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2020 GMC Sierra gets pricing, packages, trims detailed

A couple of months ago we covered a brace of changes GMC made to the 2020 Sierra 1500. Those included availability of the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, the 5.3-liter V8 getting the 10-speed automatic transmission, the CarbonPro Editions debuting for AT4 and Denali trims, and a new bed [...]

VW, with plants closed by coronavirus, burns up $2.2 billion a week

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen may have to cut jobs if the coronavirus pandemic is not brought under control as the carmaker is still spending about 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) a week, Chief Executive Herbert Diess told German TV channel ZDF. Diess told the Markus Lanz talkshow that the German company, which employs 671,000 people worldwide, [...]

FCA plans to make 1 million face masks for North American coronavirus first responders

MILAN, Italy — Italian-U.S. car giant Fiat Chrysler has confirmed plans to produce a million face masks a month and said it will distribute them to emergency services in North America to help the fight against coronavirus. FCA, which is also trying to help produce badly needed respirators for patients in intensive care in Italy, [...]

Rivian shuts down all facilities over COVID-19 pandemic concerns

Rivian, the buzzy electric vehicle startup that is backed by Amazon and Ford, is shutting down all of its facilities due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Rivian employs more than 2,000 workers across several locations, including its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., a factory in Normal, Ill. as well as operations [...]

GM will help ventilator maker boost production for coronavirus fight

Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems, a ventilator manufacturer in Bothell, Washington, that has seen a large increase in demand since the coronavirus pandemic. / Reuters   General Motors announced Friday evening it was joining with a Seattle-area medical device manufacturer and StopTheSpread.org, a nationwide private-sector coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic, to help [...]

Porsche rules out coachbuilt few-off cars, but wants to keep growing

2020 is off to a rough start for the entire automotive industry, but Porsche ended 2019 on an extremely positive note. It notably increased its global sales by 10% to 280,800 units. The company told Autoblog it plans to continue growing in the coming years, and it doesn't expect it will need to cap sales [...]

Fiat 500X Pop gets some sporty pizzazz

At last November's L.A. Auto Show, Fiat debuted a new trim for the 500X compact crossover, the 500X Sport. Attempting to add a "youthful, sporty appearance" to the 500X lineup, the Sport model included the new Rovente Red color, shed the dark molding and cladding on other trims, and adopted new exterior elements like fog [...]

CA sheriff’s office says Tesla non-essential, must halt production

NEW YORK/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc cannot continue to operate its main U.S. vehicle plant normally as its San Francisco Bay Area home began a three-week lockdown on Tuesday to slow the spread of coronavirus, a county sheriff's office spokesman said. The comment relates to Tesla's factory in Fremont, Alameda County, which employs more than [...]