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The Innovative Way to Travel: Design Study GEN.TRAVEL

SCRS Announces Details of OEM Summits Planned for 2022 SEMA Show CIF Announces Support for Those Affected by Hurricane Ian

I-CAR® Announces Variety Of On-Site Educational Opportunities For 2022 SEMA SHOW

DEALER NEWS Universal Technical Institute and Volvo Car USA Expand Manufacturer-Paid Advanced Training Program

With GEN.TRAVEL, the Volkswagen Group has developed an iconic, innovation-packed study that constitutes a completely new vehicle category in the premium portfolio between sedan and MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle). “With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen defines the mobility for generations to come – sustainable and digital,“ says Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation. “In the group-wide Volkswagen

Innovation Research department, we are further advancing this idea, showing how our customers will be able to experience mobility in the future – for example, as a service. With GEN.TRAVEL, we can already experience today what will be possible in the near future with innovative technology. Door-to-door travel at a new level. Emission-free and stress-free.”

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The automobile will not only be better, but also more exciting than ever before.” Klaus Zyciora GEN.TRAVEL From Front Cover The GEN.TRAVEL drives autonomously and turns the driver into a relaxed passenger who has time for other things: Work. Relaxation. Entertainment. Family. Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, explains: “The GEN.TRAVEL offers us a glimpse of the travel of the future. It shows us what autonomous driving will look like in the future. The GEN.TRAVEL embodies the visionary design of beyond tomorrow for the mobility of tomorrow. Efficient shaping characterizes the extremely 4

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distinctive design. Thus, in an age of technical perfection and virtually unlimited possibilities, ‘form follows function’ becomes ‘form follows freedom’. The automobile will not only be better, but also more exciting than ever before.” The GEN.TRAVEL has a unique, modular interior concept that can be customized for each journey and booked as a Mobility-as-a-Service offering. Depending on the configuration, up to four people can be transported in the concept vehicle. For business trips, the conference setup with four comfortable seats and a large table in the middle of November 2022

the interior provides relaxed surroundings. Dynamic lighting creates a pleasant working environment and avoids the danger of kinetosis (motion sickness). A configuration in the overnight-setup allows the conversion of two seats into two beds that can be folded out to a fullflat position. An innovative passenger restraint system ensures maximum safety even in a lying position. The GEN.TRAVEL lighting system influences melatonin production to help passengers fall asleep and wake up naturally. For family trips, the GEN.TRAVEL with front seats can

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be configured to entertain the children using augmented reality (AR). The interior is light, with a natural design. All HMI (human-machine interface) elements are produced using sustainable materials, combined with recycled or natural materials. The futuristic exterior of the GEN. TRAVEL is divided into two parts: The transparent, glass cabin is perfectly incorporated into the lower section, which houses all the technical features. The edge of the window is at waist level, making it very low so as to maximize the view of the outside. At the same time, when passengers are

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asTech Says Newly Expanded Software Helps Make OEM vs. Aftermarket Tool Decisions, Customizable for Every Shop By Lurah Lowery Repairify’s asTech has expanded its Rules Engine to “dramatically streamline” shop workflow with one-stop access to diagnostics, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) insights, calibrations, and programming in an effort to reduce repair cycle times. Rules Engine is now enhanced with the ability for shops to customize repair workflows. Repairify President Cris Hollingsworth explained to Repairer Driven News that through the software application’s algorithm and interfacing with vehicles, repairers can determine — based on OEM repair procedures — the best tool to use for each job whether aftermarket, OEM, or as asTech calls it – “OEM-compatible.” The company has conducted thousands of tests on aftermarket tools to see how they perform compared to OEM tools and continues to test, Hollingsworth said. Tools that perform as well as the OEM tools are deemed “OEM-compatible” tools. “The Rules Engine is customizable for the shop and it has multidimensions in it,” Hollingsworth said. For example, the shop can

choose the makes they’re certified to work on or the vehicles they most commonly work on when determining their “shop rules” in the app to already have as a default whether OEMs require OEM tools or not. “Then the second set of rules would kick in and we would then route the scan through the appropriate tool based upon the guidance that we get from the second tier rules,” Hollingsworth said. He added that second-tier rules could come into play based on agreements with insurance carriers. And shops can also set up a default third-tier rule if jobs don’t get picked up based on tier one or tier two rules. “It gives a shop the ability to do multi-dimensional customization of the scans and the diagnostics that they are engaging in as the vehicles come into their shops,” Hollingsworth said. An earlier version of the software application was released several months ago to stress-test the software and get feedback from the industry but it didn’t have the tiered dimensions so now it’s “much more robust” and comprehensive, he said. Hundreds of shops have used Rules

Engine and their feedback, he noted, has been positive with users saying it’s a step forward. “This is all about optionality and choice for the shops,” Hollingsworth said, adding that the Rules Engines helps with consistency and can help repairers work more efficiently. “Right now, there’s no magic bullet to solve for the shortage of technicians. …The way that we’re trying to help our customers is to effectively say, ‘Look, you’ve only got so many technicians and so the best thing we can do to help you is increase the productivity per technician.'” Rules Engine is available for PC and mobile. The application can identify required calibrations, available tools, and OEM-specified procedures to safely repair and calibrate ADAS systems using adasThink by uploading the repair estimate and VIN. The processes can also be further automated through available integrations with estimating systems CCC Intelligent Solutions and Mitchell International. Reprinted Content: Copyright © 2022. DRIVEN COMMUNICATIONS INC. All Rights Reserved n

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The QX55 Brings a Suite of New Standard Comfort and Convenience

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The new 2022 QX80 has been significantly refined with a widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility. adopted to support the driver. For the QX55 ESSENTIAL grade adds Traffic Sign Recognition and is distinguished by unique cube design LED headlights with auto levelling and adaptive front lighting system from $54,250 MSRP. With a design inspired by the iconic INFINITI FX that pioneered the coupe-crossover segment nearly 20 years ago, the stylish and shapely crossover pairs perfectly with an award-winning and innovative powNovember 2022

ertrain. Every QX55 is powered by a Variable Compression Turbocharged engine and INFINITI Intelligent AllWheel Drive, which is standard on all QX55 models for buyers in North America. The QX55's inspired dynamics, decadent interior, and intuitive technology set the stage for bold owners to challenge convention. What's more, its spacious cabin, advanced driver-assistance systems, and leading convenience features

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ric inner mesh grille mimics origami folds and pronounces the vehicle's confident looks. Fog lights with black surrounds bracket the lower half of the front, while standard LED headlights — and newly standard adaptive front lights with unique cube LED headlights on QX55 ESSENTIAL and higher — draw a bold, nighttime signature. At the rear, the QX55 embraces a minimalist look with an integrated badge that not only portrays the road ahead in INFINITI's iconic logo but also operates the standard power rear liftgate in a single, cohesive design. On QX55 SENSORY grades, the power liftgate is complemented by a motion-activated sensor that allows owners to open the rear by kicking their foot, useful when hands are full. The QX55's interior design is captivating and driver-centric, with a wide stage afforded by a low dash. The standard power-sliding, tinted

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CIF Announces Support for Those Affected by Hurricane Ian Hurricane Ian has ripped through Florida and South Carolina damaging many home and businesses, including collision repair facilities. While those repairers may already be feeling the after-effects of the damage or will be soon, they should know they are not alone in picking up the pieces. Collision Repair Professionals in need can reach out to Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) to request disaster relief assistance. CIF is a nonprofit organization that has worked over 20 years to aid people with ties to the collision industry after disasters. Most recently, CIF provided industry colleagues with $275,000 in COVID-19 aid and assisted Bryan Miller, an Ohio-based technician and painter, whose body

was severely burned in a shop fire. The CIF also helped many victims of hurricanes Katrina, Michael, Florence, Harvey, Laura and wildfire victims in Paradise, CA. "We know these are difficult times for Floridians and people from other areas in Ian’s path," said CIF Board President Michael Quinn and President of AirPro Diagnostics. "At CIF, we are mobilizing communications to identify those who may need assistance in the area. We welcome everyone in the collision repair industry to help us support our brothers and sisters impacted. Your generous tax-deductible donations go directly to those in need. Our history at CIF goes back to our early days supporting Hurricane Katrina victims. Our industry should be

proud of our unique non-profit charity, CIF, that specifically helps our own, in their time of need". Earlier last week, CIF posted a reminder on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages that they are available to help: "CIF is here to assist Collision Repair professionals who have suffered a significant loss during the recent natural disasters such as damages from Hurricane Ian." CIF also has in place a regular outreach procedure, asking donors and supporters to be ‘boots on the ground’ – to help identify people in need. Disaster relief assistance can be requested via the CIF website at: or call toll-free 855-4CIFAID or direct 804-427-6982 for information about available resources.n

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Jeff Silver, Former Head of I-CAR, Recalled as Visionary Leader Who ‘Made Things Happen’ By Dave LaChance Friends and colleagues are remembering Jeff Silver as a passionate and visionary leader who for decades dedicated himself to the betterment of the collision repair industry. Silver, who became head of the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) in 1985 and provided steady guidance to the organization through 11 pivotal years, died on Sept. 23. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Jeff Silver,” his wife, Jeanne, wrote on social media. “Jeff was my rock, best friend and soulmate. He was beloved by so many people who enjoyed his wit and intelligence. I sit here on a quiet Tennessee morning

and know that he will be missed by his children, his grandchildren, many of you and most of all me.” Silver’s son, Brett Holman, director of information technology and LMS administrator at the Automotive Management Institute, wrote on social media, “I was blessed to have Dad in my life, and he was always one of the main reasons why I ended up doing what I do in our Industry. What a better role model could someone have in their life than Jeff Silver? He accomplished so much in his 80 years and I feel beyond lucky to have been able to call him Dad for over 40 years. His memory will live on through all of his family, as well as the many people that he has touched in our Industry.” Silver was particularly gifted at finding grounds for agreement among

people who might not always see things eye-to-eye, and at letting himself be guided by his belief in doing things the right way, said those who knew him as both a friend and colleague. “Jeff was as even-keeled as they come,” said Lou Dilisio, the founder of Automotive Industry Consulting, Inc., who had known Silver for more than 40 years. “He didn’t get excited about things. He just made things happen. “What always impressed me was his ability to pull groups of people together from all walks of life, and to have 30, 40, 50 people sit at a table and collaborate on different things, and give I-CAR direction to help the industry. There could be five of us Silver Please Turn to Page 23



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Kona plays a key role in Hyundai’s broader electrification strategy, combining electrified powertrains with a stylish sub-compact SUV body configuration. In fact, Kona was the first Hyundai SUV available with a fully-electrified powertrain in the U.S. The Kona Electric has also been freshened with a new, sleeker front fascia design. The former dimpled grille area has been replaced with a sleek new aerodynamic shape with a prominent horizontal character line immediately below the badging and DRLs. New headlamps and DRLs provide a fresh new illumination signature, and the lower fascia opening boasts clean horizontal strakes. New lower fender 14 Southern Automotive Journal

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ASA Supports New U.S. House Vehicle Data Access Caucus The Automotive Service Association (ASA) applauds U.S. Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) in his work today establishing a new bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives working to address the issue of vehicle data access. Representative Carter is a member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee which will have jurisdiction for the vehicle data access issue. Vehicle data access is an issue for independent repairers that rely on accessing vehicle data to repair

their customers’ vehicles safely and effectively. The Vehicle Data Access Caucus will be essential in addressing critical data-access concerns. ASA worked with other stakeholder groups in the American Alliance for Vehicle Owners Rights (AAVOR) in meetings with Representative Carter’s office on this issue. “ASA appreciates the work that Rep. Carter is doing establishing the bipartisan Vehicle Data Access Caucus. The Caucus represents an opportunity to establish national policy on an issue impact-

ing the daily lives of shops across the U.S.,” states Fred Hules II, ASA Board Chairman. “Independent repair shops conduct 70 percent of post-warranty repairs, and It is critical that independent repair shops continue to have access to the vehicle data they need to service these cars.” “Access to vehicle-generated data – and the ability to delete personal data from rented or sold vehicles – is a key issue for all consumers,” said Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers

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Insightful speakers, networking opportunities, a car gifting ceremony by the National Auto Body Council (NABC)® and a tour of Hunter Engineering were all part of the CIECA CONNEX Conference this year. Representatives from all industry segments gathered in St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri, the week of September 12 for the event. “The CIECA CONNEX conference was an excellent opportunity to meet and network with leaders from some of the most influential companies in the industry,” said Phil Martinez, CIECA’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Senior Technical Consultant at Mitchell International. “It was great to have representatives from all industry segments join us for discussions about emerging technologies, how they impact the collision industry and what CIECA is doing to prepare for the rapidlychanging business environment,” added Paul Barry, CIECA’s Executive Director. This year’s theme was "CIECA Next Gen: Evolving to Meet the Needs of the Collision Industry.” Bill Garoutte, President and CEO of NABC, was the master of ceremonies and Greg Horn, Chief Innovation Officer at PartsTrader,

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will never be another like him in my lifetime,” said former I-CAR Chairman Chuck Sulkala. “He gave inspiration, hope, compassion, and the greatest gift of all was his ability to simply listen and then calmly reply.” Their relationship overcame a rough beginning. Overlooking a “parting cheap shot” that Sulkala had delivered after their first meeting, Silver had invited Sulkala to join the national I-CAR board. “That was the real beginning of my very long journey through today in my involvement with Jeff Silver and I-CAR,” he said. Silver’s career in the automotive industry began in 1966 when he was hired to serve as supervisor for safety research and development at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground. It was during his tenure that GM introduced the L platform, which featured the mass-production debut of unibody construction, according to Van Alstyne. His realization that unibody construction “was not going to be easy to repair given historical methods” motivated him to help found I-CAR, and later lead the organization for 11 years, Van Alstyne said. Silver left I-CAR in 1996 when he and Jeanne became the owners of CARSTAR Mundelein, a leading repair center in NW Chicagoland. In 2009, I-CAR honored Silver with the creation of the Jeff Silver Award, which recognizes an industry professional who has maintained I-CAR Platinum status for at least five consecutive years and who also has demonstrated advocacy for technical education attainment across the industry. In Silver’s memory, that award will now be known as the Jeff Silver Memorial Award. A celebration of Silver’s life will be held in Chicago in the spring, Jeanne Silver wrote, with further details to come. “Thank you all for your support and kind thoughts through this difficult time,” she wrote.n Southern Automotive Journal


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More Findings: When asked to choose between reducing inflation or avoiding an economic downturn, 59% believe the priority right now should be reducing inflation and 41% prioritize avoiding an economic downturn. To cope with inflation, 7 in 10 small businesses report raising prices in response to inflationary pressures, followed by those who say they have taken out a loan (40%), reduced staff (37%), or reduced the quality of their products or services (31%). 42% say their local economy is in poor health, outweighing the share who say it’s in good health (31%) for the first time since Q1 2021. 3 in 4 small businesses (76%) say they have a plan to adapt to a changing economy. The majority (61%) think the economy changes more quickly these days than it did in the past. 40% say they are very concerned about the impact of interest rates risingon their business (up 11 percentage points from Q1 2022). A majority (51%) say they have altered their supply chains to rely on local suppliers more over the last year, in a sign that small businesses may be shortening their supply chains. Concerns over COVID-19 have faded, down to 13%, from 23% this time last year, as economic issues rise in importance. rent cash flow, this dropped from 73% last quarter, the first significant decline since April 2020. Also falling slightly this quarter is the percentage of small businesses who expect to increase staff (38%), and those predicting increased revenues in the next year (61%). Small business owner Tom November 2022

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Mitchell 1 Adds Exclusive Google ReScore Feature to SocialCRM Shop Marketing Service “Managing bad Google reviews is not about simply deleting the review; that doesn’t help anyone,” said Marcus Mackell, SocialCRM market manager, Mitchell 1. “It’s about recognizing the customer’s concern, resolving it and having the customer share that resolved experience with everyone. The Mitchell 1 SocialCRM shop marketing service can help mitigate those bad review concerns.” Using the SureCritic™ review service, shops can now easily link to their Google My Business page to create a seamless connection for managing their Google reviews directly through their SureCritic dashboard. Shop owners are able to respond to every Google review. If they get a bad one, they can send a ReScore request directly to the customer, asking them for an updated review.

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I-CAR® Announces Variety Of On-Site Educational Opportunities For 2022 SEMA I-CAR® the Inter-Industry on Auto Collision Repair, announced that it will offer a variety of classroom opportunities to increase collision repair industry knowledge and skills for attendees of the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4. I-CAR’s Director of Technical Products & Curriculum, Bud Center, announced that “for the first time and exclusive to SEMA, I-CAR will be offering a MIG Welding Technology & Applications training session focusing on basic to advanced techniques and ideal for classic car, hot rod and vehicle builders/rebuilders and other technicians. Although not eligible for I-CAR credit, to encourage newer vehicle builders out there, I-CAR is making this popular MIG Welding session available for $75 (normally $150) and will include complimentary, hands-on welding practice at the SEMA Collision

Registration online for the following topics is now open and available through Thursday, Nov 3: • Initialization and Calibration of Electronic Systems • Coordinate the Repair Process • Managing Quality Control • MIG Welding Technology & Applications Repair Stage.” Attendees will also be able to register on-site outside I-CAR Classrooms S224 and S225. In addition to these courses, I-CAR will hold a free series of live educational presentations on topics including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Electric Vehicles (EVs), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), Scanning and Calibrations, Welding and more at the SEMA Collision Repair & Refinish Stage. Additionally, I-CAR, a SEMA Education Partner, will participate in the free and new SEMA ADAS Showcase

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SCRS Announces Details of OEM Summits Planned for 2022 SEMA Show The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced details of the three sessions of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, as part of the Repairer Driven Education agenda that will be presented during the 2022 SEMA Show. More than a dozen industry experts will discuss three hot-button issues for repairers: accessing OEM repair procedures, solving the ongoing technician shortage, and choosing the right scan tools for safe and proper vehicle repair. The OEM Summits are in addition to 21 two-hour seminars and the IDEAS Collide Showcase, adding up to a total of five days of thought-provoking presentations that will provide collision repairers with information that they can put to use in their shops every day. The Summits will be offered consecutively on Thursday, Nov. 3, making it possible to attend all three. Three seminars will be offered on Monday, Oct. 31, the first day of the SEMA Show, followed by nine seminars on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and nine on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Closing out the week on Friday, Nov. 4, is the IDEAS Collide Showcase. View the full lineup and register here. “Our focus is, and always has been, finding ways to provide Show attendees with access to discussions and education that speaks to the heart of issues faced on the ground floor of collision repair businesses across the country,” said Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS. “We’ve worked really hard to curate sessions that lean into the diversity of issues and business models, and to make sure there is valuable content for everyone.” “At the end of the day, the most important outcome of the RDE series was that it provided a ROI for attendees, providing them the ability to take what they’ve learned and bring 30 Southern Automotive Journal

Session I: OEM Repair Procedure Accessibility will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Moderated by Schulenburg, the panel will include Mark Allen, Collision Programs Manager at Audi of America; Benito Cid, Collision Business Development Manager at Mercedes-Benz USA; Kevin Earlywine, Instructor – Collision Repair & Refinish at Toyota Motor North America; Wayne Weikel, Senior Director, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, and Amber Alley, General Manager at Barsotti’s Body & Fender. Session II: Tackling the Technician Crisis Together will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The panel will feature Dara Goroff, Vice President, Planning & Industry Talent Programming at the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR); John Helterbrand, National Program Director at Collision Engineering, and Jennifer Maher, Executive Director at the TechForce Foundation with the discussion led by Eliza Johnson of Ducker Carlisle. Session III: Managing Scan Tool Choices While Ensuring Safe and Proper Repairs will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The panel will include Dan Dent, Manager, Collision, Certified Repair Network at Nissan Motor Corporation; Devin Wilcox, Program Manager and Strategist, Collision Network at Subaru of America, and Jake Rodenroth, North American Body Repair Program Operations Manager at Lucid Motors with discussion led by Chris Chesney, VP Training & Organizational Development at Repairify.

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of the most amazing SEMA Shows of all time for the collision repair industry.” According to SEMA, the number of exhibiting companies is up 30% over last year with 1,850 expected by showtime, while the aggregate net square feet of exhibit space is 30% more than last year, which is more than 3 football fields in growth. All three Summit sessions will be held in Room 233 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, with half-hour breaks between sessions.n

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Universal Technical Institute and Volvo Car USA Expand Manufacturer-Paid Advanced Training Program

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