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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automotive sector...


West European car market down 57.3% in May

5 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

West European new car sales fell by 57.3% year-on-year (YoY) in May, while the regional selling rate stood at a lowly 6.3m units a year unde...


Volkswagen's Bentley axing 1,000 British jobs

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen owned Bentley is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK, about a quarter of its workforce....


Germany boosts EVs with stimulus plan

5 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

Germany has announced a stimulus programme for the auto industry that includes new incentives for electric vehicles but not conventional pow...

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Ford puts Mustang 's 10-speed autobox in European Transit

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has started production of a new 10-speed automatic gearbox option for rear-wheel drive (RWD) Transit models that offers excellent fuel efficiency,1 outstanding durability and the ability to tow up to 2,800kg.


JLR secures GBP560m China revolving loan facility

5 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says its Chinese subsidiary has inked a three-year GBP560m revolving loan facility, but is declining to comment on reports it has asked the British government for GBP1bn (US$1.3bn) in aid.


West European car market down 57.3% in May

5 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

West European new car sales fell by 57.3% year-on-year (YoY) in May, while the regional selling rate stood at a lowly 6.3m units a year under the weight of the COVID-19 crisis and locked down markets, according to data released by LMC Automotive.


Ford delays US salaried workers' return

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has said it was delaying plans for salaried workers to begin returning to offices in late June until September.


GM's Cruise after Zoox engineers - report

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' self driving technology company Cruise reportedly is trying to poach engineers from struggling rival Zoox, according to an email sent to Zoox engineers by the founder of Cruise this week.


Volvo Cars Chengdu car plant now powered by renewable electricity

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Chengdu, the company's largest in China, is now powered by 100% renewable electricity, taking the company's global renewable electricity mix in its manufacturing network to 80%.


Volkswagen's Bentley axing 1,000 British jobs

5 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen owned Bentley is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK, about a quarter of its workforce.


RHA hails UK GBP10bn insurance deal

5 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association has lauded the government's decision to make a GBP10bn (US$12.6bn) guarantee available to protect against customer defaults or payment delays.


Japan sales plunge 45% in May

5 Jun 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Japan's new vehicle market continued to decline sharply in May 2020, with sales plunging by almost 45% to 218,285 units from 396,120 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


China eyes fourfold expansion of EV recharging network

5 Jun 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

China's electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being expanded rapidly this year, with companies and local governments investing billions as the government targets a strong rebound in new energy vehicle sales.


Germany boosts EVs with stimulus plan

5 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

Germany has announced a stimulus programme for the auto industry that includes new incentives for electric vehicles but not conventional powertrain ICE vehicles - which the industry had also been lobbying for.


Enel X expands EV charging network

5 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Enel X has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging network to more than 30,000 public charging points, by starting eRoaming connectivity with Dutch EV network operator, Allego as well as Bosch and German company, Innogy.


UK LCV registrations down 74.1% in May as pandemic continues

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market fell 74.1% year on year to 7,541 units in May as the nationwide coronavirus lockdown continued to impact registrations, according to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


Ford's China ventures increase May sales as market rebounds

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's China joint ventures have reported year on year sales growth for May in a sign of how the world's largest auto market is continuing its recovery from coronavirus-induced lows.


Russia May sales drop 52%

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Russia sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles decreased by 51.8% compared to May, 2019 or by 67,813 sold units and amounted to 63,033 cars, according to the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).


GM planning electric van - report

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment which includes customers such as Amazon and United Parcel Service, five people familiar with the plans told the Reuters news agency.


Gefco ships protective equipment to Romania

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Gefco has organised time-critical shipments of protective equipment for a regional supplier of dental clinics and a large multinational distribution group in Romania.


just-auto Plus only Meritor announces additional cost and liquidity actions

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

Meritor, Inc. announced actions designed to enhance the financial position of the company in light of current market conditions resulting...


just-auto Plus only Volkswagen Chattanooga produces one-millionth vehicle

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

Volkswagen has announced that it achieved a key production milestone at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant with the completion of its...


just-auto Plus only Toyota starts 1.5L TNGA engine output in Poland

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP), in Jelcz-Laskowice, has started production of the latest generation of the 1.5L petrol engine that...


Northvolt and Hydro team for joint venture

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Northvolt and Hydro have formed a joint venture, Hydro Volt, to enable recycling of battery materials and aluminium from the Norwegian market for electric vehicles.


Aston Martin Lagonda cuts 500 jobs

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin Lagonda has announced plans to cut up to 500 jobs as the luxury carmaker gears up for a turnaround plan aimed at restoring profitability amid plunging sales.


just-auto Plus only Upstream Security teams with Amazon on cybersecurity

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

Upstream Security, a leader in cloud-based automotive cybersecurity, announced that it has joined the Amazon Web Services Partner Network as...


just-auto Plus only Faradion developing sodium-ion batteries for India

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

Faradion Ltd has announced a new partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies (IPLTech) for its high energy sodium-ion batteries for...


just-auto Plus only GM to add EV platform for China

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto plus

General Motors is to introduce a new electric vehicle platform in China as well as produce electric vehicle motors, batteries and other core...


Dacia sends 1,100 to 'technical unemployment'

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Dacia has placed 1,100 employees at its factory in Mioveni, near Pitesti, Romania in 'technical unemployment' between 2 and 30 June, local media reported.


UK new car sales down 89% in May

4 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

The UK new car market fell by 89% in May as it was impacted by lockdown and shuttered dealerships. However, the result was an improvement on April (-97%) with just over 20,000 vehicles delivered, helped by ‘click and collect’ services.


ITM Power forms H2OzBus Project

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

ITM Power has formed the H2OzBus Project and signed a memorandum of understanding with partners for evaluation in Australia.


Hyundai-Kia US sales rebound in May from April low

4 Jun 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor Group reported an 18% fall in US vehicle sales to 104,786 units in May from 128,296 units a year earlier, as the COVID-19 coronavirus continued to impact demand in the world’s second-largest automotive market.


Polestar teams with Plugsurfing for EV charging

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Polestar is partnering with Plugsurfing in Europe to improve electric vehicle public charging convenience ahead of initial Polestar 2 customer deliveries, scheduled for the coming months.

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