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Auto Lenders Offer Payment Relief to U.S. Government Workers During Shutdown

January 04, 2019

For the duration of the U.S. government shutdown, several auto lenders are offering payment relief on a case-by-case basis to affected customers. Nearly 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or have been working without pay since Dec. 21 when a bipartisan deal to fund the…

Do Not Look to Advanced Auto Safety Systems to Save Money

January 02, 2019

Advances in automotive safety engineering and technology have come a long way over the last half century and they save many lives.  Unfortunately, these advances will not save you money, at least not yet. These advanced systems being referred to warn motorists of possible forward collisions,…

2018’s Top Productivity Disruptions

December 28, 2018

If you were told not to think of a pink elephant, you will more than likely picture an image of a pink elephant. This is called the Ironic Process theory, the psychological process whereby deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts makes them more likely to…

2019 Goals Automotive Industry Should Consider

December 26, 2018

The most important part of the end of year is reflecting on lessons learned and determining what they mean for the year(s) ahead. What should automotive industry consider for 2019? Below are few observations. IT integration and change in corporate culture Manufacturers are recommended to…

Driverless Car Bill Needs Adjustments

December 19, 2018

There are many different industry and interest groups that have a stake in the outcome of the driverless car bill. The bill passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by a voice vote in October, and a companion bill sailed through the House last year….

The Next Level of Quality

December 13, 2018

LNS Research, a research and advisory firm, coined the term Quality 4.0.1. Quality 4.0 is a method for using technology to show that quality should really be a company-wide strategy with the executives at the helm driving performance. Quality 4.0 does not replace traditional quality…

Materials Driving Lightweighting Change

December 11, 2018

Lightweighting is a concept in the automotive industry referring to building cars and trucks that are less heavy as a way to achieve fuel efficiency and handling. “Once you reach a certain horsepower level, it gets very expensive to add more power, whereas to take…

Metal vs. Plastic

December 07, 2018

Plastics.  They are everywhere from packaging to automotive body parts. It is no wonder that according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. that the automotive plastics market size is set to surpass 50 billion by 2024. Anything plastic can be made by plastic…

Give Joy

December 05, 2018

The Angel Tree program is a Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program for families needing help providing gifts and basic needs to their children at Christmas. Families are registered in October, and children and seniors are placed for adoption on the Angel Tree in November. The Sustained Quality…