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Auto body shop owners and managers across the U.S. are struggling to attract, motivate and retain skilled technicians in their facilities. Many say this has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the final details of the 2021 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, taking place Nov. 4 during the 2021 SEMA Show.

Friday, 15 October 2021 20:17

Nissan Unveils Nissan Intelligent Factory

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Nissan on Oct. 8 unveiled a production line at its Tochigi Plant featuring the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative.

 

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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.

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When drivers in Orange, VA, have an accident, they rely on the community’s first responders to be there to help them to safety. And when they are driving a late-model vehicle with numerous airbags, advanced technology or electric/hybrid engines, the rescue can be more challenging.

Friday, 15 October 2021 19:51

Allstate Selling Headquarters After 54 Years in Northbrook, IL

Written by Eric DeGrechie, Patch

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The pandemic has altered the trajectory and long-term plans for many companies across the U.S.

Friday, 15 October 2021 19:44

Lincoln Tech Expands Training for Mazda Technicians

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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For Mazda dealerships in need of qualified technicians for their service drive or reconditioning center, help appears to be on the way.

Friday, 15 October 2021 19:33

Onslaught of Puzzled Waymo Cars Upsets San Francisco Neighborhood

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

 

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Imagine if your "normally quiet neighborhood" suddenly had a fleet of self-driving cars entering it on a regular basis. That might not be too much of an issue if you didn't live on a dead-end street.

Friday, 15 October 2021 19:24

Car Rental Satisfaction Plummets in 2021 J.D. Power Study

Written by Auto Rental News Staff

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Overall customer satisfaction with North American airport-based rental car companies declined significantly this year as a global shortage of new vehicles caused prices to increase 58% during the last nine months of the study.

Friday, 15 October 2021 19:17

GM Prioritizes Fixing Chevy Bolts Before Restarting Production

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors plans to prioritize fixing the 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs under recall before it restarts production of new Bolts at its Orion Assembly plant.

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Toyota Motor Corp. on Oct. 15 cut its planned global output for November by as much as 15% due to ongoing chip shortages, but indicated it would ramp up production from December by sticking to its latest full-year production target.

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The National Auto Body Council® (NABC) announced Oct. 15 it will shift the annual luncheon it hosts for NABC members during SEMA Week to an industry reception held Jan. 11, 2022, as part of NABC Day in Palm Springs during the 2022 Collision Industry Week.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:59

Arizona Senator Advocates to Pass the RPM Act

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Since being elected to Congress in November 2020, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) has proven himself to be a strong ally and defender of motorsports.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:54

Biden Administration Acts to Help Relieve Supply Chain Woes

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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President Joe Biden announced the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating around the clock as part of an effort to help speed up shipping delays arising from global supply-chain backlogs.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:39

Upcoming BAR Advisory Group Meeting

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The BAR Advisory Group (BAG) was established to increase the level of communication between the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), the automotive repair and smog check industry and stakeholders.

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On Sept. 29, 1Collision locations throughout Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin sponsored Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota’s (AASP-MN) 19th Annual Race for Automotive Education event at ProKART Indoor Racing in Burnsville, MN.

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As part of the U.S. recognizing October as National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Auto Care Association on Oct. 14 announced the launch of its Spanish language feature on the autocare.org website.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on Oct. 13 announced it has installed 4,827 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports at customer sites across Northern and Central California since 2018.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show® announced Oct. 14 VinFast---Vietnam's first global automaker---will launch its brand and products at AutoMobility LA®.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:46

Rivian’s Board of Directors No Longer Includes Ford Representatives

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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There is no longer a Ford Motor Company representative on Rivian’s board of directors, but Ford still seems to have a strong partnership with the company. 

Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:38

Volkswagen Boss Warns Slow Shift to EVs Could Leave 30K Employees Jobless

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Volkswagen Auto Group CEO Herbert Diess met with a company supervisory board in September with a stern warning: a slow shift to electric vehicles from combustion engines could cost 30,000 company employees their jobs.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:29

NHTSA Wants Tesla to Explain Why it Improved Autopilot Safety Without Issuing a Recall

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Tesla to explain why it rolled out a safety enhancement for its Autopilot driver-assist system without issuing a safety-related recall.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced the next installment in its popular free Elite Webinar Series: “Developing the Technicians for Tomorrow."

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Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction for stealing more than $2.5 million from the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA).

Thursday, 14 October 2021 15:56

On The Lighter Side: The Best Classic Mopar Muscle Car Commercials

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Check out this old school magic.

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One person suffered critical injuries Oct. 6 in a two-alarm fire at a Rosedale, MD, auto body shop.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:55

Increase in Catalytic Converter Theft Leads to New Legislation in Wisconsin

Written by Diane Bezucha, Wisconsin Public Radio

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One day in August, Paul Schechter went to move his Toyota Tacoma for alternate-side parking in Madison. When he started the ignition, it sounded like a jet engine roaring.

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

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Mercury Insurance is reporting a dramatic increase in vehicle vandalism and auto theft in California with comprehensive auto insurance claims up 40% since pre-pandemic levels.

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Designers for BASF’s Coatings division have delved into new color spaces for the 2021-2022 Automotive Color Trends collection.

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Lucid Group announced Oct. 12 the details of DreamDrive™, which it says is the most technically sophisticated advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS).

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:12

Tesla Shares Rare Look Into its Crash Lab

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

 

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Thanks to their all-electric design, Teslas have garnered a reputation for protecting their occupants even in serious accidents.

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Subaru of America, Inc. on Oct. 13 announced Tau Jeppesen, senior master service technician at Larry H. Miller Subaru in Boise, ID, is the winner of the 2021 American National Technician Competition (ANTC).

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:49

How Much Range Does an Electric Car Lose Each Year?

Written by Andrew Lambrecht, InsideEVs

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While electric vehicles have been proven to have considerably lower ownership costs compared to their ICE counterparts, battery longevity remains an equivocal subject.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:37

Tesla Semi Megacharger Site Reportedly Under Construction at Giga Nevada

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla Gigafactory Nevada is building a Semi Megacharger site on its grounds, suggesting the pre-production of Tesla’s Class-8 truck may be underway in the coming months.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:24

Oh, My Aching Back! Look Who Else Deals with Short Pays

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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The glass industry isn’t the only one to deal with insurance short pays. Chiropractors do too.

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New-vehicle prices hit another all-time high in September, marking the sixth straight record-setting month and surpassing $45,000 for the first time, according to a new report from Kelley Blue Book.

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Sedgwick, a global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, and CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc. (CCC), a SaaS platform for the property and casualty insurance economy, announced a multiyear agreement whereby CCC’s mobile and artificial intelligence (AI) claims capabilities will power Sedgwick’s auto appraisal offering and related workflows. 

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Maaco has moved up 21 places in this year’s Franchise Times magazine’s Top 400, the most comprehensive ranking of franchise systems in the U.S., to 143rd, up from the 164th position in 2020.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15:19

Honda Introduces New Honda Sensing 360 System

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Honda on Oct. 13 announced plans to apply the next generation of its advanced suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies---Honda Sensing 360---to all new Honda and Acura models in the U.S. by 2030.

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The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year on its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website.

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Jay Leno will kick off the 2021 SEMA Show as the featured guest of the New Products Breakfast on Nov. 2.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:50

Tenant Improvements Underway for Caliber Collision Center in Spokane, WA

Written by Erica Bullock, Spokane Journal

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The city of Spokane, WA, has issued a building permit for remodel work valued at $750,000 for a new auto body shop in a building at 6430 N. Lidgerwood, east of the Lowes Cos. home improvement store on Spokane’s North Side.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:13

Geneva Motor Show Delayed Until 2023

Written by Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

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The Geneva Motor Show for 2022 has been cancelled, organizers blaming the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:56

CREF Announces Spring Career Fair Schedule

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to announce the return of its high school and college transportation (collision, auto service) career fair events for the upcoming spring 2022 semester.

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The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has won the inaugural Motor1.com Star Award for Best Value.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:18

Toyota Mirai Sets Guinness World Record: 845 Miles on Hydrogen

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Toyota announced the 2021 Toyota Mirai has officially set the Guinness World Record title for the longest distance by a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle without refueling.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 17:42

Tesla Insurance Going Live in Texas

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla’s in-house insurance program was set to officially go live the week of Oct. 11, CEO Elon Musk revealed during the 2021 Shareholder’s Meeting held Oct. 7 at Gigafactory Texas.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 17:21

GM Starts Shipping Replacement Battery Modules for Recalled Chevy Bolt EVs

Written by Aria Alamalhodaei, Yahoo Finance

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General Motors has started shipping to dealers replacement battery modules for recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles after delays caused by shutdowns at multiple manufacturing plants as a result of the widespread shortage of semiconductors.

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General Motors Co. announced Oct. 12 it has reached an agreement under which LG Electronics Inc. will reimburse GM for costs and expenses associated with the recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs due to manufacturing defects in battery modules supplied by LG.  

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AAPEX announced the lineup of Let’s Tech presentations and industry panel discussions that will be packed with essential information to keep service professionals ahead of the curve and ready for the future.

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Vroom, an innovative ecommerce platform that offers a better way to buy and sell used vehicles, on Oct. 12 announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire United Auto Credit Corporation (UACC), a proven leader in automotive finance with 25 years of automotive lending experience, for $300 million in cash, subject to adjustment based upon UACC’s closing book value.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, on Oct. 12 announced its support of Susan G. Komen®, the world's leading breast cancer organization, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, through a donation of more than $25,000.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:57

GM Building Pre-Production Hummer EVs at Factory ZERO, Hiring to Follow

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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The assembly line at General Motors' Factory ZERO has started rolling even as the automaker continues plant construction, which it says will be "ongoing" for a period of time to prepare for more vehicles to be built there.

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on Oct. 12 released its annual Hot Wheels report identifying the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2020.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:27

Spanesi Interactive Week October 25-29, 2021

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Spanesi Americas, Inc., a leading provider of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicle collision repair equipment, has announced Spanesi Interactive Week the week of October 25-29, 2021.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:18

ASE Fall Registration Open

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) reminds service professionals fall registration for certification testing is open now through Dec. 31.

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Ideal Industries, Inc., a family business that designs and manufactures products for the professional trades, and Intersport, a marketing agency headquartered in Chicago, have announced the inaugural U.S. Auto Technician National Championship (USATNC) competition.

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