TD's 2022 State of the Industry Report

TD’s 2022 State of the Industry Report

The Transmission Digest Annual Survey of Retail Shops has served as benchmark and planning tool for the industry now for the past 36 years. Charts and tables in this section are based on a survey that was conducted early this year. 

Where differences are obvious, we separate the responses of transmission specialty shops from general repair shops that perform powertrain work in an attempt to create a more accurate picture of the information. 

Conversely, when we depict more general information concerning the industry as represented by readership of the magazine, we combine the segments of transmission specialty and general repair shops. In most cases, the information is the result of calculating an arithmetic (or weighted arithmetic) mean of the answers we received. Click the story above to read our findings.

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Every year, TD conducts a poll on the top powertrain products of the year, and 2023 will be no different. At the link below are suppliers’ nominations for the Top 10 Powertrain Products of 2023. Once you’ve looked over the choices, we invite you to cast a ballot. There are 53 nominations this year so be sure to look through them all! Each reader can sign in to vote for up to 10 products. Descriptions of each product are provided by the suppliers. Click the link here to cast your vote.

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