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Fiat Chrysler launched a media campaign aimed at plugging its new online buying tools and financial incentives — including 0 percent with 84 months’ financing — designed to keep purchases coming during the coronavirus pandemic.  The campaign is called “Drive Forward” and is backed by a song recorded last week by pop group OneRepublic while
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TOKYO – Subaru Corp. will join Japanese rivals in suspending domestic production because of the coronavirus pandemic with plans to shut its main assembly plant here from April 11 to May 1. The automaker is also extending a previously announced U.S. shutdown by eight days. Subaru’s suspension will affect its main assembly operations in Gumma
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Penske Automotive Group said it is slashing executive pay, furloughing employees, postponing $150 million in capital expenditures and taking a range of other steps to “to help mitigate the financial and operational impact of COVID-19.” CEO Roger Penske and President Robert Kurnick will accept no salary for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, while executive
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Morgan managed to squeeze out only four copies of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition before shutting down its U.K. factory over mounting coronavirus concerns. A total of 20 vehicles will eventually be made, all featuring special badges, a gold-painted chassis, and slick Platinum metallic paint—a nod to the 70-years-young Plus 4 nameplate’s platinum anniversary. The
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The Paris auto show will not be maintained in its current form this year because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis, organizers said. The event is scheduled to run Sept. 26-Oct. 11, with media days on Sept. 29-30. Organizers stopped short of completely canceling or postponing the show, but they suggested that the traditional
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On March 11, an employee of Roy O’Brien Ford in St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited his pregnant sister. Three days later, she went into labor and developed a fever. When the employee phoned the dealership to say his sister was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test and he had potentially been exposed, leadership acted
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On Friday, after hinting that he may do so previously, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) compelling General Motors to make ventilators. This action is specific to General Motors, but confusingly comes several hours after that company announced plans to build ventilators at its Kokomo, Indiana, plant with partner Ventec Life Systems, which
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DETROIT — Two Ford Motor Co. workers have died from the coronavirus, the UAW said Saturday. One worked at the automaker’s Dearborn Stamping plant while the other was a skilled trades employee at the Ford Data Center in Dearborn, Mich., the union said. The pair are the first Ford employees known to have died from the
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Mini is bringing back a stylish special edition that launched way back in 2007. Arriving in dealerships this April, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition receives special wheels, colors, and interior features. The Sidewalk Edition offers two paint color options: Deep Laguna Metallic and Enigmatic Black Metallic. Both hues are complemented by a special
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KAR Global will temporarily furlough a “significant portion” of its work force and company executives will cut their salaries as the wholesale vehicle-auction company works to counter the financial impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, it said Friday. KAR also will prohibit all business travel through April 17, terminated nonessential third-party services and delayed or
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NEW YORK — General Motors is managing a delicate balancing act as it prepared to draw down $16 billion in credit lines while refinancing debt of similar size, facing a longer than expected shutdown of plants and considerable revenue losses. The automaker gave notice to lenders that it would borrow an existing credit facility almost
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