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North American Car and Truck of the Year: A Brit and a Swede
January 6, 2003 by Auto Service World

An international group of automotive journalists today selected the Mini Cooper and Cooper S as the North American Car of the Year and the Volvo XC 90 as the North American Truck of the Year. The awards honour vehicles that

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Silver Takes Gold as Colour of Choice
January 3, 2003 by Auto Service World

While a silver medal is often associated with a second place finish, the colour silver was the No. 1 vehicle colour worldwide for the 2002 model year, according to PPG Industries.The annual survey of consumer preferences, conducted by the Global

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TRW Automotive Business Buyer Wins Approval
January 2, 2003 by Auto Service World

The Blackstone Group has received the go-ahead from antitrust authorities to acquire TRW Inc.’s automotive parts unit for almost $4.73 billion U.S.The acquisition by Blackstone, a New York buyout firm, had been known for several months, but was delayed until

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Mustang Parts Source May Have to Move For Sewage Plant
January 2, 2003 by Auto Service World

A Seattle-area source for classic Mustang parts with a worldwide customer base–as well as a number of other auto recyclers–may have to give way for a sewage plant.The Wild West Classic Mustang Ranch, which has been selling used classic Mustang

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Bosch Buys Stake in Heating Equipment Maker
January 2, 2003 by Auto Service World

Robert Bosch has purchased a 7.5% stake in heating equipment maker Buderus for about 100 million euros ($105 million) from Deutsche Bank as the financial institution sheds investments in other companies to focus on its ailing banking business. Germany’s biggest

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Dana Divests Credit Division Subsidiaries
January 2, 2003 by Auto Service World

Dana Corporation has announced today that as part of its continuing plans to divest businesses and assets of Dana Credit Corporation (DCC), it has completed the sale of certain DCC subsidiaries.The subsidiaries, whose principal assets were real estate holdings, were

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U.S. News: O’Reilly Chain Continues to Grow
December 31, 2002 by Auto Service World

The O’Reilly Automotive Inc. chain continues to grow, with the December addition of 10 stores in Texas and 17 more in North Carolina.Springfield, Mo.-based O’Reilly Automotive Inc. has bought Dick Smith Enterprises of Fort Worth and Davie Automotive Inc., based

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Specialty Vehicle Collectors Alert: SSR #2 is Going on eBay
December 31, 2002 by Auto Service World

Collectors of specialty vehicles will surely take notice of the latest announcement from General Motors that the second Chevy SSR off the line is going on-line for auctioning at eBay.VIN (vehicle identification number) #000002 of the Chevy SSR Signature Series

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Tires are Auto Shows’ Unsung Heroes, Says Goodyear
December 30, 2002 by Auto Service World

The wild tire designs evident on concept cars on display at autoshows, but are an important part of the look, says Bill Egan, head of tire design at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.“Like the vehicles they’re on, concept tire

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Concepts Rolling on Michelins, says Tire Maker
December 26, 2002 by Auto Service World

According to tire manufacturer Michelin, many key concept vehicles, sports cars, trucks and fuel-cell vehicles alike at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be fitted with Michelin brand and BFGoodrich brand tires from Michelin. More than 15

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U.S. Law Firm Continues Push for Additional Actions Against Bridgestone/Firestone
December 23, 2002 by Auto Service World

A California law firm says evidence is mounting against Bridgestone/Firestone over problems with its Steeltex tires.The law firm says that reports of tire failures continue to pour in to both itself and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Lisoni &

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Ontario Announces Opening of Ignition Interlock Installation Centres
December 20, 2002 by Auto Service World

Transportation Minister Norm Sterling will officially launch the province’s newest weapon in the fight against impaired driving.On Monday, December 23, with the full implementation of Ontario’s new Ignition Interlock program, Sterling will launch the new program by opening an ignition