U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, has signed a letter calling for an investigation into reports some Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders are prioritizing “larger and wealthier clients.”

Passenger cars have always outsold pickup trucks in the U.S. In some years, as many as 600,000 vehicles separated the two classes.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV expects to begin restarting most plants in North America the week of May 18 after reporting a net loss of $1.84 billion in the first three months of the year.

Tesla’s Fremont factory, which is responsible for the manufacturing of the Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y, may be able to resume some of its operations earlier than expected.

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 21:55

Hyundai, Kia Reopen U.S. Plants

Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia have reopened their U.S. manufacturing plants, albeit on a single shift.

In the past weeks, we’ve seen examples consistently where dealers and dealership owners are using their resources to help their communities.

Dealerships across the nation have been the source of inspiring stories that prove there are still good people out there.

New York has been one of the areas hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 15,000 deaths from COVID-19.

The Ford F-150 is critical for the automaker.

With a recently estimated reduction of more than 90% of non-essential travel, car rental companies are beginning to feel the ripple effect being caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Self-driving vehicles have long been touted as a means to drastically lower accidents and improve transportation efficiency.

The COVID-19 pandemic will exact a heavy toll on automotive manufacturers and suppliers, who will face mounting financial losses and growing debt.

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 16:10

Tractable Donates to CIF COVID-19 Fund

Tractable answered the Collision Industry Foundation's call for help for its COVID-19 relief fund in a very big way---by donating $25,000.

Recognizing the need that North Carolina and South Carolina high school and college collision school programs have, the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) has pledged to raise $250,000 in in-kind, product donations for the states' technical programs over the summer through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF.)

The Auto Care Association (ACA) announced it has joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise.

Ford outlined its global health and safety protocols April 30, sharing how best practices and input from around the world are helping to protect its workforce, dealers, customers and suppliers as it phases in the restart of its global plants.

As some states are lifting their shelter-in-place orders, many individuals are worried about carrying on as normal.

Earlier this year, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to eliminate the state’s motor vehicle safety inspection program.

Honda has begun producing and delivering critical components for the production of much-needed ventilators to Dynaflo Inc. of Reading, PA. 

New York's governor told regional represenatives to prepare to reopen from May 15, but with detailed plans to closely monitor any resurgence of the new coronavirus.

Quality is likely to suffer when the U.S. auto industry restarts and reconfigures assembly lines to conform with new rules for disinfecting and social distancing, panelists at the Society of Automotive Analysts’ online State of Automotive Recalls Summit said.

Car sales have seen a big slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is especially true for the Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle.

Recent flyovers of Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai complex indicate that work on the Model Y factory is progressing at an incredibly quick manner.

When will states loosen lockdown restrictions? We've got a running list. 

Government Employees Insurance Co., GEICO Indemnity Co., GEICO General Insurance Company and GEICO Casualty Co. (collectively GEICO) filed a complaint in Arizona Federal Court against defendants Auto Glass Express (AGE) and its owners and managers, Danielle Dean and Saxton Lafasto, for an alleged fraudulent scheme.

The Galpin team takes inspiration from the past to build a super-advanced parts truck.

The guys set a seven-day deadline to bust the rust off a '68 Ford Galaxie XL.

There was a time when the Tesla Cybertruck seemed to be headed for a head-on collision with Ford’s electric F-150 when the vehicles enter the market.

Friday, 01 May 2020 21:50

DE State Farm Agents Unite to Donate

State Farm agents in Delaware are finding ways to help their neighbors.

As if dealerships didn’t have enough to concern them nowadays because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports out of one of North Carolina’s largest cities indicated 11 dealers and a rental car facility have seen nearly 50 vehicles stolen in the past month---inventory worth more than $1 million.

Hours before some of her executive orders expired, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 30 signed a flurry of orders extending her powers and stretching the shutdown of public places, including bars and gyms through May 28.

Garmat USA, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of paint booths and refinish equipment, has joined the fight to help stop the COVID-19 epidemic, with a new idea that protects the medical provider while saving personal protective equipment (PPE.)

Investigators are working to determine what started a fire that ripped through a Newark, OH, auto body shop April 30.

Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, announced it is accepting nominations for the 2020 Women of the Year Awards.

Nearly 2,000 companies are demonstrating confidence in the specialty-equipment market's future by investing in the 2020 SEMA Show, and will participate in the priority space selection beginning May 4.

A cacophony of chaos surrounded UAW Local 276 Shop Chairman Ken Hines early April 30 as he rushed to a morning meeting with General Motors' Arlington Assembly Plant leaders.

Good Sam Insurance Agency underwriter National General Insurance announced a 15% credit on all applicable April premiums for auto, RV and motorcycle insurance policyholders, as well as a commitment from National General to donate $3M toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

There are 11 new recipients of the 2020 Women's Industry Network (WIN) College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award.

A Columbus, OH, auto body shop, for the third time, has lost an attempt to pocket money paid to it by an auto insurer for vehicle repairs that were never made.

Friday, 01 May 2020 16:40

TX Student, Gymnast Set to be I-CAR Certified Before Senior Year of High School

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Ashtin Kai Nandlal first heard about the collision repair program at Kingwood Park High School from his older brother.

Friday, 01 May 2020 16:26

NEACTC Student Refurbishes Father’s Truck During Quarantine, Determined to Excel

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Austin Bennett, 16, said he always had an interest in cars and trucks, but two years ago when he lost his best friend---his father---he knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become an auto collision technician.

Based on an extensive review with its supplier and logistics network, Toyota will postpone its ramp up of its North American manufacturing operations from the week of May 4 to the week of May 11.

Volkswagen Chattanooga has reassessed plans to resume production May 3.

Every auto tech student in the country is asking the same questions, and the answers aren’t forthcoming.

A lot of body shop owners end up being landlords, and sometimes it can be a pain in the you-know-what.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:56

Rental Giant Hertz on Verge of Bankruptcy

Global rental-car giant Hertz has been hit hard by the coronavirus and is reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

UpdatePromisePay's mobile payments feature is helping dealerships avoid COVID-19 exposure by allowing customers to pay virtually from their mobile device.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:43

St. Louis Body Shop Still Slow After Storms

When 55 to 60 mph winds whipped through South City, they ripped gutters from buildings and tree limbs from the trunks, with the debris often landing on the parked cars below.

On April 30, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will receive a donation of 50,000 face masks provided by franchise new car dealers in The Bronx, working in partnership with the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA.)

Tesla is pushing back the first deliveries of its all-electric Semi truck to 2021.

One of the most astounding but life-saving collaborations of our time is becoming a reality, as Google and Apple have teamed up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by pledging to build viable contact-tracing tools for their respective mobile operating systems.

Yet again, Detroit’s Big Three automakers are planning to push back their launch of production as the country slowly begins to emerge from the lockdown created by the coronavirus pandemic.

With Ohio and West Virginia re-opening many businesses, owners in the Ohio Valley are feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time.

LIQUI MOLY announced it has partnered to provide motor oil to Seattle area repair shops for free oil changes to more than 150 area health care professionals.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:57

GM Declines Land Option at OH Ex-Plant

General Motors has declined an option to lease back space at its former automaking plant in Lordstown, OH, but has an agreement with the facility’s new owner for some access to the property so GM can build its battery-cell plant next door.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:46

I-CAR to Host Announcement on YouTube

I-CAR CEO and President John Van Alstyne will host a virtual industry announcement at 3 p.m. CST May 6.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:08

OE Certifications Update 2020---Part 2 of 2

Earlier this month on AutobodyNews.com, we began looking at OE shop certification programs, with three shops participating in several different programs for some time, and two consultants involved with many certified shops, fully familiar with the concept and with a broad view of the industry.

The stock market can crash, but a Porsche 959 will always be rare and beautiful!

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