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News Automotive Government Manufacturing General
May 13, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
May 11, 2020  

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.

News Automotive General
May 8, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
May 7, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
May 7, 2020  

Honda producing protective gear for Alliston healthcare workers

Automaker deploys 3D printers and collaborates with Georgian College to produce face shields.

News Automotive General
May 7, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General Production
May 6, 2020  

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.

News Automotive General
May 1, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Transportation General
April 29, 2020  

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

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 28, 2020  

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.

News Automotive General
April 28, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 27, 2020  

GM Canada plans to make face masks in Oshawa

The automaker plans to manufacture approximately one million masks per month at cost

News Automotive General
April 23, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 21, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 8, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 2, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
April 1, 2020  

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.

News Automotive General
March 31, 2020  

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

News Automotive Government Manufacturing General
March 30, 2020  

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.

News Automotive General
March 27, 2020  

FCA extends its COVID-19 production shutdown

Canadian plants are to resume production April 14, closures depending on government stay-in-place orders.

News Automotive General
March 26, 2020  

Honda extending Alliston plant shutdown to April 7

Extension is in response to the “continued steep decline” in market demand.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 26, 2020  

Ford pushes for factory restart, unions not so sure

One Mexico facility and four in the US, not Oakville, Ont. plant.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 23, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 20, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 19, 2020  

Automakers shut North American plants over coronavirus fears

Most said they’ll have to evaluate the spread of the virus before reopening.

News Automotive General
March 18, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 18, 2020  

Unifor, FCA, Ford, GM form virus task force to protect employees

Measures in place and in continuous communication at the national and plant levels.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 17, 2020  

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.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 17, 2020  

Volkswagen to close Europe plants for two weeks

China business is coming back as the number of new COVID-19 cases lessens.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 17, 2020  

Automakers dodged parts shortage, but COVID-19 poses new threat

Falling sales and sickened factory workers and the threat of recession as the virus spreads through the US and Europe.

News Automotive Manufacturing General Sustainability
March 5, 2020  

GM shows 13 electric vehicles as it tries to run with Tesla

Automaker is touting an exclusive new battery technology that could propel some of the vehicles as far as 644 kilometres.

News Automotive Manufacturing General
March 5, 2020  

Ontario investing $757,000 for laid-off GM workers in Oshawa

New job training centre will provide services, supports for up to 1,700 workers from parts supplier companies impacted by the closure at the Oshawa plant.