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DAILY: GM to make Origin at D-Ham after pickup | Automakers respond to viral outbreak in China | Ford's new settlement in transmission case | FCA seeks to dismiss GM suit | Trump to visit Dana plant

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Monday, January 27, 2020
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China

Automakers boost transport van output, donate to stem viral outbreak

Most automakers closed assembly plants in China for the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday but the viral outbreak that has spread across the country, killing 81 people, has prompted many of them to take further steps and precautions to help contain the epidemic.

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Automakers & Suppliers

Honda, Nissan, PSA to withdraw staff from China's Wuhan area

Honda Motor Co., Nissan and PSA Group,  responding to a rapidly spreading viral outbreak that has disrupted travel and business in China, began withdrawing employees around the epicenter in Wuhan to try to slow its progress.

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Regulation & Safety

Ford reaches new settlement over Focus, Fiesta transmissions

The automaker has agreed to an updated settlement over a 2012 class-action lawsuit concerning Focus and Fiesta sedans with faulty transmissions. A prior settlement was challenged on the grounds it did not compensate enough owners.

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Automakers & Suppliers

FCA seeks dismissal of GM racketeering suit

Citing "fatal flaws" and "hyperbolic assertions," FCA laid out six points that it believes make GM's lawsuit, alleging bribery of UAW officials, worthy of dismissal.

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Suppliers

Trump to visit Dana plant near Detroit on Thursday

The Republican president's planned visit to the Detroit suburb comes amid his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate over soliciting foreign help in his re-election campaign this year. The Dana plant has deep roots in manufacturing history, dating to World War II.

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Marketing

Spike Lee: It's gotta be da Slade!

When it came to picking a spokesman for the new Escalade, Cadillac chose the acclaimed director whose films include Malcolm X, 4 Little Girls and Do the Right Thing.

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Marketing

Volvo eyes safety for Super Bowl

Volvo is known for safety, but this is something else. The automaker promised to give away $1 million in cars if the 2020 Super Bowl includes a safety.

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Retail

Rivian expects lower prices than previously announced

CEO R.J. Scaringe declined to say how many prospective buyers have so far spent $1,000 on a refundable deposit to hold their spot for a Rivian, but he said the reaction had been "really positive."

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R&D

Renault, Nissan chief engineers to meet amid bid to revive r&d projects, report says

Analysts say that in order to turn investor sentiment around, the automakers need to make good on joint engineering projects that have slowed since the ouster of the alliance's former leader Carlos Ghosn.

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Manufacturing

Tesla seeks to allay water concerns at factory site after protests

Elon Musk said concern that Tesla's new European factory in a rural area near Berlin would cause water shortages is exaggerated, pushing back against critics of the plant.

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Super Bowl

Hyundai Super Bowl ad highlights 'Smaht Pahk'

Chris Evans of Marvel Comics movie fame and former "Saturday Night Live" regular Rachel Dratch watch as John Krasinski from "The Office" prepares to fit his new Sonata into a tight parking spot.

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China Commentary

China's EV suppliers struggle

Tianqi Lithium had everything going for it: generous subsidies, Beijing’s blessing on the electric-vehicle industry it supplies, and the hype of Tesla Inc. getting its sedans off the production line in China. The only thing interrupting this nice fairy tale is the reality of demand and making money.

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Automakers & Suppliers

Maserati preps Ghibli hybrid for Beijing show

The hybrid will lead Maserati's electrification push under plans to launch 10 new or updated models between 2020 and 2023, including a full-electric sports car. 

 

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