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Elon Musk's Boring Company has formally submitted its proposal for building an underground transit system between downtown and the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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North American vehicle production has been the worst affected by the shortage in the supply of semiconductors, including for its high-profit, low-inventory vehicles, according to the latest research from AutoForecast Solutions.

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More than 410,000 Chevrolet and GMC trucks are recalled because the roof-rail airbag inflators could rupture.

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Backfire that sounds like gunshots and revving engines have become all too familiar sounds over the past year. 

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When Richard Campfield was looking into starting a retail windshield repair business 35 years ago, he conducted some direct marketing to determine if it was worth pursuing.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 18:30

CAA Provides Legislative Update

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The California Autobody Association (CAA) released an update on several bills in the state legislature, as well as proposed Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) regulations.

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General Motors on July 13 announced a more than $71 million investment to establish a new campus in Pasadena, CA, for GM’s Advanced Design Center operations, a move that will substantially increase the center’s capacity and create more jobs in the area.

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Electrify America on July 13 announced its "Boost Plan" to more than double its current electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada, with plans to have more than 1,800 fast charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers installed by the end of 2025.

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Consumers can now see “an all-new Nissan brand” in one place for the first time ever at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show---including the iconic Z Proto.

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The owner of a Franklin County, NC, auto shop accused of murdering a woman who formerly worked for him was extradited back to North Carolina more than a week after he was arrested in Missouri, the sheriff’s office said July 6.

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If you have needed work done on your car recently, you may have noticed some delays.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:09

EV Battery Supplier to Go Public

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SES Holdings Pte. Ltd., which develops and manufactures high-performance hybrid Lithium-Metal (Li-Metal) rechargeable batteries for EVs, on July 13 announced it has entered into an agreement for a business combination with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp., a publicly-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

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Electric cars are becoming more and more popular, and that means some cities are racing to become more EV-friendly. 

 

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In a recent set of posts on Twitter over the July 10-11 weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some capabilities that Tesla Vision could receive in the near future.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced July 13 the acquisition of Centerline Auto Body to its growing Ohio footprint.

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Utica National Group Foundation, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) plans to award a $5,000 Snap-On tool grant to a rising young technician employed at a member shop.

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The year 2020 was a roller coaster, with COVID-19 and the response to it creating an unprecedented and unpredictable disruption throughout the U.S. economy.

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Stellantis NV's Chrysler brand ranked highest in the 2021 Pied Piper Omnichannel PSI® for Electric Vehicles (EVs) Auto Industry Study.

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The head of the Arizona Corporate Commission worries California power officials moving their wattage to the front of the line would export power outages to Arizona and elsewhere.

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A 31-year-old woman was arrested after breaking into a southeast Bend, OR, auto body and paint shop early July 9, police said.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its newest store opening in Santa Ana, CA.

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Storage Capacity of a Roll Cabinet with the Mobility of a Tool Cart Now Available in 6 Colors for Harbor Freight Low Price of $699.99

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Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc.State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company and State Auto Financial Corporation announced July 12 they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Liberty Mutual would acquire State Auto Group, a super-regional insurance holding company headquartered in Columbus, OH.  

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General Motors’ recently-revised post-crash inspections continue to call for inspections of seat belts “after any collision,” and “Who Pays for What?” surveys continue to find an increasing percentage of auto body shops are billing---and being paid---for this procedure by the eight largest auto insurers.

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced in June the 2021 MSO Symposium would take place as an in-person event.

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This edition of Market Insights with Mike provides an extensive look at the latest vehicle miles traveled (VMT) data in the U.S. and what the new trends in driver and migration behavior can mean for the auto care industry.

 

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) is one of the best resources in the industry to improve the information you are using to get paid for your repairs---the repair plan.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 1 unveiled a new cloud-based recall dashboard to make searching for auto safety recall data easy and efficient.

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On July 8, during Stellantis EV Day 2021, the Jeep brand revealed the first images of its all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid. 

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During the Stellantis EV Day 2021, RAM teased an upcoming fully electric pickup truck, which might get up to 500 miles of range. Let's take a look.

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A GM engine block heater recall includes more than 331,000 trucks equipped with Duramax diesel 6.6-liter engines and optional engine block heaters.

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More than 80% of urban interstate highways in New Jersey are congested during peak hours, the third-highest share in the country, and the state’s traffic volume continues to increase.

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Actor Mark Wahlberg has always wanted to be in the car business.

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It’s gotten even more complicated.

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Georgia's interstate system congestion and vehicle travel rate are among the highest in the U.S., a recent report shows.

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On July 8, Halo launched one of the first commercial driverless car services in the U.S. running on the T-Mobile 5G network in Las Vegas.

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J.D. Power, a global leader in data analytics and consumer intelligence, on July 7 announced it has acquired Superior Integrated Solutions, Inc./Darwin Automotive, a leading provider of automotive finance & insurance (F&I) software used by automotive dealerships.

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At the CAWA June Leadership meeting, Wayne Schaack of the Pronto Automotive Distribution Network was elected as the 2022 secretary to the Board of Directors.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed a measure intended to replace auto insurance personal injury protection (PIP) coverage with bodily injury coverage limits and a requirement that insurers offer medical payments coverage.

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Toyota Motor Corp’s political action committee will halt donations to U.S. members of Congress who voted against President Joe Biden’s election certification in January, the company said July 8.

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Recently, the Biden Administration announced its intention to issue an executive order directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address right to repair concerns for tractors and calling on the Federal Trade Commission to address repair barriers erected by manufacturers, specifically citing mobile phones.

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The attorneys general of 16 states on July 6 urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from reinstating California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act which gives that state, and only that state, the authority to regulate which cars the rest of the nation drives.

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In 2019, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham committed the state to tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the state, which contribute to climate change and harm public health.

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About six months after its birth from the business combination of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Stellantis held a major event, Stellantis EV Day 2021, to present its plans.

 

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A Tesla Model Y’s built-in dash cam recorded the face and license plate of a man who fired a projectile at the all-electric crossover along a Sacramento-area freeway.

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SEMA representatives escalated their advocacy efforts by taking part in nearly 100 meetings with Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Capitol Hill during June and July.

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Wholesale used vehicle prices, on a mix-, mileage- and seasonally-adjusted basis, decreased 1.3% month over month in June, after record highs for four consecutive months.

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Sherwin-Williams received triple honors in the J.D. Power 2021 Paint Satisfaction Study, earning the top spot in customer satisfaction in the categories of Exterior Paints, Exterior Stains and Paint Retailers.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, and Buckle, an inclusive tech-enabled financial services company, announced Buckle has selected CCC to digitize auto claims for its community of rideshare and delivery drivers.

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California Autobody Association (CAA) attorney Jack Molodanof emphasized during a CAA webinar in June the importance of collision repair shops’ final invoices accurately reflecting exactly what was done to each vehicle.

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The automotive collision repair program at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, was recently recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for receiving Master accreditation---the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the ASE.

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Spots remain available for the upcoming 2021 ASE Instructor Training Conference, scheduled for July 26-30.

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 20:08

CIECA Committees Seeking Volunteers

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CIECA's Repair Order & Repair Status and Process Committees are being reactivated and are looking for volunteers.

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Join the CAA via Zoom at 6 p.m. PDT July 8 for "Overcoming Insurer Objections to Payment for Needed Repair Procedures," presented by Industrial Finishes and Tim Ronak of AkzoNobel.

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 18:33

On The Lighter Side: 20 Most Expensive Cars In The World

Written by Jeff Perez, Motor1

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These dream cars come with some of the biggest price tags.

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 18:13

Thieves Steal Dead Man’s Classic Cars

 

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A woman in Cabot, AR, is once again mourning as her late father’s 1977 Chevrolet Corvette and 1968 Mustang were stolen.

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E earned Car and Driver’s inaugural Electric Vehicle of the Year Award, adding another coveted honor to its trophy case and beating overall top-rated EV competitors along the way.

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We’re living in transitional times. The age of the internal combustion-engined passenger and commercial vehicle is drawing to a close, after more than a century of planetary domination.