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Motorcars in Ottawa

Motorcars in Ottawa

The motorcars sit in front of the old CB&Q depot in Ottawa, IL, which is now the HQ of the Illinois Railway.

Posted by Robby Gragg on 2009-07-12 23:13:07

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The Responsibilities of an Automotive Service Manager Job

Many dealerships regard the automotive service manager as an integral part of their business. They are the people responsible for acting as a go-between customers and service staff. They are also responsible for other duties within this department.

These managers hire for their department and must choose the most qualified person for the job. They are in charge of overseeing the employees to make sure they meet the dealership’s quality standards. They are directly responsible for teaching these to the employees. Evaluations of employees are also part of their job within their department.

They must set a business plan into place and enforce the goals so they are met. This makes them accountable for the budgeting of the department in making sure the labor costs are kept in check, inventory balances, and they suffer no additional costs by retaining employees. This also covers a marketing campaign plan to gain new customers, as well as keep the old – through coupons, merchandising and staffing needs.

They must stay current with the changes in the industry by attending classes, seminars, and reading literature. This also includes understanding and implementing any policy changes within the dealership, and offering suggestions for change to make the department run smoother. They must also be able to schedule classes for other employees and themselves when such are offered through the car manufacturer so everyone gets the most current information.

It is also the automotive service manager’s responsibility to stay on top of warranties and recalls offered by the manufacture. They will be required to send the warranty work in for payment and will be held accountable for write-offs to the department for failure to comply with the information. They also are the link between the factory representative and the dealership, and may be required to attend meetings and conferences to further this relationship.

The main duty of a manager is to handle customer complaints quickly and efficiently and maintain customer service and the department. They must create and act upon a plan to keep the customers coming back and must have a way to compromise to ensure customer satisfaction. Bringing in new customers is also a job duty, and they must make sure that the service will turn them into repeat customers.

The education for this position requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a complimentary technical field. You must have at least five years experience working in the industry, and many companies require an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Some will allow work experience to compensate for the college education, where the candidate has many years of experience performing the duties.…

Volkswagen Auto Parts Production Braunschweig

Volkswagen Auto Parts Production Braunschweig


Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST

Ford Offers Performance-Ready Focus ST for the Road, ST-R for the Track

Ford Focus ST
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Ford’s first global performance car, the new five-door Focus ST and ST-R racer, offer driving enthusiasts an enhanced experience for the road and the track
Focus ST builds on the DNA of the Sport Technologies badge, combining strong performance, fine handling dynamics and eye-catching style with the refinement needed for everyday use
Performance comes from a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost® engine providing impressive levels of power with equally impressive fuel economy

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 1, 2011 – Performance enthusiasts get the best of both worlds with the Ford Focus ST – available both for the street and for the track.

The new Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car. It builds on the heritage of previous Focus ST models in Europe and evolves it to allow drivers around the world to enjoy the exhilarating performance, unrivaled handling, addictive sound and muscular sports design Ford’s Sport Technologies badge represents.

The Tangerine Scream concept car that will be on display at SEMA this week first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, while the first North American production Focus ST will be unveiled at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

With innovative design and technology throughout, the new Focus ST will be more powerful and surprisingly fuel efficient, raising the bar once again when it comes to handling too. For drivers who want refinement for everyday use but with exhilarating performance on tap, the passion and expertise of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles group shines through and makes the new Focus ST the most rewarding and obvious choice. For those looking to race their car on the track, the ST-R is ready to bring it on.

“The new Focus ST is a really exciting car for Ford,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles. “It’s the first performance model to build upon the design and technology strengths of one of our new global production vehicles. It’s a car built for driving enthusiasts around the world, and they will not be disappointed.”

Focus ST delivers the same driving attributes that make all Ford Sport Technologies models stand out amongst the competition. The chassis, engine, sound and comfort of the car are tuned harmoniously to deliver a truly sporting experience with a level of refinement rarely seen in this type of vehicle. These same attributes will form the genetic code for future Ford models bearing the ST badge.

Purpose-built racer
Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepared competition car. It features a powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, FIA-regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.

It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to race in a variety of series.

The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by Ford Racing engineers – with technical support from Ford’s Global …