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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 23:12

On The Lighter Side: Designer Builds World's First Wooden Supercar, Spends 20,000 Hours

Written by Utku Kucukduner, Interesting Engineering

It's quite curious how people can be passionate about the most unseeming and impossible things.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 22:34

Opus IVS Introduces ScanSafe™

Opus IVS, formerly DrewTech, announces today the availability of a new collision scanning solution, ScanSafe™.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 22:14

5 Steps to Recovering from a Ransomware Attack

Barely a week goes by without ransomware making the headlines.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 21:14

Hummer EV Edition 1 Sells Out Within an Hour

General Motors made huge waves Oct. 19 with the full debut of the revived Hummer.

Despite rising COVID-19 cases in many states, concerns about the pandemic seem to be waning and, in many cases, are being replaced by concern over the upcoming presidential election.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 19:23

CIC Hosting Virtual Meeting---Free Registration

The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) is hosting its virtual meeting, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET (8 a.m. to noon PT) Nov. 10 and 11, on the Zoom platform.

Mackenzie Burgett saw a rickety old Ford Bronco sitting in a driveway outside St. Louis and asked her dad if they could take a cross-country summer trip in one just like it.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:14

From the Auto Body Shop to the Beauty Shop

A lot of businesses have had to get a little creative to keep the doors open during the pandemic.

CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced it completed the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA Standards for the collision repair industry, including new calibration standards developed by CIECA’s Calibration Committee and an enhancement to CIECA’s scanning standards.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce it will host “Creating an AWAIR Program for Your Shop.”

On Oct. 9, a jury found Morrie’s 394 Hyundai, LLC, of St. Louis Park, MN, liable for retaliation against former employee Victoria McVey and awarded her $200,000 in damages.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 21:39

Industry Shows Strong Support for SEMA360

The specialty equipment aftermarket industry is ready to come together for SEMA360, the new online event taking place Nov. 2-6, that will allow industry professionals to connect and conduct much-needed business.

CCC Information Services Inc. announced the expansion of its digital customer experience offering to include two-way, real-time text capabilities.

General Motors Co. announced Oct. 20 its Spring Hill, TN, assembly plant will begin the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, MI, and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, MI.

Maryland Auto Insurance has launched an initiative aimed at combatting auto insurance fraud in Maryland.

A newly released study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) spotlights Ford's longstanding commitment to building vehicles in Chicago and its contributions to the Illinois economy, including $6.8 billion to the state GDP and more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state.

Jason and Erika Zerwas, husband and wife ownership duo, celebrated the opening of four CARSTAR locations in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, announced the release of Mitchell Intelligent Vision, the industry's first Extended Reality (XR) hands-free solution integrated into the collision repair workflow.

Fastest in America is back and bigger than ever.

The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), an under-40 community of the Auto Care Association, announced its full lineup of speakers and panel discussions ahead of its first-ever YANG Virtual Experience event, set to take place Oct. 21.

For automakers, there are three technology strategies to reduce serious injury and related consequences from auto accidents: prevent auto accidents, protect occupants from injury when in an auto accident and facilitate better medical care to an injured occupant after an accident.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) says the annual Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference honored four FCA technical business leaders for their career achievements.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and Reliable Automotive Equipment (RAE) have partnered to offer a unique opportunity for participants in Repairer Driven Education (RDE), held during SEMA360.

Earnhardt Auto Centers and State Forty-Eight are pleased to award more than $6,100 to the Chandler Compadres, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to East Valley, AZ, kids and families in need since 1980.

Tesla accelerated Gigafactory Texas’ construction on Oct. 17.

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. on Oct. 16 announced it has secured commitments for debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing totaling $1.65 billion, and has filed a motion for approval of the financing by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

PartsTrader announced a virtual collision repair industry update event, to be held at 11 a.m. PST Nov. 5.

Sheehy Auto Stores raised $250,500 to benefit the American Heart Association as part of the company's annual Sheehy 8000 Sales Race, a community-wide effort that ran July 17 to Sept. 8, raising funds and awareness for the charity.

As patterns of “new normal” emerge---from continued remote working to limited travel, business as usual and everything in between---Enterprise has continued to track results and patterns in the Length of Rental (LOR) for the U.S. and Canada.

The National Auto Body Council® on Oct. 18 launched an innovative fundraising event that will allow car lovers across America to join NABC™ members, their company employees and auto enthusiasts to put their passion and pride on display---the first ever NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced earlier this month the ninth installment of the MSO Symposium would take place as a five-day virtual event the week of Nov. 9, and that for the first time ever, the program is open to the entire industry and at no cost.

Local businesses in Hayward, WI, all pitched in to fix up and donate a car to someone who needs it. All that hard worked payed off when they rolled it out for the first time Oct. 15.

Madison Area Technical College expects to follow the same playbook for the spring semester that it’s using this fall: most classes delivered online and students and employees completing a health survey before they enter campus buildings.

Last week’s SEMA eNews featured several specials and details on what some manufacturers will showcase in SEMA360, Nov. 2–6, at www.sema360.com.

Love is in the air for deer and that’s bad news for motorists who travel the roads of southeastern Massachusetts.

The San Marcos, TX, Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 13 held a public hearing and approved a conditional use permit for an automotive body shop.

Friday, 16 October 2020 19:58

Secrets to a Successful Calibration

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently hosted a webinar for service technicians, "ADAS Calibration---Do It Right and Document What You Do!"

General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center in Michigan will be reworked to produce only all-electric vehicles going forward.

Volkswagen announced it has ordered more than 2,200 new robots for the planned production of MEB-based electric cars in its plants in Emden, Hanover in Germany and Chattanooga, TN, mainly used for body production and battery assembly.

A cool project vehicle will make the cover of magazines and even go viral on social media, but the builders are often the unsung heroes.

Chevy Bolt battery compartment fires have caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open a federal investigation into 2017-2020 Bolt EV cars.

A ZF airbag lawsuit alleges the airbags and seat belts in more than 15 million vehicles may fail to activate because the vehicles are equipped with ZF TRW airbag control units (ACUs) which contain DS84 application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

On Oct. 8, a deserving U.S. Marine Corps veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide him reliable transportation to carry out his important mission of serving veterans and frontline workers in need.

To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR Volunteer Committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive.

AkzoNobel announced it has been named New Vendor of the Year by Advance Auto Parts.

A recent Instagram post auction company GAA Classic Cars shows some businesses are looking out to make sure Christmas comes for all, despite this year being tainted by the pandemic.

Thursday, 15 October 2020 23:08

Tow Trucks Sought in Texas Camaro Thefts

Criminals want your car and they’re going to great lengths to get them.

Loss estimates are in for Hurricane Delta, the 10th named storm to hit the U.S. this season.

Fisker Inc.---designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions---announced details surrounding its first dedicated engineering and technology center, to be located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Young drivers think old drivers go too slow and get confused too easily. Old drivers think the young whipper-snappers go too fast and take too many chances.

Two Colorado high school teachers were named winners of the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, a leading global supplier of technology and services, today introduced the MD-500, a new wireless tablet that technicians can use to more efficiently manage the repair process.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:34

Why Dealers Are Now ‘Exercising Caution’

Dealerships sold millions of used vehicles during the summertime, including a four-month stretch of year-over-year sales gains.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:20

NADA Show 2021 to be Held Online

NADA Show 2021 is going virtual.

Tesla has had its fair share of critics over the years, and numerous efforts have been initiated with the goal of attacking the company.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:38

Mazda Donates $215,000 to Food Banks

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Mazda has been finding ways to pitch in. And with an estimated one-sixth of Americans at risk of facing hunger this year, Mazda decided to step up and provide grants to food banks across the country.

Connect is AkzoNobel’s latest digital innovation to enhance efficiency in collision repair shops in North America.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:03

On The Lighter Side: Red Rod Rides Again

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In the days before you could buy a rubber-burning, heart-stopping-speed muscle car off a car dealer’s lot, high-school boys with a need for speed and a few bucks in their pocket built their own “muscle cars.”

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