Mopar Brand Turns 80 Years Old, Will Celebrate With Special Models

Familiar with the word “Mopar”? This contraction of the words “motor” and “parts” was the name for a line of antifreeze products specially designed for Chrysler vehicles way back in the ’30s. Now the name Mopar stands for any sort of Crysler muscle car and is a brand that offers more than 500,000 automotive products in 150 markets. The brand name turns 80 years old in 2017 and is being honored by the FCA with a launch of limited edition models, anniversary-themed customer service, and a series of special events at this year’s Detroit auto show.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Mopar name has become a catchall term to describe any muscle car under the Chrysler Group umbrella
  • A contraction of the words motor and parts, Mopar was the name for a line of antifreeze products specially designed for Chrysler vehicles that was introduced in 1937.
  • To mark the milestone anniversary, FCA is planning to launch limited-edition models throughout the year, and offer 80th-anniversary-themed service to customers.

“To mark the milestone anniversary, FCA is planning to launch limited-edition models throughout the year, and offer 80th-anniversary-themed service to customers.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/mopar-brand-turns-80-years-old-will-celebrate-special-models/

Great Dane service technician training program receives ASE accreditation

“Training is a key part of our emphasis on safety, and we are proud that our training program has received this accreditation,” said Dave Durand, Great Dane’s vice president of aftermarket parts and service. ” — Mary Ruefle, in an interview with the Paris Review Daily. Great Dane has received accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for its service technician training program. Great Dane’s training program, which includes both online and instructor-led courses, focuses on safety, trailer knowledge and skills in trailer maintenance, the company says. This year we asked some notable writers, musicians, actors

Key Takeaways:

  • Great Dane’s training program, which includes both online and instructor-led courses, focuses on safety, trailer knowledge and skills in trailer maintenance, the company says.
  • It enables technicians to become certified in the areas that they satisfactorily complete training.
  • “Training is a key part of our emphasis on safety, and we are proud that our training program has received this accreditation,” said Dave Durand, Great Dane’s vice president of aftermarket parts and service.

“Great Dane’s training program, which includes both online and instructor-led courses, focuses on safety, trailer knowledge and skills in trailer maintenance, the company says.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/great-dane-trailers-service-technician-training-ase-accreditation/

Driver Performs CPR on Heart-Attack Victim

Kindness, courtesy and courage on the road are the requirements to become a Highway Angel. Mark McConachie of Sparta, Ill administered CPR to a fellow driver whom he had been talking to earlier. The driver was unresponsive and leaning against a metal beam. Military training kicked in and McConachie performed CPR until the emergency medical team arrived. Since 1997 the Highway Angel program recognizes drivers taking their loads to their destination and who also help other drivers on the road

Key Takeaways:

  • He rushed to the man’s side and noticed that his chest wasn’t moving and his eyes were rolled back into his head.
  • While the man was breathing when the ambulance left Atlas Tube, McConachie found out later that the driver passed away at the hospital.
  • The Highway Angel program was started in 1997. SInce then, hundreds of drivers have been recognized for unusual acts of kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.

“The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Mark McConachie of Sparta, Ill., a Highway Angel for attempting to save another driver’s life by using CPR while on the job.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2017/01/driver-performs-cpr-on-man-having-a-heart-attack.aspx

New CA Rules Cloud Future Of The Stretch Limousine

Companies providing limousine services have decisions to make if their equipment does not meet the new criteria as of January 1. One of the decisions could be to replace their current fleet with vans. The purpose of the new criteria is to provide passengers with an easy escape from the vehicle should the need arise because of traffic accidents or equipment failure

Key Takeaways:

  • Another bill, SB 812, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, passed in 2016, extends the date for the modification of stretched limousines to include two pop-out windows to January 2018.
  • The Greater California Livery Association has worked extensively to modify this bill.
  • It initially would have cost limo operators anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 in modifications had the GCLA not lobbied to tone it down.

“The Greater California Livery Association has worked extensively to modify this bill. It initially would have cost limo operators anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 in modifications had the GCLA not lobbied to tone it down.”

http://www.lctmag.com/regulations/news/719404/new-ca-rules-cloud-future-of-the-stretch-limousine

Sears to Sell Craftsman Brand to Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. are working to acquire another tool equipment brand with the expectation of adding U.S. jobs and expanding its sales channels. Only a small amount of the brand is sold in foreign markets. This acquisition comes on the heels of purchasing another tool brand business. Each of these purchases will provide information about where sales are occurring, and where sales have not been as effective.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sears Holdings Corporation has agreed to sell its Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. for about $900 million.
  • Craftsman tools will still be sold by Sears retail stores but the brand is being sold to Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
  • Stanley will pay $525 million at closing, $250 million after three years, and make annual payments on new Craftsman sales for 15 years, the companies said in a statement Thursday.

“Bloomberg.com says only about 10 percent of Craftsman brand products are sold outside of the Sears retail umbrella. The deal with Stanley Black & Decker will allow the brand to expand to other sales channels.”

http://www.constructionequipment.com/sears-sell-craftsman-brand-stanley-black-decker

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

The industry expects Class 8 truck orders to carry the load of solidarity and stability for 2017. Significant order increases are expected to provide momentum for the market. On average, monthly orders will weather the impact of late year cancellations. Freight demands are also expected to have a positive impact on the industry with the umbrella of good economic news.

Key Takeaways:

  • FTR had forecasted an increase in the last month of 2016 and based on early numbers, December will see a 10% gain over November.
  • The solid order activity is in line with demand from the last two months, showing an upward trend in the Class 8 market.
  • Month-to-month orders in the fourth quarter were very stable when discounting the higher cancellations in October, according to FTR.

“FTR had forecasted an increase in the last month of 2016 and based on early numbers, December will see a 10% gain over November. The solid order activity is in line with demand from the last two months, showing an upward trend in the Class 8 market.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/news/story/2017/01/class-8-truck-orders-to-see-expected-increase.aspx

Nissan Recalls Three Models for Air Bag Issue

A recall expected to begin February 12, 2017 is in place for 757 2013- to 2015-model year Altima cars, 2015-2016 Rogue SUVs, and 2016 Maxima cars. These models have an occupant classification problem which could identify the front seat as occupied, thereby leading to airbag malfunction.The charge will be free and Nissan will replace the ECU and OCS software will be updated.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nissan North America is recalling 757 2013- to 2015-model year Altima cars, 2015-2016 Rogue SUVs, and 2016 Maxima cars to address an occupant classification system problem that might lead to air bag malfunction.
  • The wrong occupant classification system (OCS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been installed in the front passenger seat, NHTSA said.
  • Nissan dealers will replace the ECU and update the OCS software. There will be no charge for this service.

“Nissan North America is recalling 757 2013- to 2015-model year Altima cars, 2015-2016 Rogue SUVs, and 2016 Maxima cars to address an occupant classification system problem that might lead to air bag malfunction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/12/nissan-recalls-three-models-for-air-bag-issue.aspx

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