Toyota and Volkswagen are postponing the North American re-launch of their production activities. At Toyota, the date has been moved from May 4 to May 11, while at Volkswagen, the date has not yet been determined.
Hyundai gives a preview of the upcoming N Line version of its refreshed 2021 Elantra. The spiffed-up edition of the sedan should show up at dealerships before the end of this year, along with the regular version of the model that’s being redesigned for next year.
The big three U.S. automakers, GM, Ford and FCA, have agreed on a date for reopening their American assembly plants. Barring setbacks, operations should resume at U.S. automotive factories starting on May 18.
The auto industry may need to look at offering major incentives to encourage the purchase of new vehicles in the coming months. In fact that’s what we’re starting to hear behind the scenes as the industry prepares for recovery.
Volkswagen’s biggest assembly plant, the Wolfsburg facility in Germany, has now restarted operations. In the United States, resumption of activities at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is scheduled for May 3.
Ford has developed a 1400-hp electric prototype of the Ford Mustang. The long-anticipated battery-powered muscle car does the quarter mile in under 8 seconds, at an average speed of 170 mph, or 274 km/h. Hold on to your hats…
Hyundai announces the arrival of a new eight-speed automatic transmission for its Veloster N. In a nutshell, the new transmission will make the model more efficient, more economical and more fun, according to the automaker.
So far, the coronavirus pandemic has not dissuaded Ford from planning a premiere of its new Bronco SUV before the onset of summer. That plan is contingent, however, on Ford being able to start reopening its assembly plants as currently scheduled.
According to a union representative, Ford is looking to reopen a first assembly plant on May 4. The lucky winner could be the company’s facility in Kentucky where pickup trucks are manufactured.
Porsche will offer its roadside assistance program to 250,000 Ontario healthcare workers. Doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists working in Ontario hospitals can take advantage of Porsche’s services regardless of the make of their vehicle.