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How one Covid case broke Toyota’s just-in-time supply chain

Posted in REVIEWS on September 5, 2021
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Early last month at a sprawling factory on the highway connecting Hanoi to the port city of Haiphong, a single worker tested positive for Covid-19. The Delta variant was spreading swiftly through the Southeast Asian nation at the time, and on Aug. 4, provincial officials suspended work at the auto-parts manufacturer. An ocean away, Toyota Motor Corp. Chief Purchasing Group Officer Kazunari Kumakura was watching intently. The plant is operated by a key Toyota supplier Read More »

Detroit highlights the tension over COVID vaccine mandates

Posted in REVIEWS on August 26, 2021
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Public support for stronger measures to require COVID vaccinations is strong, according to a new Reuters/IPSOS poll, but for Detroit automakers the debate over vaccination policy is far from over. General Motors Co said on Thursday it has required its U.S. salaried employees to report whether they have received COVID-19 shots, the first such action by one of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers. GM said the information will help "determine when GM should relax or strengthen Read More »

Ford delays a return to offices, weighs vaccine mandate

Posted in REVIEWS on August 26, 2021
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co will delay bringing most workers back to offices until January, and is still considering whether to require employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the company's chief people officer told Reuters. Ford is joining a growing number of large employers that are delaying plans to reopen offices as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps through many countries where the automaker does business. Ford said most office workers in North Read More »

2021 Woodward Dream Cruise Mega Gallery | Classics, exotics, weird stuff — and dogs

Posted in REVIEWS on August 22, 2021
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The Woodward Dream Cruise was back in full swing this weekend with a full complement of epic and zany cars, trucks, motorcycles and anything else you could imagine cruising down Woodward Avenue. Organizers canceled the 2020 edition of the cruise due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but there was no such cancellation coming this time around, even with the Delta variant spreading across the nation. The mostly outdoor event saw scorching temperatures and blistering sun all Read More »

CES 2022 will require attendees to show proof of vaccination

Posted in REVIEWS on August 18, 2021
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The Consumer Technology Association is going to great lengths to keep CES 2022 as an in-person event. The organizers have announced that you'll need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend the technology expo when it kicks off January 5th. There's also a chance you can get in to CES with proof of a positive antibody test, although the CTA is still "assessing" that possibility. CTA chief Gary Shapiro explained the decision as a reflection of Read More »

F1 Japanese Grand Prix canceled over coronavirus pandemic

Posted in REVIEWS on August 18, 2021
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TOKYO — This year's Japanese Grand Prix was canceled following discussions between the government and race promoters, Formula One organizers said Wednesday. The race in Suzuka had been scheduled for Oct. 10, between the events in Turkey and the United States. “The decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country," F1 said in a statement. “Formula One is now Read More »

Nissan's big Tennessee plant faces 2-week shutdown over chip shortage

Posted in REVIEWS on August 11, 2021
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DETROIT — Nissan says its huge factory in Smyrna, Tennessee, will close for two weeks starting Monday due to computer chip shortages brought on by a coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia. The shutdown is among the longest at any U.S. auto plant of this size since the semiconductor shortage, which has hobbled auto production worldwide, started to hit late last year. Nissan said Tuesday that it ran short of chips due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Read More »

South Dakota's Sturgis rally roars back, defiant of Delta variant

Posted in REVIEWS on August 6, 2021
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STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The Black Hills of South Dakota roared with motorcycles and crowds Friday as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally started amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state. Organizers expect at least 700,000 people during the 10-day event. On Thursday, the eve of the official opening, downtown Sturgis was clogged with Harleys, rallygoers packed shoulder-to-shoulder at bars and rock shows, and masks were nowhere in sight. The rally is a rendezvous for Read More »

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expects 700,000 attendees despite virus variant

Posted in REVIEWS on August 5, 2021
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Crowds of bikers are rumbling their way toward South Dakota's Black Hills this week, raising fears that COVID-19 infections will be unleashed among the 700,000 people expected to show up at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally, which starts Friday, has become a haven for those eager to escape coronavirus precautions. Last year, the rally hardly slowed down, with roughly 460,000 people attending. Masks were mostly ditched as bikers crowded into Read More »

2021 New York Auto Show officially cancelled due to Covid-19, again

Posted in REVIEWS on August 4, 2021
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The 2021 New York Auto Show is officially cancelled. It’s only a couple weeks until doors were scheduled to open for what was meant to be the second auto show in 2021, but new restrictions in New York and the rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant "and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread" have shut it down for certain. "We are enormously appreciative of the automobile industry’s Read More »

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