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June 19, 2012
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News for Automotive Aftermarket Professionals

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  • BB&T Weekly Aftermarket Intelligence Update
    AAIA and BB&T Capital Markets have teamed up to provide a unique report available through AAIA. This report, AAIA/BB&T Weekly Automotive Aftermarket Intelligence Update, is published every week in AAIA SmartBrief. The report provides comprehensive and timely information and trends about the aftermarket and the relative performance of companies serving the industry, including manufacturers/suppliers; distributors; retailers; service and repair; and collision. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • AAIA members: Learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week's Capital Report:
    • This Week in Congress
    • Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition Collects Last Remaining Signatures Needed to Reach Ballot
    • Use of LIFO Possible Budget Target for Congress
    • Bill to Lock Out Aftermarket Under Consideration in California
    • FTC Announces Amendments to Franchise Rule
    • EPA Extends Deadline for Companies Filing Chemical Use Data under New Rule
    • Ethanol Companies Receive Final Approval from EPA to Start Selling E15
    • DOD Mechanics Will Move From Commission-Based Pay to Flat Rate
    • AAIA State Issues
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  • Young people driving fewer miles, study finds
    The average number of miles that Generation Y drivers log each year decreased by 23% between 2001 and 2009, according to a study by the Frontier Group, a think tank that focuses on environmental issues. Possible reasons for the drop in driving miles include young people's increasing reliance on technology, a longer path to licensing and high gas prices. (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drivers opt for smaller, fuel-efficient engines
    American consumers are buying more vehicles with four-cylinder engines as they try to optimize fuel economy. Through May, more than half of new vehicles sold this year had four-cylinder motors, which represents a 36% increase from 2007. Advances in motor technology have made such engines as powerful as older V-6 or V-8 engines, experts say. Google/The Associated Press (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Deadlines for Aftermarket eForum are at hand -- register today
    The early bird registration deadline for the Aftermarket eForum has been extended but is scheduled to close after Friday, June 22. AAIA members save $200 off the regular cost of registration and there is an added $100 discount for multiple attendees from a single company. Aftermarket eForum, July 17 and 18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, is the industry’s leading strategic planning and innovation conference featuring keynote presentations from Microsoft, Google, eBay Motors, UPS, U.S. DOT, POLK and others. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, is the kickoff keynote presenter. AAIA recently announced a "Satisfaction or Your Money Back Guarantee" for eForum. Accommodations at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare are available at the eForum Group Rate of $149 through June 22. Call Hyatt reservations at (888) 421-1442 or reserve online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ideas on how to find your next big business idea
    Having a "big idea" is critical for standing out from the competition and creating interest in your business, Yanik Silver writes. Your product might be more attractive to consumers if you are first in your category or if you make specific promises. It's also a good idea to offer a product that goes against trends in the market, he writes. Entrepreneur online (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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