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EV

Are auto dealers and consumers ready for an EV future?

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Last week, in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said there are no new internal-combustion engines in development at Audi. With Audi and, seemingly, every other automaker moving towards government-mandated production of only electric vehicles, is there really a wide and deep market ready for that influx? Or will the electric market only […]
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Toyota

Toyota investing $210 million in West Virginia engine production

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On Thursday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) announced plans to upgrade the Buffalo facility to expand upon engines produced for their vehicles. An additional $210 million US has been committed to the project, and 100 new jobs are expected to result from the expansion. The upgrade in the facility puts the total investment into […]
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chip

As semiconductor chip shortage deepens, new solutions come to light

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A semiconductor chip shortage continues to vex the auto industry worldwide. Several factories across nameplates such as Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge have been significantly throttled down as semiconductor chips are in short supply. These shortages have become a worldwide concern with Ford of India and VW’s operations in China just a couple of […]
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semiconductor

Additional factories idled due to semiconductor chip shortages

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Many of the major car manufacturers in the United States are feeling the pinch as parts suppliers are unable to provide the necessary microchips for assembly. Production has been delayed in some capacity by Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen, and others are likely affected as well.  AP News is reporting that Ford’s Louisville, KY […]
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neutral

Major auto industry players aim to be carbon neutral

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Emphasizing the commitment to developing green transportation and processes, several carmakers are announcing plans to move toward a carbon neutral position in manufacturing. While it isn’t a new strategy to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases for some of the largest corporations, the renewed push demonstrates the auto industry’s changing focus toward sustainable energy. Volkswagen announced […]
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dealers

The ‘New Normal’ at Auto Plants and Its Effect on...

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Carmakers are planning their returns to work over the next few weeks. American Honda plans to restart factories on May 4th, as do Toyota, Ford Motor Company, and FCA North America. Early to mid-May seems to be the target for timelines across the field. One thing is given, however: it will not be a return […]
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USMCA

What Effect the USMCA Will Have on the Automotive Sector

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The United States has ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on April 24th and has notified its trade partners in the agreement. That makes way for the USMCA to go into effect on July 1st, 2020, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. It comes at a crucial time for the American economy. Virtually all industries […]
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OEMs

How OEMs Are Adapting to COVID-19

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While many aspects of the novel coronavirus remain unknown, one thing that is becoming abundantly clear is that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the automotive industry. Economic and social factors have already impacted shopping patterns, and with the spread of the disease, manufacturers expect significant supply chain disruptions. At this point, the industry is bracing […]
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lateral support

Should You Use Lateral Support as a Service Department Dispatch...

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Lateral support, Simple Support, Teams, Super Groups and Dispatch. Service Department technician production systems must be designed based on the quality and capabilities of technicians, consideration about the nuances of the franchise in question and quality and quantity of the service advisors employed. Each production system has a specific application depending on variables on the […]
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South Africa

What Does South Africa’s Production and Development Program Mean for...

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The Automotive Production and Development Program (APDP) in South Africa (SA) has undergone some recent changes. The program requires motor companies to increase the value of local content in SA-made vehicles to at least 60%. The program also requires a dramatic increase in the number of black-owned companies that will be supplying components and sub-components. […]
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