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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

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


US DHHS gives GM $489m ventilator contract

8 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the first contract for ventilator production rated under the Defense Production...


Western Europe's car market down 52.9% in March

6 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

Western Europe's new car registrations fell by a colossal 52.9% year-on-year (YoY) in March and the regional annualised selling rate dropped...


UK car market down 44.4% in March

6 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

The UK car market was down 44.5% in March as the COVID-19 crisis caused showrooms to close in lockdowned Britain....

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just-auto takes an Easter Break

9 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

Easter is coming this weekend, which means Friday (10 April) and Monday (13 April) are public holidays for us, here in the UK.


China sales off in March, April seen better

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

China's March passenger car sales fell 40.8% from a year earlier to 1.08m units, the China Passenger Car Association said on Thursday (9 April), as efforts to curb the coronavirus epidemic in the country weakened economic activity.


Volkswagen Group China claims "strong customer interest"

9 Apr 2020 | Glenn Brooks

With only SAIC VW's Urumqi vehicle plant in the country's west still offline, Volkswagen Group China now has 32 of 33 car and component production sites back up and running. Meanwhile, all Volkswagen brand dealerships have re-opened and "strong customer interest" is claimed.


Visteon withdraws 2020 financial guidance

9 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

Visteon has withdrawn its financial guidance provided in February, 2020 and has unveiled operational cost reductions in response to the coronavirus crisis.


Nissan after $4.6bn credit line

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor has requested a US$4.6bn commitment line from major lenders to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic while it seeks to engineer a desperately needed turnaround, people with knowledge of the matter told the Reuters news agency.


Osram appoints Kathrin Dahnke as board member

9 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

Osram has appointed Kathrin Dahnke as a member of the management board, responsible for finance.


Almost 1.5m vehicles lost from Europe production

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Factory shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have resulted in lost production amounting to 1,465,415 motor vehicles to date, according to new figures published by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).


just-auto Plus only Fiege and innogy develop local load management solution for electric mobility

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

The starting point was the customer's wish to equip their company headquarters near Münster Osnabrück Airport with charging...


just-auto Plus only Knorr-Bremse responds flexibly to economic downturn

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is also leading to far-reaching adaptation measures at Knorr-Bremse. Substantial proportions...


just-auto Plus only Valmet Automotive started to produce safety masks in plant Zary, Poland

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

In response to the corona crisis Valmet Automotive started with the production of safety mask in its plant in Zary, Poland. In Zary...


just-auto Plus only Michelin: Companies in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region step up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing a reusable face mask

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Since March 16, a collaborative ecosystem1 formed and coordinated by the Grenoble-based collective VOC-COV has been working on the design...


just-auto Plus only Volkswagen: Flexible quick charging stations launch in China

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Volkswagen Group Components and the start-up Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy Technical Co., Ltd. plan to work together to produce flexible...


just-auto Plus only Ferrari N.V.: 2020 Annual General Meeting

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Ferrari N.V. (“Ferrari” or the “Company”) confirms that its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the...


just-auto Plus only Toyoda Gosei invests in Uhuru, an IoT services provider

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has invested in Uhuru Corp., a venture business that provides services and solutions using huge amounts of data in...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Canada reports Q1 sales results

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Mercedes-Benz Canada and its national dealer network announced Q1 2020 sales results. After a strong start to the year, the company achieved...


Henkel withdraws forecast for fiscal 2020

9 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

Henkel says it has decided the forecast for fiscal 2020 published in the Annual Report, 2019 will no longer be upheld as manufacturing worldwide deals with the coronavirus pandemic.


just-auto Plus only Goodyear holds annual meeting, re-elects directors

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced the re-election of 12 members of the Board of Directors to new one-year terms at the...


just-auto Plus only ACEA: Free online education for auto workers during factory shutdowns

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Two partnerships for automotive skills, in which the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) actively takes part, have...


just-auto Plus only Tata Motors adopts three-pronged CSR approach to combat COVID-19

9 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Following the footsteps of parent company Tata Sons, Tata Motors, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers has too adopted a...


Ricardo and JLR launch face shield production

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Engineering consultancy Ricardo said it was about to go into production manufacturing face shields which will be used by frontline NHS healthcare staff in the UK as well as by key workers in the care home sector. Jaguar Land Rover is also ramping up production of such protective visors in both the UK and Brazil.


BYD Europe gives coronavirus update

9 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD has outlined its Europe operations situation in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.


COVID-19 'offers opportunities in the automotive aftermarket'

9 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

The COVID-19 pandemic impact is anticipated to lower replacement/scrappage of existing vehicles in use – making the parc last longer – and bringing opportunity for repair and maintenance parts and components, according to research undertaken by GlobalData.


PSA backs 'All United Against Coronavirus' alliance

9 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA is supporting the 'All United Against Coronavirus, an alliance of Fondation de France, AP-HP (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris) and Institut Pasteur.


Virus clobbers Mercedes Q1 sales

8 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz sold 477,378 cars in the first quarter of 2020, down 14.9% year on year.


VW keeping parts units going to supply China

8 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said "a few" components units, which have continued operation "to some extent", will extend their operations to safeguard the supply of parts to plants in China from the Tuesday after Easter.


Tesla prepares pay cuts and furloughs

8 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla reportedly has told workers to brace for pay cuts and furloughs as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts its operations and cripples demand.


US DHHS gives GM $489m ventilator contract

8 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the first contract for ventilator production rated under the Defense Production Act, to General Motors.


Russia March sales up 2% as AEB appeals for State support

8 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

Russia new car and LCV sales rose by 4% in March and 1.8% in Q1, but the Association of European Businesses (AEB) is calling on Moscow to provide State support for the auto sector in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.


Indonesian vehicle production forecast to fall by 50% in 2020

8 Apr 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Indonesian vehicle production is expected to fall by 50% in 2020 as economic activity in the country and in key export markets declines sharply due to the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.


SEAT starts ventilator production at Martorell

8 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

VW Group brand SEAT has now started production of emergency ventilators at its Martorell facilities to contribute to the crisis caused by COVID-19.

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