CAR researchers are monitoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (officially known as 2019-nCoV)—especially as it may impact the auto industry globally. Here are CAR resources and a selection of external resources to keep you informed on the automotive impact of the virus:
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Coronavirus Update: Disruption and the Impact to the Auto Industry
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- CNBC: Ford, Fiat Chrysler plan to restart production at North American auto plants in April
- New York Times: Bosch Develops Corona Test Tool to Detect Virus in Under Three Hours
- Automotive News: Chinese plants start up as the rest of the world shuts down
- Reuters: U.S. auto sales in states with coronavirus lockdown orders to drop 80%: analysts
- Automotive News: Ford partnering with GE, 3M to build ventilators, respirators, face shields
- Automotive News: Ford to keep N.A. plants shuttered beyond March 30
- Newsweek: Elon Musk Delivers 1,255 Ventilators to California After Buying ‘Oversupply’ From China
- Reuters: Beijing city weighs plans to stimulate autos demand due to coronavirus: report
- Automotive News Europe: Average sales revenue at China dealerships still in slump
- Tech Crunch: Fiat Chrysler to start producing 1 million face masks a month
- Reuters: Coronavirus drags car dealers into digital commerce
- Automotive News: GM suppliers preparing to manufacture ventilator parts
- Automotive News Europe: Germany asks automakers to make medical gear to fight virus
- Forbes: Coronavirus Spooks European Auto Industry and May Spur Revision of EU Co2 Rules
- Reuters: Tesla suspends production at U.S. vehicle factory due to coronavirus
- Reuters: Coronavirus shutdown to cut Europe, Americas auto production by 1.44 million: IHS Markit
- Reuters: U.S. auto industry backs tax relief, delaying USMCA start after coronavirus
- Automotive News: Canadian dealers call for government assistance during coronavirus outbreak
- Reuters: Factbox: Carmakers suspend European production over coronavirus
- ABC News: Automakers shut North American plants over coronavirus fears
- Automotive News Europe: Ferrari and Fiat look at helping Italy make ventilators in virus crisis
- Autoblog: Coronavirus leads Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai to join North American plant closures
- Automotive News: France vows to support PSA, Renault in virus crisis
- National Post: Ford: Falls after company says to borrow 15.4 billion as coronavirus roils industry
- Bloomberg: Musk the Virus Skeptic Makes Reluctant Ventilator Offer After GM
- Fox Detroit: Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler shutting down factories amid Coronavirus
- Reuters: China’s passenger car sales tumble 47% in first half of March due to virus outbreak
- New York Times: U.S. Senator Grassley Says June 1 USMCA Start Date Problematic for Automakers
- Bloomberg: BMW Adds to Worst Year Start for Europe Car Sales Since 2013
- Automotive News: Dealership closures begin states cities could force more
- Reuters: Hyundai Motor’s China plant sales in February fall 97% from a year ago
- Automotive News: Detroit 3 tell salaried employees to work from home in wake of coronavirus
- Automotive News Canada: FCA idles Ontario minivan plant amid workers’ coronavirus fears
- Axios: Coronavirus impact will test Detroit’s mettle
- WardsAuto: FCA Indiana Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Reuters: China automakers seek government relief after February sales dive 79% on coronavirus
- Reuters: Morgan Stanley sees 9% U.S. car sales dip from coronavirus
- ZoZo Go: The ZoZo Go Newsletter: THE VIEW FROM ASIA
- Reuters: As one of China’s ‘Detroits’ reopens, world’s automakers worry about disruptions
- Brookings: The global macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19: Seven scenarios
UPDATE 2/24/2020: The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has spread now to South Korea, Europe, and the Middle East, even as the number of reported cases in China are steadily declining. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped sharply on 24 February 2020 as news of the spread of the disease came out over the previous weekend. The North American impact of the supply chain disruption may still be a few weeks out as it can take 30-60 days for parts sourced from Asian factories to reach the point of production here. Additionally, the disruption may impact parts and components sourced from other countries, and each level of the supply chain has an inventory that may serve to buffer and further delay production interruptions in North America.
- Automotive News: Aptiv expects coronavirus to ding Q1 revenue by $150-$200 million
- Automotive News China: Honda, with plants offline, faces Feb. sales shortfall
- Bloomberg: Japan Sets Up Task Force to Deal With Virus Impact on Automakers
- Bloomberg: Virus Havoc Could Shut Down a Nissan Factory Half a World Away
- Crain’s Detroit Business: As coronavirus hits auto supply chain, question looms: Who pays for pricey freight?
- CNN: The coronavirus crisis could shut auto plants around the world
- The Global Times: Carmakers impaired by sudden supply disruption caused by coronavirus
- Automotive News Europe: FCA says China disruptions could threaten Europe production
- CNBC: Coronavirus adds to ‘dangerous days’ for Detroit automakers in China
- Nikkei Asian Review: Indian automakers face parts shortage as China epidemic hits supply chain
- Reuters: China car dealers seek help as coronavirus slows showroom traffic
- Reuters: Coronavirus could shrink China auto market by 3%-5% in 2020: LMC Automotive
- IHS Markit has an update on the Coronavirus Impact on Automotive Industry, as well as a webinar.
- The New York Times has a coronavirus live update feature.
- Automotive News: Industry Confronts Virus Fears in China
- Automotive News Europe: Automakers, suppliers scale back, issue profit warnings as coronavirus spreads.
- Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Is Infecting the Global Economy. Here’s How.
- Detroit News: Coronavirus deepens challenges for Detroit Three in China.
- Nikkei Asian Review: Wuhan shutdown knocks ‘world’s factory’ off-kilter as death toll rises: Prolonged business closure casts stifles auto and high-tech industries. The story includes a list of major companies in Hubei Province.
- Wall Street Journal: Virus Outbreak Confronts Global Automakers in China.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has an information page on 2019-nCoV.
If you are concerned about reported cases in the United States, the CDC page (referenced above) and your county health department are useful resources or what you can do to protect workers in your U.S. facilities.
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