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How much do gas prices affect the automotive aftermarket?

Let’s look at everyone’s favorite expense: gas prices. The fluctuations in gasoline prices in the United States are more than mere figures at the fuel pump; they serve as barometers for a variety of factors, including economic health, geopolitical tensions, consumer confidence and the vitality of the automotive aftermarket sector. Gasoline stands as a relatively

Transtar Holding Company acquires PPi Automotive

Transtar Holding Co. has acquired PPi Automotive, a Pittsburgh-based, family-owned and operated automotive parts wholesale distributor that has been in business since 1974. The company operates three warehouses in the greater Pittsburgh area. Terms were not disclosed. “We have worked hard to provide excellent service and high quality parts to the professionals in the Pittsburgh

Babcox Media appoints Tom Pecka as Director of Strategic Partnerships

Babcox Media, Inc. is excited to announce that Tom Pecka has been appointed as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Automotive Service Group. In his new role, Pecka will oversee the development and execution of strategic media partnerships and sponsorships, as well as enhance media activations across the company’s diverse media channels. His focus will

Transtar opens new Florida distribution center

NexaMotion Group (NMG), recently held the grand opening of a new Transtar Industries Distribution Center in Tampa, Florida. The new location opened on May 13, at 9207 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL, 33619. With a new facility spanning 40,000 square feet, Transtar says it will offer an extended product catalog for foreign and domestic applications covering transmission, brakes,

Schaeffler recognized as a GM 2023 Top Global Supplier

Schaeffler announced it was recently recognized as a top global supplier of 2023 by General Motors during the automaker’s annual Supplier of the Year event in Miami, Florida. This is the fourth time Schaeffler has been honored with this award. The selection process distinguishes those who align closely with GM’s principles, the company said. These values,

ALI announces Lifting Points Guide now available in digital and print

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) announced that it is offering the 2024 edition of its Lifting Points Guide, “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts,” as either a digital product or bundle of print and digital. Both the print and digital versions of the Lifting Points Guide have the same content covering model year 2000 to 2024

Axalta to acquire the CoverFlexx Group from Transtar

Axalta Coating Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the CoverFlexx Group from Transtar Holding Co., the companies announced. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter, pending regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The CoverFlexx Group specializes in manufacturing and distributing coatings for automotive refinish and aftermarket applications, including brands such

Remembrance: Gene Lewis

Sadly, I report the passing of Gene Lewis on March 25 of this year. Gene was 97 at the time of his death. Gene was the force behind the growth of ATRA during his term as the association’s executive vice president in the 1980s. I worked closely with Gene in creating and producing the TransExpo

Eaton four-speed electric transmission receives PACEpilot award

Eaton’s heavy-duty four-speed electrified vehicle transmission was named a 2024 Automotive News PACEpilot Innovation to Watch at an awards ceremony on April 29. Eaton said its EV transmission provides superior performance on grades and acceleration for electric commercial vehicles with flexible gear ratios. The four-speed transmission for heavy-duty applications is designed to improve system efficiency,

Schaeffler, ATSG partner to support technical education

Schaeffler announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Automotive Transmission Service Group (ATSG) to become its primary sponsor. Through this agreement, Schaeffler will provide ongoing technical education support to the members of ATSG, which has offered technical support and repair information for transmission technicians for nearly 40 years. Working in the transmission

NexaMotion Group opens new C&M location in Edison, New Jersey

NexaMotion Group announced that it is opening a new C&M Auto Parts location in Edison, New Jersey. NMG says that the C&M Auto Parts location will offer a complete range of general repair products, catering comprehensively to the diverse needs of the local market. Additionally, by establishing a collaborative location with Transtar, NMG says it

Transtar announces Texas product expansions

Transtar Industries has announced that its Fort Worth, Texas branch will begin carrying an extended product offering. In addition to transmission and driveline-related products, general repair product lines are now available at the Fort Worth branch. This development follows a similar expansion at four other Transtar locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. “This expansion signifies