AD #2800 – Organizations Band Together to Fight Virus; Aston Makes High-Power Hybrid Engine; NHTSA Clearing AV Path

March 24th, 2020 at 11:38am

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Runtime: 10:29

0:17 Details on GM’s Ventilator Production
1:12 Ford Teams to Make Virus Equipment
2:10 FCA Will Make Face Masks
2:27 Tesla Ships Ventilators to California
2:41 How Bad Could Car Sales Get?
4:05 Organizations Band Together to Ask for Help
4:51 How Do We Fight This?
5:53 Aston Makes New 3.0L Turbo V6 In-House
6:32 NHTSA Clearing Path for AVs
7:12 H-D LiveWire Sets 24-Hour Distance Record
7:51 Predicting Malfunctions & Notifying Workers

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35 Comments to “AD #2800 – Organizations Band Together to Fight Virus; Aston Makes High-Power Hybrid Engine; NHTSA Clearing AV Path”

  1. George Ricci Says:

    A number of companies are working on developing an antibody test for the coronavirus. This would allow you to identify people who have developed likely immunity to the virus. They might be able to treat patients safely or take on other front-line jobs during the pandemic.

  2. ChuckGrenci Says:

    We already have workers working at their jobs (for certain industries), and while it is not feasible to use masks that are needed for the medical folk, after masks catch up with demand and are being produced in surplus, offer (or require) industrial workers that want to go back to work that option, to wear then and get those lines working again.

    Kudo’s to all the vehicle manufacturers that are stepping up and helping in our time of need.

    AV’s and a lot of other public transportation are going to be put on the back burner (as also auto sales) until we get a grip on our situation. I’m wondering how this will affect acceptance of ride sharing (taxi, Uber, busses, etc.).

  3. Dale Leonard Says:

    Unfortunately I feel the estimates are still to high. This will be a depression era vehicle sales year I fear. I am not a doom & gloom person but who can buy a vehicle if they are not working.

  4. Dave Says:

    typical downturns last 6-18 months, no fiscal stimulus will work if you can’t leave your house to work or buy a car or sell a car, typically you need to lower interest rates 5% to get out of a recession well at today’s interest rates how do you do that? History does not repeat itself but it rhymes

  5. rick Says:

    great to see the arsenal of democracy involved in the fight against coronavirus. proud of the automakers involved. yes we can!

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    If nothing else I hope this shows governments how important manufacturing is to each country and that helping some of these companies stay alive can be more important or just as important to the safety of your country as a field full of bombs and tanks.
    How long do we stay at home??? I think it’s too early to talk about that. Let’s have that discussion in 2 weeks. I’ve read that the forecast for the U.S. at the moment is for deaths to be doubling about every 3 days.

  7. kurt wiley Says:

    Thanks Jon and autoline daily for keeping us up to date in these troubled times!

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If GM needs floor space to make medical equipment, they have plenty in Kokomo, Indiana. Collectively, GM and Delphi probably have more than a million square feet of unused space in Kokomo. They also have what was a class 1 clean room silicon wafer fab. That might be useful, if the air handling equipment and filters are still there, and would still work.

  9. Tony Gray Says:

    I think that decentralized mitigation is the way to go forward once this 15 day national “lockdown” is completed.

    Keep limiting the importing of cases from outside the US for a bit. Perhaps requiring a negative test at any airport prior to boarding, if cheap and fast kits are available.

    My problem with draconian stop work orders are really the impact on small businesses. 90 percent of those have 10 or less employees and many of those are family or close friends who would interact even if shut down. At least in Pennsylvania, gatherings of less than 10 are permitted, yet I have a friend with only 4 employees, one of which is her husband, that has been forced to close. As they have nearly zero public contact (most orders are online or phone), the benefit to public health is minimal and the impact on her company is devastating.

    I say at the end of the 15 days let governors run it. Hopefully they will realize that treating every county the same is not good policy.

  10. Bob Wilson Says:

    It is good news that so many are standing up to address the pandemic. Just I’m concerned that the two week “stay at home” is not long enough. In Alabama and many States, we have only one week left at least for those States that implemented “stay at home” policies.

    Three weeks would exceed any known incubation period, long enough to show a distinct reduction in cases. An extra week would give time for the new supplies to start flowing to the medical staff and facilities who need them. Then relaxing the isolation orders could let us restart the economy.

  11. Gary Narten Says:

    Your taking a big chance on limiting the isolation period, if you let people back to work before this nightmare has run its course the end result could be catastrophic.

  12. WineGeek Says:

    There is no balancing between the Corona Virus and the economy. If we don’t stop the deaths from the Virus we won’t have an economy to speak of…

  13. cubbiesoh Says:

    Gotta use the great industrial engineers we have during this shutdown to get the most out of our lines while maintaining social distancing. If that means running lines at half speed to allow for fewer processes between stations, so be it. My guess is that we would over supply in the short-term if we build more than that anyway. The Big 3 (+ alpha) can then become kind of a TVA from the 30′s/40′s and build things people need in idle places (& even after the crisis is subsided, to build an inventory) like ventilator, masks, etc.

    Go USA!!!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Limiting “imported” cases would do nothing. The virus is here, with cases doubling about every two days in the U.S. Also, ending the “lockdown” at 15 days would be a disaster, especially since we have so little testing to know who to isolate. The countries that got “over the peak” either had massive testing capabilities, like South Korea, or massive “lockdowns,” like China. Trump wants to trade a depression for a plague, but the way things are going, we could end up with both.

    In addition to the link others have posted, this give a good view of what’s going on, with graphs of confirmed cases, deaths, and more.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Some small businesses I normally frequent, restaurants, are being hurt badly. I normally had dinner out almost every day, mostly at local non-chain, or places with only 3-5 locations. Most of them are still open for carry out, but they have lost all of my business. I eat out partly for the “atmosphere,” in addition to the food, and if I can’t get that, I just eat at home.

  16. Bjarke Says:

    I would like to see the white-collar workers investing in their own companies by actually taking a week of vacation during this crisis. One week of vacation could directly affect the bottom line of the companies as the accrued vacation is a financial burden.

  17. veh Says:

    14 Agree, Kit, the virus is here and limiting travel isn’t going to make much difference. But I think you should consider ordering carryout from your favorite restaurants, if you can. They are in a life and death struggle right now; if you want them to survive, give them some of your money.

    I’m glad that Autoline is emphasizing that Tesla “bought” the ventilators they donated. The ABC early morning news said Tesla built them, and that’s just wrong.

  18. Larry D. Says:

    Europe has a REAL problem w the CV. Not only Italy now has 6,800 deaths, nearby Spain is already at 2991 and may pass CHina’s 3,163 in a matter of hours, not days. France is already above 1,000 deaths.

    I messaged on FB with a much younger colleague from Italy (she always remembers my birthdays) to see how she was, she and her family was ok but her region was not much hurt so far, while other regions, as she said, were “on their knees”. (she’s from Genoa)

  19. Larry D. Says:

    20 from the link it seems this is exclusively a “first world” problem, huge third world nations do not show any cases worth talking about, BUT I believe this is because of their lack of testing. INDIA, I heard yesterday on PBS, while it can administer 10,000 tests a day, only tested 20,000 people in 2 MONTHS. This is clueless socialism for you (and her economy has suffered for it since 1947, much more detail available if anybody here cared)

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 You are right in that I should support restaurants I like by getting carry out. I will do that some, even though it’s not really my thing. They need all the help they can get now.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    Ι guess Tesla will still make 100,000s of Model 3s and Model Ys, they just will have to be made in its Shanghai Gigafactory.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 China is one of the most socialist countries on the planet, and they did pretty well with controlling the virus, once they admitted that it existed.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    22 No it is not. It is an oppressive totalitarian regime whose economics are CAPITALIST since 30 years, which is why it THrived. It is more capitalist than even the USA. AND pay attention to what I wrote before you comment. I was talking about INDIA. IF you know the details about the INDIA debacle since 1947, try again. ( you can be sure that I do)

  24. Larry D. Says:

    22 You don’t know what to believe when China says it. I think I have spent enough time there, and very recently, to know. I was there in Nov where their TV badmouthed the protesters at Hong Kong every night in English, AND it never said what their demands were, ONLY that they were hooligans. it of course never interviewed anybody who expressed the protester’s position and demANDS.

    It was CAPITALIST S KOREA that did by far the best job with the virus, AND their numbers are RELIABLE.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    Also, there are several reasons why oppressive totalitarian regimes may be better equipped to deal with the CV:

    1. They do not value human life. They really could care less if a million people die or suffer. The individual has few, if any, rights, SO they can lock them up, enforce distancing, etc much more rigorously than the US ever will.

    2. Because of 1., they will never commit economic suicide to save the lives of a few elderly people who have 3 pre-existing conditions and a low immune system. This sounds rational and proper, until that elderly person is your mother or other loved one.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    Back to the CV map, Monaco is an outlier, with a far higher longevity of its citizens than any other nation. Primarily because it is full of 1%ers, you need at least $10 mill (maybe more now) to become a Monaco subject. They also have some locals that are middle-income mostly.

    Monaco with its 30k people has 23 cases, so far no deaths.

    San Marino with also 33k people, has had more than 120 cases and more than 20 deaths due to the CV.

    My own county had 35 and no deaths a few days ago, today it has 50 and three deaths already.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    19 Re spain, it already way surpassed CHina, Spain now has 3,434 deaths vs less than 3,200 of china.

  28. JoeS Says:

    24,25 I agree with every statement in these two posts. WOW.


    14) Just FYI, The USA has officially tested more persons then South Korea. So by the logic presented we should be over it very soon….just like South Korea.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 China’s health care system, as many other things, is socialized. That is what pertains to what is going on now.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 We can believe what comes out of China, as much as we can believe what comes out of the mouth of D.J.T.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 SoKo started testing much earlier, and had tested a much higher percentage of their population.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    John you forgot one. Project V may stand for virus

  34. Lambo2015 Says:

    Granted it’s an engine planned for a hybrid application but seems about a year ago all manufactures were saying due to the EVs they didn’t have any new engines in development. Yet we hear of new engines. I guess this was probably already in development when that news was announced. I wonder if anything has changed with the low gas prices and current economic changes.

  35. Larry D. Says:

    31 Seriously? Your hatred for Trump is so deep and irrational, you cannot think rationally. SO you believe that the US army gave the virus to CHina, as THEY CLAIM?

    Give me your worst example of what Trump said, and try to be accurate and not out of context, that is remotely close to the above filthy lies and propaganda.