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Rivian production launch pushed back to 2021 because of coronavirus

Rivian had planned to start building production versions of the R1T pickup in December

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Honda back to work in China's Wuhan with temperature checks and masks

Now back to pre-virus production levels, with lots of precautions

Temperature checkpoints and posters telling workers to keep more than a metre apart at Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co's reopened plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan show how the coronavirus has created a new normal on the factory floor. The plant, a Honda joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group was shut in late January when authorities ordered a lockdown in Wuhan in a bid to snuff out the coronavirus, which emerged there late last year. It reopened on March 11 to resume operations in stages

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Tesla will furlough workers and cut salaries due to coronavirus

The automaker currently plans to resume normal operations on May 4

Tesla said it planned to resume normal operations on May 4, barring any significant changes, according to an email sent to U.S. employees by in-house counsel Valerie Capers Workman, which was viewed by Reuters. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The coronavirus pandemic has slashed U.S. demand for cars and forced several other automakers to furlough U.S. workers.

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Spanish automaker SEAT crafts coronavirus ventilators from windshield wiper motors

We assume it's on the intermittent setting

Carmaker Volkswagen AG's Spanish unit, SEAT, is taking advantage of a humble windscreen wiper mechanism to build emergency ventilators for a health system groaning under one of the world's worst national outbreaks of the new coronavirus. At the factory in Martorell, near Barcelona, employees piece together the devices which rely on a balloon of air filling and emptying to help doctors control the breathing of people suffering from the sometimes fatal COVID-19 respiratory disease. "

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Honda, Fiat Chrysler won't restart U.S., Canada auto production until May

Honda furloughs 18,400 workers, whose pay ends Sunday

Honda Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday they hope to restart U.S. and Canadian auto production in May amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Fiat Chrysler said Monday it "intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4." U.S. President Donald Trump last week extended the guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus to April 30.

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Detroit IndyCar double-header races canceled due to coronavirus

Workers can't construct the island track while under stay-at-home order

Roger Penske has canceled the doubleheader race at Detroit and adjusted the IndyCar schedule Monday as the series remains on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penske told The Associated Press he had no choice but to cancel the two races at Belle Isle because Michigan is under a stay-at-home order and workers cannot begin constructing the track. Penske is the promoter of that race.

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Allstate to return $600 million as coronavirus limits driving

Others give back, too, as 'stay at home' orders reduce insurers' risks

A smaller U.S. auto insurer, American Family Insurance in Madison, Wisconsin, also said on Monday that it would return a total of $200 million to auto insurance customers beginning in mid-April. “There are very few silver linings out there, but auto insurance companies are definitely one of them,” said Piper Sandler analyst Paul Newsome about coronavirus. Fewer accidents generally lead to a lower claim frequency and Newsome expects insurance companies with large auto portfolios, such as Progre

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Driving for Uber/Lyft in the age of coronavirus — and how to get through it

Ridester survey shows how bad the virus' impact really is

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Car sales plunge 40% in UK as coronavirus hits

March is typically one of the top two selling months of the year

New car registrations in Britain fell by an annual 40% in March as the coronavirus crisis hit the economy and forced many would-be buyers to stay at home, preliminary data from an industry group showed on Monday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a shutdown of much of the economy last month as his government sought to slow the spread of coronavirus. March accounted for nearly 20% of total registrations in 2019 as it is one of two annual occasions when a new licence plate series is i

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Nissan promises the new Rogue will bow this fall despite challenges

The automaker will press on despite coronavirus delays, plummeting sales

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Tesla engineers demonstrate coronavirus ventilator prototype

It includes re-purposed components from Tesla vehicles

Engineers at Tesla Inc showed a prototype for a ventilator on Sunday evening in a video published on the company's YouTube channel, as hospitals around the country overwhelmed by coronavirus patients face device shortages. The design for the ventilators relies heavily on Tesla car parts, one of the engineers said, enabling the company to redeploy existing stock and produce the devices quickly. The video comes two weeks after Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tesla planned to reopen its N

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Uber to start shipping car disinfectants to drivers

Priority goes to busy drivers in cities hit hard by COVID-19

Uber senior vice president of global rides and platform operations, Andrew Macdonald, said on Twitter that the company had received an initial batch of 30,000 bottles of cleaning spray by Atlanta-based company Zep Inc. Previously, Uber said suppliers had prioritized orders for healthcare, with its own orders being moved down the queue several times. Lyft Inc last week said it had distributed many supplies to drivers while its hubs were still open and was working a way to distribute th

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Tesla cuts contractors from factories in California and Nevada

Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020

The electric carmaker is axing contractors at both its vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California, and at its Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada, according to the CNBC report https://cnb.cx/2UZf5EH. "It is with my deepest regret that I must inform you that the Tesla factory shutdown has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, Tesla has requested to end all contract assignments effective immediately," Balance Staffing, a workforce management company, said in a memo sight

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NASCAR industry shifts to making protective equipment for coronavirus caregivers

The industy is even developing new patient-size shields to conserve personal gear

The interruption to the 2020 NASCAR season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been understandably disappointing and disconcerting for racers, fans, teams and the industry as a whole. The NASCAR Research & Development Center, located outside Charlotte, N.C., has turned its high-tech capabilities into real life medical assistance -- manufacturing face shields with its 3D printers and even a prototype human head that Wake Forest doctors and scientists are using to research better treatment supply op

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Tesla announces record Q1 deliveries despite coronavirus complications

Tesla is one of the few automakers reporting any good news

The company's solid deliveries despite the coronavirus outbreak in the United States sent its shares up about 15% in extended trading. The company's production and delivery was largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak in the first three months of the year, as Tesla only began to temporarily suspend production at its San Francisco Bay Area vehicle factory on March 24. Tesla on Thursday did not address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus shakes up America's truck market: GM outselling Ford and Ram

GM charges as 2019's 'new normal' becomes a thing of the past

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