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Monday, 27 September 2021 19:47

Ford Model T Celebrates 113th Birthday at Ford Plant

Written by John Puckett, Motorious

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Ford Motor Company’s groundbreaking Model T is 113 years old this year, and as a commemoration, Detroit’s Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T, held a celebration of the car Sept. 26.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 23 announced fraud charges against two former executives of a subprime automobile finance company for misleading investors about the subprime automobile loans that backed its $100 million offering.

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September U.S. auto sales are forecast to be significantly hampered by an ongoing lack of new-vehicle inventory.

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Painters Supply & Equipment Co. announced the acquisition of Westside Paint & Supply.

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When it comes to repairing EVs, there are auto body shop owners out there who look at them differently.

Friday, 24 September 2021 22:17

Ford Mustang Mach-E Recalls Ordered for Glass Problems

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Two 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E recalls include more than 36,000 vehicles because of problems with bonding of the panoramic roof glass and windshield glass.

Friday, 24 September 2021 22:11

Safelite Acquires Glass.net

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Safelite Group, which operates Safelite AutoGlass and Safelite Solutions, issued an email notification that it has acquired Glass.net and AutoGlassGuru.com as part of its purchase of Honex Interactive Industries.

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“Patrons of Horsepower,” a one-hour documentary on the history of Herzog Motorsports and founders Stanley and Randy Herzog, with support from father Bill, will premiere at noon ET Sept. 26 on FoxSports 1.

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For the 12th year, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) invited collision repair instructors to apply for Benchmark Grant funds to support their programs and their students with the tools, equipment and supplies needed to properly educate the next generation of collision repair professionals.

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At the site of the KNP Complex in Sequoia National Park, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 23 highlighted the California Comeback Plan’s more than $15 billion climate package---the largest such investment in state history---tackling a wide array of climate impacts facing the state.

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The Larry and Dawn Menard collection of rare and classic cars, gas station signs and other petroliana, fine pickup trucks, vintage motorcycles, antique tractors, more than 300 pieces of memorabilia and more will be auctioned Oct. 2 in the Expo Building of the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, at 225 Edwards St. in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Friday, 24 September 2021 18:51

Several Stolen Dodge Muscle Cars Recovered in Georgia

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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It’s no secret Dodge muscle cars are huge theft targets. Too often, the Mopars are either never recovered or found on the side of the road, stripped of just about every part.

Friday, 24 September 2021 17:00

Elon Musk: Chip Shortage a ‘Short Term’ Problem Likely Over Next Year

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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During an Italian tech event streamed Sept. 24, Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted the ongoing semiconductor crisis would likely be over next year.

Friday, 24 September 2021 16:50

Deciding When Used Parts are Appropriate in the Collision Repair Process

Written by Toby Chess

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Recently, I was training in an auto body shop in the Los Angeles area and noticed a used door for a vehicle repair in the technician’s stall.

 

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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 repair industry.

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General Motors on Sept. 22 named David L. Strickland as vice president, global regulatory affairs, effective Oct. 1.

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Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

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Kia America on Sept. 23 welcomed the third class of Great Unknowns Scholarship recipients from across the U.S.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 21:13

IADA Joins CEICA

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The Independent Auto Damage Appraisers Association (IADA) joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Shreveport, LA.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on Sept. 23 to announce Rivian, a manufacturer of all-electric adventure vehicles, is establishing its new Rivian Service Support Operations facility in Plymouth, MI, creating 100 new high-wage jobs and investing $4.6 million into the Plymouth facilities with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund. 

Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:55

Houston's Buy Your Car Aims to Help Ease Vehicle Shortage Pains for Dealers

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Buy Your Car has launched in North Houston, TX. The online service allows customers to sell their vehicles online, and aims to help provide more quality used inventory for dealers. 

Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:47

Ohio Has Multi-Million-Dollar Car Theft Problem

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A recent investigative report conducted by 19 News out of Cleveland uncovered a shocking fact: over the past five years, cars stolen and recovered in Ohio have totaled $72.6 million in costs.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:39

Chip Shortage’s Cost Doubles to $210 Billion

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau

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The financial impact of the semiconductor shortage continues to grow and now stands at an estimated $210 billion dollars in lost automotive revenues, according to a new study.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:33

Tesla Insurance Could Launch in Texas Next Month, New York in 2022

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla Insurance is poised to launch in Texas in October and New York in 2022, according to CEO Elon Musk, who gave additional details regarding the electric automaker’s insurance initiative Sept. 21 on Twitter.

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PPG announced the launch of the PPG KNOWLEDGE COLLEGE™ online learning management system, which provides the refinish industry with the most comprehensive online training program for automotive and commercial finishing systems and professional business development.

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A deserving North Carolina veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her and her family independence and the ability to work and continue her education---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with car donor Allstate and repair partner Caliber Collision of Matthews.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Sept. 23 announced the winners of its first annual Bright Futures Scholarship program.

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Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech®, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced Sept. 23 that starting in October, asTech’s remote scanning and diagnostic service will provide comprehensive diagnostic scan reports along with official OEM tool reports, a first for the industry.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:14

AAPEX 2021 Begins Weekly Webinars in October

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AAPEX will again host weekly webinars in October to keep attendees ahead of the curve on important topics trending in the automotive aftermarket.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:48

Your Guide to the 2021 Motor Bella Auto Show in Pontiac, MI

Written by Jordyn Pair, MLive.com

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The North American International Auto Show has reinvented itself into Motor Bella, and moved the event from downtown Detroit to Pontiac in 2021.

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) much anticipated Hot Spots report shows Colorado auto thefts increased by 37% in 2020 over 2019.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, announced Sept. 22 it is now offering as-soon-as next-day touchless home delivery to Springfield and Joplin, MO, area residents.

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On Sept. 10-12, the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show continued its leading-edge reputation by being the first event of its kind to return to a live setting.

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Nearly half of car shoppers are exiting the market and delaying their purchase for the next several months due to the impacts of the global microchip shortage on the automotive industry, according to new consumer research from Kelley Blue Book.

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Ten members of an auto theft and distribution operation were indicted for their roles in the theft and/or criminal possession of 45 vehicles during a six-month period and their roles related to the theft and resale of more than 225 vehicles throughout New York City and Westchester.

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Craftsman Collision, a Canadian MSO in the auto body repair industry since 1977, announced Sept. 20 that as part of its ongoing commitment to giving back, it has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to support the BC Wildfire Appeal campaign.

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Recently, a deserving Atlanta family experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of daily activities---thanks to ABRA Woodstock in Woodstock, GA, located at Krause Family Ford, and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Sept. 22 that Michael Casula has been appointed to the newly created position of chief information officer.

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Dynabrade, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Saraf to the position of global vice president of sales.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:57

As Expected, Stellantis Prioritizes an Electric Future

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Just about as soon as Stellantis became a reality, it was already clear the automaker would invest in EVs. Now, the company says it has set a goal that 40% of its U.S. sales will be electric by 2030.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:48

Michigan to Have Nation's First Electrified Road to Wirelessly Charge EVs, Governor Says

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

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Imagine being able to charge an electric vehicle without stopping to plug in. It’s the kind of technology that could help ease worries like range anxiety and could really boost the transition to electric vehicles.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:37

Cadillac LYRIQ Reservations Sold Out in Just Over 10 Minutes

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Cadillac announced reservations for the LYRIQ EV sold out in just over 10 minutes, marking an impressive statistic for demand.

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General Motors Co's president said Sept. 21 the global supply of semiconductor chips will begin to stabilize but at lower levels than the auto industry wants as it tries to rebuild vehicle inventories.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:31

On The Lighter Side: Chris Pratt’s Car Collection Is Fairly Basic

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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And that’s not surprising at all…

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 19:06

CAWA and its Coalition Oppose AB 701

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CAWA remains opposed to California Assembly Bill 701, introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, related to warehouse distribution centers, as amended Sept. 3.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 19:00

GM Reveals All-New EV Motors

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At the 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference, General Motors President Mark Reuss revealed GM’s group of three all-new motors that will power its Ultium-based EVs.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:49

Chevrolet Bolt EV Battery Production Resumes

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General Motors on Sept. 20 outlined a comprehensive action plan to ensure customers can safely and confidently drive, charge and park the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV.

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The wait is finally over! America’s fastest street racers are back, and the stakes are higher than ever with 15 events, new cars, new drivers, and nearly $900K up for grabs.

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on Sept. 21 announced it has appointed Mike Manley as CEO and as a member of its Board of Directors, effective Nov. 1.

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HONK Technologies, the industry-leading digital roadside assistance platform and vehicle transport company, on Sept. 21 announced its accident scene information services solution, FirstOnScene™.

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The California Automotive Teachers Association (CAT) and the Pasadena City College auto technology department will host its fall conference Oct. 16.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 15:56

Federal Decision on ‘Right to Repair’ Case Delayed in MA

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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A Massachusetts federal judge has delayed a ruling in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey to Nov. 2.

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Pacific Coast Collision Center, located at 3480 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Burbank, IL.

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Dynabrade, Inc. recently completed the acquisition of one of its strategic suppliers, Manth Mfg. Inc., located in Tonawanda, NY.

Monday, 20 September 2021 22:49

Toyota CEO: Going All-EV Could Cost Japan Millions of Jobs

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, who is also chairman of Japan’s automaker association, is not happy with the Japanese government’s EV-centric push for carbon neutrality.

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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., a leading global coatings company, provided an update to third quarter and full-year 2021 financial guidance given the ongoing supply chain issues its Mobility customers are experiencing, as well as continued raw material inflation and supply chain and logistics constraints.