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Ford has a new chief digital and information officer, Mike Amend, who will help focus the company use of data, software and technology to drive growth and create value for customers and other stakeholders---objectives which are central to the Ford+ strategy.

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:38

Report Card's Infrastructure Grade Highlights South Carolina's Needs

Written by John Haughey, The Center Square

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South Carolina’s roads and bridges face a projected funding gap of $43 billion by 2040 and more than 50% of the state’s roads are in “poor condition,” according to the South Carolina section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SC-ASCE).

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:25

GM, LG Working Around the Clock on Bolt EV Battery Recall

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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General Motors "is taking a more direct role" with LG Chem's LG Energy Solution in solving the huge battery recall issue that affects all Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Bolt EUV electric cars and paralyzed the production.

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:10

Group 1 to Buy Prime Automotive Group for $880M; LMP Announces Deal

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Two of the nation’s publicly traded dealership groups announced respective acquisitions Sept. 13, including one with a price tag in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Katten announced Sept. 13 its Chicago managing partner, Gil Soffer, will serve as adjudications officer for the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to evaluate claims of misconduct after 15 people, including two former presidents, were convicted of misusing union funds among other misbehavior.

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Crash avoidance features and teen-specific vehicle technologies have the potential to prevent or mitigate up to three-quarters of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

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As tight vehicle inventory continues to vex the auto industry, U.S. dealer sentiment in the third quarter softened but remains mostly positive and above levels recorded in Q3 2020 and Q3 2019. 

Monday, 13 September 2021 17:16

Tesla’s Musk Shares Brutally Honest Take on Dems’ Revised EV Proposal

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared a brutally honest take on U.S. Democrats’ revised EV tax credit proposal, which happens to be heavily pro-union.

Monday, 13 September 2021 15:48

Wholesale Used Vehicle Price Trend Reverses Course in August

Written by Vehicle Remarketing Staff

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Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage- and seasonally-adjusted basis) decreased 0.4% month over month in August, according to a news release from Cox Automotive based on the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman on Sept. 9 announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms and hotels.

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LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc., an e-commerce and facilities-based automotive retailer in the U.S., on Sept. 13 announced its entry into definitive acquisition agreements to purchase an 85% interest in the Alan Jay Automotive Network, a 12-dealership group in Florida, along with the associated real estate, generating approximately $345 million in annualized revenue and $18.3 million in adjusted EBITDA.

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) started the "Pay It Forward" campaign to allow current WIN members and non-members to purchase and gift a full 365-day WIN membership for a new member.

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CAWA, which represents the automotive parts industry, announced Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. will once again be the exclusive sponsor of its 2021 dinner gala in conjunction with the annual AAPEX and SEMA trade shows being held in Las Vegas, NV.

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LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and Ford Motor Company on Sept. 9 announced they have entered into a strategic agreement so that Ford connected vehicle data can be available to U.S. auto insurers via the LexisNexis® Telematics Exchange.

Friday, 10 September 2021 22:27

CarGurus Teams Up with Jay Leno’s 'You Bet Your Life' Revival

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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CarGurus has joined comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno for the revival of popular game show "You Bet Your Life."

Friday, 10 September 2021 22:19

NY to Ban Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sept. 8 announced new actions to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector.

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It’s no secret vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are available on dealership lots nationwide.

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The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) hosted a ceremony Sept. 8 recognizing the first graduating class of its Fleet Services Program Automotive Academy.

 

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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 industry.

Friday, 10 September 2021 19:27

Tesla Sidesteps New Mexico Ban by Building Service Center on Tribal Land

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla has effectively sidestepped a New Mexico law barring the company from operating a service center for EV owners in the state by building a service center on Native American tribal land.

Friday, 10 September 2021 19:17

GM Extends Chevy Bolt EV/EUV Plant Shutdown Amid Recall

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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As was recently reported, General Motors decided to idle its Orion (MI) Assembly plant while it moves forward with the massive Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV recall.

Friday, 10 September 2021 19:10

Apple to Develop its EV Independently, Axing Plans for Collaboration

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Apple’s heavily rumored electric car will be developed independently, according to sources in Korea.

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Xcel Energy announced Sept. 9 a suite of electric vehicle charging programs is available, making EV charging easy, fast and more affordable for Colorado customers.

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Ford Motor Company named Doug Field as the company’s chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer as it continues to advance its Ford+ growth plan.

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DLM Collision in Albuquerque, NM, announced it purchased Southwest Collision Craftsmen on Aug. 31.

Friday, 10 September 2021 16:48

Biden Unveils Vaccine Mandate to Affect 100M Americans, Critics Push Back

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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President Joe Biden announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will force millions of unvaccinated Americans to receive the vaccine, undergo weekly testing or lose their jobs, flipping on a promise the president made in 2020 that he would enact no such mandate.

Friday, 10 September 2021 16:35

Fire Destroys Michigan Classic Cars Workshop, Vehicles Inside

Written by Jordan Travis, Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Fire destroyed a garage complex in East Bay Township, MI, that was part of a classic car restoration shop, and about a dozen cars inside.

Friday, 10 September 2021 16:20

AsTech Hosts Industry Night of Education

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On Aug. 24, asTech hosted an Industry Night of Education for auto body shops outside the Tulsa, OK, metro area.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Ankeny, IA.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 22:05

Li-Cycle to Build Next Plant in Alabama

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Li-Cycle Holdings on Sept. 8 announced it will build a fourth commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility, to be located in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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Members of the collision industry recently had an opportunity to tour the DCR Systems location in Mentor, OH, prior to the July Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Cleveland.

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Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, awarded more than $175,000 in scholarship funding and starter tool sets to 63 female students across the U.S. looking to have a career in the auto care industry.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 20:27

NHTSA Gets Pat on the Back from NTSB Concerning Tesla

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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The opening of a federal Tesla Autopilot crash investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has caused a different U.S. safety agency to stand and applaud.

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Your auto body shop’s next vehicle scan through Opus IVS™ might come with something more than advanced vehicle diagnostic information: A 77” state-of-the-art HDTV.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, is now offering as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery to Carson City and Reno, NV, area residents.

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The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) said Sept. 9 an email that went out to NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show attendees from Hilton claiming the Embassy Suites by Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands is closed was incorrect.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 17:52

Ohio Court of Appeals Rules Against Safelite

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Shonda Hicks, a licensed insurance surveyor with the Safelite Group, won her appeal in Ohio court Sept. 2 in a workers’ compensation case involving her falling in a parking lot.

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FineFix, Maryland’s uninsured motorist fine forgiveness program, officially ended July 31.

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Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, and Car ADAS Solutions, an ADAS technology and services company, have joined forces to offer enhanced support for dynamic and static ADAS calibrations.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 21:59

On The Lighter Side: 9 Tesla Features That Prove We're Living in the Future

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

From remote defrosting to 'valet mode' Tesla has more than a couple tricks under its hood.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 22:13

U.S. Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2021 Outpacing Last Year’s Results

Written by Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

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For 15 years, U.S. roadway deaths declined. That ended in 2020, despite traffic numbers being down due to the pandemic restrictions.

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Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and BMW of North America, LLC are partnering to add a unique program for service members at the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg, NC, base.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 21:10

Flooded Cars Are a Problem for Their Owners---and Future Car Buyers

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News

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Residents across the country are still mopping up from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which hit the Gulf Coast before sweeping up into the Northeast, leaving parts of New York City and its suburbs under water this past week.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 20:58

Toyota Plans $13.6B Spending Spree to Develop EV Battery Tech by 2030

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced Sept. 7 it will spend a massive $13.6 billion, or 1.5 trillion yen, on battery supply systems and research and development of electric vehicle battery technology by 2030.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 20:28

Ford Mustang Plant Halts Production, Neighbors Evacuated Over Gas Leak

Written by Jacob Oliva, Motor1.com

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Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock (MI) Assembly Plant, which produces the Mustang, has halted production, due to investigations related to a gas leak, along with community assistance measures the company currently employs.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:22

New Tech from Nissan Recovers 98% of Rare Elements from Electric Engines

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

 

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As countries look to reduce their carbon emissions, the focus is on cleaning up fossil-fuel-powered transportation. Electric vehicles (EV) are a major part of this strategy but the production of electric vehicles requires the mining of rare earth elements (REEs).

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:15

Tesla Supplier Samsung Building a $17B Chip Factory 40 Minutes from Giga TX

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla key supplier Samsung Electronics has reportedly selected Taylor, TX, as the site of its upcoming $17 billion chip plant.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:08

End of Federal Unemployment Raises Questions About Fraud, Joblessness

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Federal unemployment benefits ended over Labor Day weekend, raising questions about how the payments’ expiration will affect the job market and whether Congress will renew the benefits.

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After 16 years on America's Team, All-Pro tight end Jason Witten is part of a new team, Caliber Collision---America's leading collision repair brand.

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If there was a championship team for automotive technicians comparable to the winners of the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals or Stanley Cup, it would be ASE World Class Technicians.

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The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) Scholarship Foundation announced the winners of its annual CAR CAREERS Scholarship Program, providing more than $100,000 to deserving students pursuing careers in automotive technology.

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PPG on Sept. 7 announced it expects sales volumes in the third quarter 2021 will be lower by $225 million to $275 million, compared to what the company anticipated at the start of the third quarter.

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VeriFacts Automotive, LLC announced the next Guild 21 webinar will be held at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET Sept. 9: “Optimizing Your Best Asset---Your Team.”

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In another indication the increased prevalence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are not likely a death knell for the collision repair industry, a recently-published study estimates there will be about 790,000 “risk events” per year on the roads in the EU in 2029 attributable to reduced performance of lane-keeping assistant systems alone.

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It all began with a poorly-painted Camaro, which led to a career as an industry consultant whose services are coveted by auto body shops primarily in California.

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A recent webinar during Automotive News’ Fixed Ops Forum promised “Five Secrets of a Body Shop That Rocks,” though not all five were too much out of the ordinary.

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One of the things I think our collision repair industry has been making small strides in is researching OEM repair procedures. I don’t think we’re where we need to be on that yet---every repair on every vehicle every time---but we’re making small strides.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 23:06

Newest Black Book Index Barely Misses Another Record

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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So much for an extended reprieve from soaring wholesale prices.