As Suzuki exits the domestic new-car sales arena to focus its efforts on India and Southeast Asia, repairers, distributors and do-it-yourselfers should find few difficulties in obtaining collision, mechanical and maintenance parts for all of the automaker’s models.Requesting anonymity, a consulting spokeswoman retained for the winding-down process of the American Suzuki Motor Co. tells Aftermarket Business World that the parent firm in Japan – which has filed bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of its U.S. operations – is committed to keeping up the parts flow for eight years.
“The plan is to transition the dealer network to a parts and service network,” she says.
The 220 existing American dealers had until the end of November to accept or reject the company’s offers. It is not yet known how many of them have embraced this parts and service-only status, although numerous Suzuki dealerships also carry other nameplates. (Continued at SeachAutoParts.com)
GPS has hit the mainstream, but it wasn't long ago that the concept of in-auto navigation didn't even exist. Here's how we got to where we are today.
In-car navigation systems remain the most attractive and well integrated, as they continue to tie in more and more entertainment, safety, and cell phone-related features, like the system in the 2012 Toyota Camry (pictured, below right). They're also more reliable, and they stay in the car and are always ready to work. And they're difficult to steal and generally worthless to thieves—at least compared to a standalone GPS unit, a single- or double-DIN car stereo receiver, or a cell phone—all of which are tempting targets to a crook with a crowbar when left in the vehicle. (More at PCMag.com)
Good thing it's only a suggestion, otherwise in-car navigation would be in a world of hurt.
Back in February, we told you about some new rules -- or rather, suggestions -- that the Department of Transportation had compiled for automakers. The rules/suggestions were meant to set standards for in-car equipment that would help curb distracted driving. Our colleagues at Cnet have done a close reading of the official document and found one proposal that would render some navigation systems practically pointless. (More at thecarconnection.com)
A brief history of Ray LaHood's forgotten predecessor
Science fiction writer Douglas Adams once broke down the human reaction to technology thusly: Anything that’s existed for as long as you have is normal; anything invented while you’re between the ages of 15 and 35 is something you can profit from; anything invented after you’ve turned 35 is “against the natural order of things.” (More at Reason.com)