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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 17:37

VW Tiguans Recalled to Replace Seat Belts

A Volkswagen Tiguan recall has been issued for more than 12,500 model year 2018 Tiguans because the front seat belt webbing may tear and fail to restrain occupants in crash impacts.

Marlborough, MA, Girl Scouts teamed up with Al Brodeur’s Auto Body to host a successful food drive to benefit the city’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard

Wednesday, 02 December 2020 17:16

J.D. Power Closes Purchase of ALG

J.D. Power has closed its purchase of ALG, a deal first announced in August.

As drivers become more accustomed to partial automation in cars, such as lane assist and adaptive cruise control (ACC), they grow increasingly disengaged and often remove both hands from the wheel, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and MIT’s AgeLab.

The construction of the Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, OH, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, has progressed a lot since mid-October.

Tesla has won its long-standing feud with ex-Gigafactory employee Martin Tripp, who once broke trade secret violations by telling reporters about delays in Model 3 production.

Acknowledging electric vehicle (EV) owners’ fear of being stranded with a drained battery far from a charging station, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Dec. 1 provided a jumpstart to Florida’s sustainable transportation future.

DCR Systems has announced the development of a virtual system to centralize claims handling for its network of dealer-based collision centers.

Despite millions of dollars from automakers spent this year to oppose an updated “Right to Repair” ballot initiative in Massachusetts, voters there in November overwhelmingly voted in favor of the measure, with three in four giving it a thumbs up.

Susanna Gotsch says drivers are back out on the roads, but changes in driving patterns are still more adversely impacting the number of claims and shop repair orders.

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 22:23

Automakers Report November Sales

Automakers on Dec. 1 began releasing sales data from November.

When your average metal technician looks at a damaged bumper, hood, door or quarter panel, their first instinct is to try and fix it.

Collision repair instructor Lonnie Higey at Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, OH, has a program focused on career employment and hands-on engagement while making things fun.

Darryl Shiozawa, owner of Fix Auto in Campbell, CA, began working in his father’s shop at age 15.

Is it possible to yell at people through an article like this?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) on Nov. 25 applauded further cost reductions drivers will see under the state’s new auto insurance reform law, as the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) announced a reduction in its annual assessment charged on auto insurance policies.

Auto Rental News has tabulated the results of its third survey deployed to assess the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 30 November 2020 22:54

GM Scales Back Deal with Nikola

Embattled electric truck startup Nikola Corp. managed to salvage a deal with General Motors, the two companies confirmed Nov. 30, though it has been scaled back substantially from the agreement they initially announced in September.

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is launching a new series of expanded training surrounding hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) with Ford Motor Company.

Monday, 30 November 2020 19:37

10 States With the Worst Drivers in 2020

“No matter where you live and drive, those drivers are the worst,” writes Adam Johnson for QuoteWizard, and it’s likely many reading this also will agree.

“Americans have gotten comfortable [with] working from home and buying online,” said Gary Silberg, KPMG International Limited partner and automotive sector global head.

Carvana sold its first car in Atlanta in 2013. Since then, the company has opened car vending machines across the U.S.

Hyundai and Kia will pay at least $137 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) related to recalls of 1.6 million vehicles equipped with Theta II engines.

With COVID-19 dramatically affecting collision repair businesses in New Jersey over the past several months, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has been actively assisting several shops in ensuring that their auto body licenses will be renewed for the next two years.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced Nov. 25 it has entered into a stock and asset purchase agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Donlen Corporation, a fleet management leader, to Athene Holding Ltd., a leading financial services company, for an anticipated cash payment of $825 million subject to adjustments for fleet equity, working capital and assumed debt.

Monday, 30 November 2020 16:34

Toyota Supports 2020 RDE Series, OEM Summit

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) recognizes Toyota Wholesale Parts for its support of the 2020 Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series and the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.

The Collision Industry Foundation is participating in the global day of charity, “Giving Tuesday,” held Dec. 1.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 22 announced appointments to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, which will work to ensure Michigan continues to be the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility option.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:42

On The Lighter Side: Italian Police Delivers Donor Kidney 300 Miles Away in Two Hours with Lamborghini

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

The Italian State Police delivered a donor kidney using its Lamborghini Huracan on November 5.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:46

GM Airbag Recall to Cover 7 Million Vehicles

A GM airbag recall of about 7 million vehicles worldwide will eventually be announced, with 5.9 million of the following models on the U.S. list.

Join the Auto Care Association for a virtual town hall meeting, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST Dec. 3.

U.S. auto sales for November are expected to show a market that is now weakening after months of recovery from April's historic low seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).

Kia Motors America on Nov. 23 welcomed the sophomore class of the brand's Great Unknowns Scholarship, comprised of 16 first-year college students from across the U.S.

The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association:

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:49

Rivian R1T, R1S Launch Edition Now Sold Out

Rivian announced the R1T and R1S Launch Edition are officially sold out.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Nov. 23, prior to leaving Washington, D.C., for the Thanksgiving break, to pass H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020.

Nov. 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-at-home order due to the pandemic meant to be effective starting Nov. 21.

The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Convention Center Loop tunnels may be capable of moving over 8,000 passengers per hour, and that may not even be the system’s full capacity.

A Ford Explorer carbon monoxide lawsuit settlement has been reached between the automaker and SUV owners.

Teams Texas and Wyoming have been gunning for each other ever since Varni and Sherrybeth clashed in Wyoming.

General Motors is changing course and will no longer back President Donald Trump's effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom placed a 10 p.m. curfew on counties recording higher number of COVID-19 cases using the state’s limited stay-at-home order, despite having a permanent injunction issued against him by a Superior Court judge from doing so.

After announcing in late October that it showed a 41% year-over-year revenue increase in the third quarter, Carvana on Nov. 13 announced a “Live Feelessly” campaign, encouraging customers to take a stand against hidden, last-minute fees.

On Nov. 3, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voted “yes” on question No. 1 of the state election ballot, thereby approving the initiative law to enhance, update and protect the 2013 Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Law as an amendment to the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Act.

Enterprise Holdings, through the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, is elevating its focus on diversity, equity and inclusion with a new five-year, $55 million commitment to organizations that advance social and racial equity in communities around the world.

The National Auto Body Council announced Nov. 20 the category winners in the NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ

Nearly six years ago, American Honda Motor launched the ProFirst Certified Body Shop program.

As more employees return to the workplace throughout the country, employers face an increased risk of COVID-19-related employment practices liability (EPL) claims, such as national origin discrimination/harassment, ADA claims, disparate impact claims, retaliation and wage and hour.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, celebrates CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body Pleasanton in California earning its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) certification from BMW

Drive Toward a Cure is hosting "Up Close and Personal: Untold Stories of Automotive Legends," online at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET Nov. 21.

Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, "Transitory Trends in the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem in the United States, 2025," finds the electric vehicle (EV) market in the U.S. is expected to flourish, with government incentives driving EV ownership.

The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Board of Governors announced Nov. 20 its newest officers and governors following the conclusion of the 2020 AWDA Virtual Conference, which took place Nov. 16-19.

The Automotive Service Association, a national training leader for the automotive service and collision repair industries with its network of ASA affiliates across the U.S., will host its first multi-day virtual conference and expo, April 30-May 1, 2021.

General Motors and the UAW met with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Nov. 16 to talk about the economy and the rise of COVID-19 cases sweeping the nation. 

Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:28

Big Guns Line Up in Florida AOB Fight

In another sign that the State of Florida is gearing up for major battles concerning the assignment of benefits (AOB) in auto glass cases, a former state insurance regulator has joined a firm involved in lobbying the legislature regarding benefit assignments.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A. have each decided to convene the general meetings of the respective shareholders of the two companies Jan. 4 , 2021, in order to approve the merger of their companies to allow the creation of Stellantis, which will become the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturer by volume.

CIECA will hold a CIECAST webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 15 to discuss the highlights of the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA standards for the collision industry.

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