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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 13:00

West Virginia Proposes Law That Would Hurt Consumers, Help Dealers

Written by Justin Fischer, YAA

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A bipartisan bill, HB 4560, was introduced Feb. 7 in West Virginia by nine lawmakers. The language in the proposed law is a wish list for car dealers.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 12:14

MA Auto Body Shops Protest Lowest-in-Nation Insurance Reimbursements

Written by WHAV Staff

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Several local auto body shops in Massachsetts are among dozens statewide to protest what they call “unsustainably low reimbursement rates that were artificially set by insurance companies.”

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 12:00

Tesla Police Cruiser Fleet Rejected by WA Department Despite Success Stories

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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A potential fleet of Tesla Police Cruisers was rejected by the Spokane, WA, Police Department after an evaluation of the all-electric Model Y crossover did not convince some members it would be effective for law enforcement.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 11:23

Automakers Report February Sales Results

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Automakers on March 1 began releasing sales results from February.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 11:11

Tesla Cybertruck Prototypes Reveal Size, Covered Vault

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

 

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Tesla and EV Twitter were buzzing Feb. 28 when at least two Tesla Cybertruck prototypes were spotted testing at Tesla's Fremont, CA, factory track. 

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 10:53

Russia Accused of Toyota Cyberattack

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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At 7 p.m. local time in Japan on Feb. 28, the largest automaker in the world, Toyota, announced it was the victim of a cyberattack.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 10:34

Ship That Caught Fire While Carrying Thousands of VWs, Porsches and Lamborghinis Has Sunk

Written by Sebastien Bell, CarScoops

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Felicity Ace, the car-carrying ship that caught fire in February while on passage to the U.S., has sunk near the Azores.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 10:16

20th Annual AASP-MN Race for Automotive Education Raises Nearly $9,000

Written by Abigail Andrews

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 20th Annual Race for Automotive Education, February 23-24 at ProKart Indoor Racing in Burnsville, MN.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 10:08

Rivian’s Planned Georgia Factory Becomes Point of Controversy in Governor Race

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Rivian’s planned electric vehicle plant in Georgia is becoming a target in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 09:56

Lordstown Motors Hangs On By a Thread, Increasing Costs and Decreasing Outlook

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Lordstown Motors reported its earnings for Q4 2021 on Feb. 28, revealing increasing costs and a decreased production and delivery outlook has the automaker hanging on by a thread.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 09:20

Service King Begins Restructuring Talks Ahead of Springing Maturity: WSJ

Written by Jack Hersch, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Service King Collision, the auto collision repair chain majority-owned by Blackstone, is in talks with its creditors to restructure its balance sheet, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions Holdings Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, on March 1 announced its financial results for the three months and year ended Dec. 31, 2021.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 08:48

Tesla Model Y $24,000 Repair: Everything You Need to Know

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

 

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Not long ago, we shared a story about a Tesla Model Y that was rear-ended for the second time. It wasn't drivable after the accident, thanks to a blown "pyro fuse." The whole situation turned out quite messy.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 08:24

GM and Some Other Automakers Suspend Business to Russia

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors is suspending its business in Russia following the country's invasion of Ukraine.

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Cerence Inc. on March 1 announced Volkswagen has selected it to power voice and conversational AI in Volkswagen’s next-generation infotainment system, first available in the all-new Golf 8 GTI.

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Cox Automotive on Feb. 28 announced its suite of dealer software solutions that connects marketing, sales, service and operations, builds better consumer experiences and improves retail bottom lines by using robust first-party consumer data insights from the world's most trusted consumer automotive platforms, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book.

Monday, 28 February 2022 09:38

California Surpasses 1 Million Plug-In Electric Car Sales

Written by Mark Kane, InsideEVs

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California is officially the first U.S. state where cumulative sales of plug-in electric vehicles have exceeded 1 million.

Monday, 28 February 2022 09:27

Michigan Bill Would Make Car Key Reprogramming a Felony

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A bill in Michigan would make it a felony to be in possession of car key programming technology with the intent to steal vehicles.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced an update on its next-generation solid-state polymer battery technology, which is a significant advancement over today’s current lithium-Ion batteries. 

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce Sherwin-Williams will participate in the CIF Annual Donor Program, at the Urgent Care tier with a $5,000 pledge.

Monday, 28 February 2022 08:27

ASE Renewal App Saves Valuable Time

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Automotive service professionals who download and subscribe to the ASE renewal app will find it to be a big timesaver when it comes to ASE recertification.

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The 2022 Sherwin-Williams® calendar continues its tradition of celebrating the work of collision repair, custom and restoration shops across the U.S. and Canada.

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Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and Iwatani Corporation of America, a wholly owned subsidiary company of Iwatani Corporation, announced an agreement to co-develop and construct 30 hydrogen fueling sites in California by 2026.

Friday, 25 February 2022 13:26

NHTSA Investigating Honda Accord, CR-V Automatic Emergency Braking Problems

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Honda automatic emergency braking problems are the focus of a federal investigation following 107 complaints about the systems in Accords and 171 in CR-Vs.

Friday, 25 February 2022 13:20

Ukraine Crisis Could Create More Woes for Auto Industry

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News

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As the crisis in Ukraine escalates and President Joe Biden puts in place new sanctions targeting the Russian economy, there could be substantial collateral damage to the auto industry, including automakers and parts suppliers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Friday, 25 February 2022 13:15

Ford Driveshaft Recall Includes F-250 and F-350

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Ford driveshaft recall includes more than 247,000 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks equipped with gasoline engines and aluminum driveshafts.

Friday, 25 February 2022 13:07

Stellantis UAW Workforce Eligible for $14,670 Profit-Sharing Checks

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

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UAW-represented workers at Chrysler-parent Stellantis are potentially in line for profit-sharing checks before taxes totaling $14,670 this year.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, announced Feb. 24 the appointment of Christy Harris as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Friday, 25 February 2022 11:36

Tesla Linked to More Development Around Gigafactory Texas

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It appears Tesla is gathering land for more projects around the Gigafactory Texas area.

 

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In this video, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of the DEG elaborate on performing pre-diagnostic alignments and pre-measuring to finalize the repair plan.

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Cox Automotive on Feb. 24 launched DRiVEQ, the official branding of the company's dynamic data intelligence capabilities that powers the industry's largest portfolio of automotive solutions and services.

Friday, 25 February 2022 10:25

Ohio Thieves Swipe Mopars Next to Police Station

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A good example of how confident and/or stupid car thieves are comes out of Heath, OH, where two Dodge Challengers and a Jeep Grand Cherokee were stolen from a dealership located across the street from the police station.

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Carvana has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ADESA’s U.S. physical auction business, a wholly owned subsidiary of KAR Global, subject to customary closing conditions, for $2.2 billion in cash.

Thursday, 24 February 2022 15:08

New York Auto Show on for April

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With a host of innovations and fresh new experiences, the 2022 New York Auto Show will open its doors to the public to kickstart the springtime automotive selling season. 

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Stream It, Inc., the creator of CyberLandr, which transforms Tesla's Cybertruck into the ultimate adventure vehicle and mobile tiny home, officially announced it relocated its research and development facility to Austin, TX.

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Five defendants were indicted for multiple charges in Maryland after investigators said they used two auto body shops to orchestrate the distribution of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

Thursday, 24 February 2022 11:55

On The Lighter Side: Mopar Collection Sale Is Humongous

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Many of the cars are incredibly rare, too…

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

Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:19

Ford to Collaborate with Universal Technical Institute on EV Training Curriculum

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford Motor Company and Universal Technical Insititute (UTI) are collaborating to roll out a new curriculum responsible for training students to maintain and work on electric vehicles.

Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:10

Rhode Island Secretary Headed to Jail After $220K Insurance Scam

Written by Ryan Smith, Insurance Business

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A Rhode Island woman is headed to federal prison for stealing insurance payments meant for the customers of the auto body shop where she worked as an office secretary, according to the Department of Justice.

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General Motors on Feb. 24 announced the appointment of Shilpan Amin as GM senior vice president and president, GM International.

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Did you know your next stellar employee might be studying right down the street?

 

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is recognizing 65 models with the 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, as improved headlight offerings boost more vehicles into the top tier.

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Maaco, North America’s body shop and a leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, celebrates extraordinary performance with the highest system sales in Maaco’s 49-year history.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 16:16

California, Texas, New York Lead in Franchised Dealership Growth

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three of the four most populated states are California, Texas and New York.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 16:08

Biden Administration Will Once Again Let California Set Own Emissions Standards

Written by Brad Anderson, CarScoops

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The Biden administration is preparing to restore California’s ability to set its own carbon emissions standards on cars, an authority that had been stripped away under former President Donald Trump.

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Cars.com recently announced its picks for the best vehicle of 2022 in each of three categories: value, luxury and electric.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 15:18

New Software Platform Measures Auto Body Damage

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A new company is launching a software platform that measures auto body damage, providing reporting repairers can share with their insurance partners to assist in negotiating repair times.

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New-vehicle sales in February are expected to reach 1.08 million units, a drop of 11% compared to February 2021, according to a forecast released Feb. 23 by Cox Automotive.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:49

CREF Opens Applications for Benchmark Grant

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Collision repair shops need employees, but collision instructors struggle to attract students’ interest in the field, largely due to a lack of funding, tools, equipment and supplies.

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A longtime Philip, SD, resident and owner of Philip Body Shop, Pee Wee Hook has maybe slowed down in the business part of life but still maintains contact with his son in the body shop business.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 09:43

Tesla Hit with $1.27M Subrogation Claim from State Farm in 2020 Indiana House Fire

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla has been hit with a $1.27 million subrogation claim filed by State Farm related to a house fire that heavily damaged a home in Carmel, IN, in 2020.

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Sales of alternative power vehicles, including electric vehicles (EVs), currently represent about 5% of all U.S. light-vehicle sales---but that share is expected to reach 45% by 2035, according to research by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced Feb. 23 it has grown its presence in Ohio through the acquisition of Dynamic Autobody, located at 1360 Rt 14, Columbiana, OH 44408.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:31

Mercedes-Benz Headrest Deployed and Caused Class Action Lawsuit

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Mercedes-Benz headrest lawsuit alleges customers complain their active headrests deployed without collisions, suddenly smacking occupants on their heads.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:23

The End of 3G Networks a Problem for Millions of Car Owners

Written by Michael Wayland, CNBC

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Millions of vehicles in the U.S., including Teslas, Audis, Hondas and Nissans, will lose some emergency and convenience features by Feb. 22, as AT&T becomes the first telecommunications company to disable its 3G network this year.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:25

AutoNation CEO Says New Vehicle Discounts Won’t Return Anytime Soon

Written by Brad Anderson, CarScoops

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Consumers who were hopeful they could wait out the coronavirus pandemic to avoid paying a premium for a new vehicle may be out of luck, at least according to AutoNation CEO Mike Manley.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:04

2022 Chicago Auto Show Wraps Up

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The 2022 Chicago Auto Show concluded its 10-day run at McCormick Place on Presidents Day.