Updates from around the global automotive aftermarket for Tuesday, March 17

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated on developments related to COVID-19.

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated on developments related to COVID-19.

If you have an event change or news to share, please email Editor & Publisher Mark Phillips at mark@lpnewmedia.com.

1:07 pm Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Statement by UAW VP Terry Dittes, director of the UAW GM department, on a positive ID of coronavirus at Warren Technical Center

1:03 pm Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
The UAW has called for a two-week shutdown of Big 3 auto plants.

1:02 pm Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Daimler AG takes further measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daimler Group has decided today to suspend the majority of its production in Europe, as well as work in selected administrative departments, for an initial period of two weeks.

11:56 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Update on the impact from Covid-19 on the Volvo Group
The consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the Volvo Group, and there is a considerable risk of a material financial impact on the Group as from mid-March. The Volvo Group and its suppliers are continuously working to minimize any consequences for customers and mitigating the impact on the Group. The impact is related to the general situation and decisions made by local authorities resulting in among other things workforce shortage in the production and supply chain disruptions. There is also a potential impact on demand going forward. Given the uncertain situation, it is not currently possible to predict the full potential impact on the Volvo Group.

11:55 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Hyundai Motor America, an advocate for making things better for its customers, is reinstating its Assurance Job Loss Protection program to support customers affected by the uncertain business and financial environment created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hyundai will make up to six months of payments for new owners who lose their jobs and have purchased or leased their vehicle between March 14 to April 30, 2020 through Hyundai Capital. Additionally, for select new purchases through April 30 financed by Hyundai Capital, Hyundai is deferring payments for 90 days at the customer’s request.

11:15 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Mitchell 1 announced today it is postponing its Shop Management Workshop due to increasing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The event, originally scheduled for April 30 – May 2 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida, will be rescheduled for fall 2020. New dates will be announced as arrangements are finalized.

11 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has extended the deadline to apply for automotive scholarships at its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website at www.AutomotiveScholarships.com to April 30, 2020.

10:15 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey pens an open letter to the auto care industry

10 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)
Australia’s Autocare 2020 show has been re-scheduled

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