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ASA welcomes the Indiana Auto Body Association as new Supporting Association member
Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Service Association welcomes the Indiana Auto Body Association as its newest Supporting Association member. IABA has joined ASA to better align both associations in addressing common issues on behalf of members and the industry at large. "We are pleased to be part of ASA as a supporting association," said Tony Passwater, IABA executive director.
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5 $1,000 scholarships available to attend NACE/CARS
Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Management Institute is now accepting applications for five different scholarships for ASA members to attend NACE/CARS 2014 in Detroit, the week of July 28. The NACE/CARS Expo will be July 31-Aug. 1. Be sure to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is June 20.

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Automotive plastics lightweighting and environmental trend drivers
By Don Rosato
Auto-makers choose plastic parts for a multiplicity of performance features. Important characteristics include durability, chemical resistance, mechanical toughness, coloring and finishing ease, elasticity and light weight. These automotive advances are driving the use of higher-end plastics under the hood, as well as the development of new plastics and coatings in new under-the-hood environments. On a volume basis, more plastics than steel are now used in today's cars for a wide range of components. Overall, growth in automotive plastics use has progressed from a typical 60 pounds per vehicle in 1970 to more than 400 pounds today.
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Companies look to recruit diesel technicians
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
In exchange for a three-year commitment to work for the company after graduating, some automotive and heavy equipment dealerships in North Dakota are helping pay aspiring diesel technicians' college tuitions. As baby boomers retire and fewer members of the new generation go into the field, diesel technicians are in short supply nationwide. There are hundreds of openings across North Dakota.
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More than 1 million Nissan cars recalled over software glitch
CNN Money via WTVR-TV
Nissan Motor is recalling more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to fix a software problem that could prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying in an accident. Nissan said it is not aware of any deaths caused by the problem, but can not give details about resulting injuries. The problem is with the sensors in the front passenger seats that are supposed to tell if an adult or a child is sitting on the seat.
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Attention ASA members!
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Coming soon to ASA members...unbelievable savings on a Chrysler/Mopar subscription. ASA members will have an opportunity to get a one-year, full-access subscription to TechAuthority Online, Mopar's service info website. Details to come...stay tuned! Not a member? Join today so you can take advantage of these significant savings!


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California bill would give auto owners more control over vehicle data
Los Angeles Times
California's two giant automobile clubs proposed legislation that would give car owners more control over computer and Internet data streaming from their vehicles. About 20 percent...

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Car dealers are terrified of Tesla's plan to eliminate oil changes
WIRED
Car dealers fear Tesla. On the surface, the fear is hard to fathom. In New Jersey, for instance, sales of Tesla's $70,000 Model S reportedly number in the hundreds. But if you dig a little...

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Never get cheated by car technicians again
The Wall Street Journal via Yahoo! Autos
According to author Charles Passy: What's a car owner to do when his trusted auto technician leaves the business to run a funeral home? Such was the unlikely scenario I found myself...

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Bill seeks disclosure about car recalls
USA TODAY
Two U.S. senators proposed legislation that would require automakers to give regulators more information about deadly crashes and force the U.S. government to make that documentation more readily available to the public. Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., unveiled their proposal as part of the widening response to General Motors' recall of 1.6 million 2003-07 Saturn Ions, 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts and other cars found to have defective ignition switches.
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I-CAR partners with Ford to launch 2015 F-150 training program
BodyShop Business
Collision repair training experts at I-­CAR have worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-­150 design and development process to create a training solution for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Ford's most popular truck. "This is a game‐changer in the way the collision repair industry approaches training: to be fully prepared with the knowledge, skills and solutions needed before the vehicle debuts," said John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-­CAR.
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