroaki Funo as an auto parts analyst from UBS last month, Ishida said. The Tokyo-based bank boosted fee and commission income 31 percent to 250.3 billion yen ($2.6 billion) in the quarter ended June 30 from a year earlier, Sumitomo Mitsui said last month. SMBC Nikko contributed to the gain, posting a more than sixfold profit increase as Japanese stock-trading volume surged. Revenue at the unit climbed 82 percent to 110.5 billion yen in the period. To contact the reporter on this story: Takahiko Hyuga in Tokyo at thyuga@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net More News:

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Kevin Byrd and Willie B., the hosts of Two Guys Garage, are talking education and training in new TechTalk by Federated Auto Parts segments. The tech tips are now airing during new Two Guys Garage episodes on Great American Country Network (GAC). We are proud to showcase our TechTalk segments on brand new episodes of Two Guys Garage, said Phil Moore, senior vice president for Federated Auto Parts. These video tips have been very well received by our members, Car Care Centers and their customers. Kevin and Willie B. are very entertaining, as well as informative, when explaining the installation, innovation and value of the parts supplied by our vendors. TechTalk by Federated Auto Parts will be featured on every episode of Two Guys Garage through the end of the year. The segments focus on time-saving installation techniques and problem-solving parts from Federated manufacturing partners. For more information or to find air dates and times, visit www.federatedautoparts.com .

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Advance and its Team Members are tireless in their efforts to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Our annual JDRF Sneaker Campaign is always an inspiring time of year for our Company because it clearly shows our Teams commitment to serving our community. The $35 million-plus that we have raised over the past 20 years is proof that Service is our best part - not only for our Commercial and DIY customers, but for our communities as well, said Darren Jackson, Chief Executive Officer. This year, our team is asking every customer to buy a pair of sneakers and to do their part. The Companys sneaker sales program, which will be held at more than 4,000 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, begins tomorrow, August 22 and runs through October 5. Customers can purchase paper sneakers that benefit the charity including $1, $5, $25 or $50 sneakers. Advance then displays the customer purchased paper sneakers in the store windows to show support for this worthwhile cause. Proceeds from every sneaker sold go directly to JDRF and help bring the organization one step closer to finding a cure. In addition to the retail Sneaker Campaign, Advance raises additional donations from fundraising events at the Companys distribution centers and Store Support Center. About Advance Auto Parts Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.



 
Jaguar recalls 2,929 cars in US for stalling and window issues
08.18.13 (1:09 am)   [edit]

How to build political support for electric cars: Tesla test rides

advance auto parts coupon width='200px' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. In addition to possible stalling, steering and brake assistance could be lost. Jaguar dealers will inspect the hose to make sure it is in the correct position and tight, according to NHTSA. Jaguar also is recalling 1,989 model year 2011-2014 XK convertible cars because the power windows may inadvertently be activated and pinch or injure an arm or finger, according to NHTSA. The switch in the overhead roof console also activates the power operated windows when the convertible roof is opening or closing, according to NHTSA. The switch does not move downward to close the windows, failing to conform to federal safety standards. Jaguar dealers will replace the overhead roof console at no cost, according to NHTSA. A Jaguar spokesman said there was one slow-speed accident related to the hose recall and none related to the window recall. No injuries were reported.

By Cars.com Which cars have the best resale value? Anonymous (Cars.com) Honda took top honors for having the highest residual (or resale) value among mainstream brands in ALG's annual rankings of brands and vehicles for the 2013 model year. The awards are based on ALG's projections of how much of the original suggested retail prices that brands and individual models will retain after three years. Hyundai was second and Scion third among mainstream brands. Acura (Honda's luxury brand) had the highest residuals among premium brands. Infiniti was second and Audi third. ALG (formerly the Automotive Lease Guide) projects residual values primarily for the leasing industry. The main cost of a lease is the difference between the value of a vehicle when it was new and what it is worth at the end of a lease. Residual values are a good predictor of resale value on the used-car market as well. ALG gave awards to individual models in 22 categories.

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Its easy enough to tell people theyre quick, smooth and near-silent, but people are naturally skeptical of something they arent familiar with. That includes politicians, but just like everyone else, it seems like a ride in an electric carspecifically, the Tesla Model Sis enough to convince several decision-makers that electric cars are actually pretty good. New Zealand transport minister Gerry Brownlee is one such politician, whose skepticism for electric vehicles has all but dissolved after a drive in a Model S. According to The New Zealand Herald, Brownlee experienced a Model S Performance in Los Angeles, and came away highly impressed. New Zealand is home to only a handful of electric vehicles right now, but Brownlees Tesla driveplus a ride in Googles driverless car in San Franciscoconvinced him of the importance of regulations encouraging the use of electric vehicles. Its not the first time some seat time in a Model S has had a desired outcome, either. Just the other month, North Carolina overturned a bill to ban Tesla from selling cars direct from the factory in the state. Auto dealers have lobbied for similar bills in other states, saying that all cars should be sold by independent dealers. So why did North Carolina side with Tesla? There could be many reasons, but it wouldnt be surprising to learn that both Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory had both taken test drives in the car, courtesy of Tesla lobbyists. There are plenty of other electric vehicles these politicians could have tested, of coursebut we suspect the Model S is proving quite a persuasive tool for turning the tide on those unconvinced by electric cars.

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Car recipient Lynn Martinez, left, along with the donor of the car Tina Simms, right,  during the Wheels of Success car giveaway.  LUKE JOHNSON/STAFF Eighty percent of recipients have children, according to the nonprofit, and some have been homeless, victims of domestic violence, foster children who have aged out or families in a financial crunch. Brenis Mondesir was thrilled to get a blue Pontiac Sunbird on Saturday. The coupe had a scratch on the hood and some missing paint on the roof, but Mondesir, 20, broke down in tears when she opened the door and sat down. This is my first car, she said. I've been borrowing my sister's car. Now I can go to work, knowing I'll be on time ... oh my God, I'm so happy. The nonprofit was able to distribute the cars even though it is going through a transition. Its main office, formerly located at the Family Justice Center on North Florida Avenue ,is shutting down because the center, an umbrella organization that helps victims of domestic violence, lost its funding this year. But we aren't closing our doors, Jacobs said. Wheels of Success will now operate out of its small car lot on East Hillsborough Avenue and continue to provide services there.



 
Mentor Graphics Announces Program for the 13th Annual Automotive Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF 2013)
08.14.13 (1:01 pm)   [edit]

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Mentor also announced that IESF will continue to be sponsored by IBM and SAE International. New this year is a track dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicle design. On these topics, the keynote will be from Oliver Kuttner, founder and chief executive officer of Edison2, a company involved in the ongoing development of the Very Light Car and winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize. The Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize was a global competition that awarded $10 million to three teams that built cars that achieved at least 100 MPG in real world driving; Edison2 won in the mainstream class. Other speakers at IESF include Angus Lyon, chief engineer, Electric Drive Train, Drayson Racing Technologies, the company that recently set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph; and Adam Fowlkes, electrical engineering manager from Proterra Inc., the leading provider of zero-emission commercial transit solutions. Other topics in the 70 sessions include the following: AUTOSAR - Updates, Challenges and Experiences Robert Rimkus, engineering group manager for Software Architecture, General Motors Vehicle Software and Electrical Management: Process, Methods, Tools and Infrastructure - The Ford Experience Christopher Davey, senior technical leader, Software and Control Systems Engineering, Ford Motor Company Connected and Electrified Vehicle - New Role for Standards Jack Pokrzywa, director, Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE International Integrating a New ECAD System with Service Publications Arnold Taube, principal engineer, Deere & Company Bringing Best-in-Industry Capability to our Engineers to Free Them to Innovate Aaron Shin, senior director of Transition to Production, Raytheon Importance of Systems Engineering for Aston Martin Alan Bennett, chief engineer, Electrical and Electronics, Aston Martin Systems Engineering at the Platform Level Martin O'Brien, general manager, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics Industry Update: Electrical and Electronics 2013 Industry Trends and Observations Paul Hansen, The Hansen Report Strategic Reuse - A Fundamental Approach for Success in E/E Engineering Dr. Ron Felice, solution architect for Real Time and Embedded Systems, IBM Delivering Multi-domain Automotive Electronic Systems with GENIVI, AUTOSAR, and Hypervisor Technology Warren Kurisu, director of product management, Embedded Software Division, Mentor Graphics Is that Your Customer? IBM's Latest Findings from Automotive Executives and 4,000 other C-suite Level Executives Karen Newman, vice president, Americans Automotive Industry, IBM Mentor also announced IESF events in Germany, China, India and Japan. For more information or to register, visit http://www.mentor.com/iesf . About Mentor Graphics Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the worlds most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,090 million.

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The Very Light Car developed by Edison2; Oliver Kuttner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edis ... (DriveTime), a leading used vehicle retailer, plans to announce their consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. The Companys quarterly report on Form 10-Q is posted for reference on the investor page of its website at www.drivetime.com . The 10-Q can also be accessed through the SECs website at www.sec.gov . DriveTime will host a conference call at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, August 19, 2013, following the release of its financial results. Investors and interested parties can access the conference call in the following manners: Teleconference: A telephone conference of the earnings report can be accessed by dialing 1-888-814-4526. In order to join this conference call, you will be required to provide the Reservation Number which is conference ID 32879039. Teleconference Replay: Approximately two hours following the live broadcast, the company will provide a dial-in replay that will continue to be available through September 19, 2013. To listen to the teleconference replay, call 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406.

O’Reilly Automotive Receives Hold Rating from Deutsche Bank (ORLY)

OReilly Automotive has a 52-week low of $78.58 and a 52-week high of $128.45. The stocks 50-day moving average is currently $119.7. The company has a market cap of $13.764 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.64. OReilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 24th. The company reported $1.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $1.71 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.70 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.15 earnings per share. OReilly Automotives revenue was up 9.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that OReilly Automotive will post $5.93 EPS for the current fiscal year. ORLY has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports.

O’Reilly Automotive Given “Overweight” Rating at Barclays Capital (ORLY)

Fundraisers such as the car raffle help provide funds to the Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs to continue to offer a variety of programs. Some of the activities they provide include education and career development, leadership and character development, health and life skills, the arts, sports and fitness as well as a childcare center. These programs offer invaluable skills and information that help children thrive now and well into their adult lives. Permian Automotive Group has been a part of the Hobbs, New Mexico community since 1948. Over the past 65 years, they have sponsored many events that help raise funds for valuable community resources such as the Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs. Their dedication to their community is a reflection of their dedication to their customers and employees. Permian Automotive Group is committed to providing the means to create a bright future for the residents of Hobbs and all of Lea County through their participation in community events and fundraisers. For more information on Permian Automotive Group, please visit their website at PermianAutomotiveGroup.com, call them at 575-393-1711 or visit them in person at 800 N. Turner Street in Hobbs, New Mexico.

DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. To Announce Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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Sioux Falls, SD (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 Carsforsale.com is proud to welcome Bob Baker Automotive to their dealer family. Carsforsale.com offers multiple solutions to define and brand the Carlsbad, CA dealership, with website, inventory, data distribution and online media tools. Bob Baker Automotive is providing the best service to their customers by also launching a mobile version of their Carsforsale.com website. You will be able to view Bob Baker Automotive inventory details on your phone or tablet from anywhere in the world. The new website features large vehicle photos, integrated social media buttons to allow consumers to share vehicles they find with their friends and more behind the scenes features that allow consumers to easily find their inventory. Bob Baker Automotive vehicle inventory will be even easier to find now that it is on Carsforsale.com , which receives millions of auto shoppers a month. Their inventory will also be on their Facebook and YouTube pages, Twitter profile, FreeClassifieds.com vehicle listings and hundreds of other classifieds sites across the internet. We are very excited about beginning this new partnership with Bob Baker Automotive," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "We look forward to enhancing their brand on the Internet and bringing them customers while demonstrating our commitment to customer service. About Bob Baker Automotive: Bob Baker Automotive is located in Carlsbad, CA. About Carsforsale.com: Carsforsale.com created in 1999, is one of the fastest growing and most popular auto classified websites. Carsforsale.com offers a fast and effective way to connect buyers with sellers of used cars.



 
Asbury Automotive Group Announces Amended and Restated $1.1 Billion Senior Credit Facility
08.11.13 (12:52 am)   [edit]

Governor Nixon Discusses Automotive Manufacturing Conference In Michigan

"We are extremely pleased with the continued support from both our banking and manufacturing partners." About Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. ("Asbury"), headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is one of the largest automobile retailers in the U.S. Built through a combination of organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions, Asbury currently operates 79 retail auto stores, encompassing 100 franchises for the sale and servicing of 29 different brands of American, European and Asian automobiles. Asbury offers customers an extensive range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicle sales and related financing and insurance, vehicle maintenance and repair services, replacement parts and service contracts. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact, and may include statements relating to goals, plans, market conditions and projections regarding Asbury's financial position, liquidity, results of operations, market position and dealership portfolio, the benefits of its restructuring program and other initiatives and future business strategy. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market factors, Asbury's relationships with, and the financial and operational stability of, vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers, acts of God or other incidents which may adversely impact supply from vehicle manufacturers and/or present retail sales challenges, risks associated with Asbury's indebtedness (including available borrowing capacity, compliance with its financial covenants and ability to refinance or repay such indebtedness, particularly upcoming maturities, on favorable terms), Asbury's relationships with, and the financial stability of, its lenders and lessors, risks related to competition in the automotive retail and service industries, general economic conditions both nationally and locally, governmental regulations, legislation, adverse results in litigation and other proceedings, and Asbury's ability to execute its IT initiatives and other operational strategies, Asbury's ability to leverage gains from its dealership portfolio, Asbury's ability to capitalize on opportunities to repurchase its debt and equity securities or purchase properties that it currently leases, and Asbury's ability to stay within its targeted range for capital expenditures. There can be no guarantees that Asbury's plans for future operations will be successfully implemented or that they will prove to be commercially successful. These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements are and will be discussed in Asbury's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Copyright/IP Policy Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .

TI Automotive Said to Weigh Sale for up to $1.5 Billion

TI is owned by a group of U.S. and U.K.-based hedge funds, according to two people. The company, which once supplied fuel lines to Ford Motor Co.s Model T, traces its roots to 1919, when it was known as Tube Investments Ltd. in Birmingham, England . TI generated about $3 billion in revenue last year, with more than one-fourth coming from North America , according to spokesman Frank Buscemi. TI, which is registered in Oxford, England, makes fuel tubes, lines and tanks. Buscemi declined to comment on whether TI is pursuing a sale, as did Deutsche Bank spokesman Ari Cohen. JPMorgan spokeswoman Tasha Pelio also declined to comment. Two private-equity firms were approached about the company, said one of the people, who declined to name the investment firms. New York-based KKR & Co.

GreenTech Automotive Under Investigation by SEC and Senate Committee

Markets closed Automotive Safety Group Hosts Technology Fair on Capitol Hill Press Release: Automotive Safety Council Thu, Aug 8, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Print WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Safety Council (ASC) held their latest Technology Fair in the Caucus Room of the U.S. House of Representatives Cannon Office Building. With a theme of "Auto Safety Going Forward: Tomorrow's Technology Today", the goal of the fair was to educate and inform lawmakers and regulators about the important technological developments in the automotive safety industry, which can significantly impact highway fatality rates. Industry experts were on hand to discuss the latest capability, availability, implementation status and test results of seat belts, airbags, rear seat safety, child seat protection, human dummy designs, simulation modeling, rollover protection, collision warning, crash-imminent braking, lane-departure prevention, rear visibility, cross-traffic alert, pedestrian protection and sensing technologies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130328/CL84625LOGO ) The event was supported by Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), both of whom have numerous companies within the automotive industry in their districts. Following a review of the informational display panels at the event, NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland, spoke about the importance of the life-saving technologies presented by the ASC. The event was well-attended and well-received by the many visitors from Congress and their staff members, various federal agencies and other industry organizations. The ASC was founded in 1961 as the American Seat Belt Council to establish uniform production and quality standards for seat belts. With the introduction of airbags, the name was changed to Automotive Occupant Restraints Council (AORC) in 1988 to better represent its diverse membership. The organization became the Automotive Safety Council in 2011, expanding its membership to include suppliers of Active Safety products, including braking and steering systems that, when coupled with advanced sensors, mitigate or prevent accidents. The organization is international in membership and includes manufacturers and suppliers of airbags, airbag components, seat belts, automotive seating and interior safety components, child seats, braking systems, steering systems and electronics. Its mission is to improve highway safety worldwide through the development, production and implementation of the latest automotive safety equipment; prevent accidents; protect occupants and pedestrians in a collision; and notify emergency responders after the collision when necessary.

Automotive Safety Group Hosts Technology Fair on Capitol Hill

"Subaru represents an important relationship for Zep Inc. which began with the acquisition of Amrep and the subsequent formation of Zep Automotive." "We are honored to be recognized for a fourth consecutive year with an award," said Joe Seladi, Group President, Zep Inc. "I would also like to congratulate our team for delivering the high level of service this award signifies," continued Seladi. Zep Automotive manufactures and distributes more than 30 functional fluids and maintenance chemical products to over 600 Subaru dealerships for use in their service centers across the United States. The award was presented by representatives of Subaru of America, Inc. at their Supplier Award Conference in Atlantic City, NJ on May 7, 2013. About Zep Inc. Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2012 net sales of $654 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation ("MRO") market, which together now comprise approximately 61% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep, Zep Commercial, Zep Professional, Enforcer, National Chemical, Selig, Misty, Next Dimension, Petro, i-Chem, TimeMist, TimeWick, MicrobeMax, Country Vet, Konk, Zep/SKILCRAFT, Original Bike Spirits, Armor All, Blue Coral, Black Magic, Rain-X, Niagara National, FC Forward Chemicals, Rexodan, Mykal, and a number of private label brands.

Plastics find major applications in electrical components and interior and exterior furnishings of automobiles. Related Report : Formaldehyde Market http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/formaldehyde-market.html The majority of the application market for automotive plastics is under the purview of these two application segments accounting for almost 70% of the total consumption. Plastics are also used in other parts in automobiles such as power trains, under the hood and chassis. The market for these applications is expected to show growth over the forecast period. Polypropylene (PP) has been the most widely used plastic in automobiles in recent years and is expected to hold sway for the entirety of the forecast period till 2018. Polyurethane (PU), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene (PE) are the other major plastic materials that have been in great demand in automobile manufacturing. Polycarbonate (PC), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyamides (PA) such as nylons and other plastics including polyoxymethylene (POM) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are also in great demand in various automotive applications. Biodegradable plastics are a more environment friendly option to plastics sourced from crude oil and derivatives. After a certain time period these plastics begin their degradation process and are easy to dispose without causing adverse effects on the environment.

Zep Inc.’s Zep Automotive Unit Recognized by Subaru with Supplier Excellence Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

GreenTech announced it would add this sedan to its lineup with production slated to begin later this year. But GreenTechs true salvation is a retrofitted electric sedan built by JAC, a Chinese automaker best known for cloning the Ford F-150, that will be assembled in a new Mississippi factory later this year. It sounds remarkably similar to BG Automotive, a defunct Philadelphia automaker that tried selling shoddy Chinese NEVs while boasting plans for a second, full-speed EV sedan it promised would deliver a 200-mile range and hundreds of new American jobs. To say dead on arrival would have been too kind. GreenTechs problems are far more serious, however. Its under investigation for visa fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission and by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for allegedly conspiring with immigration officials. According to recent emails released by the Senate Committee, GreenTech absolutely received preferential treatment by the Department of Homeland Security for the nations controversial EB-5 visa program, in which wealthy foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in high unemployment areas can be fast-tracked into the country. GreenTech allegedly promised returns for 21 foreign investorsan act illegal in itselfwhile immigration officials placed a fraud or national security hold on all 21 applications, according to the documents. McAuliffe, a Virginia gubernatorial candidate who ran Hillary Clintons 2008 presidential campaign and chaired the Democratic National Committee, has been silent since resigning from GreenTech in December. Hes tied to GreenTechs visa investment firm, Gulf Coast Funds Management, which had its bank statements subpoenaed by the SEC in May. That company is run by Hillary Clintons brother, Anthony Rodham.

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Jay Nixontold automotive industry stakeholders in Traverse City, Mich. today. The Governor was a featured speaker at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, an annual conference of more than 1,000 auto manufacturers, suppliers and other industry leaders. From creating an Automotive Jobs Task Force on my first full day in office to calling the legislature into a special session to pass the advance auto parts coupon Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, my administration has made revitalizing Missouris auto industry a top priority,Gov. Nixonsaid. Today, with significant investments by Ford, General Motors and auto suppliers across the state, these efforts are paying real dividends for Missouri workers and communities. By continuing to balance budgets, hold the line on taxes, and invest in our skilled workforce, I am committed to ensuring Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of American automotive manufacturing. During the conference, Gov. Nixon met with representatives of automotive suppliersthat have a presence in the state including Dana Corporation and Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, which is building a $45 million facility and creating more than 260 jobs in Riverside. The Governor also met with automotive suppliers that are considering expansions in North America including American Axle and Manufacturing, and Grupo Antolin North America. The Governor also met with senior leadership of Ford and General Motors to discuss the status of their significant expansions in Missouri, and prospects for future growth in the automotive sector. Since taking office, Gov. Nixon has made it a top priority of his administration to reenergize the Missouri automotive industry, which had experienced years of steady decline. From 2004 to 2009, automotive industry employment declined by 35 percent. That is why, on his first full day as Governor, Gov. Nixon established the Missouri Automotive JobsTask Force to make recommendations on strategies to attract automotive investment in Missouri. The Governor and his economic development team also travelled to Detroit to meet with automotive industry leaders, including leadership at Ford and General Motors. In the summer of 2010, the Governor called a special session of the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, a package of strategic incentives to attract next-generation automotive manufacturing to the state.



 
Reprieve for car-parts dealers
08.07.13 (12:18 pm)   [edit]

Advance Auto Parts (AAP) Set to Announce Earnings on Thursday

OPPOSITION by MPs has forced the Transport Department to scrap a proposal that would have made the sale of secondhand vehicle parts illegal. The departments chief director for road regulation, John Motsatsing, told MPs: Second-hand, genuine parts can still be utilised in the repair of motor vehicles. Members of parliaments transport portfolio committee said in June that the new amendment would have the unintended consequence of criminalising dealers in second-hand spare parts. At the same meeting of the committee, Motsatsing said the proposal to scrap the sale of second-hand parts had come from the police. We inserted a proviso [that] stipulated that it does not apply to parts of motor vehicles that have been deregistered, he said. The change would allow the sale of second-hand parts from scrapped vehicles, with the exception of vehicles that had been crushed. Also included in the new regulations would be a requirement that vehicles older than 10 years be subjected to a roadworthy test every two years. The DAs Ian advance auto parts coupon Ollis said the change to the proposed amendments was an improvement. It would have caused the closure of second-hand car-parts dealers, and there was no distinction between vehicles that had been stolen and those written off, said Ollis. Top News

breaking news Everything from bumpers to headlights are on hand and clients will find the facility a clean and welcoming place to do business. This is a very green enterprise. When a salvage vehicle is brought in, it is carefully dismantled in shop and all the parts are inventoried. This business is certified through Cars of Wisconsin and the Automotive Recycling Association and great care is taken by employees to ensure that no hazardous materials are exposed to the environment. In fact, the company goes through an inspection by an environmental specialist every year to stay compliant with new laws and technology. Pre-owned parts of every description are sold here including body parts, fenders, headlights, doors and transmissions. The only parts not sold here are catalytic converters. Most of the salvage parts are for vehicles 2000 and newer. In addition, brand new parts are sold here as well. Headlights, radiators, gas tanks and door handles are always stocked and available at Rhinelander Auto Salvage. Pre-owned tires are on hand too.

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was 11 years old. This plays perfectly into the hands of Dorman, which offers a wide range of support for both older models along with the newer models. In the coming years, Dorman will heavily fight for maintaining its high margins. Customer consolidation in the automotive industry causes problems for Dorman. As customers consolidate, they have more negotiating power with Dorman and are sometimes able to get extended payment terms or other benefits. This year, however, has seen a flurry of good news for new car sales, as the growth figures from major American car manufacturers looks encouraging. In its latest product announcement releases, Dorman has shown adaptability by introducing electrical components into its product mix, especially since these are present in the newer cars. This not only allows the parts being offered by Dorman to be perfectly compatible with new cars, but it also encourages customers to buy the more inexpensive electrical components to replace those which are faulty instead of going for the option of replacing the entire assembly. Autozone has reached an exceptional rate of share buybacks and EPS growth by stretching its debt beyond any reasonable limits. If Autozone ignores reality and maintains its current rate of share buybacks, it will likely be risking bankruptcy. However, the companys management currently doesnt show any signs of yielding to reality and hence the worst-scenario is becoming more probable.

Online Used Auto Parts Now for Sale at AutoProsUSA.com

Advance Auto Parts has a 1-year low of $64.36 and a 1-year high of $88.74. The stocks 50-day moving average is currently $82.32. The company has a market cap of $6.088 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.38. A number of research firms have recently commented on AAP. Analysts at Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Advance Auto Parts from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note to investors on Friday, July 26th. They now have a $92.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $82.00. On a related note, analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Advance Auto Parts from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating in a research note to investors on Wednesday, June 26th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a neutral rating on shares of Advance Auto Parts in a research note to investors on Thursday, June 13th. They now have a $86.00 price target on the stock.

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Industry estimates currently reveal that engines and transmissions can easily exceed the cost of used vehicles when purchased at full retail prices. The partners now supplying access to the previously owned auto parts inside the AutoProsUSA.com company database currently discount the prices. "Everyone wants a discount although price drops are hard to find in the secondary industry," the spokesman said. Part of the differences offered by the Auto Pros USA company includes lowered sticker pricing for all inventory that is displayed to buyers online. Price levels are consistently monitored and adjusted to reflect any discounts this company receives. The online parts that are now for sale includes immediate price quotes that are generated through the company constructed quote system. This new system has reduced the call volume required to locate pricing and warranty information before and after purchases are completed. Buyers who prefer to call company specialists and receive information can continue to call 1-888-230-1731. About AutoProsUSA.com The AutoProsUSA.com company promotes its used parts database to consumers in all parts of the United States and Canada.

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Best performance cars: 10 cars with style, speed and a dose of practicality
08.04.13 (12:11 am)   [edit]

More Than 200,000 Flood Damaged Cars Back On U.S. Roads

This one has a scorpion on it! The scorpion is the symbol of Abarth, legendary performance tuner of all things Fiat. This particular example has had its turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine massaged to produce 160 hp and 170 lb-ft. Thats a lot of power for a car that looks like it has the wheelbase of a bar stool. However, the Abarth isnt really fast in a straight line; it takes about seven seconds to reach 60 mph. The fun factor comes from flinging this car into corners , revving the MultiAir like theres no tomorrow, and generally treating the Abarth like its a go-kart for grown-ups. The bonus is you can drive it every day and it actually gets pretty good mileage as a commuter. Ford Mustang Base price: $22,200 (V6); $30,900 (GT) The Mustang is one of the original performance cars, and the formula still sounds good today: rear-wheel drive, powerful engines and classic good looks. For slightly less than most hot hatchbacks, Mustang buyers can get a 3.7-liter V6 with 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque that brings a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Buyers looking for the full muscle car experience can upgrade to the GTs 5.0-liter V8 , which has 420 hp, 390 lb-ft, and a 0 to 60 time of 4.5 seconds. Plus, its a Mustang.

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3) This kid has found a novel way to ride to school This kid has already seen his third birthday, and with his street smarts, he's liable to see at least another three. That he's clinging to the back of a dump truck whizzing down the highway at 100 km/h down a highway shows us something: this is a kid of faith. In his grip. In the reflexes (should they be needed) of the person driving behind him. And in the power of education to transform hard circumstances. Hang in there, kid! * * * * * * Next: A little girl who doesn't need any help with her car seat, thank you very much... 4) This stubborn little girl "leans in," Sheryl Sandberg-style You have to wonder what kind of Mommy-Daddy conversations this toddler has been privy to, that "Worry about yourself" comes so easily to her. Still, he should. There's a car and passengers that need safe passage to a destination, a mortgage that needs paying, and little mouths that need feeding--plus the varied existential and reproductive concerns of a man in his forties.

2013-Honda-Civic-Si-review-side-angle-3 40 west of town, Vail's Classic Cars might be mistaken for just another used-car lot. Walk inside the business, however, and you'll see the difference. Ron Vail doesn't sell cars. He restores them and the restoration often comes with a price tag of more than $60,000. Vail, whose clientele includes some of the Indiana Pacers , is one of the Indianapolis area's best-established pioneers in the high-end restoration industry. It's a line of work that's drawing interest and money from an increasingly wide and well-heeled population. "An industry that has its roots in motor sports in recent years has become increasingly mainstream," said Peter MacGillivray , a spokesman for the California-based Specialty Equipment Market Association . "It's part of the fashion industry. It's part of the music industry.

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Consumers need to look out for flooded cars no matter where they live. They're a serious danger to anyone who unknowingly buys one." Floodwater, especially salt water like from Superstorm Sandy, rots and corrodes vehicles from the inside out. Carfax recently recovered a Hurricane Sandy flood car to analyze the extensive internal water damage as well as demonstrate how easily cars can be made to appear safe and reliable on the outside. "Flood cars are a volatile mixture of water, metal and electricity," continued Gamache. "Once a car is ravaged by water, the mechanical, electrical or safety systems can fail at any time. There's also the health risk, as mold and bacteria permeate the vents and soft parts of the interior. Know what you're putting you and your family into before laying down your hard-earned money. Start with a Carfax Vehicle History Report and thorough inspection by a trusted http://www.automotivepartscouponpromo.com mechanic." Historically, about half of the cars damaged by floods get resold, some to unsuspecting buyers. As a service to consumers, Carfax lets you check for flood damage free of charge at flood.carfax.com .



 
States take the wheel on driverless cars
07.31.13 (12:03 pm)   [edit]

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While most of the bills died in committees, Michigan's bill is likely to pass by the end of the year with support from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, a former tech titan who advocated for the new car technology. "(California, Nevada and Florida) are ahead of us, and aren't we the automotive capitol of the world?" Snyder said earlier this year. "So, I think we should be stepping it up here and make sure we are on the forefront of advances [in] vehicles and opportunity." Legislation is just the beginning. These laws authorize companies to test their vehicles on private roads, then public roads. After that, the states and the U.S. Department of Transportation must write rules to allow an average car owner to operate a driverless car when it becomes commercially available. That could be as soon as 2017, predicted Google's co-founder Sergey Brin at California's bill-signing last year. While Google is not focused on expanding legislation state by state, the company is committed to working on the California regulatory process, which will be completed by the end of 2015, according to a Google spokesperson. The company is also working to lower the price tag of its autonomous driving system, which currently costs about $150,000.

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121109074108-bra12-google-driverless-car-monster Often referred to as immobilizers, such chips use a secret algorithm to ensure that a car can only be started with the right key, and theyve been a mandatory in all new vehicles sold in Britain over the past 15 years. Crucially, the researchers planned to reveal how they were able to reverse-engineer the algorithm and publish a copy of it in their paper. Volkswagen said that publishing the formula would be highly damaging and facilitate theft of cars, according to a ruling handed down last month by High Court Justice Colin Birss. The judge said that millions of Volkswagen vehicles were issued with the chip, including high-end cars such as Porsches, Audis, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis. The researchers countered that Volkswagens claim that the paper would be a boon to car thieves was overblown, that they had warned the chips manufacturer about the vulnerability six months ago, and that a gag order would interfere with their legitimate academic work. Birss said he sympathized with the researchers rights, but that he had to weigh them against public safety. I recognize the high value of academic free speech, but there is another high value, the security of millions of Volkswagen cars, he said. Its not yet clear if the case will go to trial. The University of Birmingham declined further comment Tuesday. Volkswagen also declined comment, citing ongoing proceedings.

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This might mean imagining it primarily as a digital space, rather than solely a transportation device. Here's how: Integrating the hardware with the software Car makers have struggled to move beyond the idea that consumers want a smartphone experience within the car, but this view has made digital experiences in the car, like touch screen dashboards, appear clunky, Frankenstein additions to an analog design that has been honed over the decades.Manufacturers could learn from other industries that have run up against similar problems. Smart TV users have grown very frustrated with an overly complicated application grid that mirrors the interface of their smartphone. When they're trying to relax, they don't want to go through several screens before being able to enjoy a show.Within a truly connected car, users will want seamless integration, without having to think too much about it. They will still desire the ability to physically touch and maneuver knobs and dials, rather than being distracted by a complex digital dashboard. After all, they must focus on the primary experience: driving. Currently, these digital experiences are plugged into an existing design of the car, almost as accessories. Imagine if smartphone creators focused on the hardware over the software, putting all energies into the casing.To create a truly great connected car, these features must take precedent in a holistic interactive system with the hardware of the car designed around the "software." When navigation meets recommendation If we were to design from the inside out, putting service design at the heart of car production, we could create better, more integrated solutions that adapt to people's needs. A crucial component of the connected car is smart navigation. One of the top three global players in route finding and smart mapping is Nokia ( advance auto parts coupon NOK ) Here. Not only does the company provide mapping platforms for key tech players, like Amazon's ( AMZN ) Kindle Fire, Facebook ( FB ), and Microsoft's ( MSFT ) Bing Maps, they're behind the majority of in-car navigation systems.

US not into electric cars, but feds gave company $100M for charging stations, watchdog says

While President Obama pledges to get 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, a new report by the Department of Energys inspector general found that Americans aversion to electric vehicles and loose department supervision led to stalling the charging network which cost taxpayers more than $135 million. The report noted the project was filled with problems from the beginning, and said taxpayer-funded grants to San Francisco-based ECOtality for it were very generous and involved little risk by the company. The lack of analysis by the Department or ECOtality prevented us from determining whether the reasoning behind these changes was sound and in the best interest of U.S. taxpayers. - Inspector General's report ECOtality, which recently named Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff for ex-Energy Secretary Steven Chu, to its board, won a $99.8 million award in 2009 to install nearly 15,000 electric vehicle chargers throughout the country. The company and its subsidiaries also received about $35 million from the departments Vehicle Technologies Program from 2005 to 2011, for two multiyear projects to evaluate and test specific vehicles. According to the Inspector Generals report, ECOtality was required to kick in a minimum of 20 percent of cost sharing under the $35 million in grants, and under the $100 million award, it was to match the taxpayer subsidy. But the DOE allowed ECOtality to use monthly costs of car owners and other expenses it did not directly incur to leverage the federal funds. That meant the company took on little risk in return for its subsidies, the report said. Although there is no clear legislative history on the meaning behind requiring recipients to provide cost-share, the concept is generally understood to mitigate risk, help leverage federal investments, and ensure that recipients have some skin in the game in these kinds of transactions, the IG report said. ECOtality planned a full rollout of charging stations in five major metro areas to address one of the biggest problems facing the market for electric cars range anxiety, or fear that owners wont be able to easily charge them. The goal, according to the report, was for government to stimulate the installation of so many chargers at commercial and residential locations, that places to re-power cars would be nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations.

Contenders had to be equipped with equipment like automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a power driver's seat and a rearview camera. Taking into account these features and the five-year estimated fuel cost, Cars.com compiled a list of 10 midsize sedans, ranked from most to least affordable, with the Kia Optima taking the top spot. "The Optima topped the list because of its combination of great features, low price and impressive estimated five-year fuel cost," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's Editor-in-Chief. "With an estimated $9,750 in fuel cost over five years, the Optima topped out at just $32,975, which is more than $3,000 lower than the average midsize sedan for the same period of time." Model & Trim Level $10,500 $36,290 "The midsize sedan remains one of the most popular segments in the U.S.," said Olsen. "They serve as great cars for families, commuters, road trippers and more. Because of this, carmakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options, but with differing content that can make it hard for shoppers to compare apples to apples. That's why we've put this list together, so that shoppers can understand where the most value is before they head to their dealer." To read expert and consumer reviews of all midsize sedans as well as hundreds of other cars, visit www.Cars.com/research . To learn more about the most affordable midsize sedans, visit blogs.cars.com. ABOUT CARS.COM Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other tools. Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.

Security flaws in millions of Volkswagen cars stopped from being revealed after UK injunction

Gold mine workers walk to their shelter during a sandstorm in Al-Ibedia locality at River Nile State, July 30, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah (Sudan - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT COMMODITIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) There is pent-up demand because the 2008 recession spooked so many drivers into holding on to an aging ride for a little while longer. Roughly 100 million cars in the U.S. are between seven and 12 years old, the sweet spot for high-maintenance repairs, according to Bloomberg analyst Kevin Tynan. At the pace Americans were buying cars last month, dealers can sell the current backlog in 61 days, which Tynan calls a manageable number. In January, supply was at 75 days. But August isnt the best time for dealerships to be full, as most 2014 models will be rolled out in September. Some carmakers are flirting with a potential glut. General Motors ( GM ), for example, has enough Cadillacs finished to meet demand for more than four months. It also has 85 days worth of Buicks ready to roll. (At the other end of the spectrum, Toyota and Subaru ( 9778:JP ) are running leancurrent U.S. inventories for both companies should be gone in less than 60 days.) Looking for a deal on a vehicle in the next month or two?

Industry fights safety retrofit of older rail cars

The Associated Press reported in September that the DOT-111 tank car has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of the design flaw. The AP had reviewed 20 years of federal rail accident data involving DOT-111 cars used to haul ethanol and found that the cars had been breached in at least 40 serious accidents since 2000. In the previous decade, there were just two breaches. Fatal decision: Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is urging the Obama administration to phase-out DOT-111 tank cars or require freight rail carriers to retrofit them to prevent potential explosions or spills. While freight rail should not be demonized, increased traffic of rail cars carrying crude oil warrants increased safety measures, and that begins with putting the safest, most up-to-date tank cars on the tracks, Schumer said at a news conference last week in Albany, N.Y. Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree of Maine said the government should conduct a wide-ranging safety review as transportation of oil by train increases. The train that derailed in Quebec was scheduled to cross Maine on its way to a refinery in St.



 
An Auto Recovery Is Good for These Auto Parts Suppliers
07.27.13 (11:51 pm)   [edit]

Auto-Parts Executives Plead Guilty in Price-Rigging Probe

One area in particular where they are spending is the auto sector. Many consumers held off from purchasing during the financial crisis and have now started trading in their old cars for new ones. The Big 3 auto companies have seen sales pick up and their fortunes turnaround. For me, I always like to dig in and see who benefits besides the obvious names. In this rebound, the group to focus on is the auto parts suppliers. The auto parts supply giant Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI ) is a global auto parts supplier operating in more than 150 countries with over 168,000 employees. The company makes lead-acid batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. The biggest imprint that Johnson Control has on the automotive sector, though, is in car interiors. The company provides all aspects of a car interior including overhead systems, floor consoles, door systems, instrument advance auto parts promo codes panels and seating configurations. Besides the automotive sector, Johnson Controls also provides heating and cooling systems for buildings.

( F ), Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.TO, TM) and others. With Tuesday's plea deal, Diamond Electric becomes the 10th company that has agreed to plead guilty in the Justice Department's antitrust investigation in the auto-parts sector. Prosecutors said the company will cooperate in the ongoing probe. Diamond Electric didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The department said Diamond Electric officials met with other company officials in remote locations to coordinate price quotes and allocate parts supplies to auto makers. Participants in the cartel took steps to make sure that each company stuck with the agreements, the department said. Prosecutors didn't specify which Ford and Toyota car models might have been affected. Neither Ford nor Toyota immediately responded to requests for comment. The Justice Department's auto-parts probe has focused on price-fixing in a wide array of products, from instrument panels to air bags and steering wheels.

Meridian racer runs away with NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125

But there was no catching Cristiani. He led the field by a half-lap at one point in the race and lapped every car on the track except the top five. He nearly caught fifth-place Newhouse, though. Reigning series champion Bruce Quale , another Twin Falls driver, finished third. It was a good car tonight, Quale said. This is such a fun place. I wish you guys would have us back more often. I love it here. The race started ominously with Fenton, Quale and Gomez wrecking in Turn 2 on Lap 9. Seven laps later, Gomez was involved in a second crash in Turn 2 that also collected local drivers Dennis Wurtz II (Kuna, Idaho), Tyler Bailey (Middleton, Idaho) and Dave Thomasson (Meridian).

In auto parts industry probe, Panasonic and subsidiary to pay $56.5M

Paul , Minnesota-based company said today in a statement. The average estimate was $1.70, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 3M said a lower tax rate added 6 cents a share to earnings, and its operating profit margin fell. The company, which generated only 35 percent of its revenue in the U.S. last year, has found growth in Latin America for health-care products and in its home market for auto goods. 3M has struggled to boost sales and profit amid a recession in Europe and a slowdown in Chinas economic expansion. This second-quarter report should bolster the perception of 3M as a company that can execute consistently in the current highly variable global economic environment, Nick Heymann , a New York-based analyst at William Blair & Co., wrote in a note. He has a market perform rating on 3M. Sales rose 2.9 percent to $7.75 billion, trailing the $7.77 billion average analyst estimate. Revenue fell 3.2 percent in the Electronics and Energy unit, rose 4.6 percent for Health Care and climbed 6.6 percent for Industrial, 3M said. We continue to grow our sales, profits and free cash flow in the face of a continued slow-growth economy and a strong U.S.

3M Profit Tops Estimates on Health, Auto-Parts Demand

and a subsidiary, SANYO Electric Co. Ltd., have agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy involving auto parts and battery cells and to pay $56.5 million in criminal fines. Panasonics guilty plea involves prices for auto parts sold to Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Mazda Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. in the U.S. and elsewhere. Separately, SANYO and another company, LG Chem Ltd., agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices of lithium ion batteries sold for notebook computer battery packs.

SORL Auto Parts Announces New Independent Registered Accounting Firm

In China, MaloneBailey employs more than 20 accountants and auditors who possess the necessary language, technical, and cultural expertise to provide services in accounting, tax and audits in China and the United States. The professionals employed by MaloneBailey in China are educated and trained in the United States and are familiar with the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and U.S. Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). MaloneBailey's China offices are located in Beijing and Shenzhen. Additionally, as a member of Nexia International, a worldwide network of independent, high quality accounting and consulting firms with 590 offices in over 100 countries, MaloneBailey collaborates with its Nexia business partners to provide high-quality services incorporating MaloneBailey's expertise in local regulations, customs and culture. A Ms. Jinrui Yu, SORL's Chief Operating Officer, commented, "MaloneBailey's professionals and its well-knownAexperience in China as well as its focus on manufacturing and technology industries, make it well qualified to become our principal independent registered accounting firm." A About SORL Auto Parts, Inc. As a global tier one supplier of brake and control systems to the commercial vehicle industry, SORL Auto Parts, Inc. is the market leader for commercial vehicles brake systems, such as trucks and buses in China.



 
Automotive tech a la carte: Upgrade your ride with these technology add-ons
07.26.13 (5:37 am)   [edit]

Penske Automotive Group Inc.: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis

Sure, the name sounds like an action flick from the 80s featuring a mustachioed hero delivering roundhouse kicks to the face of any bad guy that dares stand in the way of his quest for justice, but its not. The XRS is a 14-band digital radar/laser detector that will help ensure your car doesnt end up getting impounded. It features a full 360-degree laser detection radius, an IntelliMute system that can automatically shut itself down, rendering it virtually undetectable by counter radar detectors, and a voice alert system that shouts out upcoming radar traps. Adding a radar detector to your arsenal of tech is a must. Because lets face it, the only thing better than breaking the rules is not getting caught. Drive safe. GPS So youre ride doesnt have a fancy-shmancy navigation system? Well thats a shame. No need to panic, though or break the bank adding one. While more and more cars are packing in nav systems, they often come at a price a high price. So if youre looking to beef up the tech in your set of wheels and avoid getting lost in the process, why not opt for a good ol portable GPS like Garmins Nuvi 3590 LMT ($290).

Group 1 Automotive Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

(Click to enlarge) Looking to the Future Extensive research has provided a preponderance of conclusive evidence that future long-term returns are a function of two critical determinants: 1. The rate of change (growth rate) of the company's earnings 2. The price or valuation you pay to buy those earnings Forecasting future earnings growth, bought at sound valuations, is the key to safe, sound and profitable performance. The Estimated Earnings and Return Calculator Tool is a simple yet powerful resource that empowers the user to calculate and run various investing scenarios that generate precise rate of return potentialities. Thinking the investment through to its logical conclusion is an important component towards making sound and prudent commonsense investing decisions. The consensus of 12 leading analysts reporting to Capital IQ forecast Penske Automotive Group Inc's long-term earnings growth at 14.7%. Penske Automotive Group Inc. has medium long-term debt at 40% of capital. Penske Automotive Group Inc. is currently trading at a P/E of 13.6, which is inside the value corridor (defined by the five orange lines) of a maximum P/E of 18. If the earnings materialize as forecast, based upon forecasted earnings growth of 14.7%, Penske Automotive Group Inc's share price would $73.86 at the end of 2018 (brown circle on EYE Chart), which would represent a 17.4% annual rate of total return which includes dividends paid (yellow highlighting).

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Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew significantly. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, net margins increased. Revenue details Group 1 Automotive logged revenue of $2.34 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $2.24 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.90 billion. Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Asbury Automotive Group Announces Record Quarterly Financial Results

In addition, the company optimized order processing and production logistics with Infor LN Automotive, thus equipping them for the years to come. The ERP solution covers the typical automotive processes and EDI requirements of OEMs in the standard settings. Infor ION facilitates the integration of interface systems of both Infor as well as third-parties through the exchange of XML documents. This new software package is complemented by the Business Intelligence solution Infor BI. With the use of the new solutions Kauth is going to harmonize its IT landscape and will be enabled to reflect, accelerate and expedite more and more complex processes. For Kauth, project-based business is important - such as with tubes that are already equipped at production in the two plants in Denkingen with the desired tapping units. Therefore careful project management is important, as tools need to be made or bought specifically for each production. For a long time Kauth managed its processes with Infor XPPS, an ERP system from the Infor portfolio designed for the IBM AS/400 platform. 'We got along well with Infor XPPS.

Black-Box-and-Camera The key vendors dominating this space include Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Denso Corp., Valeo SA, and Visteon Corp. The other vendors mentioned in this report are Calsonic Kansei Corp., Delphi Automotive plc, Modine Manufacturing Co., Radiadores Ordonez SA, Setrab AB, and Spectra Premium Industries Inc. Key questions answered in this report: What will the market size be in 2016 and what will be the growth rate? What are key market trends? What is driving this market? What are the challenges to market growth? Who are the key vendors in this market space? What are the market opportunities and threats faced by key vendors?

Automotive Supplier Kauth Relies on Solution by Infor

Image Caption 3M saw a 15% increase in sales from 2010 to 2013 in this automotive segment. 3Ms other segments also performed well while projecting EPS growth of between 9% and 11% annually through acquisition, organic growth and share repurchases. 3M expects to see weakness in its consumer electronics and renewable energy segments through 2013 while maintaining strong R&D investment, to capitalize on a market turnaround. 3M has a history of success. Its gross margins of 47.6% and pays out a modest 37.4% of its earnings to support a 2.3% dividend yield. 3M has paid over $14 billion in dividends to shareholders over the past decade. The company raised its dividend from $2.04 in 2009 to $2.54 in 2013, and is aiming for a 40% dividend payout ratio over the long term. In addition to a generous dividend policy, 3M has authorized a $7.5 billion buyback program with the option to double it to $15 billion by 2017. These share repurchases will add 1% to 2% to EPS growth annually. Foolish bottom line Automotive companies are typically boom and bust depending on the consumer spending cycles, and general health of the economy.

The Automotive Industry is Rising All Boats

( ABG ), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., today reported adjusted income from continuing operations for the second quarter 2013 of $30.4 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, versus income from continuing operations in the second quarter 2012 of $20.9 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, a 48% increase per diluted share. Adjusted net income from continuing operations for the second quarter 2013 excludes real estate-related charges, primarily resulting from the purchase of two previously leased properties, of $3.2 million, after tax, or $0.11 per diluted share. There were no adjustments in the second quarter 2012. Net income for the second quarter 2013 was $27.0 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, compared to $21.1 million, or $0.67 per diluted share in the prior year period. See attached reconciliation for reported adjustments. Second Quarter 2013 Highlights (compared to the prior year period): Total revenues increased 16% to $1.3 billion New vehicle retail revenues up 15%; gross profit up 6% Used vehicle retail revenues up 25%; gross profit up 20% Finance and insurance revenues up 27% Parts and service gross profit up 14% Total gross profit up 16% with increases from all business lines SG&A expense as a percent of gross profit improved 270 basis points to 69.5% Closed on the acquisition of three new vehicle franchises in the Atlanta market (Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota) on July 22; approximately $115 million of annualized revenues Spent $14 million to purchase two previously leased properties; $1.5 million of annualized rent savings Repurchased $4.8 million shares, on pace with the annual goal of $25 to $30 million "Asbury is pleased to once again announce record quarterly results," said Craig Monaghan, Asbury's President and Chief advance auto parts coupons Executive Officer. "As the automotive market continues to recover, our associates are demonstrating continued success in maximizing sales and service opportunities while maintaining disciplined expense control." Asbury's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, MichaelKearney, added,"Our teams continue to execute focused strategies across all business lines. They have proven that, with the right strategies, processes, and resources, we can continue to take advantage of opportunities in our used vehicle retail sales, F&I, and parts and service operations. We ask a lot from our teams and they continue to deliver." For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported adjusted income from continuing operations of $54.3 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $38.1 million, or $1.21 per diluted share in the prior year period. The Company's revenues for the 2013 period totaled $2.6 billion, an increase of 15% compared to $2.2 billion in the prior year period. Net income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 was $59.5 million, or $1.91 per diluted share compared to $38.7 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, for the prior year period. See attached reconciliation for reported adjustments. Asbury will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter results this morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be simulcast live on the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://www.asburyauto.com . In addition, a live audio of the call will be accessible to the public by calling (888) 428-9490 (domestic), or (719) 325-2458 (international); passcode - 5623667. Callers should dial in approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. About Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. ("Asbury"), headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is one of the largest automobile retailers in the U.S. Built through a combination of organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions, Asbury currently operates 79 retail auto stores, encompassing 100 franchises for the sale and servicing of 29 different brands of American, European and Asian automobiles. Asbury offers customers an extensive range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicle sales and related financing and insurance, vehicle maintenance and repair services, replacement parts and service contracts. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact, and may include statements relating to goals, plans, market conditions and projections regarding Asbury's financial position, liquidity, results of operations, market position and dealership portfolio, the benefits of its restructuring program and other initiatives and future business strategy. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market factors, Asbury's relationships with, and the financial and operational stability of, vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers, acts of God or other incidents which may adversely impact supply from vehicle manufacturers and/or present retail sales challenges, risks associated with Asbury's indebtedness (including available borrowing capacity, compliance with its financial covenants and ability to refinance or repay such indebtedness, particularly upcoming maturities, on favorable terms), Asbury's relationships with, and the financial stability of, its lenders and lessors, risks related to competition in the automotive retail and service industries, general economic conditions both nationally and locally, governmental regulations, legislation, adverse results in litigation and other proceedings, and Asbury's ability to execute its IT initiatives and other operational strategies, Asbury's ability to leverage gains from its dealership portfolio, Asbury's ability to capitalize on opportunities to repurchase its debt and equity securities or purchase properties that it currently leases, and Asbury's ability to stay within its targeted range for capital expenditures. There can be no guarantees that Asbury's plans for future operations will be successfully implemented or that they will prove to be commercially successful. These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements are and will be discussed in Asbury's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



 
Which Auto Parts Supplier Can Make Your Rich?
07.24.13 (11:24 am)   [edit]

Salvage Yards in Charlotte, NC Now Discounting Consumer Auto Parts Online Through Auto Pros USA

Advance Auto Parts, an auto parts and accessories retailer, runs its business primarily in the Northeastern, Southeastern and Midwestern States. The company is one of the key players in the auto parts industry and has achieved the highest level of the inventory available per store ($600k / store) in this industry. Their core advantage is an availability of any auto parts and accessories on sale in every store. That makes every customer feel finally satisfied. Tracking financials Dorman shareholders have experienced a 1,130% share price appreciation over the past 5 years. This is a phenomenal growth rate entirely due to the company's intrinsic strategy and performance. Furthermore, in Q1 2013 the company reported a sales increase of 15% to $154.4 million, while also increasing its operating margin from 18.1% to 19.4%. While Q1 2013 earnings were promising, further evidence of Dormans ability to continuously perform can be seen by its continuously progressive EPS over the last 10 years. The most alarming sign for AutoZone is that their current liabilities are much higher than current assets. The company should allocate 70% of its 2013 net income to serve its current liabilities and thereby only $300 mil will be available advance auto parts coupon for share repurchases (enough to obtain only 3% of its shares this year).

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing filed a lawsuit before a Detroit federal court on Tuesday charging Fujikura Ltd., a supplier of auto-parts, for price-fixing. According to Ford, the Japanese company and other auto-parts suppliers have agreed on a fixed price on cable harnesses to Ford. The lawsuit is the latest of the cases that the United States Department of Justice has encountered concerning companies allegedly selling auto-parts at fixed high prices. According to Ford, Fujikura has conspired with other companies to keep cable harness prices high to avoid competition. Ford claims that from January 2000 until February 2010, more than $10 billion were spent on wire harnesses. The car company now demands damage compensation threefold the amount spent on Fujikuras electric transmitters. Besides Fujikura, Ford has also charged Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co Ltd., another Japanese company that also sells car-parts to Ford. According to the American car-maker, Diamond is selling ignition coils at unreasonably high prices. The US DOJ announced on Tuesday that Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has become the tenth auto-parts company to plead guilty to charges of price-fixing and agreed to pay a $19 million fine.

Parts Geek, a Leading Auto Parts Retailer, Surpasses 8,000 Facebook Likes

The AutoProsUSA.com company is now featuring salvage yards in Charlotte, NC now discounting consumer parts at http://autoprosusa.com/used-auto-parts-charlotte-nc . These parts discounts are possible due to the number of yards joining the salvage resource center launched in 2013 by the Auto Pros company. All 48 continental states in the U.S. are represented by dealers inside this new resource used by consumers. Both NC and SC yards are inside our network of auto parts supply companies, said an agent for the AutoProsUSA.com company. Some of the largest salvage partner companies in the auto industry are located in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Illinois. The published discounts that can be found when consumers use the company database tools are supplied daily by all partner businesses. Company support specialists update this data multiple times daily for consumer accuracy when searches are conducted. The Charlotte yards announcement is expected to open up purchasing opportunities for some buyers without a trusted parts company to find vintage and recently created parts for sale.

In addition, they also wanted to reassure their customers that they were doing everything in their power to get them what they needed as soon as possible. Aside from announcements, the professionals from Parts Geek have also integrated a aWelcome COUPON!a tab on their Facebook page. On this tab, fans of their Facebook page who want to place an order will be able to save $3.00 on orders over $200.00 upon entering the coupon code aFB30FF2a at the first page of checkout on their website. To make their Facebook page more engaging, they have also integrated a tab where people can aName That Car Part.a One of the aquestionsa a user might be asked is to identify a car part that they have a picture of, and pick what part that is. Last but not least, a number of fans and customers have used Parts Geekas Facebook page as a way to leave reviews on the business in addition to the reviews that have already been submitted on their website. As a company that is in the business of providing complete customer satisfaction, it is no surprise that Parts Geek has surpassed 8,000 Facebook Likes. With 8,000 Likes already accounted for, Parts Geek looks to gain more and more aLikesa by utilizing their Facebook page and other social media networking sites as much as possible. Those who are interested in hearing more about Parts Geek can either visit their website or official Facebook page for more information. About Parts Geek: At Parts Geek, they offer the best and most competitive prices on imported and domestic car parts. They also offer automobile accessories, and many of their items ship fastaall from warehouses scattered throughout the US. Customers can pick from thousandsaif not millions, of new automotive parts, refurbished/rebuilt parts, and more from reliable and certified manufacturers.



 
TOM'S CORNER: Beware the auto parts jungle!
07.22.13 (5:17 pm)   [edit]

Auto Parts Stocks: 2 to Buy, 2 to Sell

Will Ashworth Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV. "America's Car Show" with Tom Torbjornsen airs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV. http://www.automotivepartscouponpromo.com Seasonal Content Opinion CERETTO: 2013 legislative session: Much to like for WNY -- but work still to be done Western New York faced a lot of challenges heading into the New Year. Before I went to Albany for this year's legislative session, I asked myself what can be done to improve the quality of life for all residents of Western New York? Now that this year's session is over, I can look back and say that we took some positive steps. We passed the third consecutive on-time budget in my three years in the Assembly and kept taxes at their lowest rate in 60 years.

NIA Ceretto mug 072213 IEP is a buy. Buy: Wabco Holdings For those unfamiliar with Wabco Holdings( WBC ), its history is intertwined with Wabtec Corp. ( WAB ). Both are successor companies of George Westinghouse, the great American inventor, and bothstocks have performed exceptionally better than the S&P 500 over the last five years. Wabtec focuses on railcars, subways and buses while Wabco specializes in commercial vehicles. Personally, I preferWabco because its an incredibly efficient business. Despite a 10% decline in global commercial vehicle production in the first three months of the year, Wabco managed to hold its decline to less than 1%. Plus, the company still upped its full-year 2013 guidance for revenue and earnings. Heck, the high end of its new EPS range would make for 9% year-over-year growth, which is superb for the struggling commercial truck business.

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According to Ford, the Japanese company and other auto-parts suppliers have agreed on a fixed price on cable harnesses to Ford. The lawsuit is the latest of the cases that the United States Department of Justice has encountered concerning companies allegedly selling auto-parts at fixed high prices. According to Ford, Fujikura has conspired with other companies to keep cable harness prices high to avoid competition. Ford claims that from January 2000 until February 2010, more than $10 billion were spent on wire harnesses. The car company now demands damage compensation threefold the amount spent on Fujikuras electric transmitters. Besides Fujikura, Ford has also charged Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co Ltd., another Japanese company that also sells car-parts to Ford. According to the American car-maker, Diamond is selling ignition coils at unreasonably high prices. The US DOJ announced on Tuesday that Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has become the tenth auto-parts company to plead guilty to charges of price-fixing and agreed to pay a $19 million fine. Since 2010, the United States Department of Justice has been investigating auto-parts companies for fixing prices of their products.

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing EXCLUSIVE-GM planning strict diet for new pickup trucks -sources Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:50 PM ET DETROIT, July 18- General Motors Co is preparing to put its full-size pickup trucks on a severe diet to meet future U.S. fuel economy standards and stay competitive with rival Ford Motor Co, according to several people familiar with its plans. UPDATE 2-Johnson Controls profit up, to sell electronics unit Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 9:14 AM ET DETROIT, July 18- Johnson Controls Inc posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and said it would sell part of its auto electronics business for about $700 million, sending its shares up 3.1 percent in premarket trading. UPDATE 1-Johnson Controls profit up, to sell part of electronics business Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 8:13 AM ET DETROIT, July 18- Johnson Controls Inc posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and said it would sell part of its auto electronics business for about $700 million. Johnson Controls said it expects to announce the sale of the rest of the electronics business before its next earnings report. Ford sues Japanese parts maker on claims of price-fixing Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | 7:39 PM ET July 17- Ford Motor Co has sued Japanese auto-parts supplier Fujikura Ltd, claiming a conspiracy to fix the prices of electrical systems used in vehicles, the latest civil lawsuit filed in the wake of a related criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Nissan goes on a cheap-car push in India Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | 2:17 AM ET Nissan Motor takes the veil off the first car in its resurrected Datsun brand in New Delhi on Monday, part of a foray by the Japanese auto maker into cheap cars for emerging markets. Nissan to unveil Datsun in India in cheap-car push Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 11:03 PM ET With the Datsun hatchback and other Datsun models to follow over the next three years- one of which could be priced as low as $4,000 if Nissan can meet its aggressive manufacturing cost objectives- Nissan is treading ever so closer to the ultra-low-cost car market. UPDATE 1-EU fines Yazaki, other car parts suppliers $182 mln Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 6:52 AM ET BRUSSELS, July 10- EU competition regulators have fined several car parts makers, including Japan's Yazaki, a total of 141.8 million euros for taking part in cartels that affected car makers such as Toyota Motor Corp and Renault. EXCLUSIVE-EU to fine Yazaki, Leoni, two other car parts makers - sources Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 1:56 PM ET The sources said Yazaki subsidiary S-Y Systems Technologies Europe GmbH will also be fined, along with Furukawa Electric Co.



 
Artscape's art cars a festival highlight for 20 years
07.20.13 (7:15 pm)   [edit]

London teens from poor neighborhood pay big bucks to rent luxury cars

For the students, the graduation ceremony is like a rite of passage. And if you have an old clunker, through the miracle of Bondo and paint and imagination, you can make it the car of your dreams. I think that's why they have such enduring popularity." tim.smith@baltsun.com If you go Artscape runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in and around Mount Vernon and Station North. Most of the local art is showcased on Charles Street between Mount Royal and North Avenue. The Wells Fargo Main Stage is at 1400 Cathedral St. The Art Car Parade is scheduled to move through Artscape about 11 a.m. Saturday and proceed to the Art Car Show location at 1700 N.

Value shoppers turn to used cars

The average price for a used car at auction was $11,031 in June, according to Manheim, an auction company, and experts dont expect prices to rise soon. Prices will continue to soften http://www.automotivepartscouponpromo.com at a faster rate, Arca said. Now is definitely as good a time as any to buy a used car, Gutierrez said. Analysts said the quality of used cars has been instrumental in keeping the entire auto sales business afloat. Nearly every vehicle in the industry has so significantly improved that its helped to shore up the industry, Gutierrez said. Here are some of the top used cars that have been dramatically redesigned over the past few years: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Replacing the fifth- generation Sonata introduced in 2005, the 11 was introduced to rave reviews. Kelley Blue Book called the stylish mid-sized sedan a towering home run in its review. The redesign brought an entirely new look to the car, along with value, quality and a world-class powertrain. 2011 Kia Optima The previous iteration of the Optima, a bland, boring car with few attractive features, was replaced by this heavy-hitter. Packed with amenities, this mid-sized sedan comes with improved styling over older models and new (at the time) tech features, including Bluetooth connectivity, an iPhone audio input and a glove box that will keep drinks cool. 2012 Ford Focus This compact got a new look in 2012, but also packs more quality, features and options.

Art Car Show 2013 Lamborghinis, Ferraris and even Bentleys that once were the preferred wheels of the wealthy are showing up on the gritty streets of Tower Hamlets, rented by 16-year-olds to celebrate their National Record of Achievement (NRA) ceremony, a prom-like celebration at the end of compulsory schooling. OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS Aisha, 16, talks to fellow pupil Tanvir Shahriyar, 16, next to his hired Ferrari. "It's showing off, basically. Playing music, going from area to area to area," said Foyzur Rahman, a pupil at Swanlea School, who attended the ceremony this year and split a 400-pound ($610) fee with a friend to rent an Audi S4 for four days. Aminul Mishu Alam, 16, walks past cars parked at a public housing estate. "Showing off your car, just everyone looking at you. It's like your spotlight," Rahman said. "When every NRA comes you just feel excited for the kids," said Ibrahim Hussain who went through the rite of passage last year and works part-time at his brother's car-hire business, which rents out vehicles for the ceremonies. Olivia Harris / Reuters/REUTERS School children watch as Ujjol Hussain, 16, is driven past in a hired Lamborghini during the "supercar" parade at Swanlea School graduation day. Since most of the teens are too young to drive, they are chauffeured around the neighborhood. "Certain people obviously don't want to spend the money, you can understand that, their parents might be not working.

Colourful classic cars and evergreen music are all part of today’s agenda

Ric Jones on the left and Ted Jeffrey dry off their cars after a severe rain storm Friday afternoon. They are preparing for the Classic Car and Legendary Stars at Gage Park in Brampton. The show was delayed due to the storm. to 4 p.m: PAMA Courtyard Tours are 90 Minutes in length and start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids Garden Activity Table courtesy of the Brampton Horticultural Society: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m: PAMA Courtyard. Introduce the kids to gardening as they plant beans and make pine cone critters with the volunteers. Adults Garden Activity Table, courtesy Brampton Horticultural Society: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PAMA Courtyard. Enjoy one hour demonstrations in planter and container garden and floral designs.



 
Global Automotive Infotainment Tech Market 2023
07.20.13 (7:05 am)   [edit]

Technical Study: CarMax, AutoNation, O'Reilly Automotive, and Advance Auto Parts

What makes this report unique?Visiongain consulted widely with industry experts and full transcripts from these exclusive interviews with Tech Mahindra and with Qualcomm are included in the report. As such, our reports have a unique blend of primary and secondary sources providing informed analysis. This methodology allows insight into the key drivers and restraints behind market dynamics and competitive developments, as well as identifying the technological issues. The report therefore presents an ideal balance of qualitative analysis combined with extensive quantitative data including global, submarket and regional markets forecasts from 2013-2023 all identifying strategic business opportunities. 1. Executive Summary1.1 Benefits of This Report1.2 Who is This Report For?1.3 Methodology1.4 Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Overview 2013-20231.5 Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Forecast 2013-20231.6 Automotive Infotainment Technologies Submarket Forecasts 2013-20231.7 Leading National Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Forecasts 2013-2023 2. Introduction to the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2.1 Weaknesses of the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2013-2023 2.2 The Role of Apple and Google in the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2013-2023 2.3 Privacy and Safety Concerns in the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2013-2023 2.4 Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Structure Overview 2.5 Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Definition 2.5.1 Automotive Head-Unit Submarket 2.5.2 Automotive Audio Systems Submarket 2.5.3 Automotive Portable Navigation Devices Submarket 2.5.4 Automotive Connectivity Solutions Submarket 2.5.5 Automotive Head-up Displays Submarket 3. Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Forecast 2013-2023 3.1 Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Drivers & Restraints 3.2 Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Overview 3.3 Strengths of the Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 3.4 Challenges for the Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 4. 4.2.5 Find Out What Will Drive the Connected Head-Unit and Telematics Market 4.3 Audio Systems Submarket Forecast 2013-2023 4.3.1 Drivers & Restraints of the Audio Systems Submarket 2013-2023 4.3.2 Overview of the Audio Systems Submarket 2013-2023 4.3.3 How the Growth of the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market Will Drive the Audio Systems Submarket 4.4 Portable Navigation Devices Submarket Forecast 2013-2023 4.4.1 Drivers & Restraints of the Portable Navigation Devices Submarket 4.4.2 Overview of the Portable Navigation Devices Submarket 2013-2023 4.4.3 Challenges and Opportunities for the Struggling Portable Navigation Devices Market 4.4.4 Why the Portable Navigation Devices Submarket will See Negative Growth in the Next Ten Years 4.5 Connectivity Solutions Submarket Forecast 2013-2023 4.5.1 Drivers & Restraints of the Connectivity Solutions Submarket 4.5.2 Overview of the Connectivity Solutions Submarket 2013-2023 4.5.3 Find out About Next Generation Connectivity Solutions 4.6 Head-Up Display Submarket Forecast 2013-2023 4.6.1 Drivers & Restraints of the Head-Up Display Submarket 4.6.2 Overview of the Head-Up Display Submarket 2013-2023 4.6.3 Why the Head-Up Display Submarket Will Grow At a CAGR of 32.2% 5. SWOT Analysis of the Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2013-2023 7.

A total of 622,179 shares were traded which is slightly above the daily average volume of 603,275. O'Reilly Automotive's shares have gained 3.41% in the last one month, hence outperforming the S&P 500. Furthermore, the stock is currently trading near its 52-week high of $118.37. Sign up and read our complimentary report on ORLY at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/ORLY071813.pdf Advance Auto Parts Inc.'s stock moved lower on Wednesday, finishing at $81.49, down 1.08% from its previous closing price. The company's shares fluctuated between $81.44 and $82.89. A total of 460,785 shares were traded which is below the daily average volume of 582,199. In the last three months, the company's shares have gained 2.09% as compared to a gain of 8.31% in the S&P 500. The free report on AAP can be downloaded by signing up now at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/AAP071813.pdf EDITOR NOTES: -- This is not company news. We are an independent source and our views do not reflect the companies mentioned. -- Information in this release is fact checked and produced on a best efforts basis and reviewed by a CFA.

Penske Automotive Increases Dividend 7%

Kurnick, Jr. "Based upon the strength in our financial performance, cash flow generation, and the strong automotive retail environment in our U.S. and U.K. markets, we remain confident in our ability to continue growing our business." About Penske Automotive Penske Automotive Group, Inc ., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 332 retail automotive franchises, representing 39 different brands and 30 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 172 franchises in 18 states and Puerto Rico and 160 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom . Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 and has approximately 16,700 employees. Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements Statements in this press release may involve forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements regarding Penske Automotive Group, Inc.'s future sales potential and outlook. Actual results may vary materially because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: economic conditions generally, conditions http://www.automotivepartscouponpromo.com in the credit markets and changes in interest rates, adverse conditions affecting a particular manufacturer, including the adverse impact to the vehicle and parts supply chain due to natural disasters or other disruptions that interrupt the supply of vehicles or parts to us; changes in consumer credit availability, the outcome of legal and administrative matters, and other factors over which management has limited control. These forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with additional information about Penske Automotive's business, markets, conditions and other uncertainties, which could affect Penske Automotive's future performance. These risks and uncertainties are addressed in Penske Automotive's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

Johnson Controls earnings rise 32% as European automotive business rebounds [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Total sales grew 2% to $10.8 billion, below analysts' forecasts, as higher automotive and battery sales offset a 2% decline in the Milwaukee-based building efficiency business. Sales rose 11% at the Glendale-based power solutions business, which supplies lead-acid and advanced batteries for the automotive industry. The company also announced that it had secured new orders in the power solutions business that will expand battery shipments by 1 million units a year. In addition, the company said it raised prices 3% to 4% this month on aftermarket batteries it produces for Wal-Mart, Sears and other retailers. The price hike offsets higher costs the company is facing in the recycling process of lead-acid batteries. The building efficiency business reported sales of $3.7 billion, down 2%, with soft demand continuing in both North America and Europe. The company's backlog of orders fell 5% from a year ago. At the same time, the business announced it won its largest systems contract to date, a $70 million order from a Denver hospital. The company's automotive seats, interiors and electronics businesses saw sales grow 4% to $5.7 billion, with profit up 33%.



 
Wednesday fire destroys auto parts business
07.19.13 (4:15 pm)   [edit]

Parts Geek Now Offers Customers a Dealer Alternative for Window Switches

European Import Auto Parts sat on the Anderson-Knox County line until Wednesdays fire, which was reported shortly after 5 p.m. An employee noticed a fire in the rear of the building, where vehicles are taken apart, and tried to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher.The explosions likely were caused by the gasoline and other flammable automotive fluids at the business, and witnesses reported flames shooting as high as 60 feet in the air. Crews from the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department and several other agencies responded to the scene of the fire, which was extinguished within about an hour of their arrival. One Claxton firefighter succumbed to heat exhaustion and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. He was released from the hospital last night.Several other firefighters also struggled in the sweltering late-day heat. An accidental spark is believed to have ignited the fire, but the exact cause is under investigation. Information in this story brought to you through an agreement between Oak Ridge Today and WYSH. See more local news headlines on the WYSH website at http://www.wyshradio.com/local_news.html .

TOM'S CORNER: Beware the auto parts jungle!

NIA Hamilton, Ken mug But about three weeks later we started getting calls from upset customers, all with the same complaint: Their cars would stall and not restart after they warmed up. We tracked the problem to the bargain ignition point sets and ended up having to tow the cars back to the shop and replace the points again. Not only did my boss have to pay for the tow jobs (a few were over 100 miles away), but he also had to buy new point sets and pay the labor to install them. In short, the whole debacle cost him a few thousand dollars. He banned the guy in the van from our premises and determined from that point forward to offer only the highest quality parts in all auto repairs. A costly lesson, indeed. You get what you pay for Not all parts are created equal, and thats why the same parts vary so much in price. But after shopping parts you can get a feel for what the average price should be for a particular part. Be wary of drastic differences: Higher isnt always better but cheaper almost always means inferior quality.

Used Auto Parts Online Receive Permanent Discount Pricing Courtesy of Auto Pros USA

Arrangements for better parts supply undertaken this advance auto parts coupon year has made these permanent discounts a company policy. Imported parts can be more difficult to find discounted online, said the sales rep. Companies like Honda and Toyota use multiple distributors in charge of importing parts not produced in the U.S. to North American dealers. Price fluctuations can be found with some popular parts and this contributes to rising costs. The permanent discounts announced by this company have erased the typical import price adjustments found online. The new sale pricing that is announced for all consumers to benefit does not affect the incentives created earlier this year for each shipment. The current freight price adjustments that are in place by the majority of parts fulfillment partners used by the Auto Pros USA are scheduled for continuance. The limited warranty policies now standard with each sale will remain in place for all purchases.

Part Geeks power window switch inventory includes over 3,900 products from top brands including Dorman, Genuine, and World Source One. Maintaining a cars window switches is extremely important, especially because the controls allow a window to change positions in a smooth and hassle-free manner. However, a broken switch can affect more than its assigned window: it can damage other car parts, such as the regulator, when the window is manually pushed and pulled into place. Even though everybody knows that moving the window by hand will pull it off its trackor worse, with the hot sun beating through it or the cold rain pouring init is difficult to resist pushing and pulling at the window, stated an article on Parts Geek. Fortunately, replacing the window switch doesnt have to be terribly expensive, especially not when you choose a high quality, reasonably priced replacement. Ordering a replacement window switch from Parts Geek is simple. Customers only need to visit the Parts Geek Inventory, search for their desired item, and add it to their cart for purchase. Customers can browse Parts Geeks catalog by entering vehicles year and make, the brand of the item, or part number. Parts Geeks website also contains a simple search feature, located at the top of the page, that customers can use to find the best-priced window switch in the companys inventory. Individuals interested in learning more about Parts Geek and its services can visit the companys website for more information. For regular updates, visitors can subscribe to the companys social media accounts on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. About Parts Geek: Founded in 2002, Parts Geek offers the best and most competitive prices on millions of imported and domestic car parts and accessories.



 
Wednesday fire destroys auto parts business
07.19.13 (4:09 pm)   [edit]

Parts Geek Now Offers Customers a Dealer Alternative for Window Switches

European Import Auto Parts sat on the Anderson-Knox County line until Wednesdays fire, which was reported shortly after 5 p.m. An employee noticed a fire in the rear of the building, where vehicles are taken apart, and tried to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher.The explosions likely were caused by the gasoline and other flammable automotive fluids at the business, and witnesses reported flames shooting as high as 60 feet in the air. Crews from the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department and several other agencies responded to the scene of the fire, which was extinguished within about an hour of their arrival. One Claxton firefighter succumbed to heat exhaustion and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. He was released from the hospital last night.Several other firefighters also struggled in the sweltering late-day heat. An accidental spark is believed to have ignited the fire, but the exact cause is under investigation. Information in this story brought to you through an agreement between Oak Ridge Today and WYSH. See more local news headlines on the WYSH website at http://www.wyshradio.com/local_news.html .

TOM'S CORNER: Beware the auto parts jungle!

NIA Hamilton, Ken mug But about three weeks later we started getting calls from upset customers, all with the same complaint: Their cars would stall and not restart after they warmed up. We tracked the problem to the bargain ignition point sets and ended up having to tow the cars back to the shop and replace the points again. Not only did my boss have to pay for the tow jobs (a few were over 100 miles away), but he also had to buy new point sets and pay the labor to install them. In short, the whole debacle cost him a few thousand dollars. He banned the guy in the van from our premises and determined from that point forward to offer only the highest quality parts in all auto repairs. A costly lesson, indeed. You get what you pay for Not all parts are created equal, and thats why the same parts vary so much in price. But after shopping parts you can get a feel for what the average price should be for a particular part. Be wary of drastic differences: Higher isnt always better but cheaper almost always means inferior quality.

Used Auto Parts Online Receive Permanent Discount Pricing Courtesy of Auto Pros USA

Arrangements for better parts supply undertaken this advance auto parts coupon year has made these permanent discounts a company policy. Imported parts can be more difficult to find discounted online, said the sales rep. Companies like Honda and Toyota use multiple distributors in charge of importing parts not produced in the U.S. to North American dealers. Price fluctuations can be found with some popular parts and this contributes to rising costs. The permanent discounts announced by this company have erased the typical import price adjustments found online. The new sale pricing that is announced for all consumers to benefit does not affect the incentives created earlier this year for each shipment. The current freight price adjustments that are in place by the majority of parts fulfillment partners used by the Auto Pros USA are scheduled for continuance. The limited warranty policies now standard with each sale will remain in place for all purchases.

Part Geeks power window switch inventory includes over 3,900 products from top brands including Dorman, Genuine, and World Source One. Maintaining a cars window switches is extremely important, especially because the controls allow a window to change positions in a smooth and hassle-free manner. However, a broken switch can affect more than its assigned window: it can damage other car parts, such as the regulator, when the window is manually pushed and pulled into place. Even though everybody knows that moving the window by hand will pull it off its trackor worse, with the hot sun beating through it or the cold rain pouring init is difficult to resist pushing and pulling at the window, stated an article on Parts Geek. Fortunately, replacing the window switch doesnt have to be terribly expensive, especially not when you choose a high quality, reasonably priced replacement. Ordering a replacement window switch from Parts Geek is simple. Customers only need to visit the Parts Geek Inventory, search for their desired item, and add it to their cart for purchase. Customers can browse Parts Geeks catalog by entering vehicles year and make, the brand of the item, or part number. Parts Geeks website also contains a simple search feature, located at the top of the page, that customers can use to find the best-priced window switch in the companys inventory. Individuals interested in learning more about Parts Geek and its services can visit the companys website for more information. For regular updates, visitors can subscribe to the companys social media accounts on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. About Parts Geek: Founded in 2002, Parts Geek offers the best and most competitive prices on millions of imported and domestic car parts and accessories.



 
Panasonic pleads guilty in auto parts price-fixing case
07.19.13 (12:25 am)   [edit]

Blackstone to Buy Indian Auto Parts Maker Agile Electric

Panasonic ( PCRFF ) will pay a $45.8 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix the prices of switches, steering angle sensors and other components produced for Toyota ( TM ), Honda ( HMC ), Mazda and Nissan for vehicles sold in the United States and elsewhere. Including Panasonic, there are now 11 companies and 15 executives who have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty as part of the auto-parts investigation, which has netted more than $874 million in criminal fines. The price-fixing began at least as early as 1998 and stretched to at least 2010, the Justice Department said. Related: China says GlaxoSmithKline ran huge bribery web The DOJ also announced guilty pleas Thursday from Panasonic subsidiary Sanyo and South Korea-based LG Chem for their involvement in a price-fixing conspiracy related to battery cells. Sanyo will pay a $10.7 million fine, while LG Chem will pay $1.06 million. The companies participated in a conspiracy to fix prices of lithium-ion battery cells used in notebook computers between 2007 and 2008, according to the charging documents. The guilty pleas "are the first in the department's ongoing investigation into anticompetitive conduct in the cylindrical lithium ion battery cell industry," the DOJ said. Panasonic said following the DOJ announcement that it "takes the matter very seriously and has taken steps to strengthen its compliance programs." "Specifically, the company will step up awareness of its compliance policy internally, launch intensive education for managers on compliance issues and carry out audits specifically designed to uncover such activity," Panasonic said. LG Chem did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

panasonic headquarters According to Ford, the Japanese company and other auto-parts suppliers have agreed on a fixed price on cable harnesses to Ford. The lawsuit is the latest of the cases that the United States Department of Justice has encountered concerning companies allegedly selling auto-parts at fixed high prices. According to Ford, Fujikura has conspired with other companies to keep cable harness prices high to avoid competition. Ford claims that from January 2000 until February 2010, more than $10 billion were spent on wire harnesses. The car company now demands damage compensation threefold the amount spent on Fujikuras electric transmitters. Besides Fujikura, Ford has also charged Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co Ltd., another Japanese company that also sells car-parts to Ford. According to the American car-maker, Diamond is selling ignition coils at unreasonably high prices. The US DOJ announced on Tuesday that Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has become the tenth auto-parts company to plead guilty to charges of price-fixing and agreed to pay a $19 million fine.

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing

Ford sues Japanese auto-parts supplier for price-fixing Even the cases looked the same. But once I opened them up, the similarities came to a screeching halt. The OEM part was stuffed full of electronics, whereas the knockoff had a mostly empty case. You only had to look inside these units to understand the significant price difference. As for spark plugs, always go with an OEM-specified plug, especially true in todays age of computer-controlled engines. Automotive computers are designed with a certain set of parameters from the factory to achieve maximum efficiency, power, and tailpipe emissions. Put a cheap spark plug in the engine and you throw the computer into a fit trying to compensate for the lack of spark. While some cheapskates may balk at manufacturer recommendations like using expensive platinum spark plugs, platinum plugs burn hotter and longer, hence they deliver maximum fuel efficiency and power. In addition, the platinum holds up longer to the high electrical voltages used in todays ignition systems. Installing a cheap plug in a vehicle that requires a platinum plug results in poor fuel efficiency, poor performance, high tailpipe emissions, and other issues.

TOM'S CORNER: Beware the auto parts jungle!

• Glynn, Don mug Seperate multiple addresses with Commas. Must enter an email address. You must enter the verification code below to send. Invalid entry: Please type the verification code again. July 17, 2013, 12:18 p.m. ET Blackstone to Buy Indian Auto Parts Maker Agile Electric Text By Kenan Machado MUMBAI--U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX) has agreed to buy a 98% stake in Indian auto parts maker Agile Electric Sub Assembly Pvt. for 3.32 billion rupees ($56.1 million), triggering a tender offer for a 26% stake in Agile Electric's locally-listed venture Igarashi Motors India Ltd. (517380.BY), said the manager of the tender offer Wednesday. Blackstone will further invest $33.8 million in the two Indian companies, a person familiar with the matter said late Wednesday. Agile Electric owns a 63% stake in Igarashi Motors--a venture with Japan's Igarashi Electric Works Ltd., which owned a 17% stake in the venture at the end of June, exchange data showed.

Auto-Parts Executives Plead Guilty in Price-Rigging Probe

( F ), Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.TO, TM) and others. With Tuesday's plea deal, Diamond Electric becomes the 10th company that has agreed to plead guilty in the Justice Department's antitrust investigation in the auto-parts sector. Prosecutors said the company will cooperate in the ongoing probe. Diamond Electric didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The department said Diamond Electric officials met with other company officials in remote locations to coordinate price advance auto parts coupon quotes and allocate parts supplies to auto makers. Participants in the cartel took steps to make sure that each company stuck with the agreements, the department said. Prosecutors didn't specify which Ford and Toyota car models might have been affected. Neither Ford nor Toyota immediately responded to requests for comment.



 
Cars: Midyear winners and losers
07.18.13 (12:13 pm)   [edit]

The Hottest New Cars For 2014

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Will electric cars ever become mainstream?

Coming in both coupe and convertible versions, the 2014 Stingrays exterior is radically recast with composite and carbon fiber body panels, yet it bears a certain familiarity that makes it instantly recognizable as a Corvette. Low slung and with the requisite curves and creases it looks like a Hot Wheels toy car come to life, but with performance that should give some exotic sports cars a workout for far less money, starting at just $51,000. A revamped 6.2-liter V8 engine puts an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque to the pavement through the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, Chevy says the Stingray is good for a 0-60 mph run in just 3.8 seconds, and thats only a few tenths slower than the Corvettes previous ZR1 version that was priced at well over $100,000. Otherwise, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is lighter in weight but is more structurally rigid than before, with an ideal 50/50 front-to-rear weight ratio that, combined with updated steering and suspension systems and the latest chassis control systems, promise truly tenacious handling. A new Drive Mode Selector allows the driver to tune 12 separate performance attributes according to five different driving situations, including one for use on wet roads and another that enables the engine to run on only four cylinders to garner maximum fuel economy. Shoring up one traditional weakness from the previous generation, the 2014 Corvette Stingrays revamped interior is driver focused and makes extensive use of high quality materials for a far richer look and feel. While the new Corvette Stingray solidifies Chevrolets presence in the worlds sports car market, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class virtually redefines the luxury sedan. With the automaker having shuttered its ultra-opulent Maybach line last year Mercedes moves its flagship model considerably farther upscale to fill the gap. Coming wrapped in styling that is both bold and sufficiently stately, the new S Class debuts with a 455-horsepower twin-turbo V8-equipped S550 version and a higher-performance S63 AMG 4MATIC with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo 577-horsepower V8. Perhaps more noteworthy is that Mercedes engineers have managed to pack so many bleeding edge features into the latest S-Class that its impossible to list and explain them all in just a handful of sentences.

checkered flag The Nissan Leaf can go just under 80 miles before a recharge, and many would-be buyers have so-called "range anxiety" about whether they can get to the next charging station before their battery runs out. The Tesla Model S has upped that to 265 miles, but still would be a problem for a long road trip. As a plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt can average about 40 miles on the battery and then another 340 miles before needing gasoline. Slow charging. Home charging takes overnight, but now companies are installing faster chargers that can go from fully depleted to 80 per cent charged in 30 minutes. But you still have to go to the special sites. Nissan is installing such facilities in some dealerships, and Tesla is building fast-charging stations between San Francisco and Los Angeles and on the East Coast between Washington, D.C., and Boston. Public fast-charging stations also are being built, and there are about 13,000 of them in the U.S. "But that's not much compared to the 150,000 gas stations," notes analyst Michael Omotoso of LMC Automotive.

Hot Cars Can Kill: 20 Children Already Dead in 2013

At 104, the body enters survival mode and stops perspiring. Only three degrees higher, at 107 degrees F, the body's cells start to die. This causes the internal organs to begin failing and death can occur soon after. These life-threatening temperatures can be reached quickly when one is stuck inside a car in the heat. According to a study done by Null, recording the average temperature rise in a vehicle over time, a car's temperature can increase by 19 degrees in just 10 .. [read more] minutes. In one to two hours, the temperature inside a car can increase between 45 and 50 degrees. "In the worst case scenario, if a child is small and on the sunny side of the car, death can occur in 15 minutes or under," Null said. Pets, like children, have a lesser ability to cool themselves off compared to adult humans. Each year thousands of animals perish as a result of heat stroke when left in a vehicle. However, pets are better protected than children by today's legal system.

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The German engineer had been involved in every Porsche win at Le Mans. He helped Porsche with its first Le Mans win with the 917, was responsible for the 935 and designed the bodyworks of the 956 and 962, which won Le Mans an impressive seven times. It was also Singer who discovered a loophole in the GT regulations which allowed him to build a purpose-built race car set to assault Le Mans. In order to comply with the regulations manufacturers of GT1 cars were required to build at least one street-legal version which was on sale to the general public. Singer exploited this rule and turned it upside-down: instead of modifying a road car into a racing car (like the McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220 or Ferrari F40), he designed the racing car first. The road-going derivative was not more than a practical detail as it served only a ticket into GT racing. Singer and his team realized a mid-engined car would be more competitive that a rear-powered one, this would benefit the distribution of weight and provided more working space for the aerodynamics. The engineers in Zuffenhausen started with the front-end of a Porsche 993 GT2, designed a new tubular frame and moved the engine to the middle, just behind the driver. The monocoque was made from steel, but most of the bodywork was made from lightweight Kevlar and carbon-fiber.



 
Driverless cars to be tested on UK roads by end of year
07.18.13 (12:01 am)   [edit]

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The UKs Department for Transport announced the news as part of a wider strategy thatll see it invest a hefty 28 billion ($42 bn) in the road network in a bid to ease congestion on the nations busiest highways. The governments announcement means the same Oxford University team which has been testing autonomous car technology with a Nissan Leaf on private land will be able to continue with its work on public roads, the BBC reported Tuesday. RobotCar The team made the news earlier this year with its RobotCar, which features a low-cost autonomous system operated using a trunk-based computer that communicates with the driver via an iPad. The system, which uses small cameras and lasers to memorize journeys, is currently designed for regular routes such as between home and the workplace. Despite the system behind RobotCar costing a modest $7750, its still pretty clever, capable of mapping in 3D and responding to the presence of pedestrians, cyclists and other cars by altering its speed. Professor Paul Newman, who heads the Oxford-based research team, said he was excited at the prospect of taking his work onto public roads. Its a great area to be working in because its IT and computers and thats what changes things, he told the BBC. The British government sees that engineering is important. Nevada The UKs move towards allowing the testing of driverless cars on public roads follows in the footsteps of a number of states in the US. Last year, Nevada became the first state to allow driverless vehicles onto its roads, giving Google the opportunity to test out its self-driving car in normal surroundings. California and Florida have also given the green light to such vehicles. Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr.

robot-leaf-660.jpg This decision is starting to hurt the German carmaker and fuels the tension between France and Germany. The reason Paris has halted registration of some Mercedes models assembled since June 12, including the SL sports car and the smaller A-, B-, and CLA-class, is the use of coolant R134a. The refrigerant, which emits excessive greenhouse gases, is banned in the European Union since January. Due to safety concerns Mercedes parent company Daimler refuses to phase out R134a, a decision in which it is backed by the German government. According to the Stuttgart based company the only available replacement is more explosive and catches fire more easily. Whereas the Mercedes models have been approved in Germany, France refuses to register the cars with the three-pointed star. According to Germany, France violates the principle of free movement of goods but the European Commission has backed France. In fact, Brussels has threatened sanctions against the German carmaker which could even result in a ban of sales in the EU, including Mercedes homeland Germany. According to some this decision is part of a bigger political and economical game.

Driverless cars coming to UK roads by end of the year

Self-driving car Those flawed tankers, known as the DOT-111, can almost always be expected to breach in derailments that involve pileups or multiple car-to-car impacts, says the National Transportation Safety Board. Not surprisingly, then, the cars have been linked to many serious explosions including the one in Lac-Megantic, where 50 people are presumeddead. Is the DOT-111 being used on Capital Regionrails? The Times Union posed that simple question to Canadian Pacific, whose rail line carries oil from the Canadian border to the Port of Albany. The railroad repeatedly refused to provide a directanswer. So on Friday, I drove over to Watervliet and watched a train roll by on Canadian Pacific tracks. And, yup, right there at the corner of nearly every tanker was the DOT-111 model moniker. The cars arent hard to spot, actually, with their soda-canshape. In fairness, the railroad industry has committed to bettering the design of new DOT-111 cars. But it has resisted doing away with the roughly 200,000 older models the NTSB considers sodangerous. advance auto parts promo codes So what does that mean for the CapitalRegion?

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The driverless cars have so far only been tried out on private land. They work by using a system of sensors and cameras. Some experts believe the vehicles are safer and more efficient than regular cars. Just to be safe though, a back-up driver will ride along during the tests in case of an emergency. The cars are being tested by a team at Oxford University. Prof Paul Newman, who leads the team, said he is excited by the public trials in the UK. "It's a great area to be working in because it's IT and computers and that's what changes things. The British government sees that engineering is important." The driverless cars are being trialled in other parts of the world too, and in three US states - Nevada, Florida and California - they are already creating laws to cover how they can be used.



 
Delphi Automotive Achieves #89 Analyst Rank, Surpassing Amazon.com
07.17.13 (8:42 am)   [edit]

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( NASD: AMZN ), according to ETF Channel . Below is a chart of Delphi Automotive plc versus Amazon.com Inc. plotting their respective rank within the S&P 500 over time (DLPH plotted in blue; AMZN plotted in green): In forming the rank, the analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses were tallied, and averaged; then, the underlying components were ranked according to those averages. Investors often interpret analyst opinions from different angles a popular analyst pick could mean that many sharp minds individually came to the same bullish conclusion, and therefore the stock should do well but it could also mean that if the company makes any slight stumble, that would come as a negative surprise and cause a downward impact on the stock. Click here to find out The Current Top 25 Broker Analyst Picks of the S&P 500 From the other direction, when companies have a lowrank among analysts, it isnt necessarily the case that investors should conclude that the stock will perform poorly. It can mean that of course, but: a bullish investor who can make a case for a positive future catalyst could also take the contrarian angle and recognize that there is lots of room for upside since the stock is presently so out of favor. For these reasons, we at ETF Channel find value to putting together these rankings, because both the top and the bottom ends of the lists can often make for some interesting stock picking ideas for further research. Click here to find out 15 Forgotten Giants of the S&P 500: Analysts Current Least Favorites Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of DLPH vs. AMZN: According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, DLPH and AMZN collectively make up 7.05% of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (XLY) which is trading lower by about 0.6% on the day Tuesday.

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The market may have also underpriced PAG's international exposure. Although the consumers in the UK are still in a worse position than the US, conditions are improving, highlighted by Q1 2013 results. As sales in the US peak down the line, the UK, which is currently lagging will likely continue to grow, offering extension strategies to PAG, when many domestic based auto dealerships begin to slow. Further catalysts should be positive economic data from the US and other developed markets. This will provide investors with confidence and support cyclical stocks such as PAG. Risks Investors need to be aware that PAG has risks, which could be detrimental to share price. A slowdown in the US economy would most likely hit this cyclical stock as investors prepare for consumer spending to tighten on goods such as automobiles. Similarly a sudden rise in interest rates http://www.automotivepartscouponpromo.com could lead to a tightening on the consumer and this could also impact share price. However, if interest rates do rise, and mortgage repayments increase, it is likely unemployment has fallen considerably which will more than offset the tightening. Other risks are more specific to PAG, such as its high debt levels. PAG has over $3.5bn of debt, which absorbs cash flow.

Loading+chart+©+2013+TickerTech.com First of all consumers will still demand these systems in their cars so regulations can only limit the types of use but are unlikely to outlaw it completely. Furthermore, many infotainment systems already rely on voice-activation for most services, a technology that decreases driver distraction significantly. There are also possibilities of integrating active safety features such as driver monitoring with in-vehicle connectivity, this will allow manufacturers to actually improve safety through the use of infotainment and telematics. Despite these aspects of concern, the infotainment technologies market will experience growth. Global demand will continue to grow with economic development and improved wireless infrastructure. Carmakers, aftermarket suppliers and technology companies will need to respond to this increasing demand by continuous innovation. They will also need to address the difference in product development cycle between vehicles and consumer technology. The automotive sector is used to moving relatively slowly, something that will have to change as modern technology is increasingly introduced into the car. Why you should buy Global Automotive Infotainment Technologies Market 2013-2023: In-Car Audio, Entertainment & Navigation - Stay ahead with this comprehensive analysis of the automotive infotainment technologies market prospects - The report comprises 140 pages - Get ahead by studying highly quantitative content that delivers solid conclusions benefiting your research and analysis - 121 tables, charts, and graphs analyzing, quantifying and forecasting the automotive infotainment technologies market - Read exclusive expert opinion interviews with industry specialists informing the analysis from two of the leading automotive infotainment companies - - Tech Mahindra - Qualcomm - View global automotive infotainment technologies market forecasts from 2013-2023 to keep your knowledge one step ahead of the competition - The report provides an analytical overview with detailed sales projections and analysis of the market, the competitors, and the commercial drivers and restraints.

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He attended Ohio Technical College from 2005 to 2007 and earned an associate of applied science degree in auto-diesel master vehicle technology. Along the way he also was certified in AYES, Automotive Youth Educational Systems, and placed first in the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, earning him a full tuition scholarship. Evaldi acknowledged that he continues training through various manufacturers technical seminars, which is critical to the career. As an ASE-certified master technician, he performs quality diagnoses and repairs to customers vehicles in a timely manner. Evaldi said he loves being able to figure out problematic vehicle issues, which is by far the most difficult thing a technician can perform. When I get a vehicle with a complex issue, there is self-satisfaction that sets in when the vehicle finally gets to leave the shop, free of mechanical issues, after being towed there. When I get done, the customers get to drive their cars home, and I feel good that I helped them solve the problem, Evaldi said. He takes great pride in his work and appreciates a job well done. Most of all, Evaldi added, he enjoys making a customer happy. What it takes to succeed Having a good technical background helps in the career, but it is not a necessity.