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DEALER NEWS NADA Forecasts 2020 U.S. Auto Sales Volume at 16.8 Million New Vehicles Change to America’s Retirement System Offers Flexibility and Options for Small Businesses

Kia Motors has revealed its Futuron Concept, an illuminating all-wheel drive SUV coupe which proposes new designs for future electric vehicles. The Futuron Concept represents the modern and confident image of a progressive electric SUV coupe envisioned by Kia. The Futuron name itself is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand.

With a design based around the notion of dynamic purity, the Futuron Concept merges elegant proportions with pure shapes and surfaces. Its lightweight SUV coupe body incorporates a fully-electric all-wheel drive powertrain, wrapped in bold yet modern exterior surfaces, and with a flexible, high-tech interior. Futuron Please Turn to Page 4

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An electric SUV coupe with a ‘360-degree core’ The Kia Futuron Concept is built around a single, strong ‘360-degree’ design notable for its pure, smooth form devoid of ornament. The delicate diffusion of the body’s surfaces creates a series of taut, flowing shapes which twist, expand and contract around the body. The result is a sleek and streamlined shape, creating an aero-efficient profile. The novel proportions of the car are immediately striking. Its low-profile SUV coupe body makes a strong statement of intent for Kia’s future cars, which will be confident, sporty and modern, yet also elegant. The Futuron’s fully-electric powertrain makes this shape possible. A highcapacity battery is mounted low in the

vehicle’s body, beneath the cabin floor, providing electrical energy to four powerful in-wheel electric motors. The elevated stance of the car is therefore matched with a low centre of gravity and a cutting-edge e-AWD system which delivers lightningfast responses to driver inputs. A sports car on an SUV platform, combined with comfortable, lean-back seats, Futuron offers users a new type of interactive driving experience suitable for urban city environments. Various elements of the vehicle’s structure and design foster the important connection and interaction between car and driver. The front fender flows backwards from the front of the hood before plunging into the cabin itself, establishing a connection between the driving seat and the road ahead. The concept’s roof is a diamond-shaped panoramic glasshouse which sits atop the 360-degree core, in

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the best traditions of UFO and flying saucer design. While flooding the cabin with natural light, it also extends down the bonnet to give drivers an unparalleled view ahead. The glasshouse also incorporates a network of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors capable of providing Level 4 autonomous driving features, enabling hands-off and eyes-off driving in most conditions. Furthermore, the 360-degree theme is evident in the lighting that illuminates a sharp character line encircling the Futuron’s body. A playful and interactive new feature, this lighting responds to physical gestures and movements made outside the car, eliciting a close connection between vehicle and driver before they even set foot in the cabin. The new ‘tiger face’ of Kia The front of the Futuron features a new reinterpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ www.IneedOEMparts.com


grille, a signature for Kia design now for over a decade. While maintaining the basic principle of the design – a clear outline with tabs in the middle – Kia’s designers have expanded the boundaries, widening the shape across the front of the car to create a restrained, yet elegant ‘tiger face’. The newly-designed front of the car, like that of the Imagine by Kia Concept first revealed earlier in 2019, expresses a new design interpretation for Kia’s future electric vehicles. With a wider ‘tiger face’ shape, the grille incorporates the Futuron’s headlamps, an innovative ‘Star Cloud’ design which gives the car a dazzling new night-time

identity. The concept’s Star Cloud lighting not only highlights a new design form for the front of the car, but also embodies a new lighting concept for Kia, taking inspiration from nebulae in the night sky to create a geometric patchwork of matrix LED lighting. The Star Cloud is also incorporated into the rear of the car, displaying a distinct light signature to anyone following the Futuron. Revealed for the first time in Shanghai, the Futuron also incorporates Chinese legend in the design and form of its new Star Cloud lighting. The Dragon Skin surface which covers the lighting area emulates the scaled armor that adorns Chinese dragons, both in mythology and

modern-day cultural celebrations. The Star Cloud lighting incorporates a kinetic surface, enabling the car to alternate between daytime running lights and fullbeam headlamps as the scales open and close. Flexible and autonomous cabin space The layout of the electric powertrain and incorporation of Level 4 autonomous driving systems has enabled the creation of a spacious and flexible cabin unlike any other vehicle on roads. The two front seats are created out of flexible materials and can offer an upright ‘driving’ position, or a reclined ‘rest’ position, similar Futuron Please Turn to Page 10

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1st Certified Collision Centers Honor Co-Founder’s Memory by Donating Two Thomas Coleman Memorial Grants Through the Collision Repair Education Foundation At the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Awards Ceremony during SEMA, 1stCertified Collision Centers bestowed two Thomas Coleman Memorial Grants, totaling $45,000, upon two Southern Californian schools to benefit their collision repair training programs. El Camino College (Torrance, CA) is the recipient of a $25,000 grant, while Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA) will receive $20,000. Eligibility for these awards was achieved by applying for the 2019 Collision Repair Education Benchmark Grant. Norwalk High School Instructor of Automotive Collision Repair Ken Cook plans to use the funds to build ten fully equipped work stations and to buy a variety of needed tools and equipment, including a set of MIG welding pliers and a new MIG welding machine, that will prepare students to become successful entry-level employees once they graduate. In 2018, Norwalk’s collision program budget was just $1000, but despite the fiscal restraints, Cook’s students have won gold at SkillsUSA four times since 2011, and they have earned the SkillsUSA Models of Excellence Award each year since 2015. Cook shared, “I’m still in disbelief that we secured that much money – the

impact of this $20,000 is going to be amazing! New equipment creates new experiences, and it’s going to be exciting to watch everything take place! Our program has an actual wish list of tools, and now it’s a reality! We are so grateful to everybody from 1stCertified Collision Centers, for this generous grant. Your $20,000 will become a great investment in the future of my students’ lives and the collision repair industry.” Thanks to previous grants from the Foundation, El Camino College has the tools and equipment they currently need, but Collision Instructor Pati Fairchild noticed, “There is a big disconnect in our area. High school students don’t realize what a good-paying career collision repair is, parents don’t understand the industry or want their kids to pursue it, and most local shops don’t know we exist and don’t value collision repair grads as the custom-moldable, trainable, potential star techs they want to be.” Fairchild hopes to work with the Foundation and 1stCertified Collision Centers to acquire the help the program needs in regard to marketing, industry outreach and event organization in hopes of increasing enrollment, student motivation levels, local shop awareness for placement and partnership and commu-

nity awareness of what a modern collision repair actually entails these days. Fairchild added, “With key organizations like the Foundation and I-CAR helping maximize the message, and by involving all the local high schools and colleges with collision repair programs, I think this grant will go far toward making a good step forward in the South Bay/Los Angeles area.” 1stCertified Collision Centers fund the Thomas Coleman Memorial Grants in memory of the organization’s co-founder, partner and friend who passed in 2014 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In honor of Coleman’s passion for ensuring the next generation of collision repair professionals received a proper education, 1stCertified Collision Centers is committed, through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, to funding an annual grant supporting Southern California secondary and postsecondary schools teaching collision repair related courses. 1stCertified Collision Centers have collaborated with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to award the Thomas Coleman Memorial Grant since 2015. For additional information about 1stCertified Collision Centers, visit www.1stcertifiedcollision.com.n

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) released its annual new-vehicle sales forecast for 2020. “We expect new light-vehicles sales will come in at 16.8 million units for 2020, roughly a 1.2 percent drop from 2019 sales volume,” said NADA senior economist Patrick Manzi. “As for 2019, it appears new vehicle sales will best the expectations of most in the industry by topping 17 million units for the fifth straight year.” As in 2018, consumers continued to abandon car segments in 2019. Light trucks are on track to account for more than 70 percent of overall new-car sales for 2019, while cars will account for less than 30 percent of new-car sales. By then end of 2020, NADA projects that three of every four new vehicles sold

will be light-trucks, a significant increase from a decade ago when the new-vehicle sales mix was 48 percent light trucks and 52 percent cars. “Consumers like the added practicality and ride-height afforded by light-trucks. And crossovers, which account for more than 40 percent of the total new vehicle market, continue to increase in fuel efficiency each year – offering fuel economy close to their sedan counterparts. In the absence of a significant spike in gasoline prices for a sustained period of time, we expect this shift in preference as permanent,” Manzi added. With consumer preference continuing to favor light-trucks over cars, new-vehicle transaction prices have steadily increased throughout the year. According to the NADA Dealership

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BASF Donates 42 Spray Guns to 21 Schools Through the Collision Repair Education Foundation The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proudly to announce that BASF has donated two spray guns each to 21 different schools around the country to support their collision repair education programs. Each spray gun is valued at $1,000, totaling an in-kind donation of more than $40,000, and will help to ensure that students receive the

training necessary for a career in the collision repair industry. Eligibility for these awards was achieved by applying for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2019 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grant. “It’s important to partner with industry organizations like CREF,” said Jeff Wildman, OEM Manager for BASF

Refinish. “We need to ensure that the next generation of collision repair technicians have the latest tools and materials to help prepare them for their careers.” The Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants recognize schools that excel at educating students.n

I-CAR® and ASE Present Fourth Annual Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician Award to Walt Rundell I-CAR® awarded the I-CAR Platinum™/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award to Walt Rundell of Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, Missouri. Half of Rundell’s diverse experience, spanning nearly 40 years, has been in training and education. Rundell was selected from hundreds of individuals who hold both I-CAR Platinum recognition and ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish certification. In this elite group, he distinguished himself by Walt Rundell (second from left) accepts the I-CAR demonstrating a superior commitPlatinum™/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the ment to the industry and the imporYear award at the ASE awards banquet. Also pictured (from left) are tance of training. Tim Zilke, ASE President; Nick Notte; and Tom Trisdale, ASE Board Rundell received the award Chairman and Toyota Motor North America Vice President of Product on November 13 at the annual ASE Quality & Service Support. Technician Awards banquet, held Rundell’s history with Ranken in conjunction with the fall ASE dates back to the early 1980s when Board of Governors meeting in Phoenix, he was a student there. He earned an Arizona. This was the fourth year that A.T. degree in Automotive Collision the joint I-CAR and ASE award has been Repair and a B.S. degree in Applied presented.

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10th Annual Collision Industry Foundation Gala Fundraising

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) would like to extend an invitation to the industry to attend the 10th Annual CIF Gala fundraising event, which will be held in Palm Springs, Calif. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:00 pm local time, immediately following the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). The CIF Board is excited to announce that attending the Gala in January will be two former recipients of industry support through CIF, who are looking forward to expressing their gratitude to donors in person. Jeff Wilson, an instructor at Houston's Kingwood Park High School

which was impacted by Hurricane Harvey, will be present, as well as Sterling Keith, a military veteran who received support from CIF and Snap-On to replace his tools that were stolen while he was deployed. To accommodate more guests, the event is moving just one block East - to "The Bank," Palm Springs' hottest mid-century modern venue! The new location can accommodate twice the number of attendees as before, so spread the word and bring a friend --- or two! There will be many premium Silent Auction items as well as a major raffle prize. The Gala will continue to have the same great food, catered by

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CIECA Analysis of Trends from Susanna Gotsch Recently CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) asked industry expert Susanna Gotsch to give her analysis of trends that you can expect to see affect the collision industry in the coming year. Recapping 2019 Susanna pointed out strong new car sales combined with increased vehicle complexity caused a rise in average fleet cost. This shifts claim costs higher due to specialized repair materials, parts, and techniques required. As the automakers trend towards vehicle crash avoidance (versus simply vehicle crashworthiness) 2019 saw Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) continue to make their way into more vehicles. While there is no shortage of drivers or vehicles on the road, there has been a slight slowdown in auto claim numbers in 2019. Looking at 2020 it is predicted that new car sales will slow versus previous years, but used car sales will remain strong due to average new car costs topping the $35,000 mark. Advanced technology features, standard convenience features, advanced engineering designs, safety systems and more have helped push average new car costs ever higher. These advances also mean increased repair costs. Rising repair costs are being driven by an increase in part replacement (rather than repair) as well as extra steps (such as scanning or calibration) to complete a repair. Pre and post vehicle repair scanning has already added an average of $100 per claim over the past few years and is becoming commonplace. High tech sensors and cameras also add to increasing repair costs not just due to their part cost, but also the steps required to calibrate them back into vehicle systems. Calibration as a repair step is becoming more complex and thus more costly, which is why some shops are opting to outsource this step back to dealerships or third parties. Repair times are on the increase as well. Susanna states “for every $1,000 dollar increment in the average repair cost we see roughly a two-day increase in the average keys to key cycle time.” Repairs that pass the $10,000 mark now take an average of 30 days to complete. Unfortunately these higher cost repairs can be less productive for shops while also leading to decreased consumer satisfaction. In 2020 look to see a decline in the actual number of collision repairs, but an increase in repair costs and repair complexity. Repair costs are predicted to grow by up to 5.5%, but could be higher. Crash frequency itself will have a small decline from wider ADAS adoption, but this alone will not affect repair costs. It is predicted that certain ADAS features (such as automatic emergency braking) will eventually lead to decreased repair costs due to lower impact speeds. Drivers will spend more time in traffic where more common front/rear collisions occur, but expect to see a decline in these types of accidents due to ADAS. While ADAS benefits will continue to grow, some drivers may rely too much on the technology and engage in risky driving behavior. On the shop side it will be more important than ever to document all repair steps due to ever increasing vehicle complexity. The complete hour-long “What to Expect in 2020” CIECAst webinar is currently available at www.cieca.com in the “On-Demand” section, along with a complete library of previous informative webinars.n www.IneedOEMparts.com

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Classic Collision Expands into South Florida with Carolina Auto Body Acquisition neighbor. The addition of Carolina Auto Body to the Classic Collision family will increase the Classic Collision footprint to 34 shops in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and now Florida. In addition, this will bring the Classic Collision employee count to over 720. With similar family-owned values, the two companies look forward to merging the Classic and Carolina families together to continue to provide industry-leading service to their customers. Both companies have invested into their shops and employees by maintaining I-CAR Gold Certifications and acquiring national auto manufacturer’s Certifications, to guarantee safe and accurate repairs for their customers. Classic Collision‘s plan to expand nationally remains ahead of schedule. They expect to leapfrog into the Big 4 MSO category within 12-24 months.

Classic Collision Inc., an Atlanta based collision repair company, announced that it has acquired Carolina Auto Body across the South Florida region. Carolina Auto Body has served the Southeast Florida area since 2014, operating seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and Tamarac. Carolina Auto Body has deep roots in the Carolina regions with 4 generations of body shop history bringing decades of knowledge and experience. As a family owned and operated business, they have continued the legacy of doing things the “Carolina Way” from the Carolinas to Florida, which is to provide outstanding, fast and friendly service with a smile. Their goal has always been to merge top-tier professionalism and quality with the kind of service one might expect from a close friend or

About Classic Collision Classic Collision was founded in 1983 in Atlanta, GA, with one goal, to serve customers with honesty and integrity, while using the best talent and highest quality materials. Today, Classic Collision continues to remain the largest privately held local provided of auto body repair services in northern and central Georgia, along with presence in Birmingham, Augusta, and South Florida. Classic Collision operates locations in 4 states across the U.S. with 34 state of the art repair facilities. For over 35 years, Classic Collision has put customer satisfaction first in all we do. We are proud to provide high-quality auto body repairs with properly trained technicians and the appropriate equipment. We hold several manufacturer certifications and factory-direct training which makes us a leader in comprehensive collision repair.n

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OEC Earns Center of Excellence Recognition for Twelfth Consecutive Year OEConnection LLC (OEC) has been certified by BenchmarkPortal as a Center of Excellence, a prestigious award in the customer service and support industry. The Center of Excellence certification is awarded to contact centers that meet or surpass rigorous standards for customer service when compared with peer organizations across North America. OEConnection LLC (OEC), a leading technology employer in Northeast Ohio, has been certified by BenchmarkPortal as a Center of Excellence, a prestigious award in the customer service and support industry. The Center of Excellence certification is awarded to contact centers that meet or surpass rigorous standards for customer service when compared with peer organizations across North America. OEC earned its certification based on a Balanced Scorecard that demon-

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Jeep® Wrangler new Eco Diesel: Ultimate Fuel Efficiency and Driving Range, With 442 lb.-ft. of Torque for Improved Performance Wrangler four-door models will offer the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard. To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel V-6 connects to a newly added TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and the on- and off-road rigors of Jeep Wrangler duty. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and 4x4 capability. “One of the most common questions consumers have asked us over the last few years has been, 'will you please offer a Jeep Wrangler diesel?’, and I’m pleased to answer that with a resounding, ‘Yes!'," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “I recently drove the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can unquestionably attest to its incredible off-road capability. Combining that unmatched off-road capability with the vehicle’s funto-drive on-road performance, best-ever Wrangler fuel economy and incredible driving range underwrite the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for.” All Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel models – Sport, Sahara and Rubicon – feature third-generation Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles. Additionally, all Wrangler EcoDiesel models feature a 3.73 axle ratio. Two transfer cases are offered: the Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio on Rubicon models and the CommandTrac part-time two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio on Sport and Sahara models. All-new EcoDiesel engine The third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Wrangler customers. Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved

All-new EcoDiesel Engine The third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Wrangler customers. • Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved dynamic and fuel economy performance: • A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry turbine (VGT) and low-friction bearing increases efficiency and responsiveness during transient conditions • Redesigned cylinder head intake ports with higher flow capability improve swirl and flow, increasing performance and fuel economy • The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system design has been updated to a dual loop (low and high pressure) system. The added low-pressure circulation system draws gases after the diesel particulate filter, thus minimizing turbocharger energy losses, which increases fuel economy • The compression ratio has been optimized to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1 to improve fuel economy and reduce engine noise • High-pressure (29,000 psi/2,000 bar) direct-injection fuel injector nozzles were redesigned to match the newly designed and optimized combustion chamber, reducing fuel consumption • Lightweight aluminum alloy pistons were completely redesigned to include thinner rings and low-friction diamond-like carbon coating on the pin and compression piston ring to reduce parasitic losses • NVH has been improved by offsetting the piston pin 0.3 millimeters from the centerline • The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a lightweight sandwiched polymer/metal material, which further reduces NVH • The dual vacuum pump system uses electric and a new mechanical low-friction pump with new blades that improve overall system efficiency

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Mitchell Diagnostics™ System Enhanced for FCA Secure Gateway and Turbo-Speed Mitchell International,Inc., announced that all devices in the Mitchell Diagnostics system now support access to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Secure Gateway, which FCA refers to as SGW. The newest software release for the Bosch MD-200 and MD-350 devices enables users to register to access FCA vehicles via the SGW. The release also now offers turbo-speed pre-scan and post-scans, enabling full diagnostic scan completion in less than two minutes in some cases - a fraction of the time to complete scanning with other solutions. The Mitchell Diagnostics system was designed specifically for the collision repair industry and auto claims process. The patented system links best-inclass scan tools utilizing OEM licensed data and software with cloud-based applications, to enable collision repairers to quickly and cost effectively scan vehicles, and perform a variety of diagnostic repairs and ADAS system recali-

brations. The product suite is delivered through partnerships between Mitchell and industry leaders Bosch and Drew Technologies. “Most all-makes or aftermarket scanning solutions cannot access FCA vehicles that are model-year 2018 and newer. Until recently, a repairer would have to utilize an OEM scan tool when repairing a new Jeep Wrangler or Dodge Ram,” explained Jack Rozint, SVP of APD Repair Sales for Mitchell. “With this new capability, Mitchell’s MD-200 and MD-350 tools can now access the entire FCA vehicle network and perform accurate and complete scans on FCA vehicles via the SGW.” FCA is currently the only major OEM with a secure vehicle network, which restricts access to the network to only those tools and systems that are registered with FCA, and requires cloud-connected scan devices that are approved for SGW access by FCA. Mitchell expects

other OEMs to follow suit. Mitchell and its partners plan to continue to work directly with OEMs to provide access for the Mitchell Diagnostics tools to OEM secure networks whenever possible. The turbo-speed scanning enabled by Bosch dramatically reduces the time needed to complete diagnostic scans without loss of fidelity, as all modules on the network are scanned and reported. “Time is money in this business, and we’re constantly looking for tools and systems that help us deliver a proper and safe repair more efficiently,” said Charlie Drake, COO of Classic Collision, a 34 location multi-store operation. “With the new software update, we’re able to scan vehicles accurately in a fraction of the time that it’s taken previously – and we can scan FCA SGW vehicles without the added time and transaction fees required with the OEM scanning solutions.”n

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LKQ Corporation Announces its Promise of Calibration LKQ Corporation has taken another step providing customer peace of mind by introducing its Promise of Calibration. The Promise of Calibration states: “LKQ Corporation warrants that all recycled OEM, reconditioned OEM and KeysIQ parts purchased directly from LKQ and installed on a private passenger vehicle, are suitable for the calibration of appropriate ADAS components with properly operating systems”. Alternative replacement parts along with glass sold by LKQ companies are now additionally warranted to permit vehicle calibration on any ADAS equipped car, truck or SUV. As an added benefit, LKQ provided

further assurance by supplementing the Promise of Calibration to include the actual diagnostic and calibration labor operation. When performed by an LKQ Company (Elite Electronics, VeTech Automotive Electronics, etc.) LKQ stands behind those calibration operations with full indemnification, providing industry stakeholders even greater confidence. “Providing this level of comfort and commitment for our parts and services benefits all stakeholders within the collision repair and glass industries including repair shops, insurers, and most importantly, vehicle owners. No other alternative parts provider sup-

ports and services customers like LKQ”, stated Terry Fortner, LKQ North American Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The Promise of Calibration is a complement to LKQ’s Promise of Protection, which was an industry first, introduced in 2012. The Promise of Protection indemnifies licensed auto repair shops that purchase and install any LKQ recycled OEM, aftermarket or remanufactured product on private passenger vehicles and light trucks. The combination of both the Promise of Protection and the new Promise of Calibration provide an unsurpassed level of quality assurance to LKQ’s customers. n

Mitchell 1 SocialCRM Marketing Service Offers Online Appointment Request Feature The Mitchell 1 SocialCRM auto shop marketing service is offering a new online appointment feature that will make it more convenient for consumers and auto repair shops to schedule appointments for auto repair and maintenance services. The feature is integrated with the Manager™ SE shop management system and allows consumers to request an appointment directly on the shop’s website or from an email sent from the shop. The request is automatically delivered to the shop’s Manager SE system with an alert that a request has arrived. The shop can then review the request and accept or decline based upon avail-

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EcoDiesel From Page 16 dynamic and fuel economy performance: The third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Wrangler customers. The new upgrades build on the EcoDiesel V-6 engine’s previous success, the attributes and performance of which made it a winner of "Wards 10 Best Engines" for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016). The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 uses

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces 2020 Career Fair Schedule To continue its efforts of being the industry’s leader in connecting students with employers, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced their 2020 high school and college transportation student career fair schedule, which will include events being held in at least the top 25 markets nationwide that employ technicians. CREF will be collaborating with industry associations, public facing Auto Shows, and other events that already bring together hundreds to

thousands of local collision, mechanical, and other transportation program students. Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “These events are unique opportunities for dealers, service managers, collision centers, and others to meet hundreds of future transportation industry professionals. Tool and equipment companies have also taken advantage of these events for brand awareness

through product demonstrations and sponsoring the event’s student technician shirts. We invite the transportation industry to join in helping to showcase the many different career paths available to attending students.” Industry members interested in participating at one of the Collision Repair Education Foundation career fair events should contact Tiffany Bulak, Development and Marketing Coordinator, at 847-586-5332 or Tiffany.Bulak@ed-foundation.org.n

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CCC Awards Two Classroom Enhancement Grants Through the Collision Repair Education Foundation The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to announce that CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) has presented two Classroom Enhancement Grants to deserving schools. Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (Lebanon, Pa) will receive $12,000 and Highland Community College (Freeport, Ill) is the recipient of a $5,000 grant. Eligibility for these awards was achieved by applying for the 2019 Collision Repair Education Benchmark Grant. CCC’s Classroom Enhancement Grants are designed to assist schools’ collision repair programs with classroom materials, such as electronics, tools, furniture and other items, to ensure that students pursuing a career in collision repair have access to a pro-

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