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On Nov. 16th, the San José Police Department concluded Operation Cat Scratch Thiever, a six-month investigation into catalytic converter thefts in the City of San José.

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Just in time for the holidays, Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with its philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Company Fund, is launching a fresh food delivery pilot in Southwest Detroit deploying specialized autonomous vehicle technology.

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The CAA is hosting a meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 in Seal Beach, CA, to go over updates to workplace and human resources law that could affect auto body shops.

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To rev up the holiday spirit, Maaco teamed up with NASCAR celebrity Kyle Petty to find the most talented painter in America’s Bodyshop.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 19:02

Inflation Soars, Hitting Nearly 40-Year High

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Consumer prices increased by nearly 7% in November 2021 compared to the same time last year, newly federal inflation data show, the steepest rise in decades.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:51

Ford's CEO Jim Farley is MotorTrend's 2022 Person of the Year

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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On Dec. 13, TIME Magazine announced its 2021 Person of the Year award, and to the surprise of many, the recipient was Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:35

Tesla, Rivian Get Deadlines from Judge in Stagnant Trade Secret Lawsuit

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla has 30 days to produce documents relevant to a lawsuit it filed against Rivian Automotive in July 2020, as the nearly stagnated lawsuit has been given deadlines for new developments by Judge Peter Manoukian.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:21

New York Establishes Indoor Vaccine-or-Mask Mandate as of Dec. 13

Written by Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square

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As of Dec. 13, all indoor public places across New York are subject to a mask mandate unless those establishments have a vaccine requirement already in place.

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A federal indictment unsealed Dec. 13 charges three Texas men and one North Carolina man with a kidnapping conspiracy which resulted in the murder of two individuals on March 12, 2020, in Nashville, TN.

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Donal Howell, representing the California Automotive Teachers, has been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 17:13

‘Suspicious Death’ at Tesla’s Fremont Factory Prompts Police Investigation

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Fremont, CA, police are investigating a suspicious death at Tesla’s Fremont Factory.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 17:00

DHS to Start Testing Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Vehicles in 2022

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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In September, the Ford Mustang Mach-E passed the rigorous Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation, becoming the first EV to do so.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 16:45

Report Finds Michigan Auto Insurance Rates Remain High Despite Reform Law

Written by Mark Rosanes, Insurance Business Magazine

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Despite Michigan’s auto insurance reform law pushing down premiums by an average of 18% since its implementation---the steepest drop in the U.S.---the state still has the most expensive auto policies in the country, a new analysis by University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative revealed.

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This holiday season, CARSTAR Arkansas Collision Center surprised Helen Tyson Middle School teacher Denise Parkhurst with a free auto body repair.

Monday, 13 December 2021 23:56

California Resurrects Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate Dec. 15 to Jan. 15

Written by Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square

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California will implement a statewide universal masking mandate starting Dec. 15 as COVID-19 case rates remain on the rise in various regions across the state, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced Dec. 13.

Monday, 13 December 2021 23:48

Get an Early Look at NBC Sitcom Set Inside Corporate Ranks of Struggling Detroit Automaker

Written by Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press

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The Detroit-set Payne Motors company is preparing to introduce its self-driving car, the Ponderosa, to the press when the new CEO expresses some doubts.

Monday, 13 December 2021 23:40

Michigan's $400 Auto Refund Must Be Issued by May 9

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office issued a May 9, 2022, deadline for the $400 per vehicle auto insurance refund.

Monday, 13 December 2021 21:54

Car-O-Liner Introduces New CDR1 Workstation

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All-In-One Solution for High-Margin Steel, Aluminum Auto Body Repairs.

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FINN, Europe's fastest growing car subscription platform, on Dec. 13 announced the official expansion of its popular service to the U.S. in conjunction with a large and growing network of auto manufacturers and dealership partners.

Monday, 13 December 2021 19:42

GM May Be Stuck with the Bolt, Even if it Makes Sense to Dump It

Written by Chris Isidore, CNN Business

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It seems like a good time for General Motors to pull the plug on the Bolt, the only electric vehicle currently in its North American vehicle lineup.

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Elon Musk has been dubbed by TIME Magazine its 2021 Person of the Year.

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The National Auto Body Council® on Dec. 13 announced Dale Ross has joined the organization as the program manager for the NABC Recycled Rides® initiative.

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PPG on Dec. 13 announced the appointment of Brian Williams, currently acting controller, as vice president and controller, effective immediately.

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The Auto Care Association, in partnership with Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), commissioned the 2021 Joint Electrification Forecast and the 2021 Joint E-commerce Trends and Outlook Forecast to insights needed to navigate these developing trends.

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When Olivia Peterson, a collision repair student at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, applied for a scholarship through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) earlier in 2021, she had no clue how far that simple action would take her in a short span of time.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced Dec. 13 its next stop in showcasing the Mullen FIVE EV Crossover, including the debut of level 5 autonomous vehicle technology, will be at CES® in Las Vegas, Jan. 4–8, 2022. 

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Nearly 900 collision repair professionals around the country in recent weeks have graded the performance of the auto insurers in their state through CRASH Network’s national Insurer Report Card survey---but time is running out to join them.

Monday, 13 December 2021 17:09

Kentucky Tornado Damages Corvette Factory, Museum Motorsports Park

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The National Corvette Museum has announced it will be open Dec. 13; however, the NCM Motorsports Park will remained closed until further notice.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has waited all year to launch its 2021 12 Days of CREF-Mas.

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Travis Hanson, of Mabank, TX, is leaving Texas State Technical College not only with two associate degrees, but also with a recognition highlighting his work ethic and drive to succeed.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Dec. 13 a trio of acquisitions across Montana and Colorado, while solidifying its growing footprint in the Pacific Northwest with another acquisition in the Spokane, WA, metro area.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced a new closing Dec. 10---the acquisition of Therber Collision Center in Cocoa, FL.

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General Motors is taking another major step forward in creating a strong, sustainable and scalable supply chain for electric vehicles.

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Ford Motor Company’s board of directors elected John C. May to be a director of the company effective Dec. 9. 

 

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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.

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During the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers' (NAMAD) annual conference, Andrea Park Zadd, executive vice president of Crestmont Auto Group in Cleveland, received the "Ally Sees Her" award as a rising dealership leader.

Friday, 10 December 2021 19:08

GM CEO Talks Incentives After Musk's Subsidy Comments

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra reiterated the automaker intends to launch electric cars at various price points to appeal to all buyers.

Friday, 10 December 2021 19:01

New York City Looking to Buy 300 Teslas for its Fleet

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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New York City is reportedly looking to add hundreds of Teslas to its fleet of vehicles, if a proposed contract is approved.

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On Dec. 8, President Joe Biden signed the executive order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability. 

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The Automotive Service Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors unanimously voted to join the Midwest Auto Care Alliance to serve its members in the independent automotive service industry.

Friday, 10 December 2021 16:24

Chevrolet Silverado EV to Enter Production in Early 2023

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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General Motors’ second all-electric pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado EV, will enter production in early 2023, new reports suggest.

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Cox Automotive, in partnership with the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), awarded its Rising Star Award to Amber Martin, director of community and business partnerships for Martin Management Group, headquartered in Bowling Green, KY.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 22:43

2021: Year of the Microchip

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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One of the biggest stories of 2021 wasn’t the riots and travel restrictions like in 2020, but instead a growing shortage of microchip processors around the world.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 22:29

Florida Man’s Classic Car Bursts into Flames During Christmas Parade

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

 

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The Flagler Beach, FL, Christmas parade was supposed to be a nice cheerful way to celebrate the holiday season, but ended up with a fully engulfed classic car, all caught on livestream.

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Toyota Insurance Management Solutions has established its first branded product, Toyota Auto Insurance, designed to offer customers quality, customizable coverage at affordable rates. 

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Joyson airbag recalls that affected several automakers caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an "equipment query" into the passenger airbags and resulting recalls.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 19:39

Apple’s Electric Car Project Hits Speed Bump as Key Engineers Leave for Startups

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Apple’s electric vehicle initiative has met yet another set of speed bumps, as the tech giant lost three important engineers who were working on the long-rumored project.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 19:33

U.S. Government to End Gas-Powered Vehicle Purchases by 2035 Under Biden Order

Written by David Shepardson and Ben Klayman, Reuters

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The U.S. government plans to end purchases of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in a move to lower emissions and promote electric cars under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Dec. 8.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 18:37

Bill Intended to Reduce Catalytic Converter Thefts Introduced in Washington State

Written by The Chronicle staff

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District 19 Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, has introduced a bill in the Washington State Legislature intended to target the growing wave of catalytic converter thefts in the state. 

Thursday, 09 December 2021 17:41

CIF Announces Start of Annual Donor Program

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is calling for the industry at large to participate in the Annual Donor program initiative, launched earlier this year.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 17:25

Stellantis Debuts $20B Software Plan, BMW Partnership on Autonomous Tech

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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There's no question today's vehicles are packed with more technology than ever. Instead of outsourcing the various software systems to run it all, Stellantis is taking a bold step in the opposite direction by morphing into a tech company of its own.

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With an increasing amount of data created by automotive dealerships, manufacturers and vehicles, approximately 68% of dealerships believe adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) has had a positive impact on their businesses, according to a study by CDK Global, Inc.

Thursday, 09 December 2021 16:03

On The Lighter Side: Watch Mechanics Destroy an SUV With the Power Loader From Aliens They Built

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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Except for the hydrogen fuel cell bit, the exoskeleton is pretty faithful to the original.

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The TechForce Foundation recently announced the 2021 Techs Rock Awards grand prize and category winners.

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Scott Austin of the NA Williams Company has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is proud to announce Allstate recently donated salvaged vehicles to 17 collision repair educational programs around the country to give students current model vehicles to work on.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:21

Supply Shortages Beginning to Impact Auto Shops as Prices, Delivery Times for Parts Surge

Written by Jon Rudder, WEWS News

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Over the last 18 months, a shortage of computer chips has sent auto prices soaring and now a butterfly effect of the global parts shortage is taking aim at auto shops across the country.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:11

2021 U.S. Car Rental Revenue Climbs 21% Year-Over-Year

Written by Chris Brown, Auto Rental News

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The U.S. car rental industry achieved overall revenues of $28.1 billion in 2021---a 21% gain over the pandemic year of 2020, according to data collected by Auto Rental News.