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General Motors is looking for a second lithium-ion cell battery plant with LG Chem's LG Energy Solution in the U.S., according to unofficial media reports.

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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AAA’s latest automated vehicle survey finds more than half---58%---of drivers want to see Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), like automatic emergency braking and lane assistance, in their next vehicle, with a majority (80%) looking for advancements to these systems.

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As part of the revamped National Auto Body Council® (NABC) Awards Program in celebration of its 25th anniversary, the NABC introduced two new awards in place of previous ones---the NABC President’s Award and the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award.

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CCC Information Services, an AI leader in insurance technology, reports a more than 50% year-over-year increase in claims processed using machine- and deep-learning (ML/DL).

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Consumers in California are one step closer to achieving safer vehicles with the introduction of AB 471, a measure that would expand the inspection of vehicle safety components and systems.

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Alex Goodemoot, regional manager for N.A. Williams, has been selected a World Class Technician.

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Tesla’s largest Supercharger V3 station to date has taken a definitive step forward, with the Santa Monica, CA, Planning Commission approving the 62-stall rapid-charging facility in a 5-2 vote.

Thursday, 04 March 2021 17:46

On The Lighter Side: Volkswagen To Test Self-Driving System for Its Upcoming Electric ID. BUZZ Van

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

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The long-awaited e-van from VW is set to start production in 2022.

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Maaco Hampton in Virginia proudly donated $1,500 to the Poquoson Police Foundation in honor of one of its K-9 dogs, Rena, who passed away in late 2020.

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PPG on March 2 announced John Stephenson, current business controller, industrial coatings, has been promoted to director, acquisition integration.

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST March 25: “How Claims Automation is Transforming the Appraisal Experience.”

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A U.S. Forest Service employee was arrested March 1 on a federal grand jury indictment charging him with illegally directing nearly $900,000 in no-bid Forest Service vehicle repair and maintenance work to a San Bernardino County, CA, auto body repair shop that illicitly paid him more than $360,000 in bribes and kickbacks.

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For the first time since 2007, preliminary data from the National Safety Council show that as many as 42,060 people are estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020.

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After Minnesota projected a $1.6 billion budget surplus for the next two years, Republicans in a March 1 press conference said the state taxing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is “unconscionable.”

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Count Artistic Auto Body among the shops geared up and ready for the coming wave of electric vehicles (EVs).

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Every year at SEMA, the industry gets to see all the newest technology, and if you’ve been in it for any significant amount of time, you have witnessed the development of new tools and equipment at a rapid rate.

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The owner of a local auto shop has pleaded guilty to allegations he intended to distribute a mountain of heroin and cocaine in Massachusetts.

Spanesi Americas, Inc., a leading provider of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicle collision repair equipment, has announced the addition of Mr. Bret Runyon to the role of Sales and Training Specialist.

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ProColor Collision announced March 3 it has joined the California Autobody Association (CAA), one of the largest nonprofit trade associations of automotive collision repairers in the U.S., as a corporate sponsor.

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The global semiconductor shortage continues to wreak havoc on the automotive industry as General Motors extends and expands its production shutdowns.

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Louisiana will shift into a less restrictive set of rules to help control the spread of COVID-19 after the current executive order expires March 3, Gov. John Bel Edwards said March 2.

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 he will end Texas' statewide mask mandate next week and will allow all businesses to operate at full capacity.

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Nathan Simmons has co-owned C&C Collision in Alhambra, CA, for 23 years, and has worked hard to help the company grow.

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Mike Anderson is convinced the vehicle safety inspection procedures called for by automakers in the OEM electronic service manuals as part of collision repair work have become the single biggest friction point in the industry.

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During his first meeting as chairman of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) earlier this year, Darrell Amberson, of LaMettry’s Collision in Minnesota, said he wants CIC committees and presentations to stay focused on topics that influence what he called “the moment of truth,” the “safe and quality repair [that] ultimately occurs on the shop floor.”

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HGreg.com, one of the fastest-growing automotive groups in North America, has found a new home in the Tampa Bay, FL, area.

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Mitchell, a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, on March 3 announced Claim Genius’ artificial intelligence (AI) can now be accessed through the Mitchell Intelligent Open Platform (MIOP).

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Most new-vehicle shoppers have probably heard the phrase, "a car loses value the moment you drive it off the dealership lot," but the everyday car buyer may not be aware to what extent and how much this amount can vary from model to model.

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Since the U.S. began its COVID-19 inoculation process on Dec. 14, more than 57 million doses have been administered to approximately 12.4% of the total population, according to CDC data reported by NPR.

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds on March 2 announced the winners of the 2021 Edmunds Five Star Dealer Awards.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 20:41

Automakers Report February Sales

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Automakers on March 2 began reporting sales figures from February.

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Officials in Petaluma, CA, have decided to ban the construction of new gas stations in a unanimous vote from the city council following a two-year moratorium passed in early 2019, according to a local news source.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pleaded guilty March 1 to charges it conspired with company executives to make illegal, lavish gifts to United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders and undermined workers’ confidence in collective bargaining.

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Virginians could soon see more electric cars out on the roads.

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All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 10.3%, or 28.1 billion vehicle miles, for December 2020 compared to December 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

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A large white banner with the words "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in bright red letters hangs in the middle of Superior Body & Paint Shop on Dyer Street in El Paso, TX.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 19:38

Volvo Aims to Be All-Electric by 2030

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Volvo Cars aims for 50% of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025, with the rest hybrids, and by 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

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One of the universal issues in the collision repair industry and a pain point on every production floor is a lack of in-process quality control, according to Lee Rush, manager of business development for Sherwin-Williams®.

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Vehicle technology has seen some tremendous changes and developments in recent years, including the use of high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium, along with ADAS systems and all the intricate technology that includes.

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To educate members on the importance of proper ADAS repair, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) recently welcomed John Anello, of Auto Tech on Wheels, and Nick Dominato, of adasThink, for “ADAS: The Future Is NOW,” a two-hour Zoom seminar that provided insight into this technology, its requirements and how it will affect the industry moving forward.

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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. on March 2 announced it has reached a key milestone in its Chapter 11 process by filing its proposed plan of reorganization and related disclosure statement with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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In 2020 and for the second straight year, State Farm property and casualty insurance companies experienced growth in auto policies while also reporting lower auto lines earned premium.

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Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibrations are an increasingly important part of a safe and proper repair, and that may prove a challenge for collision shops that lack relevant training and equipment.

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An updated survey of Michigan’s business leaders reflects higher confidence in the state’s economic recovery in the next six to 12 months, with most anticipating employees will return to in-person work between July and September of 2021.

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Solera, a leader in data, applications and services for insurance and automotive, on March 1 announced the global rollout of its state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution, Qapter, to automotive repair and body shops in Europe and North America.

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Toyota RAV4 fires are under investigation after the government received complaints alleging non-crash fires occurred where the 12-volt batteries are located.

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Auto repair shops across Hawaii are seeing more cars needing a new catalytic converter, but because thefts of the valuable part are spiking, it’s taking longer to get replacement parts.

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The Daily Driver field is down to 18.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Pensacola, FL.

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GEICO, a longtime supporter of the NABC Recycled Rides program, achieved a major milestone recently, as its Arizona office representing customers in the Southwest and Pacific NW donated its 100th vehicle to the initiative.

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There may be a mangled car in Sydney Jackson’s future.

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Mobile vehicle care provider RideKleen and Uber Technologies, Inc., a leading ridesharing and delivery platform, announced March 1 the expansion of the two companies' vehicle sanitization and maintenance collaboration designed to help keep drivers, riders and vehicles moving safely.

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Polestar, the electric performance car brand from Sweden, is expanding its retail presence across the U.S. with plans to open new locations in 15 cities by the end of 2021. 

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On Feb. 5, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent a letter to the Alabama Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in support of House Bill (HB) 90. 

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On Feb. 12, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) submitted opposition to Nebraska Legislative Bill 602, a bill that will adversely affect Nebraska drivers as it would establish a restriction against the use of alternative parts including aftermarket, recycled, remanufactured and refurbished parts when OEM repair procedures are mandated.

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A Hyundai Kona Electric battery recall will be issued for more than 75,600 vehicles worldwide following at least 16 battery fires.

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Online auto retailer Carvana on Feb. 24 launched its newest Car Vending Machine in Las Vegas with a special spin, debuting the world’s first slot machine for cars.