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Nevada saw a record number of daily new COVID-19 cases on July 15, just as Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a face covering mandate for people going out in public.

In a major step as they move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the combination agreement announced in December, Peugeot S.A. (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced the corporate name of the new group will be Stellantis.

Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:00

Industry Legend Dick Schoonover Dies

Dick Schoonover, of Woodbury, MN, who grew his family auto body shop into a nationally-recognized company while helping to advance the collision repair industry as a whole, died July 9, 2020. He was 84.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 23:24

AL Gov. Issues Statewide Mask Order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order.

I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced July 15 the addition of renowned collision repair industry veteran Jeff Peevy to its executive leadership team as vice president of technical products, programs and services.

With more workers shifting to telecommuting and working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, technology companies are taking advantage.

Louisiana’s $275 million grant program to reimburse small businesses for COVID-19-related expenses likely will run out of money before it runs out of applicants, State Treasurer John Schroder said July 14.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 14 extended her COVID-19 emergency and disaster declaration. The extension will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 11.

With south Florida the nation’s COVID-19 hot spot, Miami County mayors told Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 14 they could not issue emergency closures even if they had to.

None of Washington's 39 counties may progress to a further phase of reopening before July 28 under new orders from Gov. Jay Inslee.

The number of potential buyers simply walking through the showroom doors already was declining even before the coronavirus pandemic arrived.

Cheryl Miller, who in April had been granted a leave of absence from her position as AutoNation’s president and CEO for health reasons, has decided not to return and has resigned from AutoNation and its board of directors, a move that was effective July 14.

In a country as large and diverse as the U.S., each state offers a range of pros and cons across a number of aspects. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 21:27

Caliber Appoints New VP of Glass Operations

Caliber Collision recently announced it has appointed Mark Turner as its glass operations vice president.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza denied Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in its assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud lawsuit July 13.

The last few days have been “utter chaos” for Troy Waller, who owns Troy Waller Auto Body in Fort Dodge, IA.

Ford on July 13 unveiled the 2021 Bronco, including a classic two-door and first-ever four-door, the flagship of an all-new family of rugged off-road vehicles.

As Ford prepares to unleash the 2021 Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler has no intentions of giving up its customers easily.

After nonessential New York City businesses were forced to shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many owners filed interruption claims, only to be denied by insurers.

General Motors Co. has a problem with absenteeism at its vital truck plants just when it needs every single body it can get on the assembly line.

The site of Tesla’s Cybertruck Gigafactory has not been finalized yet, though reports suggest there are now only two cities under consideration: Austin, TX, and Tulsa, OK.

Chilton Auto Body, a leading collision repair organization with 12 locations in the California Bay Area, announced the hiring of two industry leaders and other organizational changes to support the expansion of the business.

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee on July 1 turned in 24,000 signatures to the Secretary of State regarding a ballot question that would mandate car companies provide car owners with control of repair data generated by their vehicles.

Recently, two deserving Dallas veterans experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, along with car donors State Farm and Allstate and collision repair partners Gerber and Service King.

Scanning and diagnostics are quickly becoming the fastest-growing segments of vehicle repair.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Porter's Kearney Body Shop, located at 104 W. Main St., Kearney, MO 64060.

CSN Collision Centres (CSN) and 1Collision Network have announced the merger of their business operations.

Congratulations to Stacey Phillips, freelance contributor at Autobody News, for receiving an award for her column, “Solving the Tech Shortage.”

Classic Collision, LLC., an Atlanta-based multi-site collision repair operator, announced it is has acquired H&M Auto Body in Miami, FL.

Monday, 13 July 2020 22:51

On the Lighter Side: 17 Futuristic Car Designs from Visionaries of the Past

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

Here are 17 interesting futuristic car designs from the past that will bring a smile to your face.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) held its first-ever virtual training meeting on July 9 to provide member shops with the proper resources and direction needed in order to bring their employees back to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OEConnection (OEC), the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced it has acquired NuGenIT, Inc., a software company specializing in body shop and collision industry optimization tools.

Audi Start-Stop system malfunctions have caused a class action lawsuit that alleges the vehicles are too dangerous to drive for Audi owners, occupants and all others on the roads.

Heavy D surprises the mechanics with his latest build: a tank.

Tesla officially has a higher valuation than Toyota, Volkswagen and Honda combined thanks to a significant surge in the electric automaker’s stock price over the past week.

SEMA joined with dozens of other trade associations in urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to forgive all PPP loans that are less than $150,000.

Nominations for the 2020 SEMA Person of the Year Award are now being accepted at sema.org/awards.

Erica Carr of Wolf Lake, NY, submitted postcards, from around 1926 to 1928, showing photos of Post Garage Co., Inc., that was at 88-92 West Main Street in Middletown.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Treasury Department last week released the names of 4.9 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipient businesses and nonprofits that received $150,000 or more.

With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations last week, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated July 10 that things will continue to get worse.

When industry veteran Erick Bickett was growing up, he aspired to be an airline pilot like his dad. He realized that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him.

Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire Zoox, a ride-hailing group that developes autonomous technology from the ground up with passengers front-of-mind.

Collision repairers around the country aren’t sitting still as business conditions continued to evolve as summer began.

A friend of mine who owns a body shop always swore marketing and advertising were a waste of time and money, but now he’s singing the blues.

U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Thom Tillis, R-NC, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, Senate Banking Committee members, introduced the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, bipartisan legislation to streamline forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Gigafactory may be experiencing some speed bumps as of late, but the project is also making headway in some key areas.

While no financial endeavor is invincible, it turns out the brand and business acumen of actor/producer Mark Wahlberg might be the perfect storm for success in the auto industry.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, has introduced legislation to create the National Institute of Manufacturing, which would streamline national manufacturing programs.

According to the California Highway Patrol, since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, vehicle theft investigators and detectives have witnessed a significant rise in auto fraud. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in Detroit on July 8 granted FCA’s motion to dismiss what the company’s lawyers called a baseless lawsuit.

Lucid Motors has revealed it will open 20 retail locations and service centers across North America by the end of 2021.

With vehicle service contract companies and auto repair facilities ranking as some of the most distrusted industries by consumers, two companies in those spaces said they are committed to working together to change this reputation by providing transparency and higher levels of quality in vehicle repair.

Unsuspecting drivers in the Chicago and Houston areas are scammed out of hundreds to thousands of dollars due to the deceitful deeds of tow truck drivers, according to special agents of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Although the tough times shops are experiencing in some markets aren’t over, the summer has brought some sunnier trends for the industry. 

Autel US has released three calibration expansion packages for its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibration frame systems, the Standard Calibration System and the MA600 Mobile Calibration System that expand the vehicle and device coverage of these highly successful calibration solutions.

When reports were first coming from China in early January regarding the coronavirus, Dave Gunderson, vice president of 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD), said the company saw the writing on the wall.

The Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud lawsuit between Government Employees Insurance Co., GEICO Indemnity Co., GEICO General Insurance Company and GEICO Casualty Co. (collectively GEICO) and defendants Smart Ride (originally organized under the name Chipio Windshield Repair LLC), Andrew Baker, Gerald Salko, Lawrence Tenebaum and Michael Meryash (all of whom controlled Smart Ride), the Baumer Group LLC, Stealing Home LLC and Rekaba LLC reached a settlement, and the case is expected to be dismissed.

General Motors Co. announced July 8 the appointment of Steve Carlisle, 58, as executive vice president and president, North America, effective Sept. 1.

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