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What the 2014 Corvette's carbon fiber parts mean for the body shop

Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, Aug. 5
blogs Charles Child is news editor for Automotive News.
 
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- General Motors engineers cut weight from the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette with aluminum body parts and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.But body shop technicians at dealerships, take note: the inner and outer halves of the hood and the outer panel of the roof are carbon fiber.If these parts are damaged in a crash, they can’t be repaired, says Mike R ...
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Are car salespeople, journalists all that different?

Posted 4:49 pm U.S. ET, May 8
ORLANDO -- A strange thing happened to me here at the Digital Dealer Conference. I've concluded I could be a car salesman.Let me tell you why that's surprising. Anyone who knows me realizes that working a car lot would be a seriously poor career choice. I'm an introvert. Alas, I lack the salesman's tools: instant rapport, banter and a quick head for figures.But in Orlando ...
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