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The late Gene Crozat of G&C Auto Body died in 2016, but his sons have taken his zeal for helping others to the next level, and giving cars to those in need is a big part of it.

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On Dec. 15, Mike’s Auto Body (MAB) gave away its 100th vehicle through its nationally-known Benevolence Program, at a presentation held at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA.

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Some auto body shops appreciate insurance adjusters and their role in the collision repair industry, while others don’t necessarily feel the same way. But all seem to agree it’s a necessary job.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:40

CarLotz Opens in Huntsville, AL

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CarLotz, the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, announced it will open its second hub Dec. 20 in Alabama.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced a strategic partnership with Dürr, one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with extensive expertise in automation and digitalization.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:29

More Than 120 New 2022 Corvette C8s Destroyed After Tornado Hits Bowling Green, KY, Factory

Written by Brad Anderson, CarScoops

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Approximately 122 brand new Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays have been destroyed after a tornado hit the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky in December.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:24

California Job Growth Slows; Unemployment Rate Falls

Written by Seth Sandronsky, The Center Square

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California payrolls added 47,500 nonfarm workers in November, compared to October’s 96,800 new hires, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:15

Michigan's $25M Catastrophic Victim Crash Fund Hasn't Spent a Cent

Written by Steve McClallen, The Center Square

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Not a cent from a $25 million relief fund created four months ago has been spent on medical providers to stabilize a July 45% fee cut for Michigan’s auto accident insurance providers.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:08

Woman Gives Birth in Tesla Driving on Autopilot

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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According to a recent article published by The Guardian, a new mother in Philly gave birth in a moving Tesla.

Monday, 20 December 2021 18:00

Chevy Bolt EV, EUV Production Shutdown Extends to End of February

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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General Motors recently said the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV production shutdown at the GM Lake Orion (MI) Assembly Plant has now been extended to at least the end of February.

Monday, 20 December 2021 17:52

Tesla Giga Texas Grand Opening Party Scheduled for Early 2022

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla Giga Texas production seems set to start early next year, making 2022 another exciting year for the company.

Monday, 20 December 2021 17:45

Chevy Bolt Recall Update: Maximum Charge Reduced to 80%

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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General Motors has announced a Chevy Bolt recall software update to allegedly remove some of the previous restrictions provided to car owners.

Monday, 20 December 2021 17:40

AGRR Material Prices Continue to Increase in November

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in November, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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With more than 300 different new models available in the marketplace each year, it can be overwhelming for car shoppers to know where to begin as they search for their next vehicle.

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Two wishes for wheels came true as Bates Collision Centers and Harris County (TX) Department of Education’s Head Start division presented two special moms with rehabbed vehicles filled with presents as part of their annual Responsible Parenting Award.

Friday, 17 December 2021 19:40

SCRS Quick Tips: Destructive Test Welds

 

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Danny Gredinberg of the DEG is joined by Bud Center, director of technical products and curriculum at I-CAR, to talk about destructive weld testing, and the need to practice welding on different structures and substrates before the repair begins.

Friday, 17 December 2021 19:35

The Boring Company's San Antonio Project Gets Some Competition

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Boring Company’s (TBC) potential San Antonio project has some competition.

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On Dec. 17, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® announced U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will deliver remarks on the future of transportation at the upcoming CES® 2022, the world's most influential tech event. 

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On Dec. 3, the Mission Valley YMCA, along with other YMCA branches throughout San Diego, received a special holiday gift---the presentation of a vehicle to provide transportation for the maintenance team that keeps their facilities running.

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The Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds (TAPG), Toyota's proprietary U.S. vehicle development and testing facility, will become available to the broader industry as a vehicle testing resource as it officially launches the Arizona Mobility Test Center (AMTC) at TAPG.

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A new era begins Dec. 17 for General Motors with the deliveries of its first next-generation electric vehicles, the GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 Pickup and BrightDrop EV600 light commercial vehicle, both built on the Ultium Platform.

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Ford on Dec. 17 announced it is launching a new sustainable charging program that allows plug-in electric vehicle owners in California to opt into carbon-neutral charging at home, reducing their carbon footprint from energy used to power their vehicles. 

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Nikola Corporation on Dec. 17 delivered the first Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) pilot trucks to Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), one of Southern California's prominent port trucking companies, to expedite zero-emission transportation solutions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Friday, 17 December 2021 18:31

Rivian Reports Q3 Earnings: $82M Negative Gross Profit

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Rivian Automotive on Dec. 16 reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2021.

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LKQ Corporation will be featured in the Dec. 19 edition of "EARTH with John Holden" television series airing on Fox Business Network and Bloomberg TV.

Friday, 17 December 2021 18:08

PPG Appoints Tim Knavish COO

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PPG on Dec. 15 announced the appointment of Tim Knavish, executive vice president, as COO, effective March 1, 2022.

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Polestar has opened a new retail location in Corte Madera, CA.

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As noted during the Nov. 10 third quarter results call, Boyd Group Services Inc. will be reporting location growth during quarterly results updates rather than announcing individual acquisitions as they occur.

Friday, 17 December 2021 16:52

Chicago Luxury Car Dealer Hit by Daytime Smash and Grab

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A luxury car dealership in downtown Chicago was the target of a brazen smash and grab robbery in broad daylight, shocking many.

Friday, 17 December 2021 16:46

Utah Auto Body Shops Full of Wrecked, Totaled Cars Following Snowstorm

Written by Eliana Sheriff, FOX 13 News

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On Dec. 15, Utah State troopers handled at least 158 crashes statewide and tallied more than 500 vehicles that slid off the road or needed an assist.

Friday, 17 December 2021 16:40

Rivian Will Build Its Next EV Manufacturing Plant in Georgia

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Rivian Automotive has chosen Georgia as the location for its next U.S. production plant, it confirmed in its Q3 2021 Earnings Call Shareholder Deck on Dec. 16.

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Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of S&H Car Color, Inc., in Seaside, CA.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 23:34

On The Lighter Side: Three Daytonas In One Barn Find

Written by John Puckett, Motorious

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These ridiculous cars have been hidden for decades and now poke their fascias out to show the world what a real muscle car is!

Thursday, 16 December 2021 22:36

SEMA to Host Jan. 19 Webinar: Outlook for 2022

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As the automotive specialty-equipment market enters 2022, companies need to be informed about current industry issues and what to expect in the new year and beyond in order to make the best decisions for their business.

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Ford Pro™ on Dec. 16 announced the launch of Ford Pro Charging, a comprehensive solution for commercial electric vehicle charging.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 22:01

Hyundai Starts Customer Deliveries of Ioniq 5 in U.S.

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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It started! Hyundai is delivering the first Ioniq 5 electric cars in the U.S.---as promised, before the end of the year.

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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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On Dec. 9, two deserving Topeka, KS, residents were presented vehicles to provide independence and the ability to work and take care of their families, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with the vehicle donors and Washburn Tech.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:30

GMC Announces 2022 Sierra EV as Next Car in Goal to Go Green

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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General Motors’ GMC brand recently teased its 2022 Sierra EV, the next vehicle in its EV lineup after the Hummer EV Pickup and the Hummer EV SUV.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:21

Ford Tell Dealerships F-150 Lightning Orders to Open in January

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford is planning to open the ordering bank for the F-150 Lightning in January, internal company documents indicate.

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Maryland Auto has announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at mitigating losses for commercial auto drivers in Maryland.

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds say the automotive industry faces yet another challenging year marked by inventory shortages amid strong consumer demand, forecasting 15.2 million new cars will be sold in 2022.

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In an event Dec. 15 deemed the "Holiday Rideaway," a deserving Broward County, FL, man experienced a life-changing moment when he was gifted a refurbished 2017 Ford Fusion as part of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 17:06

Reed Appraisers Joins CIECA

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Reed Appraisers joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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In Richmond, VA, a group of dedicated employees gather each morning at 7:30 for a meeting run by Maaco owner Hanson Butler to review and plan the work for the day.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 22:54

On The Lighter Side: Tesla Introduces $1,900 Cyberquad For Kids With 15-Mile Range

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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The reduced-scale replica of the Cybertruck's sidekick can go as fast as 10 mph, is for children aged 8 or older.

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Toyota has long been committed to the sustainable development of society and addressing climate change, and continues to aggressively pursue technologies and find additional ways to reduce its environmental footprint for all of its North American operations and products, with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a leading provider of data and analytics for the insurance industry, and Shift Technology, a provider of AI-driven decision automation and optimization solutions for the global insurance industry, announced Dec. 14 the two companies have entered a strategic alliance.

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Honda Research Institute USA, Inc. is developing a road condition monitoring system that uses vehicle technology to evaluate road conditions in an effort to detect possible hazards.

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Following devastating tornadoes that left a path of destruction through six states in the Southeast and Midwest, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) on Dec. 14 announced more than $500,000 to assist with immediate relief and long-term recovery in Kentucky, and payment relief to customers throughout the affected region.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 18:16

Automakers Urge Buttigieg to Install High Speed Charging Infrastructure

Written by Tom Moloughney, Inside EVs

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A group of 15 automakers, including six from the Volkswagen Group, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, urging him to prioritize ultra-high-speed DC fast charging equipment along the nation's highway corridors with the money available in the National Electric Vehicle Formula Program. 

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 18:06

New Maryland Program Will Help Manufacturers with Supply Chain Issues

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square

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Maryland is looking to shore up supply chain issues with a new initiative aimed at supporting resilience building activities for manufacturers in the state.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 17:45

Tesla Employee Arrested for Suspicious Death at Fremont, CA, Factory

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Fremont, CA, Police Department issued a press release about the suspicious death at Tesla’s Fremont Factory discovered Dec. 13.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 17:35

Edmunds Crowns Its Top-Rated Vehicles of 2022

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds on Dec. 15 announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2022.

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Crash Champions, LLC, on Dec. 14 hosted a National Auto Body Council® (NABC) First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) event for Chicago-area fire departments including New Lenox, Frankfort and Mokena.

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The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) on Dec. 14 released its issue analysis "Cost Drivers: How Riskier Roads, Rising Repairs and Reckless Driving are Increasing Insurance Costs."

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced Dec. 15 the closing of five acquisitions across Florida, adding 12 new locations to the company’s growing footprint in the state.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 00:28

Uptick in Exotic Rental Crashes Could Lead to More Regulation

Written by Amy Hercher, Auto Rental News

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Nevada’s Clark County commissioners are looking to add more guidelines for renting a vehicle in the exotic rental industry, according to a report by CBS 8.