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2001 Acura MDX
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Slated to go on sale this fall as a 2001 model, the new Acura MDX combines high performance with an expected five-star safety performance rating, class-leading fuel economy, 50-state ultra-low vehicle…

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Nissan Tino HYBRID
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Nissan has joined Honda and Toyota in launching an eco-friendly hybrid auto.The Japanese-market Tino, a “tall wagon” first produced as a gas-only vehicle in 1998, combines a 1.8 liter DOHC engine with…

Randy MooreAIA Chairman of the Board 2000/01
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Expect Moore
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Delegates at the April 13th AIA 2000 annual general meeting have chosen their new Board Chairman: Mister Transmission’s Randy Moore.Randy Moore is no stranger to Automotive Industries Association of C…

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Delphi targets Canadian aftermarket
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Son-of-GM parts giant Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., is using Canada as an integral part of the company’s strategy to capture significant market share in the aftermarket.”The aftermarket represents …

Jim Anderton, Editor
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Times they are a Changin’
May 1, 2000 by Jim Anderson

Just how does a new editor introduce himself to the over 31,000 readers of SSGM? I pondered that problem while strategizing the engine change in my dying ’87 Fiero, and came to two conclusions: it won…

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Soft Money
May 1, 2000 by Allen Jones

It’s hard to argue with the concept that tighter management of your shop activities will give you greater control of income and expenses. And it’s evident that the general design objective of shop man…

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Automotive Radio Show adds south-west Ontario market
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

The Consumer Automotive Repair Show, a two-hour radio program from the Ohio-based Car Care Council, has been added to 50,000 watt CKLW, a Windsor Ontario radio station.Show hosts Roger Kwapich and Dan…

BAD SKINCracks and fissures due to powerful solvents and overly abrasive cleansers give automotive chemicals and fine particulates an entry point into the bloodstream.
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Healthy Hands
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

If you’re a technician, every day you deal with a witches brew of chemicals. Alcohols, esters, aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons and assorted acids and bases are all a part of a technician’s daily r…

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Online system creates new revenue stream for service centres
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Washington, D.C.-based ServiceConnex.com has launched an e-service tool to collect and standardize vehicle service record information. The system is designed to provide easy to access, comprehensive s…

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BFGoodrich introduces inflatable seatbelt
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

SmartBelt, seat belts with integral airbags, have been introduced by the BFGoodrich Company. The Smartbelt systems work with existing vehicle airbags. During a significant crash, the system rapidly in…

Robert (Bob) Greenwood is President and C.E.O. of E. K. Williams & Co. (Ontario) Ltd. Bob has over 26 years of Business Management experience within the automotive aftermarket industry, training and consulting with independent retail automotive repair and service shops across Ontario on all facets of their business operations. Bob has also helped wholesale jobbers do a better job by providing valuable insight as to challenges faced by retail installers, and how greater cooperation between both parties could be mutually beneficial to both businesses, especially in achieving higher profit.E. K. Williams & Co. (Ontario) Ltd. Offices specialize in the independent sector of the automotive aftermarket industry, preparing analytical operating statements for analysis purposes, personal and corporate tax preparation, business management consulting, business management and employee development programs and industry specific software. Bob can be reached at Tel: (613) 836-5130, 1-800-267-5497, Fax: (613) 836-4637, or by E-Mail: greenwood@ekw.ca Visit E.K. Williams & Co. on the Internet at www.ekw.ca -- the business life you save could be your own.
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Stratified Charge
May 1, 2000 by Robert Greenwood

Too many shop owners still use one “catch all” labour rate for their business and if they do not change the way they charge their customer/client for services rendered, it could contribute to the demi…

Volvo Vista finalists and winners: Left to Right: David Gopie, finalist, Jason Leber, winner, Mike Nielson, finalist, James Lorimer, winner, Muttucumaru Jegakumar, finalist, Tony Pacheco, winner
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Canadian Volvo technicians receive award
May 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Three Canadian Volvo technicians have received the company’s VISTA award, representing the top 3/4 of a percent of all registered Volvo technicians in North America. Jason Leber, (Don Docksteader Moto…