FCA's N.A. production restart plans take shape

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A rolling resumption of production is set to begin next week at a van plant in Mexico. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 outbreak will delay the debuts of some key models next year, including the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.  (Automotive News)

FCA's restart plans take shape

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A rolling restart of assembly plants is set to begin next week at a van factory in Mexico. The COVID-19 outbreak is also prompting the delay of some key FCA vehicles next year, including the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.  (Automotive News)

Expert says crisis probably worse for auto industry than last recession

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The investment banker and former Ford strategy executive said some companies will likely go out of business and others will face difficult decisions that could halt projects not key to their core business. (Automotive News)

Ford targets May 4 for Kentucky Truck Plant restart, UAW official says

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The May 4 date would coincide with planned U.S. plant reopenings at other automakers and suppliers as the industry seeks to begin recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (Automotive News)

U.S. industry lobbies Mexico to protect supply chains during pandemic

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U.S. business lobbies have been pressuring Mexico to label certain industries “essential” so that health emergency measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus do not halt key operations on both sides of the border. (Automotive News)

At Ford, buzzing wristbands may keep workers apart

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A dozen employees at a Michigan plant — where Ford is making ventilators and respirators — are experimenting with wearable social-distancing devices that could be deployed more widely once the company reopens factories idled by the coronavirus outbreak. (Automotive News)

Germany to extend lockdown until May 3 with some easing, report says

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Germany may allow small shops such as hairdressers to open but border controls with neighboring countries will be extended, Reuters reported. (Automotive News)

GM begins mass production of ventilators for U.S. government

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GM, which is working with ventilator firm Ventec Life Systems to produce the medical equipment, said it will ship more than 600 ventilators in April. (Automotive News)

Tesla wooed by $1 billion Missouri package for Cybertruck plant

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The city of Joplin, Mo., is offering Tesla a 1,042-acre site at a 50 percent discount, according to a website it’s built to court the company. It’s also coaxing the automaker with a 100 percent tax abatement for 12 years. (Automotive News)

Start of new Toyota-Mazda plant production delayed by COVID-19

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The plant was to begin production of 150,000 units each of a Toyota and a Mazda crossover yet to be named, beginning in 2021. A plant spokeswoman declined to comment on when production would start. (Automotive News)

Ford broadens medical production, using airbag material for medical gowns

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Ford also is working with airbag supplier Joyson Safety Systems to make reusable gowns for health care workers and helping Thermo Fisher Scientific increase production of COVID-19 test collection kits. (Automotive News)

Contract worker dies at BorgWarner plant hit by tornado

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The plant sustained severe damage from the tornado. “Local authorities in Seneca responded quickly and are working with us to ensure that what remains of the building has been secured so we can complete an assessment,” BorgWarner said. (Automotive News)

Stocking up cars: If not soon, when?

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Eventually, the COVID-19 crisis will come to some kind of end. The question facing dealers is whether they can afford to prepare today to sell new vehicles in an unknown tomorrow. (Automotive News)

Manufacturing will need cash after crisis

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Restarting auto manufacturing will require huge sums of working capital and Washington needs to build a mechanism for supplying it before workers are called back, not after. (Automotive News)

COVID-19 crisis is spurring long-term changes, execs say

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Executives at Toyota and BMW said a shift to online sales and remote service appointments likely will continue once the coronavirus crisis subsides. (Automotive News)

Inventories rise sharply for those reporting

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The automakers still reporting U.S. inventory figures all saw sharp rises in their days’ supply as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the nation’s new-vehicle retailing. (Automotive News)

Need a road trip about now?

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Audi Australia has produced a four hour video that takes viewers through the country’s Central Tablelands. (Automotive News)

GM to start ventilator production this week

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The federal government will pay about the price of a Chevrolet Spark for each of the 30,000 hospital ventilators the automaker plans to build — largely by hand — over the next four months. (Automotive News)

Toyota project will take a village

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Toyota and Japan’s telecom giant NTT have formed a capital tie-up to create the technology to run a city. But that means also building the city. (Automotive News)

Governments help restart Wuhan carmaking

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City government and Hubei province deemed autos its second priority, behind only the medical device industry. (Automotive News)

Companies making sure cash doesn't run out

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Cash reserves are taking center stage for manufacturers waiting out shutdowns around much of the world — even as the U.S. government and central bank assure businesses that an ocean of cash will be widely available. (Automotive News)

What we can learn from China's virus experience

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Concerns about personal health and safety raised by the coronavirus pandemic will forever change the business of building, selling and servicing cars. (Automotive News)

Transmissions part of local-content drive

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International automakers are turning to more U.S.-sourced transmissions as they seek the security of local supply lines. (Automotive News)

Restarting factories could be a train wreck

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Some observers warn that trying to restart the auto industry all at once will bring a list of new problems. (Automotive News)

Toyota marshals group for Japan's pandemic effort

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Now that the nation’s government has declared a state of emergency, Toyota is rallying its resources to fight the spread. (Automotive News)

Nissan restructuring may assume cut of 1M vehicles to annual sales target, report says

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The struggling automaker is looking at pulling further back from the aggressive expansion pursued by ousted leader Carlos Ghosn, Reuters reported. Nissan is scheduled to announce its new plan in May.  (Automotive News)

Toyoda plugs industry fund to fight pandemic in Japan

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Akio Toyoda, in his role as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, floated the idea of a fund that could help support people who have lost their jobs during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis. (Automotive News)

Subaru to furlough workers at Ind. plant for one week

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The company cited several issues related the coronavirus outbreak for the furlough covering 5,300 workers, who will continue to receive health care coverage. (Automotive News)

Michigan governor extends stay-at-home order to April 30

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The stay-at-home extension to April 30, if not extended further, theoretically would allow some auto production to resume in Michigan on Monday, May 4 – the target date announced by several automakers in recent days. (Automotive News)

Michigan allows online auto sales, extends stay-at-home order to April 30

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If the governor lifts the order at the end of the month, auto production could resume in Michigan on May 4 – Fiat Chrysler’s target date for the reopening of some factories. (Automotive News)

VW to furlough Tenn. factory workers

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Production and maintenance workers at VW’s Chattanooga assembly plant will be placed on ’emergency’ furlough beginning April 11, entitling them to federal and state unemployment benefits. The furlough is expected to last a month, the company said. (Automotive News)

Automakers push to reopen plants with testing and lots of masks

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The industry is converging on a consensus that temperature screening, health questionnaires, assembly lines redesigned to keep workers apart, and masks and gloves can enable factories to operate safely. (Automotive News)

Honda restarts in Wuhan with temperature checks, masks

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Output at Honda’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group, idled in late January when authorities ordered a lockdown to snuff out the coronavirus, has returned to pre-virus production levels, but with new safety protocols for some 12,000 workers. (Automotive News)

GM to supply 30,000 ventilators as part of $490M government contract

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GM plans to deliver 6,132 ventilators by June 1. The automaker is producing the ventilators at its 2.6 million-square-foot plant in Kokomo, Ind. (Automotive News)

Nissan, Honda, BMW take rare step of unpaid furloughs

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The non-Detroit 3 automakers have for decades avoided sending workers home with no pay. The COVID-19 pandemic is a different matter. (Automotive News)

Mexico auto lobby: 90 days not enough to meet USMCA content rules

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AMIA, insisting automakers and parts suppliers can’t adapt supply chains to meet rules of origin requirements under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by July 1, urged authorities to postpone until January 2021 the start of sectoral rules in the trade pact. (Automotive News)

Mexico asks U.S., Canada to grant automakers transition for USMCA rules

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Mexico’s automotive lobby AMIA, insisting automakers and parts suppliers can’t adapt supply chains to meet rules of origin requirements under the USMCA by July 1, urged authorities to postpone until January 2021 the start of sectoral rules in the trade pact. (Automotive News)

Light-vehicle output to decline 12% in 2020, IHS Markit estimates

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Car and light-truck production will drop 12 percent this year to around 21.6 million units and will rebound by 7.5 percent next year, the market research company predicted on Monday. (Automotive News)

Tesla working on new ventilator design using Model 3 screen

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It’s unclear when the prototype would be ready or if the design would meet rigorous medical quality standards. (Automotive News)

Wuhan emerges from lockdown in survival mode

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When the mass quarantine of one of China’s major cities and key auto manufacturing hub is lifted Wednesday, logistics, transport, and supply chain management will remain challenges. And the city, with aspirations to become even more integrated in global supply chains, is unlikely to see a resumption in foreign direct investment for some time to come, experts say. (Automotive News)

Museum helps unite car lovers

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The renowned Gilmore Car Museum in western Michigan will have its first-ever online car show April 11. (Automotive News)

Europe recalls '08 lessons in virus fight

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One big lesson from the 2008-09 financial crisis for auto leaders in today’s emergency: Whatever you do, do it quickly. (Automotive News)

Supply lines: Hospitals receiving shipments of medical supplies from automakers

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Some of those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak expressed gratitude with photos on Facebook and Twitter. (Automotive News)

Toyota's reopening will be based on data

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The decision on when and where to safely return to work won’t be based on gut instinct or intuition, says manufacturing executive Chris Reynolds. (Automotive News)

Cash for clunkers overseer backs new 'lifeline' for dealers, automakers

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Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who oversaw the Cars Allowance Rebate System in 2009, supports a sequel if the auto industry, lawmakers and White House agree that light-vehicle demand needs a boost once the virus begins to abate. (Automotive News)

Merkel and German auto execs seek ways to restart factories

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The VDA auto lobby group discussed how production can be resumed with Chancellor Angela Merkel amid concerns that some cash-poor suppliers may not survive the damage from the coronavirus pandemic. (Automotive News)

Europe's auto industry sees unprecedented crisis following production losses

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Europe’s automakers are calling for immediate support from the EU and member states after suffering production losses that could soon leave them short of cash. (Automotive News)

Ford CEO plans furloughs if crisis lingers

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Jim Hackett told a Detroit radio station he could envision a scenario in which employees would be off without pay one out of every four weeks should the crisis last beyond early May. (Automotive News)

Ford indefinitely delays reopening N.A. plants

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The automaker has pushed back targeted opening dates twice now as the pandemic worsens. It was previously aiming to begin work at Hermosillo Assembly in Mexico on April 6 and a handful of U.S. plants on April 14. (Automotive News)

Ford indefinitely delays reopening N.A. plants; third worker death reported

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The automaker has pushed back targeted opening dates twice now as the pandemic worsens. It was previously aiming to begin work at Hermosillo Assembly in Mexico on April 6 and a handful of U.S. plants on April 14. (Automotive News)

Ford indefinitely delays reopening N.A. plants; fourth worker death reported

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The automaker has pushed back targeted opening dates twice now as the pandemic worsens. It was previously aiming to begin work at Hermosillo Assembly in Mexico on April 6 and a handful of U.S. plants on April 14. (Automotive News)

Ford, GE Healthcare to build 50,000 ventilators in next 100 days

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The automaker plans to begin making ventilators at its Rawsonville Components Plant using 500 paid UAW volunteers on three shifts beginning the week of April 20. (Automotive News)

Beijing explores new policies to spur auto demand

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As more dealerships continue to reopen, China may issue new policies to stimulate automobile sales, with the country’s auto industry still facing difficulties, Xin Guobin, vice minister of industry and information technology, said Monday, adding Beijing is also working to help auto parts makers resolve cash-flow problems. (Automotive News)

Honda uses export center to build vehicles for China

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Honda Motor Co. has merged a wholly owned China subsidiary that produces vehicles for export into its joint venture with GAC Motor Co., a move that will allow it to increase output for the local market.  (Automotive News)

Inside GM?s 4-week sprint to build emergency ventilators

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Newly revealed details show that GM has been continuously engaged in the effort — order or no order — and company officials say the sprint from first phone call to production will take about a month. (Automotive News)

Auto parts repurposed to build up health arsenal

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The coronavirus pandemic has put automakers in a position similar to wartime, but lifesaving medical devices are needed instead of tanks and weapons. (Automotive News)

Industry needs to supply protective gear now

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Automakers have begun manufacturing much needed ventilators, respirators and protective gear to combat coronavirus, but more should be done immediately. (Automotive News)

Dealers dive into stimulus details as industry takes cautious rescue route

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Unlike the Great Recession, when the Detroit 3 initially asked Congress for $50 billion to stay afloat, automakers have avoided direct pleas for a financial rescue. Instead, automakers, dealers and suppliers advocate for broader relief during a public health crisis.. (Automotive News)

In a crisis, lead yourself then others

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The big decisions facing auto industry bosses right now require self-awareness and self-management to effectively lead in a time of crisis. (Automotive News)

Trump now says GM 'doing a fantastic job? after Friday threat

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“General Motors is doing a fantastic job,” President Trump said at a White House news conference on Sunday. “I don’t think we have to worry about General Motors now.”  (Automotive News)

As deaths grow, when to reopen the plants?

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Mid-April appears to be the earliest that most North America production could resume, but the deaths of at least four UAW members at FCA underscore the worries many workers have about returning to the factory floor. (Automotive News)

In Japan and Korea, the show goes on

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Japan and South Korea carried on as business-as-usual in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping their auto factories open until now. But the economic contagion is finally catching. (Automotive News)

Two Ford workers die of coronavirus in Detroit area

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The pair are the first Ford employees known to have died from the virus. One of the victims 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 UAW said. (Automotive News)

Suppliers' factories could aid medical push

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Suppliers are scrambling to evaluate what tooling, worker retraining and quality control assurance they need to start producing medical items quickly. (Automotive News)

Emergency request for ventilators to test auto industry's supply chains

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Automakers might seem unlikely candidates to build ventilators for coronavirus victims. But in fact they may be quite well-suited to churn out the highly intricate medical devices that are in critically short supply. (Automotive News)

Toyota begins making 3D-printed face shields for med workers

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Toyota Motor North America said it had made an initial batch of 300 face shields for medical workers in Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, and expected to produce up to 50,000 by next week for distribution. (Automotive News)

House approves $2 trillion virus relief bill, sends to Trump

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The unprecedented stimulus package provides about $500 billion in loans and assistance for big companies and a separate pot of about $350 billion for small businesses loans. The auto industry did not seek a specific bailout. (Automotive News)

Trump signs $2 trillion virus relief bill after House passage

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The unprecedented stimulus package provides about $500 billion in loans and assistance for big companies and a separate pot of about $350 billion for small businesses loans. The auto industry did not seek a specific bailout. (Automotive News)

FCA Transport worker dies of COVID-19

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The death of a man employed at FCA Transport in Sterling Heights, Mich., marks the fourth of a union worker at the company linked to the new coronavirus. (Automotive News)

Mexico's auto industry seeks delay of USMCA content rules

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Mexico’s automakers and parts suppliers, citing a lack of clarity about content rules that would allow companies to adjust supply chains, as well as disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, are lobbying for key rules in the new North American trade pact to be implemented in 2021 instead of June 1 as scheduled. (Automotive News)

Daimler seeks over $11 billion credit line to weather crisis, report says

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The move is part of a range of measures to shore up the financial muscle of the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks during the coronavirus crisis. (Automotive News)

Tesla says two employees tested positive for coronavirus

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The two Tesla staffers had been working from home for almost two weeks and were not symptomatic when they were in the office, according to the internal memo.  (Automotive News)

Major cities relax license plate control to spur sales

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With a big push from President Xi Jinping, large cities across China are starting to ease regulatory limits on new-vehicle demand. The measures are designed to provide relief for carmakers and dealers after new-vehicle sales tumbled 82 percent in February and struggle to gain traction in March. (Automotive News)

Kia may produce face masks at Yancheng factory to fight coronavirus

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Kia Motors Corp. is considering making face masks at its Chinese factory to help battle the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman said. (Automotive News)

Ford to restart some plants in April; Toyota, Honda extend closings

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Ford said it will reopen some key truck factories by mid-April while Honda and Toyota, citing slumping sales,  extended shutdowns at North American factories. Ford’s plans raised more concerns at the UAW, which has pressed the Detroit 3 to shutter plants to protect workers and help stem the spread of the coronavirus. (Automotive News)

Ford to restart some plants in April; Toyota, Honda, others extend closings

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Ford said it will reopen some key truck factories by mid-April while Honda and Toyota, citing slumping sales,  extended shutdowns at North American factories. Ford’s plans raised more concerns at the UAW, which has pressed the Detroit 3 to shutter plants to protect workers and help stem the spread of the coronavirus. (Automotive News)

Ford plans to restart production at some plants in April

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The automaker said it will reopen its Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico with one shift April 6 and resume production at select factories in the U.S. on April 14. The UAW said it’s reviewing Ford’s plan “with great concern and caution.” (Automotive News)

White House, senators strike deal on $2 trillion stimulus package

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The legislation, expected to have broad impacts on the auto industry, was still being drafted overnight, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on it Wednesday. It still must pass in the House before it gets to President Trump’s desk. (Automotive News)

Kia will re-close Georgia assembly plant March 30

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The downtime includes a previously planned April 6-10 shutdown for new-model equipment changes. (Automotive News)

Trump says he would love to see businesses reopen by April 12

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In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News, President Trump said: “I’d love to have it (businesses) open by Easter. I will tell you that right now.” (Automotive News)