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Automotive
Over Promising and Underdelivering

By Keith Spacapan

First quarter U.S. sales of light-duty vehicles totaled 3.29 million, one of the worst single quarter tallies in a decade. The only quarter to post a worse result was the second quarter of 2021 at the height of the pandemic.

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Automotive
Changing the Tire in 2022

By Gregory Baldor

In this article we take a look at the changing tire industry and how the impact of ever-changing tariffs prior to the arrival of the pandemic and a precipitous drop in the number of miles driven during its height in 2020 have now been further exacerbated by reduced production output, increased raw material pricing, shipping delays and higher import costs.

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Automotive
Microchips a Mega Problem

By Keith Spacapan

Hobbled by a global pandemic, the U.S. light vehicle market only managed to sell 14.6 million vehicles in 2020. Sales tumbled quickly with the onset of stay at home orders, slumping to a 50-year low before staging a steady recovery.

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Sprinting Ahead of Inflation and Competition
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Automotive Aftermarket ‘Pleased’ with Q2 Results

By Keith Spacapan

In a word, the Automotive Aftermarket is “pleased” with its second-quarter results. We experienced our first normal winter weather in three years and the industry is benefiting. For the six companies that comprise the Hilco Parts Index (the Index), net sales were $69.8 billion for the twelve months ending with the second quarter of 2021.

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