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Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:41

Vroom Data Makes Case for Used EV Growth

Written by Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing

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The acronym ACES or CASE is often used in the auto industry to describe, in some form or fashion, the emerging role of connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:26

By the Numbers: VINs and Parts Do Not Always Match

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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In early 2020, AGRR magazine explored the disconnect between vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and the NAGS numbers they identify. These issues have persisted into 2021.

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In partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and famed custom car builder Ringbrothers, Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) announced more than $13,000 was raised last month in a helicopter golf ball drop fundraiser.

Monday, 22 November 2021 22:50

Chevy Bolt Software Update to Limit Charge to 80%, Drop Restrictions

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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General Motors has announced a software update for Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV owners to address the electric vehicle’s battery fire problem.

Monday, 22 November 2021 18:55

Tesla Facilities at Giga Texas Move Closer to Operation Following New Filings

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla is moving closer to starting the manufacturing of its all-electric vehicles at its new facility near Austin, Gigafactory Texas.

Monday, 22 November 2021 18:29

Ford, Rivian Abandon Joint EV Development Plans

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Ford ditched plans to jointly develop electric vehicles with Rivian, and both companies will focus on their own EV projects.

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Recently, a deserving East Amherst, NY, family was presented with a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with car donor GEICO and Gabe’s Collision Center.

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The Automotive Service Association has named Mike McManus, association management veteran and sales manager, as the new regional executive director of the Great Lakes Region of ASA.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced Nov. 22 the reservation limit for the Mullen FIVE EV Crossover has been increased to 25,000 initial reservations.

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The latest edition of the LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Insurance Demand Meter reports the overall annual U.S. auto insurance shopping growth rate decreased to -3.9% for Q3 2021.

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The Carolinas Collision Association, in partnership with the Tennessee and Gulf States collision associations, are holding the first Southeast Collision Conference in Richburg, SC, at the Gateway Conference Center.

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On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, the culmination of months of negotiation over the bill, which totals $1.2 trillion and includes $550 billion in new money for the nation’s infrastructure.

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Despite ongoing disruptions in the economy, 70% of specialty-equipment manufacturers report sales growth over the past year, according to the new "State of the Industry—Fall 2021" report from SEMA.

Friday, 19 November 2021 21:13

Tesla Recalls Model S, Model X Vehicles Over Airbags

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Tesla is recalling about 7,600 model year 2021 Model X and Model S vehicles because the driver's airbag cushions may tear when the airbags deploy.

Friday, 19 November 2021 20:40

Tesla Tanks in Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla has a knack for not performing well in some reliability and dependability surveys, and the most recently released assessment from Consumer Reports continued that trend after the electric automaker finished 27th out of 28 total brands.

Friday, 19 November 2021 20:32

Tesla Launches First Supercharger in Alaska

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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The first Tesla Supercharging station in Alaska, announced over the summer, is officially open and ready for use in beautiful winter scenery.

 

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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, 19 November 2021 19:16

GM Partners with Suppliers to Find a Chips Fix in North America

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors may have a solution to its semiconductor chip problem.

Friday, 19 November 2021 18:21

Chevrolet Bolt EV, Bolt EUV Plant Down for Rest of the Year

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant where the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV are made will remain down the rest of the year.

Friday, 19 November 2021 18:06

Apple Reportedly Accelerating Car Development, Wants Model to Be Fully Autonomous

Written by Michael Gauthier, CarScoops

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The Apple Car is the unicorn of the automotive industry as it’s often talked about, but never seen.

Friday, 19 November 2021 17:58

Detroit Dealers React to GM Taking Away Heated Seats and Steering Wheels

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors dealers in metro Detroit face a new challenge to selling cars.

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A leader in auto collision repair across 39 states, Caliber Collision announced a new strategic relationship with Bosch, the leading global supplier of automotive aftermarket components and service solutions.

Friday, 19 November 2021 17:42

Dealership Profits Breaking Records During Car Shortage

Written by Sean Tucker, Kelley Blue Book

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America’s car dealers have spent most of 2021 struggling to find enough cars to sell. But they’re not hurting. They’re shattering profitability records.

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On Nov. 18, three Tennessee-based companies, along with Allstate and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, teamed up to make life easier for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.

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Maaco Fort Myers in Florida proudly donated $2,500 to the Pace Center for Girls, thanks to overwhelming community support.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Nov. 19 it has acquired two collision repair centers in the San Diego metro area owned and operated by collision industry veteran Dan Greenwald and his family.

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Doug Slattery, president of Automotive Technology, Inc., (ATI) is once again spearheading the Annual Toys For Tots toy drive for AASP-Missouri

Thursday, 18 November 2021 21:08

Biden: GM Electrified the Auto Industry, Detroit is EV World Leader

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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President Joe Biden toured GM’s Factory ZERO EV plant in Detroit for its grand opening Nov. 17 and even got to have some fun behind the wheel of a 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickup.

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North Dakota, Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky and North Carolina have the most cost-effective highway systems, according to the Annual Highway Report published Nov. 18 by Reason Foundation.

Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:32

Biden Infrastructure Law Makes Adaptive Headlights Legal in U.S.

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com

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After considerable deliberation from both sides of the congressional aisle, President Joe Biden signed the expansive $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law.

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BorgWarner Thermal Systems has been awarded a grant to grow its electric vehicle business and is set to launch a new high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) at its existing facility in Cadillac, MI. 

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Semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc. (GF) and Ford Motor Company on Nov. 18 announced a strategic collaboration to advance semiconductor manufacturing and technology development within the U.S., aiming to boost chip supplies for Ford and the U.S. automotive industry.

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Car insurance comparison platform Insurify has released its second annual "Insuring the American Driver" report, revealing a 12% increase in car insurance costs in 2021 compared to 2020.

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On Nov. 3, a deserving Wilson, NC veteran was presented with a vehicle to help provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, car donor GEICO® and CARSTAR Don’s Auto Body of Rocky Mount, located outside of Raleigh, NC.

Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:19

OSHA Halts Implementation of Workplace Vaccine Mandate After Court Order

Written by Dan McCaleb, The Center Square

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is temporarily suspending enforcement of the Biden administration's private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Maaco held its 2021 virtual summit Nov. 17, themed "The Power of Better."

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On Oct. 28, a deserving Cleveland recipient was presented with a vehicle to help provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, car donor Farmers Insurance® and CARSTAR North Ridgeville in suburban Cleveland.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and LP Building Solutions, a leader in high-performance building solutions, recently partnered with The Crayon Initiative and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation to donate crayons to children hospitalized at Atrium Health Cabarrus.

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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) on Nov. 17 announced plans to begin construction next year on its new 300-millimeter semiconductor wafer fabrication plants---or "fabs"---in Sherman, TX.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 23:11

Used Car Prices Increase in October

Written by Chris Teague, J.D. Power

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It’s no secret the auto market has been in uncharted waters in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic and microchip shortages have thrown major kinks into supply chains worldwide, making it difficult for automakers’ production lines to keep pace with buyer demand.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 22:52

Myrtle Beach, SC, Car Dealership About to Build a Nearly $20M New Location 

Written by Alan Blondin, The Sun News

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The Myrtle Beach Hyundai dealership has outgrown its U.S. 501 location, and franchise owner Freddie Hyatt is about to begin construction on a new location he said will cost nearly $20 million.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 22:43

GPK Auctions Welcomes First East Coast SEMA Event

Written by John Puckett, Motorious

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GPK Auctions is excited to welcome Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) to the Atlantic City Auction & Car Show, which will take place Feb. 10-12, 2022, at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Nov. 16 announced drivers should expect lower costs and more savings for their auto insurance policies over the previous year. 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 21:29

Snowplow Driver Shortage Affecting Several States Ahead of Winter

Written by Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wasted no time in preparing to keep the roads clear during the approaching winter season---the salt barns are stocked, the trucks are prepped and all the pre-checks are done.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:49

On The Lighter Side: Three Modified American Legends Go Head To Head

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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These incredible supercharged American beasts are competing for the title of fastest modified domestic muscle car.

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In an automotive market beset by supply shortages and record high prices, more vehicle shoppers than ever have begun shopping for vehicle financing before ever setting foot in a dealership.

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Kia's all-new 2022 EV6 crossover recently made Guiness World Records history, traveling 2,880.5 miles with the shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle.

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The U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing entitled “A Discussion with Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.”

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 19:16

Carvana Arrives in Iowa with Des Moines Debut

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, continues to expand its presence in the Midwest, debuting in Iowa with as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery to Des Moines.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 19:00

Port of LA Officials Report Backlog Improvement Ahead of Holiday Season

Written by Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square

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Officials from the Port of Los Angeles said Nov. 16 they’d seen a “significant improvement” at the backlogged port in recent weeks, reporting a 25% drop in the number of import containers at the docks ahead of the holiday season.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 18:38

The Boring Company Fort Lauderdale Loop Will Cost as Much as a ‘Cup of Coffee’

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Boring Company (TBC) and Fort Lauderdale continue to negotiate the terms for the Las Olas Loop project, expected to help the city with congestion.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 18:19

Tesla’s Original Home State Hits 1M EV Milestone as Electric Cars Become CA’s Biggest Export

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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California officially sold 1 million electric vehicles in November, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC) Chair David Hochschild.

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General Motors marks a major milestone Nov. 17 in its commitment to an all-electric future as President Joe Biden, International UAW and UAW Local 22 leadership, plant employees and other officials join together to celebrate the grand opening of the Factory ZERO EV assembly plant.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 17:23

Outbound Sector Faces Capacity Crisis as Production Rebounds, Says Nissan

Written by Marcus Williams, Automotive Logistics

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There are positive, albeit early signs, that vehicle production is recovering in North America. 

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In November, OEConnection (OEC) confirmed it recently acquired VeriFacts Automotive and Assured Performance Network.

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Sales of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. are on track to set an all-time record in 2021, with sales up more than 88% through the end of September.

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Earnhardt Hyundai is launching its annual toy drive to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley (BGCAZ).

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AirPro Diagnostics, the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, is proud to announce a strategic partnership agreement with Vehicle Services Group (VSG)/Chief Automotive, naming AirPro as a provider of services for its Mosaic system.