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The Built Wild™ Bronco® brand makes its live debut at the annual SEMA Show Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas, showcasing a diverse lineup of personalized two- and four-door Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs for everything under the sun, from winter fun to rocky desert trails.

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Green Car Journal has announced finalists for six award categories in its prestigious 2022 Green Car Awards™ program, including the industry's coveted Green Car of the Year®.

Friday, 22 October 2021 20:49

Tesla Explains its Cybertruck Exoskeleton Supply Strategy

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla has been vocal about the supply chain challenges this year due to the COVID pandemic. At the recent earnings call, Wall Street analyst Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities Research asked about the Cybertruck’s stainless steel exoskeleton supplier. 

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The Austin Mobility Experience, a landmark celebration of all things mobile, electric and autonomous, will launch March 11-20 in Austin, TX.

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Breakthrough technology to help eliminate dangerous electric-vehicle battery-cell leaks will be on display Oct. 26-28 at the Assembly Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago.

Friday, 22 October 2021 19:34

Family of Murdered Tennessee Auto Body Shop Owner Offers $1M Reward for Information Leading to Arrest

Written by Mike Christen, The Daily Herald

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The family of Jim Grimes is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for his death. 

Friday, 22 October 2021 16:57

SCRS Quick Tip: Parts Mirror Matching

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.

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The National Auto Body Council® (NABC) announced Oct. 21 it will split the popular truck category in the NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by United Recyclers Group to recognize the top modern-era and vintage trucks.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle has been recognized as Best Pickup Truck for its design and utility by members of the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA).

Friday, 22 October 2021 16:17

Porsche Hasn’t Been Derailed by the Chip Shortage

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Porsche recently announced it experienced record sales for the first three quarters of 2021.

Friday, 22 October 2021 15:59

Tesla Acknowledges Service Challenges, Pledges Serious Repair Team Ramp

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It’s no secret Tesla is experiencing challenges meeting the service needs of its customers, with some owners reporting appointments with the company’s service team are only available weeks or even months out.

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Enterprise released Length of Rental (LOR) data for the third quarter of 2021, which shows overall LOR for collision replacement-related rentals is 15.2 days, an increase of almost three full days compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 20:48

On The Lighter Side: Six Of The Rarest Classic Cars Ever Made

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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These are the most exclusive cars on the planet!

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on Oct. 21 reported its sixth consecutive all-time record quarter.

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ASE and the ASE Education Foundation will participate in a panel discussion during the upcoming Automotive Service Association (ASA) Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) symposium.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 19:23

The Boring Company Vegas Loop Gets Approval from County

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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The Clark County, NV, Commissioners Board recently approved The Boring Company’s (TBC) Vegas Loop franchise agreement, marking another milestone in the project.

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

Thursday, 21 October 2021 17:07

Chevy Bolt Floor Mat Recall Issued for Unintended Acceleration

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Chevy Bolt floor mat recall includes nearly 4,000 cars as owners are advised to remove the floor liners until GM dealers can replace the mats because they may interfere with the gas pedals.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 16:54

MA High Court Rules Auto Insurers Must Pay for Inherent Diminished Value

Written by Jim Sams, Claims Journal

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Anybody who’s seen a Carfax commercial may suspect a vehicle that’s been involved in a crash is worth less even after it is repaired.

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As part of its commitment to helping refinish customers find and retain talent, Axalta Refinish North America is pleased to introduce a new training option, the Prepper to Painter Application Course.

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Two more vehicles were stolen in October from Highland Park, IL, dealerships, police for the city reported Oct. 11.

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More than 100 U.S. House lawmakers on Oct. 12 urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep a $4,500 tax credit incentive for union-built electric vehicles in a massive spending bill.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, introduced Recovery Assistant, the industry leader’s first mobile experience for casualty claims resolution.

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The health and safety of our youngest road users is of utmost importance for groups like Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) and GM, whose relationship began in 2019.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 22:06

CARA Founder Passes Away

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Richard P. Finney, owner of Finney Automotive in Cadiz, OH, and founder and president of the Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA), died Oct. 14.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:12

Auto Glass Shortage Requires Creativity to Persevere

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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The hits keep right on coming for the U.S. economy thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The National Auto Body Council’s “Rides for a Reason” virtual car show, presented by United Recyclers Group, LLC, is coming to a close.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Medina and North Ridgeville, OH.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 19:45

U.S. Trucking Industry Short by Record 80,000 Drivers Amid Supply-Chain Crisis

Written by Grace Dean, Yahoo News

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The U.S. has a shortage of around 80,000 truck drivers, Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), told CNN on Oct. 19.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 17:02

Nikola vs. Tesla Semi Lawsuit Gets New Life After Judge’s Ruling

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Nikola Motors' lawsuit claiming portions of the Tesla Semi infringed on several of Nikola's design patents has been given new deadlines by Judge James Donato, according to an order released Oct. 19.

 

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Ansys simulation solutions enable Ford to accelerate the development of its predictive smart headlights and improve nighttime driving for consumers.

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The automotive industry ranked No. 2 out of the 10 industries featured in MBLM's 2021 Brand Intimacy COVID Study, a study of brands based on emotional connections during the pandemic.

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HGreg Nissan Kendall has been named to the J.D. Power Dealers of Excellence list for 2021---a second year in a row.

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ALLDATA’s latest update makes it easy for auto repairers to instantly access Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) information, direct from the OEMs.

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It is widely accepted that around 95% of road traffic accidents are caused by human drivers. We are fallible, distracted and potentially dangerous.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 21:24

Ships Waiting to Enter Ports of L.A., L.B. in Record Backlog

Written by City News Service, Los Angeles Sentinel

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The San Pedro Bay port complex, which consists of the two busiest container ports in the U.S., is experiencing its largest backlog of ships on record, with more than 58 vessels waiting to enter the ports Oct. 12.

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AutoNation, Inc., intends to sell 17 unspecified locations of its collision repair centers to Caliber Holdings LLC, according to a filing it registered Oct. 18 with the SEC.

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Did you know cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year? That one in four car accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving? Or an estimated 400,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver? Don’t become a statistic!

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks on Oct. 18 announced the launch of the EcoCAR EV Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show announced several highly anticipated vehicles will make their debut at this year's AutoMobility LA®---LA Auto Show's media and industry days---taking place Nov. 17-18.

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Two minority-led Michigan dental health providers have been selected to receive a custom mobile dental clinic through the Motor City Kares initiative.

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Young drivers aged 15-20 were involved in one in every eight fatal crashes over the past decade, according to a new ValuePenguin.com analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Oct. 19 unveiled a brand-new paint scheme for Hendrick Motorsports' iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that spotlights Axalta's newest acquisition, U-POL, and its RAPTOR® brand.

 

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still not fully behind us, it remains difficult to know just what life will be like once we emerge.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:28

Volkswagen Doubles Q3 ’20 EV Delivery Tally, ID.4 Leads the Way

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Volkswagen announced it delivered 122,100 all-electric vehicles globally in the third quarter of 2021, doubling its tally from the same period a year before.

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Repairify, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced Oct. 19 its new strategic initiative to align its family of brands, which includes asTech®adasThinkBlueDriver®FleetGenixMobile Tech RX and RED (EU), to emerge as a global leader in automotive technology and intelligence to help the automotive collision, mechanical and dealership sectors master the modern vehicle.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Oct. 19 it has acquired Auto Tech & Body, a leading South Florida collision repair center located at 429 N. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach, FL.

Monday, 18 October 2021 22:05

Finding an EV Charging Station Shouldn’t be Game of Hide-and-Seek

Written by Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

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I get emails regularly from readers saying they’ll never buy an electric vehicle because there’s no place nearby to charge it.

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When Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) Collision Chairman Dennis Cataldo Jr. discovered the repair time for a new procedure seemed too low, he knew exactly what route to take.

Monday, 18 October 2021 21:09

CA High School Teaching Teens to Drive Big Rigs During Nationwide Trucker Shortage

Written by Heather Schlitz, Yahoo News

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During a truck-driver shortage that exacerbates the supply-chain issues nationwide, Patterson High School in California is offering an elective class on truck driving to attract young people to careers in the industry.

Monday, 18 October 2021 20:55

The Gecko Will Pay Up: GEICO Settles in California Short Pay Case for $19.5 Million

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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GEICO reached a settlement deal of $19.5 million in a class-action lawsuit by California policyholders over sales tax and regulatory fees of insured vehicles and insured leased vehicles when total loss was declared.

Monday, 18 October 2021 20:48

Americans Continue to Drive Up Mileage on Roads

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Americans traveled 11.5% more on roads in July 2021 than in July 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

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VeriFacts Automotive, LLC, announced Fix Auto Sierra Vista, located in Sierra Vista, AZ, and its store manager, Richard O’Leary, are recipients of a March Taylor award for 2021, recognizing them as one of the top collision repair professionals in the country.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 14 signed Senate Bill 128, which will amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow car dealerships greater flexibility in their operating hours.

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It's the end of an era and start of a new age for the automotive aftermarket in the Southeast.

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Stellantis N.V. and LG Energy Solution on Oct. 18 announced they have entered into a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture to produce battery cells and modules for North America.

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Together with state and community leaders, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) held an event to celebrate the first of Toyota's latest engine products for the all-new 2022 Tundra to come off the production line.

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Mitchell, Genex and Coventry formally announced Oct. 13 the creation of their new parent brand, Enlyte.

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