Automakers announce furloughs due to COVID-19 shutdowns

Apr 8, 2020
The auto industry is juggling the need to cut costs while preserving its workforce to ramp up once factories reopen.
Nissan has furloughed about 10,000 employees at plants in Tennessee and Mississippi.
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Some auto insurers offer discounts as COVID-19 curtails driving

Apr 7, 2020
The calculation is that fewer cars on the road result in fewer accidents, and savings on insurance payouts.
Driving is down 35% to 50% across the country, meaning fewer crashes, Allstate CEO Tom Wilson says.
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How many people were buying cars as COVID-19 restrictions took over?

Apr 1, 2020
In addition to a drop in demand, automakers have been forced to close factories.
Workers leave the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant on March 19, 2020 in Flat Rock, Michigan.
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Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

Dec 5, 2019
It might be a good time to find a bargain, but that present might not be appreciated.
The Lexus "December to Remember" event has been running since 1999.
Lexus

Despite influx of new models, electric car sales expected to remain low

Nov 29, 2019
Flashy new debuts from Ford and others will not lift electric vehicle ownership above 5% by 2025, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck at an event in Los Angeles.
Tesla

Classic cars offer students a route to modern auto repair

Aug 26, 2019
At one Connecticut school, the road to an auto repair career starts with vintage cars.
The 1934 Huppmobile restored by the students at the Raymond Hill School was on display at a recent car show in New Britain, Connecticut.
Carol Vassar

What it's like to live on an average wage in Shanghai

Jul 18, 2019
China's official inflation is still under 3%, but residents complain that the cost of living in the financial hub of Shanghai just keeps getting higher.
Workers on a lunch break in Shanghai. According to the job site, Zhaopin, the average worker spends 20 yuan ($2.90) or less per lunch. Convenience stores like this one are one of the few places that offer cheap meals in office areas.
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The most "American-made" vehicles may surprise you

Jul 8, 2019
A Jeep takes the number one spot, but Honda takes second, third and fourth place.
A Jeep Cherokee drives in front of Fiat Chryslers's Belvidere Assembly Plant.
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How is it that gas prices can be so different block to block?

Apr 29, 2019
Drivers know that gas prices can be kind of all over the map. It varies quite a bit by state. And sometimes you find notable differences between stations in the same confined area, even though most factors affecting cost such as local taxes, the cost of crude, transportation fees,  are applicable to all stations in […]
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Why Big Tech wants to get inside your car

Apr 10, 2019
A look at the data and dollars hiding behind the dashboard.
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