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REFILE-China’s auto industry wastes no time coaxing drivers back to showrooms after lockdown

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By Yilei Sun and Norihiko Shirouzu

BEIJING, March 27 (Reuters) – China’s auto industry has gone from zero to sixty in its post-pandemic campaign drive, with manufacturers and dealers quick to woo back lockdown-weary consumers through campaigns as unusual as a makeup-promoting personality touting car leasing.

Social media celebrity Lipstick King urged millions of fans on a live-streamed shopping show to sign up to a lease deal for General Motors Co’s Cadillac CT4 compact sedan.

“This colour has the sense of ‘I’m in charge’ independence,” he said, displaying a scale model of a chocolate-coloured car.

The plug is just one part of an eruption of promotional campaigns featuring steep discounts, cold-calling and gimmicks, from an industry obliterated by government restrictions on movement imposed in January to curb the spread of a virus which in China has infected 81,000 people and caused 3,300 deaths.

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China's auto industry wastes no time coaxing drivers back to showrooms after lockdown

China’s auto industry wastes no time coaxing drivers back to showrooms after lockdown

By Yilei Sun and Norihiko Shirouzu

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s auto industry has gone from zero to sixty in its post-pandemic campaign drive, with manufacturers and dealers quick to woo back lockdown-weary consumers through campaigns as unusual as a makeup-promoting personality touting car leasing.

Social media celebrity Lipstick King urged millions of fans on a live-streamed shopping show to sign up to a lease deal for General Motors Co’s <GM.N> Cadillac CT4 compact sedan.

“This color has the sense of ‘I’m in charge’ independence,” he said, displaying a scale model of a chocolate-colored car.

The plug is just one part of an eruption of promotional campaigns featuring steep discounts, cold-calling and gimmicks, from an industry obliterated by government restrictions on movement imposed in January to curb the spread of a virus which in China has infected 81,000 people and caused 3,300 deaths.

The economy shrank 21% in January-February with sales

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Drivers to be given MOT exemption

Drivers to be given MOT exemption

Motorists will be granted an MOT exemption to allow people to continue with essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

Vehicle owners will be given a six-month exemption, which will allow them to carry on travelling to work in cases where working from home is impossible, or shop for essentials.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would need an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March.

However, the DfT has warned that vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition, and drivers can be prosecuted if they are found to be driving unsafe vehicles. 

The new legislation will be introduced on 30 March and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations.

Read more: Halfords says nearly 400,000 jobs could be affected if it shut

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Uber Freight is giving weekly $20 Eats credits to truck drivers on its platform because their food options are suddenly disappearing

Uber Freight is giving weekly $20 Eats credits to truck drivers on its platform because their food options are suddenly disappearing

Coronavirus is presenting new challenges for truck drivers.
Coronavirus is presenting new challenges for truck drivers.

Courtesy of Uber Freight

  • Uber Freight head Lior Ron said on Monday that the ride-hailing giant’s truck-brokerage platform was taking steps to ensure the well-being of truck drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • One step will be giving drivers on its platform a $20 Uber Eats credit each week — though that won’t likely be enough to account for closures of restaurants or fast food locales nationwide. 

  • The platform will also not take a profit from relief loads for food, water, or medical supplies booked on its app.

  • Ron wrote that Uber Freight will also provide thousands of sanitation kits to small carriers.

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America’s 1.8 million truck drivers are watching the spread of the novel coronavirus make their jobs more and more complicated — including signing forms at warehouses pledging they’re symptom-free, a dearth of nighttime

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