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Suppliers Narrow Talent Gap as Company Culture Shifts

Suppliers Narrow Talent Gap as Company Culture Shifts

Auto suppliers in North America are growing bullish about creating the talent they need as the industry’s skillsets shift.

So says the latest quarterly analysis of supplier sentiment conducted by the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. The group’s Supplier Barometer Index for the second quarter of 2020 jumped from an all-time low of 15 in April-June to 53 for July-September. Any number above 50 is positive,

Mixed Impact

OESA says suppliers remain sharply divided about the impact of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Compared with the previous quarter, 47% of responding executives see better times ahead, and 38% are bracing for worse conditions. The survey says companies with sales less than $1 billion are the most bullish.

The biggest staffing challenge throughout ...READ MORE

Beijing Auto Show to Open Next Month

The Beijing auto show is confirmed to open on Sept. 26, after being postponed for five months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new date was announced in April with no other details. The biannual expo alternates with the Shanghai auto show as China’s largest such event. The Shanghai show plans to open at its normal time next year in early May.

This year’s Beijing show will begin with two days of media previews on Sept. 26-27. Public days will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 5, according to the China Council for the Promotions of International Trade.


But the organizer still hasn’t said how many participants it expects this year. The event’s still-deactivated website offers no information about exhibitors, media or ticketing.

In recent years, the ...READ MORE

Will COVID Permanently Change How Americans Commute?

The long-term effects the coronavirus will have on transportation likely won’t be known until a vaccine is implemented or society otherwise figures out how to safely get back to normal/new normal activities.

But some clear trends are emerging in the U.S. This includes embracing work-at-home protocols and switching from public transportation to the use of personal vehicles.

A new survey conducted by in mid-August shows that more than one-third of workers still are doing their jobs from home as the country struggles to contain COVID-19 and new infection hotspots continue to pop up.

Of those who have returned to offices, 30% are doing so on a part-time basis. And 35% of those who expect to return to work sites outside of their homes in the future, still plan to commute ...READ MORE

May Mobility Gets Back to Business

May Mobility, a startup supplier of self-driving-shuttle services, is resuming limited operations for the first time in five months.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company suspended operations in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. May Mobility had been conducting test services with its electric vehicles in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., and Providence, R.I.

The company says it will resume operations on Aug. 31, but only in Grand Rapids, for now. Eight of its shuttles will travel along a carefully mapped 3.2-mile urban route that makes 20 stops and negotiates a dozen turns and 30 traffic lights.

Revised Format

Normally, each vehicle can carry six passengers. During the service restart, each shuttle will be limited to either one rider or as many as four people from the same ...READ MORE

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Let’s be honest, spending $3 million on a car—or virtually anything other than a cure for cancer or feeding the homeless—is absurd.

But if you have the means and desire (and some people obviously do), you don’t want to scrimp on the paint job—or lack thereof.

That’s the thinking behind some of the options on Koenigsegg’s upcoming Jesko hypercar. Buyers can up the exclusivity of the car with a carbon fiber finish for a mere $443,000.

That’s right, nearly half a mill for choosing not to have the car painted.

To put this in perspective, you could get a Lamborghini Aventador S or a stripped-down Rolls-Royce Phantom for about the same amount of money. The entire cars, not just the carbon finish.

Or you could buy a Bentley Bentayga, plus a ...READ MORE

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