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News Briefs 12/12/12

• More than one in eight U.S. vehicles has bald tires, according to survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). The survey of 5,300 vehicles found that more than 13 percent had at least one bald tire. That’s an increase from 10.4 percent in 2010.

• The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) in October recognized 80 auto service and repair professionals who earned AMI’s Accredited Automotive Manager designation by successfully completing AMI courses and accumulating a minimum of 120 credits.

• AMI has now awarded more than 2.5 million credits since the program launched in 1989.

Bosch is expanding its portfolio of training to include an advanced course on gasoline direct injection technology. This one-day class will be offered in various locations across the United States and will launch in 2013.

• Bosch says more than 200 new service centers have joined the Bosch Service network in the United States and Canada this year, bringing the total up to 1,400.

• Bosch says that more than 1,100 Bosch Service credit cards have been issued to motorists in North America since the program launched in late 2011. This year, consumers are expected to charge $2 million in parts and services to these cards at Bosch Service network shops across North America.

TransferCasesforSale.com, a transfer case retailer, has added online quotes to its website.

• Automotive diagnostic videos created by Wells Vehicle Electronics have exceeded 3 million views on YouTube.

Experian Automotive says more than 9 million vehicles are registered in the counties most significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

• The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is raising the standard mileage rate for business miles driven during 2013 by 1 cent to 56.5 cents per mile.

Matt Dougher has joined ASA Ohio as the group’s new membership director. He oversees membership recruitment and retention.

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