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Monday, 06 December 2021 22:06

Mercedes Red Paint Settlement Final

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Mercedes red paint settlement has been granted final approval by a federal judge after car owners alleged their 590 Mars Red paint blistered, peeled and bubbled.

Monday, 06 December 2021 22:00

Ford Delays Return-to-Work Hybrid Plan to March Amid COVID Uncertainty

Written by Ben Klayman and David Shepardson, Reuters

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Ford Motor Co said Dec. 6 it would push its return-to-work hybrid plan to March as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic remained uncertain.

Monday, 06 December 2021 21:54

Apple's AirTags Being Used to Track and Steal Luxury Cars

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

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In August, there was the story of a cybersecurity expert in Brooklyn, NY, who was able to recover his stolen bike by tracking it down himself, thanks to an Apple AirTag he had hidden inside the bike.

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Auto Techcelerators, LLC, announced it has released a new version of its patent-pending Test Drive CoPilot™ platform that makes it easier, quicker and less expensive to properly perform, manage and document pre- and post-repair/calibration test drives and dynamic calibrations.

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On Dec. 6, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Liberty, NC, Mayor Filmore York joined Toyota Motor North America's leaders to announce Greensboro-Randolph Megasite has been chosen as the location for Toyota's new $1.29 billion automotive battery manufacturing plant, to be named Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC).

Monday, 06 December 2021 21:05

CarLotz Opens in Mobile, AL

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CarLotz, the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, announced it will open its first hub Dec. 6 in Alabama.

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On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Community Renewal Team, which serves Hartford and Middlesex counties in Connecticut, received a 2015 Subaru Outback, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with Travelers and local CARSTAR collision repair locations.

Monday, 06 December 2021 18:51

NORTHEAST 2022 Show Dates Announced

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced its flagship event, the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, will return March 18-20, 2022, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined a group of business, state and local officials Dec. 3 to celebrate the expansion of EOI Pioneer's operations in the village of Dundee, MI, thanking the automotive electronics manufacturer for investing in Michigan, creating new jobs and highlighting Michigan's manufacturing industry.  

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1Collision announced the addition of Bebrick Collision Care Center in, Waco, TX, Countryside Body Shop in Alexandria, MN, and MSO Northern Boulevard Collision in Great Neck, NY. 

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As the year comes to a close, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) reminds service professionals with certifications expiring Dec. 31 to schedule their tests now to ensure they have time to get recertified.

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House of Kolor® is celebrating 65 years in the custom industry with a selection of the founder’s newest custom colors, appropriately named “Gemtones,” honoring the sapphire anniversary, along with a selection of limited edition 65th anniversary merchandise.

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The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) filed a second-degree murder charge against a 26-year-old Leesburg, FL, man for assaulting a co-worker at their place of employment with a metal bat, causing injuries that eventually led to the death of the victim.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:58

Tesla will Start Cybertruck Production at Giga Texas with New Quad-Motor Variant

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the all-electric Cybertruck will have a quad-motor variant, which will take production priority at Gigafactory Texas when manufacturing begins.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:47

Toyota Tops Research of Highest Earning and Most Vehicles Sold in 2020

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Uswitch research is available on the highest-earning car brands in the world, and Toyota, Volkswagen and Daimler top the list.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:36

Electrify America Installed ESS at 140 Stations: 30 MW Output

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Electrify America, one of the largest fast-charging networks in the U.S. and part of the Volkswagen Group, announced it installed onsite, behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (ESS) at more than 140 DC fast charging stations around the country, including more than 90 installations in California.

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Volvo Cars has invested in the optical and imaging technology start-up Spectralics through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.

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On Sept. 11, Kramer Chevrolet and Kramer Subaru hosted their 15th annual Military and Customer Appreciation Event and Car Show, with all proceeds going directly to the North Dakota National Guard Emergency Relief Fund.

Friday, 03 December 2021 18:57

Massachusetts Right to Repair Case Appears Nearly Ripe for Decision

Written by Seyfarth Shaw, JD Supra

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation quietly filed a stipulation the day after Thanksgiving in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healy, a lawsuit challenging recent amendments to the Massachusetts Right to Repair Law (the “Data Law”).

Friday, 03 December 2021 18:45

Ford F-150 Lightning Customer Deliveries Pushed Back to Q3 2022

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Ford representatives and DriveElectricTN recently held a webinar where several of the automaker’s key upcoming all-electric vehicles were discussed.

Friday, 03 December 2021 15:38

Uninsured Michigan Drivers Urged to Take Advantage of Auto Insurance Amnesty

Written by Mark Rosanes, Insurance Business Magazine

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State leaders in Michigan are encouraging residents to secure auto insurance before the amnesty period expires and premiums begin to rise.

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Steven Schillinger of Reno, NV, has worked as a collision repair industry consultant in different capacities for more than 40 years, as a compliance expert focusing on permits, license protection and record keeping.

 

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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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While the automotive industry continues to move toward fully automated, self-driving vehicles, the pace is not being matched by educational efforts that will help bring buyers into the modern mobility movement.

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The Stellantis Women's Leadership Experience (WLE) leadership development program recently earned a Silver Award for excellence from the Brandon Hall Group.

Friday, 03 December 2021 12:52

Polestar Provides Next Glimpse of Polestar 3

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Polestar, the pure play, premium electric car company, has released a second teaser image of the forthcoming Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, set to launch in 2022.

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While U.S. economic growth was underwhelming in the third quarter, incoming economic data suggests growth is revving up in the fourth quarter, barring any major setbacks from omicron or other major uncertainties.

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New breakthrough products and inventory improvements made Ford America’s No. 1 selling automaker for the third month in a row in November.

Friday, 03 December 2021 12:09

Car ADAS Solutions Joins CIECA

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Car ADAS Solutions has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

Friday, 03 December 2021 00:48

On The Lighter Side: Jimmie Johnson Shows Off His Car Collection

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Take a stroll through the secretive man cave…

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:33

Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Cites Gas Prices, Promotes EVs

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Gas prices have had a tendency to rise and fall over the years, and they're spiking again of late.

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:23

Stellantis CEO: EV Transition Costs ‘Beyond the Limits’ the Auto Industry Can Sustain

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Stellantis CEO Carlos Taveres said the pressure for legacy automakers to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles could threaten jobs and vehicle quality as traditional carmakers struggle to manage the higher costs of producing EVs. 

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:13

Tesla Makes it Official---Texas Now Truly New HQ

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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A recent Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Dec. 1 revealed Tesla has now made its headquarters’ move to Texas official.

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Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, yet represent only 28% of the science and engineering workforce and hold only about a quarter of the jobs in automotive manufacturing.

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Seven members of a Los Angeles-based fraud ring were sentenced for a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $20 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) COVID-19 relief funds.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 22:18

New Honda CEO Announces Big Change of EV Strategy

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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Honda was among the pioneers of hybrid powertrain tech, along with Toyota, but just like its main local rival, it has fallen behind other automakers that have invested massively in fully-electric vehicles.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 22:02

The Evolution of Dent Repairs

Written by Toby Chess

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From the Ford Model T until the 1970s, dents were a two-sided operation. You would push from the inside with a dolly and hammer on the outside until you had a semi smooth panel.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) took the first steps in establishing programs for a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, as mandated in the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed earlier in 2021. 

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 20:54

ASA Texas to Become Texas Auto Care Alliance

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) of Texas Board of Directors have voted for a move to become the Texas Auto Care Alliance.

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Professional automotive recycler Marty Hollingshead, president and owner of Northlake Auto Recyclers in Hammond, IN, was recently welcomed as the new president of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). 

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The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the City of Fishers, IN, have joined with May Mobility to inaugurate a free, public autonomous shuttle service.

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Car makers on Dec. 1 began reporting November sales results.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 19:42

Miles Driven: September Numbers Show Americans Continue Mileage Increase Over 2020

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Americans traveled 7.9% more miles on roads in September 2021 than in September 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

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General Motors and POSCO Chemical on Dec. 1 announced plans to form a joint venture through which the parties will construct a factory in North America to process critical battery materials for GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 19:16

Retired Tech Looks Back at 67 Years in Collision Repair

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Over the years, I have interviewed a lot of collision repair professionals as they retire from the industry. If someone can work in this business for 30, 40 or even 50 years, it’s obviously an impressive run.

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Adam Tritz became the CEO, owner and operater of Don’s Auto Body in Missouri when he took the baton from his father, David, in December 2018.

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“Six out of 10 Porsche Taycan” ever delivered have a problem with battery management that affects and damages battery cells, requires replacement of cells and batteries, and is causing vehicle fires, according to a source working at Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:54

Supply Chain Chaos Has Moved from Seaports to Airports

Written by Nicolás Rivero, Quartz

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The global supply chain crisis has entered a new stage. Chaos and congestion are shifting from seaports to airports as retailers are racing to move products from factories in east Asia to shoppers in the U.S. and Europe before the holidays.

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Advantage Parts Solutions, a global leader in delivering strategic automotive parts solutions, is pleased to welcome David Shepherd to its global team in the role of non-executive director.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:17

Auto Executives Expect EVs Will Own Half of U.S., China Markets by 2030: Survey

Written by Joseph White, Reuters

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Auto industry executives expect electric vehicles will make up just over half of new vehicle sales in the U.S. and China by 2030, and could do so without receiving government subsidies, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting firm KPMG.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:09

Repairify Joins Forces with One Guard Inspections

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Repairify™, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced Dec. 1 the acquisition of One Guard Inspections.

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Disconnecting and later reconnecting a vehicle’s battery during collision repair work is no longer the simple operation it used to be---and auto body shops are increasingly understanding the need to research the OEM procedures for doing so, and seeking to be paid for the labor entailed.

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Longtime industry consultant Sean Carey of SCG Management Consultants is the latest observer to predict a forthcoming decline in the U.S. auto body shop population.

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The first episode of the Automotive Service Association (ASA)’s Technology and Telematics Podcast Series will be released Dec. 6.

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A panel of representatives from a number of multi-shop collision repair operations at the MSO Symposium in Las Vegas in November discussed how disruptions in the parts supply chain are impacting their business.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 21:46

Poll Shows U.S. Majority Support for Urgent Transition to EVs

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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According to a recent poll by nonprofit group Coltura, shared by Green Car Reports, a majority of voters in the U.S. are in support of requiring all new cars to be electric vehicles by 2030.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:57

Auto Safety Groups File Appeal Over Recall Regulations

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Three auto safety and advocacy groups allege the federal government is allowing dangerous recalled vehicles to flood the roadways.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:33

Despite Taxpayer-Funded Stimulus, Illinois’ Economy Slow to Recover

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square

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Illinois’ economy is among the worst performers during the pandemic and an economist says it’s clear as to why.

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