2019 AASA Vision Conference Kicks Off with Record-Breaking Attendance, Impressive Agenda and the New Channel Excellence Award
April 3, 2019
More than 300 aftermarket professionals are expected at the 2019 Vision Conference, which convenes today at The Henry, Dearborn, Michigan. The conference is presented by the Automotive Aftermarket... READ MORE
Registration Is Open for AAPEX 2019
April 3, 2019
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Registration is now open for AAPEX 2019, the world’s gathering place for the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry. AAPEX 2019 will take place Tuesday, Nov.... READ MORE
Sales Drop 3.1%; SAAR Jumps to 17.42 Million
April 3, 2019
The auto industry headed into the key spring selling season on a down note, with U.S. sales falling 3.1 percent in March. But there was bright spot in the month -- the seasonally adjusted, annualized... READ MORE
Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hit the Brakes in March
April 3, 2019
Trucking companies slammed the brakes on orders for heavy-duty trucks in March, signaling caution amid long backlogs for delivery and a softening freight market.   North American freight... READ MORE
Pickup Safety Lags Behind Cars, SUVs in Safety Ratings
April 3, 2019
WASHINGTON -- Safety is one area where many trucks are not keeping up with their sedan and SUV counterparts.   Only one of 11 midsize and full-size crew-cab pickups recently tested by the... READ MORE
Standard Motor Products Acquires Pollak Business from Stoneridge
April 3, 2019
Standard Motor Products has acquired certain assets and liabilities of the Pollak business of Stoneridge Inc. for approximately $40 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.   Stoneridge’s... READ MORE
EU-U.S. Trade Talks Face Delay, Risking Trump Backlash
April 2, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: The EU is a critical trading partner for the U.S. and, particularly, for vehicle parts manufacturers. Last December, MEMA commented and testified about its support... READ MORE
Japan-U.S. Trade Talks Likely to Be Held April 15-16: Source
April 2, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor's Note: Japan is an important trading partner for U.S. vehicle parts manufacturers as demonstrated by a highly interdependent supply chain. Last November, MEMA commented and... READ MORE
Daimler CEO: Boeing Safety Debate Highlights Challenge for Autonomous Tech
April 2, 2019
FRANKFURT -- Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche today said the debate surrounding the safety of Boeing’s aircraft shows how hard it can be to win public acceptance for autonomous cars technology... READ MORE
Electric Cars Outsell Traditional Ones in Norway
April 2, 2019
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.   Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association’s general secretary,... READ MORE
Study Reveals U.S. Drivers Aren’t Facing the Realities of Their Own Behavior Behind the Wheel -- and It’s Deadly
April 2, 2019
CHICAGO -- American drivers overrate their skills behind the wheel, according to the second annual distracted driving study being released by Arity in April for National Distracted Driving Awareness... READ MORE
Superior Industries Names New President And CEO
April 2, 2019
Superior Industries International has announced the appointment of Majdi Abulaban as president and CEO, effective May 15.   Abulaban was most recently a senior vice president at Aptiv and... READ MORE
Lear to Acquire Xevo, a Leader in Connected Car Software and Data-Driven User Experiences
April 2, 2019
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Lear Corp., a global automotive technology leader in seating and electrical and electronic systems, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seattle-... READ MORE
U.S. and Chinese Manufacturing Stabilize, While Europe Lags Behind
April 2, 2019
Manufacturing activity in the world’s two largest economies perked up in March, an antidote to financial-market fears of a coming global recession, though pockets of weakness remain and the outlook... READ MORE
China Will Continue to Suspend Extra Tariffs on U.S. Vehicles, Auto Parts
April 1, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: In its statement on Dec. 3 regarding the trade negotiations with China, MEMA calls for an agreement that will allow U.S. companies to remain competitive in a global... READ MORE
New York’s Congestion-Pricing System Will Serve as Road Test for Other Cities
April 1, 2019
New York City is set to become the first big city in the country to put in place a charge on cars entering its most congested streets, and it took a booming economy, grinding traffic and a subway... READ MORE
U.S. Sales Drop with No Reason for Buying
April 1, 2019
Even the most optimistic forecasts for U.S. auto sales in March concede that the industry had its worst first quarter since at least 2015. In fact, it’s expected to be the first time sales fell below... READ MORE
Daimler Trucks to Buy Majority Stake in Torc Robotics in Self-Driving Partnership
April 1, 2019
Daimler AG’s truck division will take a majority stake in U.S. self-driving technology company Torc Robotics as part of a partnership to commercialize highly automated trucks in the U.S.   The... READ MORE
Sun Plays Tricks on Cadillac’s Super Cruise
April 1, 2019
For automakers and technology companies working on autonomous driving technology, making vehicles perform well in inclement conditions such as snow or fog remains a persistent challenge. But it turns... READ MORE