Light truck CAFE unchanged for '02
WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will leave corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) at 20.7 mpg for model year 2002, according to a proposed rule issued by the agency.
>From 1996 to December 2001, Congress prohibited NHTSA from using any of its funds to consider changes in the CAFE standard, and the agency hasn't had time to study the question since the ban was lifted, NHTSA said. While the tire industry doesn't consider CAFE a high priority, it is concerned about fuel economy standards in general, said Roy E. Littlefield III, government affairs director of the International Tire & Rubber Association.
``We're concerned that higher CAFE standards could mean that tires could be fitted that are too light for the vehicles they're on,'' or that warranties on original equipment parts could be extended, Mr. Littlefield said.
Mighty, ASA Tire forge alliance
NASHUA, N.H.-Software provider ASA Tire Systems and Mighty Auto Parts have announced an alliance in which ASA said it plans to provide its clients with the Mighty Auto Parts inventory price files.
ASA also will help implement a methodology to help Mighty parts distributors to automatically replenish their inventories. The companies share a large number of clients, according to ASA.
ASA Tire Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nashua-based ASA International Ltd. Norcross, Ga.-based Mighty is a provider of a comprehensive auto parts program consisting of sales, service, product, promotional support and training.