IF you took your car to get fixed after a bad auto accident, You expect that “WOW” Customer Experience, the same one you get when you walk into a high end restaurant.
ICC Collision Centers stands true to those same values. We welcome our customers with open arms. Once you work with us once, there is no doubt you will come back for all your automotive service needs.
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Google recently rolled out a driverless car prototype (see video above) that has successfully traveled more than 700,000 miles on the streets of California. We may be still further away from mass adoption; however, it spells out the future for us. In the not too distant future, the world will be driverless. As per article in LA Times article, several automakers will have fully autonomous cars on the road by 2020. By 2025, as many as 230,000 of these self-drivers could be sold each year around the world, and that number could swell to 11.8 million a decade later, according to IHS Automotive, an industry research firm.
Will this be the end of auto insurance? Who will we insure if there is no driver? May be insurance will be sold along with the car – like a “protection agreement” that we buy with appliances. That is the ultimate state of commoditization for insurance.
However, at the same time, the technology advances will offer an opportunity for personalization and product differentiation in other lines of businesses.
Read More of this article by Amit Unde, Chief Architect and Director, Insurance Solutions
ICC Collision Centers greatly supports all new technology and training for mechanics and the collision industry. We heard about the following conference and wanted to let others know more about it.
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced that registration is open for its 2014 I-CAR Conference, which will be held on July 30, 2014 at Cobo Center in Detroit.
John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily and Autoline This Week, will return to moderate this year’s event. The Conference will feature an expanded lineup of speakers from Ford Motor Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Steel Market Development Institute, Alcoa, University of Michigan, Robert Bosch LLC and more. Key topics will include:
Ford: A high impact session covering OEM strategies related to CAFE, details on the new aluminum F-150, and Ford’s enhanced Collision Repair Service Strategy
Lightweighting: Advancements and trends in Carbon Fiber, Advanced Steels, Aluminum
The Changing DNA of the Vehicle: Reinventing the Automobile
Advanced Electronics, Communications and Safety: Vehicle Wide Driver Safety Systems: V2X Deployment, and how Vehicle Data will reshape the industry
Early Bird registration is $250 through June 14 and all I-CAR Conference attendees will receive a free pass to the NACE/CARS expo, also being held at the Cobo Center on July 31 and August 1.
ICAR Certification Training encompasses three areas: Hazardous Airborne Pollutant Reduction, Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair, and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. ICAR refers to these programs as Core Training Programs, and each has individual courses that make up the complete program. The goal is to teach auto repair technicians how to correctly repair a collision damaged vehicle. Enrolling in a formal program saves technicians from making mistakes.
Strong consumer demand for crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) continues, with crossovers representing more than a quarter of all autos sold in the U.S. CUVs have popular attributes of an SUV but are built on car platforms. In 2002, crossovers represented 7.7% of sales, rising to 25.5% in 2013. SUVs, by contrast, were about 18% of sales in 2002, falling to about 6.7% of sales today.
2013 VS. 2012 SALES TRENDS: SOME SEGMENTS GROW, WHILE OTHER CONTRACT
Across the board, auto sales increased 7.5% in 2013. There are eight different segments of the passenger car and light truck auto sales market, and five of those segments were up year-to-year in 2013. In fact, the large car segment led all others with a nearly 31 percent increase over middle car sales the year before. While large cars represented the biggest percentage increase in sales, volume-wise, the change in CUV sales was the biggest, increasing by more than half a million over 2012 – reaching nearly 4 million units sold. Additionally, consumer demand for luxury cars and pickups had double-digit percentage increases from the year before. Consumer demand for middle size cars, SUV’s and vans fell slightly – but all by less than a half percent.
It won’t go on sale in the United States until next March, but Volvo has begun to take the covers off the redesigned XC90 crossover.
Volvo released images and a video of the interior of the 2015 XC90, and it is decidedly more upscale than the outgoing model. The crossover, previewed with the awkwardly named XC Coupe concept shown at the Detroit auto show in January, will be formally unveiled in August. It goes on sale in Europe later this year.
The XC90 is the first vehicle based on Volvo’s new modular scalable product architecture — or SPA — platform that will underpin all of its larger vehicles. And it means Volvo is gearing up to replace most of the cars it sells today in the United States.
According to Volvo, SPA allows for a roomier interior, improved drivability and “the inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies.”
The current XC90 went on sale in 2002 and hasn’t kept pace with the competition. Much of the blame can be ladled onto Ford Motor Co., which owned Volvo but did little to nurture the brand, and then sold it to China’s Geely in 2010.
Volvo says the redesigned XC90 has a clean interior that takes its inspiration from Swedish design, long known for uncluttered functionality and geometric lines. It has three rows of seats for seven passengers and improved interior room — dimensions haven’t been released.