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General Motors and POSCO Chemical on Dec. 1 announced plans to form a joint venture through which the parties will construct a factory in North America to process critical battery materials for GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 19:16

Retired Tech Looks Back at 67 Years in Collision Repair

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Over the years, I have interviewed a lot of collision repair professionals as they retire from the industry. If someone can work in this business for 30, 40 or even 50 years, it’s obviously an impressive run.

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Adam Tritz became the CEO, owner and operater of Don’s Auto Body in Missouri when he took the baton from his father, David, in December 2018.

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“Six out of 10 Porsche Taycan” ever delivered have a problem with battery management that affects and damages battery cells, requires replacement of cells and batteries, and is causing vehicle fires, according to a source working at Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:54

Supply Chain Chaos Has Moved from Seaports to Airports

Written by Nicolás Rivero, Quartz

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The global supply chain crisis has entered a new stage. Chaos and congestion are shifting from seaports to airports as retailers are racing to move products from factories in east Asia to shoppers in the U.S. and Europe before the holidays.

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Advantage Parts Solutions, a global leader in delivering strategic automotive parts solutions, is pleased to welcome David Shepherd to its global team in the role of non-executive director.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:17

Auto Executives Expect EVs Will Own Half of U.S., China Markets by 2030: Survey

Written by Joseph White, Reuters

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Auto industry executives expect electric vehicles will make up just over half of new vehicle sales in the U.S. and China by 2030, and could do so without receiving government subsidies, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting firm KPMG.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:09

Repairify Joins Forces with One Guard Inspections

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Repairify™, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced Dec. 1 the acquisition of One Guard Inspections.

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Disconnecting and later reconnecting a vehicle’s battery during collision repair work is no longer the simple operation it used to be---and auto body shops are increasingly understanding the need to research the OEM procedures for doing so, and seeking to be paid for the labor entailed.

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Longtime industry consultant Sean Carey of SCG Management Consultants is the latest observer to predict a forthcoming decline in the U.S. auto body shop population.

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The first episode of the Automotive Service Association (ASA)’s Technology and Telematics Podcast Series will be released Dec. 6.

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A panel of representatives from a number of multi-shop collision repair operations at the MSO Symposium in Las Vegas in November discussed how disruptions in the parts supply chain are impacting their business.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 21:46

Poll Shows U.S. Majority Support for Urgent Transition to EVs

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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According to a recent poll by nonprofit group Coltura, shared by Green Car Reports, a majority of voters in the U.S. are in support of requiring all new cars to be electric vehicles by 2030.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:57

Auto Safety Groups File Appeal Over Recall Regulations

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Three auto safety and advocacy groups allege the federal government is allowing dangerous recalled vehicles to flood the roadways.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:33

Despite Taxpayer-Funded Stimulus, Illinois’ Economy Slow to Recover

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square

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Illinois’ economy is among the worst performers during the pandemic and an economist says it’s clear as to why.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:26

Survey Shows Bleak Outlook for New Jersey Businesses

Written by T.A. DeFeo, The Center Square

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The times are tough now and getting tougher, to paraphrase New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:14

High Inflation Causing Virginia Businesses to Struggle

Written by Tyler Arnold, The Center Square

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After facing economic hardships from pandemic-era restrictions and struggling to find workers because of the subsequent labor shortage, Virginia businesses are now facing another problem---inflation.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:05

Mercedes, Stellantis Invest in Factorial Energy

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Factorial Energy, a Massachusetts-based 6-year-old start-up developer of solid-state batteries, has announced a major investment and collaboration agreements with two new automotive partners: Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 19:51

Commerce Secretary at Auto Roundtable: Chip Shortage Has U.S. in 'Very Vulnerable Spot'

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

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Democratic politicians, labor leaders and automaker representatives gathered at a UAW hall in Taylor, MI, on Nov. 29 to raise the alarm about the danger the global semiconductor shortage poses to manufacturing in the U.S. and how it threatens auto industry jobs in Michigan in particular.

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Auto dealers’ optimism about the valuation of their dealerships has doubled year-over-year, according to the newly-released, 2021 Kerrigan Dealer Survey, with the vast majority expecting their already record profits to continue to rise in 2022.

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General Motors on Nov. 30 announced it has joined the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), adding another element to company programs that support the sustainability and human rights of the EV supply chain.

 

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For decades, auto body shops across the industry have faced a quiet and sometimes unrecognized choice in regard to dust extraction, according to Nick Oberle, application engineer specialist in the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 18:18

LG Energy Solution Confirms $1.36B EV Battery Plant

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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The Michigan branch of LG Energy Solution has confirmed a $1.36 billion investment into an electric vehicle battery production facility in North America by 2024, according to Korean regulatory filings released Nov. 29.

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Every year, hundreds of new laws are enacted that impact California automotive repair dealers. Below is a brief summary of some of the key measures, in no particular order, that take effect Jan. 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

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Enterprise is supporting a new teaching model to enhance student proficiency and job placement.

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The latest release of SUN® Collision Repair Information, a brand of Snap-on Incorporated, includes exclusive features that have been added to its wiring diagrams, enhancing diagram navigation and making connectors, grounds and splices not only searchable, but also interactive.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 16:42

Tesla App Malfunction Strands Drivers

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Modern solutions create modern problems: that’s the lesson Tesla owners received in brutal fashion recently.

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Travis Hanson, of Mabank, TX, stood alone as he slowly mixed paint during the color analysis and paint matching class at Texas State Technical College.

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The Automotive Service Association has named Mary Steele, AMAM, executive director of ASA Florida, as the new regional executive director of the Southeast region of ASA.

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Something has to change.

Monday, 29 November 2021 20:53

Steakhouse Owner Busted for Classic Car COVID Fraud

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The owner of a steakhouse in Shepherd, MT, has been caught using about $75,000 in COVID Small Business Administration (SBA) relief funds---supposed to be for his business---to instead buy classic cars.

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In October, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) hosted its Annual Meeting at the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall in Clark, NJ.

 

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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.

Monday, 29 November 2021 18:19

Auto Care Association Seeks Industry Input in 2022 Outlook Study

Written by Camille Sheehan, Auto Care Association

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The Auto Care Association released an industry-wide study to hear from businesses about their outlook as the auto care industry heads into 2022.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is proud to announce the election of Jim Ocampo, industry relations/strategic sales manager at Axalta Coating Systems, to the CIF Board of Trustees.

Monday, 29 November 2021 17:19

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Far From Over

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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The Volkswagen emissions scandal is apparently far from over, as the automaker looks at possibly paying billions of dollars more than it already has.

Monday, 29 November 2021 16:38

Nissan: 23 New Electrified Models, Including 15 BEVs by 2030

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

 

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Nissan on Nov. 29 announced its long-term strategy---Ambition 2030---with electrification at the center, and revealed a few new concept models.

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

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 19:11

On The Lighter Side: Chip Foose Slams Ford Maverick, Gives Truck Street Rod Makeover

Written by Anthony Alaniz, Motor1.com

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A few accessories can transform the pickup.

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Children and their parents are invited to special holiday events at Rodeo Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Queen Creek, AZ, and Earnhardt Lexus in Phoenix.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:28

Navy Working to Ease Supply-Chain Shortage in LA County

Written by Rachel Nostrant, Yahoo News

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The U.S. Navy is working with the Oxnard Harbor District in Port Hueneme in Los Angeles County to provide direct support in decreasing port congestion in hopes of reducing the national supply-chain shortage.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:35

CIF Giving Tuesday Campaign: $20for20

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The Collision Industry Foundation participates again in the global day of charity and generosity, “Giving Tuesday,” held on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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From Nov. 18 through Jan. 3, Subaru of America, Inc. will give customers the opportunity to bring joy back into the lives of children with critical illnesses by electing to donate to Make-A-Wish® after purchasing or leasing a new Subaru vehicle.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:15

Dodge Ditching All Hellcat Models After 2023: Report

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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We've known for some time the Hellcat's end was drawing near. Earlier this year, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said as much but the exact end was still ambiguous.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:06

PepsiCo. Receives Permit for Tesla Semi Megacharger Installation

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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PepsiCo. has received the permit for the installation of a Tesla Semi Megacharger at its Modesto, CA, facility, according to public documents released by Stanislaus County.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:28

Tesla Has an Estimated 1.3M Cybertruck Reservations Worth $80B

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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The Tesla Cybertruck story is really outright crazy if you think about it. The truck arrived on stage at its reveal and many people thought it was an Elon Musk joke, which would come as no surprise.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:05

Arkansas Thieves Swipe Beloved Classic Cars

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A family in Jonesboro, AR, is grieving after someone broke into a storage unit and stole two beloved classic cars.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:49

Illinois Drivers Face Higher Thanksgiving Gas Prices than Neighboring States

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square

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Some drivers can expect to pay more for Thanksgiving travel. Others hitting the road in electric vehicles may have to plan on where to charge up.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:43

Biden Releases Oil Reserves to Address Rising Gas Prices

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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President Joe Biden announced Nov. 23 his administration will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help address skyrocketing energy costs.

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Joe Hudson’s Collision Centers, a leading platform in the collision repair industry, on Nov. 22 announced President and CEO Traweek Dickson is retiring after more than three decades with the company, and will take on the role of executive chairman.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:06

GM Tells Dealers it Will Offer Heated Seats on More 2022 Vehicles After All

Written by Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors pulled a multimillion-dollar rabbit out of its hat Nov. 19, telling its dealers it has figured out a way to resume offering two popular features on its vehicles.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:53

Toyota Busts the Car Microchip Shortage

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave or under a rock, you know for about a year automakers have been suffering from a shortage of microprocessor chips, necessary for a number of features.

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Opus IVS™ announced Subaru of America, Inc. has approved the DriveSafe™ and ScanSafe™ diagnostic tools for use within the Subaru Certified Collision Network.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce it has partnered with Automotive Seminars to offer its members discounted pricing on all upcoming live-online training, as well on-demand training videos.

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At a meeting Nov. 22, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has aligned on a policy of voluntary and confidential disclosure of vaccination status for UAW members.

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TrueCar, Inc. forecasts total new vehicle sales will reach 1,073,042 units in November, down 15% from a year ago and up 14% vs. October, when adjusted for the same number of selling days.

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On Nov. 16, the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association held its first meeting since April 2020, when the pandemic hit.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:38

Blackstone-Backed Service King Flags Cash Crunch, Ability to Pay Debt

Written by Katherine Doherty and Rachel Butt, Bloomberg

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Auto repair company Service King has warned its lenders that dwindling cash is casting doubt on its ability to pay debt and continue as a going concern, according to people familiar with the closely held company’s most recent results.