Underhood Service takes a look at some of the top automotive related articles from 2012.
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NASCAR Has a New Champ
Brad Keselowski, the No. 2 team for Penske Racing organization, captures the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Brown Races to the Top
NHRA Top Fuel driver, Antron Brown, wins the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel title. This makes Brown the first African American to win a championship in any NHRA pro series in the sport’s 61-year history.
MA Voters Like Right to Repair
In November, Massachusetts voters "resoundingly" pass the Right to Repair ballot measure in their state.
BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen publicly state that their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of E15. GM, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have also stated that the use of E15 does not meet the fuel requirements in their owner’s manuals and may void warranty coverage.
1 Million Hondas and Growing
In December, 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets, associates at the company’s Marysville Auto Plant recently marked production of the 1 millionth Honda automobile to be exported from the U.S. The silver 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan will be shipped to South Korea.
AAPEX Show Numbers Improve
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) opened with a colorful splash of orange and ended on a similar celebratory note with an increase in the number of exhibitors and exhibits at the 2012 event.
WIX Crowns New Top Tech
Kim Brant from Joe’s Tire & Auto Sales (www.stjoeautoservice.com) in St. Joseph, Mo., is named the second-annual WIX Filters Best Tech.
Toyota’s Window/Fire Recall Hits 2.5 Million Vehicles
In October, Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) has announces a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply a special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS) to avoid a possible fire to the switch assembly.
In celebration of October Fall Car Care Month, more than 100 vehicles were inspected on Sunday, Oct. 7, during the first-ever consumer vehicle check-up event hosted by the Car Care Council in conjunction with the Northwood University International Auto Show in Midland, MI.
The states of California and Washington enact legislation to limit the amount of copper and other constituents used in brake friction materials.
MPG Standards Increased
The Obama Administration finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025.
Cruising into a Recall
In June, General Motors began recalling 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes in the U.S. for the 2011 and 2012 model years to modify the engine shield under the vehicle. This change will help prevent any liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start and spread.
Focusing on Engine Efficiency
Ford’s 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine is put to good use as the powerplant in the Ford Focus, and is named the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year Award.
Coming to a Pump Near You?
On June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave approval to about 57 companies to begin selling gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15). Consumer reaction to the fuel has been “mixed.”
Safebraking.com Hits the ‘Net
SafeBraking.com, a news website that tackles the difficult issue of safety in brakes with a message that keeps visitors engaged, becomes the latest collaboration between NUCAP and Babcox Media and harnesses the power of targeted and unique content.
Most Anticipated Car Museum Opens
In June, following two years of design and construction, the Pacific Northwest’s newest attraction, the LeMay America’s Car Museum (ACM) debuts as thousands of people flowed into the 165,000-square-foot, four-level museum with sweeping views above Tacoma, WA.
Losing a Legend
Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, died at age 89 on May 10 in Dallas. Born on Jan. 11, 1923, Shelby was one of America’s greatest success stories championship-winning racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur, car manufacturer and racing team owner.
Based on an analysis of U.S. vehicle registrations by Polk, a leading global market intelligence firm, the average length of ownership of vehicles that were purchased new has risen to a record 71.4 months, or nearly six years.
Merging Print with Video
Babcox Media Inc. acquired Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), effective Jan. 1, 2012. AVI’s broad range of educational products for technicians and video production capabilities adds to Babcox Media’s portfolio of media properties and marketing services and allows the company to extend its reach farther throughout the automotive aftermarket, tire, performance, collision, commercial trucking, engine building and powersports markets.