A WELD TO THE WISE Toyota announced it is icing the use of heat to straighten body and frame components on OEM repairs, as well as reinforcing pre-existing welding techniques, in a Collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) issued in June. The automaker says that, due to the high-strength sheet steel used for structural body and […]


SHEDDING SKIN In a move combining the legacy of the American muscle car with cutting-edge automotive technology, Shelby has unveiled a new limited edition Cobra, fitted with a carbon fibre body shell weighing a mere 88 lbs. The Shelby Cobra “Diamond Edition”, designed to recognize the iconic car’s sixtieth anniversary on the road, is limited […]


SCAR PARTS In early December, Toyota issued a call for all-hands-on-deck to fight against the ongoing automotive materials shortage, announcing the OEM will permit the use of scratched, blemished, and otherwise “imperfect” parts from suppliers while global supply chains level out. “We are careful about the outside of our vehicles, the parts you can easily […]


JOINING THE CAST Tesla is altering the body structure of its Model Y SUV, making it the first vehicle of its kind to feature two large single casting pieces at the front and rear of the vehicle. The automaker plans to make a partner for the single-piece rear casting, integrated in January, with a complementary […]


DO YOUR HOMEWORK General Motors revised its Repairs and Inspections Required after a Collision document, and the company made some new distinctions between major and minor damage. One of the changes involves waiving other inspections and part replacements when there is a “minor outer body panel cosmetic distortion,” as long as the repairer performs the […]

The Multi-Brand Band: asTech supports industry statement on use of multi-brand scan tools

Toronto, Ontario — asTech announced its support for the use of multi-brand scan tools in the automotive aftermarket on Thursday, following a position statement on the matter released by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and Auto Care Association.  “We stand behind these organizations who play an important role in […]


A MANDATORY MOVE BMW Collision Program Manager Jonathan Inzano is reminding collision repairers that pre- and post-scans are no longer an option with today’s modern vehicles. “Before and after any collision repair there must be a pre- and post-scan,” he told a March Guild 21 call.” Inzano noted that pre- and post-scans also bring the […]


NEW YEAR, NEW LOGO Kia has revealed its new corporate logo and global brand slogan that signify the automaker’s bold transformation and all-new brand purpose. The logo is a representation of Kia’s new brand identity and the values it promises to offer customers, through future products and services, a great experience. The unbroken line is […]

OEM News – CRM 19#6

I-XPERIMENTS As BMW gears up for the rollout of its all-new fully-electric iX “Sports Activity Vehicle” (SAV), the automaker revealed a redesign for its signature “kidney” grille which will take full advantage of the vehicle’s electric powertrain. The iX features an all-electric driving system capable of producing 500 hp with an estimated range of about […]