Evanston, IL, resident Kobi Evans, 19, was all smiles after graduating July 14 from the Automotive Service and Repair Career Pathways Program, a partnership between Oakton Community College, Youth Job Center in Evanston and Evanston Township High School.

Despite sharp spikes in the number of coronavirus cases in Texas and Florida, auto dealers in two of the nation's largest markets say traffic has largely stayed steady.

The Diesel Brothers continue work on their rival builds for the first ever "Tour de Utah" off-road race.

Monday, 27 July 2020 21:17

On the Lighter Side: Hot Wheels Previews Over 30 Cars During San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1

SDCC is all online this year, but Hot Wheels isn't holding back.

Ford has secured some additional breathing room as it tries to navigate the ongoing global financial crisis.

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in June, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.)

During the days and weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, protests erupted in every state across the country.

Over his lifetime, it's estimated Phil Deegan owned 150 cars, and his home in Mankato, MN, is said to have always displayed an assortment of classic cars and trucks.

Hertz Global Holdings has reached an interim settlement with debtors to suspend litigation related to the car rental company’s plan to reduce its leased fleet of rental cars, according to an SEC filing on July 24.

The “CARSTAR Christmas in July” gift aimed to bring some holiday cheer to the Dallas–Fort Worth area by giving away a $1,000 VISA gift card to a deserving individual within the community.

Representatives from the Auto Care Association (ACA) and its membership met July 24 with James Owens, deputy administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to discuss the data access referendum that will be included as Question 1 on the ballot for Massachusetts voters this November.

Not more than two weeks ago, we reported Mercedes is ending the production of the C-Class sedan in the U.S., as well as the A-Class in Mexico.

If everything goes as planned and if work on the site progresses at a similar pace as Gigafactory Shanghai and Giga Berlin, Tesla’s upcoming Austin factory could start producing Cybertrucks by the end of next year.

Driven Brands™, North America’s leading group of automotive aftermarket brands, proudly announces Dean Fisher, collision group president, has been elected as a board member for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR.)

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

The deadline to apply for a feature vehicle at the 2020 SEMA Show is July 31.

Friday, 24 July 2020 19:28

Plans for 2020 SEMA Show Move Forward

Plans for the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas continue for Nov. 3–6, and organizers continue to monitor the landscape and work closely with state/city officials and health experts to provide the industry with the best possible event to help their businesses.

If you are looking for a job, there’s a good chance Tesla could use you at one of its facilities.

McPherson College in Kansas has announced a $1 million matching gift challenge from Florida philanthropist and automotive enthusiast Dano Davis.

In late October 2016, AutoNation first announced its intentions to build a network of standalone pre-owned vehicle sales and service centers called AutoNation USA.

By 2030, every passenger car and small-to-midsize SUV in Southern California Edison’s fleet will be electric, the company recently announced.

Navistar International Corporation, a leading maker of International® brand commercial trucks, proprietary diesel engines and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, joined the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) in a virtual groundbreaking ceremony June 25 to celebrate construction of Navistar's new industry-leading manufacturing facility in San Antonio.

FCA and Waymo announced July 22 they have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their successful autonomous driving technology partnership.

Tesla has filed a lawsuit against Rivian, claiming it has stolen trade secrets and intentionally poaches employees to gain insider info.

With the U.S. tally of confirmed COVID-19 infections at nearly 4 million, 30 U.S. states now have mask orders in place with Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon becoming the latest to announce statewide mandatory mask orders.

Tesla has selected Texas as the location for its next U.S. factory. The factory will be the company’s second in North America, located about 15 minutes from downtown Austin, near the Colorado River.

When it comes to cars, there’s only one master builder in the world who can take scraps of junkyard metal and turn them into award-winning, one of-a-kind creations.

CarMD.com Corporation on July 22 released its 10th annual state ranking of check engine light-related car repair costs, which finds in 2019 Vermont had the lowest average repair cost, $342.14, while California drivers incurred the highest average repair cost, $414.24.

Nominations are open for three new AAPEX awards to recognize and elevate the essential services that service advisors, shop owners and technicians provide to keep the motoring public on the road, even during times of crisis.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 18:20

CCC Auto Claims Snapshot for June

Industry-wide repairable appraisal counts saw further recovery in June 2020 versus June 2019, with counts down across all loss categories only -25.7% versus -34.5% in May 2020.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council based on May data from all 50 states indicate that for the third month in a row, road users in the U.S. were at a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:35

Pandemic Slows GM Sales in Second Quarter

GM sales fell 34% in the second quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced customer demand and triggered plant shutdowns that hurt the automaker’s supply of vehicles.

New life is coming for the old Sears Auto Center on Holiday Drive in Janesville, WI.

In a letter to National Auto Body Council (NABC) members, the organization's leadership announced the cancellation of a golf fundraiser and in-person board meeting, both scheduled in September, due to continued travel restrictions, state and local rules and quarantines.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 16:43

Progressive Issues New Market Pricing

Progressive Insurance recently sent out a notice regarding its new policy on glass market pricing for static, dynamic and dual recalibrations.

In 2007, Staff Sgt. Adam Sheda was killed in Duluth, MN, just a week after he returned home from an 18-month deployment in Iraq serving in the U.S. Army National Guard.

On July 15, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Safety and Health Codes Board voted 9-2 to approve the nation’s first emergency workplace regulation related to COVID-19.

Between news surrounding data privacy, company data breaches and evolving regulations such as CCPA and GDPR, security is a hot topic in just about every industry.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 22:46

Get Ready for Even More Car Thefts

We keep bringing stories of car thefts at dealerships, in parking lots and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hobble automakers as they scramble to find workers, parts and buyers amid continuing concerns about public health.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his two-front attack on COVID-19 on July 21.

There are many adjustments necessary to maintain operations in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. For most auto dealers, online, pick-up and delivery options became more used than ever before.

American oil prices have rallied back from an all-time low of negative $37.63 per barrel for May futures on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude on April 20.

On July 14, a deserving Burlington, IA, family experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to Deery Collision Center and car donor State Farm, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

CIECA announced July 20 that Paulette Reed has been named its new business analyst/technical project manager, effective the same day.

The Diesel Brothers continue work on their tank build, but engine and transmission troubles put the project in jeopardy.

A Texas-based collision-repair chain plans to set up shop in Reynoldsburg, OH.

When we wrote about Tesla Model 3 units losing their rear bumpers back in 2018, we hoped the company would investigate "the issue to understand what caused it," as it promised.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) recently announced the cancellation of its 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show, as a result of travel restrictions and general unease related to COVID-19.

AASP/NJ on July 20 shared preliminary details for its virtual 2020 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, scheduled for Aug. 21-23.

Monday, 20 July 2020 18:25

On The Lighter Side: Check Out Joe Rogan's Insanely Epic Car Collection

Written by Amie Williams, Motorious

Joe Rogan is best known as a comedian and UFC commentator with a distinct voice that is instantly recognizable.

General Motors on July 16 released its 10th annual Sustainability Report, providing transparency and accountability on its progress and key accomplishments.

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a number of auto shows including events in Detroit, New York and Geneva.

SEMA Showgoers will be required to wear a face mask or a face shield during the 2020 event, as part of a proactive plan to prevent the spreading of germs and provide exhibitors and attendees with a safe environment where they will be able to conduct business.

With the worsening global pandemic again taking a toll on automotive sales, there are growing indications manufacturers are preparing to trim back production, Reuters reporting Nissan Motor Co. will cut worldwide output 30% through December due to declining demand.

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings on 32 tranches of rental car asset-backed securities (ABS) issued by Avis Budget Rental Car Funding (ABCR), LLC, which is Avis Budget Group's rental car securitization platform in the U.S.

For researchers in Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, prepping autonomous vehicles outside in Alabama’s elements---from the sweltering summer sun to pop-up thunderstorms---has become a near daily occurrence.

A Holbrook, MA, man was indicted in connection with damaging luxury cars bought under false pretenses in order to collect insurance proceeds, Attorney General Maura Healey announced in a news release.

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