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The Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most impressive all-electric pickups on the market today.

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Tesla, Volvo, Cadillac, Lexus and Navya are five car companies under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for crashes that occurred while Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) were activated, the agency said.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency June 17, addressing power grid concerns spurred by scorching temperatures that have climbed as high as 118 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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The automotive specialty-equipment industry has largely weathered the pandemic, with many companies reporting sales growth over the past year and anticipating continued growth in the coming months, according to new SEMA Market Research.

 

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A lot of different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are used over the course of repairing a collision damaged vehicle.  

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CARFAX has been named a "Top Workplace" by The Washington Post for the eighth consecutive year.

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Canoo, which manufactures EVs, on June 17 announced owned and contract manufacturing plans.

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Broadly, Inc. an award-winning provider of software solutions for local businesses, announced June 17 its official launch into the auto collision repair sector.

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 18 announced the 2021 Reimagined New York International Auto Show will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Aug. 20 through Aug. 29.

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Volvo Cars will invest an additional $118 million into its Ridgeville, SC, plant to build the Polestar 3 on the Volvo Car Group’s next generation electric architecture, under contract for its affiliate, Polestar Cars.

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Join the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) at 2 p.m. CDT June 24 on Instagram Live for a conversation with American School Counselor Association Deputy Executive Director Eric Sparks.

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Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a leader in mobile telematics and analytics, has acquired TrueMotion, the second largest mobile telematics provider.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Billy Fuccillo, an auto dealer famous throughout New York's Capital Region and elsewhere for TV ads that boasted of "huge" savings---a word drawn out into several syllables by the businessman as "yuuuuuuge-jahhh"---has died at age 64, according to social media posts from colleagues confirmed by WGY.

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The Auto Care Association announced it will host a webinar at 1 p.m. EDT June 30 to examine the latest e-commerce trends developing in the auto care industry.

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Stellantis and the National Business League (NBL) have formed a national partnership to develop Black suppliers for future contracting and procurement opportunities in the pursuit of greater racial equity in the marketplace.

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Toyota continues to assert its vehicle lineup will offer a variety of options over the next 30 years, a stance it reiterated at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Depot Maintenance Command leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $25.6 million welding and auto body shop June 16 in Albany, GA.

Thursday, 17 June 2021 20:50

On The Lighter Side: Keith Richards Has Some Crazy Car Stories

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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He drove it like he stole it, only he owned these cars.

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A pair of Milwaukee city council members are blaming Kia and Hyundai for a nearly 200% increase in stolen cars this year.

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Mazda Motor Corporation on June 17 announced its new technology and product development plans, which support the company's long-term environmental vision, "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030."

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CARSTAR, a network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, has many second- and third-generation owners and managers across the U.S.

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Service King Collision recently repaired and donated a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe to Roy Edwand Manville Jr., a local Centennial, CO, resident, through the National Auto Body Council's (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, on June 17 announced Mitchell Cloud Estimating now surfaces VIN-specific recall notices on Toyota vehicles.

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Tesla is expanding its START Training Program to Austin Community College in Texas.

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After a number of years of promises that hydrogen is the clean fuel of the future, only for not much to happen, it now appears that future may finally be almost upon us.

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Waycare, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) traffic management and transit solutions provider, announced June 14 the results of a year-long program aimed at curbing traffic incidents on Southern Nevada roads.

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It's an all-too-common occurrence. Someone is speeding a little too fast and suddenly they see a hard-to-miss police car. They stop in their tracks and slow down just in time. But what if they couldn't spot the police car?

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has named its 2021 Board of Directors, consisting of representatives from numerous industry segments including collision repair shops, distributors, suppliers, consultants, paint manufacturers, recyclers, insurance companies and others.

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After a small earthquake at Lordstown Motors on June 14, when the CEO and CFO "resigned," the company's President Rich Schmidt said a little bit more about the demand for the Lordstown Endurance pickup.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 20:16

First Fully Electric Lincoln Coming in 2022

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Lincoln is accelerating electrification efforts with an ambitious goal to electrify its entire portfolio by 2030. Moreover, half of the global sales volume will be zero-emissions vehicles by around 2025.

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The full agenda for the 2021 ASE Virtual Instructor Training Conference is now available.

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They are a little bigger than a coin the size of a quarter, but tiny semiconductor chips are bringing production of vehicles across the nation to a halt.

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General Motors Co. announced June 16 it will increase its EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75% increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

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Even though Californians will be able to fill stadiums, concert venues, bars and restaurants, Gov. Gavin Newsom says the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over.

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New York reached the 70% threshold for COVID-19 vaccines on June 15, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift many of the emergency orders he initiated more than a year ago.

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For the 10th year in a row, Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee ranks highest among auto insurance providers in the Southeast Region in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study.

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CarParts.com, Inc. on June 16 announced its Grand Prairie, TX, distribution center is nearly doubling in size with a 156,000-square foot expansion, bringing the facility to a total of 366,000 square feet.

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Businesses soon will have broad protection from COVID-19 liability lawsuits in 30 states, covering more than half the U.S. population---an unusually speedy expansion of a legislative idea birthed just over a year ago in the pandemic’s early days.

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Maaco, the leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, is home to many family-run franchises.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians at 4 p.m. EDT June 18, “Servicing Vehicles with ADAS.”

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CarAdvise, an online vehicle maintenance, scheduling and discounted repairs marketplace, has launched a new partnership with Affirm, a financial lender of installment loans.

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As the state opens up, New Mexico’s businesses and hospitality industry were able to take advantage of Memorial Day Weekend visitors, but it was a struggle as they continue to deal with worker shortages and lack of a clear economic plan.

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The Louisiana Legislature voted June 10 to redirect most of the state sales taxes on vehicle sales from general spending to roads and bridges.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law Senate Bill 999, freeing ride share and delivery services from being regulated like the trucking industry.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 21:21

ERCOT Requests Texans Conserve Energy

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the regulatory agency that manages Texas’ power grid, said tight grid conditions are expected the week of June 14 due to high number of forced generation outages, and urged Texans to conserve energy.

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The Bronco is back and ready for adventure.

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Recently, a deserving Cleveland, OH, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family---thanks to CARSTAR Tim’s Collision and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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Mark your calendar and make your reservation, because for 2021, the CARS Executive Outlook is coming to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 20:21

Businesses Fight Against EPA Overreach

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Businesses throughout the country are taking a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) claim it is illegal to modify street vehicles and convert them into dedicated race cars.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Victor, NY.

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Leading global data and analytics company J.D. Power has announced Shelter Insurance ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Auto Insurers in the Central Region in its U.S. Auto Insurance Study.

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The auto insurance industry voluntarily returned more than $18 billion in auto insurance premiums to customers in 2020 to address the sharp decline in miles driven during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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One of the nation's largest collision-repair companies is acquiring a Kansas-based collision-repair business with a location in Topeka.

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Cox Automotive on June 15 released a new study, "How to Thrive: Best Practices for an Accelerated Digital Landscape," examining effective strategies dealerships are adopting to find profits and thrive in today's marketplace. 

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The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, on June 15 announced registration is open for its 74th Annual AWDA Conference.

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Volta Industries, Inc., an industry leader in commerce-centric electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, on June 15 announced it has reached a joint milestone of 100 brand-sponsored, complimentary charging stations located in prime locations across Maryland.

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Lithia Motors & Driveway on June 15 reported record May revenues of $2.1 billion and the acquisition of five locations across Texas.

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