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After a number of years of promises that hydrogen is the clean fuel of the future, only for not much to happen, it now appears that future may finally be almost upon us.

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Waycare, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) traffic management and transit solutions provider, announced June 14 the results of a year-long program aimed at curbing traffic incidents on Southern Nevada roads.

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It's an all-too-common occurrence. Someone is speeding a little too fast and suddenly they see a hard-to-miss police car. They stop in their tracks and slow down just in time. But what if they couldn't spot the police car?

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has named its 2021 Board of Directors, consisting of representatives from numerous industry segments including collision repair shops, distributors, suppliers, consultants, paint manufacturers, recyclers, insurance companies and others.

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After a small earthquake at Lordstown Motors on June 14, when the CEO and CFO "resigned," the company's President Rich Schmidt said a little bit more about the demand for the Lordstown Endurance pickup.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 20:16

First Fully Electric Lincoln Coming in 2022

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Lincoln is accelerating electrification efforts with an ambitious goal to electrify its entire portfolio by 2030. Moreover, half of the global sales volume will be zero-emissions vehicles by around 2025.

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The full agenda for the 2021 ASE Virtual Instructor Training Conference is now available.

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They are a little bigger than a coin the size of a quarter, but tiny semiconductor chips are bringing production of vehicles across the nation to a halt.

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General Motors Co. announced June 16 it will increase its EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75% increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

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Even though Californians will be able to fill stadiums, concert venues, bars and restaurants, Gov. Gavin Newsom says the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over.

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New York reached the 70% threshold for COVID-19 vaccines on June 15, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift many of the emergency orders he initiated more than a year ago.

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For the 10th year in a row, Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee ranks highest among auto insurance providers in the Southeast Region in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study.

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CarParts.com, Inc. on June 16 announced its Grand Prairie, TX, distribution center is nearly doubling in size with a 156,000-square foot expansion, bringing the facility to a total of 366,000 square feet.

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Businesses soon will have broad protection from COVID-19 liability lawsuits in 30 states, covering more than half the U.S. population---an unusually speedy expansion of a legislative idea birthed just over a year ago in the pandemic’s early days.

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Maaco, the leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, is home to many family-run franchises.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians at 4 p.m. EDT June 18, “Servicing Vehicles with ADAS.”

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CarAdvise, an online vehicle maintenance, scheduling and discounted repairs marketplace, has launched a new partnership with Affirm, a financial lender of installment loans.

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As the state opens up, New Mexico’s businesses and hospitality industry were able to take advantage of Memorial Day Weekend visitors, but it was a struggle as they continue to deal with worker shortages and lack of a clear economic plan.

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The Louisiana Legislature voted June 10 to redirect most of the state sales taxes on vehicle sales from general spending to roads and bridges.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law Senate Bill 999, freeing ride share and delivery services from being regulated like the trucking industry.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 21:21

ERCOT Requests Texans Conserve Energy

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the regulatory agency that manages Texas’ power grid, said tight grid conditions are expected the week of June 14 due to high number of forced generation outages, and urged Texans to conserve energy.

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The Bronco is back and ready for adventure.

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Recently, a deserving Cleveland, OH, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family---thanks to CARSTAR Tim’s Collision and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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Mark your calendar and make your reservation, because for 2021, the CARS Executive Outlook is coming to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 20:21

Businesses Fight Against EPA Overreach

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Businesses throughout the country are taking a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) claim it is illegal to modify street vehicles and convert them into dedicated race cars.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Victor, NY.

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Leading global data and analytics company J.D. Power has announced Shelter Insurance ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Auto Insurers in the Central Region in its U.S. Auto Insurance Study.

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The auto insurance industry voluntarily returned more than $18 billion in auto insurance premiums to customers in 2020 to address the sharp decline in miles driven during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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One of the nation's largest collision-repair companies is acquiring a Kansas-based collision-repair business with a location in Topeka.

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Cox Automotive on June 15 released a new study, "How to Thrive: Best Practices for an Accelerated Digital Landscape," examining effective strategies dealerships are adopting to find profits and thrive in today's marketplace. 

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The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, on June 15 announced registration is open for its 74th Annual AWDA Conference.

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Volta Industries, Inc., an industry leader in commerce-centric electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, on June 15 announced it has reached a joint milestone of 100 brand-sponsored, complimentary charging stations located in prime locations across Maryland.

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Lithia Motors & Driveway on June 15 reported record May revenues of $2.1 billion and the acquisition of five locations across Texas.

 

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For the 11th consecutive year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) is encouraging people to celebrate their collector car during Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 9.

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Among many profound lifestyle changes we all endured in 2020, Americans drove quite a lot less and scrapped their old cars more---about 5% of the total U.S. fleet went to the junkyard in 2020.

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More than 301,000 General Motors vehicles are recalled because the airbag warning lights may stay illuminated and fail to provide warnings if the airbags fail.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 15:39

asTech Acquires Mobile Tech RX

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Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced June 15 the acquisition of Mobile Tech RX.

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Last month, the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee heard from collision repairers advocating for House Bill 6234 and House Bill 6235, both introduced by Reps. William O'Brien, Scott Slater, Jacquelyn Baginski, Raymond Hull, Camille Vella-Wilkinson and Gregg Amore.

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The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is calling on vehicle owners, repair facilities and insurance companies to increase use of ROE---Recycled Original Equipment® automotive parts---as the average age of light vehicles in operation rises to 12.1 years. 

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As the need for a more personalized and intelligent in-vehicle experience continues to grow and be a driving force behind vehicle selection, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is proud to unveil a new multimedia solution delivering an exceptional in-car user experience.

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Redwood Materials, a battery and e-waste recycling venture from former Tesla executive J.B. Straubel, has opened up a new manufacturing facility in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park, just miles from Tesla’s Giga Nevada production facility.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its newest acquisition of all four Mitchco Collision Repair centers in Florida.

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Dealer sentiment in the second quarter of 2021 saw substantial growth year over year and compared to Q2 2019, with the overall current market index increasing to 67, well above the positive threshold of 50 in the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI).

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The Automotive Service Association is pleased to announce the 2021 MSO Symposium will be taking place as a live and in-person event Nov. 1 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Monday, 14 June 2021 17:12

Lordstown Motors CEO, CFO Resign

 

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Lordstown Motors announced June 14 several changes to its executive management team---officially, because the "company begins to transition from the R&D and early production phase to the commercial production phase of its business."

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All eyes in the auto care industry will once again turn to Massachusetts on June 14 as the trial begins in federal court to hear the challenge brought by vehicle manufacturers against the state's voters on the data access law. 

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AirPro Diagnostics and Car ADAS Solutions announced an affiliate of Tucson-based O’Rielly Chevrolet will open an ADAS calibration center, Tucson ADAS Calibration Center LLC (TACC), to serve the Tucson and Southern Arizona markets.

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Honda honored 61 North American suppliers for their performance and perseverance in supplying parts and materials during 2020.

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Small and affordable are typically dirty words in the auto industry, but Ford turned that notion on its head with the unveiling of the 2022 Ford Maverick.

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Inside the first new auto assembly plant built in the Motor City since 1991, the smell of hot metal hangs in the air as new Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs head down the welding line.

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Ford has confirmed the total number of reservations of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck exceeded 100,000.

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The bankruptcy court overseeing Hertz Global Holdings Chapter 11 proceedings has approved Hertz’s reorganization plan, the company reported June 10.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced a first of its kind Town Hall event with I-CAR VP Jeff Peevy and the entire course development team.

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A bipartisan coalition of nearly 20 lawmakers on June 2 called on California Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to increase funding for hydrogen by $300 million in the state budget, and set aside 20% of the state’s Clean Transportation Program funding to bolster hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California.

 

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Not all sound deadening is the same, which means your repair plan may need to address the removal, application and materials differently from one vehicle to the next.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent collision repair companies, hosted a National Auto Body Council (NABC) First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) event for local first responders June 9 in Davenport, IA.

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Support for the bipartisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2021 (RPM Act), H.R. 3281, continues to expand each day, as members of Congress continue to hear an outpouring of support for the bill from racers and the motorsports parts industry.

Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:23

Root, Inc. Announces Entry into Wisconsin

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Root, Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance Company, announced its entry into Wisconsin.