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In a “Nissan Chalk Talk” on June 9, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Jake Rodenroth of asTech will broadcast live from the training center in Jacksonville, FL, where the hands-on “Nissan/INFINITI Scanning & ADAS Calibrations” course is held.

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In appreciation of our military members and their sacrifice, Teri, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Minnesota, received a newly refurbished vehicle.

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Leveraging the collision repair expertise of I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair), Mopar is launching its Mopar Certified Glass Installer Program, the industry’s first OEM glass repair certification.

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A man was killed May 26 in east Vancouver, WA, while he was apparently attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a car.

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While the past year has been disruptive to many sectors of the economy, the specialty-equipment industry has largely weathered the pandemic.

Thursday, 03 June 2021 20:01

U.S. House Members Advocate for RPM Act

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The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2021 (RPM Act), HR 3281, enjoys strong bi-partisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives as lawmakers voice their enthusiasm for passing the legislation.

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As exhibitors prepare to choose their exhibit locations for the 2021 SEMA Show, excitement continues to grow for the annual trade show taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas, NV.

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General Motors on June 3 outlined steps it is taking to increase deliveries to dealers and customers in the U.S. and Canada to meet strong consumer demand for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

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Ford on June 3 reported its May sales results, including a new EV sales record, the best May sales since 2003 for Ford SUVs and the best May sales ever for Lincoln SUVs.

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Driven Brands Collision announces the launch of Collision Buzz, a monthly podcast for its network of collision owners.

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Driverless cars scare people, a fact repeated in multiple studies and reports which collected consumer attitudes about sharing the roads with autonomous vehicles.

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In what may someday turn out to be a boon to manufacturing in Michigan, the U.S. Senate on June 3 advanced a bill that includes new rules to push government to buy more American-made products and invests more than $50 billion in the manufacturing of semiconductors, a shortage of which is currently crippling the auto industry.

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The recent ASA X50 Conference & Expo offered more than 50 live training sessions, including five classes specific to collision repair professionals.

Thursday, 03 June 2021 15:38

On The Lighter Side: Nicolas Cage’s Car Collection Is A National Treasure

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Nicolas Cage used to have an extensive car collection.

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FDP Friction Science, as a multi-generation family business, has always promoted the family culture throughout its operations.

Thursday, 03 June 2021 15:24

WIN Launches New WINConnect Program

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The Women's Industry Network (WIN) has launched WINConnect, a new program designed to increase networking and career building opportunities among its members.

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Maryland Auto Insurance’s initiative to combat auto insurance fraud in the state has expanded to include extensive fraud prevention training for internal teams and authorized producer partners.

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Fourteen U.S. states currently enforce their own vehicle emissions standards, stricter than those set by the federal government.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 18:31

Pro Spot i4S Warranty Extension

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Pro Spot International announced today a warranty extension program for its popular spot welder, the i4S.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company’s biggest issue in the short term is supply chain, especially when it comes to microcontroller chips.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 19:12

Texas Senate Passes Street Racing Bill

 

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People in Texas have had it with illegal street racing and street takeovers, which helped a bill aimed at stopping the illegal activities pass the State Senate recently.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 19:02

Ohio Teen Studying Auto Collision Repair

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Bella Eye is a self-proclaimed addict when it comes to learning.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 18:41

Auto Glass Safety Becomes Law in Maryland

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Auto glass safety legislation requiring the state to adopt regulations that “meet or exceed” the ANSI/AGSC/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) has been enacted by the State of Maryland.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 18:31

Automakers Report Strong May Sales

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Automakers on June 2 began releasing sales results for May.

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To house the all-new Broadway Collision Center, Broadway Automotive purchased the property and building at 2650 S. Ashland Ave in Ashwaubenon, WI, adjacent to its Chevrolet and Volkswagen dealerships at 2700 Ashland Avenue.

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CarMax, Inc., the nation's largest retailer of used cars, announced plans to hire 1,800 automotive service professionals by the end of summer, kicking off with the first-ever CarMax Curbside Career Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10.

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The collector car auction marketplace returned to something resembling normality at Amelia Island, with RM-Sotheby’s and Bonhams returning to live audience auctions and both delivering promising results.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has changed the auto insurance world---from mitigating risk, to creating streamlined efficiencies and improving customer experiences.

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Maaco announced June 1 the launch of its national integrated advertising campaign, "The Upside of Uh-Ohs."

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As a demonstration of Toyota's continued commitment and leadership in consumer privacy, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is proud to announce the creation of the Toyota Data Privacy Portal to increase data transparency, accessibility and control for Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

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SafeAuto will add capabilities and distribution with its 24-hour, 7-days-a-week customer contact centers at 1-800-SafeAuto and its website.

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A team of researchers from Cornell University, led by associate professor Khurram Afridi, has pioneered a new wireless charging method for electric vehicles (EVs), inspired partly by his time working at NASA, a Cornell Chronicle post explains.

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Those of you watching TV back in the 1970s probably remember the slogan, “It’s not just for breakfast anymore"---the Florida Orange Growers Association’s way to encourage folks to think about drinking OJ more often than just in the morning.

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Ever since production started, the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has faced multiple hurdles along the way.

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If Tesla wants to sell its EVs made in Texas to Texans, it first has to send them out of the state or find incredible workaround systems. 

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A Tesla Model S crash in Florida has caused a lawsuit which alleges 22-year-old Naibel Benavides Leon was killed because the Model S Autopilot system failed.

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Registration is now open for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ)’s 2021 NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, which will be held in person Sept. 10-12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ.

 

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Anaheim, CA, resident Jesse Leal Rodriguez was recently charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault on a person causing great bodily injury, as per the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:20

CIF Announces Axalta as Annual Donor

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

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has designated June as Automotive Service Professionals Month (ASPM), a time to recognize automotive service professionals who are proficient, credentialed and committed to excellence.

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CCC Information Services Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the property and casualty insurance economy, on June 1 announced it is updating its name to CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

 

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Recycled parts may require additional, non-included labor operations that would not be present on a new replacement part.

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GEICO, the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., is partnering with Tractable to accelerate its auto claim and repair process.

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ASA Ohio’s Collision Performance Leaders Group (CPL) recently held its second meeting of the year in Columbus, OH, featuring educational presentations from three industry leaders.

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On May 13, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 2534 by a vote of 91-50, which, if signed into law, will require insurers to include appraisal clauses on all automotive policies, as well as an untraditional stipulation that the loser refunds the winner’s appraiser’s fees and expenses.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Herman Cabral, 62, of Cranston, RI, was sentenced May 26 to 10 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for a wire fraud conspiracy offense.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted May 20 to approve the nation’s first standard to transition ride-hailing fleets to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

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The issue of a consumer’s “right to repair” was in the news with the release of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Nixing the Fix” Report to Congress.

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CIECA's next CIECAST webinar, "The Future of AI in the Collision Industry," will be held at 1 p.m. CT June 17.

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New data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects 2020 had the largest ever annual increase in the rate at which drivers struck and killed people on foot.

 

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During his time in Congress, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC, has proven himself to be a defender of motorsports.

 

 

California Attorney General Rob Bonta on May 24 announced two former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for falsifying documents to register exotic “gray market” cars.

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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. on May 26 announced the appointment of Jacqueline Scanlan as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective June 14.

Thursday, 27 May 2021 21:10

On The Lighter Side: Tesla Model S Plaid Might Have Set A 1/4-Mile Record With Jay Leno

Written by Michael Cantu, INSIDEEVs

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If it's an official run, the Model S Plaid is the current record holder.

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The Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most popular electric vehicles ever announced, and is still getting tons of reservations---250,000 within a week after the unveiling in November 2019---and attention all over the world.

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General Motors Co. said May 27 it will be soon be restarting production at five assembly plants around the world that have been idled due to a global semiconductor chips shortage.

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Long gone are the days when your used-vehicle inventory was filled with units equipped only with hand-crank windows and cassette players.

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A Worcester, MA, man was arrested May 20 and charged with attempting to fraudulently purchase a Chevrolet Camaro valued at $83,000 using the bank account of an Arizona resident.