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General Motors reported fourth-quarter and full-year profits for 2020---despite the negatives associated with the COVID-19 pandemic on sales and production, the fourth quarter made a massive positive impact.

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Recently, a deserving nursing student from Trocaire College experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to Gerber Collision in Tonawanda, NY, and car donor Travelers Insurance along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

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A 2020 law in California requires private employers with more than 100 employees to report certain pay and workforce data to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, and annually thereafter.

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Consumers are showing more interest in auto insurance rates based on their actual driving behaviors, and some insurers have been answering these calls, but as technology advances both inside and outside of vehicles, more companies are expected to leverage advanced telematics.

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A $15 minimum wage would result in 1.4 million jobs lost and disproportionately hurt younger workers and those with less education, a new Congressional Budget Office report said.

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With an average annual premium of $427, Nebraska motorists pay the ninth-lowest car insurance rates in the country.

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When General Motors boldly announced its goal last month to make only battery-powered vehicles by 2035, it didn’t just mark a break with more than a century of making internal combustion engines.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 20:48

Tesla’s Biggest EV Threat is Apple: Analyst

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Upon news that tech giant Apple will be focusing some of its effort on an electric car project, many analysts and enthusiasts within the EV space have speculated over what Apple’s potential in the sector is.

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Connecting with Mercury Insurance just got easier---the company announced it has launched a mobile app, currently available for its auto insurance policyholders.

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EVgo, the nation's largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), is expanding its offering for Tesla drivers to charge at more EVgo stations across the country, upgrading hundreds of its stations with integrated Tesla connectors.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:36

On The Lighter Side: Hyundai Unveils Autonomous Four-Legged Walking Car

Written by Chris Young, Interesting Engineering

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Transportable by UAV, the Tiger X-1 concept can travel through jungles, caves, and even space terrain.

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General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales has taken the next step in its global rebranding initiative with the launch of a new marketing campaign designed to strengthen GM Genuine Parts and ACDelco brands.

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The Kia Niro EV has been ranked No. 1 among mass-market brands in the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study.

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Women are much more likely than men to suffer a serious injury when they are involved in a crash, but much of the heightened risk is related to the types of vehicles women drive and the circumstances of their crashes, rather than physical differences, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

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Fix Network World on Feb. 11 announced the opening of the first three ProColor Collison locations in its U.S. network, less than five months after expanding its ProColor brand into the American market.

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Volkswagen Group's software company, Car.Software Organisation, will collaborate with Microsoft to build a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP) on Microsoft Azure, and leverage its compute and data capabilities to deliver automated driving experiences even faster at global scale.

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CARSTAR has been ranked again among the top franchisees in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2021 Franchise 500.

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Especially if you reside within city limits, you can have beauty products, burritos or beer brought to your front door with just a couple of taps on your smartphone.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 23:41

You Could Soon Be Living in Teslaville

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Do you ever feel like you're living in the "country of Amazon," the "county of Tesla", or the "city of Facebook?" Increasingly, tech companies have taken over large portions of how we live our lives and do business.

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Following Virginia's landmark passage of the Clean Economy Act last year, four bills advancing to the state Senate would help make the Commonwealth more environmentally friendly by electrifying its transportation sector.

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Carvana on Feb. 4 made two announcements showing it seems to plan a continuation of its trend of growth into 2021.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 22:29

Volvo Tries to Stop Defect Lawsuit

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Volvo Cars of North America LLC and Volvo Car Corporation fought back in federal court against a renewed motion for class certification in its ongoing legal battle centered on alleged defective sunroofs for select models that has gone on for more than a decade, according to court documents.

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Frank Latin doesn’t have to leave work for long to check how construction is going at his business’s soon-to-be new location.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 20:26

Milwaukee Sees 152% Car Theft Increase

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Motorious has been warning since early 2020 that car thefts were on the rise and, rather than being a temporary spike, things were going to get even worse.

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A fire broke out at a Mooresville, NC, auto shop at about 11 p.m. Feb. 2, destroying nine cars stored inside.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 20:01

Caliber Makes Forbes List of Best Large Employers

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Caliber Collision was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers for 2021, released Feb. 9.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 19:52

PA Auto Body Shops Cash in on Winter Weather

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There's no shortage of smashed-up vehicles in the parking lot of Advanced Collision near Bartonsville, PA.

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, continues to focus on network performance into 2021.

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General Motors is recalling nearly 6 million vehicles to replace Takata front passenger airbag inflators at risk of exploding.

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Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization and certifying entity for the collision repair industry, announced Feb. 9 the introduction of “fully documented invoicing,” a new critical feature and function of its patent pending web application, RepairDOC.

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California's Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought by a union group seeking to have Proposition 22 declared unconstitutional and unenforceable.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Legislature’s Republican leadership have identified providing COVID-19 liability protections for businesses as an urgent priority.

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A bill that would extend the length of time Georgia businesses are protected from certain COVID-19-related lawsuits cleared the House on Feb. 9.

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Miami took third place as one of the U.S.'s most congested cities in 2020, as was pointed out by location specialist TomTom in its 2020 Traffic Index Report. 

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“Cyber liability is a major concern and there are two major factors---a data breach and the cyber risk associated with an outside hack with some of the vehicles,” said Ken Deason of Federated Insurance, as he gave an overview of different insurance auto glass companies need in an industry webinar.

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In recognition of outstanding community stewardship during a time of crisis, Rick DeSilva Jr., owner of Liberty Subaru in Emerson, NJ, was announced as the 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year by leaders from TIME and Ally Financial at the 104th National Automotive Dealers Association Show.

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Semiconductor supply remains an issue facing the entire industry.

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The Auto Care Association (ACA), in partnership with Arity, announced Feb. 9 the latest addition of trackable industry data to the TrendLens data platform.

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Dealers and consumers in the U.S. should not see shortages of most models affected by the shortage of computer chips as there is ample vehicle inventory, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of Auto Available Inventory data.

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During a recent interview with Chinese state media outlet Xinhua Net, Tesla China President Tom Zhu discussed several aspects of the electric car maker’s operations and plans in the country.

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Revel, an electric transportation company engaged in electric moped sharing, announced a plan to launch its first EV fast-charging Superhub in Brooklyn at the historic former Pfizer building, currently used by small businesses and start-ups.

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Three vehicles from Kia Motors America were named "Best Cars for the Money" in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) will present “ADAS: The Future is NOW,” a seminar focusing on advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), for members via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 17:03

DEG Welcomes KABA as Newest Gold Level Sponsor

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) introduced its newest Gold level sponsor, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA).

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 00:02

Hyundai Isn't Building the Apple Car After All

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The Apple car is dead again.

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After a series of bad passes, Shawn is determined to get the Murder Nova driving straight again.

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In the old days, body shop marketing and advertising was relatively simple, with only a few things to consider---direct mail, phone book advertising, radio or TV advertising and, if you decided to think outside of the box, billboards or even sky writing.

Monday, 08 February 2021 21:04

Nevada Looking to Close Classic Car Loophole

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Certain members of Nevada’s state legislature have laid out their plans to close so-called loopholes in the state law dictating what constitutes a classic car.

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Every January, the subject of minimum wage becomes a hot topic as lawmakers debate whether or not to raise it, with the goal of keeping up with the cost of living.

Monday, 08 February 2021 18:36

Splashy Louisiana Debut for Carvana

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Carvana made its Louisiana debut on Feb. 3.

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Maryland’s House Environment and Transportation Committee meeting had an in-depth auto glass discussion as several industry members weighed in on HB 519, which would require those installing auto glass in the state to follow the AGRSS Standard.

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A recent post from Tesla’s official LinkedIn account indicated the company is looking to bolster its Autopilot team with a number of dedicated data annotation-related job openings.

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A global supply shortage is impacting jobs right here in metro Detroit.

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NSG Group reported it is recovering from the decline it faced in mid-2020, largely due to COVID-19, in its third quarter consolidated financial report.

Friday, 05 February 2021 21:34

Investigating Auto Seat Failure Claims

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The claims analyst is sometimes faced with an unusual set of circumstances that may have caused an automobile accident. 

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Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet management company, announced Feb. 2 its plans to further electrify its portfolio with BrightDrop, the new business backed by General Motors, offering electric first-to-last-mile products and software services.

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Tesla is now at a point where the company is on the verge of becoming a mainstream automaker.

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General Motors is idling three of its assembly plants in North America and running a fourth in South Korea at half capacity for one week as it struggles with the ongoing semiconductor shortage that has already impacted production at Ford Motor Co., Stellantis and others globally.