Retail Q1 sales plunge 20% as COVID-19 cripples much of the Canadian economy As automakers reported sales declines nearly across the board during the first quarter. Scotiabank and DesRosiers Automotive Consultants issued dire warnings for the industry moving forward. Coronavirus How a Canadian moldmaker is helping in the fight against COVID-19 Subscription Required Coronavirus Ford indefinitely delays reopening N.A. plants Coronavirus COMPLETE COVERAGE: Coronavirus and the Canadian auto industry Coronavirus How Canadian assembly plants could be used to fight COVID-19 Coronavirus Communication is key for dealers, automakers during a crisis Coronavirus FCA launches coronavirus response campaign of 120 days no payments Coronavirus It won't be 'business as usual for quite a while,' Unifor says of auto industry Coronavirus Ontario creates $50M fund for businesses to retool to make medical equipment Automakers Aston Martin may need more cash even after bailout by Canadian billionaire Coronavirus Linamar teams with Thornhill Medical to make 500 ventilators Opinion COVID-19: Seven strategies to unlock cash flow during the crisis Executives CVMA President Mark Nantais retiring April 1 Mark Nantais has steered the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, which represents the Detroit Three car makers in Canada, since 1994. Automakers FCA to defer 20% of salaried workers' pay; Manley to take 50% cut Most salaried employees globally will have to give up 20 per cent of their pay for three months but will get the money later, according to a letter from CEO Mike Manley, who will have his salary cut by half. Nineteen other top execs will take a 30 per cent hit. Coronavirus Canadian dealers qualify for 75% wage subsidy amid COVID-19 pandemic After a weekend of intense lobbying, Canadian new-vehicle dealers were breathing a sigh of relief when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday his government’s new coronavirus-related wage subsidy would be tied to lost sales, not employer size. Retail Alberta dealers association advises members to turn off dashcams in the service bay The debate over privacy in a high-tech world is entering the service bay amid moves by the Alberta dealers’ association to address concerns about vehicle dashcams recording auto technicians on the job. Subscription Required Coronavirus 2020 Detroit auto show cancelled; venue to be used as field hospital The next Detroit auto show is now scheduled for June 2021, organizers told sponsors on Saturday.The TCF Center, where the show was set to take place in June, is being converted by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for a field hospital as coronavirus cases in Michigan rise. Coronavirus Automotive industry welcomes federal wage subsidies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will boost its previously announced 10-per-cent wage subsidy to 75 per cent to help some businesses survive the deepening economic downturn. While the auto industry welcomes the increase, Canada's dealers association is recommending two more key measures. Coronavirus Canadian suppliers team up to help produce 10,000 ventilators for Ontario Canada’s biggest three auto suppliers have agreed to assist in the production of much-needed ventilators during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. They'll work with a trio of medical suppliers. Coronavirus Magna thinks its new mask sanitizer can 'really save lives' amid COVID-19 pandemic Magna International says it’s ready to make a product that could be used in hospitals to disinfect masks and other personal protective equipment that are in short supply amid the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. But first, the supplier says it needs to find a specialized “Level 3” lab that’s willing to test the device to ensure it works against the virus. Coronavirus Dealers want automakers to assure them they won't be penalized for closing Dealers say that under most dealer agreements, “if you close, you’re in violation of your dealer agreement unless the closure is government ordered." Coronavirus Enterprise suspends CarShare service because of coronavirus outbreak Enterprise's CarShare program currently operates in the Ontario cities of Toronto, Mississauga, Oshawa and Waterloo. The car rental agency says that its CarShare program will close indefinitely to “ensure the safety of our community.” Load More Digital Edition View latest issue See our archive Sign up for free newsletters Breaking News Alerts (as needed) Weekly News Summary (Mondays) Daily News Summary (weekdays) Yes, send me info about special editorial content, new features, events, subscriptions, webinars and research from Automotive News Canada Yes, send me info and whitepapers from select third-party partners of Automotive News Canada EMAIL ADDRESS Please enter a valid email address. Please enter your email address. Please select at least one newsletter to subscribe.