Foam for seats could be in short supply following February's crippling arctic weather in the southern US. 2020 was certainly a rough year for everyone, but 2021 isn't exactly winning hearts for many in the United States thus far. Political turmoil and continued COVID-19 concerns from January quickly morphed into a February winter weather catastrophe in the southern States , shutting down power throughout the area. A good chunk of US-based oil refineries are in that region, and oil isn't just used for fuel. Petrochemical plants are found throughout the south and foam production was impacted by the mid-February arctic blast, according to Automotive News . Oil is required to make the polyurethane foam used in automotive seats, and an anonymous source told the news outlet that plants manufacturing foam inserts could shut down as early as March 8. Specifically, propylene oxide is a by-product of the refining process needed for the foam and with some refineries still … [Read more...] about Automakers Facing Possible Production Delays Because Of … Foam?
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Demand is high for the 1500. For all of the problems plaguing the automotive industry, pickup trucks aren’t one of them. Demand for the big workhorses hasn’t slipped much despite the coronavirus pandemic and semiconductor shortage eating into production. The demand has forced Stellantis , Ram’s new overseer, to kick pickup truck production into high gear. The Detroit Free Press reports that skilled trades workers will soon be clocking 84-hour workweeks to build the 1500 . The extra hours are being added at the automaker’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan, where the company builds the 1500. Some of the workers will be expected to work seven days on followed by seven days off; however, affected workers shared their displeasure about the work schedule with the Free Press . Many told the publication that they’re frustrated with the long, disruptive shifts, though the alternative they could have chosen would have required even more disruptive rotations. … [Read more...] about Stellantis Starting 84-Hour Work Week At Ram Truck Plant
It won't enter production until 2022, so BMW has time to consider the request. BMW never sold an M3 wagon in the United States. That's okay, because BMW never sold an M3 wagon anywhere . Such a creation never emerged from the depths of Munich, but it soon will. BMW announced plans for its first M3 Touring in August 2020, and we've since learned the high-performance long roof won't be sold in the States. At least 4,358 people aren't happy about that, and they're making their displeasure known. That's how many people signed a petition at Change.org in favor of selling the M3 Touring stateside, as of this article posting on March 4, 2021. Kian Alam started the petition not long after the news became official, and it's slowly gained support over the last few months. Appealing to BMW executives in simple language, here is Alam's brief plea supporting a US-spec M3 Touring: "Please embrace Audi's decision to bring their RS6 Avant to the US Market and do the same with your … [Read more...] about Petition For Bringing BMW M3 Touring Wagon To US Is Gaining Steam
Home Two wheelers oi-Punith Bharadwaj By Punith Bharadwaj Updated: Friday, March 5, 2021, 10:52 [IST] TVS Srichakra Limited has launched eleven new products for the two- and three-wheeler segment in the Indian market. The new tyre range includes eight high-performance tyre sizes for motorcycles, two for scooters, and one new tyre size for e-rickshaw. The tyre sizes have been introduced under the Sportorq, Jumbo GT, Conta, Durapro and e-Durapro product series. The tyre technology offers superior mileage, performance and durability. It also offers superior braking performance and greater safety under varying road conditions. The Durapro series is now available in tubeless variants for motorcycles and scooters. Coming to the Conta brand, it is a popular choice in the scooter tyre segment and now has new products in 2 additional sizes. As mentioned before, the new tyre range includes e-Durapro product that caters … [Read more...] about TVS Eurogrip Launches 11 New Tyres In India Catering To Two & Three Wheelers Segment
Home Four wheelers oi-Rahul Nagaraj By Rahul Nagaraj Updated: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 15:24 [IST] Tata Motors has announced the launch of the XTA variant of its Tiago hatchback in the Indian market. The new Tata Tiago XTA variant is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi). As the name suggests, the new variant is the AMT-equipped version of the XT variant in the Tiago hatchback's lineup. With the addition of the new XTA variant, the Tata Tiago now offers the AMT automatic gearbox with a total of four trim levels, further increasing the options for their customers. The new Tata Tiago XTA variant will also carry forward the same feature and equipment list as the ‘XT' trim. This includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, digital instrument cluster and many more. The Tata Tiago itself has been a very successful product for the brand in the Indian market, … [Read more...] about New Tata Tiago ‘XTA’ Variant Launched In India: Prices Start At Rs 5.99 Lakh