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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

28 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

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

Nissan confirms Barcelona plant closure

28 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has confirmed the closure of its Barcelona, Spain, manufacturing  plant as part of a new business plan that focuses on cost control a...

Renault-Nissan-MMC Alliance resets with 'new business model'

27 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

The members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance have said that they have agreed a new 'cooperation business model' that utilises a 'le...

Ford halts production at Kansas plant due to COVID-19 outbreak

27 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Ford has halted production at its Kansas city assembly plant (on the Transit side) after a worker tested positive for COVID-19....

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King Long exports 200 'anti-COVID-19 buses' to Cyprus

28 May 2020 | editorial team

Chinese bus-maker Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Company said it shipped a total of 200 high-end buses to Cyprus this week, after the company stepped up its export drive earlier this year to offset falling domestic demand.

Amazon mulling bid for autonomous tech startup Zoox

28 May 2020 | editorial team

US e-commerce giant Inc is in talks to acquire autonomous driving technology startup ZooxInc, according to unconfirmed reports citing a person close to the company.

South Korean automakers to cut output

28 May 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai-Kia is to reduce output at Korean factories in response to lower demand in overseas markets.

PSA Mulhouse to make up to 10m masks per month

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA is to produce up to 10m surgical masks per month from August, 2020 at its Mulhouse site to cover the equipment needs of Group employees and support organisations fighting against the virus.

Nokian Tyres appoints Jukka Moisio as CEO

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Nokian Tyres has appointed Jukka Moisio as president and CEO.

just-auto Plus only Porsche launches Parken Plus service in Germany

28 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Porsche is launching a new “Parken Plus” service in Germany. The heart of this service is an app that makes parking easier in...

just-auto Plus only Alliance new cooperation business model to support member-company competitiveness and profitability

28 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, the members of one of the world’s leading automotive...

just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki proactive measures help to reduce car damage and aid vehicles affected by Amphan cyclone

28 May 2020 | just-auto plus

As in the past, Maruti Suzuki India reached out to educate customers in advance in West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand regions...

Nissan confirms Barcelona plant closure

28 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has confirmed the closure of its Barcelona, Spain, manufacturing  plant as part of a new business plan that focuses on cost control and the needs of core markets.

Nissan readies for US manufacturing restart

28 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Nissan will carry out a phased restart of its US manufacturing operations beginning in early June.

Gestamp secures EUR200bn EIB loan

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp is to receive a EUR200m (US$220m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop new research lines.

Tritium awarded Pasadena fast-charging contract

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Tritium has been awarded a contract from the City of Pasadena, California to install 20 RT50/50kW DC fast chargers.

just-auto Plus only Cerence announces proposed offering of $150 million convertible senior notes

28 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Cerence Inc., AI for a world in motion, announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $150.0...

just-auto Plus only INFINITI launches ‘INFINITI NOW’ to deliver digitally-led services

28 May 2020 | just-auto plus

INFINITI has announced the launch of its new ‘INFINITI NOW’ initiative, meant to give customers the luxury retail experience...

NXP appoints Kurt Sievers as CEO

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

NXP Semiconductors has appointed Kurt Sievers as CEO, effective immediately.

Audi expands e-commerce offerings with retailers

28 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Audi says it is intensifying its focus on digital solutions for its customers.

Michelin lauds EUR8bn France support initiative

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has welcomed State backing for the automotive industry in France after President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his ambitious EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) support plan.

Borealis appoints Erik van Praet as VP Innovation & Technology

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Borealis has appointed Erik van Praet as VP Innovation & Technology, succeeding Maurits van Tol, who decided to pursue his career outside the company in October, 2019.

Goodyear and Enevos team on power generation

28 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Goodyear and Enovos are to build two photovoltaic power stations at the tyre manufacturer's testing facilities in Colmar-Berg, Luxemboug.

FCA and Engie press ahead with V2G project

27 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and ENGIE Eps are pressing ahead with a project working on interactions between electric cars and the power grid, based on a ‘smart’ charging infrastructure. FCA has selected ENGIE Eps as the technology partner for the project.

Mobis targets growth with increased R&D expenditure

27 May 2020 | editorial team

South Korean auto parts manufacturer Hyundai Mobis Company said it plans to increase expenditure on research and development by 3.6% to KRW1trn (US$810m) in 2020, as it looks to strengthen future revenues streams.

Hyundai fourth-largest global EV manufacturer in Q1

27 May 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor Group, including Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, was the fourth-largest global manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) in the first quarter of 2020, according to research carried out by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA).

Malaysia vehicle sales plunge 99% in April

27 May 2020 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in Malaysia plunged by over 99% to just 141 units in April 2020 from 49,935 units in the same month of last year, as the government imposed lockdown restrictions on consumers and businesses to help slow the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.

Macron lauds Valeo work to restart

27 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

French President, Emmanuel Macron has hailed efforts by Valeo to cope with the coronavirus crisis as the supplier looks to gradually resume operations in an environment the Head of State said had not been seen since wartime.

McLaren to axe 1,200 jobs

27 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

McLaren is planning to cut over a quarter of its workforce in a restructuring plan forced by sharply lower revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic hitting both sales and advertising revenues

Faurecia could create 600 new jobs in new tech boost

27 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia says there is the potential to create 600 new jobs in R&D and production for Zero Emission Mobility as well as Cockpit of the Future solutions, following President Emmanuel Macron's unveiling of a EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) support package for the automotive sector.

just-auto Plus only Grande West announces first quarter results

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the United...

just-auto Plus only Karma Automotive begins prototype testing for supercar-capable E-Flex platform

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Following the announcement of Karma Automotive's all-electric high-performance E-Flex platform with supercar-capable architecture last...

just-auto Plus only Roll by Goodyear to donate 100 meals through feeding America for every tire sold

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

To help alleviate the pressures America's food banks are facing to supply meals to communities impacted by COVID-19, Roll by Goodyear,...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz’s global battery-production network grows - Battery production in Kamenz gradually increases production capacities

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Local battery production is an important success factor for Mercedes-Benz AG’s electric offensive and the key element to flexibly and...





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