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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 19:12

Honda, GM Partner to Produce Hand Sanitizer

As part of an industry-wide effort to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda and General Motors announced June 22 they are producing nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer through their Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) partnership.

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, a national leader in specialized technical training, including automotive technology, the skilled trades, health care, IT, culinary and cosmetology, announced June 23 it will re-open its campuses in Iselin, Mahwah, Moorestown, Paramus, South Plainfield and Union, NJ.

Jonathan Carr, president of Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation, and his wife, Beth, are providing low-income families with equal access to education through their commitment to back the launch of ACE Scholarships Austin

Since COVID-19 first hit North America at the end of March, the rate of mobility amongst Americans for both work and recreation have decreased 20% to 30%, affecting more industries than anticipated.

Company introduces polyurethane wood coatings line and enters new dynamic market.

An estimated 25 million to 30 million people are caught in the middle of the coronavirus economy---they’re unable to work from home but also face a high risk of severe infection.

General Motors typically relies on 3D printing to help launch new vehicles, such as the first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 21:54

NGA Cancels GlassBuild America

The National Glass Association (NGA) has canceled GlassBuild America, scheduled for Sept. 15-17 in Las Vegas.

A battle between Chrysler's Jeep Wrangler and Mahindra's ROXOR has been decided after a ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC.)

An investigation is underway after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot an auto shop security guard in Gardena the evening of June 18.

It has been a “tragic year," between the coronavirus pandemic, the collapse of the U.S. economy and the “brutal” murders of black Americans at the hands of police, said General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has noted the Model Y’s casting machine is one of the biggest in the world, so much so that the equipment itself is “the size of a small house.”

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:45

On The Lighter Side: 'Into The Wild' International Harvester Bus Removed Via Helicopter

Written by Jeffery N. Ross, Motorious

The abandoned bus had become a dangerous mecca for outdoor adventurers.

Gov. Greg Abbott struck a newly urgent tone June 22 about rising coronavirus numbers in Texas but said "closing down Texas again will always be the last option."

Beer and brats served in an outdoor German biergarten is not what typically comes to mind when people think about the cars on the carpet at the Detroit Auto Show.

Monday, 22 June 2020 23:17

Tesla Battery Day Gets a Concrete Date

It turns out the long wait for Tesla’s highly-anticipated Battery Day event will be a bit longer, but it will certainly be well worth the wait.

Auto Glass Inspection Services Inc. (AGIS) urged the court to grant an order of protection relating to Auto Glass America, LLC’s (AGA) notices of deposition duces tecum.

Florida has ranked sixth in the nation for coronavirus spread for six weeks according to a model tracking COVID-19 transmission, and three other projection models forecast bad scenarios for the state by Oct. 1.

New York City entered the second phase of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan on June 22, a move Mayor Bill de Blasio said would help upwards of 300,000 people return to work for the first time in more than three months.

Hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans could be gearing up to go back to work as consumers will be able to dine in at restaurants, go to movie theaters and workout indoors at gyms starting June 26.

Louisiana is not ready to further loosen the restrictions placed on businesses meant to control the spread of COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards said June 22.

Autel US is proud to announce the release of its largest, most powerful and most solution-driven automotive diagnostics tablet in its history, the MaxiSYS Ultra.

COVID-19 began spreading across the nation in March, resulting in financial impact to businesses and individuals.

The 2021 Ford Bronco can’t seem to catch a break, as its highly anticipated unveiling was originally postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus crisis could not have come at a worse time,” wrote Rich Guernsey, owner of Rabbit Rentals, on May 21. “We took delivery of the fourth of six new vans we had on order from Ford on March 9. Less than a week later, everything fell apart.”

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

It seems increasingly clear auto sales aren’t coming all the way back after the pandemic, not any time soon anyway, analysts say.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a hearing, “Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness and Other Challenges."

I-CAR® shared details of its safety guidelines and plans for re-starting its Hands-On Skills Development™, Welding Training & Certification™ and Live Courses, which have been paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tesla Cybertruck will make its first public appearance at the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles from June 20 to June 26.

As Pennsylvania businesses reopen, some are turning to waivers in order to protect themselves if a customer or employee contracts the coronavirus.

With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s apparent blessing, Bexar and Hidalgo counties have imposed a new mask rule for local businesses, saying they must require employees and customers to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible.

As nonessential businesses gradually reopen around New Jersey, store owners can take a cue from car dealerships which opened their showrooms to sales by appointment only a few weeks ago.

Businesses and schools are increasingly turning to coronavirus waivers to guard against potential lawsuits in the absence of a federal liability shield. 

Beginning July 2, uninsured drivers in Michigan can get insurance coverage without facing penalties during an 18-month amnesty period, state insurance regulators said.

If you want to own something once driven by someone famous, there are some nice options at the moment.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 18 put in place a new statewide order requiring individuals to wear masks or other face coverings in most public places.

Timothy C. Ashley, 59, of Cambria, WI, owner and operator of AC Auto Body in Cambria, is facing criminal tax charges for filing fraudulent income tax returns and failing to collect, report and remit Wisconsin sales tax on some business transactions.

Subaru of America Inc. filed a reply brief to further support the company’s motions to dismiss an ongoing class action lawsuit, originally filed by Christine Powell against the auto manufacturer for allegedly defective windshields.

More than 225 cars circled neighborhoods June 16 in Hudsonville, MI, as part of an event honoring first responders who have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automakers in the U.S. began resuming operations at many factories last month after shutting down in March to help slow the coronavirus spread.

As collision repair facilities see repair jobs begin to increase, one concern is sourcing the parts to fix those vehicles in a timely, affordable manner that meet insurance carrier, OEM and industry repair standards.

Women’s Industry Network (WIN) presents the Cornerstone Award each year to deserving WIN board members.

To continue progress toward improving air quality, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) opened its annual grants program.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Sunset Auto Reconstruction, located at 1270 20th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

A Georgia Senate committee wants to protect businesses, governments, property owners and emergency personnel from being sued if someone claims they contracted COVID-19 because of them.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a proposal to use $300 million in federal pandemic relief dollars to help small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

In the last few months, much has been written and discussed within the trade press about how body shops, insurance companies and car rental companies are faring with the business slowdown caused by the corona virus pandemic.

Legislation to prevent businesses, schools, nonprofits and other entities from being sued in COVID-19-related lawsuits passed the Tennessee House on June 16.

Rowdy Wood from Coalgate, OK, has been named the 2020 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:23

2021 Ford Bronco Intro Confirmed for July 9

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the automotive industry, but it sounds like things might be settling down next month.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced June 11 that her office, along with 16 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, settled an environmental protection action against CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC.

Progress toward making automated driving systems better and safer took another step forward on June 15.

Travis County, TX, officials are currently in the process of working out the details of an incentive deal with Tesla.

With assembly lines returning to full production and auto sales beginning to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact, carmakers are turning their attention to the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which takes effect July 1.

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has collected more than 26,000 additional signatures to ensure its initiative petition to protect independent car repair shops and consumer car repair choice will reach the November ballot, doubling the legal requirement of 13,374.

For the fourth day in a row June 15, Texas reported record highs in hospitalizations from the new coronavirus.

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