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2017 Auto Industry Trends for Automotive Service Technicians to Look Out For

January 12, 2017

With each new year comes new trends, new technology, and exciting new innovations in the automotive industry. For example, 2016 saw the rise of Wi-Fi and connectivity services in cars, as well as a spike in sales across North America. In 2017, auto industry students and professionals everywhere can look forward to seeing even more

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Dana’s New Tandem Axle Offers Better Fuel Economy and Reduced Drive Train Losses

April 2, 2015

This year at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Dana Holding Corporation revealed a brand new dual range disconnect concept tandem axle—the AdvanTek Dual Range Disconnect. A prototype of the AdvantTek system has been undergoing testing during the past two years and it will begin field testing sometime this year. The tandem axle is

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How Technology is Reducing Semi-truck Accidents

January 15, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in accidents involving semi-trucks has been on the rise since 2012. Increases as large as 18 per cent in some instances have continued to blight the American Trucking Association’s reputation every time the local 5:00 news runs a story about an unfortunate pile

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“Top Fit” Truck Keeping Drivers Alert and Safe

January 8, 2015

For truckers, the workplace is also a bedroom and living room – all contained within a 120-inch sleeper cab. It’s true that today’s sleeper cabs focus much more on comfort than those of the past. Many are equipped with stereo speakers, a mini fridge, a pull out table and even a microwave oven! That being

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France to Phase out Diesel Powered Vehicles

December 25, 2014

Students who graduate from auto mechanic college can expect to fix fewer diesel-powered cars if they decide to go and work in Paris – or anywhere in France, for that matter. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, wants her city to be diesel car-free by 2020. French Prime Minister Manuel Vallas wants to implement a

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Heavy Duty Trucks for Heavy Duty Jobs: The Undying Popularity of Pickups

December 18, 2014

If you asked what the top selling car in America was last year, you may be surprised to hear it wasn’t a car at all—it was a truck. The Ford F-150, in fact. The second and fifth spots for top sales were both trucks as well. Clearly, North America has a love affair with heavy

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What Will Police Vehicles Look Like in the Future?

December 4, 2014

Students pursuing auto mechanic training know that some of the most interesting cars to work on are police cars. And these are just recent models. Who knows what engineers, auto training school graduates and car companies will come up with and actually produce as police vehicles over the next ten, twenty or thirty years. Hollywood

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Deprived of the Best? Why Canadians Can’t Get European Cars

November 13, 2014

Despite how much Canadian car owners would love to get their hands on an Audi A1 or the Volkswagen Scirocco R, Transport Canada regulations have restricted the import of these European models. There may be several reasons why a vehicle doesn’t make it into Canada, and even those in automotive mechanic school question some of

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How Fuel Quality Influences Automotive Performance

October 16, 2014

Fuel, which generally refers to either gasoline or diesel, is what ignites in order to create energy to move our cars.  Driving in our hometown, most of us will have a gas station we typically go for fuel – someplace that we trust and which has good prices. But say you’re on a road trip

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