Top Automotive Industry News for Week of April 6 - April 12, 2020

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of April 6, 2020 - April 12, 2020.

We hope it helps you stay up to speed on the key developments in our industry; and we hope you, your family, and your business are doing as well as possible during this difficult time:

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

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Automakers push to reopen plants with testing and lots of masks (Reuters)

Car Makers Tap Federal Aid to Compensate Laid Off Workers (The Detroit Bureau)

Coronavirus Plant Closings (Automotive News)

Electrify America teams up with Kia for Charging Plan (The Detroit Bureau)

Fiat Chrysler pushes back manufacturing restart to May 4 (Detroit Free Press)

German auto lobby calls on Merkel to allow car sales to resume (The Detroit News)

GM, Ford and Chrysler are in survival mode (CNN)

Honda, Nissan to stop paying furloughed workers at US plants (The Detroit News)

Japan carmakers cutting off pay to 32,000 North American workers (The Detroit News)

May is crunch time for U.S. auto suppliers amid coronavirus shutdown (Reuters)

Nissan May Cut Vehicle Production by 1M as Part of Restructuring (The Detroit Bureau)

Nissan reportedly seeks $4.6 billion credit line as coronavirus hammers car demand (autoblog)

Rivian Delays Launch Of R1T Electric Pickup Until 2021 Due To COVID-19 (Forbes)

Tesla to furlough employees, cut pay due to COVID-19 (USA Today)

Volkswagen furloughs 1,500 workers at Tennessee auto plant starting April 11 (Reuters)

-Automotive Evolution News-

California Permits Nuro To Test Driverless Delivery In Bay Area (Forbes)

Karma Unveils New Autonomous Platform (The Detroit Bureau)

Self-Driving NAVYA, Beep Shuttles Used To Tranport COVID-19 Tests To Mayo Clinic In Florida (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Coronavirus has dealerships moving to online sales ā€” and car buying may never be the same (Detroit Free Press)

Coronavirus pushes auto dealers to embrace online sales like Tesla, Carvana (CNBC)

Governor loosens Michigan auto dealership shutdown to allow online sales (The Detroit News)

Second Coronavirus Wave Would Finish ā€œVā€ Shaped Auto Sales Recovery Hopes (Forbes)

NADA Issues First Quarter 2020 Analysis of Auto Sales (Auto Dealer Today)

Video partnership helps dealers stay connected, keep social distance (Auto Remarketing)

What Are the Best New-Car Deals and Incentives during the Pandemic? (Car and Driver)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

New Methods and Channels of Remarketing Needed Now More Than Ever (Vehicle Remarketing)

Wholesale supply: The cars are there, but sales have shrunk (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Car Insurers Are Giving Customers Breaks Due to Coronavirus (Consumer Reports)

FAQ for Car Shoppers and Owners during the Pandemic (Car and Driver)

Small consolation: Gas prices below $1, car insurance rebates, fewer traffic deaths (The Detroit News)

U.S. Drivers Set to Post Biggest Decline in Miles Traveled in Half Century (The Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Fiat Chrysler recalls vehicles to fix backup camera displays (The Detroit News)

-General & Executive News-

Economists say US in short deep recession, but consumers expected to keep spending despite job losses (CNBC)

GM offers manufacturing blueprints for face masks to 600 auto parts suppliers amid virus pandemic (CNBC)

GM signs $490M contract under Defense Production Act to build ventilators to fight coronavirus pandemic (USA Today)

Cox Automotive hub aims to help dealers build resilience, reimagine the future (Auto Remarketing)

Miracle in Plymouth: UAW worker celebrates Ford making 1M face shields in 13 days (USA Today)

Unemployment rate now seen above 15% (Auto Remarketing)

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