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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

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

COVID-19 hits US like a hurricane

3 Apr 2020 | Bill Cawthon

As one who has ridden out a hurricane or two, March bore an eerie resemblance to the biggest storms....

US light vehicle sales in March down 39%

2 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

Light vehicle sales in the US fell nearly 39% in March compared with last year, according to industry sales data emerging today....

US market shock - Kia outsells Hyundai

2 Apr 2020 | Glenn Brooks

It has happened before on the odd occasion at a monthly level but now Kia Motors America has outsold the Hyundai brand for a full quarter, a...

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Germany - March car sales fall by 38 per cent

3 Apr 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The KBA has reported a record 37.7% year on year drop in March for the German passenger vehicle market. Sales ended the month at 215,119, with Volkswagen the market leader slightly bettering the overall fall.

Ford plans virtual annual meeting in May

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has published its 2020 proxy statement and and said it would hold a virtual annual meeting next month.

Ford extends Europe shutdown into May

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford on Friday said the temporary suspension of vehicle and engine production at most of its European manufacturing sites is now expected to run at least until 4 May.

Honda extends North America plant shutdowns

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor said it would extend a shutdown of all US and Canadian car plant production through 10 April and at its plant in Celaya, central Mexico, until 13 April, because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Nissan furloughs UK car plant to end of April

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Production at Nissan's British factory, the country's biggest car plant, is suspended throughout April, continuing a shutdown in place since mid March as the coronavirus outbreak continues across Europe.

Ford to build face shields at Brazil and Argentina car plants

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it would make 50,000 face shields at factories in Brazil and Argentina to donate in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Nissan Vietnam to close plant due to coronavirus

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Vietnam will shut down its assembly plant for two weeks amid a nationwide social distancing campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the company said.

Daimler signs EUR12bn loan facility agreement

3 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it was increasing its financial flexibility with a further loan facility agreement for EUR12bn.

Toyo Tire inks agreement with JAOS

3 Apr 2020 | Simon Warburton

Toyo Tire has signed a partnership agreement with automotive components manufacturer, JAOS.

China extends NEV subsidies as market begins recovery

3 Apr 2020 | editorial team

The Chinese government has decided not to withdraw subsidies for new energy vehicles at the end of 2020 as planned to help stimulate demand, according to local reports.

Indonesia sales down slightly in February

3 Apr 2020 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in Indonesia declined by just 2.6% to 79,573 units in February 2020 from already weak year earlier sales of 81,684 units despite the growing economic threat caused by the COVID19 coronavirus, according to member wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

COVID-19 poses threat to shared mobility providers in India

3 Apr 2020 | Dave Leggett

Reports from India suggest the burgeoning shared mobility services sector is emerging as a big loser in the current COVID-19 crisis and is also denting its prospects further out.

Taiwan sales continue to rebound in March

3 Apr 2020 | editorial team

Taiwan's new vehicle market continued to shrug off the growing global threat of the COVID19 coronavirus in March 2020 with sales jumping by over 15% to 37,279 units from a depressed 32,391 units a year earlier, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by Taiwan's Directorate of Highways.

just-auto Plus only Honda India Foundation pledges support towards India’s fight against COVID-19

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Honda India Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of all Honda group companies in India, today pledged Rs. 11 crore aid...

just-auto Plus only Mahindra’s Auto Sector sells 476,043 vehicles in FY-20

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), a part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced its auto sales performance for...

just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki sales in March 2020 and 2019-20

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Maruti Suzuki India Limited sold 83,792 units in March 2020. This includes 76,976 units in the domestic market, 2,104 units of domestic OEM...

just-auto Plus only Freudenberg strengthens future viability

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Freudenberg, the global technology group, performed well in the 2019 financial year, in spite of the difficult economic and geopolitical...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor America reports March and Q1 2020 sales

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Hyundai Motor America reported total March sales of 35,118 units, a 43% decrease in comparison with March 2019. This result was due to...

just-auto Plus only Kia Motors announces March global sales

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Kia Motors Corporation today announced its March 2020 global sales results, recording a total of 226,960 units sold, which represents 6.4...

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors registered domestic sales of 11,012 units in March 2020

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Tata Motors Limited today announced its sales in the domestic & international market, for the month of March 2020, which stood at 12,924...

just-auto Plus only Nissan Group reports first-quarter 2020 U.S. sales

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Nissan Group announced total U.S. first-quarter (January-March) sales for the calendar year 2020 of 257,606 units, a decrease of 29.6...

just-auto Plus only INFINITI reports March 2020 Canadian sales

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

The INFINITI Division reported total Canadian sales of 260 vehicles sold in March. Highlights: The QX50 luxury crossover remained...

just-auto Plus only INFINITI USA reports 2020 first quarter sales

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

INFINITI today reported deliveries of 25,558 vehicles in quarter one of 2020. First quarter highlights: The QX50 mid-size luxury...

just-auto Plus only Volvo Cars to accelerate autonomous technology development

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Zenuity, the assisted and autonomous driving software development company, will be split into two parts to maximise the potential of...

just-auto Plus only Ford Motor Company Fund announces donation match, new virtual opportunities for employees to help fight COVID-19

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Ford Motor Company Fund today announced two new and unique opportunities for Ford employees around the world who are eager to give back...

just-auto Plus only SUV Coupé for the e-tron Family: The Audi e-tron Sportback

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

“The future is electric:” Audi is staying consistently true to its strategic alignment by presenting the second model in its...

just-auto Plus only Rheinmetall Automotive achieves operating margin of 6.7%

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Rheinmetall Automotive’s performance was influenced by weaker business in the international automotive industry again in 2019. The...

just-auto Plus only Groupe PSA is mobilizing

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

While ensuring the protection of its employees through a system of extended measures and remote working, Groupe PSA chooses to help those...

just-auto Plus only Nissan temporarily adjusts production in Thailand

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

Nissan today announced a temporary adjustment to production in Thailand in response to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak and decreased demand...

just-auto Plus only Volkswagen uses 3D printing to produce face shields

3 Apr 2020 | just-auto plus

In response to the corona crisis, the Volkswagen Group has started to produce face shield holders by 3D printing. This is part of a joint...





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