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For 75 years, Jaguar has been responsible for some of the most iconic road and racing car designs ever seen. The roll call of names will be familiar to all: XK120, C-Type, D-Type, XJ13, E-Type, XJ220. To that list can now be added the C-X75, which celebrates three-quarters of a century of beautiful, fast Jaguars by being the fastest and perhaps most beautiful concept of them all. The C-X75 concept is both a cel-

ebration of 75 years of iconic Jaguar design and a look into the future of automotive technology. Designed as a range-extended electric two-seater supercar, it explores the outer limits of both performance and sustainability. With plug-in capability the car can achieve a zero tailpipe emissions range C-X75 Please Turn to Page 4

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lines and powerful stance have been created, in the words of Julian Thomson, Assistant Design Director and head of of 68 miles when running under battery the Jaguar Advanced Design Studio, to power alone, plus a ”pull at the same potential top speed emotional heartof 205mph and strings as classic blistering acceleraJaguars such as tion. The car demthe D-Type and onstrates that it is XJ13 racers.” possible to retain The C-X75 Jaguar’s core values borrows more of performance, than simply eledesign and luxury gant looks from using technolprevious classic ogy that will make designs, howe nv iro nm e nt all y ever, for those responsible perforcars were equally mance and electric respected for the vehicles a practical purity of their proposition. engineering. CThe aim was X75 has been creto produce not only ated to indicate the most innovathe future for tive but also one of luxury carmakers the most beautiful such as Jaguar. It “The C-X75 is everything a Jaguar should be. It possesses remarkable Jaguars ever; one shows that it is poise and grace yet at the same time has the excitement and potency of which hints at an possible to retain a true supercar. You could argue this is as close to a pure art form as a exciting evolution of the concept car can get and we believe it is a worthy homage to 75 years of core brand values marque’s award-winning while offering zero iconic Jaguar design.” design language emissions motor Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars while paying homing for much of age to some of its the time, as well most admired cars as range-extendof years gone by. ing technologies Advanced design that will make features such as a electric vehicles ground-breaking significantly more propulsion system practical. and active aerodyShor ter, namics allow for slimmer and an elegantly simlower than the ple fuselage seccurrent crop of tion that remains supercars, its stable at very high exterior design speeds. is about pure The C-X75’s performance 778bhp propulsion with a simple system combines central fuselage powerful 195bhp surrounded by electric motors prominent wheeat each wheel for larches. Thanks outstanding perto the packaging formance. At the vectored, all-wheel drive traction and efficiencies provided by the absence center of the car sit state-of-the-art, midgrip, essential in a car that produces of a conventional piston engine, the mounted micro gas-turbines. These can 778bhp and 1180lb ft of torque. car’s designers had maximum freedom either generate 188bhp to charge the Finished in Jetstream Silver, the in placing the mechanical components batteries and extend the range of the C-X75’s beautiful proportions, sculpted and creating the most elegant engineerC-X75 From Front Cover

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ing package available. Consequently the car has the most perfect proportions and sense of balance possible with a compact cabin placed centrally between the dramatic wheel arches. The lines of the supercar are purposeful and agile, suggesting a sense of movement and poise. The car’s interior is equally impressive, with the driver and passenger seated ahead of a sealed airbox that houses the micro gas-turbines. The seats are fixed to the bulkhead as in a single-seater race car, and air to feed the turbines passes smoothly around them via channels in the structure of the body. With the seats anchored in place, the steering wheel, controls, and pedal box all adjust towards the driver. Dramatic theater lighting is acti-

tion TFT screens. Building on Jaguar’s 10-year expertise in touchscreen technology, the Jaguar Co-Pilot display in the center console supports the driver in extracting the full potential of the C-X75 by seamlessly managing information. Just as the XJ13 acted a test-bed for a new engine, the C-X75 offers similarly positive and inspiring potential solutions to the challenges posed by environmental concerns. Performance cars have always aimed for efficiencies in terms of weight, agility and dynamics, all of which also benefit economy. Using previously unseen combinations of technology, the C-X75 supercar provides a glimpse into the future of Jaguar and its commitment to producing beautiful, fast cars powered by sustainable means. n

vated as the driver approaches the car; phosphor blue electro-luminescent wire lights illuminate the perimeter of the cabin and the turbines. When the car is started, additional blue LED lighting gently floods the door and bulkhead speaker cavities, highlighting the car’s lightweight construction. Interior mate-

rials include cream and grey leathers, polished and vapor-blasted aluminum and a soft-feel textured neoprene. A new interface for the driver has also been created for the CX75 using high-resolu-

“The C-X75 is a tribute to the people who shaped the iconic Jaguars that are revered to this day. By making it an innovative test-bed for the technologies of tomorrow, it also ensures that our reputation for engineering excellence will continue for another 75 years and beyond.” Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars

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'Small Business Jobs Act' to Benefit Auto Dealers On September 27 President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act which, among other things, contains the framework for a new SBA Dealer Floorplan Program (DFP). NADA is working with the SBA to develop the new floorplan program which is expected to be rolled out before yearend. Eligible loan amounts will be from $500,000 to $5 million with a 100% advance rate, a five-year term, reduced fees, and guarantees up to 75% (other 7(a) loans have guarantees up to 90%). The Act also sets a new maximum alter-

native size standard of $15 million net worth and $5 million in net income as measured over two years. In addition to a new Small Business Lending Fund and a new State Small Business Credit Initiative, the Act: • Eliminates capital gains taxes on investments held for five years for the rest of 2010. • Increases to $500,000 the amount of capital investment businesses may immediately write off in 2010 and 2011, and raises to $2 million the level at which the write-off phases out. • Extends the provision for 50%

“bonus depreciation” through 2010, thus accelerating the rate at which capital expenditures can be deducted. • Allows cell phone use to be deducted without burdensome documentation. • Allows certain small businesses to “carry back” general business credits to offset five years of taxes, while also allowing these credits to offset the Alternative Minimum Tax. • Changes the penalty for failing to report certain tax transactions from a fixed dollar amount to a percentage of the tax benefits from the transaction.n

EPA Issues Notice of Comment Period, Listening Session Regarding Hexavalent Chromium Toxicological Review Draft The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a 60-day public comment period and a public listening session for the draft human health assessment of a toxicological review of hexavalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium (Cr6), a metal used in many industries - including automotive service and repair due to welding, sanding and grinding of some motor vehicle parts - can be toxic and is considered to be a carcinogen when inhaled. The question for the EPA is whether to adopt a strict risk measure as California did or to adhere more to a less-stringent stan-

dard. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued standards in 2006 that limited workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium. It has been determined by OSHA that average levels of the substance that workers are exposed to today places them at significant health risks. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) expressed concern about the lowering of the permissible level because of the lack of data as to the potential economic impact the lower level will have on collision members.

Collision shop employees use many refinishing products in their shops as well as sand, grind and weld vehicle parts. Each of these procedures presents the opportunity for hexavalent chromium to exist. The public listening session is to be held Nov. 20 of this year. To view full text of the EPA’s notice of public comment period and listening session in the Federal Register, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill. com. Click on the “Track Agency Rule Changes” button and look under “Key Rule Changes - Federal Agencies.”n



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U.S. EPA, DOT Announce Notice of Intent to Increase Automotive Fuel Efficiency, Reduce GHG Emissions The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) Oct. 1, 2010, regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and small trucks manufactured between the year 2017 and 2025. According to the EPA, this national program continues the administration’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase fuel efficiency and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The EPA claims the initiative will help make it possible for manufacturers to build a single national fleet of cars and light trucks that satisfies all federal and California standards, while ensuring that consumers have a full range of vehicle choices. NHTSA, the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) made an


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2010 Infiniti G37 Coupe Adds Interior Refinements, Enhanced Navigation and Entertainment Features When it comes to a pure, seductive expression of intense per formance, many Infiniti vehicles likely come to mind. But perhaps none embodies the idea of “Inspired Per formance” better than the Infiniti G Coupe – which is designed to stir the soul through an unmatched combination of dynamic design, exhilarating performance and a modern, luxuriously crafted interior. And, if all that isn’t enough, the 2010 G Coupe adds a number of significant enhancements including a revised interior and upgraded navigation and entertainment systems. The G Coupe is again offered in four exciting models: G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Journey, G37S Coupe Sport 6MT and G37x Coupe AWD – each equipped with a standard 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Three models are offered with a standard performance-oriented 7-speed automatic transmission with Drive Sport (DS) Mode, Downshift Rev Matching and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The G37 Coupe Sport 6MT comes with a responsive, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Enhancements for the 2010 model year are primarily concentrated inside the beautiful G Coupe body. The previous “Washi” aluminum trim is replaced by a new “Shodo” style trim, inspired by the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy, on all models. The previous African Rosewood wood accents have been replaced by new, high-gloss Maple Accents. Other changes include the

quality appearance. Exterior highlights include flowing front fender curves, a wave-style hood, expressive front fascia with Infiniti’s signature doublearch grille and L-shaped HighIntensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights with integrated fog lamps. The strong side character line and side sills integrate with the large

addition of standard 8-way power passenger seats on all models, a new center console design on automatic transmissionequipped models and a number of package content changes, such as the addition of the Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ air purifier to the Technology Package and making RearView Monitor standard on most models. “Our goal is to always keep moving ahead, always keep our vehicles fresh with new designs and new technologies,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. “There’s no better example of this philosophy than the enhanced 2010 G line.” Highly Seductive Styling With the third year of its secondgeneration design, the G37 Coupe's stunningly seductive styling is recognized around the world. The smooth, aerodynamic design offers a kinetic feeling with an emotional surface expression, while the sweeping character lines and tight panel gap lines provide a rich, high November 2010

wheel wells and performance-oriented wheel and tire packages to transmit an added sense of power and vibrancy. The rear of the G37 Coupe features broad rear fenders flowing into the large LED taillights, refined rear bumper, integrated RearView Monitor camera (when equipped), rear underbody air diffusers and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers. Sophisticated, Luxurious Interior The G37 Coupe interior design again features sophisticated craftsmanship, with a cockpit-oriented front driver and passenger area, Infiniti signature “double wave” instrument panel design featuring the Infiniti-signature analog Infiniti G37 Please Turn to Page 14

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Hayes Adds Brand Name Replacemant Parts to the Family The Hayes Automotive family has extended their parts business yet again adding brand name replacement mechanical parts for all makes and models to their parts line-up. Hayes is now undeniably a total parts supply solution for their customers. From its beginnings as a garage and body shop in Decatur, Georgia to its current status as the world’s largest Mopar parts operation, Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep has focused on understanding the needs of the customers and delivering top-notch service according to Parts Department Manager, Alan Yancey. Hayes’ motto has long been “Welcome to the Family”, and the parts department is an integral and growing branch on the Hayes family tree. Thirty-nine years ago, brothers A.D. and Donald Hayes started the business with two employees in the parts department. Fast forward to 2010 - the parts department at Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep now employs 52 people. In addition to the facility in Lawrenceville, Hayes has two General Motor’s dealerships and two other Chrysler locations in Georgia. To satisfy the needs of the new mechanical parts business an increase in warehouse

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space was required, so they expanded their distribution center location adding 20,000 additional square feet. To launch the new mechanical parts group, Chuck Garner, Aftermarket Parts Manager, arranged an open house for employees and suppliers complete with door prizes and breakfast. “We are very excited about the new business segment and want everyone to see our commitment, meet our suppliers and share in the excitement. Our partnerships with TYC, Global Parts Distributors, and Bumper to Bumper have really come together. With their help we have refined our inventory and come up with the formula to meet our customers’ needs. Not only fast moving parts but also a depth of inventory was important to us to meet our goal of a total solution. The support of all the vendors has been great,” said Garner. “Delivering quality parts through people who care about our customers is what we have been about over the last 40 years. We believe at the Hayes family that everyone comes to work everyday for our customers. One call for every make and model, any parts they need. It’s that simple,” added Alan Yancey. OEM parts; certified aftermarket parts; experienced sales staff; rapid, dependable delivery; dedication to customer satisfaction; and now brand name mechanical parts all combine to make Hayes Automotive Group a unique parts supply solution.n

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Infiniti G37 From Page 11 clock and dramatic, full-length center console with a leather and aluminumclad shifter. The new Shodo aluminumalloy interior trim is featured on the instrument panel, center console and door panels. The instrument panel includes Infiniti electroluminescent instrumentation with new white illumination and integrated multi-function information drive computer display (average fuel consumption, real-time fuel economy, average speed, elapsed time, running distance, distance to empty, outside air temperature, warning displays, odometer and automatic transmission shift indicator). The double hand-stitched leather- covered steering wheel is designed for maximum comfort and usability, with standard wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. The 8-way power driver and front passenger seats are appointed with Infiniti’s exclusive premium leather and feature 2-way adjustable head restraints and a unique rear-seat access system (the front seats move forward automatically at the touch of a button to allow passengers into the rear seats). Technological and convenience features abound in the G37 Coupe, including standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Remote Keyless Entry system, a tilt/telescoping steering column with increased travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control. Also

standard is a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio 3.5-liter design), ladder frame construcsystem with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System The instrument panel includes Infiniti electrolu(RDS) and center console- minescent instrumentation with new white illumination.

mounted auxiliary input, as well as a 7-inch color display and standard XM® Satellite Radio. E x h i l a r a t i n g Performance, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive At the core of the G Coupe’s stellar performance is its advanced 3.7-liter VQ37VHR V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The VVEL system combines hydrauliccontrolled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. The VVEL intake camshafts, featuring continuously variable lift control teamed with the Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 7,500 rpm redline. The engine also features increased cylinder block height (from the previous Jim Tucker Publisher Michele Tucker Editor

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tion for greater rigidity, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled “drive-by-wire” throttle system, lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system. The specially tuned dual exhaust system features equal length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust backpressure to help improve engine breathing. Both intake and exhaust enhance driving pleasure with their authentic performance notes. “The G Coupe’s 3.7-liter V6 is a true powerhouse – becoming more enjoyable as you drive it,” said Poore. “The engine also features Infiniti’s distinctive ‘Swell’ acceleration – with special tuning that builds horsepower almost continually to the redline like a building wave.” The foundation for the G Coupe’s impressive handling and ride performance comes from its second-generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform. The 4wheel independent suspension design features lightweight aluminum components and large front and rear stabilizer bars. Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensing design, which provides optimum steering effort at both high and low vehicle speeds. Standard on all G37 Coupes is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which assists in enhancing vehicle stability under a variety of driving conditions.n Southern Automotive Journal P.O. Box 675097 Marietta, Ga 30006-0009 (770) 321-9920 E-Mail Volume 14 Issue No. 11

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ASA Reminds Collision Shops of Automotive Paint Regulation Compliance Deadline By Jan. 11, 2010, collision repair shops were required to file an Initial Notification with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or their state in compliance with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations Rule. For an existing affected source, the compliance deadline is Jan. 10, 2011, and full compliance status is due by March 11, 2011. These rules became effective in January 2008. In September 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed air toxics standards for smaller emitting sources. These emitting sources were referred to as area sources, and were involved in three industry sec-

tors, including paint stripping and surface coating operations. Area sources are defined as those having the potential to emit less than 10 tons per year of a single toxic air pollutant or less than 25 tons per year of any combination of toxic air pollutants. Sources affected by the rule need to implement equipment and management practices in compliance with the new standards. The practices both reduce toxic material consumption and produce a savings to the facility. The restrictions include the following rules: • For paint stripping operations, the proposed rules would also require new and existing area sources to implement management practices that minimize evaporative loss of MeCl. Existing

area sources consuming more than 150 gallons per year of paint stripping formulation must also develop and implement a minimization plan designed to reduce their consumption of MeCl by identifying alternatives, when possible. • For surface coating operations, the proposed rule would also require new and existing area sources to implement equipment and management practices that minimize the amount of coating required and to capture toxic metal particulates from the process. The toxic metal compounds are those containing cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese and nickel. The equipment practices include confining spray operations to Paint Regulation Please Turn to Page 22

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House and Senate Pass Small Business Lending Fund The Senate has passed “The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010,” H.R. 5297, by a vote of 61-38. The House has agreed to the Senate version of H.R. 5297, by a vote of 237-187. The bill originally passed the House on June 28, 2010, and then passed in the Senate Sept. 16 by a vote of 61-38 with changes. This legislation creates a $30 billion lending fund that will be distributed to regional banks, which will in turn lend to small businesses. It also authorizes $12 billion in tax

small businesses in America. Upon signature by the president, these businesses will benefit from $12 billion in immediate tax cuts. $12 billion will transfer from the federal treasury into the hands of small business owners to help them navigate these difficult financial times. It is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.” Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., also commented on the passage of the bill by saying, “Jobs in our community are created by businesses in our community, and providing an environment for small-business growth is key to Congress’ mission to strengthen our ongoing economic recovery.” The U.S. Department of Treasury will be responsible for the small business lending fund. Some of the key provisions of Title 1 of the bill include: • Requiring an applicant institution to provide information to the appropriate federal banking agency, as well as a small business lending plan, outlining how its business Direct strategy and operating goals would allow it to address the needs of small businesses in the areas it serves; • Setting forth financial Toll Free incentives for small business lending by such institutions; • Requiring capital investment recipients to provide outFAX reach and advertising in the appropriate language of the applicant pool using media Your order: outlets that target organizais urgent to your business tions, trade associations and individuals who represent or needs to be accurate work within or are members of minority communities; is essential to your customer • Establishing the Small Business Lending Fund Program as separate and distinct from TARP; • Directing the secretary to study and report to Congress on the number of Call Kenny McMillan women-owned and owned businesses that receive assistance as a result of the program.n cuts for small businesses. Advocates for the lending bill believe it will have a large impact on the U.S. economy, as small businesses employ approximately half of all Americans and account for almost 60 percent of gross domestic product. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, made the following comment on the passage of the bill: “The passage of this bill is a long-awaited victory for the 27 million

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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Launches Second Shift Production Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) recently celebrated the launch of a second shift of production at its new West Point facility. KMMG hired more than 600 new team members to prepare for the addition of the second shift bringing the total number of jobs created at the plant to more than 2,000. Kia Motors added the second shift in response to the successful sales of the 2011 Kia Sorento, which has been Kia's best-selling model in the U.S. every month since it debuted in January. The sec-

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All-New Tucson Delivers Better Fuel Economy And More Power For 2010, a revolutionary new Tucson has joined the rapidly evolving Hyundai product line. The sleek crossover from Hyundai, with its athletic European design, strikes a stark contrast from its predecessor and improves in every functional area, from its roomier cabin with extra cargo space to its leap in fuel economy and technology. Tucson features the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language and is the first vehicle in Hyundai’s 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative (seven all-new models by the end of 2011). The allnew Tucson is the first Hyundai CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) to be designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centers. It features precedent-setting engineering including advanced weight saving technology and the eco-efficient Theta II 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering up to 31 mpg on the highway. True to Hyundai form, the Tucson applies life-saving safety technologies as standard equipment while offering, for the first time, Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). Likewise, to keep its passengers informed and comfortable Tucson integrates Hyundai’s first panoramic sunroof, touch-screen navigation and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system. Key attributes of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy are the athleticism and sophistication that Tucson demonstrates through its flowing lines, full surfaces and muscular presence. This athletic design language is highlighted by bold, dynamic graphic elements such 20

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The Tucson combines dynamic, sculpted, performance-oriented styling with thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that will change the way consumers, especially younger car buyers, think about compact crossovers. With an overall length of 173.2 inches, a width of 71.7 inches and a height of 66.3 inches (with roof rails), Tucson has a great stance and road presence. The design team fused a light, elegant and sporty upper body with belt lines flowing off both the front and rear wheel arches, to a tough, planted lower body so that it is assertive in the way it sits on the road. The profile of Tucson features a sports car-like theme with a double-zigzag treatment for the wheel arches that wrap around the available Euroflange 18inch alloy wheels. The concave sills have November 2010

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I-Car Introduces Collision Repair For Honda And Acura Vehicles Course Industry professionals interested in understanding Honda’s vehicle-specific repair procedures will soon have a new training opportunity from I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. I-CAR introduced its newest training course, Collision Repair for Honda and Acura Vehicles (HON01) to the industry on October 10 during the NACE expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Jeff Peevy, I-CAR Director of Field Operations said, “Understanding vehicle maker repair recommendations and position statements are key to achieving a safe and complete repair. American Honda’s Technical Training Operations group and the Wholesale Parts Marketing department have defined Honda’s vehicle-specific repair procedures and worked closely with I-CAR to bring a course to the industry that features its vehicles and addresses training requirements

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Volkswagen Announces I-Car Training Requirements For Certified Repair Facilities Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that I-CAR training courses and the in-shop I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Series are required components of the Volkswagen-Certified Collision Repair Facility Program. This program provides VW-certification for collision repair facilities that perform body repairs in accordance with Volkswagen’s high safety standards and specifications. Dan Ducharme, Parts Specialist for Volkswagen of America said, “I-CAR training will equip collision repair facility technicians with the necessary knowledge to repair our vehicles to factory standards. If a body shop follows Volkswagen

standards and specifications, they can positively impact the customer experience and help maintain the vehicle resale value.” Body technicians will receive I-CAR training on advanced steel properties, structural part repair and replacement, procedures for corrosion protection during the collision repair process, as well as comprehensive welding instructions that includes theory, hands-on practice, and the in-shop I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Test. I-CAR training opportunities are offered as either an instructor-led course taught in the classroom or an online course.

Jason Bartanen, I-CAR Technical Director said, “I-CAR is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Volkswagen in their training efforts. As a collision repair industry professional, keeping pace with change in vehicle technology and design is more important than ever and I-CAR is committed to providing the most current collision repair training opportunities that will meet industry needs.” To learn more about the Volkswagen-Certified Collision Repair Facility Program or to access the program website for a detailed listing of training requirements, visit the I-CAR website at

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Volkswagen Of America Donates Four Vehicles To Chattanooga Area Law Enforcement On October 7, 2010 of two law enforcement vehicles Volkswagen of America, Inc. preis further proof of Volkswagen’s sented the City of Chattanooga commitment to Hamilton County and Hamilton County with two and we thank them for their gencustom-made Jetta SportWagen erosity.” TDI vehicles to each law enforceEngineers and designment department to help keep ers overhauled the white Jetta residents safe. SportWagen vehicles to incorpo“Volkswagen is thrilled rate features that would help the to be able to provide techpolice. A sport styling body packnologically advanced Jetta age including a rear spoiler, and SportWagen vehicles to both chrome exhaust tips to create a the City of Chattanooga and stylish and imposing presence. Modified Jetta SportWagens Donated to Hamilton County police departUnder the hood, the vehicle City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County ments to help keep the area safe offers a potent 2.0L TDI clean diesel while driving in a reliable, verfour-cylinder engine. The engine satile and stylish vehicle,” said achieves an impressive 236 ft.-lbs. Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of torque through its turbo diesel of Volkwagen’s Chattanooga engine and up to 42 miles per galOperations. “Volkswagen is comlon on the highway. mitted to continue building a The Jetta SportWagens longstanding relationship with also feature 225/40 18” Goodyear the Chattanooga community Eagle GT All Season tires mounted and we know these vehicles will over Volkswagen’s own 18-inch provide the officers of this area Goal wheel package. with the kind of performance The interior features everythey need to get the job done.” thing needed for Community “This generous gift is much Policing activities. FMS Automotive appreciated and will be a weltechnicians expertly created cuscomed addition to our expandtom-built enclosures and mounts, “We applaud Volkswagen for their contining Chattanooga Police Department,” to hold all the communications and emerued investment in our community.” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. gency lighting gear in place.n “Since Volkswagen announced gift

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Porsche Announces I-Car Training Requirements For Technicians I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair has announced that Porsche now requires I-CAR classroom training, the I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Series, and the I-CAR Structural Parts Steel Welding Qualification Series as components of the “Porsche Approved Collision Center Program”. Collision repair facilities that meet all standards of the program will be recognized as Porsche Approved Collision Centers. Mike Kukavica, Collision Repair Technology Instructor said, “We are excited to be able to provide Porsche technicians with up-to-date collision repair training from I-CAR as part of the “Porsche Approved Collision Center Program”. With a strong background in some of today’s most commonly used materials and procedures, as well completion of two of I-CAR’s Welding Qualifications Series, technicians will be wellequipped to complete Porsche training and perform quality repairs on Porsche vehicles.” Individuals will receive I-CAR training on some of today’s most common collision repair procedures, as well as comprehensive welding instructions that includes theory, hands-on practice, and the I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Test and ICAR Structural Parts Steel Welding Qualification Test. I-CAR training opportunities are offered as either an instructorled course taught in the classroom or an online course. Jason Bartanen,

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SAJ November 2010  
SAJ November 2010  

Southern Automotive Journal provides news trends and perspectives to professionals in the automotive collision industry including, independe...