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    Volkswagen sets up JV to produce flexible quick charging stations in China
    Volkswagen has set up a joint venture (JV) with Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy Technical to produce flexible quick charging stations in mainland China, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 8 April. Series production of the flexible quick charging stations is currently scheduled to start in the s...
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM shares production process for medical face masks with suppliers
    General Motors (GM) is encouraging its suppliers to assist in ramping up the production of medical face masks for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, CNBC reported on 5 April. The automaker has shared its step-by-step process to produce these masks wit...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    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
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear publishes ‘Safe Work Playbook’ to address challenges related to resuming operations
    Lear has published ‘Safe Work Playbook’, an interactive guide on steps and best practices for health and safety procedures, cross-functional teamwork, operating disciplines, and training for employees in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press re...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Audi e-tron Sportback features high-voltage battery system and recuperation
    In a press release dated 2 April, Audi has revealed more powertrain details about the new all-electric e-tron Sportback. The crossover will come with a 95 kWh high-voltage battery system with recuperation, which enables a range of 446 kilometers (277.1 miles), according to WLTP. Each axle is fitted ...
    07-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen receives 20,000 orders for all-electric e-up!
    Volkswagen (VW) has received 20,000 orders for its all-electric e-up! model in Germany over the first three months of 2020, the automaker announced in a press release on 30 March. Significance: The increased demand comes after VW updated the e-up! for the 2020 model year in 2019 with a much longe...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford extends production halt in Europe until 4 May
    American carmaker Ford has announced that it will be extending the closure of its production facilities in Europe, in light of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press release issued by Ford on 3 April, the company will continue to keep its vehicle and engine ma...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nissan extends plants closures across Europe
    Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that it will be extending the suspension of production across all of its facilities located in Europe, owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The steep drop in demand of new vehicles has also contributed in this decision. In a press stateme...
    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
    TS Tech supplies lightweight seat for new Honda Fit in Japan
    Japanese interior parts supplier TS Tech has developed a lightweight seat for the new Honda FIT in Japan, according to a company press release on 1 April. The next generation seat frame uses ultra-high-tensile steel and weight reduction technologies such as thin-plate welding technology. TS Tech cla...
    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
    COVID-19 pandemic: Honda extends manufacturing halt in US and Canada until 10 April
    Japanese carmaker Honda has announced that it will be extending its suspension of production activities at its plants located in the United States and Canada. This is being done in order to stem the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and in response to falling demand from car buyer...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 April 2020
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    Wuling unveils all-electric van Rong Guang
    Mainland Chinese automaker Wuling has showcased an all-electric van Rong Guang, General Motors (GM), Wuling’s partner, announced in a press release on 1 April. The minivan has a range of 300 km on a single charge and supports DC fast charging. The electric version of Rong Guang is scheduled to be ...
    06-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz conducts research on organic battery technology for EVs
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting research on development of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV), Autocar reported on 2 April, citing Andreas Hintennach, Mercedes' senior manager of battery research. The technology was showcased by Mercedes-Benz on its Vision AVTR concept car unveiled earlier th...
    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: SMMT urges UK government to introduce measures to support automotive suppliers
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has requested that the UK government immediately introduce measures to supports auto parts suppliers whose business have been severely hit due to comprehensive production suspensions at their customers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, R...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen, Faurecia collaborate to produce personal protective equipment
    Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in the United States, has collaborated with Faurecia to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) items for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 3 April...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker (updated on 6 April)
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Opel launches new app for EV charging services
    Opel has launched an app for charging services for electric vehicles (EVs), the automaker said in a press release on 2 April. The new Free2Move Services app allows finding charging stations and pay comfortably with invoice. For example, Opel Corsa-e or Grandland X plug-in hybrid drivers can book ...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    EV startup e.GO Mobile applies for protective shield procedures
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup e.GO Mobile has applied for protective shield procedures to order self-administration at the Aachen District Court, the company announced in a press release on 2 April. "This is another challenge from the outside in the only five-year history of e.GO. Our mainly st...
    Audi plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2025
    Audi is planning to launch 20 all-electric models globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. These upcoming  all-electric vehicles will be underpinned by four distinct platforms—Modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo), J1: The performance electric platform, Modula...
    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...
    Karma Automotive develops new power inverters for faster EV charging
    Karma Automotive has developed two new silicon carbide (SiC) inverters to improve electric vehicle (EV) charging, the company said in a press release on 2 April. The SiC traction inverters will be used in both future Karma vehicles and company partners. The flexible architecture design in a 400V ...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    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
    Aotecar New Energy Technology to supply AC compressors for BAIC's three new EV models
    Aotecar New Energy Technology will supply electric air conditioning (AC) compressors for three new electric vehicle (EV) models of BAIC Group starting October, according to a report by Yicai Global on 2 April. The latest order is expected to add about CNY100 million (USD14 million) to the company...
    Toyoda Gosei develops extra-large spindle grille for Lexus LM
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has developed new extra-large spindle grilles for Toyota’s Lexus LM, a luxury minivan sold in China, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 26 March 2020. The new Lexus LM was launched for the growing luxury minivan segments in Asian and other markets. Significa...
    Hengst develops active crankcase ventilation for BMW
    Hengst SE has developed an active crankcase ventilation, called Blue.tron, for BMW, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company informed that the new product will be equipped in the upcoming generation of 3L 6-cylinder diesel engine systems from BMW; passenger vehicle ser...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    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
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nexteer produces protective masks and face shield headbands
    Nexteer Automotive has announced that it will be using its 3D printers in Michigan, United States, and Tychy, Poland, to make plastic protective masks and face shield headbands to help medical professionals fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 1 Ap...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota, BYD form a JV for development of EVs
    Toyota Motors and Chinese automaker BYD have completed setting up a new JV to conduct research and development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Toyota announced in a press release on 2 April. The new 50:50 JV has been named BYD Toyota EV Technology Co. Ltd. (BTET) and will be headquartered ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Rivian suspends operations at all facilities
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has suspended all operations to protect its employees and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic since the third week of March. However, the company’s employees are still working remotely from home and making ...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends plant closures in Germany until 19 April
    German automaker Volkswagen has confirmed that it will be extending the temporary shuttering of its production plants in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement issued by the company on 31 March, Volkswagen has announced that the closure of its manuf...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Most OEM plants in Brazil to be temporarily closed
    Brazilian industry regulatory body Anfavea has announced that 64 out of the 65 automotive OEM manufacturing facilities situated in Brazil have already suspended or will soon suspend productions in light of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. These 65 facilities comprise of p...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Kia to resume production at Slovakia plant on 6 April
    South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is set to restart manufacturing operations at its facility located at Žilina, Slovakia. According to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News Europe, the company’s Slovakian plant, which was shut down, owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Volvo Cars, Veoneer agree to restructure Zenuity JV
    Volvo Cars and Veoneer have entered into a nonbinding agreement to split their 50:50 automated driving joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two companies said in separate press releases on 2 April. As part of the agreement, Veoneer will integrate and operate the current business of the JV focused on the...
    COVID-19 pandemic: TOFAS to suspend vehicle production in Turkey for two weeks
    Tofaş, a joint venture (JV) between Turkey's Koç Holding and Italy's Fiat Chrysler, will suspend production in Turkey starting 3 April evening until 20 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Daily Sabah on 1 April citing the company's statement to t...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA estimates production loss of 1.2 million vehicles due to plant shutdowns
    The comprehensive suspensions on manufacturing activities by automakers in Europe to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, have resulted in production loss of at least 1.23 million vehicles, according to data compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Associa...
    01-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...
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb, feature Climatronic Air Care System
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Superb models feature ‘Climatronic Air Care System,’ which monitors the air quality in the vehicle, detects increased pollen or fine dust concentrations, and responds automatically, the automaker said in a press release on 31 March. The system is availa...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    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: Hyundai suspends production at Brazilian plant until 9 April
    Hyundai Motor has suspended production at Brazilian plant due to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Yonhap News Agency reported on 24 March. The South Korean automaker halted production at Sao Paulo plant on 20 March, and the suspension will last through 9 April under th...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo set up task force for production of respirators
    Respirator maker Air Liquids has teamed up with auto parts manufacturer Valeo, automaker PSA, and electrical equipment company Schneider Electric, to produce some 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May, to help coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Val...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Hyundai to set up global innovation center in Singapore
    According to a press release issued by South Korea-based car maker Hyundai on 30 March, the company will establish a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore. This facility will be used to speed up the company’s efforts on innovation with support from the Singapore Economic Developme...
    31-Mar-2020 News Investments
    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: Toyota suspends operations at Russian plant for five days
    Toyota has suspended manufacturing operations at its St Petersburg plant in Russia for five days this week from 30 March to 3 April, according to a report by Kyodo News. With this, the Japanese automaker has suspended manufacturing operations at nine of its plants in Europe and Russia to prevent the...
    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
    BMW reveals details of i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell SUV
    In a press release dated 30 March, BMW has revealed powertrain details for its fuel-cell sport utility vehicle (SUV) i Hydrogen NEXT. The fuel cell system for the powertrain for the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT generates up to 125 kW (170 hp). It also features a peak power battery which adds more power, taki...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian automotive suppliers’ association ACMA seeks government relief
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) has sought relief measures for the local auto component industry to withstand the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the association said in a press release on 27 March. According to the association, which has...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford, FCA, Toyota extend production suspension at North American plants
    Automakers in North America have announced further extension in production suspension in response to  a sharp increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. In a press release issued on 26 March, Ford said it was aiming to restart production at select plant in North America as early as next we...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ferrari extends production suspension at Italy plant to 14 April
    Ferrari has said that it plans to resume production at its Maranello and Modena plants in Italy from 14 April, but this decision will be subject to supply chain continuity, according to a company press release on 27 March. The Italian luxury car maker, along with most international OEMs have suspend...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends production suspension at German plants
    Volkswagen has further extended production suspension at its German plants for four working days until 9 April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The plants affected are Dresden, Emden, Osnabrück, Wolfsburg, and Zwickau as well as the Volkswagen Co...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    BYD plans to offer EV components to other automakers
    BYD is planning to offer various electric vehicle (EV) components to other EV makers, Singapore-based The Business Times reported on 30 March, citing BYD founder Wang Chuanfu. BYD will use brand name FinDreams for its parts business. "BYD will open its technology and products to the whole world...
    BYD develops new 'Blade Battery' technology for EVs
    BYD has developed and launched a new battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), called ‘Blade Battery’, the company announced in a press release on 29 March. According to BYD, the new battery is safer than the lithium-ion batteries currently used in EVs. BYD highlighted a video of the Blade...
    30-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nissan, Mitsubishi suspend production at three Japanese production facilities
    Nissan has announced production suspensions at its plants in Japan in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 27 March read. The suspensions are due to a fall in global demand. Nissan’s Oppama plant will suspend vehicle production on 3, 13, 24 Ap...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Suzuki Motor extends production suspension at India’s Gujarat plant until 14 April
    Suzuki Motor Gujarat Pvt Ltd has extended its suspension of operations in Gujarat to 14 April, the company said via a press release on 26 March. The company had initially announced suspensions till 31 March. SMG manufactures cars on a contract basis for Maruti Suzuki. This comes after Prime Minis...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    JOINT VENTURE: Aptiv, Hyundai Motor Group complete establishment of autonomous driving JV
    Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) have completed the formation of their previously announced autonomous driving joint venture (JV), the two companies said in a joint press release on 26 March. The 50:50 JV, whose name will be announced later, will be headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, US, wit...
    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
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mazda suspends production at Japan, Thailand, Mexico
    Mazda has suspended operations at its plants in Japan, Thailand, and Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in a press release on 24 March. Mazda will suspend production for 13 days and operate daytime-only shifts for eight days at the Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant in Japan from...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plant closures by OEMs, suppliers in India will lead to loss of USD300 million in revenue per day, says industry body
    The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has said that plant closures by OEMs and suppliers in India, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, will lead to a loss of INR23 billion (USD302 million) in revenue per day, reported Economic Times daily citing Press Trust ...
    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: Renault halts production in Turkey
    Renault has announced its plans to gradually and temporarily suspend most of its operations in Turkey due to disruptions in the global supply chain processes caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The automaker decided to tempor...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends shutdown at Chattanooga plant in US
    Volkswagen has further extended production suspension at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, for one more week to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The German automaker now hopes to resume operatio...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Polestar starts production of Polestar 2 in China
    Polestar has officially started production of the Polestar 2, its second all-electric performance car model, in Luqiao, China, the company said in a press release on 24 March. “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford announces production suspension in South America, UK
    US automaker Ford Motor has suspended operations in the UK, Brazil, and Argentina due the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Ford shut its Dagenham engine plant in east London on 23 March and the Bridgend engine plant in South Wales will temporarily cease production from the end of the...
    25-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
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault halts production in South America
    Renault Group has suspended manufacturing operations at its plants in South America starting from 26 March to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the French automaker said in a press release on 24 March. The production suspension is expected to impact the company...
    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: Bugatti suspends production in France
    Volkswagen-owned French hypercar maker Bugatti has announced that it has suspended its manufacturing operations owing to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement issued by Bugatti on 20 March, the company has halted production activities at its plant l...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Aston Martin temporarily suspends manufacturing at UK plants
    According to a press statement issued on 24 March, British supercar maker Aston Martin has declared that it has halted production at its facilities in the UK, in the light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Production activities at all sites were suspended from the night of 24 M...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford, 3M partner with GE and UAW to manufacture medical equipment
    Ford is joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare to assist in the manufacture of medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders, and patients fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Ford said in a press release on 24 March 2020. Under ...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to halt production in Russia due to supply shortage
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced plans to halt production in Russia over a supply shortage as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads in Europe, according to a report by Reuters on 24 March. The production will be suspended from 30 March until 10 April at Volkswagen’s vehicle pl...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault, Toyota, GM, Ford suspend production in India
    Renault, Toyota, Ford, and General Motors (GM) have announced production suspension at their plants in India to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release issued on 23 March, Renault said it temporarily halted production at it’s Alliance manufac...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toshiba to supply lithium-ion battery for Mitsubishi, Nissan’s hybrid models
    Toshiba is supplying its SCiB™ lithium-ion rechargeable battery for two Japanese automakers’ hybrid models, according to a company press release on 23 March. The company is supplying batteries for Mitsubishi Motors’ latest generation eK X space and eK space cars as well as Nissan’s...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota stops manufacturing at five plants in Japan
    Toyota has decided to temporarily suspend manufacturing operations at seven of its production lines at five plants in Japan in response to weak vehicle demand amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 23 March. The Japanese automaker will suspend...
    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: Ford halts manufacturing operations in India, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa
    American automaker Ford Motor Company has announced that it has begun suspending production activities at several of its facilities across the globe due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release issued on 23 March, the company stated that it will be temporarily ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Automakers, suppliers offer help to build medical ventilators
    The automotive industry is collaborating to help medical equipment suppliers ramp up production of medical ventilators to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported last week. Last week, General Motors (GM) partnered with Ventec Life Systems to increase the product...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automakers in India suspend production in many states
    Several automakers in India have announced temporary closures at their production facilities to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 22 March. The country’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki decided to halt operations at its facilities in Gurgaon and Manes...
    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
    Nissan plans to offer all-electric powertrain in all upcoming models in Japan
    Nissan is planning to offer all-electric powertrains in all its upcoming models, both new and redesigned, in Japan, from 2020 onward, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 14 March. According to the report, Nissan is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the second half of...
    Nissan, partners complete V2G trial project in Germany
    Nissan, TenneT, and The Mobility House have completed a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 March. As part of a showcase project (SINTEG) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, batteries from all-electric ...
    BMW to offer all-electric powertrain in next-generation 7-Series
    In a press release dated 18 March, BMW has announced that it will offer an all-electric powertrain in the next-generation 7-Series. The luxury sedan is expected to be made available in four different types of drivetrain: as a highly efficient diesel-, or petrol-driven car; as an electrified plu...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association in US seeks government aid
    The trade group for US auto parts makers has asked the government for emergency grants and tariff relief to help combat the adverse economic impact due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 20 March. The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has ...
    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: Bentley to stop production at British factory for four weeks
    Bentley announced it will suspend production at its British factory from the end of 20 March for four weeks over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The automaker expects the factory to reopen on 20 April. Core business functions will c...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JLR to temporarily suspend production at UK plants from next week
    Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that it would temporarily suspend production at its manufacturing facilities in the UK from next week due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The automaker intends to resume producti...
    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,...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Škoda closes plants in Czech Republic for two weeks
    Czech automotive manufacturer Škoda Auto has announced the suspension of manufacturing operations as a result of the fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 19 March, the company stated that it has halted production operations at its facilities l...
    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 ...
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    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 ...
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