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.
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.
Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California
They want one national program with achievable standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tariffs force some automakers to dim earnings outlook
Significant increases in commodity costs blamed for GM’s expected lower profits.
Fiat Chrysler is shaken without visionary CEO behind wheel
Marchionne steps down early because of severe health problems. Jeep executive Mike Manley is taking over.
Hyundai Motor union warns auto tariffs could hurt US jobs
20,000 jobs at a Hyundai factory in Alabama are at stake.
Trump predicts auto workers will be ‘very happy’ with NAFTA
Disses Mexico and Canada as “very difficult to deal with” during the negotiations.
US auto sales tumble in what could be first annual drop since 2009
Of major automakers, only Hyundai and Volkswagen reported increases.
China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs
Beijing wants electric cars to make up 8% of every brand’s production as soon as next year.
Self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain
People have trouble focusing on boring tasks like monitoring systems that rarely fail.
Automakers, governments tackling electric car range anxiety
Efforts to extend recharging networks along highways and elsewhere a big psychological boost.
Sensing a threat, Detroit’s automakers embrace mobility
Automakers are reinventing themselves as mobility firms due to pressure from agile tech firms like Apple and Uber.
Automakers to put automatic braking in cars by 2022
Voluntary agreement with 20 car manufacturers will deliver safety feature faster.