Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 22 announced appointments to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, which will work to ensure Michigan continues to be the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility option.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:42

On The Lighter Side: Italian Police Delivers Donor Kidney 300 Miles Away in Two Hours with Lamborghini

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

The Italian State Police delivered a donor kidney using its Lamborghini Huracan on November 5.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:46

GM Airbag Recall to Cover 7 Million Vehicles

A GM airbag recall of about 7 million vehicles worldwide will eventually be announced, with 5.9 million of the following models on the U.S. list.

Join the Auto Care Association for a virtual town hall meeting, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST Dec. 3.

U.S. auto sales for November are expected to show a market that is now weakening after months of recovery from April's historic low seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).

Kia Motors America on Nov. 23 welcomed the sophomore class of the brand's Great Unknowns Scholarship, comprised of 16 first-year college students from across the U.S.

The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association:

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:49

Rivian R1T, R1S Launch Edition Now Sold Out

Rivian announced the R1T and R1S Launch Edition are officially sold out.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Nov. 23, prior to leaving Washington, D.C., for the Thanksgiving break, to pass H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020.

Nov. 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-at-home order due to the pandemic meant to be effective starting Nov. 21.

The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Convention Center Loop tunnels may be capable of moving over 8,000 passengers per hour, and that may not even be the system’s full capacity.

A Ford Explorer carbon monoxide lawsuit settlement has been reached between the automaker and SUV owners.

Teams Texas and Wyoming have been gunning for each other ever since Varni and Sherrybeth clashed in Wyoming.

General Motors is changing course and will no longer back President Donald Trump's effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom placed a 10 p.m. curfew on counties recording higher number of COVID-19 cases using the state’s limited stay-at-home order, despite having a permanent injunction issued against him by a Superior Court judge from doing so.

After announcing in late October that it showed a 41% year-over-year revenue increase in the third quarter, Carvana on Nov. 13 announced a “Live Feelessly” campaign, encouraging customers to take a stand against hidden, last-minute fees.

On Nov. 3, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voted “yes” on question No. 1 of the state election ballot, thereby approving the initiative law to enhance, update and protect the 2013 Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Law as an amendment to the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Act.

Enterprise Holdings, through the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, is elevating its focus on diversity, equity and inclusion with a new five-year, $55 million commitment to organizations that advance social and racial equity in communities around the world.

The National Auto Body Council announced Nov. 20 the category winners in the NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ

Nearly six years ago, American Honda Motor launched the ProFirst Certified Body Shop program.

As more employees return to the workplace throughout the country, employers face an increased risk of COVID-19-related employment practices liability (EPL) claims, such as national origin discrimination/harassment, ADA claims, disparate impact claims, retaliation and wage and hour.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, celebrates CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body Pleasanton in California earning its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) certification from BMW

Drive Toward a Cure is hosting "Up Close and Personal: Untold Stories of Automotive Legends," online at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET Nov. 21.

Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, "Transitory Trends in the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem in the United States, 2025," finds the electric vehicle (EV) market in the U.S. is expected to flourish, with government incentives driving EV ownership.

The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Board of Governors announced Nov. 20 its newest officers and governors following the conclusion of the 2020 AWDA Virtual Conference, which took place Nov. 16-19.

The Automotive Service Association, a national training leader for the automotive service and collision repair industries with its network of ASA affiliates across the U.S., will host its first multi-day virtual conference and expo, April 30-May 1, 2021.

General Motors and the UAW met with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Nov. 16 to talk about the economy and the rise of COVID-19 cases sweeping the nation. 

Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:28

Big Guns Line Up in Florida AOB Fight

In another sign that the State of Florida is gearing up for major battles concerning the assignment of benefits (AOB) in auto glass cases, a former state insurance regulator has joined a firm involved in lobbying the legislature regarding benefit assignments.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A. have each decided to convene the general meetings of the respective shareholders of the two companies Jan. 4 , 2021, in order to approve the merger of their companies to allow the creation of Stellantis, which will become the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturer by volume.

CIECA will hold a CIECAST webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 15 to discuss the highlights of the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA standards for the collision industry.

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

General Motors’ partnership with Nikola Motors has remained stagnant as the deal’s termination date moves closer, reports indicate.

Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:35

Caliber Announces Internal Promotions

Caliber is pleased to announce Mark Sanders, current president and COO, will succeed longtime CEO Steve Grimshaw, effective Jan. 1, at which time Grimshaw will move to full time executive chairman.

Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:06

SCRS Raffle Winner Announced

On Nov. 6, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) concluded accepting entries for its annual raffle. Traditionally held at the SEMA Show, the 2020 raffle was a part of the association’s Repairer Driven Education and SEMA360 experience.

A new scientific study has crowned Mad Max Fury Road as the best on-screen car chase of all time.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced Nov. 19 the acquisition of a collision repair center in Oshkosh, WI.

With a new president and Congress taking power in January, it’s critical that SEMA members consider joining SEMA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to ensure the industry has a voice in the political process.

Collision repair owners and managers across the country say hiring technicians and high turnover rates have become critical issues in their businesses.

Seven individuals across two states were charged in an indictment unsealed Nov. 17 for their alleged participation in a scheme to obtain approximately $16 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For Texas State Technical College student Haley Rios of Bryan, TX, auto collision and repair work is a family tradition.

Subaru of America, Inc. announced Nov. 18 it has been named the 2021 Top Mainstream Brand for Residual Value from the ALG Residual Value Awards.

As the winter season approaches, drivers have signaled their road travel will not slow down despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

An early supporter of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) as a founding sponsor, today Enterprise is a Platinum sponsor of the organization and boasts 11 WIN members supporting various WIN committees from within its organization.

Cars and toys go together, now so more than ever thanks to a collaboration between HGreg.com and the popular annual Toys for Tots program.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:01

MNCARS Provides High School Support

As part of its 2020 workplan, Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair & Service (MNCARS) “adopted” two high school programs to provide enhanced support and mentoring during the year.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:22

CCC Auto Claims Snapshot---October 2020

Repairable appraisal counts in October 2020 were nearly 20% lower than in October 2019. 

FOCUS Advisors is proud to announce the sale of its client, Pride Auto Body, to Classic Collision of Atlanta, GA. 

Through the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program, Service King Collision recently repaired and donated a 2016 Kia Rio to Dorinda Goodenough, a local Phoenix resident.

Wesco Group, a leading paint, body and equipment distributor in the western U.S. and Canada, is pleased to announce it has acquired Cook’s Automotive PBE business.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in three phases, perhaps starting in December, with health care professionals and the most vulnerable first in line.

Colorado’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has returned to level one operations, the center’s highest level, Gov. Jared Polis said Nov. 13.

Three West Coast states are asking out-of-state visitors to self-isolate for at least two weeks to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Nov. 17 residents should wear masks in all settings---even if socially distanced---and avoid traveling, if possible.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:40

Gov. DeWine Places Ohioans Under 21-Day Curfew

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Nov. 17 placed Ohioans under a curfew, beginning Nov. 19, for 21 days in what he said is an effort to stop the rising spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:30

Chevy Bolt Fire Recall: Better Park Outside

A Chevy Bolt fire recall has been issued for nearly 68,700 Bolt EV cars worldwide following at least five fires and two injuries.

Joseph Ashton, former vice president of the UAW’s General Motors Department, was sentenced Nov. 17 to 30 months in federal prison for conspiring with other UAW officials to engage in honest services fraud by taking $250,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a UAW vendor and for conspiring to launder the proceeds of the scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

U.S. News & World Report on Nov. 17 unveiled its Best Vehicle Brand awards and Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award.

Tesla touchscreen failures have caused the government to upgrade and expand an investigation into media control unit (MCU) failures that cause the screens to go black, leaving drivers without important features.

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