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Lexus LF-CC Concept Car - Intriguing Elegance, Innovation and Progressive Luxury Following the unveiling of Lexus’ award-winning hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept, the LF-LC at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show and its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new, mid-sized coupe concept, the LF-CC makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The more compact, rear-wheel drive, full hybrid LF-CC already integrates various design cues from the LF-LC; a first illustration of how concept cars are truly influencing future Lexus models and, in this instance, future D-Segment derivatives. Announcing the launch of a premium mid-sized coupe in the more accessible

D-segment in the near future, the LF-CC reinforces Lexus’ commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies. EXTERIOR DESIGN The LF-CC showcases the latest evolution of the company’s unique L-finesse design language, with the boldest yet interpretation of the signaLF-CC Please Turn to Page 4

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LF-CC From Front Cover ture Lexus ‘spindle’ grille. Framed by the hood lip, deep lower spoiler and powerfully projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced, 3D form. A unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design is housed in the narrow gap between the lower and upper fender surfaces, without a conventional, one-piece cover. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are fully integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete this unique new design. The broad lower fenders are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, whilst reinforcing the powerful, dynamic road presence of the new Lexus signature frontal design. In profile, the powerful convex curve of the hood flows seamlessly through a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline which deliberately peaks towards the rear of the cabin to emphasise the traction available from the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive powertrain. The bodywork is stretched tight between the front and rear fenders, and the rear fender is less pronounced than that of the front, reinforcing the concentration of vehicle weight over the driven wheels for maximum traction. Further developing a design form initiated on the LF-LC concept and the high-performance LFA, the sharply sculpted form of an airflow

regulating The LF-CC presents a unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design fin flows housed in the narrow gap between the lower and upper fender from undersurfaces. neath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel arch. This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase downforce over the driven wheels, further improving traction. The airflow regulating fin merges with the falling roofline in a pronounced rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, seamlessly fusing design and aerodynamic

elements to give the vehicle its distinctive, coupe proportions. To the rear, the full width bumper flows into the rear wheel arches to emphasise the LF-CC’s broad, powerful stance. Lexus-characteristic L-shaped combination lamps feature a layered, strongly three-dimensional design, and the lower, concave bumper section incorporates a full width spoiler to further enhance rear-wheel drive traction. The rear stop lamp is nicely integrated into the shark antenna. The LF-CC is finished in a new, ‘Fluid Titanium’ exterior colour, a 4

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metallic finish with exceptionally high brilliance which combines sharp, bright highlighting with dark shaded surfaces to reinforce the powerful forms of the bodywork’s sculpted surfaces. INTERIOR DESIGN The LF-CC’s interior hints at the progressive luxury of a future L e x u s m o d e l c a b i n layout, and represents a further development of the company ’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy. The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower, Operation Zone, which allows access to the uniquely designed shift lever and an innovative touch tracer display for remote system control. This clear division of zones creates a unique fusion of an airy, spacious cabin and a sporting cockpit which places the emphasis on a snug, highly focused driving environment. All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver’s seat surroundings, combining outstanding ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies. The driver benefits from a low, highly focused driving position with a sporting, wide grip steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and highvisibility instrument dials. The touch tracer display for remote system control is located directly behind the shift lever for maximum comfort and ease of operation. Coordinating with the ‘Fluid Titanium’ exterior colour, the seats, door panels and instrument binnacle hood are trimmed in a warm, elegant amber leather finish. The extensive use of metallic finishes and soft touch matewww.IneedOEMparts.com

rials throughout reinforces the premium quality of the environment. The contrast between the exterior and interior colour schemes gives the car an elegant yet simultaneously sporting image.

This powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2. This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features an all-new, ultra-smooth running, 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor. In addition to the petrol engine and electric motor, the LF-CC hybrid drive system further comprises a generator, a high-performance battery, a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and reallocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements, and a compact power control unit to govern the high speed interaction of the system components. Adapted specifically for the hybrid

The LF-CC’s interior represents a further development of the company’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design.

ALL-NEW 2.5 LITRE FULL HYBRID POWERTRAIN Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC is equipped with an all-new, highly efficient, 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain delivering a combination of the engaging performance appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe and low CO2 emissions, targeted below 100 g/km. January 2013

powertrain, the all-new 2.5 litre, DOHC, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefits from several technical improvements. It adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection technology to optimise both the power and fuel-efficiency benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive. Lexus will introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range in the near future.n Southern Automotive Journal

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TMC Develops Collision Avoidance Assist System Effective at High Speeds System Effective in More Than 90 Percent of Speed Ranges in Rear-end Collisions Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that it has developed a Precollision System (PCS) with collision avoidance assist that is effective in helping mitigate even high-speed[1] collisions. The newly developed PCS uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the risk of a rear-end collision with a preceding vehicle, with the system warning the driver via sound and display alerts to prompt braking when such a risk is detected. When the driver applies the brakes, PCS enables deceleration of up to 60 km/h[2] by greatly increasing the braking force up to twice[3] that of the average force applied by drivers. If the

brakes are not applied, automatic deceleration[4] of 15 km/h to approximately 30 km/h[5] is possible[6]. More than 90 percent of rear-end collisions occur when the difference in speed between the preceding and following vehicle is within 60 km/h[7]. TMC aimed to develop a system based on real-world collision data, and has, with its newly developed system, achieved rear-end-collision reducing-effects at the highest level in the industry. The new PCS was developed to be used in a wide variety of models, and is to be rolled out starting with soon-to-belaunched models. To contribute to the elimination of

traffic accident fatalities and injuries— the ultimate goal of a society that values mobility—TMC is conducting research and development on individual onboard safety devices and systems based on its Integrated Safety Management Concept[8], an approach that gives direction to safety technology and vehicle development. TMC is pressing forward with the development of safer vehicles and technologies and is intensifying its wide-ranging traffic-safety initiatives by participating in the development of traffic environments and conducting educational traffic-safety activities.n Go To SAJonline.net for more info

I-CAR Helps OEMs Build Stronger Collision Repair Network Programs I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, held a press conference at the SEMA Show, concentrating on its relationship with an increasing number of leading vehicle manufacturers. Nissan/Infiniti, Chrysler, and Honda were recognized for recently introducing collision repair network programs that require the industry-recognized I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation, while fifteen (15) vehicle manufacturers include the I-CAR Welding Qualification Series or limited other I-CAR training as a requirement for their network programs.

I-CAR CEO & President, John Van Alstyne, stated, “The I-CAR Professional Development Program™ (PDP) has become the industry standard for knowledge. The PDP was designed to provide the technicians responsible for various and critical phases of the collision repair process the education and knowledge required to perform complete and safe repairs. Additionally, the industry has also discovered the PDP helps businesses improve performance and reduce risk,” he continued, “According to a recent I-CAR study on repair facility Key Performance Indicators (KPI), there

is clear linkage between I-CAR training and KPI improvement in areas such as cycle time, touch time, rework, CSI, and even revenue.” James Roach, Senior Vice President – Parts and Service Division of American Honda Motor Company, Inc. joined Van Alstyne and discussed Gold Class as an element of the recently launched Honda ProFirst program. Roach stated, “Honda has a firm commitment to quality, and customer satisfaction is always top of mind. I-CAR’s PDP and the Gold Class I-CAR Please Turn to Page 34

3 In 5 Self-Employed Support Tax Reform Proposals That Would Drop Individual Rate, Eliminate Deductions The self-employed want Congress to take pains to protect the middle class from tax increases, according to a new study published by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). When asked about preference in proposals to address expiring tax rates, 46% of micro-businesses chose a oneyear extension of current tax rates for those making under $250,000. Thirtyfour percent indicated that they would like to see the extension applied to all income brackets. Nearly 100 percent of business owners said it is very or moderately important for Congress to address these reforms. 6

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"The findings of our tax survey reemphasize the growing impatience of the self-employed as Congress continues to fail to address comprehensive tax reform," said Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra. "Seventy-eight percent of respondents support efforts to reform both the individual and corporate tax structure; in fact, 61 percent of respondents are open to exploring proposals that drop the individual rate and eliminate deductions." One in four business owners said that Congress’ inability in recent years to enact long-term tax policy impacts business owners' ability to plan for the January 2013

coming year. One in three said that this behavior continues to highlight the federal government’s inability to address issues in a timely fashion. Sixty-one percent would be amenable to giving up a significant number of deductions, if the individual tax rate were dropped to an acceptable level. These are the top five deductions currently taken: charitable contributions, health insurance deduction, mortgage interest deduction, qualified medical and dental expenses, home office Tax Reform Please Turn to Page 34

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Porsche Cars North America Celebrated a Landmark Groundbreaking Porsche breaks ground on cutting edge American headquarters

Atlanta. Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan, today celebrated a landmark groundbreaking of its new headquarters, to be known as One Porsche Drive. Located adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the 26.4-acre site is the first complex to be built in the “Aerotropolis Atlanta” business district. Employees from Porsche Cars North America and its affiliates Porsche Financial Services, Porsche Business Services, and Porsche Consulting attended the event alongside executives from Porsche Group companies in North America and Germany, as well as local dignitaries. Most of Porsche’s North American operations will be

consolidated under one roof once the new facility is finished in the second half of 2014. “Porsche’s presence has been embraced by Atlanta and the state of Georgia for the last 14 years,” said Matthias Mueller, President and CEO

of Porsche AG. “We’re happy to reciprocate the sentiment with this new facility, which contributes to the state’s economic development and also adds a bit of glamor to the local commuPorsche Cars Please Turn to Page 31

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SCRS “Game Changers–Innovation Forum” at SEMA Emphasizes Innovation as a Core Business Value Emerging ideas have always served as the lifeblood for businesses, but repairers hoping to retain a competitive edge need to consider their processes and busi- ness models now more than ever. Increasing vehicle complexity, consolidation, shrinking accident rates, and parts procurement changes are among the challenges facing repairers today that call for in- novative solutions and both long and short term business strategies. To help collision repairers understand the importance of applying new thinking to their business prob- lems and provide insight in to how to foster innovation as a core value, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) assembled a headline presentation, titled, “Game Changers – Innovation Forum” as part of SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education (RDE) curriculum.  The interactive session took place Friday morning of the 2012 SEMA

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Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and was headlined by a panel of four industry entre- preneurs with established reputations for innovation: Michael Giarrizzo, Jr. of DCR Systems, LLC; Randy Stabler, owner of Pride Auto Body; Gary Wano, Jr., owner of GW and Son Auto Body; and Scott Biggs, CEO of Assured Performance Network. Michael Giarrizzo, Jr., Gary Wano, Jr., Scott Biggs and Randy Stabler. In an expansive conversation lasting a full two hours, the four visionaries reflected upon their experi- ences as innovators and the issues each faced when they set out to convert new ideas into action in their own businesses. The program opened with a discussion of the characteristics that make up an innovative entrepreneur. “You’ve got to be one of those people who isn’t scared to go out on the skinny branches,” noted Stabler. “You can’t be afraid to fail, because making mistakes is just about the only way you can make the necessary tweaks to a process for which there isn’t a whole lot of precedent.” “I guess the reason I find myself out ahead of the crowd is competitive ness,” Wano said. “I want to position my business ‘upstream’ so I can take advantage of opportunities before everyone else has a chance. I really enjoy that kind of mindJanuary 2013

set, which is why I’m always looking for the next thing that can keep me ahead. Frankly, I’m so driven to do it; I can’t see myself ever retiring.” A high-profile area of constant innovation in the industry is in the production process, which led to a portion of the conversation focused on ‘lean’ business approaches. “You have to remember that lean is the most concise, precise set of steps to make the customer satisfied,” Biggs stated, “but execution is key. It’s a huge capital investment, and it can take its toll interpersonally, too. Thinking has to precede the doing, or you’ll get into trouble. It’s almost as if you have to train the brain of your employees to think a new way. Implementing a non-commission pay model or reducing front office staff in the name of efficiency is never going to be pleasant, but its impact certainly can be mediated.” Expanding on the theme that the first investment for any innovation is in the thought process, Giarrizzo shared his ideas on how one can effectively condition a business culture to embrace change. “There’s no question that if you get buy-in at the beginning, your proposal will be much better received by your staff,” he said. “I think it is also important that you avoid crafting a process with standards that are so rigid that it can’t be adapted when an employee comes up to you with a good idea. You want standards but you want to encourage innovation, because improvement is a continuous process. Employee ideas are a good source of refinement.” In addition, the panelists reflected on future industry developments, with Wano speculating that an emphasis on efficiency and the investment in equipment that can be used only on specific vehicles may well lead to specialization. Giarrizzo added that if this is the case, it is almost certainly going to cause a shift in the kind of employee that will be sought-after—someone that is younger, tech-savvy, and used to multiGame Changers Please Turn to Page 16 www.IneedOEMparts.com


New E15 Gasoline May Damage Vehicles and Cause Consumer Confusion A recent survey by AAA finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent approval of E15 gasoline. An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed have not heard of E15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than five percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected. Only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads today are approved by manufacturers to use E15 gasoline, based

on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. AAA automotive engineering experts also have reviewed the available research and believe that sustained use of E15 in both newer and older vehicles could result in significant problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false "check engine" lights for any vehicle not approved by its manufacturer to use E15. "It is clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many motorists may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle," said AAA President & CEO Robert Darbelnet. "Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers."

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The 2013 Audi allroad - What Premium Buyers Are Looking For In A Capacious and Rugged Crossover The return of the iconic Audi allroad combines unmatched all-weather capabilities with the driving dynamics and style that are unique to Audi. Following a seven-year hiatus, the allroad makes its long-awaited return in a package that improves on the original allroad in very significant ways. It is faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor and benefits from all of the advantages of being part of the ever-refined Audi product family. It combines what premium buyers are looking for in a capacious and rugged crossover with the refinement of an executive sedan. Performance The allroad is powered by the 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged and direct-injected, four-cylinder engine that delivers 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a fuel efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi engineers have tuned the allroad to deliver plenty of torque at the right times for effortless passing maneuvers accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Of course, legendary quattro® all-wheel drive is standard. The allroad utilizes a new electromechanical steering system that saves weight and improves fuel economy – part of the Audi ultra philosophy of optimizing materials while at the same time improving performance. The vehicle lends a neutral feel in handling, 10

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neither too taut nor sluggish on any surface. The allroad is at home on today’s urban roads and gravel driveways alike,

a n d a reprogrammed Electronic Stability Control assists drivers of the allroad through inclement weather as well as all kinds of other driving conditions. Exterior The Audi allroad features a unique, Singleframe® grille design with vertical chrome struts and angled upper corners, stainless-steel skid plates and side sills, contrasting body trim and alu-optic aluminum raised roof rails. Matte-finished lower bumpers and wheel arches that signify the vehicle’s utility credentials

are standard, while a full paint finish is available in a number of colors (refer to the Media Information Kit). The car also expresses the new Audi design theme of sleek headlights, and in versions equipped with xenon-plus lamps, allroad offers the brand’s signature new LED lighting design. Circular fog lights finish off the front of allroad, and circular dual-exhaust openings polish up the rear. The exterior dimensions demonstrate that the allroad can handle serious demands from the weather and other unexpected circumstances, on the road or away from it. It is 0.5 inches wider and has 1.5 inches more ground clearance than its cousin the A4 Avant. With a full 7.1 inches of ground clearance, the allroad is designed to meet the outdoor lifestyle needs of its customers. The vehicle also boasts a taller profile and 18-inch wheels standard (with 19-inch wheels optional) to ensure comfort even over rough ground. Altogether, the Audi allroad exterior design and functional stance comprise a compelling offering for premium buyers who want a car that is capable off-road and commanding in urban environments. Interior The allroad beckons drivers inside for the kind of sensible performance, advanced technology and advanced comforts that are Audi allroad Please Turn to Page 18

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Recycled Rides Program Proves to be a Great Success

Sports & Imports Collision and Family Promise of Lawrenceville combine efforts to donate vehicle to family in need

Sport and Imports, Rick Case KIA in Duluth, BASF, Finish Masters, Tip Top Class, Wheel Wizard, Enterprise Rental Car and Met-Life team up to help a local family. With the help of Family Promise, Sports & Imports Collision a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), delivered a 2011 KIA Soul to Ms. Rahandice Fortune in a ceremony at Sports & Import s. The project was part of a nationwide vehicle donation program called Recycled Rides, a community awareness project whereby members of NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need. As part of this program, simultaneous vehicle donations took place throughout the country

on Wednesday, November 28. “We are exceptionally pleased with the results of the project,” states Michelle Coombs. “The vehicle was well received and all of our staff worked hard to make the donation a reality. The Fortune family was extremely grateful and we wish them a great holiday season. Hopefully, having this vehicle will brighten their lives and make it easier for them to accomplish the daily tasks most of us take for granted. “I want to thank our staff and our vendors, Rick Case KIA in Duluth, BASF, Southern Automotive Journal,Inc. P.O. Box 675097 Marietta, Ga 30006-0009 (770) 321-9920 E-Mail jtucker@sajonline.net Volume 17 Issue No. 1

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Finish Masters, Tip Top Class, Wheel Wizard, Enterprise Rental Car in addition to Met-Life who donated the vehicle. This would not have happened without their combined efforts. “We appreciate all those who attended the event, at which we presented the vehicle—decorated with a huge green bow—to the Fortune family. We look forward to participating again next year and we invite other auto body repair facilities in our community to join us so our industry can serve even more local families next year.” “The event was a great success,” says Brent Bohanan of Family Promise. “We’re proud to be a part of Recycled Rides. The family is just thrilled to have reliable transportation. Sports & Imports Collision did a great job getting the vehicle ready.” Sports & Imports Collision has always been proud of the charities its sup-

Ms. Rahandice Fortune drives away in a 2011 KIA Soul made possible by the Recycled Rides Program ports. Being able to give a family in need a form of transportation is an honor. We pride our selves in the work we do at both of our locations, Chamblee and Duluth, and are thankful for the ability to help the Fortune Family. The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision repair industry. NABC headquarters is located at 7044 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154. For more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (888) 6677433 or visit www.autobodycouncil.org.n Southern Automotive Journal

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South Carolina's Continental Tire the Americas Receives "Best Place to Work" Awards Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) was recently recognized by two area organizations as a "Best Place to Work." On Oct. 4, CTA was for the first time recognized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SC Biz Magazine as the fourth "Best Place to Work" in South Carolina. Mostly recently on Nov. 9, CTA was awarded the eighth "Best Place to Work" in the Charlotte area by the Charlotte Business Journal, surpassing the ninth place position the com-

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pany was awarded in both 2010 and 2011. CTA competed in the large business category for both awards, which consists of businesses of more than 250 full-time employees. The awards recognize companies with benefits, policies and practices that are among the best in the area. Awards are determined by an evaluation of the work environment, which is based on an employee survey managed by a third party. "Continental Tire the Americas is a

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2013 GMC Sierra 1500 - Powerful And Efficient

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flared rear fenders and premium headlamps, contribute to Sierra’s refinements, while features such as large, grab-style door handles – designed for easy use with work gloves – reinforce the notion that it is a truck first and foremost. The Sierra Denali is offered in 2WD and AWD configurations. It is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. Complementing drivetrain features include a 9.5-inch rear axle (2WD) or 8.6-inch rear axle (AWD) with 3.42 gears and an automatic locking rear differential. The specially tuned Z60 suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak, skid plates and recovery hooks are standard. Twenty-inch chrome-finish aluminum wheels are standard and unique to Denali. A Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it. Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leatherappointed seats, heated and cooled 12-way power-adjustable front seats and an exclusive leatherwrapped and heated steering wheel. Denali models feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates. The center console has wood grain-appearance trim that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance. Highlights of Sierra’s standard and available exterior features includeheated, power-adjustable outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators and curb-tilt feature; GMC Sierra Please Turn to Page 26 Southern Automotive Journal

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State Farm Updates ASA on PartsTrader Electronic Parts Ordering Application Dan Stander, AAM, ASA’s collision division director and owner of Fix Auto Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colo.; and Denise Caspersen, ASA collision division manager, recently received updates from State Farm about the insurer’s current pilot, which uses the PartsTrader electronic parts ordering application. Representing State Farm on the call was George Avery, claims representative, and State Farm staffer Duane Willemain. The November update is the first of several expected from the insurer, which has committed to keeping ASA members abreast of the pilot and its potential effect on future State Farm Select Service participants. The ASA collision leadership and staff continue to focus on providing ASA members and the industry with accurate information about the pilot, while engaging and advocating on behalf of collision repairers. The pilot, currently in four states and set to expand into Chicago, Ill., next month, will increase involvement to nearly 600 Select Service collision repair facilities of the 10,300 shops participating nationwide in the State Farm Select Service program. The following updates were provided to ASA during the call: • Pilot locations of Charlotte, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala., now have the ability to do 30-minute quotes – resulting in all four original pilot markets now having a 30-minute quote window. • Regarding estimating systems, Audatex, a Solera Co.; CCC Information Services; and Mitchell International all Game Changers From Page 8 tasking on a daily basis, which will make them adaptable to the kind of cross-training that will be required of the staff of the future. “In the end it may well be the flexible thinkers with agile operations— the ones that can turn on a dime—that

have two-way integration in all four markets. • A change has been made in the process of writing estimates to better accommodate alternative pricing. According to State Farm, if a shop has alternative pricing available through a different source, State Farm is recommending Select Service shops write estimates with those prices – therefore utilizing price matching. • In Chicago, business meetings are set with multi-shop organizations and all Select Service repairers. Chicago is recognized as a heavy consolidator market. Items for the meetings include: – An overview of the program – Handouts about the program – Preparation material for a Dec. 10 “live” date – PartsTrader started hosting meetings Nov. 12 for dealers and parts suppliers. – Select Service shops have been asked to identify suppliers. – To date, 466 letters from State Farm to suppliers have been sent out. – 500-600 suppliers have been identified in the Chicago market. – To date, 475 of 477 Select Service shops have registered. • Regarding cycle time improvements, State Farm said it was hard to prove, at this point, any cycle time improvements linked to the application. State Farm does not expect an immediate or large reduction in cycle time. • Regarding “saving of total losses,” State Farm said that at this point there is not enough data to validate this. Nor is there data that demonstrates an increase in recycled or alternative parts.

• PartsTrader is moving forward with integration into the various collision management systems. • No evidence to date on reductions in parts profit. • The length of the Chicago pilot is unknown. According to State Farm, once a change is introduced into the application in pilot, it is necessary for the change to “mature” to determine the impact of the change. This, then, impacts the end date. • The PartsTrader application has undergone a minimum of seven updates since the initial pilot release in March 2012. • PartsTrader announced it will not charge suppliers until 2014.

are best equipped to compete with consolidators and whatever else may be coming down the road,” said Stabler. “It takes courage and more than a little boldness on the part of leadership, but it clears the way for team successes.” SCRS wishes to take this opportunity to thank its panel members for crafting a well-rounded presenta- tion that gave attendees insight into process

innovation. “It gave us all a chance to get exposure to the ideas and experiences of those that have broken new ground, time and again,” stated SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. “This creates an important context for those in attendance, who as a re- sult will be better equipped to embrace and instill ongoing innovation as a core function of their business.”n

“For the ASA collision membership volunteering on the operations committee, the focus continues to be one of information, engagement and impacting the outcome in the most positive way on behalf of repairers. It was apparent early on that the ‘train had left the station’ in regard to stopping this application from being piloted. The ASA team made the decision to focus on accuracy and engagement, and will continue to do so as this pilot continues and future items arise,” said Caspersen. Collision repairers may share their comments or concerns regarding the pilot by contacting Caspersen at denisec@ASAshop.org; or by phone at (800) ASA-SHOP, ext. 106, or (817) 514-2906 (direct). Additional ASA announcements regarding the State Farm pilot are conveniently located at www.ASAshop.org. Click on “Tools & Resources,” then “State Farm Pilot Program.”n

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Repairer-Only Meeting at SEMA 2012 Provides Forum for Unfiltered Discussion In a packed, standing-room only venue, the second in a series of repaireronly meetings convened on Thursday, November 1st at the 2012 SEMA Show in the LVH Hotel Conference Center. Assured Performance Network (APN), the OEM Roundtable, and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) sponsored the event. This special event, reserved only for representatives of collision repair businesses, was the second in a planned series designed to provide a place where collision repairers could engage in candid conversation about the challenges facing their industry, without any undue influence from opposing agendas. The unanimous feedback at this event, and other recent assemblies of repairers, was to hold a "repairer only" forum-assembly in conjunction with other industry events on a quarterly basis starting with Palm Springs events in late January. Several entities, and nearly 300 repairers, cooperated to create and execute the two sequential events including sponsorship from the OEM Collision Repair Round Table; a group of automaker crash parts and collision repair representatives, aimed at improving the quality of collision repair available to vehicle owners. According to Scott Biggs, CEO 20

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of Assured Performance Network, "Repairers have overwhelmingly expressed their interest to make the repairers only forum-assembly an ongoing organized event to ensure there is always a place for repairers to express their opinions openly and without filters and interference." “There was a lot of emotion and passion as repairers articulated their concerns and discussed solutions,” said Jordan Hendler, Executive Director of the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association. “This was a great start to bring repairers and repairer groups together to talk specifically about repairer issues and how to collectively resolve some long-standing problems.” The forum is not a replacement or competition for participation in other inter-industry events. Instead it provides repairers with their own forum like other entities traditionally have. While the Las Vegas gathering had no set agenda, the open discussion agenda provided for lively and passionate discussions covering a wide range of important topics. Insurer-mandated parts procurement programs dominated conversation, but a variety of other issues surfaced during the course of the two-hour event highlighting the mounting frustration felt by repairers. January 2013

“We attended the first two repairer meetings and were overwhelmed by the experience of the repairers that attended,” added Eddie Okahara, President of Oka’s Auto Body, Hawaii. “We made new friends that have the same challenges as us, and we were hopeful that there would be future events like this scheduled. This type of meeting, where repairers attend to share common challenges from the perspective of one repairer to another, is refreshing. This industry changes so quickly, and it is a great benefit to talk with others that are involved in the day to day business of repairing and refinishing vehicles safely based on the manufacturers specifications; rather than former employees of repairers, retired owners, or people that have moved on to teaching or consulting and are no longer directly involved as we are.” As the host of Repairer Driven Education at the SEMA Show, SCRS was honored to be an integral part of the forum’s formation. “I was impressed with the turnout at this event and the level of participation from all that were in attendance,” said SCRS Chairman Aaron Clark. “Every major organization, including SCRS, has a forum to discuss their Repairer-Only Meeting Turn to Page 34

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Automotive Recyclers Association Joins NHTSA in Warning Vehicle Owners About Counterfeit Air Bags

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NHTSA reviewed fatal accidents in a 5 year period and found that airbags were missing in 18 percent of the crashed vehicles following deployment in a previous crash. ARA strongly urges NHTSA to be clear in its statement that the continued use of recycled original equipment (OE) non-deployed air bag modules is acceptable and recycled OE non-deployed air bags are not counterfeit bags, from China or anywhere else but are the same parts

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year and newer cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles and SUVs. AAA urges consumers to follow the recommendations of manufacturers to truly protect themselves from voided warranties or potential damage. AAA supports the development and use of alternative fuels. More than 95 percent of the gasoline sold in the United States contains up to 10 percent ethanol. Lower ethanol blends should remain available to consumers while the challenges with E15 are addressed. The survey findings related to consumer knowledge of E15 are from a telephone survey conducted among a national probability sample of 1,012 adults comprising 504 men and 508 women 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the continental United States.n

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I-CAR Launches New Interactive Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repair Training I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced recently that its new, highly interactive Live training course, Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repairs (ALI01) is available. With the ever-increasing use of higher-strength materials in vehicle designs, all of which work differently, there is an even greater demand for aluminum repair training. I-CAR is committed to continually enhancing the classroom experience and providing training that is relevant to critical collision industry roles. This engaging I-CAR course offers discussion, education, and decision-making exercises designed to equip collision repair professionals with the knowledge needed to repair aluminum-intensive vehicles. Throughout the course, students make repair procedure decisions on a simulated aluminum-intensive vehicle, exposing them to some of the considerations that they may be faced with on a regular day in their own collision repair facilities. “Interactive learning in the class-

room is an effective way to enhance the student’s experience and prepare them with the knowledge they need to make effective repair decisions,” Jason Bartanen, I-CAR Technical Director explained, “As aluminum-intensive vehicles continue to gain popularity due to their high-strength, light-weight nature, it is critical that technicians have an understanding of the unique considerations around working with aluminum structures.” During the course, students will learn about the distinctive characteristics of aluminum and requirements for proper electrode wire and rivet-type and length selection. Additionally, anchoring and straightening considerations, removal and installation procedures, and attachment methods for different vehicles are identified. ALI01 fulfills I-CAR ProLevel training requirements in the I-CAR Professional Development P r o g r a m (PDP) for the Aluminum

Structural Technician role and New Technology training requirements for the Steel Structural Technician role. In October, Aluminum Structural Technicians and shop owners following the PDP were contacted about ALI01 with information on how the new three credit hour course would be streamlined, meaning technicians will take three fewer courses and nine less credit hours in ProLevel 1. ALI01 is replacing content in four courses currently offered in the Aluminum Structural Technician role: SPA01, SPA02, PRA01, and SSA01. These courses will remain available to the Aluminum Structural Technician through July 15, 2013, though I-CAR recommends taking the new ALI01 course whenever possible because it provides the most beneficial learning experience. Class registration is open and available on the I-CAR website, www.i-car.com. n

PartsTrader to Host First Charity Golf Outing PartsTrader LLC, announced it will be hosting its first charity golf outing - Golf Fore a Cause - on May 14, 2013. The outing will benefit Operation Comfort, a non-profit organization that supports the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded American soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation Comfort supports American service members who are receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Part of the rehabilitation process is the opportunity to participate in skills development programs, one of which is Automotivation. In this program, soldiers are given the opportunity to build and restore automobiles as a means to develop vocational skills. Additionally the service members benefit from occupational therapy delivered through exercising the fine motor skills required for automotive repairs. PartsTrader is working directly with the National Auto Body Council, which recently announced a $1.5MM campaign to purchase, renovate, and equip a 30,000 square foot facility providing permanent housing for the Automotivation program. Proceeds from the Golf Fore a Cause event are part of PartsTrader’s $25,000 commitment to the fundraising effort alongside the National Auto Body Council.“ Golf Outing Please Turn to Page 30 www.IneedOEMparts.com

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I-95 Toyota & Scion Presents A Toyota Sienna To The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia To Help Transport Adoptable Pets I-95 Toyota & Scion presented a Toyota Sienna to Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia (HSSCG) at the dealership recently as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. The program is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations are awarded. To celebrate winning the donated vehicle, the HSSCG staff, supporters and adoptable dogs will attend the key presentation located at 1000 Millennium Boulevard in Brunswick, Ga. The HSSCG plans to use the Sienna primarily to take dogs and cats to neighboring schools to educate children in pet responsibility as well as to collect pet food from local food banks. The van will also be used to transport animals to community events that encourage adoption and to families that foster homeless pets with special needs. "We are so excited to be receiving a new vehicle from Toyota," said Virginia Schlegel, executive director, HSSCG. "The outpour of support we received from our community and visitors that voted for us on Facebook really helped spread our message. Now that we have reliable transportation, plans are already underway to bring our education program to the children in our area and beyond. We simply can't thank Toyota enough!" The HSSCG is no-kill adoption center that provides adoption services for animals in South Coastal Georgia and reduces the overpopulation of unwanted pets by spaying and neutering. The nonprofit has had a great impact on the community with the support of its participatory opportunities to include private donations, planned giving, corporate sponsors and philanthropic foundation. "100 Cars for Good is an excellent program, and we are delighted to be a part of the initiative," said Travis Ostrom, owner, I-95 Toyota & Scion of Brunswick. "We have proudly been a member of the www.IneedOEMparts.com

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At Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta, the parts have numbers; the customers have names. Neither retail nor wholesale customers get lost in the crowd; there is no crowd. It's Ferrari and Maserati after all. In the world of auto parts, operating a parts department for an exotic brand, such as Ferrari, versus a volume brand like Toyota, is the difference between managing a boutique audio retail store versus Best Buy: There are more differences than similarities. Simply the fact that Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta is one of only about 60 Maserati and 35 Ferrari authorized dealers in the United States makes it a member of a couple of very exclusive clubs. When on a parts search for cars costing between $125,000 and $350,000, you probably hope the person on the other end of the phone knows what he is talking about. At this price point, you expect a high level of experience and expertise. And, you want a certain comfort level that only comes with hearing with a familiar voice. Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta in Roswell covers all these bases and more. Rather than months or years, the three-person parts team at Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta measures time on the job in decades. When new owners purchased FAF Motorcars

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in Tucker, Georgia in 1994, they also acquired a parts department that included Harold Lovinger and Ken Erwin. In fact, Lovinger had more than 10 years with the company at that time. Today, Lovinger is the parts manager and Erwin works with him on the wholesale desk, doubling as the store's Internet guru. The third member of the team is 12-year veteran Philip Cook, who primarily functions as the parts facilitator for the dealership's six-technician service department. In total, the team has logged more than seven decades of combined experience at this same store. "There are only a handful of us that have been with Ferrari and Maserati as long as we have," Lovinger said, "for 20 years or more." What this depth of experience means to customers is that not only are these guys walking, talking parts catalogs, they know where to go to find those hard-toget parts for cars that are 15 or 20 years old. "In the Ferrari-Maserati world, people have to be comfortable with you," Lovinger explained. "They have to know that we are all on the same page. We've been doing this so long, we know exactly where to find the parts. We have contacts in Italy, Great Britain, all over the world, actually. We can usually find a part that is rare or outdated. If it's out there, we'll locate it." Because Ferrari and Maserati are as exclusive as they are, the dealership enjoys a huge market area. They are one of only 4 dealerships in the southeast United www.IneedOEMparts.com


States. However, according to Lovinger, they are free to sell parts around the world from the Roswell location. "We can go anywhere," Lovinger said, "and we ship all over the world. People who know me from 30 years ago and moved somewhere else, still call me or call Ken. Our commitment is to help anyone anytime. We've got every Ferrari parts book ever published. We even have younger guys from other dealerships' parts departments call us for help locating an older part number. We're happy to help." Typically inventory on hand is about $350,000 with monthly parts sales averaging $200,000. This is all accomplished in 5,500 sq ft of space. Although the inventory on hand isn't huge, Lovinger said that both Ferrari and Maserati have the full range of parts in their North American distribution centers and can ship roughly 96% of his orders within 24 hours. "For us it's about inventory management," Lovinger explained. "It's about keeping the right parts on our shelves. Maserati recognized us last year for doing just that." When asked how the business has changed over the past 25 years, without hesitating, Lovinger replied, "the Internet. " In the 70s and early 80s, the dealership's parts department was primarily a mail-order operation. As one of only five or six Ferrari dealerships in the country, it published catalogs, mailed them out and customers would mail or phone their orders in. "We'd have some guy in Iowa, who would get the catalog, calls us with an order, and we'd ship the part," Lovinger said. "Now the Internet has changed the way we do business, as well as increasing competition. We are now just one of many sources for parts. It's made us work harder and smarter." One way Lovinger is working smarter is by broadening his advertising. After years of advertising in just www.IneedOEMparts.com

publications narrowly focused on Ferrari and Maserati owners, he has branched out, running ads in trade publications. "We didn't use to advertise much," he admitted. "Recently we started doing more advertising in places other than The Official Ferrari Magazine, and it has made a big difference." Lovinger also gives credit to keeping pricing competitive. In a reality where the number of competitors increases almost daily, keeping a tight rein on prices is essential to growth. "We go out of our way to be competitive," he said. Obviously Lovinger has had opportunities to take his expertise to bigger parts operations; yet, he has more than three decades with Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta. Why? He just seems to like it there. "It's kind of like a family," he shared. "It's fun. The cars are interesting; and I deal with some influential customers. This is the top of the mountain. Any place else would be a step down." Moreover, Lovinger loves the enthusiasm people have for the brands. He enjoys people who don't even own a Ferrari or Maserati who want to come into the parts department just to look around, and maybe buy a logo'd piece of merchandise. "We really like it when people come in off the street," Lovinger said. "We sell a lot of merchandise. These people come in and tell us that they'll never be able to afford one of the cars, but they are fans. They'll buy a coffee mug, hat or jacket. We now have owners, who as kids, came in and maybe bought a model. They remember the experience and tell us about it. Today they are successful enough to own a car. It doesn't get much better than that." Located at 11875 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, the store's hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. To reach Lovinger and his team by phone: 1-678-802-5000 or 1-800-522-2345.n January 2013

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Air Bags From Page 22 As the leading international trade association of professional automotive recyclers, ARA strongly supports the use of OE non-deployed airbags which have met specific industry standards and ARA maintains that recycled airbag components are an effective, economicallysmart repair alternative to restore vehicles to their pre-accident condition. “The use of these components is a cost-effective option for a consumer,” said Michael E. Wilson, CEO ARA, “but, more importantly, extensive research and years of experience have shown them as a legitimate alternative as well.” As a proactive measure to ensure safety standards are met, ARA Product Services LLC (“ARA Product Services”) launched ARAProTM in 2006. In conjunction with ARAProTM, ARA Product Service’s Airbag Protocol was developed as a national standard to ensure best Golf Outing From Page 23 This is a perfect example of what we all can do as a company, repairer or as a vendor in the industry,” said Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council. “One’s involvement is only limited by one’s desire to help those who covered our back, and understanding that it is now time for us to do the same for them. We

practices are applied to the process of extracting, handling, inspecting, and storing recycled airbags from salvaged vehicles (www.airbagresources.com). Using the Vehicle Identification Number as well as other reference sources, ARAProTM enables the repairer to accurately match the make, model, and year of the replacement component to the vehicle under repair. A byproduct of following the Protocol would be to ensure that the airbag is not counterfeit. ARAProTM Airbags, ARA Product Services brand name that applies to recycled airbags which have been handled by technicians trained in accordance with the Airbag Protocol, have a certificate that can ultimately be used by a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to verify that an AirbagProtocol compliant airbag has been used in the repair. ARAProTM Airbags are an integral part of the solution to stop the use of counterfeit aftermarket airbags.

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Center including a 1.6-mile test track and handling road course to showcase the capabilities of Porsche’s industryleading vehicles. “This world-class facility underscores our commitment to customers and dealers in the United States, which remains the single largest market for Porsche vehicles,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America. “Today’s ceremony also symbolizes Porsche putting down permanent roots here in Atlanta, a city we have proudly called home since 1998.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal were among the event attendees. “I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to the first tenant of the Aerotropolis development site,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Porsche’s presence here underscores the City

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