February, 2024

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Canadians tap brakes on vehicle usage

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Vehicle kilometres travelled by Canadians have fallen back to Earth and substantially subsided, according to new data from AIA Canada. The Vehicle travel trends in Canada: Q1 2020 to Q4 2023 report shows that Canadians eagerly got behind the wheel … The post Canadians tap brakes on vehicle usage appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Wix Filters Names Chapel Hill High School 2023 School of the Year

Tomorrow's Technician

WIX® Filters, a global innovator and manufacturer of filtration products, in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Technician, has selected Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC, as the 2023 School of the Year. “We are honored to award Chapel Hill High School the 2023 School of the Year award. The commitment of the administration, staff and students is inspiring and impressive,” said Tina Davis, senior marketing manager for WIX Filters.

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Lexus Earns Top Reputation Ranking on Widewail Brand Scorecard

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Widewail recently released the 2024 Widewail Brand Scorecard , a study of the reputations and sentiments of 32 automotive manufacturers across the United States. Lexus earned the highest reputation ranking among all automotive brands. Toyota and BMW ranked second and third, respectively. The study analyzed 4 million Google customer reviews across 14 luxury and 18 non-luxury automotive brands. 1.1 million reviews were used for topic analysis.

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Tesla Owner Wears Apple Vision Pro While Driving With FSD Beta Turned On, Police Stop Him

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Using a spatial computer capable of impressive things while sitting behind the steering wheel can sound interesting at first, but as soon as you dive into the details… It becomes clear that it should never be attempted, not even when the car can temporarily take over driving. Still, someone did do it. It didn't end well. Apple poured a lot of money, sweat, and probably tears into making the Vision Pro.

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Tesla Cybertruck wheel covers, it turns out, are rubbing into the tire sidewalls

Autoblog: Car News

Filed under: Weird Car News , Tesla , Truck , Electric , Luxury Continue reading Tesla Cybertruck wheel covers, it turns out, are rubbing into the tire sidewalls Tesla Cybertruck wheel covers, it turns out, are rubbing into the tire sidewalls originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 2 Feb 2024 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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JD Power study shows decline in vehicle dependability

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Vehicle dependability is slipping, according to the latest research from J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study found vehicle owners are experiencing more problems after three years of ownership, which the research firm said indicates a decline in long-term vehicle dependability. The industry average increased by 4 problems per 100 vehicles year-over-year to 190 PP100, with nearly two-thirds of brands studied showing an increase.

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Small biz likes credit unions over big banks: Survey

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Canadian small businesses continue to be more satisfied with credit unions than with the Big Five banks in terms of overall service quality. The findings come from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which released the third and final … The post Small biz likes credit unions over big banks: Survey appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Crashes Add Up: Factors that Cost Fleets Money

Automotive Fleet

A look at things you may not have considered that can make fleet crashes cost more than you may expect, including increased hiring costs, an expertise gap, higher insurance premiums, and more.

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Tesla Cybertruck Gets Rear-Ended by Dodge Ram Pickup Truck, Barely Notices

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Many have speculated that the stiff stainless steel body makes the Tesla Cybertruck a danger in a collision. This appears to be confirmed after a Dodge Ram pickup truck was almost obliterated after rear-ending a Cybertruck. Pictures shared on social media show the Cybertruck with barely a mark on its stainless steel tailgate. Tesla Cybertruck has impressed fans not only through its design but also its unprecedented manufacturing process. ( continue reading.

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Delta is using a Porsche 911 GT3 RS to help fliers make tight connections

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Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Weird Car News , Porsche , Coupe , Luxury , Performance Continue reading Delta is using a Porsche 911 GT3 RS to help fliers make tight connections Delta is using a Porsche 911 GT3 RS to help fliers make tight connections originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Feb 2024 11:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2024 OTR Conference addresses safety, industry growth, training

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This year’s 69th OTR Tire Conference, hosted by the Tire Industry Association ( TIA ), brought OTR industry representatives and delegates together to discuss topics relative to the OTR industry, including an emphasis on “maximizing growth” through training, industry insights and professional development. The conference was held in Las Vegas, NV from Feb. 21-24.

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How big the gap is between truck and car preferences

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Canadian vehicle preferences continued to trend toward light trucks over passenger cars in 2023. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported that the light truck segment outperformed passenger cars, with overall truck share breaking the 85 per cent mark for the first time. … The post How big the gap is between truck and car preferences appeared first on Auto Service World.

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New EVs Still Can’t Beat The Efficiency Of A Plug-In Hybrid

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The Toyota Prius Prime has beat out the latest EVs for the title of greenest car. Despite more EVs coming to market, none of the latest fully-electric vehicles in the U.S. managed to outdo the efficiency of the humble Prius plug-in , according to the Washing Post and recent findings in the 2024 GreenerCars report. Read more.

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Fleet Managers Define Challenges & Goals for 2024

Automotive Fleet

For these seven fleet managers, a common challenge is cost containment in the face of lingering supply issues. That challenge grows in the face of looming regulations and corporate sustainability goals.

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One of the Most Innovative eVTOL Propulsion Technologies Gets a $21 Million Boost

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The CruiseUp air car boasts one of the most futuristic looks in the eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) world, but it's much more than that. Behind this intriguing appearance lies the power and potential of a game-changing propulsion system that isn't limited to air taxi applications. The Austria-based aviation technology company ( continue reading.

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Plenty of EV education still needed: Automakers

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There is still a large knowledge gap between fact and fiction when it comes to electric vehicles in Canada, representatives from several automakers acknowledged recently. They understand it’s something they need to work on as electrification moves forward. At the … The post Plenty of EV education still needed: Automakers appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Drivers uncomfortable with automakers sharing their data

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Most drivers would buy a car with less technology to protect their privacy, a study has found. A recent survey report by Kaspersky reported that seven in 10 (72 per cent) of drivers are uncomfortable with automakers sharing their personal … The post Drivers uncomfortable with automakers sharing their data appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How EVs will impact insurance rates

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Canadian electric vehicle owners might face higher insurance premiums in the near future, according to a recent report by Morningstar DBRS. The shift from traditional gas-powered vehicles to electric alternatives, coupled with the higher costs associated with purchasing and repairing … The post How EVs will impact insurance rates appeared first on Auto Service World.

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VW engine coolant pump settlement approved

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Volkswagen has reached a settlement deal in Canada to resolve allegations of issues with primary engine coolant pumps in certain 2008-2021 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The Saskatchewan Court approved a nationwide settlement to resolve claims related to allegations that the … The post VW engine coolant pump settlement approved appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How much car ownership costs these days

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Owning a car in Canada has become significantly more expensive thanks to the surging cost of living and climbing interest rates, putting additional financial pressure on Canadian families. The average monthly cost of car ownership reached $1,387, or $16,644 annually, … The post How much car ownership costs these days appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Why average age will keep going up

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While the automotive aftermarket will see a growing number of older vehicles in need of servicing, the overall lifespan of vehicles hasn’t been significantly altered following the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, one expert suggested. Furthermore, noted Todd Campau, aftermarket … The post Why average age will keep going up appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How the aftermarket is treating Amazon

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If customers want to do their shopping on Amazon, then that’s where the automotive aftermarket needs to be, a panel discussion suggested. David Seewack, CEO and founder at Find-it Parts, said Amazon is where his company needs presence because that’s … The post How the aftermarket is treating Amazon appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Rethinking your website as tech giants eye the aftermarket

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As tech giants try to move in on traditional aftermarket space, an industry observer pointed out that it’s harder for outsiders to learn this industry than it is for the aftermarket to learn theirs. With that in mind, if you … The post Rethinking your website as tech giants eye the aftermarket appeared first on Auto Service World.

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The key role for older techs in an AI world

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Artificial intelligence in the automotive repair sector can only be as good as the technicians who are working with it behind the scenes. Tilak Kasturi, founder and CEO of Predii, an AI solutions provider for the aftermarket, observed that what’s … The post The key role for older techs in an AI world appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Why get AI to write your product descriptions

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As suppliers look to provide more details on products, the task can be daunting thanks to demands on staff time. So rather than focus on the more aspirational possibilities of artificial intelligence, use the tool to take care of writing … The post Why get AI to write your product descriptions appeared first on Auto Service World.

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The top vehicles for the money

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A group has recently highlighted the top vehicles in each segment for the money they cost. And a new category has been added for the top plug-in hybrid vehicle. Honda and Kia each won four Best Car for the Money … The post The top vehicles for the money appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Tire shops announce merger

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Atlantic Canada’s Coast Tire & Auto Service and Andy’s Tire Group announced they will merge next month. The joint operation will bring Coast Tire’s 26 commercial and consumer tire and auto retail locations, a commercial retreading plant and wheel refinishing … The post Tire shops announce merger appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Toronto auto show puts EVs front and centre

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It was all about electric vehicles at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto this year. While past shows have had dedicated areas for EVs and automakers have displayed models with the technology, they were now front and centre throughout the … The post Toronto auto show puts EVs front and centre appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Tackling key global aftermarket issues

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The automotive aftermarket will soon have its hands full, if not already, when it comes to developing new trading partners, maintaining current relationships and forging new strategies as global demographics shift. Insights on those topics were just some that were … The post Tackling key global aftermarket issues appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Aftermarket expects more growth this year

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The automotive aftermarket is reporting a positive trend in sales growth among retailers, with significant optimism for 2024. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants collaborated with Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario members to unveil insights into the performance of the Canadian automotive aftermarket … The post Aftermarket expects more growth this year appeared first on Auto Service World.

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The risk of not double checking vehicles before customer pick up

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Automotive repair shops should have a checklist of items to go over before handing the keys back to the customer. Failure to do so can result in an unhappy customer who may not return to your shop, warned two industry … The post The risk of not double checking vehicles before customer pick up appeared first on Auto Service World.

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When vehicle owners say dependability declines

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A recent study by J.D. Power reveals a noticeable decline in vehicle dependability three years post-purchase, marking a concerning trend for vehicle owners across the U.S. The 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study highlighted an increase in the number of problems … The post When vehicle owners say dependability declines appeared first on Auto Service World.

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New inventory is growing but why isn’t it the right inventory?

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New vehicle inventory is normalizing at dealerships — but it doesn’t appear to be the right kind of inventory that will help sales numbers rebound to pre-pandemic levels. While greater chip capacity is allowing for the normalization of vehicle inventory, … The post New inventory is growing but why isn’t it the right inventory? appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Here’s how truckload, LTL rates are trending

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For the first quarter of 2024, LTL rates are expected to remain relatively flat with subtle fluctuations while truckload rates will continue hovering near the floor established last year, according to a recent report. For parcel, expect seasonal growth consistent … The post Here’s how truckload, LTL rates are trending appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How Canadians are prioritizing their finances

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Canadians are increasingly focusing on financial stability amid rising inflation and economic uncertainty, a recent poll reported. Debt repayment and savings topped the list of priorities, according to the latest CIBC Financial Priorities poll. It found that 13 per cent … The post How Canadians are prioritizing their finances appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Year starts strong for new vehicle sales

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New vehicle sales for January 2024 were the highest they’ve been in the last couple of years, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Year over year, the gain was about 15 per cent as monthly sales went from about 98,000 in … The post Year starts strong for new vehicle sales appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Hyundai, Kia teaming up on fuel cell tech

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Hyundai and Kia Corporation have teamed up with an American materials company to enhance hydrogen fuel cell technology. The automakers and W.L. Gore & Associates announced they would jointly develop advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology for hydrogen fuel cell … The post Hyundai, Kia teaming up on fuel cell tech appeared first on Auto Service World.