Tesla cuts contractors from California, Nevada factories as shutdown extends

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Tesla Inc is axing contractors from its American car and battery plants, CNBC reported on Friday, mentioning workers and a contract staffing agency. The electric automaker is cutting contractors at both its vehicle assembly plant located in Fremont, California, and at its Gigafactory located outside of Reno, Nevada, according to the CNBC report. The cuts […]

Fiat attempt to resume some Italian production could be hindered by lockdown

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A possible extension of Italy’s lockdown could frustrate an attempt by Fiat Chrysler to restart some vehicle production at three Italian plants next week, a union representative said. Italy has prohibited travel within the country and ordered a freeze on all non-essential business-related activities, which includes the auto industry, until April 3 to deal with […]

Fiat Chrysler looks to restart some Italian production next week

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is looking to restart some vehicle production from next week at three plants located in Italy if it gets the green light from the government, a union representative stated on Monday. Previously this month, Italy banned travel in the country and ordered a halt on all business activities deemed non-essential, including […]

Ola Cabs gives 500 vehicles for coronavirus related activities

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C. N. Ashwath Narayan on Monday stated Indian ridesharing company Ola Cabs has agreed to provide 500 vehicles to the government for transporting doctors and other coronavirus related activities. Ola Cabs is an Indian ridesharing company, established in 2010. “Ola Cabs has agreed to give 500 OLA vehicles for #Covid_19 related activities in […]

Volkswagen India extends warranty till July 2020 due to coronavirus crisis

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Volkswagen India has announced that it has extended the service standard warranty for its consumers to assist them in the coronavirus crisis. The Volkswagen vehicle owners with warranty ending between 22nd March and mid-May 2020, can take benefit of special support up to 31st July 2020, said the German automaker in a release. The extended warranty […]

Fiat Chrysler CEO to halve his salary for three months due to coronavirus crisis

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Fiat Chrysler top executives will temporarily slash their salaries to maintain the automaker’s financial soundness because of the coronavirus crisis, CEO Mike Manley informed employees on Monday. Manley said he would halve his salary for about three months to avoid job cuts in the second quarter, according to a letter which he sent to employees. […]

China may release new policies to encourage auto demand, says minister

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China may release new policies to encourage demand for automobiles, with the country’s auto industry still dealing with difficulties, Xin Guobin, vice minister of industry and information technology, stated on Monday. There is still not enough demand for automobiles, Xin informed reporters, as the outbreak of the coronavirus has significantly cut private consumption. About 81,518 people in […]

Ford, General Electric to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

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Ford Motor stated on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators during the next 100 days at a plant located in Michigan. The automaker will cooperate with General Electric’s healthcare unit, and can then construct 30,000 every month as needed to treat patients affected with the coronavirus. Ford stated the simplified ventilator design, which is licensed […]

Hyundai India orders advanced diagnostic testing kits from South Korea

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Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the arm of Hyundai Motor India has ordered the advanced diagnostics testing kit associated from South Korea in order to fight coronavirus, the company stated. The company claimed these sophisticated kits have a very high level of accuracy and can serve more than 25,000 people. These kits will be distributed […]

Suzuki partners with AgVA to make 10,000 ventilators per month in India

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Maruti Suzuki on Saturday has announced that it is collaborating with the Indian manufacturer AgVA Healthcare to create ventilators, face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The automaker has stated that it intends to rapidly increase the production of ventilators, up to 10,000 units monthly, which would be helpful for the health sector […]

Toyota North America collaborates to manufacture ventilators, respirators

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The Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is working together with medical device companies to accelerate the manufacture of ventilators, respirators and other important devices for hospitals to fight the spread of the coronavirus, the company stated. The automaker said it is collaborating to produce 3-D printed face shields and mass production will start early next week. It is […]

Skoda extends Czech factory outages to April 14

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Czech automaker Skoda Auto, part of the Volkswagen Group, will increase stoppage at its domestic plants to April 14, thus modifying their original return date of April 6, the automaker said. Skoda is the country’s largest exporter and halted production on March 18 as part of measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus that has many countries of Europe […]