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Volkswagen Group is extending production stoppages in the U.S. and Mexico as coronavirus restrictions continue. The automaker said that a production halt at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that started March 21 will be extended to April 12. Volkswagen of America said in a news release that it would continue to pay full salaries next
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Hyundai hopes to increase its share of Europe’s minicar segment with the third-generation i10. “The i10 is a key player for us in Europe,” Hyundai Europe’s head of marketing and product, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, said at the car’s launch in Lisbon in January. The i10 rose into the segment’s top five during the runout of the
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FRANKFURT — BMW revealed drivetrain details of an X5-based fuel cell vehicle that could go into small series production in 2022.   The automaker said it will continue cooperating with strategic partner Toyota to roll out the technology for customers for the second half of this decade, depending on market conditions. “Hydrogen fuel cell propulsion can
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With factories and dealerships closed by the coronavirus crisis, European auto sales could fall by up to 20 percent this year, representing millions of vehicles, industry analysts and financial ratings services say. “The global auto industry is expected to witness an unprecedented and almost instant stalling of demand in 2020,” said IHS Markit, whose forecasts
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PARIS — Renault said that it was suspending production in Bursa, Turkey, starting on Thursday, adding to a global shutdown of its manufacturing operations because of the coronavirus crisis. The automaker’s manufacturing complex in Bursa, which operates as Oyak Renault, was pausing output “due to disruptions in the global supply chain,” Renault said on Wednesday.
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Parts suppliers for General Motors are preparing to manufacture parts for at least 200,000 ventilators because of a projected shortage of the machines in the fight against the deadly respiratory illness COVID-19. Meridian Lightweight Technologies Holdings of Southfield, Michigan, is helping GM procure six different compressor parts made of magnesium for an estimated 200,000 ventilators,
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PARIS — Renault may seek French government guarantees to bolster its finances in the face of the coronavirus crisis, but a renationalization of the automaker is not being considered, Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard told Le Parisien newspaper. “We may seek state guarantees like other companies,” Senard was quoted as saying by the French daily. Invoking the
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New-car sales in Europe fell 7.2 percent to 1.067 million vehicles in February, as weakening global economy, higher vehicle taxes and the coronavirus outbreak weighed on consumers’ appetite for new cars. The decline comes after a 7.4 percent drop in January. The monthly drops mean car sales in Europe are off to their worst start
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler is halting production through March 27 at the majority of its plants in Europe following the coronavirus crisis which is disrupting the economy. FCA said production for its Fiat and Maserati units would stop in the next two weeks at the Italian plants of Melfi, Pomigliano, Cassino, Mirafiori, Grugliasco and Modena.
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BARCELONA — Supply problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic prompted Renault-Nissan and Volkswagen Group’s Spanish division, Seat, to announce temporary stoppages that could last for days or weeks. Most affected will be Seat’s main plant in Martorell, near Barcelona, where about 7,000 people will stop working on Monday for an unspecified period of time because
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The Volkswagen Group has stopped development on new cars powered by compressed natural gas. CEO Herbert Diess recently told top executives the powertrain would be phased out so the automaker had more to spend on its electrification shift, according to German business newspaper Handlesblatt. Diess added that CNG development costs “are higher than potential revenues,”
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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley is encouraging employees to work remotely in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Staffers in places such as China and Italy have been doing this already, but that approach is being expanded to all office employees, Manley said in a message to the workforce.
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BARCELONA/MILAN — Europe’s major car and parts makers rushed on Wednesday to close factories and cut output in Italy and considered sending workers home elsewhere, in the first signs that coronavirus is disrupting the region’s struggling automotive industry. Fiat Chrysler said it was temporarily halting operations at some of its Italian factories and would reduce
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German supplier Webasto disputes media reports linking it to Italy’s fast-growing coronavirus outbreak that is blamed for more than 360 deaths in the country. In January the roof-systems maker was hit with an outbreak that infected 16 employees but was contained. Webasto’s efforts had been held up as an example of how to stop the
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Skoda will include a plug-in hybrid model in its Octavia RS performance range for the first time.   The Octavia RS iV will be the second plug-in hybrid in the new Octavia range when it goes on sale later this year. Its drivetrain mates a 1.4-liter gasoline engine with more powerful 114-hp electric motor to
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Munich will succeed Frankfurt as the German auto show’s host city starting in 2021, the VDA German automakers association said. Munich convinced the VDA’s board that its city center and highly attractive locations close to downtown could be used to host events for the show, VDA President Hildegard Mueller said in a news release on
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