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Rod Umphreys of Total Specialties, USA, has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) will be awarding scholarships to select students enrolled in post-secondary auto service or collision repair programs.

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More than 35 first responders from West Plains, MO, and surrounding areas gathered recently for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims.

Monday, 03 January 2022 20:43

Mercedes-Benz Previews Solar EV Concept Car with 620-Mile Range

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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Battery electric vehicles could have increased range if they also had a solar component that ensured some charge went into the battery when hit by sunlight.

Monday, 03 January 2022 20:15

Hyundai Motors Will Reportedly No Longer Develop Internal Combustion Engines

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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Hyundai's Namyang Research and Development (R&D) Center in South Korea, focused on engine development, employs about 12,000 engineers, who have now received a change in responsibilities.

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I was at a California Autobody Association (CAA) meeting recently and I couldn’t help but notice a well-dressed man at the front table.

Monday, 03 January 2022 19:40

New York Becomes Latest State to Pass Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Law

Written by Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square

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A new law in New York now allows for peer-to-peer car sharing in the state, a move proponents claim will provide new economic opportunities for residents.

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Direct repair agreements---and in California, state regulations---prohibit participating auto body shops from charging administrative fees related to processing of total losses.

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When any business---auto body shop or otherwise---lasts 75 years and is still going strong, that’s surely something to celebrate.

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The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is warning Rhode Island drivers to expect even higher auto body repair costs, and likely higher auto insurance premiums, if the General Assembly votes to override Gov. Daniel McKee’s veto of Senate 870/House 6324 when lawmakers convene on Jan. 4.

Monday, 03 January 2022 18:04

Tesla Leasing New Land as Part of CA Expansion for $1 per Year

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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True to CEO Elon Musk’s word, Tesla is expanding its presence in California despite the company officially moving its headquarters to Texas.

Monday, 03 January 2022 17:57

Hyundai and Kia Engine Fire Investigation Upgraded

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Hyundai and Kia engine fire investigation has been upgraded after the government learned of more than 160 vehicle fires allegedly related to defective engines.

Monday, 03 January 2022 17:49

Chevy Bolt Class Action Lawsuit Says Cars Unsafe

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit alleges the 2020-2022 Bolt EV and 2022 Bolt EUV are unsafe to drive due to a risk of fires from the batteries.

Monday, 03 January 2022 17:43

What's Ahead for the Auto Industry in 2022?

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News

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From shortages of crucial semiconductor chips to shutdowns at major assembly plants, as well as skyrocketing car prices and empty dealerships, 2021 was a year to remember for auto manufacturers and consumers alike.

Monday, 03 January 2022 17:37

Tesla Crushes Expectations by Delivering 936K Vehicles in 2021

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla released its fourth quarter and full year vehicle production and delivery report, showing over the course of 2021, Tesla produced an impressive 930,422 vehicles.

Monday, 03 January 2022 16:58

The Biggest Consumer Tech Expected to Be Revealed at CES 2022

Written by Grant Currin, Interesting Engineering

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With the Omicron variant pushing the number of COVID-19 infections higher than at any point in the pandemic, the tech world is waiting to see if CES 2022 really will go ahead in person Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.

Thursday, 30 December 2021 21:56

SCRS Quick Tips: I-CAR Repairers Realm

 

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In this final quick tip of 2021, Danny Gredinberg of the DEG connects with Bud Center of I-CAR to talk about the new I-CAR web series, Repairers Realm.

Thursday, 30 December 2021 16:48

Legal Battles, Safelite Top Stories for Auto Glass Industry

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Another day, another month, another year, another story. Well, that’s not how we measure the year at glassBYTEs.com. Our job is to share news about the auto glass industry and its people.

Thursday, 30 December 2021 16:40

Tesla to Recall 356K Model 3 Cars with Malfunctioning Rearview Cameras

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla is recalling more than 356,000 Model 3 vehicles based on potential issues owners may encounter with the rearview camera cable, which could be damaged when the trunk is closed. This can cause the camera to malfunction, documents state.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 22:47

As Gas Costs Soared in 2021, Average Prices Remained Among Lowest in Oklahoma, Texas

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square

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While gas prices have soared nationwide this year, average prices at the pump have remained among the lowest in Oklahoma and Texas, in part because they are significant oil and gas hubs for the nation.

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Geely Holding Group's premium electric brand, Zeekr, will collaborate with Waymo on the development of a new pure electric vehicle for deployment in the Waymo One autonomous ride-hailing fleet in the U.S. 

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EV Range Inc., an EV charging network based in San Pedro, CA, is in the process of deploying a total of 26 high-powered (180-350kW) electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across nine sites throughout California and Nevada in 2022.

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Dave Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions and Ryan Taylor of BodyShop Booster and AMP Bureau announced the upcoming 3rd Annual Positivity Summit.

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Farmers Insurance® donated a newly refurbished vehicle to domestic violence survivor support nonprofit Newhouse Kansas City on Dec. 13.

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New-vehicles sales in December are expected to reach 1.1 million units, a drop of 32% compared to December 2020, according to a forecast released Dec. 29 by Cox Automotive.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 17:53

Top Electric Car Predictions for 2022

Written by Scott Case, Inside EVs

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It felt like 2021 was the year of the EV crossover. 

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 17:36

Tesla’s Future Capabilities in Autonomy, Chip Building are Best in Industry: Expert

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla’s leadership status as king of the electric vehicle sector has been established through several years of innovation and the company’s ability to influence an entire industry.

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Supply chain issues continue to create delays for plenty of industries around the country, and auto repair shops are no exception.

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The U.S. auto safety agency has stepped up its probe into engine fires that have plagued some Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. vehicles for more than six years.

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U.S. Reps. Garret Graves and Henry Cuellar have introduced a bill that would make it a federal crime to stage a vehicle collision and fraudulently claim financial damages.

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Farrukh Hussain, 37, of Eastvale, CA, was arraigned on 14 felony counts of insurance fraud after allegedly stealing consumers’ identities to file 14 fraudulent insurance claims with six different insurance companies using a “paper collision” scheme---meaning most of the accidents never occurred and only existed on paper.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 21:17

Lubbock, TX, Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Shooting at Auto Repair Shop

Written by Gabriel Monte, Lubbock-Avalanche Journal

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A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed one man and injured two people at an after party at an auto repair shop in central Lubbock, TX. 

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 21:07

Stolen Thunderbird Causes Kansas City Family Grief

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

 

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It’s supposed to be “fun fun fun ‘til her daddy takes the T-bird away” but for a family in Kansas City, it was thieves who took their beloved 1962 Ford Thunderbird.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 20:47

Nonprofit CEO Used COVID Relief Funds to Buy Himself a Dodge Charger

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Brandon Fitzgerald-Holley, a 32-year-old CEO of a social justice nonprofit, initially got turned down by the EIDL program during the COVID-19 pandemic, so he turned to a different federal program to get funds set aside to help struggling small businesses.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 20:37

Get Used to Chip Shortages: They are Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

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There's no denying there is a global chip shortage.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 17:55

On The Lighter Side: 2021 - Weirdest Stories of the Year

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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It's been a strange 12 months.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 18:10

NYC's Private Sector Vaccine Mandate in Effect as of Dec. 27

Written by Dan McCaleb, The Center Square

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All workers in New York City will be required to show employers they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, beginning Dec. 27.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 18:02

Pennsylvania's Highways Rank Near Bottom of U.S.

Written by Victor Skinner, The Center Square

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Pennsylvania’s highway system is among the worst in the nation, ranking 39th out of 50 states in the Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 17:54

Rivian Shows Off First Delivered R1S

Written by Mark Kane, Inside Evs

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Rivian has released a little more detail about the first two R1S SUVs delivered in December, but remains mostly in stealth mode.

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A chain of subcontractors will pay nearly $400,000 in back wages and penalties to resolve allegations they failed to pay Mexican laborers for overtime worked while building a new production line for Rivian Automotive, Inc., announced Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Dec. 21.

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Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, on Dec. 22 announced plans to expand in Northern Nevada with a new campus in Reno, NV, anticipated to open spring 2022.

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Nikola Corporation on Dec. 21 announced a resolution with the SEC, which includes an agreement to pay $125 million in five installments over two years.

Monday, 27 December 2021 21:59

Tesla Confirms to NHTSA it Will Halt In-Car Gaming While Vehicle in Motion

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla will deactivate gaming features while its vehicles are in motion following the launch of an NHTSA probe into the feature, the agency confirmed Dec. 23.

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CARSTAR Wicklunds, the first CARSTAR franchise location, has long supported veterans in the Kansas City region.

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Hyundai Motor America and its Kentucky dealers, including Gates Hyundai in Richmond and Swope Hyundai in Elizabethtown, on Dec. 23 announced donations of $100,000 to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland (FAKH) and $50,000 to the American Red Cross to support Western Kentucky communities devastated by the Dec. 10 tornadoes.

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Maaco, North America’s body shop and the leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, helped make Christmas brighter for children on the Fort Bragg, NC, military base.

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TrueCar, Inc., the most efficient and transparent online destination to find a car, forecasts total new vehicle sales will reach 1,144,108 units in December 2021, down 27% from a year ago and about on par with November 2021, when adjusted for the same number of selling days.

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Usually when someone asks you to top them off, they’re holding a cool beverage in hand looking for a refill.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 17:30

GM Opens Broad Application of EV Component Sets

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Guided by its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, General Motors announced Dec. 22 its strategy to offer EV technology beyond its own portfolio and automotive applications more broadly, one component at a time.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 16:53

SATA Announces Christmas Donation 2021

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For 23 years, SATA has supported charity projects at home and abroad helping children and young people in need around Christmas time.

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The Romans Group LLC recently released its 15th annual white paper, "A 2020 Profile of the Evolving U.S. and Canadian Collision Repair Marketplace."

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Several CIECA Board of Trustees member companies have named new representatives to sit on the board in 2022.

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Twelve automakers are ahead of schedule in meeting a voluntary pledge to equip nearly all the light vehicles they produce for the U.S. market with automatic emergency braking (AEB).

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Caliber, whose automotive service brands include Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, has been named to the Inc. 2021 Best in Business list. Inc.

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 18:27

The Most Expensive Cars to Insure in 2022

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QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation's leading online insurance marketplaces, released a new report Dec. 21 on the most expensive popular cars to insure.

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For the fifth year, AutoInsurance.org analyzed crash statistics and fatalities occurring on 18 holidays throughout the year to determine the deadliest holidays for driving.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, released its 69th annual Global Automotive Color Popularity Report revealing most cars on today's roads are white (35%), black (19%) and gray (19%).

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced a new closing Dec. 20---the acquisition of six Fix Auto Centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Palmer, AK.