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FCA Airflow Vision, a sculptural design concept, envisions the next generation of premium transportation

Assured Performance Launches Integrated Repair Documentation System Who Pays?: Insurers often cover seat sensor resets, other calibrations Database Enhancement Gateway Announces New JOC Committee Member

DEALER NEWS Cadillac Enhanced Super Cruise Includes of Automated Lane Change Functionally Mercedes-Benz Glass Panel Recall

The Airflow Vision is a sculptural design concept that envisions the next generation of premium transportation and UX by considering how the driver and passengers could interact with advanced technologies. It is created for customers with an on-the-go lifestyle and a desire for a first-class travel experience while balancing their technology needs within a serene environment. Inside, UX plays a prominent role and is

designed to be a captivating experience using multi-layered, high-contrast graphics and thoughtful details that provide a clean, sophisticated appearance. Built on the principles of depth, hierarchy, consistency and legibility, the user will be able to see and experience the interface in a way that is safe, easy to use and underAirflow Please Turn to Page 4

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and ambient lighting enables the driver and passengers to create a personalized inner sanctum. Outside, the Airflow Vision captures a new proportion with an elegant and clean design statement, and hints at the future of premium design. It features an athletic profile, long wheelbase, sleek lines and wide stance that creates a dramatic persona and aggressive, yet elegant silhouette. Simplified to its purest artistic expression, the Airflow Vision reimagines a muscular body that flows into and becomes one with the wheels.

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Using a menu-based format, screens can be personalized, simplified and grouped to individual needs and interests. Offering multiple display screens, the user can access needed information and determine how it’s displayed. Information on the screens can be shared with all passengers by swiping, allowing each passenger to participate in the experience. The wheels are inspired by mechanical elements of an electric motor and give the sense of motion similar to the internal mechanisms of a watch. Crystalized textures throughout the vehicle add a sense of precision and intricate transition from exterior to interior. LED crystal lighting flows seamlessly into a cross-car blade that conveys a commanding presence. The Airflow Vision’s dramatic expression is completed by an Arctic White body color that conveys a sense of calm and serenity and is supported with a Celestial Blue underbody.n www.IneedOEMparts.com


‘Who Pays?’: Insurers often cover seat sensor resets, other calibrations Eight of the nation’s largest insurers consistently pay for calibrations, including resets of occupant sensing systems, according to the latest “Who Pays for What?” study. However, despite 79 percent of shops reporting insurers paying for occupant sensor calibrations all or “most of the time” shops bill for it, a fifth of the 600-plus repairers polled in October 2019 never asked to be paid for the operation. One hopes the facilities are still completing the work, for the calibrations are necessary to ensure the vehicle’s airbags function as intended. An airbag can be more harmful than helpful for small children and adults, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Occupant classification sensors use inputs like weight to determine if a party is too small for an airbag and prevent the supplemental restraint system from deploying. An improperly calibrated sensor can lead the car to think a child is an adult or vice versa, potentially jeopardizing either demographic. The study also examined insurers’ willingness to cover charges for direct repair program network and non-DRP shops. It found State Farm posting the widest difference in behavior here with its reduced willingness to reimburse the bill at non-DRP shops than it was at Select Service facilities. About two-thirds of the 326 nonDRP shops polled reported State Farm paid always or most of the time — com-

As Collision Advice CEO Mike Anderson explains in the report: “Seat calibration” is the process of resetting or calibrating a vehicle’s seat sensors, which automakers may refer to as occupant classification sensors (OCS), occupant detection sensors (ODS), weight calibration sensors (WCS), or a “passenger sensing system.” It’s a critical step because in the event of an accident, how the airbag deploys may vary depending on whether I’m the one driving the vehicle – at 180 pounds – versus my sister driving the vehicle at 102 pounds. In some cases, the system tells the vehicle not to deploy some of the airbags if there’s no passenger in the vehicle, or if the passenger is a small child. You must research these OEM repair procedures every time because they vary by automaker and even between models. Some Toyotas, for example, require a seat calibration after any accident, even if the vehicle was parked and unoccupied when it was hit. But on other Toyota models, a calibration is required only if a related diagnostic trouble code (DTC) has been set. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Some of the systems may even reset themselves after a test-drive. So you have to check the procedures to know what the particular requirements are for the specific vehicle you are repairing. I find one of the best ways to start researching seat calibration requirements is by checking the vehicle owner’s manual. It will tell you what the automaker calls the system, and can help you explain the importance to the customer and insurer. (Emphasis added.) pared to nearly 88 percent of the 282 DRP shops polled. 12.4 percent of the non-DRP shops said State Farm “never” covered the charge — compared to just 1.7 percent of DRP facilities. (The margin of error was 3.4 percent on questions receiving answers from all 805 respondents.) The survey results carry lessons for consumers as well as body shops. After all, collision repairers are actually billing customers, not insurers. Those consumers must pay the shops and seek reimbursement from insurers. Help the collision industry by taking the current “Who Pays for What?” survey focusing on refinish operations

before Feb. 1. All answers are kept confidential; data is published only in the aggregate. Another question asked about advanced driver assistance system calibration, describing it as “Labor to recalibrate blind-spot monitors, cameras, parking sensors, etc., after repairs.” 87 percent of shops said insurers were always or mostly covering those bills when requested. Unlike the 20-plus percent of shops who never asked to be paid for seat calibration, the percentage of shops who never charged for the work was in the single Calibrations Please Turn Page 34

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CIECA Announces 2020 Board Of Trustees Officers CIECA’s 2020 Board of Trustees Officers L to R: CIECA’s ViceChairman Jeff Schroder, Car-Part. com; Ed Weidman, Executive Director; Secretary Greg Best, California Casualty Management Company; Chairwoman Kim Devallance-Caron, Enterprise Holdings; and Board Member and Past Chair Phil Martinez, Mitchell International. Not pictured: Treasurer Michael Naoom, Safelite Solutions.

During the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce (CIECA) board meeting in Palm Springs, CA, on January 15, the organization’s Board of Trustees elected the following officers for 2020: Chairwoman: Kim DeVallance Caron, Enterprise Holdings Vice Chair: Jeff Schroder, Car-Part.com Treasurer: Michael Naoom, Safelite Solutions Secretary: Greg Best, California Casualty Management Company Detailed bios of the Board of Trustees officers can be found on the CIECA website. These officers will serve on CIECA’s executive committee, which oversees business matters throughout the year and plans the agenda for CIECA’s board meetings.

“For the past 25 years, CIECA has served the collision repair ecosystem by creating electronic communication standards that allow the industry to be more efficient,” said Kim DeVallance Caron, CIECA’s 2020 chairwoman and director of product discovery for Enterprise Holdings. “With cars becoming increasingly complex, the industry is embarking on new ways to handle claims. As a result, data will need to be communicated and CIECA will help meet this need.” She said that it’s important that all segments of the industry continue to work together to adapt to the new technology being introduced and encourages all segments of the industry to join a CIECA committee, learn more about the organization and help shape the future. For more information about CIECA, committee involvement and membership details, visit www.cieca.com or email Ed Weidmann, CIECA’s executive director, at ed@cieca.com. n

CAPA Debuts Mobile App for Faster Reporting to Its Quality Complaint Program The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces a new, free mobile app for the CAPA Quality Complaint Program. The CAPA Certified Parts app, available for both Apple and Android platforms, allows users to quickly and easily file quality complaints with more accuracy. Industry demand for an efficient, expedited method of filing complaints

related to CAPA certified parts led CAPA to develop an app to submit complaint reports for review. Users can scan CAPA seal barcodes, upload photos from their phones, and save their information into a profile in order to reduce time for filing reports and providing feedback. When CAPA receives a complaint, its team will investigate the issue and report any findings to the part manufacturer. “At CAPA, our goal has always been to ensure access to high-quality, fairly priced, alternative parts that provide the

same functionality as an OEM part,” said Clark Plucinski, CAPA Board Chair. “By developing an app that allows the public to report concerns and provide feedback, we are helping to ensure the quality of CAPA-certified parts in a manner that is fast, easy and accessible.” Users can download the app at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store at no cost. For more information, contact Jillian Rahal at 616-6567401 or jillian.rahal@intertek.com. n

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turn signal to indicate that they would like to change lanes. This will prompt the system to look for an acceptable opening in the indicated lane, while also taking time to let other cars know that a lane change is imminent. If the system determines that the indicated lane is open, the vehicle will merge into said lane. The driver attention system will continue to require the driver to focus on the surroundings during the lane change. Upon initiation, the gauge cluster will display messages letting the driver know when the automated lane change has begun, or if lane change is unavailable and changing lanes must be manually completed by the driver. The system will display messages, such as “looking for an opening” or “changing lanes” to keep the driver informed on the status of the lane change. “In order to add automated lane change and provide our customers with the same level of confidence that they currently have in Super Cruise, we made improvements to both our software and hardware,” said Maiorana. “This included improving rear-facing sensors and advanced software algorithms so that

the system can confidently track vehicles approaching from the rear. As a result of these improvements, we are able to ensure that Super Cruise will hold in its current lane and only change when a sufficient gap exists.” Super Cruise's advanced technologies, including precision LiDAR map data and real time GPS, help to provide a detailed understanding of the surrounding road to determine allowable automated lane change maneuvers. An array of camera and radar sensors will continuously scan around the vehicle to determine if an acceptable opening exists, allowing the vehicle to complete the lane change. The combination of these technologies and Super Cruise's driver attention system ensures a confident execution of the automated lane change. Other Improvements In addition to automated lane change, other Super Cruise enhancements include updates designed to improve performance and ease-of-use. Updates include: Addition of richer map informa-

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AirPro Diagnostics Launches 24/7/365 Service gives us additional peace of mind.” AirPro Diagnostics, LLC the leader the natural next step in the company’s AirPro is backed by a team of in remote diagnostics, scanning, procommitment to providing cutting-edge uniquely skilled, experienced OEM and gramming and ADAS calibration solutechnology and service to repair facilities factory trained diagnostic technicians tions, announced today the company’s throughout the US and Canada. who are trained on collision dynamofficial launch of its 24/7/365 service to “As an AirPro user we are thrilled ics and deliver services within the 10 the automotive aftermarket world-wide. they have taken this important step to Minute Response Pledge. The AirPro “Knowing the importance of ensure we have access to their techniscan tool and systimely service to the repair comtem meets rigorous munity, we want to make sure vehicle manufacturer whenever there is a need, we are there,” stated Josh McFarlin, “Knowing the importance of timely service to the repair community, requirements by having OEM licensed AirPro Diagnostics VP of Strategic we want to make sure whenever there is a need, we are there,” software and scanBusiness Operations. “AirPro has tool hardware resiconsistently delivered industry dent or “local” to leading service and industry-first Josh McFarlin the vehicle. ORION, solutions to the repair commu AirPro Diagnostics VP of Strategic Business Operations AirPro’ s cloud-based nity to increase shops’ efficiendiagnostic managecy and lower their costs while ment system, is the reducing cycle time with OE level hub by which all serrepairs.” vices are delivered. Further, all scans In 2016, AirPro launched its cian’s skills and services at all 9 of our and screen sessions are recorded and Evergreen Warranty to ensure shops locations, anytime we need it,” stated Jim stored in the cloud. This unique combiwould always have the latest hardware Huard, Director of Operations FIX Auto nation provides the automotive afteravailable at no additional cost, and that ACAB Automotive Group, headquartered market with reliable, efficient and accuits tool would never become obsolete. in Yorba Linda, CA. “We work hard to rate scanning, diagnostic and calibration In 2017, they announced their coveted meet our customers’ expectations and solutions to deliver vehicle repairs that 10-Minute Response Pledge to provide often that includes putting in some extra meet the highest level of quality and service promptly when shops need it. hours to complete their repairs. Knowing safety standards in the industry.n The launch of the 24/7/365 service is that AirPro is there when we need them

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Mercedes-Benz Glass Panel Recall by Emmariah Holcomb The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new visibility recall of 79 Mercedes-Benz products affecting 744,852 vehicle owners. Vehicle models from the vehicle manufacturer’s C-, CLK-, CLS- and E-Class lines sold between 2001 and 2011 will be recalled because of the bonding between the glass panel and the sliding roof frame may deteriorate and cause a detachment, according to the NHTSA. “A detached glass panel can separate from the vehicle and become a road hazard increasing the risk of a crash,” a portion of the NHTSA release reads. Mercedes-Benz stated it will notify owner of its latest visibility recall. Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that their sunroof glass panel bonding will be inspected and the sliding roof will be replaced if necessary, at no cost to the customer. Shop owners can advise their impacted Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center if they have more questions at 1-800-3676372. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 14, according to the NHTSA. The administration also issued a recall for an incorrect windshield, which it states impacts 60 Cruise Car Inc. vehicle owners. “The incorrect windshield could affect the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” a portion of the NHTSA release reads. Certain 2019 Moke (Cruise Car) vehicles have been listed in the latest recall. According to the administration, the vehicles may be equipped with a windshield of the incorrect glass quality rating. This means these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 205, “Glazing Materials.” Cruise Car stated it will notify all impacted owners of the recent recall. Those auto glass professionals working on this vehicle can alert their customers that their windshields will be replaced free of charge. The recall began last week. Auto glass shop owners can inform their customers that they may contact Cruise Car customer service at 1-941-929-1630 if they have additional questions or concerns. Reprinted from glassBYTES.com

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CRASH Network: Insurer ‘Report Card’ Finds Bigger-name Carriers Weaker on Auto Claims For consumers, the lesson is clear: The guys whose wacky ads you see nonstop aren’t necessarily going to be so much fun for you when you get into a wreck, according to body shops. “Many consumers won’t have seen or heard advertisement after advertisement for North Carolina Farm Bureau, Oregon Mutual or Acuity Insurance, but shops graded these companies as among the Top 5 when it comes to taking care of customers after a claim,” Yoswick said in a statement. “You have to look fairly far down the rankings before you find one of the best-known and largest auto insurers, but most consumers will find an insurer or two among the 15 highest-graded who offer auto insurance policies in their state.” North Carolina Farm Bureau received an A+ combined from the 37 shops ranking it and came in first on the Report Card. Call it the valedictorian. “They are fair, easy to deal with, and always look out for their customers,”

CRASH Network conducted the survey in November and December 2019 and received answers from 1,037 shops spread among all 50 states. At least 35 shops had to rate a carrier before it counted in the national rankings (the study also provides state-specific report cards). Responses included 20,856 individual grades spanning 135 regional and national insurers. According to collision repairers, the Top 10 carriers in terms of customer claims treatment and repair quality included none of the Top 10 auto insurers in NAIC 2018 market share rankings. The Top 15 carriers according to auto body shops included just two of the Top 15 by market share. Erie (No. 12 on market share) placed 3rd on the Report Card, receiving an A-, and AAA Southern California (part of Auto Club Enterprises, which ranks 11th) received a B+ to rank 7th on the Report Card.

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Kona: A Stylish and Agile Subcompact SUV Kona refined aesthetics with A low and wide stance complements its profile, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at highway speeds. Its masculine, protective ‘armor’ combines powerfully with the futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech look. The unique features of the exterior continue inside with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially in front headroom. The sleek and simple layout interior contrasts with the bold, adventurous exterior design. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the standard floating seven-inch touchscreen includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability. The floating display design adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness. Further, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that contribute to a sensuous experience and enhance the comfort-focused environment. The Kona compact platform has been developed to provide customers with true CUV capabilities, CUV-level ground clearance and an elevated, command seating position to ensure better visibility and comfort on long journeys, as well as easy ingress and egress. Kona offers occupants generous interior space by optimizing the underfloor layout, including the AWD drivetrain and exhaust system, to reduce central tunnel intrusion on interior space. The optional AWD system and drivetrain is intelligently packaged to offer a spacious interior despite its compact exterior dimensions. Kona also benefits from strategic use of structural adhesives at high stress points on the chassis and extensive use of hotstamping methods for greater rigidity. To integrate the optional fourwheel drive system, Hyundai engineers packaged a new intercooler layout and mounting position for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space. The suspension, fuel, and exhaust components are carefully packaged to maximize rear occupant room. As a result, Kona offers a generous 19.2 cubic feet of

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Palisade also offers a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes. This system allows the driver to communicate separately with the second and/or third rows of the vehicle via the Palisade audio system in a conversation mode. Palisade From Page 16 that shifts the vehicle into park when the engine is off and the driver opens the door. Palisade’s center console bridge design also frees up convenient storage space underneath the center console control area with driver and passenger access. The interior features seven available USB outlets, including front-seatback-based USB outlets for the second row occupants and mini-pockets for digital devices of all kinds. A generous 16 cupholders means there’s always a place to stow a beverage at any seating position. Seatbelt connection notification to the driver is active in every seating position. Palisade also features an industryfirst, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired. Palisade offers abundant technology, including Hyundai’s latest navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. To eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices as well as recent Apple iPhones. When it comes to audio tech-

nology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Palisade’s upscale interior. The Infinity® audio system features Clari-Fi™ and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally-compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.  The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience. Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, Palisade’s available HeadsUp Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the windshield, helping the driver to better keep his or her eyes on the road. The feature uses a system of mirrors combined with a full-color TFT LCD display and features adjustable brightness to ensure excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, BlindSpot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limits, Lane Following Assist and audio system data is projected at an ideal virtual distance for maximum legibility. Palisade also offers a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes. This system allows the driver to communicate separately with the second and/or

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third rows of the vehicle via the Palisade audio system in a conversation mode. The system also includes a Rear Sleep Mode that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without that same audio being transmitted to the second- and third-row audio speakers, so that potentially sleeping passengers will not be disturbed. Palisade design seeks a very high perception of openness and exceptional visibility with a large, fixed-glass rear sunroof opening, wide rear seating rows and a generous, reconfigurable rear cargo area. All rear access areas have been ergonomically designed for ease of family access, with an available power rear-folding, unfolding and reclining third-row seatback. Palisade is larger in every exterior dimension than Santa Fe XL and Toyota Highlander. POWERTRAIN Palisade power comes from an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine, for excellent power and efficiency. This 3.8-liter powerplant produces an estimated 291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and an estimated 262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Palisade offers more standard horsepower than any other SUV in its competitive set and an unsurpassed level of torque. Palisade delivers that power to the wheels via an eight-speed Palisade Please turn to Page 22 www.IneedOEMparts.com


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automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter and offers both twowheel and HTRAC® four-wheel-drive configurations, with a final drive ratio of 3.648 for confident acceleration. Special efforts were made to reduce Palisade NVH, with generous under-hood insulation, special sound-deadening carpets and powertrain tuning that delivers a smooth, linear response. In addition, Palisade offers drivers the ability to start the vehicle via remote key fob or via the Blue Link app. SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES Palisade offers a number of advanced safety technologies standard, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot CollisionAvoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. Hyundai’s standard Rear CrossTraffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) enhances driver awareness to the rear of the Palisade. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when

backing up, the system can not only warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically. Available safety features include Rear Occupant Alert (ROA). The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors, it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in. The Palisade also features a standard Safe Exit Assist system. To enhance the safety of Hyundai’s passengers, Safe Exit Assist uses radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is

approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster will alert the driver. In addition, if the driver attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock feature, Safe Exit Assist will override the driver and ensure the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed. Once the road is clear, the driver can then deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock and successfully unlock the rear passenger doors. Palisade has a very rigid structure, with strategic use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) in key suspension and crash areas to provide increased tensile-strength. Use of Advanced High Strength Steel has several benefits: lighter overall vehicle weight and greater vehicle strength and rigidity without the excessive costs of more exotic lightweight materials. Palisade is expected to achieve TSP+ from the IIHS and a 5-star NHTSA rating. Robust underbody and side structures are designed to increase energy absorption and cabin intrusion in a severe collision, especially in the small overlap test. Further, its underbody uses multiple load paths to better disperse potential crash energy in the event of a collision. n

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) announces Will Lattuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body INC. as the newest member to the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) for Database Enhancement Gateway, the free online resource developed to address inquiries to information providers (IPs) about collision repair estimating data. With nearly 25 years of collision repair experience in the collision business, Latuff brings a wealth of experience and insight to the DEG joint operating committee. “Latuff is a frequent DEG user as well as an advocate for the DEG.” Says Gredinberg DEG Administrator. Heavily involved in the collision repair industry with the following background: 23 years w/Latuff Brothers Auto Body, Graduate UW-Stout Major: general business administration, Minor: Quality management, President AASP-MN 2018 and Contributing writer for ABRN Magazine. “I am excited to join the DEG JOC and give back to the collision repair industry. My passion for estimating Palisade From Page 20

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The Pacifica Hybrid is America’s first and only hybrid minivan. It is the fourth bestselling plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) from the 30 PHEVs available in the market, and the #1 seller among the 20 vehicles that offer PHEV as an option. Pacifica Hybrid achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles.

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AirPro Diagnostics (“APD”), the industry leader in true OEM diagnostic scanning, programming, safety system and ADAS calibrations announced the launch of its new “FieldPro” mobile scanning solution. FieldPro is another evolution in APD’s portfolio of tools and remote service solutions developed to create economic advantages for APD customers. The FieldPro is a pocket size scan tool that serves as a wireless link between a damaged vehicle and the insurance field appraiser. After connecting to the vehicle, the FieldPro quickly downloads a list of modules along with any and all corresponding DTC codes. It then uploads the results through a cell phone app to APD where a report is promptly prepared by our uniquely skilled, ASE certified technicians.

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Calibrations From Page 5 digits. “Calibration processes vary widely from vehicle to vehicle and from system to system,” Anderson wrote. “Some blind-spot monitoring systems, for example, require a test-drive to selfcalibrate. Others require the use of a scan tool and a target. Other systems that can require calibration include adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and back-up or other cameras. How many times do we remove a mirror from a door for paint purposes? Those often include cameras that require calibrations.” State Farm also posted the widest difference here in willingness to pay DRP shops compared to non-DRP shops. CCC data CCC director and lead analyst Susanna Gotsch wrote in a study of data between the first quarter of 2017 and 2Q 2019 that calibration operations typically see an addition of 0.2-0.6 hours of labor. “When a part such as a distance

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