Month: April 2020

LONDON — Nissan will resume vehicle production at its UK plant in early June, the automaker said in a statement. The plant is the largest car factory in the UK and Nissan’s largest in Europe. The Qashqai and Juke SUVs, and the Leaf electric car, are built at the facility in Sunderland, northeast England. Production
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The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting impact on the economy are going to leave a number of dealers in crisis. The most stable of dealerships may be left vulnerable and — absent a definitive plan to create, protect and preserve liquidity — the dealer pool may be considerably culled. Unlike other industries, the auto industry
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The Henry Ford II World Center, headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. James Leynse | Corbis | Getty Images Ford Motor expects to begin calling back salaried employees who have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic beginning in late June, executives said Thursday. About 124,000 white-collar workers are expected to
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Elon Musk made some bold statements about Tesla’s effort to develop self-driving technology during the automaker’s latest quarterly results. During a conference call following Tesla’s Q1 2020 results, Musk discussed Tesla’s latest Autopilot development with the new “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control” feature. It’s the first step toward Tesla’s system being able to automatically
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The time that cars could go completely driverless is coming “very soon,” according to Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and founder of AutoX, a Shenzhen-based start-up developing autonomous driving technology. Currently, most regulations across various cities in China still require the presence of a safety driver in vehicles, but the company foresees that as more data gets
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The German auto industry is readying proposals for a new scrappage program to counter a sales slump that risks choking off production restarts at factories across Europe’s biggest economy. The state premiers of Lower Saxony, Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler, are expected to consult this week on a joint strategy ahead
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In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the daunting challenges of reviving the North American auto industry, it’s understandable that the industry’s focus isn’t on clean energy and slowing global warming. Some 26 million Americans losing their jobs creates more urgent economic problems than cheap gasoline eroding already-limited demand for zero-emission vehicles. If anything,
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with supply chain distributors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2020. Al Drago | Reuters Executives from the Wynn Resorts, Hilton, Toyota North America and Waffle House are among those meeting with President Donald Trump today to discuss reopening the U.S., according
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Every car in the 2011 Motor Trend Best Drivers Car competition was lapped around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by hot shoe Randy Pobst. Our next competitor, the Ferrari 458 Italia. For more on the 458 Italia’s lap around Laguna Seca, including Randy Pobst’s track notes, click here: http://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/1108_2010_ferrari_458_italia_best_drivers_car_contender/ Also find Motor Trend on: Tweets by
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TOKYO — Luc Donckerwolke, the cosmopolitan Belgian designer who overhauled styling at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, is leaving the Hyundai Motor Group for personal reasons. Donckerwolke’s resignation is effective April 29, according to an internal note obtained by Automotive News. His next career moves were unclear. Donckerwolke joined South Korea’s biggest automaker from Volkswagen Group
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LJUBLJANA — Revoz, Renault’s Slovenian arm, has resumed production after a suspension of activities since March 17 due to the coronavirus crisis. Production restarted on Tuesday with a single daily shift, which is expected to be expanded into two shifts next week and into full production from May 11. Revoz, one of Slovenia’s largest exporters,
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. expects an operating loss of more than $5 billion in the second quarter as the financial toll of the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen. The automaker said Tuesday that it lost $632 million before interest and taxes in the first quarter, although it made $346 million before interest and taxes
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