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Coronavirus Roundup: March 27

More companies idle plants, look for cash

Economics

GM Tightens Its Belt

Pay cuts for staff, deferred product programs to avoid “serious damage”

Business

Volvo Sees a Ray of Hope…in China

Production and sales “very close to normal”

Mobility

Toyota Appoints Self-Driving-Car Guru to Board

James Kuffner has the knowhow and background to help transform the carmaker’s future

Business

Conti Names New N. America President

Jeff Klei to retire; Bob Lee tapped as successor

Propulsion

GM Names New CTO and Communications Chief

Jon Lauckner and Tony Cervone retiring at the end of June

Business

Uber and Lyft Hit Hard by Coronavirus

Companies issue new policies as ridership and stock prices plunge

Business

Canadian Billionaire Hikes Aston Martin Bid

Deal would hike tycoon’s stake to 25%

Business

COVID-19 Concerns Sideline Automotive News World Congress

Postponement follows cancellations of Beijing, Geneva and New York auto shows

Business

Structural Fatigue Worsens for Renault-Nissan Alliance

Distractions keep piling up as partnership flounders

Business

PSA’s Tavares Named World Car Person of the Year

FCA merger, Opel turnaround lead list of accomplishments

Legal

Ex-UAW President Indicted in Corruption Scandal

Probe has netted 14 people to date

Business

VW: We Need a Green Kick in the Pants

“We are too slow,” admits CEO Herbert Diess.

Economics

Does Michigan Need a Chief Mobility Officer?

New unit aims to build on state’s historic leadership and, more importantly, position it for the future  

Legal

Four Auto Companies Rank Among the World's Most Ethical

GM and Cooper Standard make the list for the first time, joining long-running honorees Aptiv and Cummins

Business

Building an Auto Industry Talent Supply Chain

How to fill the auto industry talent pipeline

Business

Mike Bell Departs Rivian as CTO

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months

Labor

Ex-UAW Official Gets 28-Month Prison Term for Supplier Shakedown

Federal investigators creep closer to indicting former union presidents.

Economics

Ford’s New COO Could See Pay Jump 32%

It’s all about delivering the company’s long-awaited overhaul

Economics

Daimler Grinds Away at Fixing Its Financial Woes

The challenges pile up for Daimler’s freshman CEO.

Business

Ghosn Goes Hollywood

Ghosn hires a big-time Hollywood agent to shop his story.

Interiors & Electronics

Designer Helene Rother Gets Her Due as Hall of Fame Inductee

Pioneering interior stylist is recognized alongside Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo, long-time Genuine Parts executive Tom Gallagher and car enthusiast extraordinaire Jay Leno

Design

Taisuke Nakamura and Infiniti Design

The company is now 30 years old. As it goes into its next 30, Taisuke Nakamura is leading the design challenge.

Business

Canadian Tycoon Buys 17% of Aston Martin

Canadian-led group throws a lifeline to iconic British carmaker Aston Martin