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Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, a national leader in specialized technical training, including automotive technology, the skilled trades, health care, IT, culinary and cosmetology, announced May 18 it has re-opened its Nashville, TN, campus and resumed on-site instruction on a limited basis.

Right before the statewide shelter-in-place went into effect on a Friday in mid-March, John Nicolini was wondering what he could do as an entrepreneur to help the community deal with the coronavirus rapidly spreading across the globe.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR First Choice Auto Body, located at 4368 Fountain Ave. in Los Angeles.

Tesla has chosen Tulsa, OK, and Austin, TX, as the city finalists for its forthcoming U.S. assembly facility, according to a source familiar with the situation, reports AP News.

Mercedes-Benz said it will halt production next week at its Tuscaloosa County, AL, factory due to a shortage of parts---a work stoppage it plans to make up later this summer.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced May 18 its Board of Directors has named Paul Stone president and CEO, effective immediately.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said May 18 the state has made significant progress in recent weeks in increasing COVID-19 testing and reducing the number of individuals hospitalized for the respiratory disease.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on May 18 outlined his three-phase plan for reopening the state.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order March 31 that told Texans to stay home in April except for essential activity.

Before sunrise on May 18, tens of thousands of autoworkers will head back to work at factories in Detroit, Chicago, Toledo, Louisville and Kansas City as the Detroit Three start building vehicles again.

Dyson is typically known for its incredible vacuum cleaners and other household electrics. 

As armed protests at Michigan’s state capitol in Lansing calling for an end to stay-home orders capture attention around the world, auto workers are expressing serious apprehension about going back to work despite claims from automakers they have taken steps to make assembly lines safe.

Illinois business owners found guilty of violating the governor's stay-at-home-orders could land in jail for up to a year under new emergency rules filed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker late May 15, two months into his executive response to slow the spread of COVID-19.

After a grueling night against St. Louis, MSO gets a callout from some Oklahoma Racers who want to challenge Memphis on the same sketchy street.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is partnering with Marathon Industries to coat truck bodies for the State of California's COVID-19 response team using its Tufcote™ industrial products.

It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic is having a massive impact on the automotive industry and it will do so for years to come.

As part of an ongoing commitment to enhance and improve the entire customer experience from shopping to delivery, General Motors announced an initiative inviting U.S. dealers to participate in a program embracing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in the operations of their businesses.

The St. Petersburg Police Department in Florida announced it arrested two men in connection with a string of stolen vehicles in the Tampa Bay area.

Automakers were shut down for quite some time following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Motors’ Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee is expected to be powered by 100% solar energy beginning in late 2022.

Striving to end hunger in the Phoenix, AZ, community, Camelback Subaru has so far donated 98,094 meals to St. Mary’s Food Bank through Feeding America.

Pennsylvania will lift some pandemic restrictions in a dozen more counties next week as demonstrators gathered on the Capitol steps May 15 to protest the ongoing lockdown.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced May 15 that Florida gyms can reopen and restaurants' indoor seating can expand to 50% capacity beginning May 18.

Employees are coming back to work and vehicles are beginning to sell as independent auto dealers ramp up to get back to business, according to a new survey by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association.

Comedian Jeff Dunham sends the guys on a hunt for period-correct parts and technology to restore his eclectic and rare 1970s sports-van.

 

Meanwhile, Beau brings in a 1929 German economy car that's a spiritual ancestor to the Volkswagen Beetle.

 

TUNE-IN: The season finale of Car Kings airs Monday at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

The Monkeys start out with a quick-and-easy flip on a '67 Firebird convertible that quickly turns into a full-on Gas Monkey build the guys depend on for a profit.

 

Later, a Hellcat comes up missing and a full-scale mission is launched for its return.

 

TUNE-IN: Fast N’ Loud airs Mondays at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

It appears Tesla is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after companies in the U.S., with the electric car maker’s speculated move to Texas receiving a vote of support from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who made a pitch to CEO Elon Musk requesting his company’s presence in the Lone Star State.

Eric Lopez, 28, is a freelance paint specialist whose clients include BASF and various electric auto startup companies.

The board of education for Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, voted to cancel its Toyota T-Ten and general automotive programs and begin work immediately toward establishing a new one-year automotive certificate program.

A coronavirus-themed spot from Fiat Chrysler is iSpot.tv’s most-viewed automotive commercial, collecting the highest number of impressions across national broadcast and cable TV airings.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on May 14 delivered a democratic radio address on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruling that struck down Wisconsin's Safer at Home order, effective immediately. 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on May 13 announced the next phase of the COVID-19 response in the state.

A few days after Easter, the police department in Lubbock received a call from a concerned employee of a car dealership on the southwest side of the West Texas town.

Although many people are delaying vehicle purchases, they’re not shelving them altogether.

The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) on May 12 issued a bulletin requiring certain insurance carriers to assess whether the statewide lockdown due to coronavirus warrants reduced premiums and refunds for policyholders. 

Thursday, 14 May 2020 19:19

Boyd Group Reports Sales

Boyd Group Services Inc. (The Boyd Group) released its 2020 first quarter financial report, noting its sales increased by 12.6% to $628.4 million when compared to the same period in 2019.

Recent reports from China have suggested that Tesla battery partner Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd. (CATL) is poised to ramp up and provide the electric car maker with its cells in the second half of 2020.

The speculation about how and why the car was buried there has finally been laid to rest.

The Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation (CFC Foundation) is calling for GEICO to refund hundreds of millions of dollars to California auto insurance policyholders, claiming the insurer is overcharging customers who are driving less and filing fewer collision claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled since stay-at-home orders went into effect, collision repair shops across the country have felt the impact of fewer accidents.

A report from earlier this month first detailed Nissan’s road map back to success after the scandalous departure of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

To support independent dealers as they work through the economic impact of COVID-19, Automotive Finance Corporation introduced its customer-relief program to customers on March 24.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many areas in the U.S., prompting nearly all states to issue stay-at-home orders and close businesses in an effort to stem the tide of the virus.

The Paycheck Protection Program’s overall success hinges upon some key guidance from the Small Business Administration over what is required for the loans to be forgiven.

The Pennsylvania Senate is weighing a bill that would include losses spurred by the COVID-19 global pandemic under property and business interruption insurance coverage.

Millions of people nationwide have likely had anything BUT buying a car on their mind for the last two months, but as states start to ease restrictions on car sales, dealership showrooms will become busier, lots will have traffic again and inventory will slowly start to move.

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down much of the world. Automakers have closed plants to help slow the spread of the disease, including General Motors.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced May 12 it has been selected by Subaru of America, Inc. for its CCC® Promote technology.

Mediator Stanford Blake of Tampa, FL, filed a notice of cancellation May 11 for a virtual mediation set for May 27 via Zoom in the ongoing legal showdown between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly.

New solution integrates Mitchell’s diagnostic system with OEM repair procedures to streamline vehicle repair workflows.

It appears Tesla’s struggles and the resulting drama surrounding its Fremont, CA, factory’s reopening are coming to an end.

Twenty years ago, with the Y2K computer glitch reduced to the punchline of the year, technology in another corner took a mammoth leap as a small, unassuming sedan very quietly rolled into U.S. Toyota dealerships.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama reopened its auto plant in Lincoln on May 11, the same day Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama started back its engine plant in Huntsville, AL.

U.S. automakers started returning to assembly lines on May 11, finally ending two months of plant closures that brought vehicle production to a standstill.

Tesla may be in conflict with Alameda County, CA, health officials, but it doesn’t mean that other areas in the U.S. are not willing to host the electric car maker.

New Arizona requirements for auto insurance coverage take effect July 1, as a result of Arizona Senate Bill 1087.

State and local authorities are investigating the discovery of a man’s body found under “mysterious circumstances” following an early April fire that destroyed a former auto parts store in the south area of Middletown, CT.

With the coronavirus recovery underway in most parts of the country, dealerships nationwide have had to adapt their sales structure.

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