Mexico auto lobby: 90 days not enough to meet USMCA content rules

Mexico’s AMDA auto distributors association said on Monday that it expects sales of all new vehicles made in the country to drop by at least 26 percent in 2020, to about 982,000 cars and light trucks, on par with sales during the 2009 financial crisis.

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Giti’s U.S. operations on line; company monitoring situation

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is continuing to operate its factory in South Carolina and its U.S. distribution centers without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic but is prepared to make “necessary adjustments as needed in a timely manner.”

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Detroit’s near future based on crossovers, SUVs, not EVs, production plans show

DETROIT — General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. have widely touted their commitment to emission-free electric vehicles, but their production plans show a growing reliance on ever-larger gas-powered vehicles. The two biggest U.S. automakers will make more than 5 million SUVs and pickup trucks in 2026, but only about 320,000 electric vehicles, according to detailed production plans for North America seen by Reuters.

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U.S. set to grant automakers a lifeline, but no bailout

WASHINGTON/DETROIT — The $2 trillion economic rescue package before the U.S. Senate would send the federal government to the auto industry’s rescue for the second time in a dozen years. Automakers are fearful of being tagged as seeking a new government bailout so soon after the 2009 government-funded auto restructurings. Detroit has not sought industry-specific assistance and instead made the case the entire economy needs urgent access to liquidity.

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TIA set to clarify provisions of new Coronavirus Legislation

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The just-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 has generated numerous calls to the Tire Industry Association (TIA) from worried members concerned about how this legislation might impact them.

“This has led to confusion for TIA members as to how the Act applies to them and what the tax ramifications are,” said TIA CEO Roy Littlefield.

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Goodyear temporarily suspends Manufacturing in Americas region

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Goodyear continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with its closure of more manufacturing hubs in the Americas.

A phased shut down will begin across the company’s tire, retread and chemical plants in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States over the coming days. Its facility in Peru was closed earlier this week.

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Ustma, Tia urge government to designate vehicle care, maintenance as ‘essential service’

WASHINGTON—As the U.S. responds to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the USTMA and TIA are among the organizations asking governmental leaders to designate motor vehicle maintenance, repair and service industry as an “essential service.”

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Now made in Mexico: Japan auto suppliers shift China production after coronavirus – Reuters

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – In the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu, where supply chains have been shattered by the coronavirus outbreak, one auto supplier has already shifted production of parts for Mazda Motor Corp 13,000 kilometres away to central Mexico’s Guanajuato State.

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BFGoodrich tire tech improves Bass Pro Shops’ fishing shoe

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GREENVILLE, S.C.―Michelin North America’s BFGoodrich tire brand, in association with Bass Pro Shops, has introduced a fishing shoe inspired by tire technology.

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Tim Baker Takes Over Helm of Triangle Tire Tech Center

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Longtime tire industry engineer Tim Baker has been promoted to deputy general manager of A3T, the technical center for Triangle Tire in Akron, Ohio.

Baker joined Triangle Tire in 2014 and most recently served as project engineer. He is replacing Ed Montgomery who has retired from the company. His experience includes working for both Bridgestone/Firestone and Kumho Tires as a tire design engineer.

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