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Kia America on Sept. 1 made a donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts and provide shelter, food and comfort to those affected by Hurricane Ida. 

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U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, on Sept. 1 unveiled the Best Labor Day Car Deals for 2021.

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Cox Automotive Mobility on Sept. 1 announced a foundational investment for its new global EV battery service network with the acquisition of Spiers New Technologies (SNT), a leading service provider for EV battery lifecycle management.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:58

Minnesota Auto Body Shop to Get New Owner, Name

Written by Wanda Hanson, Fillmore County Journal

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As of Sept. 1, the No. 1 auto body shop in Whalan, MN, Doc’s Auto Body and Repair, will have a new name: Whalan Auto Body, LLC.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:01

2021’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive In

Written by Adam McCann, WalletHub

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Most Americans rely on cars to get around, as “87% of daily trips take place in personal vehicles,” according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:16

Monterey Car Week Pumped Millions into Economy

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Monterey Car Week was held this year after being canceled for 2020, and the gathering injected some much-needed economic relief into the area.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:15

Biden Addresses Hurricane Ida as More Than 5,000 National Guard Troops Activated

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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President Joe Biden met virtually Aug. 30 with mayors and governors in areas hit hard by Hurricane Ida to discuss the response and the breadth of the damage caused by the Category 4 hurricane.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:27

Lotus Teases 4 New Made-in-China EVs Arriving 2022 to 2026

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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British sports car manufacturer Lotus will launch four new electric models over the next five years, including an all-new battery-powered sports car in 2026.

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As the 112th franchisee of Maaco, Alan Troutman started his journey with Maaco back on July 16, 1975, at his shop in Bethlehem, PA.

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New-vehicle quality improves 2% from 2020, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Initial Quality Study, released Aug. 31, slightly lower than the average rate of improvement (3%) seen during the past decade.

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Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG), the Bay Area's largest family-owned automotive group, recently partnered with the Subaru Share the Love Event to raise $53,336 for Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:16

Car Insurance Costs for Men vs. Women in 2021

Written by Aaron Besson, QuoteWizard

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On average, QuoteWizard found men pay $720 per year for auto insurance, while women pay $739 per year.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:04

Ed Attanasio - Columnist Testimonial

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We asked Autobody News Columnist Ed Attanasio why he enjoys writing for the collision repair industry.

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Kyte, the on-demand car company, launches Sept. 3 in Philadelphia---the ninth city where customers can get a car delivered right to their door.

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ProColor Collision has announced the launch of a new shop location in the U.S., opening in a bustling Los Angeles neighborhood.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:36

Chevy Temporarily Halts Bolt Production Amid Latest Recall Due to Battery Issues

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Chevrolet has temporarily halted Chevy Bolt production after multiple recalls for battery defects. 

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:29

Tesla’s Elon Musk Pledges to Expedite Service Center Openings

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently pledged to expedite the company’s ramp of its physical service centers, even as the company expands its mobile service fleet.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 14:31

Spanesi Withdraws From The 2021 SEMA Show

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Spanesi SpA and Spanesi Americas, Inc. have decided to remove the Spanesi exhibit from the 2021 SEMA Show.

Monday, 30 August 2021 22:57

Miles Driven Report Continues to Show Travel Increase

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Americans traveled 14.5% more on roads in June 2021 than in June 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Monday, 30 August 2021 21:10

Tesla Crashes into Another Stopped Police Car Amid NHTSA Probe

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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We know every time a Tesla crashes, the story gets national attention. Reports are often quick to blame Tesla Autopilot, even when there's not enough evidence the prove the advanced driver-assist system caused the crash.

Monday, 30 August 2021 21:02

Edwards: Search, Rescue Top Priority After Hurricane Ida Slams Louisiana

Written by Jason Schaumburg, The Center Square

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Aug. 30 search and rescue is the first priority in the wake of Hurricane Ida's landfall Aug. 29.

Monday, 30 August 2021 20:54

Tesla Model Y Pre-Production Units Start Rolling Out in Giga Texas

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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When Gigafactory Texas was starting its construction, officials in the area started to fondly describe the project’s pace as the “Speed of Elon” on account of its rapid progress.

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The theme of this year’s CIECA CONNEX conference is “Racing to the Future: The Digital Transformation of the Collision Industry.”

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Karma Automotive, a Southern California-based producer of luxury electric vehicles, on Aug. 30 announced a new designation for its suite of engineering services and contract manufacturing operations, "Powered by Karma."

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Mercury Insurance is ranked number one among insurers for overall satisfaction in the shopping segment of the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Digital Experience Study.

Monday, 30 August 2021 16:09

Axalta Announces Board Changes

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Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Aug. 30 announced Mark Garrett has stepped down as a member and chair of its Board of Directors, effective Aug. 26, due to his increasing professional commitments in Europe.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) is pleased to announce its flagship NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show scheduled for Sept. 10-12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ, will feature a free seminar by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Aug. 30 it has entered the Idaho market through the acquisition of Coachman Auto Body, with two locations that serve both the Spokane, WA and Coeur d’Alene, ID metropolitan areas.

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Nominal revenues generated by the U.S. car and truck rental industry are expected to see annual growth of 11% through 2025 from a depressed base in 2020, according to Car & Truck Rental: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports.

 

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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.

Friday, 27 August 2021 21:24

Tesla Builds First Supercharging Station in Alaska

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Alaska's first Tesla Supercharging station will be opened during the third quarter of this year.

Friday, 27 August 2021 21:01

Rivian Seeks $80B Valuation in Confidential IPO Filing

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Rivian has filed for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the SEC confidentially and is seeking an initial valuation of $80 billion, according to reports.

Friday, 27 August 2021 20:47

GM Requiring Salaried Workforce to Disclose Vaccination Status

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors is requiring all of its U.S. white-collar employees to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status as the automaker evaluates whether or not to mandate vaccination across its salaried workforce.

Friday, 27 August 2021 20:39

Tesla Making Moves to Become Electricity Provider in Texas

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The sleeping giant that is Tesla Energy is showing signs it is waking up.

Friday, 27 August 2021 18:27

Allstate vs. AGA: The Battle Over Expert Testimony

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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An Orlando judge has ordered that expert witnesses provided on both sides in the case of Allstate* vs. Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly (AGA) will be permitted to testify in the case.

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It happens every day at a busy shop. You are finishing a repair, and everything is going smoothly, and then you realize you don’t have the correct retainers and clips to complete the job.

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Opus IVS, a global leader in OEM-endorsed and aftermarket diagnostic scanning, calibration, programming and live expert support, announced Aug. 27 it had surpassed 1 million collision scans delivered through the new ScanSafe and DriveSafe family of products---well ahead of forecast.

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The National Auto Body Council® announced Aug. 27 the Second Annual NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by United Recyclers Group, LLC (URG), an association of auto recyclers with more than 675 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

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The latest edition of the LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Insurance Demand Meter reports the overall annual U.S. auto insurance shopping rate rose to 41.6% in Q2 2021, as market conditions over the past year spurred traditionally stable segments to shop their insurance. 

Thursday, 26 August 2021 21:00

Detroit Highlights Tension Over COVID Vaccine Mandates

Written by Abhijith Ganapavaram and Chris Kahn, Reuters

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Public support for stronger measures to require COVID vaccinations is strong, according to a new Reuters/IPSOS poll, but for Detroit automakers the debate over vaccination policy is far from over.

Thursday, 26 August 2021 20:53

GM Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Airbag and Pretensioner Failures

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A General Motors class action lawsuit alleges thousands of people have been killed or injured because the airbags and seat belt pretensioners failed in crashes.

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I-CAR® (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) on Aug. 26 announced plans to significantly expand its technical expertise, capacity and capabilities, providing new infrastructures to support the ongoing creation and delivery of relevant and best-in-class education for the collision repair inter-industry amid an era of extraordinary vehicle technology change.

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CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, officially cut the ribbon on its newest location in Charlotte, NC, the hometown of Driven Brands.

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

Thursday, 26 August 2021 18:24

PRI, MIS Host Successful Championship Night to Protect Motorsports

Written by SEMA Editors

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Performance Racing Industry (PRI) and Madison International Speedway (MIS) in Oregon, WI, joined forces Aug. 20 to host the SaveOurRaceCars.com Championship Night, a special event that saw three track champions crowned while uniting the racing industry in support of PRI’s Save Our Race Cars initiative.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Springfield, MO.

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Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by Tropical Storm Henri, which struck the Northeast in August.

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AAPEX and the SEMA Show, the two events that make up the automotive aftermarket industry’s premier trade gathering during the first week in November, have released information regarding health and safety measures for their respective events in Las Vegas, NV.

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Lordstown Motors Corporation, a leader in electric light-duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, announced Aug. 26 its Board of Directors has appointed Daniel A. Ninivaggi as CEO and as a member of the board, effective immediately.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is grateful to announce AutoVideoEngage has donated the use of its newly introduced Video Testimonial Marketing Platform for CIF to use in its communication efforts.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 23:16

Michigan Administration Borrows Another $800M to Fix Roads

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) closed on an additional $800 million bond issue, the second installment in her $3.5 billion plan to rebuild highways and bridges in the state.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 22:25

Georgia's EV Industry Vision Predates Biden's Order

Written by Nyamekye Daniel, The Center Square

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Georgia officials say the state is geared up for the accelerated timeline to boost electric vehicle sales recently ordered by President Joe Biden.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 21:38

House Advances Biden's Infrastructure Agenda Despite Moderate Dems' Revolt

Written by Miriam Khan, ABC News

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The House voted to approve a procedural measure Aug. 24 that will advance key parts of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda after a group of moderate Democrats threatened to unravel it all.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 21:14

Planned Ford Bronco Pickup Truck Reportedly Dead

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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It's a bit strange to report on a rumored cancelation of a rumored project, but as we've all seen over the last year, the Ford Bronco plays by its own rules.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 20:46

Ford Reveals New Return-to-Office Date, Plans for Salaried Workers

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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Ford Motor Co. is pushing back its return-to-work date for salaried employees to next year as COVID-19 cases escalate.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 20:34

Elon Musk Reiterates Tesla’s Lofty Goals for Full Self-Driving’s Safety

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla’s lofty goals for its Full Self-Driving suite were recently reiterated by CEO Elon Musk, who noted ultimately, the company is looking to develop a driver-assist system about 10 times safer than the average human driver.

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U.S. auto sales are forecast to be squeezed even tighter in August by a worsening supply situation.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 19:19

Rivian Says R1T Deliveries Will Start in September

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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Rivian was initially supposed to begin deliveries of its R1T electric pickup truck around the end of 2020. Then the date was moved to this summer, specifically in June, but the company couldn’t meet that deadline either.