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The number of color coats required to make a refinish repair is one primary consideration for evaluating the throughput performance of a refinish paint system.

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Collision repair shops reporting difficulties in getting replacement parts this year may be glad to hear Honda is ramping up parts production.

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As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targets and increases enforcement against automotive aftermarket companies through its National Compliance Initiative, the federal agency is harming legitimate businesses in the motorsports industry.

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Results of a newly released Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll reveal Americans' confidence the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over has decreased to 23% entering the fall, as compared to entering summer (53%), as the highly contagious Delta variant surges. 

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:37

Tesla Outsmarts Man Who Stages Hit & Run by Model 3, Arrest Follows

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

 

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Recently, the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana arrested a man who falsely claimed he was hit by a Tesla Model 3 at a gas station.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:19

Until 2023? Parts Shortage Will Keep Auto Prices Sky-High

Written by Tom Krisher, AP

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Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:11

GM, Honda to Share Parts in Joint EV Development

Written by Marcus Williams, Automotive Logistics

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As part of plans first announced last year to jointly develop electric vehicles (EVs) for sale in North America, GM and Honda are reported to be sharing 50% of the parts being used in them.

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Stellantis is pleased to announce Christine Feuell, previously chief commercial officer at Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, will join Stellantis as Chrysler Brand CEO on Sept. 13, reporting to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 17:27

CarLotz Announces First Hub in Alabama

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CarLotz, the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, announced Sept. 7 it will open its first hub in Alabama.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 17:21

CIF Announces asTech as Annual Donor

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce asTech, a Reparify company, has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the URGENT CARE level with a $5,000 pledge.

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The annual CARSTAR Liss Auto Body Make-A-Wish golf outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN, was a resounding success once again, although this year’s event took a slightly different path to raising nearly $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and two local children.

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A good racehorse trainer is always looking for the next Secretariat or Sea Biscuit to win the big races and maybe the Triple Crown. In the NFL, coaches are always looking for the next GOAT like Tom Brady.

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Auto body shops all over the country put their charitable efforts on hold during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But a few shops out there took the opportunity to step up and do even more, by reaching out to their local communities and finding more ways to help.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:58

NORTHEAST Returns Live This Week

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The long-awaited return of the largest regional automotive services show in the country is this coming weekend.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:51

Allstate, AGA Ordered to Schedule Settlement Conference in Windshield Lawsuit

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel C. Irick issued an order in Orlando District Court on Sept. 1 for the scheduling of a settlement conference in Allstate* vs. Auto Glass America and Charles Isaly.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, will unveil a portfolio of coatings that enhance the performance, durability, safety and cost of electric vehicle (EV) batteries and motors at The Battery Show North America, Sept. 14 -16 in Novi, MI.

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The USAA Foundation, Inc. has announced a $500,000 donation to Team Rubicon and American Red Cross to help families and communities recover from the recent impacts felt by Hurricane Ida.

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Classic Collision™, in partnership with GEICO® and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, donated a refurbished vehicle to local resident Kyla Williams, a recent graduate of Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, FL, for her recognition as the Boys & Girls Club of America Southeastern Military Youth of the Year winner.

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Growing up in Sweden, Ron Olsson believed his future would one day lead him to America. After moving to California, he founded Pro Spot International in 1986, introducing the collision repair industry to resistance spot welding, which OEMs already used while building vehicles.

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To celebrate the launch of its first line of electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz USA has developed an activation at the 2021 U.S. Open to educate fans about its electrification efforts.

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Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), a leading global supplier of mobility safety components and systems, announced President and CEO Guido Durrer will retire from his current position Dec. 31.

Friday, 03 September 2021 22:26

Elon Musk Updates Tesla Cybertruck Delivery Target, Hints at Novel Features

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It appears the Tesla Cybertruck’s customer deliveries will indeed see some notable delays, but the wait for the all-electric pickup truck will likely be worth it.

 

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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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This school year, Foundation 45 Mitsubishi has partnered with the Spring, TX, ISD Police Department with a donation of more than $4,000 to help support the Dream Makers project.

Friday, 03 September 2021 16:02

Officials Vow to Bolster Infrastructure After Ida's Remnants Slam NYC, Killing 9

Written by Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul spent Sept. 2 in the New York City area to get a firsthand account of the devastation caused by Sept. 1’s historic storm that reportedly killed at least nine people in the city, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Friday, 03 September 2021 15:51

NHTSA Sends Tesla 11-Page Letter with Plenty of Questions

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Not long ago, it was reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would undergo a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot and related advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

Friday, 03 September 2021 15:29

New Lithium-Metal Battery Could Revolutionize Electronics

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

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You've inevitably heard of lithium-ion batteries, which power most of our portable electronics and, of course, electric vehicles.

Friday, 03 September 2021 15:18

Feds Will Use Strategic Petroleum Reserve for Louisiana Recovery

Written by William Patrick, The Center Square

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced Sept. 2 it will use the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to address fuel shortages in Louisiana because of Hurricane Ida.

Friday, 03 September 2021 15:12

Apple Car Production Gets Potential 2024 Target Amid Talks with Toyota: Report

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Apple is reportedly looking to Asia as it lays some groundwork for the Apple Car.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Austin, TX.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 22:23

Harr Motor Group Proposing Auto Body Shop Expansion in Worcester, MA

Written by Katherine Hamilton, Worcester Business Journal

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Harr Motor Group on Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester, MA, is hoping to expand with a new auto body shop on Pullman Street, according to an application submitted to the Worcester Planning Board.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 21:31

2021 Subaru Impreza Owners Shouldn't Drive Their Cars

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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More than 800 model year 2021 Subaru Impreza cars should be parked until dealerships can make repairs to the front left lower control arms.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 21:26

Help AACF Provide Aid to SEMA Members Affected by Hurricane Ida

Written by SEMA Editors

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With SEMA-member companies based in Louisiana and Mississippi, SEMA is working with the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) to aid individuals and families in the industry who may have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 21:21

Federal Money ‘Key’ to Rebuilding Louisiana After Hurricane Ida

Written by William Patrick, The Center Square

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As Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, lost economic activity could develop into a major concern without timely federal support, placing additional burdens on taxpayers and local governments.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 21:14

NJ Governor Declares State of Emergency After Tropical Storm Ida

Written by Todd DeFeo, The Center Square

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Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for all 21 New Jersey counties in response to Tropical Storm Ida.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened a Business Recovery Center in Dickson and Waverly, TN, after destructive flooding on Aug. 21 in Dickson and Humphreys counties as well as Hickman and Houston counties. 

Thursday, 02 September 2021 21:01

Airbag Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Chrysler, GM

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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An airbag class action lawsuit has been filed against airbag manufacturer Key Safety Systems (Joyson), Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and General Motors.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 20:39

Answers to Your SEMA Show Questions

Written by Della Domingo, SEMA

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SEMA Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso recently answered questions about the 2021 SEMA Show’s health and safety plans.

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Nikola Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and energy infrastructure solutions, announced agreements with the Bosch Group of companies for Nikola Class 7 and 8 fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) which will enable Nikola to build the Bosch fuel-cell power modules at its Coolidge, AZ, facility. 

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Ford on Sept. 2 reported total August sales of 124,176 vehicles, down 39% compared to August a year ago, but up 6.5% over July.

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The CARSTAR MOKAN Business Group recently held its 28th annual CARSTAR Golf Tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs, MO, to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Heart of America Chapter in Kansas City.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:02

Tesla Cybertruck Steel Supplier’s TX Facility Inching Closer to Completion

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The Tesla Cybertruck’s first customer deliveries may have been moved to next year, but this does not mean facilities supporting the production of the all-electric pickup are not inching towards completion.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 17:46

GM to Halt Production at Nearly All North America Assembly Plants Due to New Chip Problem

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors will idle nearly all its assembly plants in North America starting Sept. 6 as the COVID-19 pandemic affects production of semiconductor chips overseas.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 17:37

Electrify America to Offer Free Charging for Labor Day Weekend

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Electric vehicle owners in the U.S. are poised to enjoy a very welcome perk if they use Electrify America this coming weekend.

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Maryland Auto Insurance on Sept. 1 launched a new online consumer quoting and purchasing portal.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 15:46

Hi-Tech PDR Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

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Hi-Tech PDR, the nation’s leading provider of specialized automotive services, announced it has earned ISO 9001: 2015 certification, demonstrating its commitment to rigorous quality standards for the company’s auto body shop and insurance industry partners.

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PPG on Sept. 2 announced it will begin a phased launch of PPG LINQ™---its revolutionary, new end-to-end digital solution for global automotive refinish customers.

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Certified Collision Group (CCG) on Aug. 29 announced a partnership with Elitek Vehicle Services to better serve all independent collision repair affiliates by providing a mobile on-site diagnostic services solution.

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Ford Motor Company Fund is awarding $700,000 in grants to 149 employee-nominated nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations around the world during the automaker’s annual Global Caring Month.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 21:40

2 Toyota Hydrogen Car Models to Roll Out in 2023

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Toyota has announced while it is delaying its electric vehicle launch, it will have two hydrogen car 2023 models---a Prius and Corolla---ready for showrooms by the end of next year.

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SK Siltron CSS, a semiconductor wafer manufacturer, announced plans to invest $300 million and create up to 150 high-paying, skilled jobs in Bay County, MI, over the next three years to provide manufacturing and R&D capabilities of advanced materials for electric vehicles.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 21:12

On The Lighter Side: McLaren’s Boss Owns Quite The Car Collection

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The man certainly is a gearhead…

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 20:59

New York State Trails Country in Pre-Pandemic Job Recovery, According to Analysis

Written by Dave Fidlin, The Center Square

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New York State is on track to match pre-pandemic labor levels in about a year and a half, according to a recent analysis, placing it behind nationwide trending data.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 20:34

Are Some Major Players Getting Cold Feet About SEMA?

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With a rise in COVID-19 cases in Clark County and the State of Nevada’s indoor facemask mandate again in full force, there are understandably some concerns among collision repair-related companies about whether or not to participate in the 2021 SEMA Show.

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Safelite® Group is proud to announce Renee Cacchillo as its next president and CEO. Tom Feeney, who has been Safelite’s CEO since 2008, will become executive chairman of Belron North America.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 20:16

Observations on Collision Works Sale to Gerber

Written by David Roberts, Focus Advisors Automotive

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The following is a letter sent Sept. 1 to Focus Advisors' clients and colleagues by Managing Director David Roberts.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 19:07

CA Lawmakers Stall on Controversial Vaccine Mandate Bill

Written by Kat Schuster, Patch

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A highly contentious bill to mandate vaccines in California was halted in late August amid pushback and questions of how it could be enforced.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 18:23

Las Vegas Shares Details on The Boring Co’s Run-In with Stray Tesla at LVCC Loop

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently provided new information about an unusual incident in June at The Boring Company’s LVCC Loop.