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Tight Inventory Stands to Hamper July Sales, At Least for Some

Fall holiday discounts aside, the height of summer is typically a good time to head out and buy a car. The weather’s good, new models are rolling into dealers, and markdowns are appearing on older stock taking up precious space. Yet 2020 is anything but a normal year. As the industry struggles to regain the […] The post Tight Inventory Stands to Hamper July Sales, At Least for Some appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Production, Autos, Supply, Demand, Inventory, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, Coronavirus


Ford’s Mexican Engine Pipeline Running at Half Speed; Automaker Warns of Plant Shutdowns

Ford cautioned that some of its American assembly plants could be put on ice as early as next week, as shortages persist at a Mexican plant still not running at full capacity. The potential engine shortages stemming from coronavirus fears at Ford’s Chihuahua Engine Plant and in the surrounding countryside would stymie production of key […] The post Ford’s Mexican Engine Pipeline Running at Half Speed; Automaker Warns of Plant Shutdowns appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Ford, Autos, Ford Escape, Ford Super Duty, News Blog, Chihuahua Engine Plant, Coronavirus, Chihuahua Engine, Production Shutdowns


BMW Motorrad Posts Record June Sales

Moving Past COVID-19 Despite the pandemic, sales of powersports equipment have been strong. I reported on this the other day. The case in point is BMW Motorrad. The company posted strong sales numbers in June and that has led to a nearly 10 percent rise in sales year-over-year, according to RideApart. When the pandemic first hit, the company did see a drop in sales. During the highest levels of panic around the pandemic folks just weren’t out there buying bikes. However, now it seems they are a...
Tags: Europe, Motorcycles, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Sales, Coronavirus, Germany France Portugal, Belgium Netherland Luxemburg


2020 Americade Rally Is Canceled

Hopefully, It Will Return Next Year The Americade Rally isn’t postponed in 2020, it simply isn’t going to happen this year. The reason for this is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still an issue and is causing many events to be postponed or canceled. The original date for the Americade Rally was June 2-6 in Lake George, New York. From there, it got pushed out to July 21-25. Now the uncertainty about gatherings in the state of New York and the fact that many riders would not have shown up have forc...
Tags: New York, Motorcycles, Sturgis, Motorcycle News, Lake George New York, Dutcher, Coronavirus, Americade Rally, Christian Dutcher


Regulatory roadblocks are holding back Colombia’s tech and transportation industries

Daniel Rodriguez Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Rodriguez is CEO and co-founder of Picap, which has raised more than $7 million of venture capital for its mobility platform, which operates across eight Latin American countries. “You know we don’t drive down that road,” my father said. I had asked him why we never took the shortest path to the beach. Just eight years old, I was fascinated by maps and was questioning my fat...
Tags: Transportation, Column, South Korea, Opinion, Samsung, Tech, Renewable Energy, Policy, Colombia, Automotive, World Bank, Mobility, Lg, Financial Services, Latin America, Daniel Rodriguez


Good News: The Fiat 500L Is Back in Production

Fiat Chrysler’s Serbian assembly plant was the first European auto factory to shut down as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic — a grim harbinger of things to come, and not just for Europe. That temporary February shutdown stemmed from a parts shortage arising from the hard-hit Chinese manufacturing sector. A far more prolonged […] The post Good News: The Fiat 500L Is Back in Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Sales, Production, Autos, Fiat, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, fiat 500L, Coronavirus, 500L


Benelli Museum Reopens to the Public

Coming Out of the Pandemic In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of businesses were forced to shut down. In Italy, these shutdowns were pretty much everything. The devastating effects of the virus were felt worse there than many other places. Now the country is coming out of the worst of the pandemic and reopening. Recently, Motociclismo reported that the Benelli museum has now reopened to the public.  To celebrate the museum’s reopening, all visitors will be able to attend the museum fre...
Tags: Motorcycles, Italy, Benelli, Motorcycle News, Motociclismo, Coronavirus, Benelli Museum Reopens


Piaggio Group Secures $60 Million Loan

Keeping Things Rolling Piaggio Group is a massive organization. The group is comprised of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, and other brands, and rakes in a lot of money, so I was a bit surprised to learn that the company secured a $60 million loan in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Piaggio Group isn’t in financial trouble. The company is massive and can weather an economic storm like the one that accompanied COVID-19. However, the virus has put a lot of stress on the company’s various brands,...
Tags: Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Piaggio Group, Cassa Depositi, Coronavirus, COVID, Aprilia Moto Guzzi Vespa, Banca MPS


Housekeeping: Happy Masked Fourth of July, America

This year is a bit different. If you plan on celebrating the birth of your nation by blowing up a small part of it (still one of my favorite Simpsons lines), you best be doing it with a mask on and socially distanced from anyone you don’t live with. That’s because the world is still in […] The post Housekeeping: Happy Masked Fourth of July, America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Autos, Housekeeping, Fourth of July, News Blog, Coronavirus


Fiat Chrysler to Workers: We’ll Decide When Our Plants Shut Down, Thank You

Despite new health measures incorporating physical distancing, barriers, and personal protective equipment, working on a factory floor is undoubtedly a tense experience for many these days. That certainly seems to be the case at Fiat Chrysler, which issued a warning to its hourly workers over the weekend. As reported by Bloomberg, the warning comes after […] The post Fiat Chrysler to Workers: We’ll Decide When Our Plants Shut Down, Thank You appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Bloomberg, Production, Fca, Autos, Fiat Chrysler, Workplace Safety, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Coronavirus


Seeing Red: U.S. Auto Sales, Q2 2020

In what might be the most blindingly obvious statement ever to be made in this august publication, the second quarter of 2020 was an absolute disaster for vehicle sales. Under the withering gaze of a global pandemic, the nation’s car dealers were awash in red ink — and the bitter tears of various dealer principals. […] The post Seeing Red: U.S. Auto Sales, Q2 2020 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, United States, Autos, Car Sales, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, High Finance, Auto Dealerships, Coronavirus


‘No mask, no ride’: Uber extends face-covering requirement indefinitely

The ridesharing company says masks will help protect people from the coronavirus
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Mask, Ridesharing, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Without evidence, Musk blames ‘false positives’ for surge in coronavirus cases

Tesla CEO, who downplayed fears of the disease, provided no sources for claims
Tags: Elon Musk, News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Musk, Coronavirus


Revisiting No-Fan NASCAR

A while back, I penned a piece describing my mixed feelings about NASCAR running without fans during the pandemic. Now, a few weeks on, I have a bit more clarity. I was worried that even with NASCAR’s safety protocols in place, the coronavirus might spread among crew. I was also worried about contact between the […] The post Revisiting No-Fan NASCAR appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Rants, Editorials, Autos, Nascar, News Blog, Coronavirus


We’re Cancelling 2021 Auto Shows Now

Well, that’s it, then. Is the traditional auto show dead? The tombstone has yet to be erected, but Monday’s cancellation of the 2021 Geneva International Motor Show, coming on the heels of so many cancellations in 2020, certainly makes it feel as if, somewhere, an epitaph’s being chiseled on a monument. The planned 2020 Geneva […] The post We’re Cancelling 2021 Auto Shows Now appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Auto Shows, Autos, Geneva, Trade Shows, Geneva International Motor Show, News Blog, Coronavirus


Industry In Line for Milder Sales Uptick in June

Your mileage will vary, automakers. As consumer confidence increases to some degree — a phenomenon partially dependent on what the novel coronavirus is doing in various regions — auto sales are expected to follow. Forecasters now claim U.S. auto sales will see a marked uptick in June that pales next to the jump seen in May. According […] The post Industry In Line for Milder Sales Uptick in June appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Forecast, Incentives, Inventory, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, Coronavirus


The Biker Badgers Start Website to Support Biker-Owned Businesses

Supporting Other Bikers In times like these with Coronavirus screwing up all sorts of motorcycle-related business, it’s nice to see some folks work on a solution. Sonny “Badger” and his wife Angie of The Badgers, successful Vloggers and influencers in the motorcycling world decided to build a website for biker owned businesses. The goal? To help other riders support biker-owned businesses.  The site is supportbikers.com, and it’s a database of biker-owned businesses. It’s not just businesses fo...
Tags: Motorcycles, Badgers, Angie, Motorcycle News, Coronavirus, Supportbikers.com, Sonny Badger


After Telling Staff That Working During Pandemic Was Voluntary, Tesla Reportedly Sent Termination Notices

Some Tesla workers who were originally informed they were not “obligated” to show up for shifts at the company’s Fremont, California production facility as it reopened during the coronavirus pandemic have in fact received termination notices, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Elon Musk, Science, Labor, Washington Post, Cars, Tesla, Automotive, Fremont California, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


You’re All Driving Quite a Bit These Days

Without getting into the thick, tangled weeds of various coronavirus-related controversies, let it be known that, in some states, the streets and highways have returned to traffic levels seen before “lockdown” became common verbiage. Yes, a good many of you are really putting miles under your belt (and tires). It’s summer, it’s hot, and lockdown […] The post You’re All Driving Quite a Bit These Days appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Data, Traffic, Autos, Driving, Congestion, News Blog, Coronavirus


Subaru USA CEO Tom Doll Gets Specific About COVID and Post-COVID U.S. Sales Goals

After a streak of 11 consecutive years of U.S. sales growth for Subaru, a period in which the brand doubled its market share to 4.1 percent, “We’ll start a new streak next year,” the brand’s U.S. CEO Tom Doll says of 2020. At any other point in history, the declines reported by Subaru over the […] The post Subaru USA CEO Tom Doll Gets Specific About COVID and Post-COVID U.S. Sales Goals appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Subaru, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, Tom Doll, Subaru USA, Coronavirus


At Home Forever: Automakers Consider New Ways of Working

If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that you can keep people isolated in their homes without any negative consequences whatsoever. Sure, we’ve seen articles from scientific journals like The Lancet warning that similar experiments run on a much smaller scale resulted in psychological stress and disorder, including low mood, insomnia, stress, anxiety, […] The post At Home Forever: Automakers Consider New Ways of Working appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Employment, Remote Work, MB, Ford, Working From Home, Autos, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Mercedes-benz, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, News Blog, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival Postponed Until 2021

Two Iconic Events Pushed Out As the year wears on, more and more motorcycle events get canned or pushed out due to Coronavirus. The latest to succumb to COVID-19’s effects is the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. According to MoreBikes, the two events usually take place in July and September, but this year they won’t happen as scheduled due to the spread of COVID-19. The events will resume in 2021. If you have purchased tickets for the even in 2020, your tickets will still be...
Tags: Motorcycles, Richmond, Goodwood, Goodwood Revival, Motorcycle News, Coronavirus, Motorcycle Events, Goodwood Festival of Spee, Goodwood Supporters Association


Back to the Office Cooler? It Might Not Happen for Some Ford Employees

By now, most Americans are sick of seeing the inside of their own homes, but not everyone falls into that camp. There’s pros to go with working from home that, in some cases, outweigh the cons. Ford Motor Company, which sent 30,000 U.S. employees home amid the coronavirus pandemic, wants to hear from this cohort […] The post Back to the Office Cooler? It Might Not Happen for Some Ford Employees appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Work From Home, Remote Work, Ford, Autos, Workplace Safety, Ford Motor Company, Health And Safety, News Blog, Ford Employees, Coronavirus


Flood Turns to a Trickle As U.S. Demands Fewer Cars From Japan

The trans-Pacific flow of automobiles between the U.S. and Japan has always been a lopsided thing, with an infinitely greater number of cars heading east than west. Lately, thanks to a spiky virus, that flow has tapered off. Just how fewer Japanese vehicles made a boat trip in May is cause for concern for their […] The post Flood Turns to a Trickle As U.S. Demands Fewer Cars From Japan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Sales, Exports, Autos, Pacific, News Blog, Coronavirus


Intermot 2020 Officially Canceled, Replaced With an Online Event

Another Event Canceled Today, the Koelnmesse and the German Motorcycle Industry Association announced Intermot is canceled. The organizers stated that manufacturers and others in the industry are struggling now due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and it wouldn’t be right to ask them to put money and resources towards the event. “An event that depends on its appeal as an experience and event cannot be held in this form at this point in time and thus does not meet the expectation...
Tags: Motorcycles, Koelnmesse, Motorcycle News, Intermot, Motorcycle Industry Association, Coronavirus, Motorcycle Events, Reiner Brendicke, Oliver Frese


Coronavirus Still a ‘Thing’ for Volkswagen As Mexican Facilities Remain Shuttered

Don’t let that beer in your hand (and the public patio surrounding you)fool you into believing everything’s normal — the novel coronavirus is still causing headaches, including for automakers attempting to return to full-scale production. For Volkswagen, it means the plants supplying U.S. dealers with strong-selling models will remain offline for a while longer, complicating […] The post Coronavirus Still a ‘Thing’ for Volkswagen As Mexican Facilities Remain Shuttered appeared first on The Truth...
Tags: Mexico, Production, Autos, Volkswagen, Don, News Blog, Coronavirus


KTM CEO Says Sales Have Stayed Strong Since COVID-19 Pandemic Began

A Surprising Result for KTM In a recent interview with Le Repaire des Motards, Pierer Mobility Group’s CEO Stefan Pierer said that KTM reacted early on to the pandemic and actually has not seen much of an issue with its sales since reopening. He said that his company has actually hired more people since the pandemic. When asked how the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic impacted KTM and the other brands under the Piere Mobility Group’s umbrella Pierer said this: “It was not unexpected! As an interna...
Tags: Google, Europe, China, Austria, Motorcycles, KTM, Motorcycle News, Stefan Pierer, Pierer, Piere Mobility Group, Coronavirus, COVID, Pierer Mobility Group, Le Repaire des Motards Pierer Mobility Group, Mattighofen


2020 Land Rover Defender Is On Sale, but Getting One May Be Tricky

Months ago, I was supposed to board a plane to Old Blighty to drive the new Land Rover Defender. Given the vehicle’s heritage and importance to the brand, I was excited to see if it was a worthy successor to the famous series of SUVs that came before. I was also excited to go to […] The post 2020 Land Rover Defender Is On Sale, but Getting One May Be Tricky appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Production, Autos, Land Rover, Land Rover Defender, News Blog, Defender, Coronavirus


Bentley Slashes Jobs, Predictably Delays First EV

Bentley Motors plans to quash roughly a quarter of its workforce. Not long ago, following a profitable 2019, CEO Adrian Hallmark said that the brand was on track to have a stellar 2020. Alas, it was not to be. The coronavirus lockdowns left Bentley losing £88 million ($111 million USD) for each month of lost production and […] The post Bentley Slashes Jobs, Predictably Delays First EV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Layoffs, Jobs, Autos, Bentley, Luxury Brands, Job Cuts, News Blog, Bentley Motors, Adrian Hallmark, Coronavirus


A Break From the Fam: As the Detroit Three White-collar Crowd Cools Its Heels At Home, Fiat Chrysler Has a Plan

You read yesterday how Ford Motor Company plans to keep its salaried workforce working from homes presumably overflowing with baking flour and yeast until September — a measure designed to combat spread of the novel coronavirus. Ford’s Detroit rivals have shown themselves to be pretty much on the same page in terms of pandemic response, though […] The post A Break From the Fam: As the Detroit Three White-collar Crowd Cools Its Heels At Home, Fiat Chrysler Has a Plan appeared first on The Truth A...
Tags: General Motors, Remote Work, Ford, Fca, Gm, Autos, Detroit, Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Detroit Three, Health And Safety, News Blog, Coronavirus



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