Archive for the ‘Industry Trends & Reports’ Category

Survey Finds Drivers Still Love Convertible Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on January 11th, 2017

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Not so long ago industry insiders were warning that convertible vehicles were a dying breed — but not anymore. In recent years, open-air vehicles have seen an extraordinary resurgence, with automakers manufacturing more soft-top models and Haartz Corporation continuing to develop fabric technology.

Car drivers have also reaffirmed their love for convertible vehicles. In fact, a recent consumer opinion survey conducted by Haartz found that key demographics prefer convertible soft tops over fixed roofs, and that 90% of convertible owners drive their cars year round.

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2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Upholstery

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 28th, 2016

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Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an “Occupational Outlook Handbook” for nearly every profession in the United States. This year’s handbook provides some interesting insight on the health of the auto upholstery industry.

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What Killed the Front Bench Seat?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on June 10th, 2016

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In 2011, we published an article lamenting the imminent death of the front bench seat. Three years later the Chevrolet Impala, the last U.S. sedan with a front bench seat, was redesigned with two front buckets and no bench option. Jalopnik recently published an article explaining why the classic seat is no more. It’s a must-read for all automotive history buffs.

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Survey Highlights In-Demand Car Features

Published by Naseem Muaddi on December 3rd, 2015

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Today, more than ever before, new car buyers are willing to spend extra cash to improve and upgrade their vehicle interiors. In fact, a new survey by research and consulting firm AutoPacifica shows that of the 10 most in-demand car features, five are interior related and the top two are seat specific.

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Relax, the Leather Industry is Not Dying

Published by Naseem Muaddi on October 1st, 2015

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Despite endless industry chatter about leather alternatives and bio-based fabrics, demand for hides shows no signs of letting up. In fact, it’s growing.

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