Month: May 2020

DETROIT — In the second week of production after the coronavirus shutdown, the Detroit 3 aimed to find a balance: Keep factory floors from spreading infection while racing to fulfill orders from dealers desperate for inventory. All three companies have had confirmed cases of the virus within their plants since they reopened May 18. But
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While automakers move heaven and earth to get their manufacturing operations safely up and running and their dealers selling vehicles again, the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic may have also reconfigured the way companies think about recruiting and retaining employees, says the executive who leads Toyota’s manufacturing and human resources in North America. Chris Reynolds, chief administrative
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Of all the ambitious projects attempted in the short history of self-driving technology, no company has been more audacious than Zoox. Since the startup’s founding nearly six years ago, its executives have pursued an arduous path that involves developing their own autonomous driving system, creating their own vehicle platform from the ground up and building
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DETROIT — Before the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S. in March, General Motors’ North American team had four major initiatives for the year: grow retail share, prepare for an electric vehicle future, improve dealer relations and enhance the customer experience. The crisis led to plunging sales, significant financial losses and a nearly two-month production shutdown.
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The decision to withdraw Datsun from Russia reverses the ambitious global growth plans for the brand envisaged by Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Reviving the Datsun name, previously used by Nissan for export markets until 1981, was a key strategy of Ghosn, who wanted to expand in emerging markets by using older alliance technology to
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Packed with standard and optional equipment and available in a variety of models, the 2021 Audi A8 wears its flagship status well. The feature sets teamed with the high-tech infotainment system and advanced driver-assist technologies qualifies the A8 as a 9 out of 10 for features on our scale.  Audi offers the A8 in only
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It usually takes Beep about a month to launch its self-driving shuttles on a new route. Following a late-night phone call at the onset of the pandemic, the mobility operator implemented a new route in roughly a week to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Planning, mapping, testing and training were fast-tracked so Beep could
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A few minutes after the checkered flag waved at 2017’s rainy 24 Hours of Daytona, Acura’s bossman, Jon Ikeda, was cheering inside the luxury brand’s suite at the raceway. The #86 NSX GT3 car crossed the line in a respectable fifth place—but Ikeda was not only acclaiming a successful debut for the new Acura race
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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, touted by Toyota as its fastest model after the Supra, will start at just under $40,000 — a $12,150 premium over the base gasoline RAV4 and $3,620 over the RAV4 Limited with front-wheel drive. The entry-level RAV4 Prime SE crossover will begin at $39,220 including shipping, the automaker
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Renault is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide as part of a €2bn (£1.8bn) cost-cutting plan after seeing sales plunge because of the virus pandemic. “This plan is essential,” said interim boss Clotilde Delbos, who announced a bigger focus on electric cars and vans. Some 4,600 jobs will go in France, and Renault has said six plants
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To ensure it will have a future, Nissan recently unveiled its plan to remain alive. Called “Nissan Next,” it focuses on “sustainable growth, financial stability, and profitability” with “cost-rationalization and business optimization” until 2023. This means many factories, products, and workers will be dismissed. In the video above, Nissan presented its core products to get
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PARIS — Renault is poised to announce 15,000 layoffs worldwide on Friday as it unveils a plan to boost its profitability and cope with faltering sales, a representative for the CFDT union said after meeting with the company. Some 4,500 jobs would go in France, though largely through a voluntary departure plan and a retirement
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The organizers of the Geneva auto show have said the event may not be held next year amid a dispute with the local authorities over a bailout and a reluctance by some automakers to attend. The Swiss show was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation, which
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