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Mar 30, 2020 at 21:00.

General Motors Aims To Start Churning Out Ventilators By Mid-April

General Motors Aims To Start Churning Out Ventilators By Mid-April

It’s not as easy as flipping a switch, Penske stretched thin, and Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, of course, gets its own special exemption. All that and more in the Morning Shift for March 30, 2020.

1st Gear: Here We Go

First General Motors said it was partnering with a ventilator company to make ventilators for the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, then President Donald Trump ordered GM to make...

Mar 28, 2020. 20 comments

Trump Forces GM, Which Was Already Going To Produce Ventilators, To Produce Ventilators

Trump Forces GM, Which Was Already Going To Produce Ventilators, To Produce Ventilators

This week’s drama over whether GM would produce ventilators to help fight the coronavirus pandemic came to a fittingly bizarre conclusion today, with GM saying it was working “around the clock” to make the ventilators and—a few hours after that—President Trump invoking the Defense Production Act to require it do so.

Whether the Trump administration move will actually speed up the production...

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Mar 27, 2020. 6 comments

GM Is Reducing Employee Salaries But Promises To Pay Them Back Later

GM Is Reducing Employee Salaries But Promises To Pay Them Back Later

General Motors just announced to employees that it will reduce their salaries as a way to weather the economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what we know so far.

A tipster informed Jalopnik via email that GM told its employees the details of a wage reduction plan on an internal website. While we don’t have a lot of information yet, what we do know is that it...

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Mar 21, 2020. 23 comments

General Motors To Help Ventilator Manufacturer Get More Out The Door

General Motors To Help Ventilator Manufacturer Get More Out The Door

One of the most terrifying aspects of the global Coronavirus pandemic is that the anticipated number of patients who require respiratory supports vastly outnumbers the number of available ventilators. General Motors’ American car factories may be shut down to help stop the spread, but the company announced a partnership with Ventec Life Systems to help produce ventilators to help COVID-19...

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Mar 19, 2020. 10 comments

Automakers Might Make Ventilators Because Of Coronavirus

Automakers Might Make Ventilators Because Of Coronavirus

General Motors and Ford are researching the possibility of revamping their plants from shuttered car manufacturing sites to actively building ventilators to help treat those sickened with Coronavirus.

The two automakers (FCA has not announced any intentions to switch its manufacturing) are in contact with both U.S. and UK governments about the possibility of building the life-saving medical...

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Mar 19, 2020. 13 comments

The Big Three Are Closing Their U.S. Plants: Report

The Big Three Are Closing Their U.S. Plants: Report

Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler, which have so far resisted shutting plants down to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, will shut down its American factories, according to Automotive News.

Ford plants will close through March 30 after tomorrow night’s shift, the company said in a statement. GM said its suspension will last until March 30 as well, with “production status reevaluated...

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Mar 18, 2020. 23 comments

The Big Three's Coronavirus Response Still Isn't Nearly Good Enough

The Big Three's Coronavirus Response Still Isn't Nearly Good Enough
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

The Big Three will keep up production despite coronavirus, Toyota and BMW’s factories in Europe will not, and Volkswagen might have enough cushion to survive this. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

1st Gear: Coronavirus

Yesterday, the president of the UAW said...

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Mar 18, 2020. 7 comments

UAW Threatens To Go To ‘The Next Level’ After Asking For Two-Week Plant Shutdowns

UAW Threatens To Go To ‘The Next Level’ After Asking For Two-Week Plant Shutdowns

Some auto workers at an FCA plant walked off the job over coronavirus concerns yesterday , as the Big Three insist on leaving plants open amid a global pandemic, while also leaving some UAW members to wonder out loud why their union wasn’t doing more to protect them. Today, the UAW’s president revealed that the union has asked the Ford, GM, and FCA for a two-week shutdown.

That ask came on...

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Mar 06, 2020. 18 comments

Here's How GM Plans To Dominate The Electric Car Market

Here's How GM Plans To Dominate The Electric Car Market
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

A look into GM’s electric vehicle onslaught , PSA and FCA need to figure out China, Tesla is allegedly not reporting workplace injuries properly, coronavirus is having serious effects on Jaguar Land Rover, there’s a possibility of a government takeover of the UAW—all this and more in The Morning...

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Mar 02, 2020. 24 comments

This Is Probably Harley-Davidson's Last Chance

This Is Probably Harley-Davidson's Last Chance
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Harley is beginning its search for a new CEO, Volvo is making some new cars, and coronavirus. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, March 2, 2020.

1st Gear: Harley Is Deep Into Survival Mode

Harley-Davidson and its CEO Matt Levatich parted ways on Friday in what amounted to a classic...

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Feb 25, 2020. 22 comments

GM's End Isn't Near But Neither Is A New Beginning

GM's End Isn't Near But Neither Is A New Beginning

It was the day before Presidents’ Day last week when GM announced it was retiring its Australian marque Holden , almost three years to the day after it said it was planning to dump out of Europe . That leaves the General almost completely reliant on just three markets: North and South America and East Asia.

GM also said it would be dropping Chevy out of the Thailand market, a hub for its...

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Feb 18, 2020. 14 comments

DEAD: Holden

DEAD: Holden
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Farewell to Australia’s mightiest car company, Chinese manufacturers move to fill the gap, and the one country on Earth that actually has the political will to ban lots of things thinks about banning gasoline. All that and more in the Morning Shift for February 18, 2020.

1st Gear: RIP

Holden is...

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Feb 07, 2020. 21 comments

GM Only Has Itself To Blame

GM Only Has Itself To Blame

GM released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings this morning , which revealed that the company took a massive if predictable hit from the UAW strike, but also that the company still made $6.7 billion last year. Not a bad return, all things considered, but shareholders were unimpressed. CEO Mary Barra then tried to convince anyone who would listen that GM is a technological leader.

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Feb 06, 2020. 24 comments

A Nissan Leaf Just Finished A 230-Mile Autonomous Trip In Britain

A Nissan Leaf Just Finished A 230-Mile Autonomous Trip In Britain
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

A Nissan Leaf completes a long journey all by itself, General Motors issues a recall of a recall, and Toyota didn’t do so hot last quarter. All this and more for The Morning Shift on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.

1st Gear: No, The Journey Doesn’t End Here

I’m firm on my belief that fully autonomous...

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Feb 05, 2020. 21 comments

GM Wasn't Trusted Not To Snitch To Trump Administration: Report

GM Wasn't Trusted Not To Snitch To Trump Administration: Report

The Wall Street Journal has a long look at how auto emissions regulations in the U.S. are changing for the worse under the Trump administration, and I encourage you to read it. A lot of it is what you’d expect given the deliberate chaos in the White House, but a passage about California and GM actually made me laugh.

You might remember that over the summer Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW

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Jan 30, 2020. 23 comments

The Reborn GMC Hummer EV Truck Will Have 1,000 HP, 11,500 Lb-Ft Of Torque

The Reborn GMC Hummer EV Truck Will Have 1,000 HP, 11,500 Lb-Ft Of Torque

Hummer is dead no more. It will be officially reborn as the GMC Hummer EV, GMC’s first all-electric truck, to be built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant . And its numbers are unreal.

Detroit-Hamtramck Is Officially GM's First Dedicated EV Assembly Plant

After months of uncertainty regarding General Motors’ “unallocated” Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in…

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The truck will...

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Jan 28, 2020. 13 comments

Detroit-Hamtramck Is Officially GM's First Dedicated EV Assembly Plant

Detroit-Hamtramck Is Officially GM's First Dedicated EV Assembly Plant

After months of uncertainty regarding General Motors’ “unallocated ” Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan, there’s finally official word on the plant’s future. Today, the automaker announced Detroit-Hamtramck will serve as its first, fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.

GM is investing $2.2 billion in Detroit-Hamtramck to build “a variety” of fully electric trucks and...

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Jan 27, 2020. 23 comments

GM's Cruise Isn't Short On Bluster

GM's Cruise Isn't Short On Bluster

GM’s autonomous unit Cruise unveiled its vehicle last week , a supposedly autonomous van-like, steering-wheel-less, fully-electric thing, which Cruise said then would be as big of an innovation as the compass, trains, light bulbs, the radio, the internet, or cell phones. This week, Cruise is dialing the bluster back a little bit, saying that it’ll only be the next Model T.

Cruise’s vehicle,...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Jan 21, 2020. 24 comments

The First GM Cruise 'Autonomous' Car With No Pedals Or Steering Wheel Is Just About Here: Report

The First GM Cruise 'Autonomous' Car With No Pedals Or Steering Wheel Is Just About Here: Report
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

We’re finally to lay eyes on the GM Cruise self-driving car, Tesla calls BS on the unintended acceleration claims and a look at Subaru’s big emissions-reduction plan. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

1st Gear: The GM Self-Driving Car Is Finally Upon Us

In 2016,...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 20, 2019. 20 comments

Fiat Chrysler Is Having A Pre-Christmas Fire Sale Because It Built Too Many Damn Cars: Report

Fiat Chrysler Is Having A Pre-Christmas Fire Sale Because It Built Too Many Damn Cars: Report
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

EVERYTHING MUST GO at Fiat Chrysler dealers, Ram may have a plan to build a mid-size truck with help from PSA, GM recalls a shitload of cars, and Amazon is buying vans. All that and more in the Morning Shift for December 20, 2019.

1st Gear: Fiat Chrysler Is Having A Huge Fire Sale On cars

Fiat...

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