Trump invokes Defense Production Act but GM says it’s already moving fast

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About eleven days ago, American automaker General Motors put hundreds of employees on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But President Donald Trump, said the company wasn’t moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which allows the government broad authority to direct […]

General Motors agrees to $120 million settlement over ignition suits

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General Motors has accepted to a $120 million settlement over defective ignition switches that allegedly caused cars to stall and air bags to deploy, and in some cases triggering deadly accidents. The deal, which must be authorized by a judge, would resolve hundreds of lawsuits filed before the American automaker sought bankruptcy protection in 2009. Under the settlement, […]

General Motors speeds up ‘Project V’ to build ventilators in Indiana

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General Motors and medical equipment maker Ventec are accelerating efforts under a partnership code-named “Project V” to construct ventilators at a GM plant located in Kokomo, Indiana, to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. GM stated that work at its Indiana plant, which makes small electronic components for vehicles, is part of the effort to expand […]

Ford, GM, Tesla can go ahead with making ventilators, says Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Sunday that American automakers such as Ford Motor, General Motors and Tesla Inc have been given the green light in making ventilators and other objects required during the coronavirus crisis. “Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! […]

GM, Ford talking to Trump administration on medical equipment production

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General Motors and Ford Motor stated on Wednesday they were talking with White House officials about how they could support production of medical equipment such as ventilators that may be required to combat the coronavirus outbreak. GM CEO Mary Barra talked with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow about the issue after the automaker announced […]

General Motors, Mercedes to give leave to all workers in Brazil

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General Motors and Mercedes Benz will give leave to all employees in Brazil later this month, the companies stated, suggesting that production in South America’s main auto center will be largely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Brazil’s automakers had been readying for a potential breakdown in its parts supply chain from China beginning in April […]

Automakers, union form joint task force to limit coronavirus in the US

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American automakers General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are forming a coronavirus task force together with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to enhance protections for their workers and limit the spread of coronavirus. The task force, which would be concentrating on areas consisting of vehicle production plans, is being headed by […]

GM, Ford to have white-collar employees work remotely from Monday

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American automakers General Motors and Ford Motor stated on Friday they will have majority of their white-collar workforce operating remotely as of Monday to protect against the increase of the coronavirus. GM CEO Mary Barra informed workers on Friday the automaker is asking all workers and contract workers to work remotely, adding that the company […]

General Motors launches advanced electric batteries for its electric cars

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General Motors on Wednesday introduced Ultium, a battery with higher capacity and fast charging abilities, to power its upcoming line of electric vehicles. The Detroit-based company stated majority of its new electric vehicles will have Ultium’s 400-volt battery packs, where as its truck platform will have 800-volt batteries. Well-known brands owned by the automaker such […]

Waymo and Cruise oppose California self-driving data requirement

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Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise are leading a backlash in opposition to a California reporting requirement on self-driving vehicle test data that the companies claim is not relevant or appropriate in measuring performance or progress. Data released Wednesday by California revealed Waymo and Cruise once again had the greatest number of test miles […]