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.
Do I Still Have to Pay My Car and House Loans During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
As a new global recession is looming in due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government is working on a new bill that will freeze your car payments. A new $2.5 trillion proposal, the third of a bill originally introduced by the Republicans and rejected by the Democrats, includes revised economic relief for the working class, as well as a temporary halt on car payments. Mortgage payments will also be delayed.
COVID-19 Pandemic: As factories shut down, automakers team up to build ventilators and masks
As the COVID-19 crisis deepens in Europe and the U.S., automakers join global effort to build ventilators and masks. Carmakers shift to production of medical equipment and supplies following shutdown of vehicle assembly in numerous factories across Europe and North America.
New York Auto Show Venue Becomes A Hospital Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center should have been preparing to host the 2020 New York Auto Show this time of the year, but instead it will be turned into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Local authorities announced that the center will be ready to receive patients in seven to 10 days. The 2020 New York Auto Show was originally scheduled to open on April 10, but it was postponed to late August due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Is COVID-19 Hitting Luxury Car Sales? More than 2,000 brand-new BMW 8 Series models Siting on U.S. lots
BMW recently revived the iconic 8 Series and turned it into its halo model, but the nameplate is struggling in the U.S., where more than 2,000 units are sitting on U.S. dealership lots. Dealers blame it on poor marketing support from BMW, but could this be a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Where to Get Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19
The bottom line is that if everyone with COVID-19 symptoms ran to their local hospital, the medical system would be quickly overwhelmed, and it could, honestly, lead to even more spreading of the Coronavirus. That’s why a bunch of new drive-through testing locations are starting to pop up. It’s a good thing, too, because COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire with more than 390,000 people globally (as of the time of this writing) being documented as infected. This is what you need to know about drive-up Coronavirus testing, how to get tested, and where you can go to get tested without even leaving your car.
COVID-19 Relief: Check out the awesome BMW i4 with Supercar Blondie
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us locked inside our houses, so it’s crucial to find ways to stay away from the depression and anxiety that usually come with isolation. Sure, there’s always Netflix and hobbies, but if you love cars, Supercar Blondie is a cool YouTube channel to follow. In her latest episode, Supercar Blondie is taking a look at the BMW Concept i4, the all-electric sedan that will go into production in 2021. And you can also learn a few cool details about it.
Dark Humor: Ford Mustang owner gets "COV1D19" license plate
The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has infected hundreds of thousands and killed more than 16,000 people as of March 23. It also created a global panic, causing businesses to either reduce their activity or shut down completely.
Needless to say, it’s not something you can joke about, but an Ohio man decided dark humor is the way to go and applied for a license plate that says "COV1D19." The plate is currently pending approval from the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles and if it’s approved, it will find its way on a customized 1986 Ford Mustang GT.
What Automakers Are Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak?
As the novel coronavirus - known as COVID-19 - continues to spread across the world, governments are taking extreme measures. Several countries have declared a state of emergency, companies are sending their employees to work from home, while some businesses are shutting down over the pandemic. The outbreak and the panic have also taken a toll on the auto industry, with at least seven major carmakers having decided to halt production in Europe.
COVID-19 Crisis: Are New Cars Produced in Europe Safe to Buy?
With close to 200,000 cases confirmed as of March 17, the COVID-19 outbreak is now a serious pandemic that’s causing people to panic and storm supermarkets for supplies.
The situation is Europe is equally dramatic with Italy, Spain, Germany, and France having reported around 55,000 cases and close to 3,000 deaths over a couple of weeks. The outbreak has also prompted several automakers to close plants in Europe. Things look rather bleak for the auto industry, but Hyundai claims that car sales could hike as consumers will seek an isolated mode of transportation. But are new cars produced in Europe safe to buy?
How To Sanitize Your Car’s Interior from COVID-19 Without Ruining It
If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably forced to leave home at one point or another, even during the pandemic that is the coronavirus (COVID-19.) Naturally, you want to protect yourself and you’re family and, if you’re an Uber or Lyft driver, keeping your vehicle clean and corona-free is of paramount importance not only for your safety, but the safety of your passengers as well. After all, you don’t want to turn into the next outbreak monkey on four-wheels, do you? Well, the best thing you can do is clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces often. And, believe it or not, isopropyl alcohol just might be your best friend after all – it’s cheap and (hopefully) readily available. Just make sure you grab something that is at least 70-percent alcohol.
Coronavirus Quarantine Relief: Must-Watch Car Youtube Channels
With the coronavirus rapidly spreading around, it’s time to remember that health is more important than anything and that it doesn’t hurt to stay inside to limit the spread. Some of us still get the luxury of going out (although WHO recommendations are saying otherwise), while some countries are in a state-imposed quarantine.
Long story short, we’ve come up with a list of car-centric YouTube channels you can browse and watch if you’re forced to stay inside over the next days or weeks. Obviously, don’t be shy and let us know if you know other watch-worthy content on YouTube using the comments section below.
You Can Definitely Survive the Coronavirus Outbreak in This Armortruck by Milen Ivanov
The world might be in crisis mode with some places going into full-scale lockdown over the Coronavirus, but the world of digital design doesn’t stop, and we’re really glad it doesn’t. Take a look at this batch of renderings, known only as “ARMORTRUCK” that we believe doesn’t only look cool, but could serve as quite the survival vehicle (or manned Mars rover, for that matter) if things really hit the fan. If you’re still holding out hope that the Coronavirus is the start of the zombie apocalypse – it’s okay, you can be honest – then you’ll find these renderings just as intriguing. Let’s check out the ARMORTRUCK.