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Wednesday, 08 December 2021 18:06

Volkswagen CEO Diess to Lose Powers but Remain Leader of VW AG

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Volkswagen Auto Group CEO Herbert Diess will lose some of his powers but will remain the leader of Europe’s largest carmaker after comments made in November put his job in jeopardy.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has been named one of "America's Most Responsible Companies" for 2022 by Newsweek magazine.

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General Motors announced Dec. 7 plans to invest more than $51 million to install state-of-the-art equipment at its Bedford, IN, aluminum die casting foundry to support the manufacture of drive unit castings for the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and other current casting applications.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 23:42

Colorado Car Crash Obliterates 2 Classic Cars

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A driver veered off I-25 in Wellington, CO, broke through a fence, drove across a field, smashed through a tree barrier and crashed into a garage where three classic cars were parked, damaging two of them.

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Lithia & Driveway announced Dec. 7 the purchase of three Ford stores from the Elder Auto Group.

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In a move that will put money back into the pockets of Michigan drivers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) on Dec. 7 announced the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) has acted upon the governor's call to return surplus funds to Michigan policyholders and will immediately begin the process of refunding $400 per vehicle to Michigan drivers.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 20:30

4 Industry Veterans Form Automotive Market Data

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Industry veterans Brian Reed, Steve Greenfield, Andrew Gordon and Pete Batten formed a team they’ve called Automotive Market Data.

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PSE&G is joining with other leading utilities in the newly launched National Electric Highway Coalition, to support development of a national network of electric vehicle chargers.

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EVgo Inc. on Dec. 7 announced it was selected for proposed awards for various grants from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to install new high powered direct current fast chargers (DCFC) to help the state meet its transportation electrification goals.

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BrightDrop on Dec. 7 announced the opening of its first dealership, BrightDrop Greater Los Angeles, in Fontana, CA, marking another step toward commercialization of the company’s electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs) for integration into customer fleets before the end of the year.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 19:55

Cybertruck to Be Tesla’s Best Product to Date; Key Updates to Be Revealed in January

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The Tesla Cybertruck may be coming later than initially intended, but the wait for the product will be well worth it.

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Thought leaders from across the collision repair industry had the opportunity to share innovative ideas at the IDEAS Collide Showcase held during the 2021 SEMA Show.

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Older drivers, who are less likely to survive severe crashes than any other age group, also tend to drive outdated vehicles that lack crucial safety features, recent studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 17:12

48 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

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Forty-eight automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 18 at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), held at the Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 16:59

Classic Collision Moves into Arizona

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Classic Collision, LLC, a national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced a new closing Dec. 4---the acquisition of Ric’s Body & Paint in Scottsdale, AZ.

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In an event deemed the Holiday Rideaway, three deserving Orange County, CA, recipients were presented vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 16:30

Register for SCRS RDE Digital Sessions

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has opened registration for the digital delivery of the 2021 Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series.

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New system marks upgrade to popular PPG DELTRON DBC solventborne product line

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It’s called wholesale and if you’re not wholly dedicated to doing it yet, it can lead to a whole lot of headaches and lost revenue.

Monday, 06 December 2021 22:06

Mercedes Red Paint Settlement Final

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Mercedes red paint settlement has been granted final approval by a federal judge after car owners alleged their 590 Mars Red paint blistered, peeled and bubbled.

Monday, 06 December 2021 22:00

Ford Delays Return-to-Work Hybrid Plan to March Amid COVID Uncertainty

Written by Ben Klayman and David Shepardson, Reuters

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Ford Motor Co said Dec. 6 it would push its return-to-work hybrid plan to March as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic remained uncertain.

Monday, 06 December 2021 21:54

Apple's AirTags Being Used to Track and Steal Luxury Cars

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

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In August, there was the story of a cybersecurity expert in Brooklyn, NY, who was able to recover his stolen bike by tracking it down himself, thanks to an Apple AirTag he had hidden inside the bike.

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Auto Techcelerators, LLC, announced it has released a new version of its patent-pending Test Drive CoPilot™ platform that makes it easier, quicker and less expensive to properly perform, manage and document pre- and post-repair/calibration test drives and dynamic calibrations.

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On Dec. 6, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Liberty, NC, Mayor Filmore York joined Toyota Motor North America's leaders to announce Greensboro-Randolph Megasite has been chosen as the location for Toyota's new $1.29 billion automotive battery manufacturing plant, to be named Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC).

Monday, 06 December 2021 21:05

CarLotz Opens in Mobile, AL

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CarLotz, the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, announced it will open its first hub Dec. 6 in Alabama.

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On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Community Renewal Team, which serves Hartford and Middlesex counties in Connecticut, received a 2015 Subaru Outback, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with Travelers and local CARSTAR collision repair locations.

Monday, 06 December 2021 18:51

NORTHEAST 2022 Show Dates Announced

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced its flagship event, the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, will return March 18-20, 2022, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined a group of business, state and local officials Dec. 3 to celebrate the expansion of EOI Pioneer's operations in the village of Dundee, MI, thanking the automotive electronics manufacturer for investing in Michigan, creating new jobs and highlighting Michigan's manufacturing industry.  

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1Collision announced the addition of Bebrick Collision Care Center in, Waco, TX, Countryside Body Shop in Alexandria, MN, and MSO Northern Boulevard Collision in Great Neck, NY. 

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As the year comes to a close, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) reminds service professionals with certifications expiring Dec. 31 to schedule their tests now to ensure they have time to get recertified.

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House of Kolor® is celebrating 65 years in the custom industry with a selection of the founder’s newest custom colors, appropriately named “Gemtones,” honoring the sapphire anniversary, along with a selection of limited edition 65th anniversary merchandise.

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The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) filed a second-degree murder charge against a 26-year-old Leesburg, FL, man for assaulting a co-worker at their place of employment with a metal bat, causing injuries that eventually led to the death of the victim.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:58

Tesla will Start Cybertruck Production at Giga Texas with New Quad-Motor Variant

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the all-electric Cybertruck will have a quad-motor variant, which will take production priority at Gigafactory Texas when manufacturing begins.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:47

Toyota Tops Research of Highest Earning and Most Vehicles Sold in 2020

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Uswitch research is available on the highest-earning car brands in the world, and Toyota, Volkswagen and Daimler top the list.

Friday, 03 December 2021 21:36

Electrify America Installed ESS at 140 Stations: 30 MW Output

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Electrify America, one of the largest fast-charging networks in the U.S. and part of the Volkswagen Group, announced it installed onsite, behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (ESS) at more than 140 DC fast charging stations around the country, including more than 90 installations in California.

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Volvo Cars has invested in the optical and imaging technology start-up Spectralics through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.

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On Sept. 11, Kramer Chevrolet and Kramer Subaru hosted their 15th annual Military and Customer Appreciation Event and Car Show, with all proceeds going directly to the North Dakota National Guard Emergency Relief Fund.

Friday, 03 December 2021 18:57

Massachusetts Right to Repair Case Appears Nearly Ripe for Decision

Written by Seyfarth Shaw, JD Supra

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation quietly filed a stipulation the day after Thanksgiving in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healy, a lawsuit challenging recent amendments to the Massachusetts Right to Repair Law (the “Data Law”).

Friday, 03 December 2021 18:45

Ford F-150 Lightning Customer Deliveries Pushed Back to Q3 2022

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Ford representatives and DriveElectricTN recently held a webinar where several of the automaker’s key upcoming all-electric vehicles were discussed.

Friday, 03 December 2021 15:38

Uninsured Michigan Drivers Urged to Take Advantage of Auto Insurance Amnesty

Written by Mark Rosanes, Insurance Business Magazine

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State leaders in Michigan are encouraging residents to secure auto insurance before the amnesty period expires and premiums begin to rise.

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Steven Schillinger of Reno, NV, has worked as a collision repair industry consultant in different capacities for more than 40 years, as a compliance expert focusing on permits, license protection and record keeping.

 

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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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While the automotive industry continues to move toward fully automated, self-driving vehicles, the pace is not being matched by educational efforts that will help bring buyers into the modern mobility movement.

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The Stellantis Women's Leadership Experience (WLE) leadership development program recently earned a Silver Award for excellence from the Brandon Hall Group.

Friday, 03 December 2021 12:52

Polestar Provides Next Glimpse of Polestar 3

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Polestar, the pure play, premium electric car company, has released a second teaser image of the forthcoming Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, set to launch in 2022.

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While U.S. economic growth was underwhelming in the third quarter, incoming economic data suggests growth is revving up in the fourth quarter, barring any major setbacks from omicron or other major uncertainties.

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New breakthrough products and inventory improvements made Ford America’s No. 1 selling automaker for the third month in a row in November.

Friday, 03 December 2021 12:09

Car ADAS Solutions Joins CIECA

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Car ADAS Solutions has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

Friday, 03 December 2021 00:48

On The Lighter Side: Jimmie Johnson Shows Off His Car Collection

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Take a stroll through the secretive man cave…

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:33

Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Cites Gas Prices, Promotes EVs

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Gas prices have had a tendency to rise and fall over the years, and they're spiking again of late.

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:23

Stellantis CEO: EV Transition Costs ‘Beyond the Limits’ the Auto Industry Can Sustain

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Stellantis CEO Carlos Taveres said the pressure for legacy automakers to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles could threaten jobs and vehicle quality as traditional carmakers struggle to manage the higher costs of producing EVs. 

Thursday, 02 December 2021 19:13

Tesla Makes it Official---Texas Now Truly New HQ

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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A recent Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Dec. 1 revealed Tesla has now made its headquarters’ move to Texas official.

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Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, yet represent only 28% of the science and engineering workforce and hold only about a quarter of the jobs in automotive manufacturing.

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Seven members of a Los Angeles-based fraud ring were sentenced for a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $20 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) COVID-19 relief funds.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 22:18

New Honda CEO Announces Big Change of EV Strategy

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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Honda was among the pioneers of hybrid powertrain tech, along with Toyota, but just like its main local rival, it has fallen behind other automakers that have invested massively in fully-electric vehicles.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 22:02

The Evolution of Dent Repairs

Written by Toby Chess

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From the Ford Model T until the 1970s, dents were a two-sided operation. You would push from the inside with a dolly and hammer on the outside until you had a semi smooth panel.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) took the first steps in establishing programs for a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, as mandated in the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed earlier in 2021. 

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 20:54

ASA Texas to Become Texas Auto Care Alliance

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) of Texas Board of Directors have voted for a move to become the Texas Auto Care Alliance.