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Austria reports 20% decline in sales of new cars since beginning of 2020
Austria reports 20% decline in sales of new cars since beginning of 2020
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The Austrian car sales are heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a -67% and -65% decline in sales in March and April. The market since then recovered to a low of -18% in June and went back to -20% in August.

The statistics are based on the registration number of new cars per month.

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Volkswagen fires software boss after only 14 days
Volkswagen fires software boss after only 14 days
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Under the name "Car.Software.Org" VW aims to develop its own operating system for all VW car models and increase the team to around 10,000 employees. On July 1, Christian Senger officially became head of "Car.Software.Org".

Among other things, he is on the board of directors of the core Volkswagen brand and has headed the development of the electric vehicles series "ID". Since March 2019 he has been working on the "Car.Software.Org" project. Now he was released after only 14 days, due to discrepancies with other VW managers. Audi boss Markus Duesmann will develop the VW software now. Volkswagen did not comment on the conflict.

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Ford recalls 2.1 million cars: Doors can open while the vehicles are moving
Ford recalls 2.1 million cars: Doors can open while the vehicles are moving
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For the third time, Ford will recall cars, SUVs and vans to fix a defect with their doors, that could open while the vehicle is moving. The recall will cover 2.1 million vehicles in the US and Canada.

The company said Wednesday the previous door latch recalls were done because of defective pawl spring tabs that could crack and fail in high temperatures. The previously recalled vehicles may not have had the latches replaced, or repairs may not have been done correctly, the company said in a statement.

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Volkswagen names Ralf Brandstätter as the new CEO of its VW car brand
Ralf Brandstätter
Ralf Brandstätter Credit: Volkswagen

Volkswagen announced Ralf Brandstätter as the new CEO of the VW brand, to lead cost-cutting efforts at the company’s largest plants in Germany.

Brandstaetter, current COO of VW, replaces Herbert Diess who will retain his title of CEO of Volkswagen Group.

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Germany plans on making electric car charging options mandatory for petrol stations
BMW electric hybrid vehicle on charging station in Munich
BMW electric hybrid vehicle on charging station in Munich Credit: Marc Heckner

As part of the countries economic recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic, Germany has announced that it aims to boost the usage and sales of electric cars. One planned measure will require all petrol stations to offer charging options for electric vehicles.

Sports
Ferrari is exploring the possibility of competing on IndyCar
2019 Ferrari Formula One car, driven by Sebastian Vettel
2019 Ferrari Formula One car, driven by Sebastian Vettel Credit: Artes Max (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Ferrari Formula One team principal Mattia Binotto said on Thursday that the Scuderia is exploring the possibility of entering the IndyCar series.

Formula One’s new budget cap of $145 million for teams from 2021 would lead to staff being made redundant and the Italian carmaker was looking at options to ensure its employees retain their jobs.

"Ferrari feels a lot of social responsibility towards its employees and we want to be sure that for each of them there will be a workspace in the future," Binotto told Sky in Italy.

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Tesla opens California factory - defies Alameda County order

Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that Tesla has reopened its factory in California and that he'll work "on the line with everyone else", claiming in a second tweet that the state of California has permitted the re-opening, but claims that "an unelected county official illegally overrode" the decision without providing further proof.

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Musk announces that Tesla will move headquarters from California to Texas/Nevada

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced in a tweet that the company will move its headquarters from California to Nevada, Texas. Musk also questioned if the manufacturing plant in Fremont will keep operating in the future after he complained about the Alameda county regulation that all but essential businesses are not allowed to operate until the end of May, due to the coronavirus.