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President, North America for LKQ Corporation Justin Jude released the following statement on the upcoming retirement of Vice President of Sales and Marketing Terry Fortner.

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CES is known to offer a glimpse of future vehicle technology and mobility solutions.

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GM announced its next-generation hands-free driver assist system, Ultra Cruise, will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips developed by American semiconductor company Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Friday, 07 January 2022 20:24

National Supply Chain Issues, Labor Shortages Affecting Iowa Auto Body Repair Workflow

Written by Michele White, KWWL News

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The national supply chain shortage has affected all industries but for auto body shops in Linn County, IA, the derecho and the pandemic have added to the strain on these businesses.

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Equalizer recently announced the three winners of its 2021 Tools for Techs campaign, in which it gave a complete glass removal kit to deserving technicians.

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Mitsubishi Electric on Jan. 6 unveiled a new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) at CES 2022 that detects and monitors the physical condition of a vehicle’s driver and occupants to promote safe vehicle operation.

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Colors on Parade was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

 

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When should repair facilities perform safety inspections? How should they be done? Why are OEMs requiring them---and perhaps the biggest question---why do bill payers take such exception to the safety steps and seem to push back in the claims process?

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The CARSTAR Chicagoland Business Group recently held its final live Ethics Class for 2021 for a packed house of insurance professionals from Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville, IL, and the surrounding area.

Friday, 07 January 2022 18:47

ABAT’s Consumer Complaint Form Drive is Making a Difference

Written by Autobody News Staff

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During a recent meeting of the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT), the association shared information about its discussions with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regarding labor rates, as well as the progress made with ABAT’s Consumer Complaint Form drive.

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The Jonesboro, LA, fire chief and a Jackson Parish sheriff's deputy were arrested following an investigation into an incident involving two Jonesboro Fire Department trucks.

Friday, 07 January 2022 17:50

Auto Insurers Embrace AI at Scale in 2021 

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CCC Intelligent Solutions, the SaaS platform powering the P&C insurance economy, on Jan. 7 provided an update to its 2020 insurer AI adoption report, which shows significant growth in AI adoption in auto claims across key metrics.

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The U.S. Dept. of Labor has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against a Peachtree City, GA, auto repair shop and its owner seeking $36,971 in back wages and liquidated damages, after investigators found they violated the retaliation, overtime and recordkeeping prohibitions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Friday, 07 January 2022 17:06

Volkswagen will Launch EV Bus on ID. Platform March 9

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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German automaker Volkswagen will launch an all-electric take on its famous microbus from the 1950s on March 9.

Friday, 07 January 2022 16:58

First 15 Tesla Semi Units to Be Delivered to PepsiCo by End of January: Report

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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In November, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta surprised the electric vehicle community when he said during an appearance on CNBC his company was looking forward to the first deliveries of the Tesla Semi in Q4 2021.

Friday, 07 January 2022 16:48

BMW's New Car Changes Color 'With the Touch of a Button'

Written by Grant Currin, Interesting Engineering

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Personalization and self-expression are turning out to be major themes at CES 2022

Thursday, 06 January 2022 23:25

On The Lighter Side: US Marine Gifted Lost Corvette

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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There are many ways to show we appreciate military veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made to secure our national freedoms.

Thursday, 06 January 2022 23:20

The Boring Company’s LVCC Loop Ramps to 70 Cars as CES 2022 Kicks Off

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Boring Company’s (TBC) Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop in Sin City recently increased its Tesla fleet to 70 vehicles as part of its efforts to cater to the influx of visitors attending CES 2022

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST Jan. 27: “2022 and the New Norm in the Collision Industry.”

Thursday, 06 January 2022 17:51

New Courses Unlocked in RDE Digital School

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New lessons have been added to the online school platform for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education courses, which can be accessed here.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 23:11

Tesla Giga Nevada to Start Using Redwood’s Recycled Battery Components

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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On Jan. 4, Panasonic announced Redwood Materials would start supplying copper foil to its battery production facility in Giga Nevada.

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The Automotive Service Association has officially launched its new and innovative organizational model. 

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Collision repair facilities in Hawaii now have the opportunity to take part in a variety of industry educational classes, thanks to Island Concepts’ new training facility.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to announce General Motors has provided a $100,000 grant in support of CREF's Career Opportunity Awareness Initiative, which focuses on highlighting the collision repair industry as a viable and valuable career to school counselors, educators, parents and other influencers.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 19:53

SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting to Retire

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Following more than 30 years of service to SEMA, President and CEO Chris Kersting will be stepping down at the end of January to enjoy retirement.

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GM revealed the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV on Jan. 5, the headlining act of its presentation at CES 2022.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 19:05

RI Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto on Collision Repair Bill

Written by Ted Nesi and Steph Machado, WPRI News

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Rhode Island lawmakers on Jan. 4 closed out their 2021 session by overriding two gubernatorial vetoes and passing a major spending bill, before beginning their work for 2022.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 18:55

Tesla’s Vertical Integration, Preparation Were Keys to Avoiding Chip Shortage: Reuters

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla seemed to be made of Teflon in 2020 and 2021, as the company seemed to avert the semiconductor chip shortage with relative ease, while longstanding and prestigious automakers scaled back production due to the lack of supplies.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 18:47

First Tesla Supercharger Opens in Hawaii, Last of the 50 States

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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The Tesla Supercharger network already covers most of the U.S., making journeys from and to pretty much any major destination not only possible, but easy. 

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 18:37

Sony Getting Serious About EVs, Debuts SUV Concept at CES

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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When Sony unveiled the Vision-S electric concept sedan at CES 2020, everyone hoped it wouldn’t remain just a show car; after all, it looked production-ready and was too well thought-out to remain just a one-off.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 17:56

Walmart Signs Up for 5,000 BrightDrop EVs, FedEx Expands Deal

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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General Motors' new all-electric commercial vehicle brand, BrightDrop, announced at 2022 CES a new agreement with Walmart and an additional agreement with FedEx, which recently received the first vehicles.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 17:39

CAA Cancels Workplace Law and HR Update Meeting

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Due to recent COVID-related issues experienced by our members and their auto body shops, the California Autobody Association has decided to cancel its Jan. 11 meeting on human resources and employment laws.

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Continuing its collaboration with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Farmers Insurance® sponsored five $3,000 Benchmark Grants in support of collision repair education programs at secondary and post-secondary schools.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 17:23

Ford Best-Selling Automaker in Q4 2021

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Ford reported Jan. 5 it sold 173,740 new vehicles in the U.S. in December---a 17.1% decrease compared to the same month a year ago, but enough to make it the best-selling automaker in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 17:05

Houston Maaco Owner Awarded 2021 Maaco Cup

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Maaco recognizes franchise owners who exemplify operational excellence each year with the coveted Maaco Cup award.

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As Americans resume normal economic activities, auto insurance rates will rise by 0.6% in 2022 after falling in 2021, according to ValuePenguin's State of Auto Insurance in 2022 report published Jan. 5.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Jan. 5 it has added 11 new locations as a result of three transactions in Pennsylvania, Florida and Missouri.

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The Chrysler brand revealed Jan. 5 the Chrysler Airflow Concept at CES 2022, giving a glimpse at the leading-edge drive-system technology, fully connected customer experiences and advanced mobility features, wrapped in inspiring, dynamic design, which will fuel the Chrysler brand's future.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, is kicking off the new year by entering its 13th state and opening its 174th store.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 23:34

U.S. Manufacturing Catches Breath; Supply Logjam Starting to Break Up

Written by Lucia Mutikani, Reuters

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U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in December amid a cooling in demand for goods, but supply constraints are starting to ease and a measure of prices paid for inputs by factories fell by the most in a decade.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 23:26

Classic Collision Acquires Medford, OR, Auto Body Shop

Written by Kevin Opsahl, Mail Tribune

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For 17 years, David Husel gave “blood, sweat and tears” to his family business, New Stage Collision in Medford, OR.

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A national survey of collision repairers in the final two months of 2021 found well over half of shops (58%) expected their full-year sales to outpace 2020, with nearly one in five shops predicting they would end 2021 with a year over year increase of 20% or more.

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A panel during the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in November included representatives of two automakers and two insurance companies addressing a topic that repairers and others discussed at a previous CIC: can an auto body shop participate both in direct repair and OE certification programs, and meet the requirements of both?

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Ken Dowler of LIQUI MOLY USA has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council.

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A panel discussion at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Las Vegas in November included representatives from a number of technology companies touting the potential benefits---for auto body shops and insurers---of artificial intelligence (AI) estimating, but also acknowledging some of its current limitations.

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In an industry dominated by men, Kelly Huard is blazing a trail for other women who might aspire to be leaders in the automotive field. 

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 19:11

Toyota Plans to Develop In-House Automotive Software Platform by 2025

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Toyota is planning to launch its own in-house automotive software platform, which will handle minor, basic functions and advanced ones, like autonomous driving applications, according to a new report.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 19:05

ASE Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has kicked off a yearlong celebration of its growth and many milestones achieved since its founding in 1972 by industry leaders who sought to recognize competent professional technicians and the repair facilities where they are employed.

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The Hertrich Family of Automobile Dealerships recently announced its acquisition of Rickards Restorations and Autobody in Millsboro, DE.

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Bill Brown Ford, the No. 1 volume Ford dealership in Michigan, is now the world's No. 1 volume Ford dealership, bringing the title home to the Motor City.

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Consumers are spending more than ever to finance new and used vehicle purchases as inventory shortages continue and consumer demand runs high.

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Ford Motor Company said Jan. 4 it is planning to nearly double production of the F-150 Lightning™ pickup at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI, to 150,000 trucks per year to meet high demand for the first all-electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-Series.

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General Motors Co. and its dealers delivered 2.2 million vehicles in 2021, with Chevrolet and GMC cementing the company’s eighth consecutive year of combined full-size and midsize pickup sales leadership, second consecutive year as the full-size pickup sales leader and its 21st consecutive year as the market leader in full-size SUVs.

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Automakers on Jan. 4 began releasing data on new-vehicle sales for the month of December, the fourth quarter of 2021 and the full year.

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What's new in your business segment? Are the standards meeting your needs? What changes would you like to see?

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 16:43

CarLove Franchise Opens in Atlanta

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Total Car Franchising Corporation, the franchisor of Colors on Parade and CarLove mobile automotive paint and dent repair, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest franchise unit in Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 16:32

Tornado-Damaged C8 Corvettes Have Been Destroyed

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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While the tornado which hit Bowling Green, KY, was a horrific event primarily because of the homes and livelihoods lost, we and many other enthusiasts mourned the loss of the rare and highly sought after C8 Corvettes damaged in the storm.

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Boyd Group Services Inc. on Jan. 4 announced the completion of its CEO succession plan, first announced in August 2019.