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    COVID-19 pandemic: Arconic implements ‘mitigating actions’ to reduce operating costs
    In a press release dated 8 April, Arconic has announced several ‘mitigating actions’ to reduce operating costs due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The actions are estimated to reduce operating costs by approximately USD150 million on an annualized run-rate basis. These ...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: Novelis receives last clearance from European Commission for acquisition of Aleris
    Novelis Inc. has received the final clearance from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corporation, a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, Novelis announced in a press release on 8 April. Novelis secured final approval from the Commission for the sale of Aleri...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres extends temporary closure of US plant until 26 April
    Finnish tire maker Nokian Tyres has announced that it will be extending the temporary closure of its Dayton factory in the United States due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 8 April. The company informed that its US factory will now...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nemak uses 3D printing technology at Mexican facility to produce splitters for ventilator
    Nemak is using 3D printing technology to produce splitters for Ventilators at its Monterrey plant in Mexico, the company announced in a press release on 1 April. Nemak is producing the splitters as part of the Mexico United Against COVID-19 (México unido contra el COVID-19) initiative. ...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nemak temporarily stops production at certain plants and production lines
    Nemak has temporarily suspended production at certain plants and production lines due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 7 April. The shutdowns are in accordance with emergency declarations issued in certain jurisdictions where the plant is l...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Blink Charging develops new mobile EV charging station
    US-based Blink Charging has launched its innovative new mobile electric vehicle (EV) charging station, according to a company press release on 6 April 2020. The new mobile EV charging station supports 240V AC charging and provides up to 9.6 kW of charge. According to the company, at this charging ra...
    08-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Woodbridge produces face masks at Canadian plant
    Canadian supplier Woodbridge is producing face masks at its Ontario plant in Canada to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by The Canadian Press on 7 April. The company has produced the first 1,000 Level 3 masks. "Woodbridge, together with the Automotive ...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Electric truck startup Rivian delays production to 2021
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has postponed the production of its first all-electric vehicle to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Chicago Tribune reported on 6 April, citing a company spokesperson. According to the report, the temporary shutdown of the facility due...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Enovix raises USD45 million for developing 3D silicon lithium-ion battery
    Enovix has secured USD5 million in funds for developing and commercializing its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. The company informed that the funding sources include a major new strategic investor, current investors (including T. J. Rodgers and Y...
    Nuro secures permit to test autonomous vehicles Texas, US, without human controls
    California-based robotics firm Nuro has secured a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas, US without human controls, according to a company press release on 6 February. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approv...
    COVID-19 pandemic: IAC, Mann+Hummel, ZF announce layoffs in US
    The extended production suspensions by most of automakers in the United States amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected their supplier base. Several tier-1 suppliers in the largest automotive market in North America have announced temporary stoppage of manufacturin...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Nissan recalls 216,678 vehicles in US over defective airbags
    Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling 216,678 vehicles in the United States over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) on 30 March. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2012–17 NV Cargo and NV Passenger ...
    07-Apr-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mayo Clinic in US state Florida uses autonomous vehicles to transport test samples
    The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has partnered with Beep, an autonomous shuttle fleet service provider, and NAVYA, a provider of autonomous driving systems, to use autonomous vehicles to facilitate the safe transport of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests collected at a drive-th...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 9,791 vehicles in US to replace engine oil plugs
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 9,791 vehicles in the United States to replace engine oil plugs, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) on 20 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2018–19 S560 and Maybach S560 vehicles equi...
    07-Apr-2020 News Recalls
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft raises USD24 million in seed funding
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft has raised over USD24 million in seed funding. According to a company press release on 3 April, the investors include IDG Capital, Vision+ Capital, and Tide Capital. Significance: The company will use the capital to further develop its large-scale intelligent sim...
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    Audi offers MY 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressor in US
    Audi is offering its model year (MY) 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressors (EPC) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The EPC comes  paired to the 2.9L, twin-turbocharged turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) V6 engine. It consists of an electr...
    06-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Yokohama suspends production at US plant for a fortnight
    Yokohama Tire Corp. has suspended production at its passenger and light truck tire plant in Salem city in the US state Virginia for at least two weeks beginning 5 April in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Tire Business on 3 Ap...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    PARTNERSHIP: General Motors, Honda to jointly develop two all-new EVs for Honda
    General Motors (GM) and Honda have partnered to jointly develop two new electric vehicles (EVs) for Honda, the companies announced in a joint press release on 3 April. The two new EVs will be based on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. The exteriors and interiors of t...
    COVID-19 impact: General Motors to delay launch of updated Chevrolet Bolt
    General Motors (GM) has delayed the launch of the updated Chevrolet Bolt due to production constraints amid  the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, news website Green Car Congress reported on 31 March. The updates will now be offered in the model year (MY) 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, instea...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Interior parts supplier Hayashi Telempu North America to expand US plant
    US-based Interior parts supplier Hayashi Telempu North America (HTNA) has announced plans to expand its operations in Walker County in the US state Texas, according to a press release on 16 March on the official website of Alabama Department of Commerce. To this end, the company plans to invest USD7...
    03-Apr-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Piolax temporarily lays off 359 workers at US plant
    Piolax Corp. has temporarily laid off 359 workers at its plant located in Canton, Georgia, US, following  the shutdown of various plants by company’s automotive customers, according to a report by Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News on 23 March. “We’re not looking at it as a real l...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Karma Automotive develops new E-Flex platform for EVs
    Karma Automotive has unveiled its new platform for electric vehicles (EV), called E-Flex, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. Karma Automotive said that the E-Flex platform can be used for a number of electric vehicle mobility solutions ranging from autonomously-driven utility vans...
    02-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Arconic completes separation into two standalone companies
    Arconic Inc. has completed its separation into two standalone companies—Arconic Corporation and Howmet Aerospace Inc, the company announced in a press release on 1 April. Howmet Aerospace will include Engineered Products and Forgings businesses (engine products, fastening systems, engineered struc...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Giti Tire to halt production at US plant for two weeks
    Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is suspending production for two weeks at its plant in Richburg, South Carolina due to the  impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The suspension will start 5 April and will go on for two weeks, according to a report by Tire Business on 1...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    REGULATION: US NHTSA, EPA release final SAFE Vehicles Rule on fuel economy standards
    The United States government has finalized its rollback of automotive emission norms which were initially adopted during the Obama administration. The rule, which required carmakers to improve efficiency in increments of 5% on an annual basis until the year 2026, now require annual increments of jus...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford to delay reopening of North American plants till further notice
    Ford is delaying the restart of production at its North America plants due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker announced in a press release on 31 March 2020. The company had earlier planned to restart production on 6 April at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and 14 April...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Goodyear suspends production at Napanee plant in Canada
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is suspending production at its Napanee tire plant in Canada until at least 3 April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Belleville Intelligencer on 19 March. The Napanee plant makes tires for cars ...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lucid Motors delays unveiling of production version of Lucid Air
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Lucid Motor has delayed the unveiling of its first all-electric production model Lucid Air due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Silicon Valley Business Journal reported citing Lucid Motors’ founder Peter Rawlinson. Lucid Motor is now planning to un...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyo Tire shutters Georgia, US, plant till 19 April
    In light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. has announced a temporary closure of its manufacturing facility located at White, GA, United States. The company expects the plant to remain shut until 19 April. The company has also reiterated that ...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: 2020 North American International Auto Show gets cancelled
    The 2020 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit has been canceled as its venue will be used as a field hospital for the Federal Emergency Management Administration, according to a notification of the official website of NAIAS. NAIAS will take place at the TCF Center in June 2021, ...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    BMW recalls 3,300 vehicles in US over issue with front seatbelt buckles
    BMW is recalling approximately 3,300 vehicles in the United States over an issue with front seatbelt buckles, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2020 BMW X3, X3 M, X4 and X4 M SUVs; 3 ...
    31-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Kumho Tire supplies OE tire for BMW X3
    Kumho Tire is supplying its Crugen HP91 as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new BMW X3, according to a report by Tyre Press on 18 March. The South Korean tire manufacturer is supplying the Crugen HP91 ultra-high performance tire in a 245/50R19 105W fitment for BMW's latest-generation X3 manuf...
    Ube Industries to acquire compound manufacturer Premium Composite Technology North America
    Japan-based Ube Industries has announced its decision to acquire Premium Composite Technology North America, Inc. (PCTNA), a consolidated subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, according to a company press release on 23 March. Ube Industries and Toyota Tsusho entered into a share transfer agreemen...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Magna, Linamar, Martinrea join forces to build ventilators in Canada
    Canadian auto parts suppliers Magna, Linamar, and Martinrea, alongside the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) and the province of Ontario have joined forces to build ventilators to treat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Canada, according to a press release on 27 Mar...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Nexteer 2019 sales drops 19% y/y to USD3.58 billion
    Nexteer Automotive has reported its annual results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019.  According to a company press release on 29 March, revenues in 2019 declined 8.6% year on year (y/) to USD3.58 billion. Net profit also fell by 38.7% y/y to USD232.4 million, largely reflecting the im...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Faurecia closes large number of European facilities
    Faurecia has announced temporary closures of a “large number of its production sites” in Europe as well as in North and South America, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 March 2020. “We are going through an u...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres suspend production at US and Russian plants
    Nokian Tyres has announced that it will temporarily suspend production at its Dayton factory in the US and its factory in Russia due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. The Dayton factory closure is effective from 27 March,...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear withdraws guidance for financial year 2020
    Owing to the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Lear has withdrawn its guidance for the financial year 2020, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. The company will provide more information in its first-quarter 2020 earnings call. Lear has also announced sever...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: OSRAM announces temporary plant shutdown in Italy, US
    German lighting supplier OSRAM Licht AG is suspending manufacturing operations in Italy and the United States owing to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, sources told IHS Markit. According to company’s website, the company operates OSRAM Sylvania Inc.;&n...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: North American Lighting suspends production at various US plants
    North American Lighting (NAL), a Koito Group Company, has announced a suspension of production activities at various plants in the United States in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The company suspended operations at its ...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Researchers in US developing new technology for fast charging batteries
    Researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are developing a new technology for fast charging lithium-ion batteries, Brookhaven National Laboratory announced in a press release earlier in March. The team of r...
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM halts operations at San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico
    General Motors (GM) has halted operations at its San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico from March 20, Reuters said in an article on 20 March. The plant is expected to remain shut till 13 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Significance: The US has recorded an alarming in...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Kia to suspend operations at Georgia plant in US
    Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) will suspend production at its West Point facility for two weeks from 30 March, the automaker announced in a press release on 24 March. It will be including a previously planned shutdown between 6–10 April for new model equipment changes. Production is expec...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Ford recalls approximately 248,900 vehicles in US over side door latch issue
    Ford is recalling approximately 248,900 vehicles in the US over an issue with side door latches, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain MY 2014–15 Ford Fiesta hatchbacks and sedans, and MY 201...
    26-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Ford recalls 54,292 vehicles in Canada over problem with hydraulic control unit
    Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for 54,292 vehicles in Canada over a problem with the hydraulic control unit, according to a company press release on 25 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2006–10 Ford Fusion, MY 2006–10 Mercury Milan, and MY 2006–10 Lincoln MKZ veh...
    26-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hankook to suspend production in US, Hungary for two weeks
    South Korean tire-maker Hankook is suspending manufacturing at two of its plants in the US and Hungary due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Tire Business on 25 March. The company decided to close its Clarksville, Tennessee plant in the US and Racalmas pla...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai extends production suspension at Alabama plant till 31 March
    Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) has suspended production in Alabama, United States, due to an anticipated decline in market demand caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 20 March, the automaker said it has suspended production for seven days t...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota recalls 39,000 MY 2020 Highlander SUVs in US due to problem with auto stop-start
    Toyota is recalling nearly 39,000 vehicles in the US over problem with auto stop-start, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model-year 2020 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Significa...
    25-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford to extend North American plant closures beyond 30 March
    Ford is reassessing its plans to resume manufacturing operations at its North American facilities on 30 March as it had earlier expected, and it is likely to extend it beyond that date, as the automaker has seen a sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last few days, the auto...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Axalta withdraws FY 2020 financial outlook
    Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. has provided an update regarding the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on its business and actions. According to a company press release on 24 March 2020, Axalta is withdrawing its previous financial guidance for 2020, which did not reflect the im...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plastic Omnium to gradually suspend production in Europe, Americas
    Plastic Omnium is suspending production in Europe and the Americas in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The company’s European plants have been gradually shut down since mid-March, based on its automotive customers...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres to adjust production in Russia, halts construction of new testing center in Spain
    Nokian Tyres has informed that the company is adjusting production in Russia amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 23 March. In Russia, the company is adjusting its production output in line with the global demand ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Martinrea withdraws financial guidance
    Martinrea International Inc. has announced that the company is withdrawing its financial guidance for the first quarter of 2020 as well as its 2021 outlook amid the uncertainty regarding the duration and business impact owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a compan...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Panasonic to suspend battery production at Tesla JV in US
    Panasonic will temporarily suspend production at its battery joint venture (JV) with US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. in Nevada, US, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 23 March. According to the report, Pana...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli temporarily suspends operations at several North American facility
    Marelli has announced a temporary suspension of production at several of its North American facilities in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which is resulting in lower demand and supply chain bottlenecks, according to a company press release on 23 Marc...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin announces partial production shutdown in North America
    Michelin has announced a temporary, phased shutdown of some of its tire production facilities in the US and Canada due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. This phased suspension of some manufacturing began im...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Cooper Tire announces temporary shutdown of plants in US, Mexico
    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced a temporarily shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in the US and Mexico to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a press release on 21 March. The process of phasing down production at its plants star...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations in Europe, North America
    Major German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that the company is suspending many operations in Europe and North America over the coming days due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement from Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso announces partial shutdown of North American facilities
    Denso has announced a partial shutdown at its North American facilities in a bid to adjust to customer production changes and prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The company said many of its North American faci...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli announces production suspension in Italy, North America
    Pirelli has announced production suspension in Italy and North America to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, according to two separate press releases by the company last week. According to a company press release on 22 March 2020, the tire maker has suspended tire p...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota suspends production in North America until 3 April
    Toyota has extended production suspension at all its production facilities in North America, including in Canada, Mexico, and the US, through to 3 April, in response to a sharp increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in regions where vehicle demand has been severe...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tesla suspends production at US plant
    Tesla has announced a temporary suspension of production at its Fremont vehicle plant in California, US, from 24 March, Reuters reported on 19 March, citing the automaker. However, the company said that operations at its gigafactory in Nevada will continue. Tesla is also continuing its operations in...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: FCA suspends production across all plants in North America until end of March
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) agreed on 18 March to gradually stop production at all its plants across North America through the end of March to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release. According to FCA’s 2019 Annual Report, the c...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to suspend production at Chattanooga plant in US for one week
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced plans to suspend production at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, for a week, starting 21 March. This move is made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the automaker said in a press release on 19 March. The company ho...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Subaru to suspend production at US plant for a week
    Subaru Automotive announced that it will suspend all production at its US facility starting 23 March, Monday through 29 March as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 20 March. The automaker ensured that “although production comes to a halt,...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nissan suspends production in US, announces further measures for European operations
    Nissan announced that it will temporarily suspend production at its manufacturing facilities in the United States starting 20 March through 6 April owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 18 March. “The company is taking this action ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Audi to suspend production at Mexican plant due to parts shortage
    German automaker Audi announced that it will suspend production at its plant in Mexico’s Puebla state from 23 March through 13 April over supply chain concerns amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a Reuters report on 19 March. According to the report, Audi is facing shortage ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone to temporarily shut down manufacturing in Americas
    Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) has announced a temporary phased shutdown of its manufacturing facilities in North America and Latin America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release on 19 March 2020. The company informed that the temporary shutdown will begin 21 Mar...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Honda to suspend production at North American plants for six days from 23 March
    Honda has announced plans to suspend production activities at its plants in North America from next week (23 March) for six days in response to expected decline in vehicle demand due to the economic impact of the  coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press relea...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Goodyear to suspend manufacturing in Americas through 3 April
    US-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber plans to suspend its manufacturing operations in the Americas through at least 3 April or until further notice in response to the sudden decline in market demand that resulted from the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, accordin...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai suspends production at US facility after worker tests positive for COVID-19
    Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) announced on 18 March 2020 that it was suspending production after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, according to a company press release. The automaker has notified the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) of...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford closes assembly plant in US city Chicago over parts shortage
    Ford is temporarily halting production at its Chicago assembly plant in the US over parts shortage, The Wall Street Journal reported on 17 March. According to the report that cited sources familiar with the issue, the closure is related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic cases ...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo, Cruise, Argo, Pony.ai suspend autonomous vehicle tests
    Self-driving technology companies, including Waymo, Cruise, Argo, and Pony.ai have suspended autonomous vehicle (AV) testing that involves backup drivers, as the self-driving firms are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 18 March. ...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: UAW says GM, Ford, FCA agree to implement partial shutdown of facilities in US
    The United Automobile Workers (UAW) union informed that the three automakers in Detroit—General Motors (GM), Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)—have agreed to address concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to factory workers by implementing partial shutdown of fac...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    USABC grants USD4.5 million to Microvast for development of advanced EV battery technology
    United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded USD4.5 million to Microvast for developing low-cost, fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) batteries, USABC announced in a press release on 17 March. The funding will share 50% of the cost of the 36-month project that began earlier this...
    REGULATION: Senate of US state Washington passes bill to adopt California’s ZEV mandate
    US state Washington has passed a bill to adopt California’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate, news website Electrek reported on 11 March. The ZEV standards mandate automakers to produce a certain number of ZEVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) each year, based on the total number of cars sold in Cal...
    COVID-19 pandemic: FCA’s Windsor plant in Canada resumes operations after brief halt
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has resumed production at its assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on 13 March, according to a report by Automotive News Canada on 13 March. The automaker halted production for one day after union raised concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vi...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    SiC power semiconductors manufacturer UnitedSiC announces distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics
    UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, has announced a distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, according to a company press release on 16 March 2020. The new partnership will provide Digi-Key customers with worldwide, 24-hour availability of UnitedSiC’s ...
    FCA recalls 33,237 vehicles in US over issue with clutch pressure plate
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall of 33,237 vehicles in the US over an issue with the clutch pressure plate, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 3 March. The recall covers certain model year 2018–20 Jeep Wrangler ...
    17-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Commercial Vehicle Group’s FY 2019 net income falls 62% y/y to USD15.8 million
    Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) has reported a drop of 62% year on year (y/y) in net income to USD15.8 million for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 17 March. The company recorded a marginal growth of 0.3% y/y in revenues to USD901.2 million. CVG reported...
    GM recalls 20,352 vehicles in US to replace brake caliper bolts
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of 20,352 vehicles in the US to replace brake caliper bolts, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 27 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sie...
    17-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Fermata Energy receives safety standard certification for V2G charger system
    Fermata Energy has received new North American safety standard, UL 9741, certification for its bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging system, the company announced in a press release on 12 March. “By unlocking the full potential of electric vehicles, Fermata Energy is helping to accelerate t...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to close Chattanooga plant in US for one day for deep cleaning
    Volkswagen (VW) of America will close its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee in the United States on Monday (16 March) to sanitize and deep clean the facility as a precautionary measure against the spreading of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Automotive News Europe reported on 15 March. This wi...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Norma Group develops thermal management line systems for US-based EV maker
    NORMA Group has developed new thermal management line systems for a US manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), the company said in a press release on 10 March 2020. The systems will be used in the customer’s all-electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). NORMA said that a total of ...
    16-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Nexen supplies OE tires for VW Passat in US, Canada
    Nexen Tire is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Volkswagen (VW) Passat in North America, according to a company press release on 10 March 2020. The tiremaker is supplying its N'FERA AU7 in size 215/60R16 95T for the Canadian market and 215/55R17 94H for the United States...
    Linamar's sales fall 2.6% y/y to USD5.6 billion in 2019
    Linamar has reported a fall of 2.6% year on year (y/y) in its sales to CAD7.4 billion (USD5.6 billion) during the full year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 11 March. Net earnings for the same period fell 27.2% y/y to CAD430.4 million. Sales in the Transportation segme...
    Tenneco to supply exhaust system for MY2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Tenneco is supplying its advanced exhaust and powertrain technologies for the model year (MY) 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Tenneco announced in a press release on 12 March 2020. Tenneco’s Clean Air and Powertrain Business Groups is supplying the complete cold-end exhaust system, as well as a ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minister warns production stoppage at some car factories in Mexico due to supply chain issues
    Some of the Mexican auto factories might have to suspend production in the coming weeks as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disrupts shipments of key parts from China, Reuters reported on 11 March citing local officials. Some manufacturers are already running low on parts, according to the&nb...
    12-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Uber restarts testing of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco
    Uber has resumed the testing of self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads in San Francisco in California, United States, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle on 12 March. Starting 10 March, two Volvo XC90 self-driving Uber cars started traveling ci...
    Mercedes-Benz to offer plug-in hybrid powertrain in seven variants of new E-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is offering the plug-in hybrid powertrain in seven E-Class variants ranging from diesel to petrol, Saloon to Estate, and rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, the automaker announced in a press release on 3 March. Mercedes- Benz will be offering the electrified variants in the...
    12-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Ford recalls 5,802 vehicles in North America for HVAC blower motor issue
    Ford Motor Company has issued a safety recall for 5,802 vehicles in North America over an issue with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) blower motor, according to a company statement on 11 March 2020. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles, covering 5...
    12-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Plug-in EV sales in US fall 9.8% y/y to 325,800 units in 2019
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the United States fell 9.8% year on year (y/y) to 325,800 units in 2019, the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announced in a press release on 9 March. The PEV sales include 83,800 units of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which is a fall...
    Hyundai recalls 13,552 vehicles in Canada for potential fuel hose leak, fire risk
    Hyundai has issued a recall of 13,552 vehicles in Canada over the risk of fuel leakage, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 3 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2013–14 Hyundai Sonata sedans produced between November 2012 and January 2014 for the Canadian mark...
    11-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Novelis to divest Aleris’ Kentucky plant for planned acquisition of Aleris
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a decision that clears the way for Novelis Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp., according to separate press releases from DOJ and Novelis on 9 March. The decision requires Novelis to sell Aleris' entire aluminum auto body sheet opera...
    Marelli to relocate North American headquarters to Southfield, US
    Marelli will relocate its North American headquarters to Southfield, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 9 March 2020. To this end, the company has signed a multiyear lease and will occupy nearly 200,000 square feet of the brownfield site in Southfield, with room to grow. The three-story b...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls around 2,100 vehicles in US to update instrument cluster software
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling around 2,100 vehicles in the US to update instrument cluster software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall certain model year (MY) 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA and Mercedes-AMG CLA sedans; MY 2020–21 M...
    10-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    SiLC Technologies raises USD12 million in seed funding round
    SiLC Technologies, a silicon photonics startup, specializing in photonic sensor and 3D imaging applications, has closed a USD12 million seed funding round, Venture Beat reported on 4 March. The funding was led by Dell Technologies Capital. Decent Capital, ITIC Ventures, and several other investors a...
    Kia recalls 51,465 vehicles in US over issue with fuel rail
    Kia has issued a recall of 51,465 vehicles in the US over issue with fuel rail, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 21 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2011–12 Sedona vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 16 ...
    09-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    INVESTMENT: Alloy wheels manufacturer Borbet to expand US facility
    Borbet, a Germany-based manufacturer of light metal alloy wheels for the automotive industry, is expanding its US facility. According to an official press release on the website of Alabama Department of Commerce on 4 March, Borbet Alabama announced plans to expand its Auburn operation with a USD23.9...
    09-Mar-2020 News Investments
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