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A longtime Michigan powertrain components plant now has a new name and an expanded production line that aligns with Ford’s commitment to an electric future.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 21:43

Jaguar XE Recalled for Missing Welds

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Jaguar is recalling three model year 2017-2018 and 2020 Jaguar XE vehicles that received replacement rear rail assemblies as part of service repairs.

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On May 13, exactly 14 months---or 426 days---after the U.S declared a national emergency due to COVID-19, the CDC announced fully-vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 21:25

C8 Corvette Production Grinds to a Halt

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General Motors has shut down production at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia said Ricky V. McLaughlin, who operated McLaughlin Motor Car Museum in Parkersburg, WV, has been sentenced by a judge to 87 months in prison.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 20:15

Allstate vs. AGA Lawsuit Continues

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Thousands of pages of documents have been filed with the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida concerning more than 3,000 windshield damage claims in the case of the Allstate Insurance and its related entities (Allstate) vs. Auto Glass America and its owner, Charles Isaly (AGA).

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CCC Information Services Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the Property & Casualty insurance economy, announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced the acquisition of Prestige Auto Collision in Cutler Bay, FL.

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on May 25 announced the opening of AutoNation USA San Antonio, the first of five additional stores the company will open this year.

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Lithia Motors & Driveway announced May 25 the acquisition of three Hyundai dealerships in the highly attractive Las Vegas metropolitan area, with expected annualized revenues of approximately $225 million.

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Ford has announced it will boost its electric vehicle investment to $30 billion, up from its previous figure of $22 billion, the company said May 26.

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You don’t need to be a Californian to know electric vehicles (EVs) are coming whether we like them or not.

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It’s no secret many people have taken to investing in classic cars as a fun way to grow their personal wealth.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, released its Automotive Color Preferences 2021 Consumer Survey, aimed at analyzing the relationship between color and vehicle purchasing decisions among consumers.

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The Automotive Service Association’s power-packed 2021 Annual Business Meeting, held May 21, included the naming of officers, board members being sworn in, board and staff member reports and an Open Board meeting.

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CAWA, representing the automotive parts industry, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 scholarship awards.

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Ford has come out as the least reliable car manufacturer in the U.S., according to a new study by Scrap Car Comparison that analyzed the data of more than 2 million Google searches.

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Tweddle Group is piloting a mobile diagnostics program in Southeastern Michigan.

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On the Road Garage has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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With more property and casualty (P&C) insurance customers than ever migrating to digital channels during the past year, expectations for a superior user experience have grown, and many insurers are struggling to keep pace.

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TrueCar, Inc., the online destination to find a car, forecasts total new vehicle sales will reach 1,509,221 units in May, up 36% from a year ago and even with April, when adjusted for the same number of selling days.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has developed a collection of free marketing communications materials to help companies, organizations and individuals commemorate Automotive Service Professionals Month (ASPM) in June.

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Automotive giant Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Mile Auto, a next-gen insurtech innovator using computer vision and decision analytics to offer an affordable car insurance option based on mileage to low-mileage drivers.

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FOCUS Advisors is proud to announce the sale of its client, Able Body Shop, to Classic Collision of Atlanta, GA.

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Hyundai presented the all-new 2022 IONIQ 5 to the North American market May 24.

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SafeAuto announced May 24 it has partnered with Hugo to offer pay-as-you-go car insurance tailored to dollar-conscious drivers.

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When drivers in Warner Robins, GA, and surrounding areas have an accident, they rely on the community’s first responders to be there to help them to safety.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce NAPA AUTO PARTS has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the Urgent Care level. 

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Independent business ownership can offer an exciting and rewarding for anyone with the desire, work ethic and passion to succeed. 

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Judell Anderson, executive director of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) since 1996, announced she will retire at the end of this year, the association reported.

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I-CAR, the Inter-Industry on Auto Collision Repair, is pleased to announce online nominations are now open for its two top 2020 industry awards.

Highly versatile clearcoats expand capabilities of PPG ENVIROBASE High Performance paint system.

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

Thursday, 20 May 2021 19:54

SCRS Quick Tips: Adjacent Panel Damage

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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There are numerous factors to consider when one is looking to purchase an electric car---specs, range and the company that built the vehicle.

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The auto body industry and working with cars has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated trade.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians at 4 p.m. ET May 21, “Collision Repair for Commercial HD Vehicles.”

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Amarillo, TX.

 

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When the Ford F-150 Lightning rolls off the production line next year, the electric truck won't be the first American EV, but it will be one of the most important ever produced.

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NSG Group, a global glass manufacturer and parent company of Pilkington, saw a decline in revenues in fiscal year 2021 compared to 2020, yet still exceeded its expectations, according to a recently released financial report.

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They’re turning tassels on college campuses nationwide, and Autotrader offered suggestions for 10 vehicles dealerships could be turning with those newly minted degree holders.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and OEC® announced the release of a new update to the Blueprint Optimization Tool (BOT).

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Americans are ready for the return of summer travel, according to Cars.com, a leading digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider. 

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To accommodate growing demand among USAA members for behavior- and usage-based insurance programs, USAA is announcing the expansion of its SafePilot program in seven new states.

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Myrtle Beach, located at 1560 Highway 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD.

 

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The electric Ford F-150 Lightning debuts May 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Lamborghini is planning to shift from gas-powered to electric for its world-class supercars.

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Over the past few months, and really into earlier this week, it seemed the Tesla Cybertruck may not come to market for some time. 

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First, a Munich court ruled July 14, 2020, that Tesla was misleading customers by saying its cars had “full potential for autonomous driving.” 

 

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The hotly anticipated electric Ford F-150 Lightning is scheduled to debut May 19, but it seems Ford doesn't want to wait that long.

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On May 18, Peter Zalzal, the Environmental Defense Fund's associate vice president for clean air strategies, released this statement:

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The Ford F-150 Lightning might be an extension of America’s best-selling workhorse and the GMC Hummer EV might be the electric iteration of a gas-guzzling monster, but it appears the U.S. electric pickup market is already looking towards its upcoming favorite.

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U.S. vehicle inventory is down 37%, to 2.24 million units compared to the same period to the end of April in 2020, according to analyst firm Cox Automotive.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 19:02

Boyd Group Has Slower Start to 2021

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A major player in the North American auto glass replacement and collision market saw a nearly 10% decline in sales through the first part of 2021.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered some long-lasting changes to the insurance industry as we know it. 

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The Pelican State merges ahead of Motor City's home this year to become the most expensive state to insure a car.

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SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting on May 18 commended U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry, R-NC, and Raul Ruiz, D-CA, for introducing HR 3281, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2021 (RPM Act).