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BMW 6-Speed Automatic Uses BorgWarner Friction
January 28, 2002 by Auto Service World

The world’s first 6-speed automatic transmission for cars uses exclusively BorgWarner wet friction clutch plates.The 6HP26, developed by ZF for the 2002 BMW 7 series, uses the wet friction clutch plates to enhance the transmission’s “feel” and shift quality. BorgWarner

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U.S. News: Dealer Auto Parts E-Commerce Site Announced
January 28, 2002 by Auto Service World

E-commerce provider Parts.com, Inc. has announced a new parts venture.“New Parts.com” includes some 70,000 parts, equipment and supplies items from 813 manufacturers and was announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans. The site is designed to

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First Quebec Technicians Gain Ford Master Technician Status
January 25, 2002 by Auto Service World

Two employees at Chomedey Ford in Ville de Laval, Quebec, were named “Master Technicians” today, becoming the first technicians in the province to hold this title. Becoming a Master Technician requires hundreds of hours of training culminating in a demanding

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Mitsubishi to Enter Canada On Schedule in 2003
January 24, 2002 by Auto Service World

Mitsubishi Motors has confirmed its plans to bring it’s product line into the Canadian market next year. The plan, which was announced last year, had recently been questioned by some in light of current market conditions.Eexecutives confirmed today that the

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Telematics System Connects Car Owners to Dealer at the Touch of a Button
January 24, 2002 by Auto Service World

ATX Technologies, Inc., a telematics service provider to the automotive industry, has announced a service that connects motorists with their preferred dealer service center at the press of a button.With the system, care owners need only press a button in

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Automotive Suppliers Mull Impact of Kmart Bankruptcy Filing
January 23, 2002 by Auto Service World

The impact of U.S.-based retail chain Kmart’s Chapter 11 filing is still being analyzed, but some suppliers are already making statements on what they expect.Lancaster Colony Corporation announced today that its accounts receivable with Kmart Corporation total approximately $14 million

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McGill Wins PT Cruiser for Safe Cruising
January 23, 2002 by Auto Service World

The Students Society of McGill University has been awarded a PT Cruiser as first prize in DaimlerChrysler’s “Paint a PT Cruiser and Win It” contest.The SSMU will use the car for its DriveSafe program, a free shuttle service designed to

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U.S. News: Aftermarket Parts Wholesalers Log Increase, Says Survey
January 22, 2002 by Auto Service World

Despite tough economic conditions in 2001, sales of aftermarket parts wholesalers and retailers increased, according to a survey by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Financial Services Group (MFSG). Net sales for the surveyed aftermarket wholesalers and retailers increased an

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Canusa Moves Into Greater Toronto Area Market with New Venture
January 21, 2002 by Auto Service World

Canusa Automotive Warehousing, Dorchester, Ont. has announced the formation of a partnership with Certified Castings Inc. in Mississauga, Ont.The new warehouse venture, CDC Distribution Centres Toronto Inc., is located at 6290 Kestrel Ave., and will operate as an undercar parts

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Non-Ford Customers Help Bottom Line, But Visteon Corporation Still Lost $118 Million U.S.
January 18, 2002 by Auto Service World

Visteon Corporation, the once-captive Ford parts and electronics business, reports that it lost $118 million U.S. in 2001, a blow that was somewhat softened by the relatively strong performance of its non-Ford customers. “2001 was a tough year. We had

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National survey shows changes in body shop replacement car practices
January 17, 2002 by Auto Service World

Canadian auto body shop operators are moving away from providing company-owned courtesy cars, reports a national Gallup survey. The study indicates that two out of three body shop operators favor rental cars over courtesy cars, and 26% reported that they

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Manufacturers Gain Access To Shell Gas/Convenience Store Market Data
January 17, 2002 by Auto Service World

ACNielsen Canada has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Shell Canada Products division responsible for site management of 800 outlets to share sales information with its clients.ACNielsen, which is an operating unit of ACNielsen, a VNU company,