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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:48

On The Lighter Side: Chevy Graveyard Is Where Dreams Go To Die

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

 

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The classic car junk yard has got some fantastic classics.

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Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) member shop owner Jason Boggs, of Boggs Auto Collision Rebuilders in Woodbury, NJ, and his team believe in giving back and helping those in need.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Wyandotte, MI.

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The coronavirus changed how people live and do business, and now as vaccines are becoming more available, the auto glass industry could find itself adapting yet again.

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Tesla Service bills can now be paid through the company’s Smartphone application, which owners indicate after noticing changes in the app.

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Tesla acceleration problems are caused by drivers pressing the accelerator pedals and causing alleged sudden unintended acceleration.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has completed a regulation permitting low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to begin selling replica cars that resemble vehicles produced at least 25 years ago.

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Lucas Anstett grew up learning about car engines and auto glass repair from inside his father’s shop in Greenville, MI.

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Under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 rules, the state's 11 regions were under four different classes of mitigations on Jan. 18, leading to some confusion among lawmakers and local officials.

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A Toyota emissions settlement for $180 million has been reached between the automaker, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emissions violations of the Clean Air Act.

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The auto industry appears ready to get off to a good start for the New Year---and could gain even more momentum if the Biden administration moves forward with new stimulus and infrastructure programs, a panel of industry analysts forecast.

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives will be considering a bill in the new session that would reduce the state's business taxes incrementally over the next two years.

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The federal deficit in the first three months of the budget year is 60.7% higher than over the same time period as last year, a record-breaking $572.9 billion.

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New leadership is set to guide FordDirect beginning on Feb. 1.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced its 2021 Global Automotive Color of the Year---ElectroLight.

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PPG announced Jan. 11 the appointment of Bhaskar Ramachandran as vice president and chief information officer (CIO.)

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CLASSIC.COM on Jan. 18 released its 2020 statistics for the classic and collector car auction market.

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The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, on Jan. 18 announced the winner of its annual ACPN Scholarship.

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I-CAR was built because all six segments of the inter-industry recognized the need to put the safety of drivers first.

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It was easy to spot teacher Colette Robitaille when she pulled into the parking lot at D.W. Webb Middle School in Tampa, FL.

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In late 2009, longtime Livonia, MI, car dealer Kit Tennyson was counted out.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) issued its 2020 analysis of U.S. auto sales and the economy.

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Rupert's Auto Body in Carson City, NV, has supported many causes through the years from youth sports and organizations, to children's programs and local schools.

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The economy was bad, and the White House planned to go big.

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Electric vehicle manufacturers should provide more specific information to first responders and tow truck drivers on how to cope with lithium-ion battery fires, which continuously reignite even after being doused with water, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Jan. 13.

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Tesla has released its Q4 2020 Safety Report, showing that vehicles utilizing its Autopilot system are involved in accidents seven times less frequently than the NHTSA average.

Friday, 15 January 2021 19:47

NABC Leadership Shares 2021 Outlook

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The new year has arrived in full force, and though many of 2020’s challenges have not yet been completely eradicated, progress occurs daily.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. on Jan. 14 announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 31,818,182 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $22 per share.

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Auto Glass Week Preview Day, held Jan. 12, gave attendees the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what to expect during the live show in June.

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The recent announcement of General Motors’ return to auto insurance with the launch of its usage-based insurance program, OnStar Insurance---delivered with American Family Insurance---didn’t come as a surprise in most circles.

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Forty small business owners from across Iowa on Jan. 13 joined 2,000 of their peers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in calling on Congress to pass additional federal pandemic relief they say is critical to “keep America's Main Streets strong.”

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On Jan. 12, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board agreed to pay The Boring Company (TBC) up to $6.25 million for the operation and management of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop, beginning Feb. 1 and running through June 30, 2022.

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The world-famous West Coast Customs has entered into an exclusive collaboration with the Los Angeles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (LACDJR) dealership to offer an array of exciting customization packages, to the diverse LACDJR vehicle line, with West Coast Customs setting up an ancillary shop and showroom at the dealership's downtown L.A. location.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Jan. 14 issued a final rule to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual driver controls. 

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TrueCar, Inc. projects 16 million new light vehicle sales for 2021, an increase of 10% from the previous year.

Thursday, 14 January 2021 17:53

NHTSA Asks Tesla to Recall 158K Vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially requested Tesla to recall approximately 158,000 vehicles due to media control unit failures. 

Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:39

CCC Auto Claims Snapshot---December 2020

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At the beginning of 2020, the economy was strong, unemployment rates were low, congestion levels were high in many urban areas and miles driven continued to grow.

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Cars.com, a leading digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider, on Jan. 14 revealed the top five trends advancing the auto space in 2021 and beyond.

Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:17

ASE Winter Certification Registration Now Open

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ASE winter registration is now open through March 31.

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The National Auto Body Council announced Jan. 13 that Sandi Freeman has joined the organization as the program manager for the NABC Recycled Rides initiative.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:55

Trump Impeached for Second Time in 13 Months

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted Jan. 13 to impeach President Donald Trump over comments he made prior to a violent invasion of the Capitol exactly a week earlier.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:40

4 Tips to Setting Labor Rates in the New Year

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We've entered the New Year, and many body shops use this time to consider changes to their labor rates. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:16

GM Launches New Electric Delivery Business

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General Motors announced Jan. 12 a new business, BrightDrop, which will offer an ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services to empower delivery and logistics companies to move goods more efficiently.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion, providing an extraordinary amount of critical relief to America’s small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers’ covered periods ended. 

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LKQ Corporation announced Jan. 13 it is bringing its two mobile automotive services businesses together under a single brand, Elitek Vehicle Services.

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General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra gave the opening keynote address during CES 2021, where she shared a closer look at GM’s transformational strategy to advance mobility for communities around the world.

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Gov. Tim Walz announced Jan. 6 the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions starting Jan. 11 on restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues.

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Lordstown Motors Corp., a leader in electric light duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, has accepted an invitation from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to start the due diligence process toward securing an Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan.

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Pennsylvania legislators announced plans for economic recovery on Jan. 12 as industry analysts report a historic low in small business confidence.

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Due to the pandemic, unemployment rates skyrocketed in 2020 to astounding levels, forcing many Americans to struggle to make ends meet.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:39

On The Lighter Side: Samsung's Digital Cockpit Turns Cars into Offices, Gaming Hubs, or Concert Halls

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

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5G connectivity and expanding screens are all part of the futuristic vehicle cockpit.

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The long-term trend toward electric vehicles continues to solidify. But because of the pandemic, consumer anxiety might be shifting automotive priorities toward familiarity and affordability.

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Vehicles equipped with rear automatic-emergency braking (AEB) had 28% fewer property damage liability claims and 10% fewer collision claims, according to research from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI.)

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Early in December, Driven Brands Collision Group held a virtual summit themed “UNIT3D.”

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Haig Partners LLC, a leading buy-sell advisor to dealers, contributed $10,000 to the NADA Foundation Workforce Initiative.

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In December, Kitu Systems completed the deployment of 190 networked Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers for Fairplex, in Pomona, CA.

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Apple and Hyundai Motor Company are set to sign a partnership that will tie the two companies together in an attempt to develop an autonomous all-electric car, a new report says.

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