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Average age of cars, trucks hits 10.8 years,
sets record

The Detroit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans are holding onto their cars and trucks longer than ever. The average age of cars and trucks on U.S. roads is 10.8 years, the oldest ever recorded, according to Polk, a Detroit-area automotive industry intelligence firm. By comparison, the average age of the fleet was just 8.4 years in 1996. More

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Average age of U.S. cars up again in 2011, may now head down (USA Today)

AutoInc. selects Top 10 Repair Websites
Automotive Service Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AutoInc., the official magazine of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), selected its annual "Top 10 Automotive Repair Websites," which were featured in the magazine's January issue. Since its inception, AutoInc.'s Top 10 feature has been a guide to help shop owners understand the capabilities of the Internet in the automotive repair industry. More

Detroit auto show opening day highest in 5 years    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit appears to be living up to "the hype." In wake of officials touting the Detroit auto show as a turning point for the entire U.S. industry, hordes of people drove into Cobo Center. More

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Racked up
Fender Bender    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Collision repair thrives on efficiency. Grappone Collision Center, a Toyota dealership shop in Bow, N.H., felt the truth of that more than ever when it was forced out of its 13,000-square-foot facility and into one less than half that size. Moe Gagnon, shop manager at Grappone, says Toyota wanted to expand the dealership's service center, which meant the collision center had to move. The smaller facility was the only available option in the short time frame they had to find a new home. More

Hybrids in US lose appeal to gas-efficiency
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It's a sign of the times when Cadillac is staking its comeback on a compact car that boasts fuel economy approaching 40 mpg. Cadillac's ATS sedan is one example of how carmakers at the Detroit auto show are putting new emphasis on small, powerful models with more fuel-efficient engines as sport-utility vehicles and even hybrids take a back seat. More

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A buffet of canny tweaks in hot pursuit of mileage
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Under the shapely sheet metal and ultraglossy finishes of the vehicles introduced at the auto show were technical details just as captivating as the visual attractions. The advances ranged from minor interior convenience features to entirely new approaches in structural design. More

Auto plants at capacity buoying US economy
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U.S. auto plants this year may operate at about 81 percent of capacity after falling as low as 49 percent in 2009, according to estimates from IHS Automotive in Northville, Mich. Automakers are increasing production at the car plants after the U.S. light-vehicle sales rose by at least 10 percent for two straight years for the first time since 1984 and grew at a faster rate than China, the world's biggest auto market, for the first time in at least 13 years. More

Cars' Internet connections may change driving life
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Coming soon to a garage near you is a car that will download your work schedule and trigger your alarm clock. By the time you get behind the wheel, the car will have analyzed the morning's traffic and weather and calculated the best route to get you to the office on time. More

Aligning panels: Closing the gap
BodyShop Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many reasons why poor bolt-on panel misalignment happens. It could be a structural problem, human error or the quality of the parts you're using. This article takes a look at these reasons and diagnoses each. More

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Diagnosing and repairing NVLD systems can present unique challenges
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Chrysler's NVLD, or natural vacuum leak detection, system was first introduced in 2002 as an alternative to its leak detection pump method for the onboard testing of the evaporative emissions system. This method of leak detection is based on the "Ideal Gas" law that states, in part, that the pressure in a sealed vessel will change linearly as a function of the temperature of the gas in that vessel. More

Women's Industry Network accepting 2012 board applications
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In keeping true to its motto, "Driving the Future for Women in Collision Repair," the Women's Industry Network nominating committee is now accepting applications for seats on the WIN board. The board consists of various industry segments including shop owners, jobbers, suppliers, consultants, paint companies and insurance companies. More

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