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What do dealers, consumers want?
Tire Business
What do tire dealers want from training programs? What do consumers want from their tires? And what do tire dealers want from their suppliers as far as product information is concerned? Three well-known tire retailing professionals answered those questions in the opening program at the 31st annual Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference at Hilton Head April 15.
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Automakers add millions more cars to Takata air bag recalls
USA Today
Automakers were adding millions of cars May 29 to their official lists of models recalled because of potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will add another 1.4 million vehicles globally. Honda announced the addition of 350,000 in the U.S. BMW added 420,100, also in the U.S.
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GM plans $119 million upgrade of components plant
Automotive News
General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as part of the automaker’s plan to spend $5.4 billion on its U.S. operations. The Grand Rapids plant produces engine components for all four GM brands. The upgrades to the facility are expected to create 300 jobs to the existing staff of 500 workers, GM said in a statement.
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Which is the best social media site for your business?
By Emma Fitzpatrick
New social media sites pop up constantly. Whenever a new form of social emerges, of course you check it out. After all, you — and your business — should always be on the forefront of trends. Plus you want to know, "Is this a good fit for my business?" But, after browsing all the social media sites out there, which ones should you really stick with? To get the biggest ROI on your social marketing, you need to be honing in on the platforms that move the needle for you.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of TTDA Today, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TTDA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Tire Factory is joining forces with Point S
Modern Tire Dealer
The 157 members of Tire Factory Inc. and their more than 200 stores in the U.S. will join Point S, an international network of independent tire and car service dealers in 27 countries. John Kreidel, CEO of Tire Factory, says the group’s stores will change their names to match the Point S brand. The change will occur beginning in June and will continue over 18 months.
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Mercedes or Mazda? Alliances change the face of auto industry
NBC News
When the new iA comes to Scion showrooms later this year, it will mark the first time Toyota's youth-oriented brand has offered a sedan. To bring it to market, Scion sought some help, largely repurposing a 4-door model developed by smaller Japanese automaker Mazda. Toyota also will use the subcompact Mazda2 as the starting point for the next version of its small Yaris model — which will be assembled at a new Mazda plant in Mexico. Confused? You're not alone.
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Aftermarket expected to grow 3.6 percent annually
Tire Review
The "2015 Joint Channel Forecast Model," a study commissioned by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and the Auto Care Association, predicts the U.S. automotive aftermarket is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3.6 percent. According to the forecast, aftermarket sales are expected to grow from $246.7 billion in 2014 to $284.3 billion in 2018.
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AAA study finds teen drivers put everyone at risk
BodyShop Business
According to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel. In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver. The results come just as the "100 Deadliest Days" begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb.
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