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The Automotive Service Association has named Mary Steele, AMAM, executive director of ASA Florida, as the new regional executive director of the Southeast region of ASA.

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Something has to change.

Monday, 29 November 2021 20:53

Steakhouse Owner Busted for Classic Car COVID Fraud

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The owner of a steakhouse in Shepherd, MT, has been caught using about $75,000 in COVID Small Business Administration (SBA) relief funds---supposed to be for his business---to instead buy classic cars.

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In October, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) hosted its Annual Meeting at the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall in Clark, NJ.

 

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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.

Monday, 29 November 2021 18:19

Auto Care Association Seeks Industry Input in 2022 Outlook Study

Written by Camille Sheehan, Auto Care Association

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The Auto Care Association released an industry-wide study to hear from businesses about their outlook as the auto care industry heads into 2022.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is proud to announce the election of Jim Ocampo, industry relations/strategic sales manager at Axalta Coating Systems, to the CIF Board of Trustees.

Monday, 29 November 2021 17:19

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Far From Over

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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The Volkswagen emissions scandal is apparently far from over, as the automaker looks at possibly paying billions of dollars more than it already has.

Monday, 29 November 2021 16:38

Nissan: 23 New Electrified Models, Including 15 BEVs by 2030

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

 

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Nissan on Nov. 29 announced its long-term strategy---Ambition 2030---with electrification at the center, and revealed a few new concept models.

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

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 19:11

On The Lighter Side: Chip Foose Slams Ford Maverick, Gives Truck Street Rod Makeover

Written by Anthony Alaniz, Motor1.com

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A few accessories can transform the pickup.

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Children and their parents are invited to special holiday events at Rodeo Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Queen Creek, AZ, and Earnhardt Lexus in Phoenix.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:28

Navy Working to Ease Supply-Chain Shortage in LA County

Written by Rachel Nostrant, Yahoo News

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The U.S. Navy is working with the Oxnard Harbor District in Port Hueneme in Los Angeles County to provide direct support in decreasing port congestion in hopes of reducing the national supply-chain shortage.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:35

CIF Giving Tuesday Campaign: $20for20

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The Collision Industry Foundation participates again in the global day of charity and generosity, “Giving Tuesday,” held on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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From Nov. 18 through Jan. 3, Subaru of America, Inc. will give customers the opportunity to bring joy back into the lives of children with critical illnesses by electing to donate to Make-A-Wish® after purchasing or leasing a new Subaru vehicle.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:15

Dodge Ditching All Hellcat Models After 2023: Report

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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We've known for some time the Hellcat's end was drawing near. Earlier this year, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said as much but the exact end was still ambiguous.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:06

PepsiCo. Receives Permit for Tesla Semi Megacharger Installation

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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PepsiCo. has received the permit for the installation of a Tesla Semi Megacharger at its Modesto, CA, facility, according to public documents released by Stanislaus County.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:28

Tesla Has an Estimated 1.3M Cybertruck Reservations Worth $80B

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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The Tesla Cybertruck story is really outright crazy if you think about it. The truck arrived on stage at its reveal and many people thought it was an Elon Musk joke, which would come as no surprise.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:05

Arkansas Thieves Swipe Beloved Classic Cars

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A family in Jonesboro, AR, is grieving after someone broke into a storage unit and stole two beloved classic cars.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:49

Illinois Drivers Face Higher Thanksgiving Gas Prices than Neighboring States

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square

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Some drivers can expect to pay more for Thanksgiving travel. Others hitting the road in electric vehicles may have to plan on where to charge up.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:43

Biden Releases Oil Reserves to Address Rising Gas Prices

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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President Joe Biden announced Nov. 23 his administration will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help address skyrocketing energy costs.

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Joe Hudson’s Collision Centers, a leading platform in the collision repair industry, on Nov. 22 announced President and CEO Traweek Dickson is retiring after more than three decades with the company, and will take on the role of executive chairman.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:06

GM Tells Dealers it Will Offer Heated Seats on More 2022 Vehicles After All

Written by Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors pulled a multimillion-dollar rabbit out of its hat Nov. 19, telling its dealers it has figured out a way to resume offering two popular features on its vehicles.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:53

Toyota Busts the Car Microchip Shortage

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave or under a rock, you know for about a year automakers have been suffering from a shortage of microprocessor chips, necessary for a number of features.

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Opus IVS™ announced Subaru of America, Inc. has approved the DriveSafe™ and ScanSafe™ diagnostic tools for use within the Subaru Certified Collision Network.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce it has partnered with Automotive Seminars to offer its members discounted pricing on all upcoming live-online training, as well on-demand training videos.

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At a meeting Nov. 22, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has aligned on a policy of voluntary and confidential disclosure of vaccination status for UAW members.

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TrueCar, Inc. forecasts total new vehicle sales will reach 1,073,042 units in November, down 15% from a year ago and up 14% vs. October, when adjusted for the same number of selling days.

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On Nov. 16, the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association held its first meeting since April 2020, when the pandemic hit.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:38

Blackstone-Backed Service King Flags Cash Crunch, Ability to Pay Debt

Written by Katherine Doherty and Rachel Butt, Bloomberg

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Auto repair company Service King has warned its lenders that dwindling cash is casting doubt on its ability to pay debt and continue as a going concern, according to people familiar with the closely held company’s most recent results.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:30

Buckle Up: Thanksgiving Travel to Rebound Almost to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Written by Ellen Edmonds, AAA

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Airports and roads may seem jam-packed this year as AAA predicts 53.4 million people to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020.

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Hunter Engineering is pleased to welcome two new key members to its international team. 

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Autumn Lamb of Corona, CA, has been appointed to the CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council, representing GSP North America.

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“Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to because I’m going to give you an answer, and I really don’t care whether you like it or not,” Larry Montanez of P&L Consultants warned during the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) Nov. 17 meeting.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:41

Vroom Data Makes Case for Used EV Growth

Written by Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing

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The acronym ACES or CASE is often used in the auto industry to describe, in some form or fashion, the emerging role of connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:26

By the Numbers: VINs and Parts Do Not Always Match

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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In early 2020, AGRR magazine explored the disconnect between vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and the NAGS numbers they identify. These issues have persisted into 2021.

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In partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and famed custom car builder Ringbrothers, Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) announced more than $13,000 was raised last month in a helicopter golf ball drop fundraiser.

Monday, 22 November 2021 22:50

Chevy Bolt Software Update to Limit Charge to 80%, Drop Restrictions

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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General Motors has announced a software update for Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV owners to address the electric vehicle’s battery fire problem.

Monday, 22 November 2021 18:55

Tesla Facilities at Giga Texas Move Closer to Operation Following New Filings

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla is moving closer to starting the manufacturing of its all-electric vehicles at its new facility near Austin, Gigafactory Texas.

Monday, 22 November 2021 18:29

Ford, Rivian Abandon Joint EV Development Plans

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Ford ditched plans to jointly develop electric vehicles with Rivian, and both companies will focus on their own EV projects.

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Recently, a deserving East Amherst, NY, family was presented with a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with car donor GEICO and Gabe’s Collision Center.

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The Automotive Service Association has named Mike McManus, association management veteran and sales manager, as the new regional executive director of the Great Lakes Region of ASA.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced Nov. 22 the reservation limit for the Mullen FIVE EV Crossover has been increased to 25,000 initial reservations.

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The latest edition of the LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Insurance Demand Meter reports the overall annual U.S. auto insurance shopping growth rate decreased to -3.9% for Q3 2021.

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The Carolinas Collision Association, in partnership with the Tennessee and Gulf States collision associations, are holding the first Southeast Collision Conference in Richburg, SC, at the Gateway Conference Center.

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On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, the culmination of months of negotiation over the bill, which totals $1.2 trillion and includes $550 billion in new money for the nation’s infrastructure.

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Despite ongoing disruptions in the economy, 70% of specialty-equipment manufacturers report sales growth over the past year, according to the new "State of the Industry—Fall 2021" report from SEMA.

Friday, 19 November 2021 21:13

Tesla Recalls Model S, Model X Vehicles Over Airbags

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Tesla is recalling about 7,600 model year 2021 Model X and Model S vehicles because the driver's airbag cushions may tear when the airbags deploy.

Friday, 19 November 2021 20:40

Tesla Tanks in Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla has a knack for not performing well in some reliability and dependability surveys, and the most recently released assessment from Consumer Reports continued that trend after the electric automaker finished 27th out of 28 total brands.

Friday, 19 November 2021 20:32

Tesla Launches First Supercharger in Alaska

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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The first Tesla Supercharging station in Alaska, announced over the summer, is officially open and ready for use in beautiful winter scenery.

 

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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.

Friday, 19 November 2021 19:16

GM Partners with Suppliers to Find a Chips Fix in North America

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors may have a solution to its semiconductor chip problem.

Friday, 19 November 2021 18:21

Chevrolet Bolt EV, Bolt EUV Plant Down for Rest of the Year

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant where the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV are made will remain down the rest of the year.

Friday, 19 November 2021 18:06

Apple Reportedly Accelerating Car Development, Wants Model to Be Fully Autonomous

Written by Michael Gauthier, CarScoops

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The Apple Car is the unicorn of the automotive industry as it’s often talked about, but never seen.

Friday, 19 November 2021 17:58

Detroit Dealers React to GM Taking Away Heated Seats and Steering Wheels

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors dealers in metro Detroit face a new challenge to selling cars.

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A leader in auto collision repair across 39 states, Caliber Collision announced a new strategic relationship with Bosch, the leading global supplier of automotive aftermarket components and service solutions.

Friday, 19 November 2021 17:42

Dealership Profits Breaking Records During Car Shortage

Written by Sean Tucker, Kelley Blue Book

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America’s car dealers have spent most of 2021 struggling to find enough cars to sell. But they’re not hurting. They’re shattering profitability records.

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On Nov. 18, three Tennessee-based companies, along with Allstate and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, teamed up to make life easier for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.

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