Maintenance important but lax-AAIA study
BETHESDA, Md.-A study by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) revealed that regular vehicle maintenance ranks first in importance with motorists, but they're just not diligent about actually scheduling service.
According to the study-The Aftermarket Consumer: DIY or DIFM-do-it-for-me'ers and do-it-yourselfers ranked 4.66 and 4.52 respectively out of a possible 5.00 on the belief that preventative maintenance is important for minimizing future repairs and insuring long vehicle life.
Despite both groups agreeing about the importance of maintenance, the AAIA said they admitted to being slow to schedule service, even when a vehicle problem existed.
``The findings of this market research study reinforces what we learned from research in stage one of the `Be Car Care Aware' campaign-that consumers rationally understand the benefits of vehicle maintenance but often lack the motivation to act,'' said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president/CEO. ``That is precisely why consumer education is so important for our industry.''
Information about the report is at www.aftermarket.org.
Federal-Mogul CEO named board chairman
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-Automotive parts maker Federal-Mogul Corp. has named President and CEO Jose Maria Alapont to the additional post of chairman of the board of directors, effective immediately.
Mr. Alapont replaces Robert S. Miller, who resigned to become chairman and chief executive of Delphi Corp.
Named president and CEO of Federal-Mogul on March 1, Mr. Alapont has more than 30 years of global leadership experience in the automotive manufacturer and supplier industries.
Prior to joining Federal-Mogul, he was CEO and a member of the board at IVECO, the commercial vehicle company of the Fiat Group. Between 1997 and 2003, Mr. Alapont held several leadership roles at Delphi Automotive Systems, one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive systems and components.
`OnDemand' software launched by ASA
BEDFORD, Texas-The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched a new software service, OnDemand, for its members.
The new program allows users to access association and industry information on their computer desktops via Web synchronization technology.
The system adds updated information continually during Internet connection, ensuring that the information is the most up-to-date available, according to the ASA.
To download the software or obtain additional information, visit www.ASAOnDemand.com.