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Volvo says demand is holding up despite COVID spike in Europe

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Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars expects to hit its forecast of roughly flat sales year-on-year in the second half of 2020 even as a recent a surge in cases across Europe makes the outlook more uncertain, Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson told Reuters. Volvo, bought by China’s Geely Holding in 2010, has repositioned itself during Samuelsson’s tenure as a premium carmaker with a range of popular sports utility vehicles (SUVs), taking on far larger rivals such as BMW and Mercedes .

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Sturgis motorcycle rally may have resulted in a quarter-million new COVID cases

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As little as three weeks ago, cases were increasing in only three states, Hawaii, Illinois and South Dakota, according to an analysis comparing cases for the two-week period of Aug. 8-22 with the past two weeks. On a percentage basis, South Dakota had the biggest increase over the past two weeks at 126%, reporting over 3,700 new cases. Health officials have linked some of the rise to hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists who descended on Sturgis, South Dakota, for an annual rally in August.

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First Covid-19 death of Sturgis attendee reported, 290 infections so far

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A Minnesota man who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last month has died from COVID-19, Minnesota health officials reported on Wednesday. It is the first reported coronavirus death that might be linked to the biker rally. The 10-day rally went forward despite fears it could become a super-spread event, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem welcoming bikers and the tourist dollars they spend.

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Glass Half Full: Subaru’s Halfhearted Sales Celebration in a Time of COVID

It hasn’t been a normal year, and all the plans you and I and even Subaru had for 2020 have more or less fallen flat. This year will not see the Japanese automaker grow its volume over 2019 levels. Targets set in the Before Times will not be met. So why worry? Celebrate what you […]

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German manufacturing recovery remains on track in August

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IHS Markit’s final Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy, rose to 52.2 in August, crossing the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction for the second time in 20 months. Phil Smith, principal economist at IHS Markit, said the recovery was not widespread as some German manufacturers were still struggling with weak demand.

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German manufacturing recovery remains on track in August originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 1 Sep 2020 08:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toyota-SoftBank-Monet van blasts airflow to thwart coronavirus

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A Japanese mobility venture has unveiled two adapted vans, one which can serve as a workspace or a mobile shop, and another that pumps fresh air through the vehicle to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading between passengers. It is the first commercial offering from Monet, a joint venture between SoftBank Corp and Toyota Motor Corp. In one version, the adapted Toyota Hiace van takes in outside air and circulates it through the interior, which is also fitted with screens and curtains to limit

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States starting to report COVID-19 cases traced to Sturgis rally

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South Dakota health officials warned Thursday that a number of people who attended the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this month, including some who came from out of state, have come down with COVID-19. Department of Health officials did not give an exact number of rallygoers who tested positive, but they said it was under 25. The state’s health department has received reports from other states that people who traveled from the rally have tested positive, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton sai

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States starting to report COVID-19 cases traced to Sturgis rally originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 23 Aug 2020 13:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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