Uber offers COVID-19 contact tracing help as the cases continue to rise

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Uber Technologies Inc has quietly started a service to provide public health officials quick access to data about drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, company officials said. The service, offered without any charge, could help improve the image of the ride-hailing giant, which recently started a new […]

Birdsboro Car Show Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

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The 2020 edition of the annual Birdsboro Car Show annual car show, a huge event that annually attracts automobile hobbyists locally and from neighboring states, has been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus, club President Teresa Levandoski announced. The show is a major fund-raising event for the Woman’s Club of Birdsboro, located in Berks County, […]

Ford says restrictions at Mexico plants are ‘not sustainable’

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Ford Motor on Thursday stated new staffing restrictions imposed on plants producing auto parts in the Mexican state of Chihuahua were “not sustainable,” the recent sign U.S. automakers are still reeling from coronavirus led lockdown in Mexico. Mexico is a major part of a broader international supply chain important to U.S. automakers, many of which […]

Tesla to make molecule printers for COVID-19 vaccine developer CureVac

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Tesla Inc is building mobile molecule printers to help make the possible COVID-19 vaccine which is being developed by CureVac in Germany, the electric automaker’s CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted on Wednesday. CureVac, an unlisted German company, has stated it is developing portable, automated mRNA production units that it calls printers and which Musk referred to […]

Japanese automakers’ May global sales declined 38% due to coronavirus

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Japanese automakers’ global sales dropped 38% in May, in the third straight month of big declines as most automotive factories and dealerships remained shut because of coronavirus lockdowns. The country’s seven major automakers sold about 1.47 million vehicles last month, dropping significantly from 2.38 million units a year ago, according to Reuters calculations based on […]

Fiat Chrysler close to getting $7.1 billion state-backed loan

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is close enough to obtain the necessary authorizations to get a 6.3 billion euros ($7.1 billion) state-backed loan from Intesa Sanpaolo, an executive at the bank stated on Tuesday. FCA’s Italian division has tapped Italy’s COVID-19 emergency financing scheme to secure a state-backed, three-year facility to support the automaker’s operations in […]

American Airlines seeks $3.5 billion in new financing to improve liquidity

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American Airlines Group Inc stated on Sunday it prepares to secure US$3.5 billion in new financing, to improve the airline’s liquidity as it deals with travel restrictions led by the coronavirus crisis. The company prepares to raise $1.5 billion by selling shares and convertible senior notes due 2025, the airline stated. Furthermore, the airline said […]

Two percent of Volkswagen’s Mexico staff test positive for coronavirus

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Volkswagen‘s Mexican unit on Monday said about 2% of its workers tested positive for coronavirus. The automaker said these workers had contracted the disease at some point, underlining the challenge faced by automakers in resuming factories before the coronavirus pandemic has peaked in Mexico. Volkswagen last Tuesday started sending workers in reduced numbers back to […]

Texas car dealerships say they’re not to blame for COVID-19 increase

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Car dealerships in San Antonio, Texas, are defending themselves after city leaders claimed they’re partially to blame for the recent increase in COVID-19. “This is coming from the hospital officials themselves,” stated Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a televised coronavirus briefing. “We’ve been told that what they’re seeing in their conversations with the COVID patients are […]

Maruti Suzuki production declined by 97.5% in May 2020 due to COVID-19

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The government and automakers had enforced shutdowns of factories to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. This has led a huge impact on Indian’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki, who reported a decline of 97.5 percent in production at 3714 units in May 2020. The company had manufactured 151,188 units during the same period in 2019, […]