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Living its purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®, Caliber, with its portfolio of automotive services brands (including Caliber Collision, the nation's largest auto collision repair company), has concluded its ninth annual 'Restoring You' Food Drive, which improves the lives of the members in every community it serves.

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Murphy Auto Group (MAG), with locations in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, is proud to donate chest freezers to four local Golden Harvest Food Bank agencies to allow them to serve more healthy foods to more people than ever before. 

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ProColor Collision is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Kostyack as strategic operations specialist for the network’s operations in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 18 granted emergency use authorization to Moderna's new COVID-19 vaccine, the second approval of a coronavirus vaccine in a week.

Monday, 21 December 2020 18:56

Classic Collision Expands Again in Florida

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Classic Collision, LLC, a national multi-site collision repair operator headquartered in Atlanta, announced an acquisition of Collision Concepts in Delray Beach, FL.

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Bill Park, co-founder and board member of Spartan Ventures, said his background is rooted in the auto body repair trade.

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Congressional leaders have agreed to a new stimulus package that will provide more aid to struggling small businesses and send a second round of direct payments to Americans.

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Applied learning is at the heart of an Alfred State College (ASC) in Alfred, NY, education, with students gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed through hands-on, real-world projects.

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The UAW and the U.S. government reached a formal agreement Dec. 14 designed to guide the labor organization into the future after a long-running criminal probe that unearthed corruption in the ranks up to and including two presidents of what had historically been one of America's cleanest unions.

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Certified Collision Group (CCG), the OE certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced Dec. 21 it is on track to add more than 135 locations to its national repair platform, surpassing scale of more than $2.4B in annual systemwide repair dollars.

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CarMD.com Corporation on Dec. 16 released its 2020 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Make and Model Reliability Rankings, continuing its decade-long tradition of analyzing and reporting on which model year 1996 to 2020 vehicles require the fewest check engine light repairs and which cost least to fix when they do need repairs.

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In a show of dedication to providing continuing education to collision repair facilities during this unprecedented time of social distancing, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) and the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) collaborated to host seven virtual training sessions between Oct. 28 and Dec. 14.

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The U.S.'s largest wildlife crossing, the 150-foot wide Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge, connecting San Antonio’s Phil Hardberger Park across a six-lane highway, is now open, much to the joy of animals and people alike.

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Walmart and one of its parnters, Gatik, announced they'll launch fully driverless delivery trucks next year on a specific 2-mile route in Arkansas. 

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The first annual AAPEX 2020 Service and Repair Awards honored Brian Sump, president of Avalon Motorsports and Urban Autocare in Denver, CO, as its Shop Owner of the Year.

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The Spokane Police Department will be receiving four Tesla Model Y police vehicles, even if city officials are against their purchase.

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

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Volkswagen Group of America has launched a huge charging facility at its global test center in Maricopa, AZ, to test plug-ins and their battery systems while charging at high temperatures.

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 4,036,744 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Lucid Motors, which is setting new standards for sustainable mobility with its advanced luxury EVs, announced Dec. 17 the opening of its newest retail location, the Lucid Studio in Miami at Brickell City Centre on Dec. 19.

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ProColor Collision is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevork Kahwajian as strategic operations specialist for the network’s operations in the west region of the U.S.

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Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty claims and collision repair industries, on Dec. 17 released its fourth quarter Industry Trends Report for 2020.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Dec. 17 announced the progress of 20 automakers toward manufacturing passenger vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. 

Thursday, 17 December 2020 15:25

On The Lighter Side: Here Are The Collector Cars To Watch In 2021

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Ahead of every year, the folks at Hagerty release a list of collectible cars to watch for the next year, called the Bull Market list, since they believe values of those vehicles will increase significantly over time.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has leased an industrial space with two buildings in Pflugerville in Travis County, TX.

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The Boring Company’s special use permit application for its proposed Vegas Loop project was approved by the Las Vegas City Council.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 23:19

U.S. Car Rental Revenue Dives 27.4% in 2020

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The U.S. car rental market achieved a projected $23.22 billion in revenue for 2020, the lowest overall revenue since 2011, according to data collected by Auto Rental News.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 22:47

What COVID Did to NSG

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NSG Group reported a decline in revenue in fiscal year 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 22:31

On The Lighter Side: Mopar Hemi Ugly Holiday Sweater Could Be The Best And Worst Gift

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1

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It's eye-catching, though they might bleed if you look too long.

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General Motors Co. announced Dec. 14 plans to invest $70 million into its Tonawanda, NY, engine plant and more than $6 million into its Parma, OH, metal stamping plant.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Morrow, GA.

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Joining a slew of electric transport pods built for autonomous travel in congested areas, such as the Nuro, the LUTZ Pathfinder and Toyota’s e-Palette people mover, is a new robotaxi from Amazon subsidiary Zoox.

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First, a pinch in the arm.

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Washington has joined Oregon, California and Nevada in giving the green light for the first COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Dec. 13.

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Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, recently held its annual convention, recognizing outstanding performance by its franchisees.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 18:14

CCC AutoClaims Snapshot---November 2020

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Repairable appraisal counts in November 2020 versus November 2019 remained down nearly 20%, but showed a modest improvement, coming in at an 18.7% decline versus a 19.6% decline in October 2020. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 17:24

ASE Extends Certifications Expiring Dec. 31

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is extending certifications for those service professionals with certifications expiring on Dec. 31.

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A new report released by Nikkei Asia revealed Toyota plans to unveil an electric vehicle with a new solid-state battery by 2021, and it looks like it will be a game-changer.

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The automotive industry has evolved within the last few decades and some experts have taken a look at how COVID-19 has taken a toll on the industry.

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Over the last several months with multiple industry events going on, one of the biggest splashes was the premiere of the ADAS Documentation of Best Practices video at the most recent virtual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting.

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Federal data shows pandemic restrictions forced three in 10 businesses statewide to close, at least temporarily, ranking Pennsylvania second only to Michigan in terms of economic lockdown impacts. 

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The Minnesota Senate has approved a $216 million emergency relief bill to assist the state’s small businesses struggling during Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID-19 shutdowns.

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Some two-thirds of small business owners say more federal relief funds are needed for them to be successful in the coming year during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the fourth quarter Small Business Index survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine is now underway after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Dec. 11 granted emergency use authorization for the serum.

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Online retailer Carvana on Dec. 11 launched its as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery in Pine Bluff, AR, marking its third Arkansas launch in a single week.

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Here’s potentially a positive record on pace to be set during this tumultuous year.

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“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

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A Nissan Sentra Takata airbag recall has been issued for more than 4,500 model year 2002-2006 Sentra cars with passenger airbags that were previously inspected.

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Whether they are teaching online or in a room of socially distanced kids, teachers still need essential supplies to empower and excite their students.

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2020 has been a year no one saw coming. COVID-19 has wrought economic, political and emotional chaos, testing the limits of individuals, families, health care systems and whole sectors of societies.

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Toyota endeavors to help address major environmental issues facing the global community, such as climate change, water scarcity, resource depletion and habitat loss.

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There is arguably no other vehicle ownership culture that is as unique and vibrant as Jeep ownership, or to be more precise Jeep Wrangler ownership.

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Scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) and more than 40 aftermarket industry organizations are consolidated and more easily accessed at Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central, supported by UAF.

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There is a big misconception that odometer fraud disappeared with digital odometers, but that's not so.

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Mondofix Inc. (Fix Network World), a global automotive aftermarket services network, has appointed Scott Bridges as vice president of sales for its national collision and glass business in the U.S.

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For the first time in 22 years of gifting rehabbed cars to needy moms, Bates Collision Centers in Texas will present keys to a young father whose daughter is enrolled in Harris County Department of Education Head Start.

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The Ford F-150 arrived in dealerships nationwide the week of Dec. 7, and early sales are indicating that customers can’t wait to start driving the newest version of the F-Series, America’s best-selling truck.