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As the crisis in Texas continues, insurance industry officials say the deep freeze and snowstorm may become the costliest weather event in the state’s history, as all 254 counties have been impacted.

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Annette Sykora said providing assistance is an auto industry hallmark.

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Recently, a deserving Miami woman experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to CARSTAR Ace Sullins and car donor Esurance along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

Friday, 19 February 2021 20:56

Honda Names New CEO

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Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo will step down April 1 and be replaced by Toshihiro Mibe, the carmaker’s head of R&D.

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Continuing efforts to help build a strong pipeline of minority talent for the automotive industry, CDK Global and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, or NAMAD, have opened the application process for an annual scholarship program.

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One of the most remarkable aspects of Ford's new F-150 is the option to equip it with a generator to power tools, or blenders or TVs.

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As the cold front lingers over Texas, creating major blackouts across the state, some of its residents are finding innovative ways to provide power to their homes---using their cars' battery packs.

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Kia was ranked No. 1 among mass-market brands today by J.D. Power in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study, with a reported 97 problems per 100 vehicles.

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Texas’ power grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months, officials with the entity that operates the grid said Feb. 18.

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Jaguar announced its aims to pivot to building only all-electric vehicles by 2025, according to a Feb. 15 press release.

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The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association (ACA), on Feb. 18 announced the launch of its new virtual platform, the ACPN Pipeline.

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CIECA will host a special CIECAST webinar at 1 p.m. CST Feb. 25, “The Next Generation of CIECA Standards.”

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Jeramy Myers of Flawless Auto Body Shop held back emotion as he presented a free car to a local veteran in need Feb. 16.

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A project that has faced several challenges due to its proximity to the Woonsocket reservoirs was cleared for its final stage of planning review.

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Auto body shops said they were seeing an increase in business following the Feb. 13-14 weekend’s historic snow and ice storm.

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SEMA is offering financial assistance of up to $5,000 to qualified college students who are pursuing careers in the automotive industry and to employees of SEMA-member companies who still have outstanding student loans, at www.sema.org/scholarships.

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A unique partnership has been created for students interested in covering the automobile industry from a multimedia perspective.

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LKQ Corp. reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results Feb. 18, showing some revenue decreases, but the company is still positive despite the “headwinds faced throughout 2020.”

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A group of hackers attacked Kia Motors America and subjected the automaker to ransomware that has allegedly shut down vital services like its UVO Link apps, payment system and the sites dealers use, according to Bleeping Computer.

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

Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:33

On The Lighter Side: Chip Foose Hot Rods A Volkswagen Beetle

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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He says it’s Europe’s '32 Ford…

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Another week of arctic temperatures and snow means plenty of work for car repair shops.

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Progress is being made to restore power to the majority of millions of Texans whose electricity and heat was forced off by energy providers during the subfreezing temperatures the week of Feb. 15, Texas' energy grid operators said Feb. 18.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company projects in Florida are taking steps forward.

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Alameda County, CA, prosecutors have charged the owner of a local car dealership after state tax investigators determined he’d misrepresented $8 million in sales, according to court records.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:46

WIN Announces 2021 Conference

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has announced the schedule for its 2021 Virtual Conference: May 4-5, starting at 10 a.m. ET.

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As Texas finds itself in a harsh winter, struggling with rolling blackouts, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has expressed his disdain for the situation.

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The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has partnered with AnswerForce to offer live answering services to its members, allowing auto collision repair shops to support distressed drivers the moment they call, 24 hours a day.

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Helmuth Mayer, owner of Maaco Burleson, Maaco Fort Worth, Maaco Mesquite, Maaco Dallas and Maaxo Wylie, was proud to win the company’s North American Syl Young Award.

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When the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) erased Destiny Potter’s student debt in 2017, it did not erase every challenge she’d face while pursuing a career in the collision repair industry.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings is adding two new products to its high-performance Imron® Elite coating solutions line in North America - Imron Elite ColorPLUS and Imron Elite Direct-to-Plastic basecoat.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 21:46

Cutting Out the Middleman on Electric Car Sales

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The auto industry is in the midst of the biggest transformation in a century, with cars one day running on electrons, not gasoline.

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Out of every 10 electric cars registered in the U.S. in 2020, nearly eight were built by Tesla.

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Navistar International Corporation acquired a new property in San Antonio, which includes existing buildings that will house support functions for its under-construction plant in the area.

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At CAWA's February virtual Leadership Meeting, attended by more than 105 industry representatives, Mike Mohler of the Automotive Parts Services Group was installed as this year's chair of the board.

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Chevrolet on Feb. 14 expanded its electric vehicle portfolio with the introduction of the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV, alongside the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 17:31

Carvana Hiring for 150 Positions in Bessemer, AL

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Carvana is hiring for a variety of open positions at its Bessemer, AL, vehicle inspection center.

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AutoNation has finished selling off its stake in online retailer Vroom, an investment that ultimately resulted in a $165 million cash gain for the largest dealership group in the U.S.

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Ford Motor Co. is shutting down production of its highly profitable 2021 F-150 pickup trucks and Transit Vans for a full week in Missouri, the company confirmed Feb. 15.

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General Motors was canceling shifts at four of its biggest U.S. factories Feb. 15, including its highly profitable full-size SUV plant in Texas and its midsize pickup plant in Missouri.

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A KIRO Radio listener texted me last week as we were trying to predict the snow, and he told me he couldn’t wait for it.

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Assured Performance announced Feb. 16 two leading national MSOs participating in its Certified Repair Provider Network have committed to 100% of their locations becoming certified.

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With fresh snow and record-breaking cold temperatures, slick roads created non-stop business for body shops and tow truck drivers in Colorado Springs, CO, over the weekend of Feb. 13 and 14.

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After a devastating fire broke out at Mason Auto Body and Mechanical Shop on Lake Road in Rocky River, OH, early Feb. 12, the owner is left to pick up the pieces.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Columbia, SC.

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In August 2018, Jaguar Land Rover announced it would have only two car platforms: MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) and PTA (Premium Transverse Architecture.)

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General Motors announced Feb. 11 a $100 million investment in two of its manufacturing facilities---$93 million at the Romulus, MI, propulsion plant and $7 million at the Bedford, IN, casting operations.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 20:02

CIF Announces Annual Donor Program

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) has launched a new initiative to recognize organizations and individuals who make tax-deductible donations annually in support of the CIF mission of assisting collision repair professionals impacted by catastrophic life-changing events.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 19:37

Preparing Students for the Workforce

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Sparks flew, bouncing off of a metal table as two pieces of metal were tack welded together as individual welding booths were lit up with the orange glow of those sparks.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 19:19

Washington, PA, Company Donates Car to Veteran

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Diehl Collision in Washington, PA, partnered with GEICO to donate a refurbished car to a local veteran Feb. 11.

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A structure fire at a business in DeFuniak Springs, FL, temporarily shut down State Road 83 from U.S. Highway 90 to Walton Road.

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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Board of Directors, comprised of CEOs and senior executives at leading U.S. chip companies, sent a letter Feb. 11 to President Joe Biden, urging him to include substantial funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research in the administration’s economic recovery and infrastructure plan.

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As businesses continue to struggle from the effects of COVID-19, there are government funding options available, as the Economic Aid Act was signed into law on Dec. 27.

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Collision repairers continue to see smaller auto insurers outpacing the 10 largest insurers in terms of working to ensure quality repairs and customer service, according to the findings of the 2021 CRASH Network Insurer Report Card.

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Class Action Settlements, a company that helps businesses search, claim and receive money from class action settlements, announced Feb. 16 the launch of its new website, ClassAction-Settlements.com.

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PPG announced Feb. 15 it is continuing its long-standing support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for numerous races throughout the 2021 season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

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A horrific crash devastates the 405 as Kamikaze returns to defend The List against a new racer hoping to earn a spot.

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General Motors reported fourth-quarter and full-year profits for 2020---despite the negatives associated with the COVID-19 pandemic on sales and production, the fourth quarter made a massive positive impact.