OEM News

  • Aluminum components will have an increasing affect on the type of work collision shops see over the next several years, and training and certification will be an important part of being able to accept jobs that involve more mixed materials. 
    Cadillac CT6
  •  If you had to dismantle the instrument panel of Rio (UB) vehicles that were produced from the start of production to November 11, 2011, there are some specific steps to take to assure a tight and secure repair.
  • Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) has added 141 new parts to its Collision Parts Truckload Program, while reducing list prices on those parts by an average of 15 percent.
  • Assured Performance Network is launching an application program to document the use of OEM repair procedures for their network of Certified shops.  
    Assured Performance Network
  • The MOPAR Masters Guild group has pledged to provide $2.5 million in donated scrap parts from its dealership members to local high school and college collision school programs across the country. 
  • Unfortunately, vehicle components that can be most susceptible to rust and corrosion are parts that have been subjected to collision repair welding. That is why using quality products and practicing good corrosion prevention techniques during a collision repair is so important.
    Toyota CRRT
  • New 2016 model year cars and trucks are hitting the roads, which means it won’t be long before some are involved in collisions and start appearing at your shop. Are you prepared for these new vehicles? If not, you’ll likely waste valuable time playing catch-up and could even drive away potential customers.
    Richard Perry
  • General Motors has approved Spanesi's Benches and the Superstar Universal Jig system for structural repairs for the all-new Cadillac CT6.
  • Cadillac announced the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network in conjunction with the upcoming production of the Cadillac CT6 at the end of 2015.
  • The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has added a speaker from GM to discuss MyPriceLink at the group's annual meeting later this month.
  • Subaru of America has selected CollisionLink, an online parts ordering and fulfillment solution, to power its collision parts marketing program, Subaru Genuine Wholesale Conquest.  
  • Starting in the fourth quarter, Ford Motor Co. planned to begin using multiple components in the F-150 pickup made from next-generation aluminum produced through Alcoa's Micromill process.
    Brian Albright
  • Toronto law firm Roy O'Connor LLP, announced a proposed class action lawsuit action against Volkswagen relating to the manipulation of emissions data in a number of the Volkswagen Group's turbo diesel engines.
  • Volkswagen is submerged in a diesel emissions cheating scandal after U.S. regulators alleged the company programmed some 500,000 vehicles with illicit software to manipulate diesel emissions
  • Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and Audi of America, Inc. are partnering on the Audi Education Partnership Program. 
  • While Tacoma aficionados will find the power and reliability they have come to expect, the 2016 Tacoma boasts new fuel efficiency and safety features.
  • The cost of OEM training can be expensive. But the cost to your shop if your employees are not properly trained and equipped for the vehicles to come may be insurmountable.   
    OEM training
  • In what may be an industry first, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled 1.4 million vehicles to protect them from cyber security attacks.
    Fiat Chrysler
  • General Motors will host a MyPriceLink panel discussion during NACE | CARS on Friday, July 24 at 11:15 a.m.
  • GM will host a panel discussion on its market focused collision parts initiative, MyPriceLink with representatives from OEConnection, AudaExplore, CCC and Mitchell at the 2015 NACE show on Friday, July 24.