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The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is accelerating its electrification push with the ACCELERATE strategy with the aim to make more sustainable mobility accessible to even more people. In 2025, two years earlier than originally planned, a new model in Volkswagen’s electrified portfolio is expected to enter the small car segment with a starting price of around 23,500 dollars. The vision of a fully electric small car for urban areas focuses on

people and shared experiences. It combines more sustainable elements and digitalization with an exceptionally flexible usage approach. For example, the ID. LIFE concept could be used as a cinema, gaming center or simply to relax in the open air. "The ID. LIFE is our vision of the next generation of fully electric urban mobility. The concept gives a first look at a model in the small car seg-

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ID. LIFE From Front Cover ment in the price range of around 23,500. dollars that we expect to bring to market in 2025. We are making electric mobility accessible to even more people”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. "We have geared the ID. LIFE towards the needs of younger customer groups. We believe: In the future, the car will be an even stronger expression of an attitude towards life. For tomorrow's customers, it is not just about mobility, but even more about what you can experience with the car. The ID. LIFE is our answer." The design of the ID. LIFE concept is strikingly clear, pared back and of high quality. Decorative elements, add-on parts and a complex mix of materials have been dispensed with. The vehicle’s horizontal division between the body, glass surfaces and roof also contributes to the pure appearance. A customizable and removable roof made of air chamber textile enables an open-air feeling in the ID. LIFE and also reduces the vehicle’s weight. Electric motor drives the front wheels. The ID. LIFE concept is based 4

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A customizable and removable roof made of air chamber textile enables an open-air feeling in the ID. LIFE and also reduces the vehicle’s weight. on a smaller version of the modular electric drive kit (MEB) from Volkswagen that was specially developed for the small car segment. This is the first time that a vehicle designed on the MEB is equipped with frontwheel drive. With its 172 kW (234 hp) electric motor, the ID. LIFE can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. Its 62 kWh (gross) high-voltage battery is designed to enable the manufacturer’s estimated range of around 249 miles on the WLTP cycle. “The ID. LIFE once again proves the unique flexibility of the MEB. November 2021

From small cars to vans, all vehicle concepts can be implemented on this platform”, says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management for R&D at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. “It is designed to be the most scalable electrical architecture in the industry. We are only just beginning to realize the potential of the MEB. Performance, charging capacity and range are anticipated to continue to improve with software updates and each new model. " Natural and recycled materials.

With its 172 kW (234 hp) electric motor, the ID. LIFE can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. Its 62 kWh (gross) high-voltage battery is designed to enable the manufacturer’s estimated range of around 249 miles on the WLTP cycle.

The sustainably-minded character of the ID. LIFE concept is particularly reflected in the choice of materials, including the paint. The clear coat uses wood chips as a natural coloring agent, and bio-based hardeners. The air chamber textile for the roof and the front cover consists of recycled PET bottles. In the interior, wood for the dashboard and rear seating area is combined with Artvelours Eco for the seat surfaces and door panels. In addition, bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks serve as basic materials for the ID. LIFE’s tires. Multifunc tional interior. The ID. LIFE is a reliable companion for digital experiences of all kinds. In next to no time it can be converted into a cinema or a gaming lounge, as a game console and projector are on

board. A projection screen extends out of the dashboard whenever required. Additional devices can be connected individually and are supplied with power from a 230 volt / 16 amp connection in the interior. The seating concept is designed to be extremely flexible for a variety of situations. The front bench can be folded down completely. Together with the rear seat, which can also be folded down, numerous variants are possible, from cinema seating to an approximately two-meter-long bed to a cargo variant with maximum usable trunk. Innovative digital operating concept. Cameras and a display replace both the exterior and interior mirrors. Essential driving functions are controlled via a touch November 2021

control panel on the hexagonal, open-top steering wheel. A smartphone can also be integrated into the operating system. For example, navigation can be controlled via your own device, and music, movies and games can be seamlessly integrated and displayed on the projection screen in the vehicle. ACCELERATE strategy accelerates transformation. The extension of the BEV model portfolio in the small car segment at prices from about 23,500 dollars. is another important step towards fully electrified mobility. By 2030, Volkswagen anticipates increasing the share of pure electric models in total vehicle sales in Europe to an expected 70 percent and in North America and China to about 50 percent.n Southern Automotive Journal


Automotive Service Association Announces Re-envisioned Membership Model The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the oldest and largest association representing the independent automotive repair industry, announced that it is transitioning to a new and innovative association model leveraging its expansive history to create a single, unified industry voice. Insights from industry innovation, technology transformations and public policy continue to impact the businesses of ASA members, making it imperative for the association to refine its membership offering to better meet members’ needs. Implementing a new model not only simplifies and expands member benefits around advocacy, education, and communication, but will also help drive the association’s impact and

influence. Under the new model, existing state affiliate agreements will be dissolved, and a 50-state regional structure will take their place. The re-envisioned regional structure will allow the organization to expand its reach and improve member benefits including advocacy, education, events, and training for independent repair shops across the country. Among other changes is a new and improved fee schedule for members. Membership dues will transition to a single monthly

subscription at a low rate, effectively solving the disjointed and complicated national and affiliate dues structure of the past. “We are very excited about the opportunities we see for the Automotive Service Association,” said Fred Hules II, ASA Chairman. “Our Board of Directors is taking the necessary steps to ensure the future of ASA and its members. With the changes occurring in automotive innovation and public policy, it’s critical that the automotive repair industry speaks with one voice. ASA is the voice for automotive repair.” While this is a significant change for ASA, the organization is still committed to staying true to its roots. The new model will build upon its history of service to members, while opening new doors to future possibilities.n

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Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Begins Production on 2022 Corolla Cross With the push of a button and an engine roaring to life, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) and its over 2,000 team members celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2022 Corolla Cross. MTM, the only North American facility to produce the Corolla Cross, is a joint venture partnership between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. The plant continues to hire in preparation for production of the as-yet-to-be-announced Mazda vehicle. “This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama community have waited for since we broke ground in November 2018,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president of administration. “We are excited to see Corolla Cross in dealerships across the U.S.”

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of production. “Our team members exhibit a true commitment to safety and quality, and it is a big day for them to watch the Corolla Cross drive off our line ready to be shipped.” MTM’s investment increased to $2.311 billion when the parent companies announced an additional $830 million commitment in the summer of 2020. The additional investment allowed MTM to incorporate more cutting-edge technologies into its

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Mitchell and Car ADAS Solutions Team Up to Provide Enhanced Calibration Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, and Car ADAS Solutions, an ADAS technology and services company, have joined forces to offer enhanced support

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AsTech to Offer Official OEM Scan Reports to Repairers AsTech has announced that it will begin offering its customers official OEM scan tool reports as an optional supplement to the comprehensive reports provided through its remote scanning and diagnostic service. The company called the service an industry first, and said that it would begin in October. “The delivery of the original OEM scan report will provide our customers with an additional layer of confidence and transparency so they can remain focused on properly repairing today’s complex vehicles,” Cris Hollingsworth, president of Repairify, said in a statement. Repairify does business under the asTech brand. AsTech maintains a growing library of more than 1,000 OEM scan tools. Now, after conducting an asTech remote OEM scan, repairers will have access to a copy of the official OEM tool report. “We identified the opportunity to include this resource during our ongoing one‐on‐one conversations with our customers,” Maurice Tuff, chief technology officer of Repairify,

said in a statement. “We listen to our customers. We are committed to providing excellent service to continually enhance our products and services,” Hollingsworth said. Responding to a question from Repairer Driven News, Tuff said that the information and layout of the OEM scan tool reports vary by manufacturer, as they are developed by the OEMs. “Our ability to offer consistent high quality remote OEM tool scanning and calibrations” is one of numerous distinguishing factors between the asTech device and other alternative offers that the company releases, Tuff said. “Providing the official OEM scan tool report to our customers is simply a new feature that provides an additional layer of confidence and transparency,” he said. The company’s customized scan report includes such information as diagnostic trouble codes, repair recommendations, recall check information and professional input from the company’s team of more than 400 ASE and I‐CAR trained

master technicians. The announcement follows a July 22 announcement by asTech that it had patented a method for using a vehicle identification number, or VIN, to help determine “whether an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diagnostic tool — or aftermarket tool — is required for proper diagnosis and/or repair of the vehicle.” “AsTech’s technology is an industry ‘game changer’ by providing unique functionality to access vital OEM and aftermarket remote diagnostics data via VINs, and this newest patent will help us in protecting that technology,” Hollingsworth said in July. “ASE technicians will be empowered to quickly access the correct automotive tools to accurately and safely address unique vehicle functionalities via diagnostics and repair data. “This newest patent to be issued will be another competitive strategic step for accelerating our solutions and offerings across the entire automotive ecosystem.” Manufacturers have either strongly encouraged, or required, the use of OEM or OEM-approved

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Due to Covid’s cancellation of last year’s in-person event, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is returning for the first time since 2019 with an ever-intriguing lineup for its two-hour IDEAS Collide Showcase on Friday, Nov. 5. From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room S233 in the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Showcase will feature 10 fast-paced, 10-minute, out-of-the-box presentations designed to push the audience to look to upcoming innovations that could totally change the collision repair game. “We’ve always championed that the topics in this session should rattle the status quo,” said SCRS Chairman Bruce Halcro. “I think the lineup of contributors this year is poised to do just that, and I personally find this to be one of the most ambitious

sessions that breaks out of what we traditionally expect from industry education.” The super-popular IDEAS Collide Showcase consists of a format similar to the TED Talks and puts its unique stamp on the previous four days of the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series (Monday-Wednesday) and OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Thursday) during SEMA. Explore and register for the IDEAS Collide Showcase and other SCRS Repairer Driven Education offerings at the SEMA Show by visiting This year’s IDEAS Collide Showcase loaded lineup will consist of Brad Mewes, CFO of The Mewes Group CFOs; Diagnosis Specialist Jake Rodenroth; Sandy Blalock, Executive Director of the Automotive Recyclers Association; Data Base Enhancement

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The showcase will feature: Trump’s Tax Strategies for Body Shops Brad Mewes | CFO, The Mewes Group CFOs Ever wonder how Donald Trump, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos pay little to no tax? Want to discover the strategies they use to permanently eliminate their income tax? Brad Mewes, founder and Chief Financial Officer at The Mewes Group CFOs, will discuss strategies that will reduce your tax bill by at least $30,000 every single year and the one legal entity structure that is secretly stealing tens of thousands – and maybe even hundreds of thousands – of dollars from you (and you don’t even know it). If your accountant has ever told you that paying tax is a good problem to have, then this session is for you. Telematics: The collision repair gamechanger Jake Rodenroth | Diagnostic Specialist Telematics is rapidly making a presence in the collision repair space. First notice of loss, customer visibility and access to the vehicle being repaired change the collision business model significantly. What are these systems capable of and how does your shop learn to work with them? Inaccurate total loss valuations create a lose-lose for everyone Sandy Blalock| Executive Director, Automotive Recyclers Association Inaccurate vehicle valuations lead to increased total losses and everyone – including consumers, professional automotive and collision repairers, and professional automotive recyclers – are negatively impacted. What’s worse is that these economic total losses often don’t end the vehicle lifecycle with the total loss settlement. They are far too often rebuilt outside of a professional environment and find their way back onto America’s roadways. Let’s delve into the conditions that exist today that lead to unnecessary total losses and explore potential solutions that would advantage consumers and professional businesses through better governmental models and industry practices. Don’t contaminate your repair plan with outside influence Danny Gredinberg | Administrator, Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) We will discuss the importance of utilizing a single estimating system when negotiating repair plans with bill payers who may use a different information provider. Thinking through the process of establising which estimating system will be November 2021 Southern Automotive Journal 25

utilized in the repair planning and negotiation and establishing which P Pages will be used in negotiating repair plans. The choice may impact the language used within the p pages of included and not included operations, and understanding the differences in all three estimating systems OEM Recommended Materials for Aftermarket Body Repair Todd Korpi | Global Key Accounts Director, 3M As new technology continues to be adopted into the vehicles, the repair industry continues to be challenged with ensuring proper and safe repairs. Companies like 3M work hand-in-hand with all the OEMs to ensure recommended materials are available to the repair industry and engaging directly with the OEM’s to ensure these materials are OEM recommended, endorsed, and called out in the OEM repair procedures. Direct access to OEM repair procedures is the best source of information to repair vehicles, as only the OEM fully understands how the vehicle is designed and how to properly repair vehicles back to pre-accident condition. This session will detail what you need to understand about OEM recommended, called-out, endorsed, and specified material solutions in the repair industry. What if AI were used to increase repair plan thoroughness, rather than mitigate estimate lines Pete Tagliapietra | Founder, NuGen IT, an OEC Company With the technology advancements realized with computer vision and machine learning, the possibility exists to proactively deliver all the necessary OEM repair procedures for the actual damages to a vehicle before a repair estimate is created. Most AI solutions have been presented to support the bill payer, rather than the repair professional. This session will explore an alternate reality where the approach will support the utilization of OEM procedures to build more comprehensive repair plans at the start of the process, rather than as an afterthought. Data Security & The Digital Transformation of the Auto Claims Economy Brandon Laur | Vice President, CCi Global Technologies (formerly known as ClaimsCorp) With the digitization of the auto claims economy, what is the impact and opportunity of being “connected”? Who do you trust, and more importantly how do you trust them? This session will consider best practices collision repairers need to

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Depending on the driving scenario, cylinder shutoff can increase fuel economy from 5 to 20 percent. Fuel economy is further enhanced with VVT technology that reduces the engine’s pumping work by closing the intake valve later and by increasing the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more energy to be transferred to the wheels instead of being lost out of the exhaust as heat. VVT also improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power. New for the 2021 Grand Cherokee L 4x4 is front-axle disconnect. If the vehicle senses that road conditions do not require all-wheel drive, the front-axle disconnect automatically places the Grand Cherokee L in two-wheel drive, reducing drag on the driveline and improving fuel economy. Four-wheel drive automatically re-engages when the vehicle senses it is needed. The proportion of the all-new Grand Cherokee L was inspired by the original Wagoneer, first full-size luxury SUV from Jeep. Grand Cherokee L’s lean profile features a longer hood and cab, which shifts the vehicle rearward to give a sense of motion

with a ready to react response. A forward-tipped grille further enhances the length of the hood and gives a respectful nod to Wagoneer’s iconic design. A lowered, tapered roof improves aerodynamic performance and efficiency without sacrificing its cargo spaciousness and utility. When it came to the interior design of 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the team’s objective was to create one of the most exquisite and technically advanced interiors in the industry. The next-generation interior evolves to create a more refined expression, featuring handcrafted materials with an attention to detail and modern amenities that pair seamlessly with its new lean and tailored exterior. Inside, premium seating includes room for six or seven passengers. The second row comes with standard “tip and slide” bucket seats (optional bench), 7 inches (180mm) of fore/aft travel and an available power-folding third row. Second-row bucket seats can be easily moved to create expansive passage to the third row. Child safety seats installed in the second row do not have to be removed to access the third row.n







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ABRA Woodstock, NABC Donate Recycled Ride to Atlanta Family The presentation was held at ABRA Woodstock located at Krause Family Ford in Woodstock, Ga. The deserving family was selected by NeverAlone charity, which works to fight hunger among Atlanta-area residents. “We always want to give back to our community and help those who NHTSA From Page 28 million of them in the U.S. – have been involved in the biggest auto safety callback in history because, in rare cases, the inflators can cause an explosive charge and send deadly metal pieces flying throughout the vehicle. Nineteen of the 28 worldwide deaths tied to the faulty Takata inflators have occurred in the U.S. and there have been around 400 injuries. Among the U.S. deaths, 16 were attached to Hondas, two to Fords and one to a BMW.

are working to establish themselves and their independence,” said John Rowland, director of Parts, Service and Collision Center for Krause Family Ford and ABRA Woodstock. “This family is working hard to get to their jobs, attend school and create a path to a more positive life. It’s an honor to be able to help them on

their journey.” The Bingham family, a family of four with only one vehicle to share, received a 2019 Nissan Altima. Their oldest son will now have quality transportation to travel to and from work, assist with the younger brother’s after-school activities and help attend to general family needs.n

The investigation into the 30 million vehicles affected centers on inflators that contain desiccant, a chemical drying agent used to sustain dryness in its area. The NHTSA has stated that the cause of the explosions tied to all the recalls is propellant breaking down after long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity. According to the document secured by Reuters, the NHTSA will also require all similar Takata air bags without the drying agent to be recalled. So far, approximately 50 million of the 67 previously recalled Takata

inflators have been repaired and/or otherwise accounted for. According to Reuters and the governmental document, NTSA officials said only the air bag inflators containing desiccant have exploded. “While no present safety risk has been identified, further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled desiccated inflators,” NHTSA officials wrote in the beginning of their engineering analysis, according to Reuters. “Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety of desiccated inflators.”n


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CAPA Certifies More Than 128 Million Parts The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non‐profit standard‐setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces that it has certified more than 128 million aftermarket parts since 1990. Representative samples of the parts were tested and certified to CAPA’s standards by a third party, independent test laboratory. “For over 30 years, CAPA’s priority has always been to ensure that high quality, certified aftermar-

ket parts are an option for insurers, repairers, and ultimately consumers,” said Clark Plucinski, CAPA chairman. “Without these high quality alternatives to OEM parts, it is likely that more vehicles would be considered ‘totaled’ simply because they would be too expensive to repair using only OEM parts, and that’s not good for consumers or the collision repair industry. “We are proud to continue to work with the dedicated manufacturers who chose to obtain CAPA certi-

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