#FACILITIES

Production

A New Use for Windshield Wiper Motors in Coronavirus Ventilators

Spain’s SEAT teams up with suppliers to combat pandemic

Assembly

Ford, GE to Start Ventilator Production

Fast-tracking ventilators and respirators

Business

Coronavirus Roundup: March 27

More companies idle plants, look for cash

Business

Volvo Sees a Ray of Hope…in China

Production and sales “very close to normal”

Business

Coronavirus Roundup: March 24

A rundown on auto industry activity spurred by the coronavirus

Production

Why British Car Plants Are Reviving Brexit Disaster Plans

A new wrinkle in balancing inventory and production

Assembly

EV Battery Gigafactory Joins Tesla Shutdown

Coronavirus concerns idles Panasonic cell production

Assembly

Six More Carmakers Join N. America Shutdowns

Driven by concerns about health—and now, sales – automakers are putting production on hold

Business

Tesla Ducks Order to Idle U.S. Plant

Company cites “critical” nature of carmaking

Labor

Big Three Idle N. American Plants through March

A timeout to clean facilities and rethink production methods

Economics

UPDATE: BMW, Ford, Toyota, VW Suspend Production in Europe

UAW calls for similar move in U.S. to protect workers from pandemic

Production

New York Auto Show Postponed Until Late August

Coronavirus torpedoes another automotive event

Batteries

GM Touts Cheaper EV Battery Tech

More power, more range, less cost

Batteries

Audi’s EV Output Chokes on Battery Shortage

Problem may portend a wider auto industry issue in Europe

Business

Tesla Gets Back to Cutting Down Trees in Germany

German plant on track to open next year 

Legal

Tesla’s German Plant on Hold

Bats, wolves and snakes get their day in court.

Business

GM Exits Australia, N. Zealand; Sells Thai Plant

Further focusing on a handful of fruitful markets for manufacturing

Production

Tesla’s China Plant Back in Business

EV maker resumes production in China.

Production

Toyota Extends Plant Shutdowns in China

Carmakers are beginning to extend shutdowns across the country.

Production

Kia Threatens to Scrap 2-Month-Old Factory in India

$1.1 billion facility could be relocated in the country

Batteries

Ford Rehab Project Finds Basement Lake, Whiskey Trove

Resurrecting Detroit’s abandoned train station as transportation future-tech center

Business

Bye-Bye Frankfurt Auto Show

German show leaves town after a 51-year run as attendance plunges.

Propulsion

GM Makes Hamtramck an All-EV Plant

It’s alive! EVs give GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant a new life

Propulsion

Rivian Confirms Platform for Ford EV

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive confirms it will supply the “skateboard” chassis to carry a premium-level electric vehicle developed by Ford.