An empty assembly line is pictured at Autoeuropa Volkswagen car factory during partial lockdown as part of state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lisbon, Portugal. (REUTERS)
An empty assembly line is pictured at Autoeuropa Volkswagen car factory during partial lockdown as part of state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lisbon, Portugal. (REUTERS)

Masks are must: How automakers are gearing up to resume factory productions

  • From wearing masks at all times and realigning assembly lines to even deferring meal times till after the shift, car makers are gearing up for a significantly altered work culture, especially at production facilities.

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If March was mayhem for global auto giants, April likely to be even worse

  • With car factories around the world either limping back to life or remaining shut for the entire month, April is expected to fare even more poorly than March had.
  • Tightened cash flow and low demand may prompt car makers to either delay new product launches or rethink marketing strategy, or both.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra
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Automakers push to reopen plants with testing and lots of masks

  • Auto manufacturers and suppliers are converging on a consensus that temperature screening, daily health questionnaires, assembly lines redesigned to keep workers apart, and lots of masks and gloves can enable large-scale factories to operate safely.

File photo: Employees work on a production line inside a Dongfeng Honda factory after lockdown measures in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease outbreak, were further eased. (REUTERS)
File photo: Employees work on a production line inside a Dongfeng Honda factory after lockdown measures in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease outbreak, were further eased. (REUTERS)

In coronavirus-hit Wuhan, Honda workers are returning to job, one-meter apart

  • Honda's Wuhan facility, a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group, was shut in late January when authorities ordered a lockdown in the city in a bid to snuff out the coronavirus.

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Police officers stand guard at a toll station of an expressway after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, were lifted. (REUTERS)
Police officers stand guard at a toll station of an expressway after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, were lifted. (REUTERS)

Once coronavirus-hit Wuhan opens doors, traffic jams 'come out' uninvited

  • While traffic jams across the city of Wuhan, believed to be the epicenter of Covid-19 that continues to plague almost every country across the world, are not anywhere near the 2019 average when life was normal, it still got significantly bad significantly fast.

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Work being done at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana, where GM and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce Ventec VOCSN critical care ventilators in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Work being done at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana, where GM and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce Ventec VOCSN critical care ventilators in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Why making ventilators is a tough challenge for carmakers

The same disruption the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on automakers’ global supply chains will apply equally to their efforts to make ventilators.

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A health care worker instructs people arriving in their cars to be tested for COVID-19 in California. (AFP)
A health care worker instructs people arriving in their cars to be tested for COVID-19 in California. (AFP)

All you need to know about India's first drive-through Covid-19 testing facility

  • The Covid-19 testing facility has been opened in Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area.
  • The test costs 4,500 and the results are available within 36 hours.
  • Drive-through testing facilities reduce the risk of exposure to others while also reducing pressure on existing healthcare establishments.

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Money worth millions to be returned by several automobile insurers amid lockdown

  • Allstate Corp. expects to give back more than $600 million, with personal auto customers receiving 15% of their monthly premium in April and May.
  • American Family Insurance said it plans to return about $200 million to its auto-insurance customers through a one-time payment of $50 per covered vehicle.

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Tesla Model S is likely to get the Cheetah Stance update first.
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