National Collision

From left: Mark Olson moderates a panel including Terry Fortner, LKQ; Jake Rodenroth, Collision Diagnostic Services; Vincent Claudio, Gerber Collision & Glass; and Jason Macco, General Motors, on how ADAS may affect salvage and aftermarket parts.
Chicago — As vehicles grow ever more complex, what used to be a simple repair, including a simple mirror or taillight replacement, can now affect advanced driver-assistance (ADAS) systems. Collision repairers must understand and learn about those systems and take nothing for granted. That was the...
St. Paul, Minn.—3M Automotive Aftermarket Division announced a new tool that allows body shop technicians and distributor sales staff to get the answers they need to their collision repair questions directly on their mobile devices. The new 3M Collision Repair App is free and available on the Apple...
North Richland Hills, Texas—The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced the development and launch of two new professional designations for the collision repair estimator role.  “The new designations represent 14 months of industry work to identify and develop requirements, which include...
Troy, Mich.—Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) announced the winners of the 5th annual Altair Enlighten Award, which strives to promote and celebrate innovation in automotive lightweighting. The winner of the Full Vehicle category was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which is 249 pounds...
Attending at NACE Automechanika are, from left, Dean Fisher, COO, CARSTAR U.S.; Michael Macaluso, president, CARSTAR North America; and Arlo Johnson, vice president, Insurance Relations, CARSTAR U.S.
Chicago—During the 2017 NACE Automechanika Show in Chicago, the CARSTAR North America leadership team shared performance highlights for the first half of 2017, along with its outlook for the remainder of the year.  After a record year of growth and operational performance in 2016, CARSTAR is...
The new millimeter-wave radar sensor provides higher pedestrian detection performance in a more compact module.
Kariya, Japan—Denso Corporation designs and develops the technology helping drivers safely navigate the roads. The company recently announced two new products to be incorporated in the new 2018 Lexus LS, which will be released in Japan and U.S. after this fall. A new stereo vision sensor and...
Chicago—General Motor’s Customer Care and Aftersales division announced a comprehensive collision certification program at NACE automechanika Chicago. “Today’s certification programs have to evolve to keep up with the rapid-fire pace of technological innovation in the auto industry, especially in...
Fast process times and energy-saving characteristics are key features and benefits of the new clearcoat.
Strongsville, Ohio—PPG has introduced Nexa Autocolor P190-6920 Production Clearcoat, a clearcoat designed for throughput and engineered specifically for use over Aquabase Plus waterborne basecoat. The new clearcoat is compliant with VOC requirements in all regions of North America. “The launch of...
Bartec introduces new blind spot sensor tester. Winston Lee, engineering director for Bartec Products, demonstrates the company’s new blind spot monitor sensor tester, introduced at NACE Automechanika. The tester can quickly isolate which sensor is defective, eliminating guesswork that can be expensive when a side-specific sensor is replaced, Lee said. (Photo by Jay Sicht)
Nitrogen plastic welders offer stronger, cleaner welds      Whitinsville, Mass.— Nitro Innovations’ (www.nitroinnovations.com) nitrogen plastic welders are designed by an ISO 9001-2008 engineering team and built in the U.S. with domestic and global parts, according to the company.      “I took my...
The 1952 Porsche 356 Reutter Cabriolet won Best in Class (Post War Open) at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  Only 294 were produced in 1952. Painted with Glasurit 55 Line in Fashion Grey and expertly restored by Road Scholars, Durham, NC.
SOUTHFIELD, MI, August 30, 2017 – A 1952 Porsche 356 Reutter Cabriolet restored by Road Scholars, Durham NC, won Best in Class (Post War Open) at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, CA. This is only the second time a Porsche has won its class in a non-Porsche class. “Winning Pebble is the top...

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