Month: April 2020

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its Italian network of approved dealers and repair workshops would reopen on Monday, when the country is set to start lifting a national lockdown put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A package of health and safety measures for workers and customers will be put in
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SAO PAULO — Global automakers seeking emergency financing for their plants in Brazil have reached an impasse with several state and private banks, after the lenders demanded collateral from the parent companies, two sources told Reuters. The sources said the carmakers have balked at the request, delaying any decision on the billions of Brazilian reais
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LONDON — An employee who worked at Ford’s engine plant in Dagenham, England, has died of suspected COVID-19. The death was disclosed by Ford CEO Jim Hackett during the automaker’s first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. “Ford has not been immune from the ravages of the virus. We have lost 11 colleagues in the U.S. and
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I grew up in a Pontiac household. For my father, if it wasn’t Pontiac, it was crap. Our family’s daily driver was a Matador Red (think blood red) 1969 GTO Ram Air IV with a white interior and Centerline wheels. My dad drag raced a gold 1963 Tempest LeMans followed by a 1981 Firebird that
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Leaders of North America’s two big auto unions had somewhat different messages Thursday, April 23, about the prospects for resuming production early next month. “At this point in time, the UAW does not believe the scientific data is conclusive that it is safe to have our members back in the workplace. We have not done
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This year, Solaris will introduce a 15-meter Urbino version to the electric bus portfolio. Up until now, the “electric offer” of Solaris encompassed only city buses, the 15-meter version of the Urbino will also meet requirements of inter-city transport. This year will see the manufacture of a completely new generation of the Solaris Urbino 15 LE model, created solely with zero-emission drivelines in mind. The bus will be certified and offered with specs
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is postponing its autonomous vehicle commercial services until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic and could ultimately change what services it offers once the crisis passes. Ford previously planned to launch self-driving vehicles for commercial use, such as package delivery, at some point in 2021. The company, in partnership with
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By Joey Klender Posted on April 28, 2020 Volvo-owned Polestar recently tested the crash safety of its newest vehicle, the Polestar 2. Tests indicated that the electric sedan has high levels of safety, matching its equally impressive performance standards and living up to parent company Volvo’s rigorous safety standards. Polestar announced on April 28 that
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Ford will reopen the majority of its European production plants starting Monday, May 4. The automaker will restart its vehicle assembly facilities at Saarlouis and Cologne in Germany, in Craiova in Romania, in Valencia in Spain, and in Golcuk and Yenikoy in Turkey from that date, Ford said on Tuesday in a news release. It
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Hyundai announced during the unveiling of its redesigned 2021 Elantra sedan back in March that a sporty N Line version would be coming up shortly. On Tuesday, we got a tantalizing taste of the compact sport sedan in a series of teaser material. Hyundai is short on specs but we know the Elantra N Line
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