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Thursday, 02 July 2020 20:50

Spanesi Americas Launches New Website

Spanesi Americas is very proud to announce the release of its new website.

Four vehicle safety bills have been introduced by U.S. Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a move applauded by numerous safety organizations, including the Center for Auto Safety.

How many bumper covers, fender liners and plastic shields are currently sitting in the middle of the road in this country?

Tesla has released its second quarter vehicle production and delivery report, posting a total production of 82,272 and total deliveries of 90,650.

As Californians gear up to see an Independence Day like no other in modern day history, the list of things revelers can do to celebrate is shaping up to be even more restrictive.

Back in April, Ford Motor Company kicked off a partnership with Wayne State University, the Wayne State University Physician Group and ACCESS, focused on delivering mobile COVID-19 tests.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 22:02

Auto Body Shop Has a Woman's Touch

Two Region women in Indiana are smashing barriers by assuming the reins of a business that puts things back together.

As more states continue reopening the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) took a closer look at the current landscape of the industry.

A bill that would offer Georgia businesses legal protection from certain coronavirus-related lawsuits is on Gov. Brian Kemp's desk.

During IBIS USA 2020, George Irving Jr., Toyota’s national manager of service and collision operations, announced the manufacturer’s success in its efforts to clearly identify non-reusable parts in several major estimating systems, including Audatex, CCC and Mitchell.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 19:07

June 2020 SEMA Industry Indicators

The worst of the downturn is likely over.

Ford Motor Co. is joining Starbucks and Coca-Cola in an advertising boycott against Facebook sites as part of an effort to urge the social media giant to regulate misinformation and hate speech critics say divides a troubled nation.

Car enthusiasts hoping to gather for some motoring fun will have to stay home, parked in their garages for now.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 18:15

Honda Boycotts Facebook and Instagram

American Honda Company Inc. has joined a number of other high-profile brands in electing to halt advertising spend on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state plans to issue new measures as early as July 1 that could require local jurisdictions to step up enforcement of a mandate requiring people to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 17:48

Senate Approves 5-Week PPP Extension

The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a five-week extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) late June 30, just a few hours before the application window on the program was scheduled to close.

Recent images taken of Tesla’s battery production facility in Kato Road near the Fremont Factory in California suggest the expansion of the site is already underway.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Arizona’s bars, gyms, waterparks and theaters would be closing back down, as the state sees spikes in coronavirus cases.

The Louisiana Senate on June 29 approved bipartisan legislation that would make sweeping changes to how the state’s legal system handles car insurance claims.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wants General Motors to repay $60 million in state tax credits the company received.

A car dealership in Ellenville, NY, is suing an HBO production company for $8 million after the location was destroyed by a massive fire after being used as a set for the television series "I Know This Much To Be True," according to the Record Online.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:17

New Hampshire Bill Dies in Committee

A bill that was pre-filed at the end of 2019 and introduced in New Hampshire’s House earlier this year failed to make it out of the Senate.

1Collision proudly announced the addition of 1Collision Waconia in Waconia, MN, and 1Collision Grimes in Grimes, IA.

The U.S. commercial automobile insurance segment’s underwriting losses deepened to $4 billion in 2019, the segment’s worst loss in 10 years and a continuation of a decade-long trend of worsening underwriting results, according to a new AM Best report.

The wholesale vehicle market has reached a positive milestone in June, and this particular one had not occurred in more than three months.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:34

How USMCA Will Affect Auto Industry

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) takes effect July 1, replacing and modernizing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with the aim of supporting mutually beneficial trade.

In March and April, many consumers got extensions on their leased-vehicle terms because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, get ready for the Great Lease Return Tsunami.

I-CAR® announced June 30 a collaborative partnership with Audi of America’s Collision Repair Network, in which I-CAR will deliver expanded training to all new network members as Audi seeks to augment the knowledge of technicians and shop management, thus bolstering customer care, amid a new era of vehicle sophistication and repair complexity.

Ford is providing peace of mind to potential customers nervous about buying or leasing a new or used vehicles in an unsettled economy with a program that offers the option to return the vehicle in case customers lose their jobs within the first year.

People who live and drive in Arizona should brace themselves for higher auto insurance premiums. A new law is increasing the minimum amount of coverage required and this will result in higher rates for most drivers.

As Texas grapples with soaring coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, local elected officials in some of the state’s most populous counties are asking Gov. Greg Abbott to roll back business reopenings and allow them to reinstate stay-at-home orders for their communities in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus forced the country into a state of constant change for months as medical professionals and government leaders tried to learn as much as they could while offering safety guidelines.

At least 14 states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans as the U.S. sees a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

Autonomous vehicle technology will be the subject of a likely lawsuit to be filed by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to ignore a 2018 petition.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will consider “toggling back” California’s reopening plan and reinstate restrictions if hospitals and health care needs exceed capacity after increased testing has resulted in more positive test results being reported.

Monday, 29 June 2020 19:39

Body Shop Eyes Merrillville, IN, Site

A new auto body repair shop would represent a significant investment in the town and bring a modern operation to Merrillville, IN, but some property owners think it should be in a different location.

More than one in four shops is now using a materials invoicing system, a 50% increase from just four years ago, and those that do say they are regularly being paid based on those systems, according to data from a “Who Pays for What” survey earlier this year.

Monday, 29 June 2020 17:55

On the Lighter Side: Man Breaks Cannonball Run Record Driving Rental Mustang Across America

Written by Ian Harvey, The Vintage News

The Cannonball Run, the drive across America, has a new record holder.

Watch the latest #SymachTalk with Steve Knox, General Manager at Carstar Fredericton CA.

Calling the litigation of General Motors Co.'s racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV "a waste of time and resources," a federal judge on June 23 took the unusual step of ordering the companies' two CEOs to meet within the next week to reach a "sensible" resolution.

Collision and auto body repair facilities are considered essential businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but almost all of them have seen declines in business as people stopped driving during quarantine.

Gov. Doug Ducey struck a dire tone June 25, warning that Arizonans who attended large gatherings are fueling the spread of COVID-19. 

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 26 took his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%.

While U.S. new-vehicle sales in June are expected to decline as much as 30%, research firms on June 25 maintained that retail demand has held up relatively well during the coronavirus outbreak and the question now is whether the industry can rebuild inventories fast enough as demand rebounds.

While still much softer than year-ago levels, June’s used-car sales are expected to climb 16% month-over-month, according to the latest forecast from TrueCar subsidiary ALG.

Thousands of exhibitors and attendees are registered and planning to attend the 2020 SEMA Show, taking place Nov. 3-6, in Las Vegas, NV.

In a 24-hour long marathon mark-up, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided drivers working for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will be considered employees as is depicted under California’s new gig worker law.

Actor Denis Leary, beloved for his role as New York firefighter Tommy Gavin in "Rescue Me" and admired for his philanthropic support of firefighters since 9/11, will take the spotlight as host of the all-new Ford F-150 reveal.

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Youngstown, OH, area June 25 to attend the unveiling of Lordstown Motors’ new Endurance electric pickup truck.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:42

COVID-19 Puts Brakes on June NC Cruise-In

This is a time when owners of unique vehicles are waxing them up in anticipation of a new cruise-in season in Mount Airy, NC, but this year the coronavirus is injecting a major speed bump into the mix.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:21

Car Bench Releases a New Corporate Video

Communicating their commitment to the automotive industry.

The PPPFA amended several key provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but one item that did not change is the application deadline. This means all PPP applications are due by June 30. 

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Geneva Body Shop, located at 901 N. Raddant Road, Batavia, IL 60510.

The National Auto Body Council Body® has recognized leaders and philanthropists in the collision repair industry for the past two decades.

Tesla’s plans for its Cybertruck Gigafactory in Travis County, TX, have received some strong opposition from Matt Mackowiak, chairman of the Travis County GOP.

Do you have a vehicle painted with R-M products that you’d like to see in a calendar? BASF Refinish wants to hear from you.

The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education awarded nearly $60,000 to 14 auto tech programs at community colleges across Iowa as part of its ongoing efforts to support automotive education in the state.

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