The Tesla Model 3 has been named as one of three finalists in Motortrend‘s 2020 Car of the Year award rankings, alongside the Chevrolet Corvette and the Kia Soul.

A longtime local service station has branched out into the collision business.

New technology is putting North Platte Community College automotive students a step ahead in terms of industry standards.

Volkswagen of America marked the start of construction for its electric vehicle production facility.

A representative of the Ford Motor Company came to Parker High School in Parker, AZ, on Nov. 8 to offer his company’s congratulations to Lee Hibl’s body shop students.

A recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests the dependence on energy sources derived from crude oil will continue to increase until the 2030s and emissions contributing to global climate change could also rise until 2040.

 

The death of Elaine Herzberg in March 2018 was caused by a self-driving vehicle system that could not see "jaywalkers" and failed to classify Herzberg as a pedestrian.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:55

Elite’s First Product Showcase on Nov. 20

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces their first ever Elite Product Showcase featuring The Matrix Wand, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Central.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) announced the Santa Cruz compact utility vehicle will be built at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, AL, starting in 2021.

Jack Wilson Chevrolet and Jack Wilson Buick GMC, acquired by the Hanania Automotive Group in February, have officially become Jack Hanania Chevrolet and Jack Hanania Buick GMC.

In an emotional on-stage interview at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Las Vegas in early November, the Texas couple who successfully sued a dealership body shop over its failure to follow OEM repair procedures talked about the dramatic changes in their lives caused by their substantial injuries in a subsequent accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test ratings will be upgraded and expanded to allegedly make it more difficult to receive a five-star safety rating coveted by automakers and used to market the safety of new cars.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:16

LKQ Announces Its Promise of Calibration

LKQ Corporation is providing customer peace of mind by introducing its Promise of Calibration.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:05

CRASH Network Launches ‘Insurer Report Card’

Collision repair professionals have a unique opportunity to grade the performance of the insurance companies in their state, with the launch of CRASH Network’s “Insurer Report Card.”

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is proud to announce that the first-ever CIF Distinguished Service Award was presented to long-time Board member, Bill Shaw, at the SEMA Red Carpet awards breakfast on Nov. 6, 2019.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:22

PPG’s Booth Unleashes Creativity at SEMA 2019

At the SEMA Show every year, people can’t wait to see PPG’s booth as the anticipation builds.

More than a century ago, 3M was established in Minnesota as a small-scale mining venture called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:07

The Future of DRP: Is There One?

With an estimated 22,000 collision repair shops across the country dependent on Direct Repair Programs (DRPs), Pete Tagliapietra of NuGen IT said businesses need to pay close attention to the paradigm shift occurring in the industry related to these programs.

Over the last several years, the collision repair industry has undergone tremendous change and continues to do so, said John Shoemaker, business development manager at BASF Automotive Refinishing North America.

The automotive shops at each Cumberland County, TN, high school will be named in honor of a local automotive dealer and his business.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:18

Sherwin-Williams Leads With Art at SEMA 2019

Major celebrity painters appeared at the Sherwin-Williams® Automotive Finishes booth at SEMA 2019 to display their artwork and meet fans from all over the world.

Steve Burns expects the workforce at the former General Motors Lordstown, Ohio, Assembly Plant to be union workers when production on an electric pickup starts anew there next year.

Business owners in Branson West, MO, have plans to rebuild their auto body shop after an intense fire.

An overcast sky and winds bringing a winter chill with them couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Eastern Panhandle, WV, community as a local Army veteran was gifted a new vehicle to honor her service.

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, in conjunction with US Autocure, is pleased to announce the completion of qualifications to the Class 1, Division II (Group D) U.S. prevention standards rating.

“Year of the Bronco” was the theme at the 2019 SEMA Show, and that’s why WD-40 Company, in conjunction with SEMA Cares rebuilt a 1966 Ford Bronco.

To officially kick off the week, SEMA always announces its Best New Products Award winners at its opening morning breakfast.

Every year at SEMA, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides luncheon is on many peoples’ calendars, and the room is always packed with industry leaders, insurance companies, body shops, parts manufacturers, and more.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Dr. Celestino Santi of Accident Care Center of Boggy Creek for allegedly defrauding nine auto insurance companies out of more than $500,000 in unlicensed medical billing.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 17:25

SATA Puts on Wunderbar Show at SEMA 2019

SATA always has the same great spot at SEMA, and every year they pull the trigger and go all-in.

The auto repair lab at Thornton, CO’s, Bollman Technical Center, with numerous bays and lifts and brand-new sets of tools, is the envy of professional shops, according to the school’s students.

Not all the 900 jobs at the new AW Texas plant in Cibolo will require college degrees, but workers with specific skills will be in demand by the time it begins operation in 2021.

Monday, 11 November 2019 19:52

On the Lighter Side: Researchers Train Rats to Drive a Make-Shift Tiny Car

Written by Donna Fuscaldo, Interesting Engineering

Rats may be smarter than we think, with a team of researchers able to train them to drive a tiny car.

General Motors (GM), through its Customer Care and Aftersales division (CCA), announced that it will implement an Electronic Minimum Resale Price (eMRP) Policy in the U.S. for certain products, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Elon Musk has revealed the official launch date for Tesla’s “Cyberpunk” Pickup Truck.

Grays Harbor College’s Automotive Technology program has officially earned Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation, the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

First, Cesar Ranuschio of Body Shop 661 located in Santa Clarita, CA, stressed the importance of following the proper steps and doing the job correctly from the very beginning. 

Oregon state regulators say insurance carriers are too often using photo estimates as a means of making low-ball settlement offers to policyholders without a thorough investigation.

On Oct. 25-26, ASA Northwest produced its Inaugural Automotive Training Expo East (ATE East) at the Doubletree Hotel in Spokane, WA.

As the SEMA Show wraps up today for the week, attendees had one last chance to view over one million square feet of automotive products and equipment in the SEMA Show Halls.

Research conducted by AAA this year found that most vehicle escape tools can break tempered side windows, but none were able to break laminated glass.

On Oct. 12, ASA-PA hosted its 2019 Super Saturday training extravaganza at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA.

On Oct. 10, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) hosted a training session, “Shop Processes, Culture, and Quality Control While Reducing Liability,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts, at Cabela’s in Charleston, WV.

Day three of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas was filled with new product demonstrations, high-tech equipment and technology, and educational opportunities.

The Collision Industry Hall of Eagles held its 2019 Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Paradise Event Center at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

More than 160,000 people are estimated to attend the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show this week in Las Vegas.

Chief Collision Technology announced a partnership with Burke Porter Group to create Mosaic advanced diagnostic technology (ADT), the industry’s first-ever automated advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) calibration system.

On Oct. 25 and 26, the Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) and the Missouri Auto & Truck Recyclers (MATR) combined forces to host the 2019 MO/IL Convention and Trade Show at the Best Western Premier in Alton, IL.

As 2019 draws to a close, the world looks back on the year and reflects on all the changes that have come with the turning of a calendar.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) and BMW of North America (BMW) announce that the automaker will leverage the CCC Promote technology to provide dealers with a powerful new marketing solution to price and promote parts to collision repair facilities while estimates are being written.

Probst Auto Body Inc. in Dieterich, IL, has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Inspired by the testimony of Greta Thunberg, the Australian teen who testified before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Barry's Auto Body, Staten Island's only environmentally friendly automotive collision repair shop, is encouraging other body shops to use “green” automotive products in daily operations.

One of the benefits of driving a "connected" car is the ability to receive warnings of hazardous weather conditions on the road ahead.

Some 20 years ago, the world of collision repair was one where the major partners operated in silos, with limited communication between them.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 18:19

WIN Opens Nominations for 2020 MIW awards

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announces that nominations for the prestigious 2020 Most Influential Women (MIW) awards will open on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, and will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 18:09

NABC 2019 Award Winners Announced

At the 2019 SEMA Show, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) presented the awards to its annual award winners.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:54

Fix Auto Opens Five CA Locations

Fix Auto USA is excited to announce continued expansion in California with the addition of five new Franchise Locations.

Carbeat™, AkzoNobel’s state-of-the-art digital bodyshop workflow control solution that enables automotive body repair shops to track their work in production and thus operate more efficiently, has been awarded a patent.

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