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Classic Collision, LLC, announced a new closing May 27---the acquisition of The Body Werks repair center in Holly Hill, FL.

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Auto shoppers in America are more likely than ever before to consider buying a fully electric vehicle (EV), and new EV entries are responsible for much of the added consideration.

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The CIF Gala is back!

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

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New-vehicle prices continue to set records, with the average transaction price expected to reach a May record of $44,832---a 15.7% increase from a year ago and the third-highest level on record despite rising interest rates, according to J.D. Power.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 14:31

Hyundai Pretensioner Recall Affects Accent, Elantra

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Hyundai seatbelt pretensioner recall includes about 281,000 Accent, Elantra and Elantra Hybrid cars with pretensioners at risk of exploding when they deploy.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 14:22

New Jersey AG & State Agency Penalize 3 Dealer Groups

Written by SubPrime Auto Finance News Staff

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A trio of dealership operations in the Garden State are set to pay hefty penalties for alleged violations of advertising, warranties and other financing and retailing matters.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 14:12

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ Sells Out in 4 Hours

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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General Motors' all-electric 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ has sold out, but customers can still pre-order one. 

Thursday, 26 May 2022 13:57

Volkswagen Looking at U.S. Sites for New Factory to Build Scout EVs

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Volkswagen Group plans to build electric pickups and SUVs under the Scout brand at a new production site in the U.S.

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Maaco Fort Myers in Florida launched a partnership with a local technical college, Fort Myers Technical College, to help support future auto body repair professionals.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 10:44

Ford F-150 Lightning Customer Deliveries Beginning

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford has officially started making deliveries of the F-150 Lightning, with the first unit of the all-electric pickup being delivered May 26 to a Michigan resident.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 09:47

On The Lighter Side: Leno Tells Ford CEO He's A "Truck Guy" After Driving F-150 Lightning

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Jim Farley visited Jay Leno to show him the Ford F-150 Lightning, turning the famous "car guy" into a "truck guy."

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LKQ Corporation on May 23 released its 2021 Sustainability Report and unveiled its new brand identity, reflecting the company’s transformation from a salvage dismantler and recycler to a leading global value-added and sustainable distributor of vehicle parts, accessories and services.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 15:19

3 Race Cars Stolen from Westland, MI, Business

Written by Priya Mann, Click on Detroit

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A neighborhood crime took place in Westland, MI, when a business specializing in supercharged vehicles had three of them disappear overnight.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 15:13

Is a ‘Chop Shop’ Operating in Plain Sight Beneath Seattle Bridge?

Written by Lauren Donovan, KIRO 7

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Car theft victims want to know who is responsible for what they’re calling a “chop shop” operating in plain sight beneath Seattle’s First Avenue Bridge.

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Memphis, TN, police need help identifying a woman they said used fake identification and information to buy a vehicle from a dealership on two different occasions.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 14:26

Tesla, GM Supplier to Pay $1.1B Penalty for Bribery, Price Manipulation

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla and General Motors material supplier Glencore and Glencore Ltd. pled guilty to several violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to bribery and commodity and price manipulation.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 13:54

Fiat Chrysler Reaches $300 Million Plea Deal Following Emissions Fraud Probe

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reached a $300 million plea deal after pleading guilty to criminal conduct concerning an emissions fraud probe involving its vehicles with diesel engines, a new report from Reuters said.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. believes in taking charge of the future---and that’s exactly why it connected the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to Toyota Auto Body California, Inc., for a donation of 944 quarter panels, valued at $632,480, which will benefit collision repair educational programs around the country.

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With no relief from elevated prices and tight new-vehicle inventory, U.S. auto sales in May are expected to drop to their lowest level of the year.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 11:46

Carvana, Vroom in Serious Trouble

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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For some time, upstarts Carvana and Vroom have been transforming how thousands of Americans buy their cars. Focusing on internet sales and non-traditional delivery methods, these chains enamored cynical consumers tired of the old dealership games.

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The latest edition of the LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Insurance Demand Meter reports the overall annual U.S. auto insurance shopping growth rate, which includes shopping and new policies, dropped for the third consecutive quarter for the first time since LexisNexis Risk Solutions began releasing these quarterly metrics.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 09:18

Symach Fixline System 2022

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FixLine is a lean repair process to repair cars in line, that includes all equipment necessary for the paint line of the collision repair shop.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 08:50

SEMA Announces Board Election Results

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Results of the 2022 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Rich Butler of R&R Marketing Consultants, Norris Marshall of BluePrint Engines, Kathryn Reinhardt of 4WP/ Pro Comp and Melanie White of Hellwig Products elected to serve.

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Precision Diagnostics has become a CIECA corporate member.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 15:56

Committee Recommends Danville, IL, Purchase Burned Down Auto Body Property

Written by Jennifer Bailey, Commercial-News

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The Danville, IL, City Council’s Public Works Committee recommended purchasing a former auto body shop property on South Gilbert Street where a burned structure has been sitting.

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Auto insurers are caught between a rock and a hard place.

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Ford Motor Company and 40 states’ attorneys general agreed to a $19.2 million settlement, concluding an investigation into Ford’s alleged false advertising of the payload capacity of 2011-2014 Super Duty pickup trucks and the fuel economy of 2013-2014 C-Max hybrids. 

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Stellantis N.V. and Samsung SDI on May 24 announced they will establish an electric-vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Kokomo, IN.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10:27

Rivian's Delivery Delays Frustrating Some Early Adopters: Report

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Rivian's recent decision to prioritize the production of models featuring specific interior and exterior colors and wheels has led to the unusual situation that some early reservation holders are getting their vehicles delivered later than customers who placed pre-orders years after them.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10:05

Gas Prices Hit Record High Every Day for Past 2 Weeks

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Gas prices have soared to new heights in May with the price of unleaded regular gas hitting a record high every day for the past two weeks, as of May 24.

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Continuing its rapid expansion, Kia America celebrated the sale of the 10 millionth Kia vehicle in the U.S.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced May 24 it has grown its platform of collision repair centers to 200 locations.

Monday, 23 May 2022 14:49

Little 500 Festival Car Show Brings Collectors Together

Written by Andy Knight, The Herald Bulletin

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In 1999, Alexandria, IN, resident Bobby Eden traveled to a car show in Evansville, IN, and, as he watched the entries make their way through the property’s front gate, he saw a 1936 Ford Slantback sedan.

Monday, 23 May 2022 14:38

Relationships are Hard Work. Suppliers say Chrysler Parent Stellantis Needs to Try Harder

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

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Chrysler parent Stellantis has the worst working relations with North American automotive suppliers of six major automakers, according to a closely watched annual study of supplier perceptions.

Monday, 23 May 2022 14:25

Step Up or Step Back: Thoughts on Dealer Auto Body Shops

Written by by David Roberts and Chris Lane, Focus Advisors Automotive M&A

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Collision repair has often been called the ugly stepchild of a dealer organization. Some dealers, though, have made collision repair the stars of their organizations.

Monday, 23 May 2022 12:22

Carvana Releases Details of Updated Operating Plan

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Carvana said it would share an updated operating plan after it announced the cutting of approximately 2,500 workers May 10.

Monday, 23 May 2022 12:11

12 Organizations Unite to Support Catalytic Converter Anti-Theft Proposal

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Catalytic converter theft now is getting attention on Capitol Hill.

Monday, 23 May 2022 09:59

Tesla Cybertruck Makes Most Recent Appearance in Michigan

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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The Tesla Cybertruck made its most recent public appearance at the Michigan Formula SAE competition at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.

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The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. rose to 12.2 years this year, increasing by nearly two months over the prior year, according to new research from S&P Global Mobility (formerly the automotive team at IHS Markit).

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A car-shopping marketplace Cars.com survey found that despite an almost 35% year-over-year increase in gas prices, 82% of Americans who are planning to travel this Memorial Day will do so by car.

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TrueCar, Inc. is awarding Elisabeth Nylander, a Gold Star family member, with a new vehicle through its DrivenToDrive initiative.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) brought together dozens of automotive industry professionals May 19 at the Holiday Inn in Clark, NJ, for a town hall meeting.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced May 23 it has grown its presence in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through the acquisition of Jost Collision and Garage in New Jersey and Syrena Collision Center in Pennsylvania.

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Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for their roles in falsifying vehicle titles as part of a long-running odometer roll-back scheme.

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Hyundai Motor Group on May 20 announced it has entered into an agreement with the State of Georgia to build its first dedicated full electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

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GHSA's annual spotlight report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2021 Preliminary Data, offers a comprehensive look at state and national trends in pedestrian deaths for 2021.

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Three industry legends will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame: Walker Evans, Jack Roush and Robert Eugene "Gene" Winfield.

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:39

Tesla's Service Manuals Now Free of Charge, Grab Them While You Can

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Tesla's service manuals, which had cost $3,187 a year or $371.88 a month since August 2021, are now free of charge for the entire vehicle lineup. 

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:27

Environmental Groups Look to Halt Tesla’s Battery Plant Permits at Gigafactory Texas

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Environmentalists and activist groups are setting their sights on Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas.

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:13

TN Student Presented with Malco ‘Head of the Class’ Award

Written by Betty Proctor, Chattanooga State

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Kenadie Halling, a high-achieving student in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology collision repair technology program at Chattanooga State Community College, received a “Head of the Class” award from Malco Products, SBC.

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More than 50 first responders from fire departments in Womelsdorf, PA, and surrounding areas gathered May 14 for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) F.R.E.E.™ program, D & R Auto Body, Farmers Insurance and HURST Jaws ofLife.

 

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In this video, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of the DEG reevaluate how to differentiate the equipment from the consumable used in the repair process.

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In his new unscripted project, the 'Iron Man' star turns sports and muscle cars in his garage into eco-friendly automobiles for the 21st century.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:21

MSC Southeast’s Auto Body Collision Tech Instructor Turns Over Keys to Former Student

Written by Katryn Conlin, Winona Daily News

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After 36 years of teaching auto body collision technology at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, MN, Tom Brandt is handing over the keys to the college’s auto body shop at the end of the spring semester.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:12

Ford F-150 Lightning Dealer Demo Units Begin to Flood Lots Outside Dearborn, MI

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford’s introductory all-electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, recently began production, and finished units are filling parking lots near the automaker’s Dearborn, MI, production plant, preparing to make their way to dealerships as demo vehicles.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 12:07

On The Lighter Side: Abandoned Factory Hides Over 40 Classic Cars

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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There are some wild rides, including completely custom builds…

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Maaco continued its 50th anniversary celebration by earning top awards and recognition for its strong 2021 performance, brand reinvention and long history of serving drivers in North America.

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