COVID-19 Coronavirus Automotive News

In Coronavirus COVID-19 automotive news are NYC MTA, Mazda, Audi, Thor and RightSure.

New York City’s MTA will test UV-C lights to disinfect trains and buses starting May 11.  The MTA with working with Columbia University to test the technology.

Mazda Extends Essential Care to Heathcare Workers

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced today that its Essential Car Care program, which provides free standard oil changes and enhanced car cleaning services for eligible U.S. healthcare workers at dealers nationwide, will now run through June 1.

“Our family of Mazda dealers and employees feel a deep sense of gratitude to the health care workers during these difficult times, and we are proud to be able to support them in communities across the country,” MNAO President Jeff Guyton said. “We’ve seen the meaningful impact of this program first-hand, and we are excited to continue to give something back as a thank you for their heroic efforts.”

The Essential Car Care program, which began on April 16, was developed in partnership with Mazda’s U.S. dealer network. The company will invest a minimum of $5 million as part of the initiative. The program extension will allow healthcare heroes throughout the U.S., including those in some of the hardest hit parts of the country, more time to access this program.

In order to help ensure the safety of healthcare workers and service employees, dealers participating in the Essential Car Care initiative have committed to enhanced vehicle cleaning of high-touch interior and exterior surfaces using Mazda and EPA-approved cleansers. Mazda has also encouraged dealers to continue following the recommendations from the CDC and local public health and government officials, along with workplace personal hygiene practices to help ensure the safety of everyone in the service areas.

Thor Reopens

Thor Industries announced that its North American operating companies reopened their assembly operations today.

Thor announced that, in limited capacities, each of its operating subsidiaries will be resuming operations in May, with the first wave of plants opening today.  The attached image was taken this morning at a plant opening at Keystone RV.  Pictured is Bob Martin (Thor President and CEO), Matt Zimmerman (Thor Group Manager) and Keystone team members as they arrived for work this morning. Also attached are images of a health screening area at one of Keystone RV operating plants, an example of new signage, and the personal protective equipment (PPE) kits being given to each team member.

RightSure Reduces

RightSure Insurance Group is thrilled to share some good news during an otherwise stressful time: The majority of their customers have received discounts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

RightSure partners with more than 40 insurance carriers to bring its insurance customers unparalleled coverage options. Many of those insurance carriers have taken steps to help their policyholders during a tough time by providing discounts of 15 to 20 percent.

Audi Fun for the Kids and Others

In observance of the Audi holiday “quattro de Mayo,” we are publishing three cutouts to help celebrate 40 years of our signature quattro® all-wheel-drive technology with you.

The first is of a 1980s Sport quattro S1 rally car, showing where quattro® began. It was a car so dominant that it transformed rally racing. Later, quattro® was called “the unfair advantage” when introduced in touring car racing.

The second cutout is of the Audi R8, our mid-engine supercar, equipped exclusively with a 5.2-liter V10 engine in its current generation. With quattro®, it’s capable of reining in its 602 horsepower and is as close as an Audi customer can get to driving a road-going racecar.

Finally, the Audi e-tron shows where we are taking quattro® technology, with two electric motors powering all four wheels, using 40 years of all-wheel-drive know-how to develop all-electric technology for today and tomorrow.

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