After a long drive from Reno, NV, to Los Angeles on Aug. 22, Russian citizen Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov was intercepted by authorities, seemingly as he was attempting to flee the U.S.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:18

Hawaii OKs Autonomous Vehicles for Public Roads

Just weeks after committing to a four-year long pilot project to turn Hawaii’s highways into data-collecting laboratories, Hawaii Gov. David Ige approved autonomous vehicle testing on public roads throughout the state until at least 2023.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 21:37

Ohio's Three-C Body Shops Sold

The owner of a small chain of body shops in Columbus, OH, recently sold them to an emerging brand, it was first reported in FenderBender.

General Motors announced Sept. 28 plans to invest $71 million into two Ohio manufacturing facilities, including $39 million at its Toledo transmission plant and $32 million at its Defiance casting plant.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 21:21

Galaxy.AI Joins CIECA as Corporate Member

Galaxy.AI recently joined CIECA as a corporate member.

In response to requests from independent repair facilities from across the country, the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA), has announced it will begin accepting virtual members beyond its original six-state territory, effective immediately.

As the pandemic continues to deliver a colossal shock to the economy, with weekly unemployment claims increasing to 870,000 for the week ending Sept. 19 and topping an unprecedented 700,000 each week for more than six months, Universal Technical Institute's pandemic response plan and blended training model are delivering results, with graduates finding employment across the nation.

The stay-at-home economy is understandably driving trends toward home cooking and home improvement projects, but surprisingly, it is creating a surge in buying cars delivered directly to consumers' homes as well.

Auto sales in the U.S. are forecast to continue their COVID-19 recovery in September as the new-vehicle sales pace should increase over last month.

As children, many people dreamed of a future full of flying cars and other gadgets popular in the cartoon The Jetsons. However, the future of America’s highways is likely to feature autonomous vehicles rather than those with wings.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept 28 announced Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., a London-based public company that sells vehicles through its Michigan-based subsidiary, agreed to settle charges that it made misleading disclosures about an internal audit of its emissions control systems.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:35

1Collision Announces Expansion into Arizona

1Collision has added Cutting Edge Collision in Tucson, AZ, as its first collision center in Arizona.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Alan Conner Collision Center Chester, located at 10360 Chester Road, Chester, VA.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Hales Corners and Milwaukee, WI.

Classic Collision, LLC, an Atlanta based multi-site repair operator, announced two separate acquisitions Sept. 25 of Collision Professionals, Inc. in Port St. Lucie, FL, and Treasure Coast Auto Collision in Stuart, FL.

CARSTAR Collision Specialists was voted the first place winner for “Best Auto Body Repair Shop” in the transportation category, the fifth year in a row CARSTAR was chosen by the Wichita Eagle

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittees held two back-to-back hearings entitled “Paycheck Protection Program: An Examination on Loan Forgiveness, SBA Legacy Systems and Inaccurate Data” and “A Review of PPP Forgiveness."

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:47

Crash Champions Grows to 5 Missouri Locations

Crash Champions announced Sept. 28 its continued expansion throughout the state of Missouri with the acquisition of Precision Collision Centers in the Kansas City metro area. 

Markevich to depart after successful seven years with Company.

Old-time motorhead tasks Chad with building an open-wheel race car.

JJ Da Boss is Back as Race Master, Looking to Defend His Team Title as The Purse Payout Increases.

Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:29

On The Lighter Side: Son Secretly Spends Year Building Dream Cars For Both His Parents

Written by Amie Williams, Motorious

We hope you have a box of tissues handy.

CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. CST Oct. 26: “Cybersecurity for the Collision Repair Industry.”

Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:24

New Push for Autonomous Vehicles Bill

In a renewed push to get an autonomous vehicles bill through Congress, Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) was to reintroduce the SELF Drive Act on Sept. 23, Latta told Axios.

Insured losses from Hurricane Sally could reach as much as $3 billion, according to catastrophe modelers, but ratings agency Moody’s expects a moderate impact on property & casualty insurers and reinsurers.

The impact of COVID-19 on the electric vehicle market is more like a yellow light than a red light, according to a new whitepaper from Cox Automotive Mobility.

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

Tesla has just announced plans to get a $25,000 electric car into production within three years.

In celebration of Pollution Prevention Week, the City of Santa Cruz recognized 48 Clean Ocean Business awardees, including 10 vehicle service facilities that have been recipients since the program began 20 years ago.

The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the third quarter represents a positive turning point for the automotive industry despite challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued an order that effectively ends the civil class-action lawsuit between Subaru of America (SOA) and plaintiffs Lucia Luong and Brian Mann in California’s Northern District.

Tesla received a variety of new price targets from investment firms following the conclusion of the company’s Battery Day event Sept. 22.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 23 signed an executive order calling for a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:20

SEMA360 Educational Seminar Schedule Announced

The SEMA360 Education Program will feature more than 30 professional development seminars and candid conversations with industry-leading celebrities and personalities.

Many Americans continue struggling to get by following the highest unemployment rates since the Depression. Any kind of large-scale purchase might seem completely out of the question to most, especially a brand new car.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:54

Carvana Expecting Record Performance in Q3

Carvana Co., a leading eCommerce platform for buying and selling used cars, continues to build momentum this quarter on its journey toward becoming the largest and most profitable automotive retailer.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® announced Sept. 23 that General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra will present the opening keynote address during the all-digital CES® 2021, the world's most influential technology event.

On Sept. 11, a deserving St. Charles, MO, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to Don’s Auto Body and car donor State Farm® along with the NationalAuto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

On Sept. 18, a deserving St. Louis veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu to provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor GEICO and Car Craft Auto Body Chesterfield.

The Second Court of Appeals in Los Angeles on Sept. 22 agreed with a lower court ruling that Ford committed fraud and acted with malice by deliberately concealing known defects in its 6.0-liter diesel engines.

Officials have fined 19 Michigan businesses for “serious violations” of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols in the workplace.

Since its introduction to the world, insurance telematics technology has been closely linked to the advancement and adoption of usage-based insurance (UBI), and with good reason. UBI simply wouldn’t exist without telematics, but the knife doesn’t cut both ways.

The owner of Worcester and Everett, MA, auto body shops pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to a payroll tax scheme resulting in a tax loss to the IRS of more than $290,000.

A New York doctor connected to Yan Moshe, the owner of Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, NJ, has been sued by GEICO, alleging insurance fraud.

At no cost to attendees, the Virtual AAPEX Experience is offering technical and management training on the top issues, challenges and opportunities facing automotive service and repair professionals.

Karma Automotive announced Sept. 22 it will be introducing a new name for a family of vehicles in 2021, the GS Series.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced Sept. 21 it will move its reimagined indoor and outdoor show, originally planned for summer 2021, to Sept. 28–Oct. 9, 2021.

With the support of the State of Georgia, Jackson County and the City of Commerce, SK Innovation announced it plans to hire more than 1,000 skilled American workers by the end of 2021 as it prepares for initial production at the first of two electric vehicle battery plants being built in Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Tesla's Autopilot feature is not meant to be used on its own and instead requires a driver to always be present and alert behind the wheel.

The streak of record wholesale vehicle prices looks like it might stop at three months.

The team continues converting the rusted '71 Pinto into a European performance car despite the passed deadline.

It appears Nikola is facing a very steep hill ahead, with reports indicating founder Trevor Milton has departed from the company, effective immediately.

A Toyota soy wiring class action lawsuit is partly alive on appeal after a district court dismissed the case in 2018.

Data is showing Tesla held a considerable share of the U.S. automotive exports during the second quarter of 2020, with 35.4% of the total car exports during the three-month span coming from the electric automaker.

Monday, 21 September 2020 19:13

VW Donates New Atlas to SCCC Auto Tech Program

Suffolk County Community College on Sept. 16 accepted the donation of a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas to its automotive technology program as part of Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger initiative.

To show support for the Collision Industry and advancing career opportunities, 3M donated a signature event with Chip Foose (as well as other Foose memorabilia) to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) combined efforts to raise funds for the Hire Our Heroes program in addition to raising additional support for high school college collision programs as they start their new school semester.

Monday, 21 September 2020 15:36

Crash Champions Enters Missouri

Crash Champions announced Sept. 21 its entry into Missouri with the acquisition of Dodson Williams Automotive in Springfield, MO. 

GEICO adjusters are in place to quickly assist customers whose vehicles were impacted by Hurricane Sally.

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