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Rivian’s electric truck, SUV to include aluminum, carbon fiber, UHS steel

The Rivian R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV reaching customers this summer will feature a mixed-material design including ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, and the truck — likely the first electric pickup reaching [...]

2021-05-12T13:51:07-04:00May 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

WIN awards $11K in scholarships to ‘future of collision repair’

The Women’s Industry Network on Thursday announced it had awarded $1,000 scholarships to 11 female collision repair postsecondary students. The 11 winners will also receive free registration at the 2021 WIN Educational Conference and mentoring [...]

2021-05-10T17:21:07-04:00May 10th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

Size, parts, equipment: Mazda elaborates on plans, policies for certified auto body repair network

Mazda will not require dealer sponsorship, cap the number of facilities, or ban alternative parts in its certified Mazda Collision Network, the OEM confirmed Saturday in an interview exploring and explaining multiple aspects of the [...]

2021-05-10T13:51:05-04:00May 10th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

Ford: No repairs, only refinish on bumper fascias if ADAS present

Ford on Monday issued position statements barring all bumper fascia repairs on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. “Repair of bumper fascias using fillers, reinforcement tape, hot staples or plastic welding can adversely affect [...]

2021-05-07T17:51:04-04:00May 7th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

New electric vehicle OEM Rivian to sell own auto insurance, give discount for using ADAS

The electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian says it will offer its own auto insurance for its inaugural R1T truck and R1S SUV, which begin deliveries this summer. The OEM said customers would find it easy to [...]

2021-05-07T13:21:05-04:00May 7th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

Novelis says its ‘strongest automotive aluminum product to date’ ready

Novelis earlier this year announced automakers could now buy Advanz 7UHS-s701 structural aluminum, calling the substrate its “strongest automotive aluminum product to date.” It said the metal could be 40 percent lighter than hot-formed ultra-high-strength [...]

2021-05-07T07:21:04-04:00May 7th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

N.Y. Legislature OKs ending ICE new-vehicle sales by 2035; 12 governors ask Biden for same

Both houses of the New York Legislature have passed a bill setting a “goal” that all new light-duty vehicles sold or leased in the state in 2035 are “zero-emissions.” The language in Assembly Bill 4302 [...]

2021-05-06T16:21:04-04:00May 6th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

SAE EDGE report highlights ADAS calibration issues, promotes standardization

A new Society of Automotive Engineers EDGE Research Report alerts the auto industry to issues advanced driver assistance systems pose to the aftermarket and recommends steps like consolidating calibration procedures, shrinking space requirements and producing a [...]

2021-05-06T14:51:04-04:00May 6th, 2021|RDN News Feed|

Consolidation: Wesco acquires 3-site Utah jobber; Original One buys headlight reconditioner

Paint, body and equipment distributor Wesco Group on Tuesday announced it had purchased a decades-old Utah jobber and added three new locations to Wesco’s national footprint. Ogden Auto Color was founded nearly 100 years ago [...]

2021-05-05T15:51:06-04:00May 5th, 2021|RDN News Feed|
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