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Kia America and Electrify America have announced a partnership to provide Kia EV6 buyers with 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of complimentary EV charging/energy at any Electrify America station across the U.S. 

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Carvana on Feb. 22 announced the official opening of its new campus in Atlanta, GA, reinforcing its position as the fastest organic growth used auto retailer in U.S. history.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 08:53

Tesla Calls for Support in OK to Battle Bill That Could Force Closure of Existing Locations

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla is using its Engage platform to call for community support in fighting Oklahoma’s House Bill 3994.

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Repairify™, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, on Feb. 22 announced the acquisition of AutoMobile Technologies (AMT), a leading provider of enterprise-grade used vehicle reconditioning software.

Monday, 21 February 2022 10:32

Tesla’s Santa Monica Supercharger Opens

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla’s new Supercharger in Santa Monica, CA, located on Santa Monica Boulevard, opened Feb. 18, though it is incomplete for now.

Monday, 21 February 2022 10:00

Catalytic Converter Thefts Spike, Raise Concerns in Central PA

Written by Matt Alvarez, WTAJ News

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Catalytic converters are stolen from under vehicles monthly if not weekly in Central Pennsylvania, according to state police. Just why are catalytic converters such popular car parts to steal?

Monday, 21 February 2022 09:51

Ford Denies EV Spinoff, Reportedly Plans Brand Reorganization

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Ford Motor Company denied a report it is looking at ways to separate its electric vehicle operation from its legacy business to benefit from the same type of investor enthusiasm received by pure-play competitors like Tesla and Rivian.

Monday, 21 February 2022 09:45

Oklahoma Auto Body Shops Struggle with Increased Demand, Supply Chain Issues

Written by Erika Lee, News 9

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The threat of more winter storms is a cause for concern from auto body shops across the Oklahoma City metro area. 

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted that Dedoes Industries committed to participate again in the CIF Annual Donor Program, its second time in a row for a donation at the Urgent Care tier with a $5,000 pledge. 

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice talks with Bruce Halcro of Capitol Collision about strategies to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) around specific tasks.

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WIN is pleased to announce its 2022 Education Conference, May 2-4, will be a hybrid experience.

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:34

Ford, Volvo Partner with Redwood Materials in Pathways Program for End-of-Life EV Batteries

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

 

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Ford and Volvo have partnered with Redwood Materials for pathways for end-of-life electric vehicle batteries.

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:25

Two-Alarm Fire Damages Portland, OR, Auto Body Shop

Written by Marilyn Deutsche, KPTV News

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An auto body shop in southeast Portland, OR, was damaged by a two-alarm fire that started early Feb. 15.

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:14

Freedom Convoy Blockade of Ambassador Bridge Caused Nearly $300M Losses in Wages, Production

Written by Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press

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A week of protesting at the Ambassador Bridge has cost the auto industry more than a quarter of a billion dollars, according to an analysis Feb. 14 by an East Lansing, MI-based economic research group. 

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:03

Cargo Ship Carrying 4,000 Cars Catches Fire

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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A cargo ship named Felicity Ace, tasked with carrying cars from Volkswagen's facility in Germany to the U.S., caught fire Feb. 16 and had to be abandoned in the ocean, Business Insider reported.

Friday, 18 February 2022 08:40

The Boring Company Submits Plans for 6.2-Mile Loop System in Miami

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It appears Elon Musk’s tunneling startup, The Boring Company, is looking to secure its next big project.

Friday, 18 February 2022 08:29

EPA Poised to Return California’s Right to Set Own Emissions Regulations

Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops

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California’s right to set its own emissions standards could be reinstated, reversing a decision made during the Trump presidency.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 13:15

Five Things You Can Do to Help Pass the RPM Act

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Support for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, HR 3281 and SB 2736, continues to strengthen as members of Congress receive an outpouring of support for the bill from racers and the motorsports parts industry.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:53

Supply Chain Issues Hit Tennessee Auto Body Repair Shops

Written by Andy Santoro, WDEF News

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“People come in to get their car fixed and we tell them it’s going to be awhile until we get the parts,” said Justin Thomas, a mechanic at Econo Auto Painting and Body Shop in Chattanooga, TN.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 08:46

On The Lighter Side: What Role Does Paint Color Play In The Collector Market?

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Is your car's exterior coat a factor in value?

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PPG on Feb. 16 released its 2021 automotive color popularity report, which highlights increased demand for two-tone finishes, personalized colors and other emerging trends among car buyers.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment of its popular free Elite Webinar Series: “Planning for Success in Collision."

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More car shoppers than ever are paying above sticker price amid inventory shortages and elevated consumer demand.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final rule Feb. 15 allowing automakers to install adaptive driving beam headlights on new vehicles.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:44

Auto Industry Reconsiders Production Systems after Border Protests

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News

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Days after a Canadian border blockade was broken up, the auto industry is facing a serious dilemma.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:38

Avis Records Best Q4 Ever, Full Year Beats 2019

Written by Auto Rental News Staff

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Avis Budget Group Inc. announced revenues of $2.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $9.3 billion for the full year.

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Nissan on Feb. 17 shared details on how its Canton, MS, Vehicle Assembly Plant will become a center for U.S. EV production.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:15

Unpaid Bill Triggers Shooting at West Palm Beach, FL, Auto Repair Shop, Mechanic Charged

Written by Gary Detman, CBS 12 News

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A mechanic is accused of opening fire on a customer following a dispute over an unpaid bill at an auto repair shop near West Palm Beach, FL.

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Lucid Group on Feb. 17 announced the official opening of its newest Studio location at The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 09:35

Rockwall, TX, Maaco Owner Has Advice for Retaining Employees

Written by Rockwall County Herald-Banner Staff

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The help wanted signs are everywhere as employers across Texas and the nation grapple with the great wave of employee resignations.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 09:23

NHTSA Investigating 416K Teslas Over Phantom Braking Complaints

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation on approximately 416,000 2021 and 2022 Tesla Model 3s and Model Ys over the vehicles’ tendency to unexpectedly apply their brakes while their driver-assist systems are engaged.

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Registration is now open for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) 21st Annual Golf Fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, scheduled to take place July 19 at the Edgewood Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA, in conjunction with national industry meetings.

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Auto Group Collision in Brooklyn, NY, announced it is now a Progressive network repair shop.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 08:53

3M Joins CIECA

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The 3M Company has become a CIECA corporate member.

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In a signal of Ford Motor Company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, Ford’s Louisville, KY, Assembly Plant has been presented with a 2021 Pollution Prevention Award by the U.S. EPA Region 4.

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The B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) national teen defensive driving program on Feb. 17 announced it has surpassed two significant milestones, having now taught more than 50,000 young drivers and 53,000 parents the critical skills required to make the country's roadways safer and save lives.

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Operative Talent, a car rebuild fundraising initiative with the goal of addressing the collision industry’s aging workforce by highlighting collision repair as a viable career path, has officially launched.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:55

ABAT Hosts Webinar to Help Collision Repairers Attract and Keep Good Employees

Written by Abby Andrews

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The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) on Feb. 10 hosted “How to Compete in a Tight Job Market: Fresh Ideas to Attract and Keep Good Talent.”

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Among more than 90 auto insurance companies graded by collision repairers in terms of how well they work to ensure quality repairs and customer service, only 32 received a “B” or higher to be named to the “Honor Roll” in the 2022 CRASH Network Insurer Report Card.

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By partnering with leading industry organizations, the ASE Education Foundation continues to provide innovative programs that help increase the number and diversity of service professionals entering the industry.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 10:13

A Year After the Electric Grid Failed, Texas Focuses on Reliability, Not Climate Change

Written by Erin Douglas, Texas Tribune

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Peter Lake, chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said he lost power for several days during last February’s winter storm. When he got power back, he lost water for a week.

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An engineer by trade, Helmuth Mayer opened his first Maaco facility in 2017 after 13 years in corporate America.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:40

EV Chargers Will Soon Outnumber Gas Stations in U.S.

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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The charging station infrastructure in the U.S. will soon catch up to and surpass traditional fuel stations for the number of individual pumps, or charging stalls.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:26

More Than $5K Worth of Parts Stolen from Clinton, LA, Auto Body Shop

Written by Logan Cullop, WBRZ News

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An auto body shop owner opened his store Feb. 14 to find more than $5,000 worth of auto parts---including catalytic converters, radios, tires and rims---stolen over the weekend.

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1Collision proudly announced Stacey Phillips will assist the company as director of marketing effective immediately.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. on Feb. 16 reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 25, 2021.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced Feb. 16 it has grown its presence in greater Cleveland through the acquisition of Sunnyside Collision, located at 5775 W. 130th St., Parma, OH 44130.

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AirPro Diagnostics, the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, is proud to announce it has been awarded strategic partner status with BASF ColorSource.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 14:26

Marvel at the Size of Giga Texas as Drone Takes 360-Degree Flight

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

 

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As Tesla's Gigafactory Texas manufacturing plant is getting closer to its grand opening---expected to take place before the end of this quarter---a video taken by a drone during a 360-degree flyover of the site serves as a reminder of how massive the electric vehicle plant is.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 14:14

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Rebounding Faster than Other States

Written by Merrilee Gasser, The Center Square

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An analysis by WalletHub shows Oklahoma's unemployment rate is rebounding faster than other states. 

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 13:24

U.S. Crude Oil Production Fell by 8% in 2020, Largest Decrease on Record

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square

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U.S. crude oil production fell by 8% in 2020, the largest annual decrease on record, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:58

GM Doubles its Climate Equity Fund

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General Motors on Feb. 14 announced it will expand on its philanthropic commitment to equitable climate action by doubling its Climate Equity Fund, dedicating a total of $50 million to help close equity gaps in the transition to electric vehicles and other sustainable technology.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:45

CAWA 2022 Scholarship Applications Now Open

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Interested in receiving a scholarship from CAWA for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry?

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State Farm® and Ford are excited to announce the launch of Drive Safe & Save™ Connected Car for customers with eligible connected Ford or Lincoln vehicles, to benefit from usage-based insurance (UBI).

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:08

American Vehicle Protection Corp. Sued Over Car Warranties

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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American Vehicle Protection Corp. has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a lawsuit that alleges the company and related defendants made false claims about extended car warranties.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:49

Super Bowl Ads Cause Cars.com's EV Model Pageviews to Skyrocket

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

 

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According to Cars.com, this year's Super Bowl featured twice as many automotive commercials as last year. A total of seven brands were highlighted with eight commercials---and most of them showcased an electric car.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:33

Tesla Model Y Vehicles Spotted Leaving Giga Texas Site on Car Carriers

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla Model Y vehicles were recently spotted leaving Giga Texas on car carriers, hinting that Tesla’s goal to deliver Giga Texas-made Model Ys to customers by the end of the first quarter is going according to plan.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:18

GM Extends Chevy Bolt Production Delay, NHTSA Closes Battery Fire Investigation

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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General Motors announced the Chevrolet Bolt EV production shutdown will last through March into early April.