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Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, on April 16 announced a more than $2.3 billion investment to build its second battery cell manufacturing plant in the U.S.

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NFT Inc. on April 15 announced it is now taking pre-orders for the ASKA, the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers.

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As Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) continues into a successful 2021, filled with new product launches and anticipated sales growth, the company on April 15 announced the addition of 10 new dealer partners to its U.S. network and continued investment in upgraded retail facilities.

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A great interior designer once said, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.”

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians at 4 p.m. ET April 16, entitled “Creating a Repair Order---How to Make It Easy.”

Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:27

SEMA Scores State Legislative Victories

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The 2021 state legislative sessions are in full swing and SEMA’s Government Affairs team is working non-stop to ensure positive outcomes for business.

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Caliber, which encompasses a portfolio of automotive services brands including Caliber Collision, America's largest collision repair brand, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, is hosting its 10th annual Restoring You Food Drive, beginning April 12.

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The electric vehicle (EV) boom is about to go into overdrive as auto manufacturers increasingly prioritize the electrification of their vehicle fleets and shoppers express their openness to making the switch.

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The Washington State legislature has passed groundbreaking legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington to be electric vehicles.

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Demonstrating its commitment to exceeding customer expectations, AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on April 15 announced 78 AutoNation stores have been certified in the J.D. Power 2021 Dealer of Excellence Program.

Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:35

New SEMA Garage Planned in Michigan

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) purchased a 45,000-square foot building in the Detroit, MI, area to be used as a second SEMA Garage, where manufacturers will have access to advanced product-development tools and equipment, a state-of-the-art emissions testing lab, an ADAS research and development center and expert technicians who will help bring products to market.

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Maaco Albuquerque, located in Albuquerque, NM, is proudly celebrating its 15th anniversary of business.

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Local Motors, a leader in the development, manufacturing and deployment of autonomous shuttles, recently began the first-ever project moving packages around Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar using an autonomous electric shuttle, Olli.

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As more Americans are getting vaccinated and starting to travel again, many travelers are facing a rental car shortage and accompanying sticker shock at the daily rates. The national media is taking notice.

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A vehicle repaired by Northeast Metro Tech’s auto body and automotive technology programs will now be driven by a local veteran, thanks to a partnership between the district and Second Chance Cars.

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A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against car manufacturer Subaru that alleged the windshields of certain vehicles were prone to cracking.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently stated Tesla is building up its collision repair capabilities.

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As a thank you to front line workers, CARSTAR La Habra in La Habra, CA, provided food for 150 staff at Providence St. Jude, while also supporting a local bakery. 

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a pair of bills that send a combined $25 million to small businesses and child care providers in the state.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration extended COVID-19 Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) emergency business place rules that would have expired April 14.

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The robots are coming, and they're bringing pizza.

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General Motors announced April 13 it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for the 10th year.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 21:50

Retyrn Joins CIECA

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Retyrn, a consumer-facing accident reporting company established in 2019 and based in Palo Alto, CA, recently became a CIECA member.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is excited to kick off a year of celebration to commemorate its 20th anniversary throughout 2021. 

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HGreg.com ended March with the best-selling Nissan dealership in the U.S.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Vero Beach, FL.

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Nearly nine in 10 U.S. drivers---87%---have engaged in various distracted driving behaviors while operating a vehicle for personal reasons in the past 90 days, according to a new survey commissioned by Selective and conducted by The Harris Poll.

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Lithia Motors & Driveway on April 13 announced it has acquired The Suburban Collection, headquartered in Troy, MI.

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The 16th annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards were announced April 6, with Toyota and Chevrolet earning six awards each, more than any other brands.

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Clay Hoberecht, owner of Best Body Shop in Kansas, said he is crazy about three things: his customers, their cars and his team.

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How do you really stack up against the best of the best?

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The chief executive of Intel Corp told Reuters on April 12 the company is in talks to start producing chips for car makers to alleviate a shortage that has idled automotive factories.

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A Nov. 1 trial date has been set by the U.S. District Court in Orlando, FL, in the long running Allstate v. Auto Glass America litigation.

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Levander’s Body Shop is one step closer to building a new location in Lexington, NE, after the planning commission approved the proposed redevelopment plan.

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The National Auto Body Council will host its first golf fundraising event of 2021, July 21 at Mountain View Golf Club in Ewing Township, NJ. 

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CCC Information Services Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, announced it plans to deliver on the industry's vision for straight-through auto claims processing with the launch of CCC® Estimate–STP.

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Autobody Solutions Peoria has won the 2021 ThreeBestRated award for one of the top rated auto body shops in Peoria, AZ.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) will host a virtual membership meeting, “Get Paid for More of Your Work at Labor Rates You Deserve,” at 6:30 p.m. ET April 21 via Zoom.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce AirPro Diagnostics has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the highest level, "1st Responder," with a $10,000 pledge.

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SEMA members are urged to take advantage of a COVID-19 economic relief program enacted in 2020 and expanded in 2021---the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).

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California Assembly Member Tim Grayson (D-Concord) introduced SEMA-supported legislation, AB 904, that would create a new tax credit designed to stimulate long-term capital investments in manufacturing.

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Nearly 40% of U.S. motorists are somewhat or very concerned about cybersecurity and safety of connected and autonomous vehicles, according to a survey from Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a Munich Re division.

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Ten Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles are recalled because the front passenger airbags may not deactivate if child seats are in the passenger seats.

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President Joe Biden’s $174 billion aid package for electric vehicles has been broken down in an email sent by officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on April 9 announced it has partnered with Inter Miami CF, an American professional soccer club based in South Florida.

Thursday, 08 April 2021 22:31

On The Lighter Side: Chip Foose Takes On The New Bronco

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The Chip Foose Draws a Car YouTube series has been quite the little adventure.

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Every new car in California has a catalytic convertor. They help keep the air clean by converting smog, but are also a hot commodity for thieves.

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General Motors is halting production at two of its plants that make midsize SUVs, including one in Lansing, MI, due to a parts shortage.

Thursday, 08 April 2021 20:54

Florida Trans Am Shop Burns

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Fire claimed two classic cars at Trans Am Specialties of Florida during the final weekend of March.

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LKQ Corporation on April 6 announced the release of its inaugural Sustainability Report outlining the company’s ongoing focus on responsible environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

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EVgo, the nation's largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and only platform powered by 100% renewable electricity, announced April 8 the company brought 10 stations online in the last 10 days of March.

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CRC Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of specialty products and formulations for maintenance and repair professionals and do-it-yourselfers, has partnered with the TechForce Foundation and its industry alliances to help educate, develop, and train the next generation of technicians.

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Farmers Insurance on April 8 announced it is offering its new usage-based commercial automobile insurance program, FairMile, in Washington state.

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Registration is now available for the 2021 ASE Instructor Training Conference.

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A Tesla Supercharger with 100 stalls has been confirmed for Harris Ranch, CA, one of the company’s most historic charging locations.

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A man in Maryland is being charged with wire fraud after obtaining multiple COVID-19 relief loans.

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As California surpasses a major milestone in the fight against COVID---administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, and with hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline---Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6 outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Employees at a Waterville, ME, auto body manufacturing plant repeatedly informed management of fall and noise hazards but these reports went ignored until the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an inspection Oct. 1, 2020, in response to a complaint.