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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce LKQ Corporation has committed to pledge $10,000, achieving the highest support tier, “First Responder."

Friday, 04 February 2022 16:00

MA Gov.: $9.5B in Infrastructure Law Funds Will Transform Transportation

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square

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Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled plans for the state’s portion of the federal infrastructure passed by Congress this year, funds that will be used to repair roadways, highways, bridges and public transportation lines.

Friday, 04 February 2022 15:52

Weather-Induced Wrecks Keeping Kansas Body Shops Busy, Backed Up

Written by Abbey Higginbotham, KWCH News

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With cold temperatures and icy roads, drivers have been skidding and sliding, leaving their cars in bad shape.

Friday, 04 February 2022 13:48

Panel of Industry Leaders Discuss Aftermarket Challenges and Future

Written by Ashley Reyes

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A new SEMA Show Education seminar recording featuring leaders at the helm of front-running companies in the automotive aftermarket is now available at www.semashow.com/education.

Friday, 04 February 2022 13:42

DOT Issues National Roadway Safety Strategy with Focus on Safer Vehicles

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a new national strategy for addressing roadway safety, saying it has an “ambitious long-term goal of zero roadway fatalities.”

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Lightning eMotors, a leading provider of zero emissions medium duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, has reached an agreement with General Motors to be the first GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer (SVM) to provide fully electric Class 3 through Class 6 commercial vehicles.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Feb. 4 joined Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Google Senior Vice President and CFO Ruth Porat and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to announce a new partnership to activate the Michigan Central Innovation District in an effort to attract and retain highly skilled talent and high-growth companies while supporting the development of neighboring neighborhoods.

Friday, 04 February 2022 12:41

Automakers, Chip Firms Differ on When Semiconductor Shortage Will Abate

Written by Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters

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Automakers, including General Motors, Ford Motor and Hyundai Motor, predict a near two-year chip constraint will ease in the second half of 2022, but automotive chipmakers, on the other hand, expect a recovery to take longer.

Friday, 04 February 2022 12:25

CAA Offers Updated Labor Rate Surveys

Written by Abigail Andrews

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The CAA is pleased to provide its members with new labor rate surveys updated as of February.

 

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In this video, Danny Gredinberg, of the DEG, talks about using the Electronic Parts Catalog (EPC) in the repair planning process.

Friday, 04 February 2022 12:11

Tesla Files for Cathode Plant at Gigafactory Texas for Battery Production

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla applied for a permit to extend Gigafactory Texas with a building to produce cathodes for battery production.

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Farhana Naz graduated from Fordham University with a business degree and worked in media research for Nielsen.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce National Coatings & Supplies/Single Source committed to participate again in the CIF Annual Donor Program.

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NEXT Insurance, the leading digital insurtech transforming small business insurance, on Feb. 2 announced it is expanding its next-generation insurance coverage to businesses in the auto services and repair industry.

 

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With the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, Ford is the first in the U.S. to offer the ability for customers to power their homes with an electric truck when the grid goes dark, providing innovative new capabilities that enhance the energy independence of its customers.

Thursday, 03 February 2022 11:58

Automotive Entrepreneurs and Inventors to Be Featured in TV Special

Written by Ashley Reyes, SEMA

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SEMA Launch Pad, the automotive industry’s product-pitching competition that has propelled inventors and entrepreneurs to successful, thriving businesses since 2013, will be featured for the first time in a nationwide television special Feb. 13 on the History Channel.

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New Series Produced by Propagate Delivers an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Cutthroat and Elite World of Celebrity Luxury and Supercar Dealers.

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Mercury Insurance on Feb. 3 announced it has made its usage-based insurance app, MercuryGO, available to drivers in New Jersey to help improve driving skills and traffic safety.

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The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing Feb. 2 entitled “The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles.”

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McLaren Racing and AkzoNobel have extended and expanded their long-running partnership.

Thursday, 03 February 2022 09:32

CIECA Announces 2022 Board of Trustees Officers

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During the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce (CIECA) Board of Trustees meeting in Phoenix, AZ, on Jan. 19, the organization’s Board of Trustees elected the following officers for 2022:

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act, to ensure the preservation of consumer choice, a fair marketplace and the continued safe operation of the nation’s 288 million registered passenger and commercial motor vehicles, 70% of which are maintained by independent repair facilities.

Thursday, 03 February 2022 09:04

Kia Recalls 410,000 Vehicles for Airbag Failures

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Kia airbag control unit recall involves more than 410,000 of these vehicles equipped with airbags that may suddenly deactivate.

Thursday, 03 February 2022 08:53

IIHS Study Finds AEB Makes No Difference in Crash Rates in the Dark

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found pedestrian crash rates were lower when vehicles were equipped with pedestrian automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems.

Thursday, 03 February 2022 08:40

Ford Boasts 167% Growth in EV Sales, Announces Walmart’s 1,100 E-Transit Order

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford released its January sales results, boasting some impressive figures in terms of electric vehicle sales---up 167.2% compared to the same month in 2021.

 

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On Feb. 2, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) demonstrated a new research milestone in autonomy, providing a glimpse into the future of safer mobility for all.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 13:19

On The Lighter Side: Nissan Teases Super Bowl Ad Packed With Big Stars And Fast Cars

Written by Anthony Alaniz, Motor1

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Nissan announced last month that brand ambassador and actress Brie Larson would star in its Super Bowl LVI commercial this year.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 12:11

Michigan House Passes Bill Aiming to Ban Phone Use While Driving

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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The Michigan House voted 75-26 to pass a trio of bills that aim to ban the use of electronic devices while driving.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 11:54

1 Mile of Detroit's Wireless EV Charging Road to Cost at Least $1.9 Million

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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The state of Michigan will spend $1.9 million to build a one-mile stretch of the nation’s first public wireless in-road charging system for electric vehicles (EV) in Detroit.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 11:42

Tesla Exceeds Job and Investment Commitments for Gigafactory New York

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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New York State officials said Tesla has far exceeded its job and investment commitments for Gigafactory New York.

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ProColor Collision on Jan. 31 announced the launch of two new shops in Sacramento, CA.

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Each year, Maaco, America’s body shop and the leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, recognizes its top performing franchisees for outstanding sales, leadership and operational excellence.

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Emporia Energy and BREK Electronics announced a new partnership to develop a bi-directional electric vehicle charger that will not only transfer power from the grid and home to the vehicle, but also from the vehicle back to the home and grid.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 09:09

Tesla 'Rolling Stop' Recall Affects Full Self-Driving Vehicles

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Tesla "rolling stop" technology has caused a recall of more than 53,800 model year 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Tesla Model Y vehicles.

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EOS Linx, a provider of solar-supported stations with electric vehicle (EV) chargers and digital advertising displays, on Feb. 2 announced a collaboration with Choice Hotels International to install EOS Charge Stations at select properties.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 16:08

GM Reports $14.3 Billion in 2021 Earnings Despite COVID-19, Chip Shortage

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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General Motors on Feb. 1 reported solid fourth-quarter and record year-end financial results, despite being plagued with production disruptions for much of last year.

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Advantage Parts Solutions, the global leader in delivering strategic automotive parts solutions, expanded its OEM parts supply chain optimization efforts into Oklahoma City, OK.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 12:56

VW ID.5 Production Starts at Newly Converted ICE-to-EV Plant

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Volkswagen announced Jan. 27 the complete transformation of its Zwickau, Germany, plant from an ICE to EV production factory.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 12:47

Hellcats Stolen from Ohio Dealership

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Early on the morning of Jan. 13, three men showed up at Mathews Dodge with the intention of leaving with a Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat sitting in the showroom.

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Bomnin Automotive Group, one of the largest and fastest-growing auto groups in South Florida, once again lived up to its slogan “Committed to Excellence” as three Bomnin dealerships were named the largest in the country in 2021.

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Production-minded technology delivers throughput performance, reduced cycle times

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 11:30

CEO Barra Says GM Can Overtake Tesla, And It's Investing Heavily

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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InsideEVs has always pushed for General Motors to succeed with EVs. In fact, if you know anything about InsideEVs' history, you know it got its start due in part to a loyal group of Chevrolet Volt owners, and several staff members still own GM EVs.

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SEMA introduced a new program to make it possible for automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers to meet the legal requirement for emissions compliance under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tampering Policy.

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Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced Jan. 31 a strategic alliance with Comau, a leading Italian systems integrator and solutions provider with longstanding experience in the automotive sector, for the build-out of a vehicle body shop at Mullen’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) in Tunica, MS. 

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The next CIECAST webinar, “Information Privacy and the Impacts to the Collision Industry & Customers,” will be held at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET Feb. 17.

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J.D. Power, a global leader in data analytics and consumer intelligence, on Jan. 31 announced staffing changes within its automotive division.

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Most electric vehicle (EVs) owners conduct little to no research on charging infrastructure before purchasing new vehicles until they bring their electric vehicles home, according to a study released Jan. 31 by clean energy software leader Uplight and See Change Institute.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 08:54

Automakers Report January Sales

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Automakers on Feb. 1 began releasing sales results from January.

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Car ownership has long been a symbol of independence and personal freedom in American society.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 08:16

ABRA Brookings Opens in South Dakota

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America announced its expansion in South Dakota with the opening of ABRA Brookings, located at 305 5th Street S., Brookings, SD, 57006.

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Cox Automotive has signaled its future mobility intent with the launch of a new global division---Cox Automotive Mobility---targeting emerging transport technologies.

Monday, 31 January 2022 11:21

Electrify America Edges Out Tesla Superchargers in EV Charging Infrastructure Study

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Last year, global engineering firm umlaut, which performs benchmarks in various industries, adapted its testing prowess to the U.S. electric vehicle market to determine which public charging network was the best in the country.

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Next up in the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) training schedule for 2022 is “Overcoming Insurer Objections to Payment for Requested Procedures,” presented 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 by Tim Ronak, senior services consultant for AkzoNobel Performance Coatings, via Zoom.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce CCC Intelligent Solutions committed to participate again in the CIF Annual Donor Program.

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Amelia Zea-Behnke, of Delta Township, MI, who pled guilty to auto insurance fraud, has been sentenced to pay restitution and fines of more than $15,000.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company held a virtual celebration Jan. 28 to mark the official start of construction for the company's new global headquarters.

Friday, 28 January 2022 13:40

CIECAST Inspects Trends Affecting Collision Repair in 2022 and Beyond

Written by Autobody News Staff

 

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CIECA hosted its latest CIECAST webinar Jan. 27, “2022 and the New Norm in the Collision Industry,” featuring Susanna Gotsch, senior director, industry analyst for CCC Intelligent Solutions.