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Coronavirus Auto Industry Roundup

Sales perk up in China as production nosedives in Brazil, Mexico

Production

Japan Carmakers Trim Production Plans

Carmakers guess at where and when global sales will revive.

Production

Coronavirus Industry Roundup: April 9

Wide regional variations persist over production plans

Production

Mexico Asks for Delay in USMCA

Specifics about how to comply would be a big help

Production

Coronavirus Roundup: March 27

More companies idle plants, look for cash

Production

Coronavirus Roundup: March 24

A rundown on auto industry activity spurred by the coronavirus

Business

USMCA: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time?

Carmakers say June 1 implementation target isn’t realistic.

Economics

Global Car Sales Forecasts Fall on Virus Fears

Clearer picture not likely for many weeks

Business

How Will Governments Handle Autonomous Mobility?

Report finds differences—and sometimes indifference—to robo-cars

Business

Trump Signs Off on NAFTA Update

Pact covers $1.2 trillion in North American trade

Electronics

Volvo Is Serious About Safety: $1-Million Serious

If a safety occurs in that football game everyone is talking about, then someone is going to be very happy

Business

U.S. Ratifies NA Trade Deal

The U.S. Senate has quickly rubber-stamped the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement covering tax-free trade in North America.

Economics

Senate Begins N. American Trade Pact Review

The updated trade pact between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. has finally reached the U.S. Senate. But it could stall there for months.

Labor

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.

Economics

U.S. House Approves Updated NAFTA Pact

Much to the auto industry’s relief, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved by nine-to-one margin an amended update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Intelligent Transportation

Uber Buys Latin American Delivery Service

Uber Technologies Inc. is acquiring majority ownership in Cornershop, a startup grocery delivery service based in Santiago, Chile.

Business

GM’s Strike-Related Layoffs in Mexico Top 6,400

General Motors Co. has laid off more than 400 workers at an engine and transmission plant in Mexico because of the strike against its U.S. facilities by the United Auto Workers union.

Electronics

Former BorgWarner Exec Joins ZF Board

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has appointed Martin Fischer to its management board to oversee safety systems, electronics and advanced driver assist systems in the Americas.

Propulsion

Brazilian Lithium Supplier in Talks with EV Makers

Brazilian startup company Sigma Lithium Resources Group  says it is in talks with BMW, Tesla and Volkswagen about supplying lithium for electric vehicle batteries.

Production

Honda Relocates HR-V Output in Mexico

Honda Motor Co. says it will move Mexican production of its HR-V small crossover next spring from El Salto, Jalisco, to Celaya, Guanajuato.

Mazda to Build CX-30 Crossover in Mexico

Mazda Motor Corp. plans to build the upcoming CX-30 compact crossover at its factory in Salamanca, Mexico.

Production

Brazil’s CAOA May Buy Ford Factory

CAOA—the Brazilian carmaker, Ford dealer and importer of Hyundai and Subaru vehicles—has reached a tentative deal to buy Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Reuters reports.

VW Confirms Brazilian-Developed Small Crossover

Volkswagen AG says it will launch a compact crossover vehicle in South America next year.

Production

VW to Invest $577 Million in Brazilian Factory

Volkswagen AG plans to spend 2.4 billion reais ($576 million) to upgrade its Sao Bernardo do Campo plant in Brazil, according to Sao Paulo’s governor.