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Volkswagen, Audi on hold as Mexico’s Puebla state not ready to reopen

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Puebla state, where German automaker Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> and its luxury brand unit Audi <NSUG.DE> have major plants, said it is not ready to reopen its automotive sector due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Puebla’s Governor Miguel Barbosa signed a decree on Friday stating that the conditions for return of the automotive and construction sectors are not favourable, according to a statement published on the state’s Twitter account.

Barbosa, an ally of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has said he wants to reopen the state’s economy but not if that means people’s lives will be at stake.

The Mexican unit of Volkswagen AG had previously said it was ready to resume operations in Puebla and the state of Guanajuato on June 15.

Mexico has registered 133,974 official coronavirus cases and 15,944 deaths, though the government says the real number of infections and

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2021 BMW M4 Coupe Reveals Controversial Front Design In Spy Photo

Look past the grille and you’ll see other differences compared to the regular 4.

The new BMW M4 is one of the worst kept secrets of the automotive industry considering we’ve seen our fair share of hugely revealing spy shots. Add another one as a member of the Bimmer Post forums has shared an image of what’s likely a pre-production prototype without any camouflage whatsoever. While the shape and size of the grille itself is not a surprise, you will notice the kidneys have horizontal slats replacing the intricate mesh of the lesser 4 Series Coupe models.

In our opinion, the front bumper design doesn’t look necessarily more aggressive than the one reserved for the M440i xDrive model, which is a bit of a surprise. The sides of the bumper are hosting vertical vents, although it remains to be seen whether those are actually functional to cool the brakes or

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Watson’s first great American F1 comeback drive

Watson would, of course, go on to better this feat by winning from 22nd on the grid at Long Beach a year later, but claims it was this Motown race that had given him the supreme confidence of a true “street fighter”.

Alain Prost and his mechanics work on the Renault RE30B on the grid

Alain Prost and his mechanics work on the Renault RE30B on the grid Sutton Images

Sutton Images

Derek Daly and mechanics work on his Williams FW08

Derek Daly and mechanics work on his Williams FW08 David Phipps

David Phipps

Qualifying effectively became just a one-hour session on Saturday morning, with rain affecting the second period – although Alfa Romeo’s Andrea de Cesaris still managed to have a sizeable shunt. 

The track’s layout, which was anti-clockwise and featured a tunnel, turned out to be even slower than Monaco! Jackie Stewart, who was commentating for

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Scrappage scheme may fail to rev up British car makers

A scrappage scheme offering motorists up to £6,000 to trade in old petrol or diesel cars for a new electric vehicle would do little to bolster British carmakers, experts have warned.

The plan, which is being considered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he seeks to rev up the automotive industry following a lockdown sales collapse and a run of redundancies, would do little to help the UK’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.

JLR’s only all-electric car, the I-Pace, is built in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna, meaning pumping UK state funds into the proposal would do little to save British jobs.

The firm has about 40,000 UK staff and is planning to build electric versions of its Jaguar saloons at a plant in Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, but the first of these will not come until next year. The crisis in the industry could derail the

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