Some South Korean Samsung, Hyundai employees self-quarantine

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Some South Korean workers at Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor are staying home as a precautionary measure as South Korea scrambles to avoid the coronavirus outbreak from causing widespread disruption in the country. About 1,500 employees of Samsung Electronics’ phone complex in the southeastern city of Gumi have self-quarantined after one of its employees was […]

Nissan delay restart of some China plants due to coronavirus

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Nissan Motor has delayed the resumption of plants in China near the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, adhering to authorities’ directives, but raising the risk of additional supply disruptions that could hit worldwide car production. Nissan stated it would keep its plants in Xianyang in the central province of Hubei, and Zhengzhou in the neighboring […]

Honda postpones resumption of operations at Wuhan plant to March 11

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Honda Motor stated on Friday that it would push back plans to restart operations at its vehicle plant located in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, after government officials asked companies to keep employees away through March 11. In a statement, the Japanese automaker stated that it prepared to restart operations at […]

Mitsubishi postpones factory resumption in China due to coronavirus

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Mitsubishi Motors is postponing the restart of its plant with Guangzhou Automobile Group located in Hunan province until 27 because of coronavirus outbreak, the Japanese automaker stated on Friday. It had previous planned to restart operations as early as February 17. Mitsubishi has also postponed the restart of its engine plant with Shenyang Aerospace in […]

Fiat stops production in Serbia as supply from China disrupts

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Fiat Chrysler (FCA) stated on Friday it had temporarily stopped production at its Serbian plant, the first such suspension by an automaker in Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. Planned downtime at the Kragujevac plant in Serbia, where FCA constructs its Fiat 500L car, has been rescheduled because of the “availability of […]

China’s auto sales dropped in January mainly because of Coronavirus

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China’s auto sales dropped in January, deepening a significant downturn in the industry’s biggest auto market and adding to economic pressures as the country battles Coronavirus, a virus outbreak. Sales of SUVs, sedans, and minivans dropped 20.2% from a year earlier to 1.6 million, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), reported Thursday. “Enterprises are […]

Webasto to reopen headquarters amid spread of coronavirus infections


German auto parts provider Webasto on Wednesday will reopen its headquarters close to Munich, it stated on Tuesday after eight of its workers contracted the new coronavirus that is quickly spreading in China and in other parts of the world. The working place, meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, and sanitary facilities were cleaned and disinfected before […]

Volkswagen’s resumption of some China plants delayed until February 17

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Volkswagen has delayed restarting production at the majority of China plants in its joint venture with SAIC Motor and the Tianjin plant in its JV with FAW Group until February 17 amid the spread of coronavirus. One car-manufacturing plant Volkswagen collaborates with SAIC in Shanghai and majority of the plants in the FAW joint venture […]