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In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.
Yet the return from a two-month production shutdown hasn’t gone quite according to plan.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

May. 31, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak. Yet the return from a two-month production shutdown hasn’t gone...

President Donald Trump holds a face mask in his left hand as speaks during a tour of Ford's Rawsonville Components Plant that has been converted to making personal protection and medical equipment, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ypsilanti, Mich. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

May. 21, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump's trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks. Trump visited...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019 file photo, Jeep vehicles are parked outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.   Major U.S. automakers are planning to reopen North American factories within two weeks, potentially putting thousands of workers back on the assembly line, as part of a gradual return to normality.  Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said Tuesday, May 5, 2020,  his company plans to start reopening factories May 18 depending on easing of government restrictions.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Detroit automakers push for restart of plants within 2 weeks

May. 5, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Major U.S. automakers are planning to reopen North American factories within two weeks, potentially putting thousands of workers back on the assembly line as part of a gradual return to normality. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said on an earnings conference call Tuesday his company plans to...

CORRECTS TO 15% TO $34.3 BILLION NOT NEARLY 16% TO $31.3 BILLION FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2019, file photo, the company logo stands over a long row of unsold vehicles at a Ford dealership in Littleton, Colo. Ford Motor Co. posted a $2 billion first-quarter net loss, blaming nearly all of it on the negative effects of the coronavirus. The automaker said Tuesday, April 28, 2020 that its revenue from January through March fell nearly 15% to $34.3 billion as most of its factories were shut down for the final week of the quarter. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Ford burns up billions of dollars in 1Q, posts $2B net loss

Apr. 28, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus crisis is forcing Ford Motor Co. to burn through cash at an alarming rate, but its chief financial officer says there's enough money to make it through the year —even if U.S. factories aren't restarted. The automaker, which posted a $2 billion first-quarter net loss...

FILE - In this May 6, 2014, file photo, a vehicle moves past a sign outside Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Fiat Chrysler is backing off a planned May 4 restart at its North American factories because some U.S. states still will have stay-home orders in place. The move likely means that factories of all three Detroit automakers will be idled for at least another two weeks as they negotiate reopening terms with the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

US auto factories likely to stay closed another 2 weeks

Apr. 27, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is backing off a planned May 4 restart at its North American factories because some U.S. states still will have stay-home orders in place. The move likely means that factories of all three Detroit automakers will be idled for at least another two weeks as they negotiate...

Volkswagen cars stand at a parking area during the production restart of the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Volkswagen starts with step-by-step resumption of production. The car company are completely converting the plant in Zwickau from 100 percent combustion engine to 100 percent electric. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

UAW balks at quick auto plant restart; retailers morphing

Apr. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ ALTERED STATE OF RETAIL: Retail stores are largely closed across the country and...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., not seen, at CNN Studios in Washington. This may be the best of times politically for Biden, who won three massive endorsements over the last week, none bigger than former rival Bernie Sanders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

United Auto Workers union backs Democrat Biden for president

Apr. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for President. The roughly 400,000-member union says in a statement Tuesday that the nation needs stable leadership with less acrimony “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.” The...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich.  U.S. businesses are edging their way toward figuring out how to bring their employees back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, some more gracefully than others. Detroit-area automakers, which suspended production in March 2020, are now pushing to restart factories as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Back to work? Companies finding it easier said than done

Apr. 21, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As state and federal leaders tussle over when and how fast to “reopen” the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, some corporations are taking the first steps toward bringing their employees back to work. Which in many cases is easier said than done. Detroit-area...