By 2030, every passenger car and small-to-midsize SUV in Southern California Edison’s fleet will be electric, the company recently announced.

Navistar International Corporation, a leading maker of International® brand commercial trucks, proprietary diesel engines and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, joined the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) in a virtual groundbreaking ceremony June 25 to celebrate construction of Navistar's new industry-leading manufacturing facility in San Antonio.

FCA and Waymo announced July 22 they have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their successful autonomous driving technology partnership.

Tesla has filed a lawsuit against Rivian, claiming it has stolen trade secrets and intentionally poaches employees to gain insider info.

With the U.S. tally of confirmed COVID-19 infections at nearly 4 million, 30 U.S. states now have mask orders in place with Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon becoming the latest to announce statewide mandatory mask orders.

Tesla has selected Texas as the location for its next U.S. factory. The factory will be the company’s second in North America, located about 15 minutes from downtown Austin, near the Colorado River.

When it comes to cars, there’s only one master builder in the world who can take scraps of junkyard metal and turn them into award-winning, one of-a-kind creations.

CarMD.com Corporation on July 22 released its 10th annual state ranking of check engine light-related car repair costs, which finds in 2019 Vermont had the lowest average repair cost, $342.14, while California drivers incurred the highest average repair cost, $414.24.

Nominations are open for three new AAPEX awards to recognize and elevate the essential services that service advisors, shop owners and technicians provide to keep the motoring public on the road, even during times of crisis.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 18:20

CCC Auto Claims Snapshot for June

Industry-wide repairable appraisal counts saw further recovery in June 2020 versus June 2019, with counts down across all loss categories only -25.7% versus -34.5% in May 2020.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council based on May data from all 50 states indicate that for the third month in a row, road users in the U.S. were at a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:35

Pandemic Slows GM Sales in Second Quarter

GM sales fell 34% in the second quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced customer demand and triggered plant shutdowns that hurt the automaker’s supply of vehicles.

New life is coming for the old Sears Auto Center on Holiday Drive in Janesville, WI.

In a letter to National Auto Body Council (NABC) members, the organization's leadership announced the cancellation of a golf fundraiser and in-person board meeting, both scheduled in September, due to continued travel restrictions, state and local rules and quarantines.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 16:43

Progressive Issues New Market Pricing

Progressive Insurance recently sent out a notice regarding its new policy on glass market pricing for static, dynamic and dual recalibrations.

In 2007, Staff Sgt. Adam Sheda was killed in Duluth, MN, just a week after he returned home from an 18-month deployment in Iraq serving in the U.S. Army National Guard.

On July 15, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Safety and Health Codes Board voted 9-2 to approve the nation’s first emergency workplace regulation related to COVID-19.

Between news surrounding data privacy, company data breaches and evolving regulations such as CCPA and GDPR, security is a hot topic in just about every industry.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 22:46

Get Ready for Even More Car Thefts

We keep bringing stories of car thefts at dealerships, in parking lots and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hobble automakers as they scramble to find workers, parts and buyers amid continuing concerns about public health.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his two-front attack on COVID-19 on July 21.

There are many adjustments necessary to maintain operations in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. For most auto dealers, online, pick-up and delivery options became more used than ever before.

American oil prices have rallied back from an all-time low of negative $37.63 per barrel for May futures on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude on April 20.

On July 14, a deserving Burlington, IA, family experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to Deery Collision Center and car donor State Farm, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

CIECA announced July 20 that Paulette Reed has been named its new business analyst/technical project manager, effective the same day.

The Diesel Brothers continue work on their tank build, but engine and transmission troubles put the project in jeopardy.

A Texas-based collision-repair chain plans to set up shop in Reynoldsburg, OH.

When we wrote about Tesla Model 3 units losing their rear bumpers back in 2018, we hoped the company would investigate "the issue to understand what caused it," as it promised.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) recently announced the cancellation of its 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show, as a result of travel restrictions and general unease related to COVID-19.

AASP/NJ on July 20 shared preliminary details for its virtual 2020 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, scheduled for Aug. 21-23.

Monday, 20 July 2020 18:25

On The Lighter Side: Check Out Joe Rogan's Insanely Epic Car Collection

Written by Amie Williams, Motorious

Joe Rogan is best known as a comedian and UFC commentator with a distinct voice that is instantly recognizable.

General Motors on July 16 released its 10th annual Sustainability Report, providing transparency and accountability on its progress and key accomplishments.

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a number of auto shows including events in Detroit, New York and Geneva.

SEMA Showgoers will be required to wear a face mask or a face shield during the 2020 event, as part of a proactive plan to prevent the spreading of germs and provide exhibitors and attendees with a safe environment where they will be able to conduct business.

With the worsening global pandemic again taking a toll on automotive sales, there are growing indications manufacturers are preparing to trim back production, Reuters reporting Nissan Motor Co. will cut worldwide output 30% through December due to declining demand.

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings on 32 tranches of rental car asset-backed securities (ABS) issued by Avis Budget Rental Car Funding (ABCR), LLC, which is Avis Budget Group's rental car securitization platform in the U.S.

For researchers in Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, prepping autonomous vehicles outside in Alabama’s elements---from the sweltering summer sun to pop-up thunderstorms---has become a near daily occurrence.

A Holbrook, MA, man was indicted in connection with damaging luxury cars bought under false pretenses in order to collect insurance proceeds, Attorney General Maura Healey announced in a news release.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is urging its members to click here to send a letter to their senators to oppose a "Cash for Clunkers" program in the next COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation.

Tesla is gearing up to continue the growth and presence of its service center locations in the U.S. and its territories.

Robert Brandon Malone, 35, of Prattville, AL, was sentenced to 71 months (5.9 years) in prison for wire fraud and the transportation of a stolen vehicle.

Anyone in Oregon going outdoors has to wear a face mask if they cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others, Gov. Kate Brown announced July 13.

Nevada saw a record number of daily new COVID-19 cases on July 15, just as Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a face covering mandate for people going out in public.

In a major step as they move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the combination agreement announced in December, Peugeot S.A. (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced the corporate name of the new group will be Stellantis.

Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:00

Industry Legend Dick Schoonover Dies

Dick Schoonover, of Woodbury, MN, who grew his family auto body shop into a nationally-recognized company while helping to advance the collision repair industry as a whole, died July 9, 2020. He was 84.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 23:24

AL Gov. Issues Statewide Mask Order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order.

I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced July 15 the addition of renowned collision repair industry veteran Jeff Peevy to its executive leadership team as vice president of technical products, programs and services.

With more workers shifting to telecommuting and working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, technology companies are taking advantage.

Louisiana’s $275 million grant program to reimburse small businesses for COVID-19-related expenses likely will run out of money before it runs out of applicants, State Treasurer John Schroder said July 14.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 14 extended her COVID-19 emergency and disaster declaration. The extension will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 11.

With south Florida the nation’s COVID-19 hot spot, Miami County mayors told Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 14 they could not issue emergency closures even if they had to.

None of Washington's 39 counties may progress to a further phase of reopening before July 28 under new orders from Gov. Jay Inslee.

The number of potential buyers simply walking through the showroom doors already was declining even before the coronavirus pandemic arrived.

Cheryl Miller, who in April had been granted a leave of absence from her position as AutoNation’s president and CEO for health reasons, has decided not to return and has resigned from AutoNation and its board of directors, a move that was effective July 14.

In a country as large and diverse as the U.S., each state offers a range of pros and cons across a number of aspects. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 21:27

Caliber Appoints New VP of Glass Operations

Caliber Collision recently announced it has appointed Mark Turner as its glass operations vice president.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza denied Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in its assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud lawsuit July 13.

The last few days have been “utter chaos” for Troy Waller, who owns Troy Waller Auto Body in Fort Dodge, IA.