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Directions: Top 20 Automotive Related News stories for 2012

Underhood Service takes a look at some of the top automotive related articles from 2012. What is your top story from this list? What do you think should have made the list that isn’t reported here? E-mail us at [email protected]

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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.
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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.
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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.kim brant, right, proudly displays his tech of the year trophy with two-time nhra funny car champion tony pedregon during the babcox night of excellence awards dinner during the aapex show in las vegas.
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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.
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Under Inspection
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.
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Braking Bad?
The states of California and Washington enact legislation to limit the amount of copper and other constituents used in brake friction materials.
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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.
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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.
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the ford engine managed to scoop the prestigious overall international engine of the year title as well as being the victorious engine in both the 'best new engine' and the 'sub 1-liter' categoriesFocusing 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.
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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.”
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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.
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the lemay — america's car museumMost 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.
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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.
http://bit.ly/TXTZ5e Carroll Shelby is perhaps the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three major American automobile manufacturers.

 

Holding On
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.
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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.
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