Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Published May 06, 2020 by Bedliner Review with 1 comment

List of automotive events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus (Covid-19)

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The global challenge posed by the spread of the coronavirus has been swift and already significant. The automotive industry is incredibly global in scope and thus is imperiled to the extensive disruption that Covid-19 is making.

Keeping track of measures being taken to reduce the impact of the virus on the car industry is tricky, given the rapidly evolving nature of the situation. Still, here we've rounded up some of the significant industry disruptions so far:

Factory closures and other car manufacturers measures against coronavirus

  • Lamborghini has closed its factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese until March 25, 2020. Its R&D and carbon fiber production plants are currently making face masks at the rate of 1,000 per day
  • Bentley has announced that its factory in Crewe will close on March 20 for four weeks
  • BMW will close its plants in Europe, and its factory in Rosslyn, South Africa, until April 19. Rolls-Royce will also close its plant in Goodwood, UK, from March 23 for two weeks, followed by an already-planned two-week Easter maintenance shutdown. Mini will close its three UK facilities in Oxford, Hams Hall and Swindon, from March 23 until April 17. In Germany, BMW Welt, the BMW Museum and BMW Group Classic will be closed to the public from March 17 until further notice. Around 80 percent of BMW retail outlets are closed in Europe; 70 percent in the US, leading to a 20.6 percent drop in sales for Q1
  • Brembo has announced that its Italian plants in Stezzano, Curno, Mapello and Sellero will be closed from March 16 to 22
  • Daimler AG has decided not to hold the company's Annual Shareholders' Meeting as scheduled on April 1, 2020, but to postpone it to a later date in 2020. The firm has boosted its finances by securing a 12bn loan agreement with four banks
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has implemented 'Smart Working' (working from home) to more and more office-based employees in Italy, in addition to spacing measures and controlling employee numbers at company cafeterias
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also announced on March 16 that its subsidiaries FCA Italy and Maserati will temporarily suspend production until March 27, 2020. In Italy, that means its Melfi, G. Vico (Pomigliano), Cassino, Mirafiori Carrozzerie, Grugliasco, and Modena plants are shut. In Serbia, the Kragujevac factory is closed, as is the Tychy plaint in Poland
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has closed its plants in the US from now until at least the end of the March. FCA has signed a 3.5€bn loan agreement with two banks
  • Ferrari has decided to suspend production in Maranello and Modena with immediate effect. It has since confirmed that it plans to reopen its factory on April 14
  • Ford suspended vehicle and engine production suspended at its main manufacturing sites in continental Europe from March 19. It has since extended this suspension until at least May 4
  • Ford has also announced that all global workers who can work from home now must do so from March 16 until further notice. Some managers will be in offices, but only for essential reasons
  • GM has announced that all global workers who can work from home must now do so from March 16, including contractors. Despite being announced just over a week ago, Cadillac has already postponed the debut of its new Lyriq SUV EV
  • GM has since confirmed that all of its plants in North America are to shut down until at least March 30. This will be revised on a week by week basis from then on. Its factory in Kokomo, Indiana, is being used to build ventilators, with its 1,000 staff currently undergoing training
  • The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced on March 15 that they are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies
  • Groupe PSA announced on March 16 that it will close all of its vehicle production sites in Europe until March 27. From March 16, Mulhouse (France) and Madrid (Spain) are closed; from March 17, Poissy, Rennes, and Sochaux (France); Zaragoza (Spain); Eisenach and Rüsselsheim (Germany), Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom), and Gliwice (Poland) follow suit. Then on March 18, Hordain (France), Vigo (Spain), and Mangualde (Portugal) close. Finally, on March 19, Luton (United Kingdom), and Trnava (Slovakia) will close. It has signed two 3bn loan agreements to ensure liquidity during the crisis
  • Groupe Renault has announced the cessation of production activities at its industrial sites in France and Spain from March 16 until further notice. Its REVOZ plan in Novo mesto, Slovenia, closed on March 17, as did its plant in Cacia, Portugal. Its two plants in Morocco, in Tangier and Casablanca, close on March 19. All of its Latin American operations are also now closed. The Dacia plants in Romania will also close from March 19 until April 5
  • Honda has closed its UK plant until at least April 6. This factory is also earmarked for complete closure in 2021
  • Honda will suspend North American production for six days beginning March 23, with current plans to return to production on March 31. Honda transmission and engine plants in North America that serve Honda auto plants also will suspend production for the same time period, taking the total to 13 factories that are affected in Canada, the US and Mexico
  • Hyundai has closed its plant in Alabama after a member of its workforce there tested positive for COVID-19. All office workers have been sent home, and the debut of the new Elantra has been postponed
  • Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that it will temporarily suspend production at its UK manufacturing facilities, with a view to reopening on April 20. Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing plants in Brazil and India continue operating. The company's joint venture plant in China reopened on February 24
  • Nissan stopped production at its Sunderland, UK, plant, on March 17 until the end of the week, and is monitoring the situation with regards to when it will reopen
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Onnaing has already suspended production, as has Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) in Burnaston and Deeside, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) in Walbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice. From March 19, Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (TPCA) in Kolin, Czech Republic, will close, followed by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya on March 21
  • Volvo Cars has announced that its Belgium plant will remain closed until April 5. Its Swedish and US plants will be closed between March 26 and April 14
  • VW Group announced on March 17 that it is gradually closing its European factories, including those for components, for a minimum of two weeks. The plants affected are Wolfsburg, Emden, Dresden, Osnabrück, and Zwickau (Germany); Bratislava (Slovakia), Pamplona (Spain) and Palmela (Portugal). Components plants at Brunswick, Chemnitz, Hanover, Kassel, Salzgitter and SITECH are also to close

Motor Shows

  • Geneva Motor Show was the first major automotive event to be cancelled because of coronavirus. Here's our roundup of the plug-in concept and production cars that were unveiled online instead
  • New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled and will now take place from August 28 to September 6, 2020
  • Beijing Motor Show – Auto China 2020 was due to be held from April 21 to April 30, 2020, but has now been postponed
  • Detroit Auto Show 2020 was due to be held on a new date June, replacing the traditional January date for the NAIAS. However, the TCF Center, where the event was due to be held, is being used as a field hospital for Covid-19 cases. The 2021 show will run from June 11-26
  • Paris Motor Show was due to be held in October. However this has been cancelled, but the event will still run in part using an online format


  • The FIA and the organizers of Formula 1 issued a joint statement confirming that the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, due to take place this weekend, has been cancelled
  • The FIA has announced that the Bahrain, Vietnam, and China Grand Prix have all been postponed. These events were due to take place on March 22, April, and April 19 respectively
  • WRC Rally Mexico took place, but finished one day early. The next round, in Argentina, has been postponed
  • Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019/20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period
  • The organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ACO, have postponed the race until September 19-20
  • The ADAC TOTAL Nürburgring 24h Race is postponed to September 24-27, 2020
  • IMSA and Sebring International Raceway announced that the Twelve Hours of Sebring has been rescheduled to November 11-14, 2020
  • Eurosport Events, promoter of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup has cancelled the WTCR Race of Hungary, originally scheduled for 24-26 April 2020

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Published March 23, 2020 by Bedliner Review with 14 comments

3 Automotive Industry Trends To Watch For In 2020 and Beyond

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The automotive production landscape is altering before our eyes. The increase of the Web of Things and also machine learning are leading the way for automakers to design and also develop extremely effective and technology-enabled cars.

The rise of IoT, combined with an ever-evolving client landscape and the independent aftermarket, is leading several car manufacturers to discover product-as-a-service business models, where clients acquire a wanted outcome or outcome of a product as opposed to the product itself.

As well as, with experts forecasting another dip in new-vehicle sales, car manufacturers should start exploring new income streams. Below are 3 crucial fads we can anticipate in the automobile market this year, with tips on how automakers can utilize these trends to sustain success in 2020 and also past.

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1. Subscription model booms

As consumers significantly anticipate extra flexible consumption versions, they are exploring ultramodern movement alternatives. Vehicle memberships are turning up all over-- major deluxe brands such as Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and also Volvo have actually introduced services.

In 2020, we can anticipate to see much more fostering (the prepared for substance yearly development price with 2022 is 71 percent). The benefits of insurance and maintenance-- coupled with unlimited accessibility-- will end up being increasingly interesting customers. And for automakers to efficiently get ready for even more passion and also fostering in vehicle registrations, enhancing their current solution operations is a requirement to efficiently providing items as services.

2. IOT adoption expansion

As vehicle subscriptions become more commonplace, the responsibility, cost and threat associated with repair and maintenance changes from completion user to the car manufacturer. This will certainly accelerate car manufacturers' fostering of IoT technology in 2020 and also will certainly be essential to keeping track of vehicle performance and forecasting when service is required.

IoT has paved the way for the "as-a-service" company model by presenting affordable sensing units, effective embedded controllers and also wireless communication. With a strong IoT network currently offered, producers can incorporate remote tracking with data analysis to assist in anticipating maintenance, minimize maker downtime and optimize performance.

In addition, as advanced modern technology comes on line, expect car manufacturers to invest a lot more in their technician training facilities. This will ensure that preemptive maintenance and repairs can be made as swiftly as well as accurately as possible.

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3. Overall push for sustainability

Automakers have progressed right into greener service practices with the proliferation of electrical automobiles. Nevertheless, in 2020 as well as the years to find, car manufacturers will certainly intend to minimize waste as well as utilize less natural resources as the circular economy holds.

The means value is developed in organisation today is really straight: We utilize natural resources to develop an item, market that item right into market and throw away it at the end of its life process, filling garbage dumps and making use of energy to continuously dig for natural deposits.

We're seeing the circular economy in consumer brands such as Adidas and its Futurecraft Loop footwear. Consumers return the footwear to Adidas once they have actually used them out as well as the shoes are repurposed for future Loops. It's unpreventable that this same version will make its way to the automotive space, as federal governments, consumers and Wall Street will certainly all anticipate to even more sustainable service practices.

And also, with automakers increasing their concentrate on supplying vehicles as a service, lots of will certainly begin thinking about just how to create items that can be reused, fixed, recycled as well as redistributed. This will certainly influence teams within the whole company-- from r & d to sales, service, financing and more.

The year 2020 is toning up to be one of the most critical the automotive market has seen. And also, it will be exciting to see how car manufacturers adjust to these modifications, and also which ones have the ability to take brand-new methods for success. Inevitably, the trip to completely supplying products as services will take time, yet when managed appropriately, the benefits for both makers and their clients will prove well worth the initiative.

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