Chinese customers prefer the safety of their own cars

Apr 3, 2020    OEM

In China, there are indications that the corona pandemic is increasing the desire to travel in a protected space. In a recent study by the market research institute Ipsos, two out of three respondents say that they prefer their own car to public transport. Twice as many as before the corona outbreak.

Ford's European production suspended at least until May 4

Apr 3, 2020    OEM

Ford has confirmed that the temporary suspension of vehicle and engine production at most of its European manufacturing sites is now expected to run at least until May 4.

Mazda marks centenary with special edition models

Apr 3, 2020    OEM

Mazda has revealed its 100th Anniversary Special Edition series, a range of special versions of all the key passenger cars in the firm’s global line-up. Designed to celebrate the company’s centenary, the 100th Anniversary models adopt a white-and-burgundy two-tone exterior/interior combination, inspired by high-grade versions of Mazda’s first passenger car: the Mazda R360 Coupe.

Daimler signs €12 billion loan facility agreement

Apr 2, 2020    OEM

Daimler AG is increasing its financial flexibility with a further loan facility agreement in the amount of €12 billion ($13,08 billion).

Volkswagen extends suspension of production

Apr 1, 2020    OEM

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Group Components are extending the suspension of production at their German plants for a further five working days especially as a result of the continued fall in demand for vehicles and the challenges still faced by the supply chain.

GAC Motor resumes operations in China

Apr 1, 2020    OEM

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, GAC Motor has introduced various preventative measures to protect its customers and employees, while working with partners from all regions to assist in the global effort against the epidemic.

2020 North American International Auto Show cancelled

Mar 31, 2020    OEM

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced it will cancel its June 2020 show in Detroit in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the world and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expected plans to repurpose TCF Centre into a temporary field hospital.

Jobs of over 1.1 million EU automobile workers affected so far, ACEA data shows

Mar 31, 2020    OEM

The jobs of at least 1,110,107 Europeans working in automobile manufacturing are affected by factory shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, according to data compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). This figure only refers to those people directly employed by car, truck, van and bus manufacturers – the impact on the wider automotive supply chain is even more critical.

Ford further postpones North America production restart

Mar 31, 2020    OEM

Ford is delaying the restart of production at its North America plants to help protect its workers. The company had been aiming to restart production April 6 at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and April 14 at several key US plants – and now has further postponed startup dates, which will be announced later.

Volkswagen resumes production at 22 locations across China

Mar 30, 2020    OEM

Just two months ago, China was considered the centre of the corona pandemic. Meanwhile, there are signs of relaxation, with the car industry also slowly returning to normality. Production of vehicles and components has resumed at 22 of 24 Volkswagen locations.

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