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The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Chrysler LLC plans to shut down the entire company for two weeks this summer as a cost saving move to "accelerate Chrysler's recovery and transformation," Chief Executive Robert Nardelli told employees in a memo. Mr. Nardelli told employees they will have to take vacation for the weeks of July 7 and July 14 "in order to create better alignment and efficiency across organizational lines and boost productivity," according to the memo.

CCC Information Services Inc. now offers the ability to electronically access custom estimating guidelines established and maintained by insurers.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008 14:22

House approves $25 billion in industry loans

Automakers and suppliers soon should be able to seek $25 billion in low-interest federal loans to retool plants to build fuel-efficient vehicles and components.

Monday, 22 September 2008 10:57

Title washing rules imminent

The federal government is about to publicly unveil proposed rules requiring insurers and salvage yards to identify for a national database all severely damaged vehicles they acquire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published (online) a database of serious accidents involving possible product or equipment failure. That information, known as Early Warning data, has been in use by NHTSA for five years but is only now available to the public.

Audatex North America announced that it has updated its Database Reference Manual for 2008--2009. The manual now includes the "Best Practices Guidelines" of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). The CIC brings together leaders from the auto collision industry, insurance providers, paint suppliers and other major automotive vendors.