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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced Jan. 11 it will not hold its 2021 auto show as planned.

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A global semiconductor chip shortage has forced a number of renowned automakers to cut back vehicle production.

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Precision Auto Works of Long Island City in New York announced it has earned manufacturer's certification from luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz

Monday, 11 January 2021 23:18

NADA Names Chief Operating Officer

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The National Automobile Dealers Association has a new chief operating officer.

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When the Nebraska Legislature convenes, COVID-19 liability protection will have an early focus for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce.

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CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST Jan. 26: “Preparing for the EV Revolution.”

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It’s no secret one of the largest challenges facing the collision repair industry is the need to find qualified entry-level technicians.

Monday, 11 January 2021 20:06

Paycheck Protection Program Resumed Jan. 11

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SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal at 9 a.m. ET Jan. 11. 

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Preparing for the new year is important for all collision repair business owners, and during a Dec. 15 Tireside Chat, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) discussed “Setting Your Business Goals for 2021.”

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Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of transportation technician training, announced the purchase of its Avondale, AZ, campus and plans to consolidate the operations of its Phoenix-based Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) into this facility.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Dec. 31 a consent order with Daimler Trucks North America following an investigation that found the company failed to recall vehicles in a timely fashion and to comply with other reporting requirements.  

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The winners of the 2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards were revealed Jan. 11 during a virtual event hosted by the organization's officers.

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Over the line from Old Greenwich in Stamford, CT, a popular body shop run by John Castellana Jr. and his father, John, has had a name change.

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As of December 2020, 91% of independent automotive repair shops reported a decrease in revenue for the year.  

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I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) has expanded its educational training programs surrounding hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV) and ADAS in collaboration with Audi of America.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) applauds the service of Bobby Bassett, chairman of the board of ASE, and congratulates him on recently receiving the prestigious Art Fisher Excellence in Education Award from the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA.)

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Lordstown Motors Corp., an emerging OEM producing electric light duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, has received more than 100,000 non-binding production reservations from commercial fleets for its Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck, with an average order size of nearly 600 vehicles per fleet.

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Enterprise Holdings announced Jan. 11 the launch of the automotive collision engineering pilot program, powered by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation and Ranken Technical College.

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General Motors is debuting a new marketing campaign as part of the company’s comprehensive efforts to accelerate mass adoption of electric vehicles.

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Just as regular maintenance of your shop’s equipment and facility is critical to keep it functioning well, “maintenance” of your employees is just as important.

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The CAWA Leadership & Educational Forum is a two-day virtual business meeting focusing on key sessions and presentations from industry experts who will share insight and critical thinking on contemporary topics that affect the automotive parts industry.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), working with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), released the first video of a new weekly series focusing on quick tips to boost collision repair businesses.

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With a focus on providing automotive aftermarket professionals with content designed to improve their careers and businesses, the SEMA Virtual Education Program will help members enhance their professional development and include comprehensive presentations, insightful discussions and short videos that teach, inform, inspire and entertain.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees in 2020.

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A Mercedes-Benz red paint lawsuit settlement has been reached between the automaker and customers who claim the paint and clearcoat peels, flakes, bubbles, fades and has poor adhesion.

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun in health care and senior living facilities across the U.S., and employers in many industries are eagerly awaiting the chance to have their employees vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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Moneyshake  just completed an interesting and compelling study about today's global electric car production and sales.

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed a review of 662,000 Tesla electric vehicles after finding no defects that caused sudden acceleration.

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Amidst the rapid construction of the Gigafactory Texas complex, Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck factory has started earning accolades of its own.

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Each year, Lake Charles Toyota contributes a scholarship to the SOWELA School of Transportation to help prospective students chase their dreams.

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Whether it’s a small shop with two employees or an MSO employing hundreds of people, the pandemic has radically changed employee/employer relationships in many ways with strong leadership now more important than ever.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has presented its new e-BULLI all-electric vehicle to the world. It's a stunning crossover between a classic 1966 minivan with all the latest drive system components of a modern VW electric vehicle.

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Dave Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions and Ryan Taylor of BodyShop Booster announced the second annual Positivity Summit, a free online event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 15.

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Efforts to enact SEMA-supported provisions to provide businesses with liability protection from COVID-19 related lawsuits were successful in 2020 in at least 16 states.

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SEMA stands ready to advocate the interests of the aftermarket industry no matter what the prevailing political winds.

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The BASF Color Report 2020 for Automotive OEM Coatings shows the automotive color palette shifting in unconventional ways, unveiling a wider range of chromatic colors rolling off the world’s assembly lines.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.  

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Wholesale used-vehicle prices, on a mix-, mileage- and seasonally adjusted basis, decreased 0.59% month over month in December, putting the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 161.1, a 14.2% gain from a year ago.

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Americans watched in astonishment Jan. 6 as a violent mob broke through barricades and lines of police to overrun the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to prevent Congress from conducting the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes.

Friday, 08 January 2021 00:06

Ford Reports Q4 2020 Sales

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Ford reported Q4 total industry sales of about 4.3 million vehicles, a small decline of 2.8% over a year ago. Ford estimates the retail industry was up 2.7%, while fleet was off 26.3%.

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California residents spend an average of 29.3 minutes commuting to work, the sixth longest commute among the states that Coverage.com studied in an analysis using pre-coronavirus data.

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On Jan. 6, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) filed a federal lawsuit aiming to stop Gov. Tim Walz’s administration from adopting California’s vehicle emission standards.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:51

NADA Show 2021 Goes Digital: Used-Car Preview

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NADA Show 2021 is going virtual---the National Automobile Dealers Association is holding its annual convention and expo online Feb. 9 through Feb. 11.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:36

NORTHEAST 2021 Rescheduled to Sept. 10-12

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The 2021 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show will take place this year---just a little later than originally planned.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 21:30

DEG Welcomes ABAT as Newest Gold Level Sponsor

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) on Jan. 5 introduced its newest Gold level sponsor, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT.)

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Just in time for the 2021 hail season, Chief Collision Technology, part of Vehicle Service Group (VSG), will soon offer an automated hail claim management solution with the launch of Constellation.

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General Motors Co. announced Jan. 4 more than 650 hourly employees at its sites in the U.S. will transition from temporary to regular full-time employment in January.

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By continually learning everything she can about the collision repair industry and leading with compassion for both her customers and employees, Adrian Wright is making all the right moves as the owner of Wright One Paint and Body Shop in Augusta, GA.

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SEMA is now accepting applications for the 2021 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Program at www.sema.org/scholarships.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. announced Jan. 7 it has launched the roadshow for its proposed initial public offering.

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Auto insurance rates have fallen for the first time in over a decade, decreasing by 1.7% across the U.S. for 2021, according to ValuePenguin.com's State of Auto Insurance in 2021 report, published Jan. 7.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Cathedral City, CA.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 17:03

End of Year Auto Sales Pick Up Due to Pickups

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Sales of new vehicles increased in December as year-end promotions drew customers into showrooms; however, full-year sales results fell double digits under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic that closed down the car business last spring.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he will continue the state’s latest pause on public activities due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 23:03

Feds Bust Car Theft Ring

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According to federal prosecutors, a group has been hitting both private residences and dealerships to steal vehicles since the summer, accruing millions of dollars in stolen property.

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A Toledo, OH, business owner wants action after thieves hit his shop twice in a week.

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Lou Berard, a beloved member of the Hadley, MI, community as a small business owner and 30-year member of the Hadley Lions Club, was hospitalized for burns to his face and body sustained in a fire Jan. 2 at the family’s automotive repair business.

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The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association for the automotive industry, recently filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts' federal court, aiming to block enforcement of the Right to Repair ballot initiative passed by state voters in the November 2020 election.