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BMW has introduced Contactless Experience, a digital-first purchase experience that aims to prioritise safety for its customers. Offering a suite of services that gives you all the benefits of a dealership, right from the comfort of your home helping you to welcome joy into your homes.
short by Aarish / 09:59 am on 09 Apr
Automakers Ford, General Motors and Elon Musk-led Tesla have been given the "go ahead" to make ventilators and "other metal products" to help plug shortage amid COVID-19 pandemic, US President Donald Trump tweeted. He added, "Go for it auto execs, let's see how good you are." Since COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia, ventilators are often needed.
short by Dharna / 09:53 am on 23 Mar
The North American International Auto Show, which was scheduled for June in Detroit, has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The city is planning to repurpose the show's venue, TCF Center, into a temporary field hospital. The next Detroit Auto Show will be held in June 2021.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:20 pm on 29 Mar
Automobile manufacturers asked to make ventilators: Health Ministry
short by Pragya Swastik / on 30 Mar 2020,Monday
The Centre has asked automobile manufacturers to use their facilities to produce ventilators in view of rising COVID-19 cases, the Health Ministry said. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will begin manufacturing 20,000 N-95 masks per day within the next week, it added. The ministry informed that over 14,000 existing ventilators are earmarked for COVID-19 patients.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:53 pm on 30 Mar
India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has temporarily shut all its manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide including the units in India, Colombia and Bangladesh, due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is reportedly the first global closure announced by a major Indian manufacturer. While the plants remain closed, the company's non-production staff will be working remotely.
short by Dharna / 11:49 am on 22 Mar
Tesla CEO Elon Musk told his employees, "I'd like to be super clear that if you feel the slightest bit ill or even uncomfortable, please do not feel obligated to come to work," according to an internal memo accessed by Electrek. "I will personally be at work, but that's just me," Musk added. Earlier, Musk had called coronavirus panic "dumb".
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:04 pm on 17 Mar
Elon Musk-led electric automaker Tesla announced that starting Monday, it will suspend production at its vehicle factory in California's Fremont, after widespread criticism over keeping its production line active in defiance of a local county order. The Alameda County had issued a shelter-at-home order limiting business amid COVID-19 outbreak, where Tesla didn't qualify as an "essential business".
short by Dharna / 11:52 am on 20 Mar
Mahindra says it won't invest further in South Korean unit SsangYong
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 04 Apr 2020,Saturday
Mahindra and Mahindra has said it won't invest further in SsangYong Motor and asked the South Korean unit to look for other means of funding. The announcement comes less than two months after Mahindra said it would invest $423 million to turnaround SsangYong. However, Mahindra is considering a one-time infusion of $32 million in SsangYong over the next three months.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:55 pm on 04 Apr
Elon Musk-led automaker Tesla has released a video explaining how it's building ventilators using car parts to help plug shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. The prototype utilises some components from Tesla Model 3's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, while using the car's centre touchscreen as the user interface. Ventilators are typically used in critical COVID-19 cases.
short by Dharna / 10:35 am on 06 Apr
A video showing a Tesla Model 3 stopping automatically at a red traffic light has surfaced on Twitter. Later, the automaker's CEO Elon Musk retweeted the reposted clip, which was captioned, "Next Autopilot update will stop for red lights and stop signs automatically." The vehicle was likely equipped with Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) package and part of its early-access program.
short by Dharna / 12:07 pm on 27 Mar
Maruti Suzuki has signed an agreement with AgVa Healthcare, an existing manufacturer of ventilators, to produce 10,000 ventilators per month to help the Indian government in the fight against coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Hyundai said it has ordered advanced diagnostic testing kits from South Korea which will help over 25,000 patients. This will be shared with hospitals in different states.
short by Kiran Khatri / 06:08 pm on 28 Mar
Two Tesla employees test positive for COVID-19: Reports
short by Aishwarya / on 27 Mar 2020,Friday
Two Tesla employees, working from home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, an internal email sent to employees revealed, media reports said. The email mentioned both were not symptomatic in the office and are quarantined at home and recovering well. Their co-workers, working from home already, were notified so they can quarantine, the email read.
short by Aishwarya / 06:54 pm on 27 Mar
Maruti Suzuki reports 47% drop in March sales due to coronavirus
short by Anushka Dixit / on 01 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Maruti Suzuki's sales dropped by 47% in March, selling 83,792 units, due to coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted demand. Maruti had sold 1,58,076 units in March last year, the company said. The company's overall sales were down 16% in the financial year ended March 31, selling 1.56 million vehicles, as compared to the previous year's sale of 1.86 million vehicles.
short by Anushka Dixit / 03:28 pm on 01 Apr
The Supreme Court has relaxed the March 31 deadline and allowed the sale of BS-IV vehicles for ten days after lockdown due to coronavirus is lifted. Indian carmakers will be allowed to sell 10% of their BS-IV stock during this period, except in Delhi-NCR region. The unsold inventory is worth over ₹7,000 crore, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations said.
short by Kiran Khatri / 08:35 pm on 27 Mar
Volkswagen to shut down most European plants amid coronavirus
short by Kiran Khatri / on 17 Mar 2020,Tuesday
German carmaker Volkswagen is preparing to shut down most of its European plants for two-three weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus, CEO Herbert Diess said. The company will suspend production in Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain before end of this week. Diess added that 2020 will be a "very difficult year" as pandemic poses "unknown operational and financial challenges".
short by Kiran Khatri / 07:09 pm on 17 Mar
Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks and donate the critical medical equipment to emergency workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The automaker said it plans to produce one million face masks a month. The masks will be produced in China and will initially be distributed in the US, Canada and Mexico.
short by Dharna / 10:12 am on 24 Mar
Formula E season suspended for 2 months amid coronavirus fears
short by Aishwarya / on 13 Mar 2020,Friday
Formula E season has been suspended for two months because of coronavirus outbreak. FIA, organising body behind motor sport and Formula E, said the decision to temporarily halt races is down to "challenges" the current worldwide health crisis poses to events in city centres. Formula E Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag said, "Now is the time to take responsible action."
short by Aishwarya / 10:09 pm on 13 Mar
Tesla to suspend production at US factories, cut salaries by 10-30%
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Tesla will be suspending production at its US factories till May 4 and cut pay for salaried employees between 10% and 30%. It will "keep only minimum critical operations running" till then. Tesla will also furlough employees who cannot work from home and have not been assigned critical onsite positions. The pay cuts and the furloughs will begin April 13.
short by Aishwarya / 03:28 pm on 08 Apr
Anthony Levandowski, Uber's former self-driving technology head pleaded guilty of stealing trade secrets from Waymo, Google's self-driving car unit. Levandowski was accused of stealing more than 14,000 files and charged with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. He has pleaded guilty to one count of theft in an agreement with prosecutors to drop remaining charges.
short by Aishwarya / 06:50 pm on 20 Mar
Tesla's California factory will remain open for production despite a shelter-in-place order by Alameda County Sheriff. However, it has dropped from around 10,000 employees to 2,500. Tesla has asked employees to come to work if their job is to produce, service, deliver or test its electric vehicles, as it has had "conflicting guidance from different levels of government".
short by Aishwarya / 09:45 pm on 19 Mar
Ford recalls 68,000 vehicles over rollaway risk
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Ford issued a recall of nearly 68,000 select 2020 vehicles built in February or March of this year and equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The recall is prompted by an issue that could lead to the car moving unintentionally when put in Park. The affected vehicles include the F-150, the Ranger and the Expedition with police package.
short by Aishwarya / 05:40 pm on 08 Apr
SoftBank is close to finalising a deal to lead a $300 million investment in the autonomous driving unit of China's Didi Chuxing, The Information reported. Softbank announced on Monday it would sell $41 billion in assets to help reduce its debt and fund a share buyback. Following the announcement, SoftBank's shares jumped 20% on Tuesday.
short by Aishwarya / 10:00 am on 25 Mar
German air taxi startup Lilium has closed a funding round of over $240 million. The latest investment was led by Tencent with participation from other existing investors. Lilium plans to use the funds to keep developing its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and start preparations for serial production at its manufacturing facilities, for an expected launch in 2025.
short by Dharna / 05:13 pm on 23 Mar
German carmaker BMW has filed a case against Indian auto company Om Balajee Automobile for manufacturing e-rickshaws under the 'DMW' trademark since 2013. BMW accused Om of using the trademark with a "dishonest intention" to take advantage of its reputation and goodwill. The Delhi HC has forbidden Om from, "in any manner, dealing with any goods" bearing the mark 'DMW'.
short by Anushka Dixit / 07:26 pm on 24 Mar
Maruti Suzuki cuts production by 32% in March
short by Anushka Dixit / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has cut production by 32.05% in March, producing 92,540 units compared to 1,36,201 units in March 2019. Production of passenger vehicles also fell by 32.26% to 91,602 units as against 1,35,236 units last year. Notably, Maruti Suzuki India's share price rose 8% intraday on Wednesday despite the announcement of fall in production.
short by Anushka Dixit / 03:54 pm on 08 Apr
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