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Wednesday, 27 April 2022 13:46

Group Wants Chicago's Speed Camera Threshold Restored to 10 MPH Over Limit

Written by Andrew Hensel, The Center Square

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A group called Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras is calling on the Chicago City Council to take action to reverse a measure that reduced the threshold for sending a speeding ticket from 10 to 6 mph over the speed limit.

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When automakers report sales the first week of May, there will be little talk of spring growth.

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The Caliber family of brands, including Caliber Collision, alongside Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, will launch its 11th annual Restoring You™ Food Drive on May 2.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 10:26

Ford F-150 Lightning Production Target Increased to Meet Demand

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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Ford announced April 26 the F-150 Lightning electric pickup officially entered production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan, the traditional home of the F-150, where the truck has been made since 1948.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 09:50

Mid-Michigan Auto Body Shops Pushing Repairs Back Amid Parts Shortage

Written by Cody Butler, WILX-TV News 10

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Getting in a car crash, even a minor one, is now being compounded into an even worse experience.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 09:43

Ford Teases Second EV Pickup Truck During F-150 Lightning Launch Event

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Ford CEO Jim Farley teased a second electric pickup truck during the April 26 launch event for the F-150 Lightning. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 09:02

Hail Damage Repairs Overwhelm Arkansas Auto Body Shop, 200 Vehicles on Waitlist

Written by Shelby Rose, KATV News

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Two weeks after severe weather rolled through Arkansas, leaving behind considerable hail damage, one auto repair shop said it's backed up for months.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced April 27 the addition of Collision Pro to its growing Montana footprint.

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SkillsUSA heads to Atlanta this year for the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) on June 20-24.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. on April 27 reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 26.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 15:21

GM's First Quarter Net Income Slides, but CEO Says GM to Hike Production

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors reported first-quarter earnings dipped slightly compared with its results a year ago as the industry faced ongoing supply chain issues that disrupted production, limiting supply.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 14:24

3M Reports First-Quarter 2022 Results

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3M on April 26 reported first-quarter 2022 results.

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The North American International Auto Show---aka Detroit Auto Show---on April 26 announced a peek behind the curtain of its first-ever indoor-outdoor fall auto show, including plans for dynamic vehicle activations, free community activities downtown, Charity Preview’s return and a rebranded logo for the iconic Detroit show.  

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In 2021, New York enacted a bill into law---the SLEEP Act---that aims to crack down on excessively loud vehicles.

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At the 2022 Memphis International Auto Show, Ford Motor Company and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced an historic agreement that will propel economic development, education and conservation throughout the mid-south.

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Though only 29% of buyers applied for financing online for their most recent vehicle purchase, 96% of those surveyed are willing to do so, according to a new study published by Cox Automotive.

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Hyundai Motor America announced its new corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, with a $15,000 donation to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

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April 26 marked the launch of the all-new, electric F-150 Lightning pickup---a milestone moment in America’s shift to electric vehicles.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 09:20

75% of EVs Sold in U.S. in Q1 Were Teslas

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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According to Kelley Blue Book’s (KKB) data, Tesla dominated the U.S. electric vehicle market in the first quarter, accounting for 75% of all EVs sold between January and March. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 08:46

Panel Calls for Increasing MA Auto Body Labor Rates

Written by Christian M. Wade, The Eagle-Tribune

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Labor rates at Massachusetts auto body shops have been stagnant for years, according to a new report, which calls on Beacon Hill to increase how much private insurers pay for repairs to help support the struggling industry.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 08:39

SIXT Adds Charlotte, Baltimore to Footprint

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Global mobility and provider SIXT has expanded its U.S. presence on the East Coast with a move announced April 19, adding Baltimore, MD, and Charlotte, NC, branches.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 08:21

GM Gets Dozens of SUVs Across Ukraine Border to Help Move People

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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In late March, Ukraine government leaders approached General Motors with a special request: It needed big vehicles to move people out of war zones. 

Monday, 25 April 2022 15:15

Elon Musk, Twitter Reach Agreement for Sale of Social Media Platform

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Following Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to complete a buyout of social media platform Twitter, the company’s board has decided to accept the offer of $54.20 per share.

Monday, 25 April 2022 14:26

Raging Fire Destroys Auto Body Shop in Andersonville, IL

Written by Abigail Andrews

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An investigation was underway April 23 into what led to a massive fire that destroyed a body shop in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, authorities said.

Monday, 25 April 2022 14:17

Q1 Rental Fleet Sales Were as Bad as We Thought

Written by Chris Brown, Auto Rental News

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Sales into car rental fleets for the first quarter of 2022 totaled 164,383 units, according to data collected by Bobit.

Monday, 25 April 2022 14:07

GM to Produce Electrified Chevy Corvette Next Year, All-Electric Variant to Follow

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

 

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It’s now confirmed. America’s homegrown sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, is going electric.

Monday, 25 April 2022 13:32

Third of Small Businesses Consider Shutting Doors as Inflation, Economic Woes Raise Pressure

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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As inflation continues to soar, small businesses are growing increasingly worried about their ability to survive in this economy.

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AirPro Diagnostics, the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and cost effective ADAS calibration solutions, is proud to announce the appointment of Fred Iantorno as vice president of strategic solutions.

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Power Ford is among an elite group of Ford dealerships nationwide to be recognized as a recipient of Ford Motor Company's President's Award.

Monday, 25 April 2022 12:21

Honda to Sell 800,000 EVs in North America by 2030

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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According to Automotive News, Honda is beginning plans to make the switch to producing electric cars in North America.

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The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) on April 25 announced the creation of a new, optional Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) career path for collision repair professionals.

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GM on April 25 announced a feature standard in its Ultium-based EVs that captures and repurposes waste energy from the battery.

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3M on April 25 announced it has acquired the technology assets of LeanTec, a provider of digital inventory management solutions for the automotive aftermarket segment in the U.S. and Canada.

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Hertz on April 25 announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to modernize and digitize the Hertz customer experience and key components of its new mobility platform including enhanced data analytics and vehicle telematics capabilities.

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The National Auto Body Council® (NABC) on April 23 announced the launch of campaign to raise awareness about distracted driving with the help of partner PPG and its NTT INDYCAR® SERIES driver, Josef Newgarden

Monday, 25 April 2022 09:20

Tesla Model Y Crashes Into a $3.5 Million Jet After Being ‘Summoned’

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

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A new video surfaced on Reddit showing a Tesla vehicle crashing into a $3.5 million Cirrus Vision jet after being "summoned" in a precarious way by the owner at a Cirrus event at Felts Field airport in Spokane, WA.

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The new TC33 series of tire changers from Hunter Engineering was designed with efficient functionality in mind.

Friday, 22 April 2022 11:59

Blackstone’s Service King Nears Out-of-Court Deal to Ease Debts

Written by Rachel Butt and Katherine Doherty, Bloomberg Quint

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Auto collision repair company Service King, suffering from rising costs and labor shortages, is nearing an out-of-court deal to ease its debt load ahead of a looming bond maturity, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

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In various ABRA Auto Body locations around the country, some facility owners are turning to solar power to decrease their environmental footprint and grow their bottom line.

Friday, 22 April 2022 10:47

Tesla Giga Texas Shows Initial Stream of Freshly-Built Model Y

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

 

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More freshly-minted Tesla Model Y vehicles were spotted on Giga Texas grounds recently.

Friday, 22 April 2022 10:38

GM Stops Offering Battery Replacement for Chevy Spark EV

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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Chevrolet gave the market the cheap electric runabout that it needed with the Spark EV, a fully-electric vehicle based on the Spark city car launched in 2009 and sold under several different GM brands.

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As the world commemorates Earth Day, the need for ambitious climate action has become increasingly urgent. 

 

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Sometimes OEMs have detailed procedures about the steps to properly install adhesive-backed emblems in the correct location.

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With the support of BrightDrop and FedEx, BrightDrop Zevo 600 driver Stephen Marlin achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for greatest distance traveled by an electric van on a single charge, with a journey from New York City to Washington, D.C.

Friday, 22 April 2022 09:35

Lincoln Unveils Star Concept EV, Plans for 3 Fully Electric Vehicles by 2025

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Lincoln unveiled its Star Concept EV to showcase its “captivating, dynamic new face---revealing the brand’s vision for connected, electrified vehicles.”

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In the Bay Area, hybrid and electric vehicles are as common as cable cars and tech moguls, but that doesn’t mean there are just as many qualified collision repair facilities ready to restore them after a collision.

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Aside from brand-new cars en route to customers, there were plenty of privately owned vehicles.

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

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on April 21 reported record first quarter earnings per share.

Thursday, 21 April 2022 11:20

Automotive Specialty-Equipment Sales Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

Written by Ashley Reyes, SEMA

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The specialty-equipment industry continues to experience strong growth and demand as the U.S. puts COVID-19 in the rearview mirror.

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Indiana and Ohio will hold their 2022 primary elections May 3, and it’s important to know which candidates support racing when going to the polls or voting early.

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LexisNexis® Risk Solutions on April 21 released its 2022 U.S. Auto Insurance Trends Report, which aggregates annual market data about driving behaviors, auto insurance shopping, underwriting and claims to help insurers better navigate a myriad of evolving trends impacting the U.S. auto insurance industry.

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Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) is excited to announce GSB Industries has joined its automotive and truck refinish distribution team, bolstering GFS’s ability to provide extraordinary service to auto body shops and collision repair centers in Georgia and Tennessee.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced a new closing April 21---the acquisition of Uptown Collision in Houston, TX. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 16:03

BMW Says Tesla's Electric Vehicle Dominance is Over

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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BMW has ambitious plans for electric vehicles, projecting that at least one of every two sales by 2030 will be fully electric. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 15:49

Tesla Model 3 Fleet Chosen as New Law Enforcement Vehicle in Texas County

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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A fleet of Tesla Model 3s will now be the patrol vehicles for Dallas County, TX, law enforcement officers.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 15:26

Tesla Q1 2022 Earnings Results: Another Beat with 19% Operating Profit and Margin

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla’s first-quarter 2022 earnings saw the company post a challenging yet impressive quarter.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 14:55

Maine Sending $850 Relief Checks to Residents

Written by Christian Wade, The Center Square

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Hundreds of thousands of Maine residents will be getting $850 relief checks this year after Gov. Janet Mills signed a $1.2 billion supplemental budget package April 20.