Welcome to The Grid, a quick r & t summary of the automotive and motor sports news you should know this morning.
Arguably, General Motors is behind the van game, with its old Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana battling the modern Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter. But now, GM plans to jump into the future. Reuters reports that GM is planning a fully electric van to compete with upcoming offers from Ford, Mercedes and upstart Rivian. It is unclear whether the GM electric van will be sold under a pre-existing brand, or something completely different. The truck, however, will share technology with other upcoming GM electric vehicles.
Aston Martin to cut 500 jobs
With a new investment from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin is looking to turn things around. One of the problems that led to its stock price dropping significantly, and CEO Andy Palmer’s next game was the overestimated demand for its sports cars and GTs, especially the new Vantage. Autocar now reports that Aston plans to cut sports and GT production to cut costs, and as a result, 500 jobs will be cut. The brand does not abandon those traditional models, it only reduces the size of its workforce to reflect its lower volumes.
UAW Alleges Kansas City Ford Plant Does Not Follow COVID-19 Safety Protocol
Ford workers returned to the assembly lines last month, but the restart has not been exactly easy. Several plants have had to close due to workers testing positive for COVID-19, and now the United Auto Workers alleges that one of Ford’s largest plants is not following its own safety protocol. Automotive News reports that UAW Local 249, which represents workers at the Kansas City plant, which builds F-150 and Transits, will file a complaint for “company failure to follow COVID-19 protocols and provide working conditions safe for our members. ” Ford, meanwhile, denies there is a problem. It’s worth noting that the transit line had to be paused briefly last week when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.