Wednesday, 20 November 2019 15:13

Auto Glass Industry Honors Its Veterans

Auto glass companies paused to honor all the industry’s veterans on Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

Houston County, AL, Career Academy’s students are getting hands-on experience as part of an agreement with Bondy’s Ford Lincoln.

Axalta, a leading global supplierof liquid and powder coatings, today hosted a ceremony in which they accepted the Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) 2018 Masters of Quality Supplier award.

You could be warned a million times, but almost nothing can prevent you from hitting a deer.

 

Out of nearly 30 vehicles submitted for the 2019 Glasurit Best Paint Award, it wasthe ‘32 Ford Sedan 5th Avenue Special by Goolsby Customs that dazzled the judges most.

A 14-year-old Washington, MO, boy who died from cancer was granted his last wish with a parade of more than 2,100 sports cars and 100 motorcycles.

The cost of renovating his complex was a lot to bear for Mark Baer.

General Motors Co. (GM) dealers are still dealing with the aftereffects of a six-week strike by the United Auto Workers.

At the 2019 Maaco Convention in Boca Raton, FL, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair recognized top North American franchisees who exemplified the “breakthrough” convention theme with awards for top performance, including outstanding sales, operational excellence, leadership, growth and overall performance.

At the 2019 Maaco Convention in Boca Raton, FL, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair recognized top North American franchisees who exemplified the “breakthrough” convention theme with awards for top performance, including outstanding sales, operational excellence, leadership, growth and overall performance.

At the 2019 Maaco Convention in Boca Raton, FL, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair recognized top North American franchisees who exemplified the “breakthrough” convention theme with awards for top performance, including outstanding sales, operational excellence, leadership, growth and overall performance.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) conducted their annual prize raffle from their booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

AASP-MO’s Gateway Collision Chapter held its bimonthly meeting on Nov. 13 at Syberg’s Dorsett in Maryland Heights, MO, featuring a presentation entitled “Generation Z: Who are kids these days?” with Kevin Andert, manager of college and career readiness for North and South Technical High Schools, St. Louis Special School District.

Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said on Friday, Nov. 15.

Autoliv Inc., the worldwide leader in vehicle safety systems, announced the development of a new front center airbag that is designed to save lives in side-impact crash situations.

Monday, 18 November 2019 22:06

RCC Hosts Eighth-Graders for Automotive Day

Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, hosted 200 eighth-graders from the eight Randolph County School System and Asheboro City Schools middle schools on Nov. 8, for Automotive Day to kick off National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 11-17.

The ongoing lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler could be settled soon.

On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 3, the California Automotive Wholesalers’ Association (CAWA) held its Annual Meeting and Gala Dinner at Caesar’s Palace in conjunction with the 2019 SEMA and AAPEX Show in Las Vegas.

On Nov. 6, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) held its Annual Networking Happy Hour at the Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, inside the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Daytona Beach, FL.

The industry's brightest leaders, innovative products and several thousand buyers gathered in Las Vegas on Nov. 5-7 for the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

On Nov. 8, Mike’s Auto Body celebrated Veteran's Day at its Fairfield, CA, location a few days early by presenting two completely refurbished vehicles to active military families who are stationed at Travis Air Force Base.

The Tesla Model 3 has been named as one of three finalists in Motortrend‘s 2020 Car of the Year award rankings, alongside the Chevrolet Corvette and the Kia Soul.

A longtime local service station has branched out into the collision business.

New technology is putting North Platte Community College automotive students a step ahead in terms of industry standards.

Volkswagen of America marked the start of construction for its electric vehicle production facility.

A representative of the Ford Motor Company came to Parker High School in Parker, AZ, on Nov. 8 to offer his company’s congratulations to Lee Hibl’s body shop students.

A recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests the dependence on energy sources derived from crude oil will continue to increase until the 2030s and emissions contributing to global climate change could also rise until 2040.

 

The death of Elaine Herzberg in March 2018 was caused by a self-driving vehicle system that could not see "jaywalkers" and failed to classify Herzberg as a pedestrian.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:55

Elite’s First Product Showcase on Nov. 20

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces their first ever Elite Product Showcase featuring The Matrix Wand, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Central.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) announced the Santa Cruz compact utility vehicle will be built at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, AL, starting in 2021.

Jack Wilson Chevrolet and Jack Wilson Buick GMC, acquired by the Hanania Automotive Group in February, have officially become Jack Hanania Chevrolet and Jack Hanania Buick GMC.

In an emotional on-stage interview at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Las Vegas in early November, the Texas couple who successfully sued a dealership body shop over its failure to follow OEM repair procedures talked about the dramatic changes in their lives caused by their substantial injuries in a subsequent accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test ratings will be upgraded and expanded to allegedly make it more difficult to receive a five-star safety rating coveted by automakers and used to market the safety of new cars.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:16

LKQ Announces Its Promise of Calibration

LKQ Corporation is providing customer peace of mind by introducing its Promise of Calibration.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:05

CRASH Network Launches ‘Insurer Report Card’

Collision repair professionals have a unique opportunity to grade the performance of the insurance companies in their state, with the launch of CRASH Network’s “Insurer Report Card.”

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is proud to announce that the first-ever CIF Distinguished Service Award was presented to long-time Board member, Bill Shaw, at the SEMA Red Carpet awards breakfast on Nov. 6, 2019.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:22

PPG’s Booth Unleashes Creativity at SEMA 2019

At the SEMA Show every year, people can’t wait to see PPG’s booth as the anticipation builds.

More than a century ago, 3M was established in Minnesota as a small-scale mining venture called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:07

The Future of DRP: Is There One?

With an estimated 22,000 collision repair shops across the country dependent on Direct Repair Programs (DRPs), Pete Tagliapietra of NuGen IT said businesses need to pay close attention to the paradigm shift occurring in the industry related to these programs.

Over the last several years, the collision repair industry has undergone tremendous change and continues to do so, said John Shoemaker, business development manager at BASF Automotive Refinishing North America.

The automotive shops at each Cumberland County, TN, high school will be named in honor of a local automotive dealer and his business.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:18

Sherwin-Williams Leads With Art at SEMA 2019

Major celebrity painters appeared at the Sherwin-Williams® Automotive Finishes booth at SEMA 2019 to display their artwork and meet fans from all over the world.

Steve Burns expects the workforce at the former General Motors Lordstown, Ohio, Assembly Plant to be union workers when production on an electric pickup starts anew there next year.

Business owners in Branson West, MO, have plans to rebuild their auto body shop after an intense fire.

An overcast sky and winds bringing a winter chill with them couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Eastern Panhandle, WV, community as a local Army veteran was gifted a new vehicle to honor her service.

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, in conjunction with US Autocure, is pleased to announce the completion of qualifications to the Class 1, Division II (Group D) U.S. prevention standards rating.

“Year of the Bronco” was the theme at the 2019 SEMA Show, and that’s why WD-40 Company, in conjunction with SEMA Cares rebuilt a 1966 Ford Bronco.

To officially kick off the week, SEMA always announces its Best New Products Award winners at its opening morning breakfast.

Every year at SEMA, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides luncheon is on many peoples’ calendars, and the room is always packed with industry leaders, insurance companies, body shops, parts manufacturers, and more.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Dr. Celestino Santi of Accident Care Center of Boggy Creek for allegedly defrauding nine auto insurance companies out of more than $500,000 in unlicensed medical billing.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 17:25

SATA Puts on Wunderbar Show at SEMA 2019

SATA always has the same great spot at SEMA, and every year they pull the trigger and go all-in.

The auto repair lab at Thornton, CO’s, Bollman Technical Center, with numerous bays and lifts and brand-new sets of tools, is the envy of professional shops, according to the school’s students.

Not all the 900 jobs at the new AW Texas plant in Cibolo will require college degrees, but workers with specific skills will be in demand by the time it begins operation in 2021.

Monday, 11 November 2019 19:52

On the Lighter Side: Researchers Train Rats to Drive a Make-Shift Tiny Car

Written by Donna Fuscaldo, Interesting Engineering

Rats may be smarter than we think, with a team of researchers able to train them to drive a tiny car.

General Motors (GM), through its Customer Care and Aftersales division (CCA), announced that it will implement an Electronic Minimum Resale Price (eMRP) Policy in the U.S. for certain products, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Elon Musk has revealed the official launch date for Tesla’s “Cyberpunk” Pickup Truck.

Grays Harbor College’s Automotive Technology program has officially earned Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation, the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

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