National Collision

Detroit—To paraphrase an 1980s advertising slogan, this is not your father’s automobile, as vehicle construction is rapidly moving away from mild steel and toward materials such as high-strength steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Knowing how to service and repair new high-tech vehicles figured...
Arlington, Va.—The aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab swept the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) full slate of crashworthiness evaluations to qualify for a 2015 Top Safety Pick award. The F-150 extended cab turned in a good performance in 4 of 5 assessments but stumbled in the...
Detroit—Mike Freeman, market segment manager for BASF R-M Automotive, spoke to Parts & People at NACE in Detroit about enhancements to the company’s Onyx HD refinishing system, which combines waterborne and low-VOC solvent into a single line, sharing a common set of toners. “Our big focus is...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR announced at the NACE/CARS Expo and Conference the launch of its new Production Management curriculum that provides end-to-end instruction designed to drive bottom-line improvements in productivity and profitability throughout the collision-repair process. Available now...
Glen Mills, Pa.—Each collision repair business is unique. The very best share this common goal: to consistently provide high-quality, dramatic results to their customers, all while saving time and improving profitability for the shop. Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid...
Detroit, Mich. — Mike Freeman, market segment manager for BASF R-M Automotive, spoke to Parts & People at NACE about enhancements to the company’s Onyx HD refinishing system, which combines waterborne and low-VOC solvent into a single line, sharing a common set of toners. “Our big focus is...
Following Ford’s showing last year of the aluminum 2015 F-150, aluminum and other advanced materials used in new models, such as high-strength steels and carbon fiber, were showcased at the 2015 NACE, all part of the goal of reaching the CAFE standard of 54.5 MPG by 2025. At GM’s booth, the 2016...
North Richland Hill, Texas—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has released the latest update to its “Not-Included Operations” charts. The publication is available free to the industry and designed to ensure collision repairers consider all of the possible operations when they write an...
Fountain Valley, Calif.—Hyundai Motor America launched its all-new Hyundai Recognized Collision Repair Center program, which ensures both independent and Hyundai dealership-owned collision repair centers have the training, tools, equipment and facilities needed to properly repair Hyundai vehicles...

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