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I-CAR on June 23 announced the creation of  “CHARGED for EV,” a new online electric vehicle resource to provide the inter-industry with a centralized information hub in support of the ongoing acceleration of EVs and their impact on the collision repair industry.

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PPG on June 22 announced it has signed the Pennsylvania Values Business Pledge, an effort to bring businesses together to promote a thriving, welcoming and economically-strong commonwealth for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The CAA webinar, "BAR Compliance---How to avoid fines or losing your BAR license," is now available to watch and download on the CAA website for any member unable to attend the meeting June 17.

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Oshkosh Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, announced June 22 it will open a dedicated facility in Spartanburg, SC, where it will build the U.S. Postal Service Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV).

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Fix Auto Portland East, Fix Auto Gladstone and Fix Auto Clackamas are all a part of a longstanding family business, spanning three generations, now celebrating its 75th anniversary of business.

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To help bring forth practical solutions to help collision repairers overcome some of the industry’s most common obstacles, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) welcomed business coach Barrett R. Smith of Auto Damage Experts, Inc. to lead a special discussion, “Are You at the End of Your Rope? Thinking There Has to be a Better Way?” during its June 16 virtual membership meeting.

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The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission’s (TLC) efforts to block the deployment of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis from electric transit startup Revel were successful.

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Oregon Republicans are making one last Hail Mary pass at reimbursing Oregonians for the taxes paid on their federal stimulus checks.

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Out of work California residents will soon have to prove they're on the job hunt before receiving their weekly benefits.

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The Auto Care Association applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Save Money on Auto Repair Transportation (SMART) Act, by U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) to reduce the expense of automotive repairs and the cost of car insurance.

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Wurth USA Inc. has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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Solera Holdings, Inc., a global leader in data, applications and services for insurance and automotive industries, announced June 22 the expansion of Toyota and Lexus makes and models to its VIN service, AudaVIN®.

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KLA Corporation on June 22 announced the launch of four new products for automotive chip manufacturing: the 8935 high productivity patterned wafer inspection system, the C205 broadband plasma patterned wafer inspection system, the Surfscan® SP A2/A3 unpatterned wafer inspection systems and I-PAT® inline defect part average testing screening solution.

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If you haven't been following, Lordstown Motors is in a bit of a mess at the moment.

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General Motors on June 22 recognized its top global partners through its 29th annual Supplier of the Year awards.

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Lucid Motors has released new details regarding the production of the Air sedan, along with plans of an upcoming flagship studio in New York City and some minor updates on the Gravity SUV it announced late last year.

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Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, continues to fuel the hobby with another record-breaking live Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19, at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

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Nissan announced the promotion of Keri Floyd Kelly to director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for Nissan Group of North America.

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In 2018, Ford issued a comprehensive report to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that outlined the way it approaches self-driving vehicle development.

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Ford said June 17 adjusted earnings before interest and taxes for the second quarter of 2021, which will end two weeks later, will surpass its expectations and be significantly better than a year ago.

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The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to launch a free autonomous shuttle service in Central Indiana.

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Mercury Insurance announced June 22 the company has made its usage-based insurance app, MercuryGO, available to drivers in Oklahoma to help improve driving skills and traffic safety.

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Both rental car prices and demand in the first two weeks of June are up more than 70% for the upcoming July 4th weekend compared to the same dates in 2019, and more than 300% in some places, leaving many U.S. cities with car rental shortages and many Americans without affordable options to choose from.

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Colors on Parade, the world’s largest eco-friendly mobile automotive reconditioning franchise, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest franchise unit in West Harrison, NY.

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Maaco, America’s body shop and the leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, surprised residents and deserving members of its communities by paying for their automotive repairs as a "summer surprise" to kick off the new season.

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Fitch Ratings spotted more ramifications associated with dealerships in connection with the inventory pinch of both new and used vehicles.

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Effective June 22, Elitek Vehicle Services, LKQ’s diagnostic services business, is expanding beyond on-site mobile diagnostics and repair to also include remote automotive diagnostics and remote programming.

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Crash Champions, a leading independent collision repair company, announced June 22 it has entered into an agreement with Signature Collision Centers, one of the largest family-owned, independent collision repair companies on the East Coast, by which Signature will join the Crash platform through a strategic transaction.

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It was only a few hours after the accident and a bold statement was already making its rounds in the mainstream media.

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Watch the latest episode of Street Outlaws: Americas tonight on Discovery

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While automotive aftermarket companies, suppliers, distributors and industry professionals all try to discern their path forward in a quickly evolving landscape, a newly released study shows U.S. adults plan to drive more overall post-pandemic.

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A key driver of the Ford+ plan to grow and create value for customers and other stakeholders has a new leader, with Ford naming former Groupe Renault executive Franck Louis-Victor to head the company’s New Businesses Platform team.

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Auto enthusiasts, get ready to restart those engines. The 26th annual Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Ford is back on for this summer.

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A Columbus, OH, man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal at least 35 vehicles to dismantle and sell their parts, causing more than $300,000 in loss.

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Hyundai Motor Group, Boston Dynamics, Inc. and SoftBank Group Corp. on June 21 announced the completion of Hyundai's acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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The U.S. economy is showing signs of returning to pre-pandemic levels, and the auto business is booming.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) encourages those whose certifications are expiring June 30 to schedule their tests now to secure a confirmed time slot.

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The Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most impressive all-electric pickups on the market today.

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Tesla, Volvo, Cadillac, Lexus and Navya are five car companies under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for crashes that occurred while Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) were activated, the agency said.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency June 17, addressing power grid concerns spurred by scorching temperatures that have climbed as high as 118 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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The automotive specialty-equipment industry has largely weathered the pandemic, with many companies reporting sales growth over the past year and anticipating continued growth in the coming months, according to new SEMA Market Research.

 

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A lot of different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are used over the course of repairing a collision damaged vehicle.  

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CARFAX has been named a "Top Workplace" by The Washington Post for the eighth consecutive year.

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Canoo, which manufactures EVs, on June 17 announced owned and contract manufacturing plans.

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Broadly, Inc. an award-winning provider of software solutions for local businesses, announced June 17 its official launch into the auto collision repair sector.

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 18 announced the 2021 Reimagined New York International Auto Show will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Aug. 20 through Aug. 29.

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Volvo Cars will invest an additional $118 million into its Ridgeville, SC, plant to build the Polestar 3 on the Volvo Car Group’s next generation electric architecture, under contract for its affiliate, Polestar Cars.

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Join the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) at 2 p.m. CDT June 24 on Instagram Live for a conversation with American School Counselor Association Deputy Executive Director Eric Sparks.

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Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a leader in mobile telematics and analytics, has acquired TrueMotion, the second largest mobile telematics provider.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Billy Fuccillo, an auto dealer famous throughout New York's Capital Region and elsewhere for TV ads that boasted of "huge" savings---a word drawn out into several syllables by the businessman as "yuuuuuuge-jahhh"---has died at age 64, according to social media posts from colleagues confirmed by WGY.

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The Auto Care Association announced it will host a webinar at 1 p.m. EDT June 30 to examine the latest e-commerce trends developing in the auto care industry.

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Stellantis and the National Business League (NBL) have formed a national partnership to develop Black suppliers for future contracting and procurement opportunities in the pursuit of greater racial equity in the marketplace.

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Toyota continues to assert its vehicle lineup will offer a variety of options over the next 30 years, a stance it reiterated at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Depot Maintenance Command leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $25.6 million welding and auto body shop June 16 in Albany, GA.

Thursday, 17 June 2021 20:50

On The Lighter Side: Keith Richards Has Some Crazy Car Stories

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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He drove it like he stole it, only he owned these cars.

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A pair of Milwaukee city council members are blaming Kia and Hyundai for a nearly 200% increase in stolen cars this year.

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Mazda Motor Corporation on June 17 announced its new technology and product development plans, which support the company's long-term environmental vision, "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030."