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Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:03

On The Lighter Side: Motorious Stories Of Fire And Water

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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These elements are not kind on collector cars!

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 16:37

These Companies in Gardner, MA, Were First to 'Drive' Up Local Interest

Written by Mike Richard, The Gardner News

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Dirt roads formed the confines of Gardner, MA, back in the 1800s, and if you sought transportation, it was primarily via the horse and wagon.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 16:15

Colorado Springs Auto Repair Shop Shuts After 64 Years

Written by Jessica Snouwaert, The Gazette

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Elwood Buster II's workspace for over 40 years at Speedometer and Alternator Service Co. could be a goldmine or a heap of junk. It depends on your point of view.

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FinishMaster, Inc., a leading provider of automotive and industrial paint, coatings and related products, announced a reorganization to its sales team, transitioning from regional-based to a customer-focused sales structure.

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Service King Collision is set to introduce a sustainable, energy-efficient approach to the collision repair industry in San Antonio when it opens a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility at 7507 W. Loop 1604 N. in Alamo Ranch in early January 2022.

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Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, on Aug. 25 announced its collaboration with Inspektlabs.

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Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company, on Aug. 24 announced the opening of two new pilot plants, in addition to the conversion of its current operation in Worcester, MA, to support the company's overall expansion and to service new customers. 

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Perrone Robotics, Inc., a leading provider of fully autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and turnkey vehicle solutions for the mobility of people and things, and Local Motors Inc., the world's leader in shared electric autonomous shuttles, have signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement.

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LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc., an e-commerce and facilities-based automotive retailer in the U.S., on Aug. 24 announced its entry into a definitive acquisition agreement for a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Tennessee, generating approximately $42 million in annualized revenue and $1.4 million in adjusted EBITDA.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 18:54

Ford Doubles F-150 Lightning Production Target to More than 80K Annually for 2024

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Ford has doubled the production target for the F-150 Lightning to more than 80,000 vehicles annually in 2024.

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Michael Clark, automotive technology instructor at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA, has been named the Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year.

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Lithia & Driveway on Aug. 24 announced the acquisition of Rock Honda, a Top 20 Honda New Volume Dealer in the U.S.

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Since the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal on Aug. 4, the U.S. Small Business Administration has received more than 340,000 submissions from borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less, highlighting Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman’s priority of rushing relief to the smallest of small businesses and far exceeding expectations. 

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CAWA, representing the auto parts industry, is hosting its annual dinner to celebrate its Memorial Scholarship Fund, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Venetian Resort-Las Vegas, NV. 

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:39

Tesla's Impact Report Compares Fires Between Teslas, Gas Cars

Written by Charles Morris, EVANNEX

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When a vehicle catches fire, it’s usually no more newsworthy than a dog bite---unless of course, that vehicle is an electric car. 

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Detroit-based Rocket Auto, a digital automotive retail marketplace and part of Rocket Companies, on Aug. 24 introduced RocketAuto.com, a website with a primary focus on providing a simple and transparent car buying experience.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 15:27

Dodge to Show Electric Muscle Car Concept in 2022

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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Dodge’s electrification plans are cause for concern for the brand’s traditional customer base, and the company is well aware of that.

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U.S. manufacturers' shipments in nominal terms are forecast to advance 3.8% per year through 2025 from a depressed 2020 base, according to Manufacturing: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports.

Monday, 23 August 2021 22:39

GM Idles Bolt EV Plant for Lack of Chips as Semiconductor Shortage Threatens Wave of Battery Car Launches

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau

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Operations at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion Township, MI, ground to a halt Aug. 23 and will remained idled until at least Aug. 30.

Monday, 23 August 2021 22:19

The Paradox of ‘Clean’ EVs and the ‘Dirty’ Lithium Mining Business

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

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Electrical vehicles (EVs) are commonly hailed as something of a panacea to combating the issue of climate change. By dispensing with "dirty" and polluting combustion engines, these all-electric modes of transport are, so it is claimed, just the ticket for a greener, more sustainable future.

 

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Nearly eight months ago, Mitch Barrett was researching spray guns as the head painter at Santa Margarita Auto Body in California. He learned about the 3M™ Performance Spray Gun from Stan Ehresmann, a regional business manager at 3M.

Monday, 23 August 2021 21:23

Toyota Finally Slashes North American Production

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The latest victim in the ongoing microprocessor chip shortage for the automotive industry is Toyota’s North American operations.

Monday, 23 August 2021 21:12

California Dealer Whose Tech Took Corvette for 148 MPH Joyride Gives Owner New One

Written by Adrian Padeanu, Motor1.com

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Originally introduced with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, the Performance Data Recorder wasn't developed to catch dealer technicians racing customer cars on public roads.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced the next installment in its popular free Elite Webinar Series: “Grow Your Own Skilled Technicians & Perform Better."

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) is excited for the return of a live and in-person NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, Sept. 10-12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

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General Motors is voluntarily expanding the current Chevrolet Bolt EV recall to cover the remaining 2019 and all 2020-2022 model year vehicles, including the Bolt EUV.

 

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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, 20 August 2021 17:44

‘Tesla Bot’ Prototype Will Arrive in 2022, Elon Musk Says

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla will launch the Tesla Bot prototype in 2022, CEO Elon Musk announced during the Artificial Intelligence Event the company held Aug. 19 at its Palo Alto headquarters.

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While the automotive finance market remained resilient amid the pandemic, it saw its fair share of change.

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Bay Area News Group has recognized the Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG), the Bay Area's largest family-owned automotive group, as one of the Top Workplaces of 2021, marking the 11th consecutive year DGDG has achieved this honor.  

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CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, recently recognized five parts procurement team members at four CARSTAR locations across the U.S. for their performance, dedication and contribution to successful operations through a promotion sponsored by Original One Parts™.

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The National Auto Body Council® (NABC) has named a new member to its Board of Directors, filling an open position.

Friday, 20 August 2021 16:48

Attorneys in Subaru Windshield Case Request $515,000 Fee

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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How much do attorneys representing Subaru car owners suing the car-maker for allegedly defective glass want? More than a half million dollars.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 23:09

2021 SEMA Show Update: SEMA Affirms Commitment to Outstanding Show in November

Written by SEMA Editors

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“At a time when COVID is back in the headlines, SEMA wants you to know that the association is 100% committed to holding the 2021 SEMA Show, Nov. 2–5, and showcasing two years of product innovations, vehicle trends and industry-leading education," said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 21:38

EV Automakers Seek Mining Deals to Secure Battery Metal Supplies

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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EV automakers are seeking to ink mining deals to secure metal supplies for battery production.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of four collision repair centers in Wisconsin.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 20:34

Get Used to High Car Prices: Auto Production Isn't Returning to Normal

Written by Chris Isadore, CNN

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This quarter was supposed to be when computer chip supply and auto production were returning to normal.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 20:26

Mom and Son Accused of Luxury Car Thefts

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Law enforcement in Fort Bend County, TX, say they’ve arrested a mother and her son, accused of being involved in a lucrative luxury car theft ring.

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DCR Systems announced a partnership with National Coatings and Supplies (NCS), a leading paint, body and equipment (PBE) distributor with an established national presence.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 18:03

Sticker Shock: Owning a New Vehicle Costs Nearly $10,000 Annually

Written by Ellen Edmonds, AAA

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According to the latest research from AAA, the average annual cost of new vehicle ownership is $9,666, or $805.50 per month.

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Kustomine, a cloud-based software start-up company established in 2020 that provides a paperless customer experience, has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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General Motors and AT&T will bring 5G cellular connectivity to millions of GM vehicles coming off the assembly line over the next decade in the U.S.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 16:58

Tesla Secures Hard-Fought Win for Owners in CT, but Battle for Sales Continues

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla has secured a hard-fought win in Connecticut for its planned service center, but its battle for direct sales in the state continues.

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A campaign by Walser Automotive Group is driving more than $100,000 to nonprofits in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan and Wichita, KS regions.

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, a leading premier collision repairer, is celebrating its growth as ABRA Grand Rapids moves into a brand new 22,500-square foot state-of-the-art facility.

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Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech®, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced support for the recent positioning statement released from the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), AutomotiveAftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and Auto Care Association taking a unified position on multi-brand scan tools in the aftermarket.  

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Aug. 5 it will soon propose robust new fuel economy standards.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 21:57

New-Vehicle Supply Still Low but Starting to Stabilize

Written by Vehicle Remarketing Staff

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After slumping to historic lows in July, new-vehicle inventory, based on days of supply, showed signs of stabilizing as the U.S. industry entered August, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data released Aug. 11.

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The unpopular vehicle emissions program in several Middle Tennessee counties as well as Hamilton County is finally ending after approval was given by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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New York State and Village of Carthage police responded at 7:26 a.m. Aug. 16 to a reported shooting incident that occurred at Bailey’s Auto Refinishing, located at 789 West End Ave. in Carthage.

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Odyssey Investment Partners announced it has acquired Painters Supply & Equipment Co., a leading specialty distributor of paint, coatings and related consumables serving the automotive refinish, commercial and diversified industrial markets.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 20:13

California Truly Now a Golden State for Dealership Growth

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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When Urban Science released statistics and insights from its 2021 Mid-Year Automotive Franchise Activity Report (FAR), analysts said “an interesting observation is that California has returned to the list of most active states adding the dealerships.”

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While most electric vehicle (EV) owners primarily charge their vehicles at home, public charging is a significant part of the EV ownership experience.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 18:02

Used Car Prices Aren’t Skyrocketing Like Before

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Many in the media are doing a victory lap at the moment because in July, used car prices in the U.S. increased only 0.2%.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 17:47

Classic Car Restorer Indicted on Fraud Charges

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A Fresno, CA, businessman offering classic car restoration services to the community under the name West Coast Chassis LLC was recently indicted on fraud charges, announced U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 17:36

Monterey Car Week Auctions Pull Big Numbers, Breaks Records

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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2021 marked the return of Monterey Car Week, after 2020 coronavirus restrictions knocked out any chance of it happening.

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FCA US LLC was sentenced Aug. 17 in federal court in Detroit after pleading guilty in March to conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, also known as the Taft-Hartley Act, by making more than $3.5 million in illegal payments to officers of the UAW between 2009 and 2016. 

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 16:58

Rivian Could Get $440M Tax Incentive for 2,000-Acre Texas Facility

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Rivian could benefit from a $440 million tax incentive from the City of Fort Worth, TX, if it meets specific requirements.