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Wednesday, 04 August 2021 21:02

2022 Nissan LEAF Becomes Most Affordable EV With Sub-$30k MSRP

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Nissan’s 2022 LEAF has established itself as the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S. market with the rollout of the newest models.

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The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) published a new guide to help consumers take control of their collision repair experience in a way that keeps their families safer following an accident.

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New vehicle launches of F-150 Hybrid, Bronco, Mustang Mach-E expand Ford’s competitive conquest rate.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 19:02

Pro Spot Denver Training Center Open House Aces the Test

Written by Barbara Davies & Chasidy Rae Sisk

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Autobody News attended Pro Spot International’s Open House at the company’s brand-new Pro Spot Aces of Denver Training Center, located at 5280 Steele Street in Denver, CO, on the evening of July 30th. 

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It is with great disappointment that the upcoming 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been cancelled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread. 

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GM announced net income of $1.2 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $878 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and $173 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

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Driven Brands Collision, home to the industry-leading collision repair networks, ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, CARSTAR and Fix Auto USA, announces strong operational performance across its three brands while adding 57 new stores in the first half of 2021.

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Virtual Conference Featured Dozens of Relevant Training Session

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Dr. Carmen Flosbach and Dr. Michael Koerner recognized for their significant scientific accomplishments, technology leadership and commercial contributions to Axalta.

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Symach, the bodyshop equipment producer is pleased to announce that John Boukouras has been appointed as General Manager in Australia, overseeing and supporting Symach activities in the Continent.

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Honda will provide some of its U.S. associates more workplace flexibility by providing long term opportunities to work remotely.

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For the first time at AAPEX, product and equipment demonstrations will take place in Joe’s Garage, a real-world shop with eight bays, lifts, vehicles and a source-capture vehicle extraction system.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 15:59

Toyota Avalon Is Dead In The U.S. After 2022 Model Year

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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Another sedan bites the dust.

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Safelite® Group, the nation’s leading vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass®, announced today an agreement to acquire the assets of Advanced Glass & Trim in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Ed Mondragon, a property and casualty (P&C) claims consultant in State Farm's Consulting Services department, joined CIECA’s board of trustees effective immediately.

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After more than two years in litigation, the case of Allstate* v. Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly continues in court.

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 16:09

U.S. Automakers Mandate Masks At All Plants But Not Requiring Vaccines

Written by David Shepardson, Reuters

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Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Tuesday they will reinstate requirements to wear masks at all U.S. plants, offices and warehouses beginning on Wednesday but are not requiring workers to be vaccinated.

 

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CCC returns to public markets under ticker symbols “CCCS” and “CCCS WS.” CCC received net proceeds of $605 million from transaction. 

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James Huard, a long-time industry veteran operating and managing many body shops during his 35-year career has become the new owner-operator of Painter’s Collision Center, along with his wife Kelly Huard.

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Car Presentation to Recipients Set for United Recyclers Group Conference on Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Dallas Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX.

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How much attention do you pay to those ever-present gray vans emblazoned with the Amazon logo? Did you ever stop to think who owns them? And who repairs them?

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For students in the Maricopa County Community College District, the Collision Repair Technician Program allows an opportunity to explore auto body mechanics while also feeding their creativity.

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which could broaden the United States electric vehicle market with budgetary support for charging stations and State-owned EVs, has been finalized.

Monday, 02 August 2021 17:43

ASE Enhances Social Media Presence

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has added more content to its social media platforms to better communicate with automotive service professionals.

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AkzoNobel announced that Michelle Sullivan is appointed Sales Director for its Vehicle Refinish (VR) US-East Region effective August 1, 2021.

 

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its newest acquisition of fourteen Central Auto Body locations in Oregon and Washington.

Monday, 02 August 2021 16:24

Say It Isn’t So, Flo: Lawsuit Alleges Progressive Underpays

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Two New Yorkers filed suit against Progressive Corp. on July 22, alleging the car insurer is underpaying and arbitrarily undervaluing claims by New York policyholders for totaled vehicles by deceptively adjusting the claims process.

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An Autobody News reader recently emailed me a question he had about daily release meetings at his shop.

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With deliveries of the R1T pickup and R1S SUV coming in September and later in the fall, respectively, Rivian is offering customers a preview of its service centers. 

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President Joe Biden is campaigning for U.S. automakers to commit to a sales goal that would see 40% of its delivered units be electric by 2030.

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Since you likely follow the EV segment, you're probably aware Rivian delayed its R1T and R1S vehicles from June to July, and then more recently, the startup electric pickup truck maker pushed them back once again to Septmember.

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Tesla’s war with laws that prohibit the direct sale of cars to consumers continues, but the automaker is making progress across the U.S.

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A new study shows the Delta COVID-19 variant produced similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people if they get infected---illustrating a key motivation behind the federal guidance that now recommends most fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors.

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Louisiana could receive billions of dollars in new federal infrastructure spending despite a disagreement over the plan between the state's two U.S. senators.

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“Do we need to look differently at how we approach training and education?” asked Jeff Peevy, I-CAR’s vice president of technical products, programs and services, during the July 22 CIECAST webinar.

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With U.S. businesses accelerating their hiring and Southern California's economy rebounding from COVID-19 labor disruption, regional leaders welcomed Toyota-Lexus automotive technician training program to the Inland Empire.

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.

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Eighty-eight wildfires are burning in 11 Western states as of July 26th in a fire season unlike any other in recent history.

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The I-CAR Board of Directors on July 29 announced the election of four individuals to fill open board seats, including two members returning for a second three-year term.

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The overall U.S. economic outlook remains positive as the country continues to bounce back from 2020.

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Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has joined forces with the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) to protect racing in the Tar Heel State---home to more than 50 race tracks and more than 30,000 motorsports jobs.

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SEMA has announced the hiring of Benjamin Kaminsky as the new Detroit operations manager.

Thursday, 29 July 2021 19:45

Armed EPA Agents Raid Colorado Auto Shop

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For decades, car enthusiasts have despised the EPA and its ever-increasing regulations slapped on the hobby, but many automotive journalists have told them their worst fears were just plain ridiculous.

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On average, it’s now taking 15 to 30 days longer to get parts in for body shops around the nation, and mechanics in Evansville, IN, have heard a slew of reasons as to what’s behind this delay.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Nikola Motor founder and former CEO Trevor Milton on three counts of criminal fraud for allegedly lying about “nearly all aspects of Nikola’s business.”

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Volta Industries, Inc., an industry leader in commerce-centric electric vehicle charging networks, announced it has further extended its market penetration with the installation of new charging stations at Stop & Shop in New Jersey.

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The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.  

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Serious car enthusiasts are welcoming the post-pandemic return of live, in-person auctions during the 70th Annual Monterey Car Week, scheduled for Aug. 6-15.

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 Stanton Gustavson’s wish was to restore his 1974 Datsun 240z.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:36

On The Lighter Side: Pontiac Trans Am Barn Finds Head To Auction

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Those and more Pontiac goodness will cross the block soon…

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, on July 28 announced its 10th annual Make-A-Wish Foundation golfing fundraiser has raised $15,000, the highest one-year total in the event’s history. 

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Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) are extending their 18-year commitment to improving teen driving skills by awarding grants totaling $135,000 to six State Highway Safety Offices and announcing the return of Ford Driving Skills for Life hands-on driver training clinics. 

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We’ve covered stories about several police departments switching from older gas cars straight to Teslas, usually Model 3s, but now we’re starting to hear about the benefits they offer over ICEs.

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VeriFacts Automotive, LLC announced the next Guild 21 Webinar will be held at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET Aug. 12 and focus on “All Things Honda.”

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Since the introduction of the ASE Renewal App last year, more than 10,000 automotive service professionals are now using the innovative application to extend their A1-A9 certifications without stepping foot in a test center.

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There has been a lot of talk surrounding the now famous GAA Classic Cars vehicle auction house.

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Recently, when it comes to cars, the cops have been getting their butts kicked. In an age when the roads are populated by supercharged 700-horsepower Hellcats, even the famous 5.7-liter V8 Hemi AWD Charger cop cars can’t keep up.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 18:07

CarLotz Opens Denver & Las Vegas Hubs

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Four days after announcing its hub in the Southwest, CarLotz said July 26 it has opened a hub in Denver, its first in Colorado.

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