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Major Auto Parts Retailers Taking Hits Because of Amazon

Investors targeting auto-parts retailers, such as Carl Icahn, are taking hits to their investments, and that’s mostly thanks to Amazon, a new Bloomberg report suggests. When hedge fund Starboard Value LP disclosed a stake in Advance Auto Parts Inc. in 2015, it said the stock, then at $171, could more than double. The retailer’s shares have instead nearly halved […]

USTR Seeks Comments on Identifying Foreign Markets for Counterfeit Goods

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice requesting comments to assist in identifying Internet and physical markets based outside the U.S. that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List. The Notorious Markets List identifies marketplaces that either facilitate or directly engage in counterfeiting or copyright piracy, […]

U.S. Calls for “Substantial U.S. Content” in Auto Rules of Origin

The United States, Canada and Mexico completed the first round of NAFTA renegotiation after five full days of meetings in Washington, D.C. concluded Sunday, Aug. 20. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s opening statement prioritized tightening the auto rules of origin and said that the U.S. would seek a higher NAFTA value content and substantial U.S. […]

Court Overturns R-134a Substitutes Rule

On Aug. 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling overturning regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that required companies using R-134a, a common refrigerant and propellant, in their products to move to substances with a lower global warming potential (GWP). The ruling in the […]

Inside NASTF’s Plan for Overcoming the Technician Shortage

How did the project originally begin? If you go back and look, there’s a two-hour YouTube video on our channel that came from a roundtable discussion at Vision in 2016. You just need to listen to the first part of that. Kevin FitzPatrick (president of Autologic Diagnostics) said he had two daughters, and that he […]

The Hybrid Shop, Kukui Ally With Fisker On Integrated Electric Vehicle Service Platform

The Hybrid Shop, Kukui Ally With Fisker On Integrated Electric Vehicle Service Platform Fisker Inc. has announced a partnership with The Hybrid Shop (THS) designed to create a premium, seamless service experience for electric vehicle (EV) owners. As part of this joint venture, Kukui Corp. provides THS franchises with exclusive marketing programs intended to help […]

Program Offers Over $500,000 In Prizes To Aid High School Skilled Trades Teachers, Programs

Program Offers Over $500,000 In Prizes To Aid High School Skilled Trades Teachers, Programs Harbor Freight Tools for Schools — a philanthropic endeavor organized by national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools and The Smidt Foundation — is offering over $500,000 in prizes to recognize great teaching in the skilled trades (including auto repair) at U.S. […]

 Tesla Adding Mobile Repair Units in Preparation for Model 3

 Tesla Adding Mobile Repair Units in Preparation for Model 3 In May, Tesla announced plans to add 100 retail, delivery and service locations by the end of 2017—a 30 percent increase in facilities. “As part of our Model 3 launch preparations, we are significantly expanding our infrastructure to support Tesla owners by increasing the density and […]

Volkswagen Recalls 766K Vehicles for Brake System Update

Volkswagen is recalling 766,000 vehicles of its core passenger car brand worldwide for a software update to their braking control systems, Reuters reported. The braking control system may not function properly in certain driving conditions, such as when the driver over-steers, under-steers or slams on the brakes, a spokesman said. The car maker is recalling 288,000 VW-brand […]

Legislative Report by David Ferrell

The legislature adjourned the 2017 “long” session at 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, wrapping up an approximate 6-month session that began in late January. A press release from the Senate said it was the “second quickest” long session adjournment since 1973. This week the House and Senate worked long days and late into the evenings in […]