The 2020 SEMA Show is the Latest to Bite the Dust
SEMA show has been a major attraction for people interested in aftermarket equipment and accessories. It also served as a perfect ground for the engineers and designers to showcase their creative sides by building crazy concepts. For off-roaders and pickup trucks, it was the biggest stage of ‘em all. But, just like the other shows this year, the SEMA show, too, will bite the dust. Earlier this week, SEMA officially confirmed that the 2020 edition of the show is scrapped. Well, this was expected.
Can EVs Save Volvo After the Covid-Induced Sales Plummet?
Every automaker we can think of suffered from dismal sales during the first half of 2020, most of which can be attributed to the COVID pandemic. Volvo was hit pretty hard, with global sales falling 20.8 percent from January to June 2020 compared to the same time frame the year before. It was even worse across Europe, with Volvo seeing a drop in sales of 29.5 percent. All in all, Volvo posted an operating loss of 989 million krona or $111.63 million at current exchange rates. The company’s plans to bounce back rely almost entirely on electrification of its lineup. Is it a viable business plan or a bad move?
Elon Musk Threatens to Move Tesla HQ to Texas/Nevada, Could Shutdown Fremont Factory
Elon Musk is always in the news for some or the other reason, but this one is serious. He announced that Tesla will move its headquarters from California to Texas or Nevada due to California’s response to COVID-19.
The ongoing pandemic has left a big dent on all the businesses worldwide. However, they are slowly trying to get back on track by cautiously starting business activities again. Many automakers across the States are also resuming production activities this month, however, California plans to start from June 1. This led to Musk lashing out at the decision and shocked everyone with the announcement on Twitter. Was this response a little too harsh from the outspoken CEO?
If You Have the Lockdown Blues, Why Not Build a Paper Nissan Skyline or 370Z?
We really didn’t give a lot of attention to the Toyota 86 paper models or the Mazda MX-5 Miata papercraft, but now that we’ve discovered that Nissan has put up its entire lineup in papercraft form, we’re kind of intrigued. We don’t know about you, but folding a piece of paper into a 3D model of a car seems a hell of a lot funner than just coloring on paper.
COVID-19 Pandemic Slashes Prices of Luxury Cars: Here Are The Best Deals in the U.S.
It’s been around a month since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and the auto industry is among the most heavily affected sectors. Not only carmakers have shut down factories across the world, but new car sales have declined dramatically.
In an attempt to keep cars rolling into dealerships, several automakers are offering big discounts, with luxury cars now available with more than $10,000 off their regular stickers. Here are the best deals for luxury cars available in the U.S. in April 2020.
These Are The Car Parts Being Used to Make Ventilators During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many automakers have stopped car production and shifted to medical supplies to help the battle against the novel coronavirus. But while some brand provide technology to the firms that build the supplies, some automakers are using parts from their current vehicles to built masks and ventilators. Here’s what car parts you could find in medical supplies delivered to your country these days.
COVID-19 Pandemic: 2020 Beijing Auto Show Postponed Until September
The 2020 Beijing Auto Show was postponed until late September due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Original scheduled for April 21 to 30, the event will take place between September 26 and October 5.
The Beijing Auto Show joins several major car shows across the world that had to either be canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Detroit Auto Show was canceled, New York was postponed but could be canceled as well, while the Paris Motor Show could be much smaller than before.
Tesla Releases A Video That Shows Ventilators Being Built From Car Parts
Tesla was one of the first automakers to come to the aid in fighting off this pandemic. After the U.S. administration appealed for donations to make respirator masks to fight out the shortage, Elon musk offered to do his bit and make ventilators for COVID-19 infected patients.
The announcement came through a reply on Twitter when a user asked Musk to focus on making ventilators at his facility. Fast forward to the present, Tesla has released a video that shows how it is building the ventilators at its factory. It’s a good thing that ventilators can be built using car parts, isn’t it?
Lamborghini Steps Up in Fight Against COVID-19, Starts Production of Face Masks and Shields
Add Lamborghini to the growing list of automakers that have stepped up to help medical frontliners in their fight against the COVID-19 virus. The Italian automaker has started production of face masks and protective shields for health workers at Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy.
Lamborghini is targeting a production rate of 1,000 face masks and 200 face shields per day. The supercar brand is the latest automaker to lend a helping hand to the medical frontliners who have had to fight a staggering number of recorded cases in Italy. As of April 1, 2020, Italy has recorded 110,574 cases of those affected by the virus. Of that figure, a total of 13,155 people have died while 16,874 have recovered from the deadly virus.
Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volkswagen show new logos to encourage social distancing
The COVID-19 pandemic is in full blast and many countries have closed borders and asked citizens to stay home to help contain the spread. All sorts of companies around the world are joining these efforts with new logos that promote social distancing. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volkswagen are among them, having launched redesigned logos on social media platforms.
Automakers Promote Social Distancing with Updated Logos
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, several automakers have made updates to their logos to promote social distancing, regarded by doctors and health experts as one of the key ways in preventing the spread of the virus.
Volkswagen, Audi, and most recently, Mercedes-Benz, have taken to social media to promote social distancing. To slam the point home, all three German brands unveiled modifications to their logos to reflect the social adjustments we all have to make as a society to stop the virus in its tracks. Across the board, the message is clear: if you don’t want to spread the virus, keep your distance from everyone else.
Here’s How COVID-19 Is Affecting General Motors and Its Vehicles
The COVID-19 pandemic forced all automakers to shut down facilities starting March 2020. Many carmakers, including General Motors, also teamed up with various companies to build and deliver medical supplies like masks and ventilators. Due to this effort, coupled with uncertainty as to when the lockdown will end, General Motors is delaying mid-cycle facelifts for some vehicles.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Is the 2020 Paris Motor Show Canceled?
The novel coronavirus pandemic could lead to the cancellation of the 2020 Paris Motor Show. According to the organizers, the new Paris Motion Festival, which was supposed to include the 2020 Paris Motor Show, might not happen this year. French organization La Plateforme Automobile (PFA) says that even if the event will go on as scheduled, the car show will be much smaller than before.
Is It Justified To Beat People To Keep Them In Their Houses During the COVID-19 Lockdown?
A lot of countries have locked down and governments around the world are doing their best to contain the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot of fake news circulating too, like the false rumors that Russia has let out 500 lions on the streets to make sure people don’t step out of their houses. Just like many other nations, India, too, is in the midst of a lockdown, but what we’re about to tell you isn’t fake news.
As is with any country, there are some rebellious folks who think it is okay to go against the tide. To teach them a lesson, the Indian Law Enforcers have resorted to violence. The cops are ruthlessly hitting people with sticks and canes. Do you think this is acceptable?
Coronavirus Update: Is The 2020 Detroit Auto Show Canceled?
If you’re one of those people that believe there’s a little too much hype and fear-mongering surrounding the Coronavirus, then I’m right there with you. Personally, I think there’s a lot more to the story, and it’s being blown WAY out of proportion. But that’s a conversation for another time. Today, we’re here to talk about auto shows and the impact the “outbreak” of the virus, as it’s called, is affecting them. The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled altogether, and now the New York Auto Show has been rescheduled until late August. So, is the Detroit Auto Show the next auto show to close its doors this year or, at the very least, be postponed?
Update 3/30/2020: The 2020 Detroit Auto Show has officially been canceled. Check out our updated section below to learn all about it and what’s happening next.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Clarkson, Hammond, and May urge you to stay home
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us indoors. Several countries have established total lockdown in an attempt to limit the spread of the various and for our lives to get back on track as soon as possible.
Celebrities all over the world have joined the effort to encourage people to stay safe, including Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The broadcasters who became famous for running the Top Gear show posted a video message through Drivetribe, their up and coming automotive platform.
COVID-19 Has Actually Put New York to Sleep
New York City, the epicenter for the novel coronavirus in the United States, is in lockdown and citizens are asked to practice social distancing and stay indoors. As this video from Shifting Lanes shows, the streets of "The City That Never Sleeps" are now almost empty.