HOUSTON-To encourage oil change professionals to learn more about its Teflon-based engine treatment product, Slick 50 Inc. is offering promotions and technical support. According to the ``Slick 50 Professional Challenge,'' any shop selling 12 cases of the product between June 14 and Aug. 15 will automatically win Slick 50 T-shirts for up to eight employees. This also qualifies stores to be considered for a $5,000 prize that will go to the shop with the highest percentage of Slick 50 sales compared with its total car count for the two-month period.
The company said its Slick 50 Professional division is staffed and managed separately from its retail side in order to exclusively serve the installer market. Slick's specially marked product container for installers is ``priced to return profits and customers to a store,'' the company said, and is backed by technical training, point-ofpurchase support material and a 250,000-mile warranty program.
For details, contact: Slick 50 Inc., 1187 Brittmoore Road, Houston, Texas 77043; (800) 444-7542 or (713) 932-9954.
Light truck, sport/ute sales climbing
BETHESDA, Md.-Sales of light trucks and sport utility vehicles continued to muscle market away share from passenger cars last year.
The Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA) reported light trucks accounted for 41.7 percent of total light vehicle sales in 1995, up from 28.7 percent in 1985.
Domestic models made up 94 percent of total light truck sales in 1995, compared with an 83-percent share of passenger car sales.
The aftermarket benefits from this growth, the APAA said, because light truck accessories represent a growing $937 million retail market.
The APAA noted the sport utility segment has driven growth in the light truck market in recent years, with sport/utes holding nearly 26 percent of the market in 1995-up 16 percent from 1988. In that period, van sales grew 1 percent to 21 percent; pickups fell from 51 percent of sales to 47 percent.
Aftermarket sluggish in latter 1995 - ASIA
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.-Aftermarket sales slowed during the latter half of 1995, according to the latest, semi-annual ``Aftermarket Business Trends Survey'' compiled by the Automotive Service Industry Association.
Of ASIA members surveyed, 44 percent said their sales rose during the second half of 1995 vs. the same year-earlier period; 30 percent reported sales were down and 26 percent stated sales were flat.
However, slightly more than half the respondents predicted sales would increase this year, while only 9 percent thought sales would be down.
Wynn's International Inc. has sold the principal operating assets of its Forth Worth, Texas-based Climate Systems Inc., an automotive air conditioning systems and components maker, to Moog Automotive Inc., a Cooper Industries subsidiary.
Julian C. Morris, 72, the ``founding father'' of the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, died June 5.
Hired to run the APAA shortly after its inception in 1967, Mr. Morris served as president until retiring in 1992.