France deploys US$8.8B to rescue ailing car industry, focus on EVs
Consumers can get up to 12,000 euros from the government for buying an electric car.
FCA prepares to restart North American operations
Thorough daily cleaning schedules to be instituted to maintain enhanced levels of cleanliness and disinfection
Prodded by US, Mexico aims to restart industrial plants
Mexican health officials on May 12 reported its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 case numbers
Canadian engineers top 9 in global ventilator design competition
Team from Toyota and Fanshawe College beats out more than 1,000 entries from 94 countries.
Dispute over reopening California Tesla factory may be over
Health Department announced the plant will be able to go beyond basic operations this week and start making vehicles May 18.
Tesla CEO Musk restarts California factory amid lockdown
California state law allows a fine of up to $1,000 a day or up to 90 days in jail for operating in violation of health orders.
Mexico auto plants to reopen as country weighs virus risks
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says maybe May 17 in areas of the country that haven’t been hit hard by the virus.
Tesla hits target to qualify CEO Elon Musk for big payday
Market value of $100.4 billion translating into a pre-tax gain of about $730 million.
Honda producing protective gear for Alliston healthcare workers
Automaker deploys 3D printers and collaborates with Georgian College to produce face shields.
Fiat Chrysler swings to loss as virus hits production, sales
Despite the crisis, terms of a full merger deal with French carmaker PSA Peugeot had not been changed.
GM gears up to restart some engine production in Ontario
HFV6 line resumes followed by the balance of St. Catharines operations, CAMI and Oshawa stamped parts.
Ford issues new COVID safety protocols for manufacturing reboot
Employees to get safety playbook plus personal protection and hygiene items, such as masks and sanitizer.
California scales up 1st in US electric truck sale proposal
If adopted, at least 40% of all tractor trailers sold in California would have to be zero emission by 2035
Tesla says new feature automatically stops its cars for traffic lights
Update of the electric car company’s cruise control and auto-steer systems will slow the car whenever it detects a traffic light.
NA auto factories likely to stay closed another 2 weeks
Detroit Three factories idling for more than a month due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.
GM Canada plans to make face masks in Oshawa
The automaker plans to manufacture approximately one million masks per month at cost
GM shuts down Maven car share service in TO, all other markets
Last year GM pulled the service from eight North American markets but kept Toronto and some US cities running.
Linamar withdraws 2020 financial outlook over virus impact
Auto parts manufacturer moved quickly to cut costs and capital spending, expects to be profitable for the year.
ATS Automation secures $60M electric vehicle order
Will design, build and install the two battery assembly conveyor lines for a global automaker’s electric vehicle production.
Auto sales plunged 48% in March from last year due to outbreak
Started to dive as provinces declared states of emergency, dealerships voluntarily shut down.
Uni-Select furloughs half of its 6,000 auto parts and paint employees
28% of its sites are operating on reduced hours while 7% are operating on a very limited basis.
Magna withdraws guidance due to business uncertainty of COVID-19 outbreak
The auto parts company said many of its plants have reduced or suspended operations because of the outbreak
Trump uses wartime act, but GM says it’s already moving fast
Navarro claimed the automaker “dragged its heels for days” in committing to the investments.
FCA extends its COVID-19 production shutdown
Canadian plants are to resume production April 14, closures depending on government stay-in-place orders.
Honda extending Alliston plant shutdown to April 7
Extension is in response to the “continued steep decline” in market demand.
Ford pushes for factory restart, unions not so sure
One Mexico facility and four in the US, not Oakville, Ont. plant.
FACT CHECK: Trump hype on auto industry and ventilators
No automaker is anywhere close to making medical gear such as ventilators and remain months away – if not longer.
Toyota extends Canadian plant closures after employee tests positive for COVID-19
All plants closed from March 23 through April 3, with production resuming on April 6.
Automakers shut North American plants over coronavirus fears
Most said they’ll have to evaluate the spread of the virus before reopening.
Detroit 3, UAW agree on virus measures to keep plants running
Partial closure of plants, deep cleaning and longer periods between shift enacted to protect employees.
Unifor, FCA, Ford, GM form virus task force to protect employees
Measures in place and in continuous communication at the national and plant levels.
Magna demonstrates its new e4 e-mobility drive systems
Winter conditions testing in Sweden showcases integrated PSM-type eDrive systems on the front and rear axles.