Auto Industry Responds To Coronavirus NEWS UPDATES

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This is your place to find regular updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting the automotive industry. From plant shutdowns and safety precautions being taken to how the pandemic may impact inventory on dealer lots, we will update this page with a continuing stream of news related to the automotive industry as it, along with the country, battles the spread of COVID-19.

April 7

Kia Offers Warranty Extensions: Under its Accelerate the Good program, Kia says customers with expiring warranties can get needed repairs without incurring additional costs or penalties if repairs are delayed due to COVID-19. Qualifying Kia Customers include Kia customers who experienced potentially warrantable concerns with their vehicle during the period of March 2020 through May 2020 and were not able to obtain service from a Kia dealer due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Repairs must be completed by June 30, 2020. Read More Here

April 3

Hyundai Extends Warranties: Hyundai says it will extend original warranties that expire between March and June of this year. The extended warranty covers more than 1.21 million vehicles worldwide. Read More Here

VW Teams Up With Supplier To Produce PPE: VW aids fabrics supplier Faurecia in mobilizing and shifting lines to produce medical grade facemasks and gowns. Read More Here

April 2

U.S. Automaker Sales Fall Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: First Quarter Sales Results Here

GM Prepares To Begin Volume Production of Ventilators: General Motors says it is actively training employees at the company’s Kokomo, Indiana plant in the extensive screening, cleaning and other CDC-recommended procedures that will be in place when volume production of Ventec Life Systems’ critical care ventilator begins in less than two weeks. Read More Here

April 1

Nissan Extends Production Downtime Through April: Nissan manufacturing facilities in the U.S. will remain closed through late April as a measure to help protect employees and reduce the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Read More Here

VW Chattonooga Plant Will Stay Closed Through Mid-April: Volkswagen Chattanooga plans to resume production Sunday, April 12 at 10 p.m. Read More Here

March 30

Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators in Michigan in Next 100 Days: Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced today it will begin producing in Michigan a third-party ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed. Read more here

March 28

Hyundai Provides Grants For Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing: Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Hyundai Motor America announce expanding COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centers to 11 children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. and grants totaling $2.2 million. Read more here

March 27

Toyota’s Efforts To Produce Face Masks and Medical Equipment: Toyota is working to produce 3-D printed face shields. Mass production will kick off early next week. The first distribution will be to MD Anderson in Houston, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and other hospitals in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. Toyota is also finalizing agreements to begin working with at least two companies that produce ventilators and respirators to help increase their capacity, and looking for partners for filters to provide COVID-19 masks. Read More Here

FCA Updates Face Mask Production Plans: FCA says the company is in the process of converting its first plant to produce face masks at that the first machinery has been delivered and installed with supply and donation coming on stream in the coming weeks. FCA is also expanding efforts to provide meals for school children. Read More Here

Hyundai Extends Production Shutdown: Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama will extend its suspension of production of automobiles in Montgomery, Alabama, until April 10, 2020. The plant will resume production on April 13, 2020. This suspension will reduce production by approximately 10,000 vehicles. HMMA previously announced the suspension of operations from March 23 thru March 31.Read More Here

March 26

GM Cuts Salaries, Furloughs Workers Read More Here

Ford’s Top Executives Will Defer Pay Read More Here

Toyota Extends Shutdown: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and significant decline in vehicle demand, Toyota says it will further extend the length of its production suspension at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The manufacturing facilities will remain closed through April 17, resuming production on April 20. Toyota's service parts depots and vehicle logistics centers will continue to operate. Read More Here

Fiat Chrysler Extends Shutdown: FCA says plants across the U.S. and Canada, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are intended to remain closed until April 14, dependent upon the various states' stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each facility to return to production. The Mopar Parts Distribution Centers, which have been deemed essential to keeping first responders and commercial vehicles on the road, will continue to operate with paid volunteers.

Ford Aims To Restart Operations April 6: Ford is now aiming to restart production at select plants in North America as early as April 6, bringing key plants back online while the company introduces additional safety measures to protect returning workers. Read More Here

Honda Extends Shutdown: Honda will extend the production suspension previously announced for all of its auto, engine and transmission plants in the U.S. and Canada. Honda’s original production suspension was from March 23 through March 30, with a planned return date of March 31. With this extension of five production days, operations will resume on April 7. Honda says it’s due to the continued steep decline in the market. Read More Here

March 24 11:00am

Ford's Efforts To Expand Production of Emergency Equipment: This morning, Ford announced additional actions to help fight COVID-19.

We’re built to lend a hand. We’re proud to work with 3M, GE Healthcare and UAW International Union to lend our...

Posted by Ford Motor Company on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 23 4:30pm

FCA Will Produce Face Masks: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is stepping in to help those at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic by manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks per month. Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks with initial distribution across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Read More Here

March 22 11:15pm

General Motors reportedly stopped production at its Arlington, Texas, SUV plant tonight, earlier than planned, due to probable Coronavirus case. In Michigan, FCA sends more employees home following the death of an employee from COVID-19. Read The Detroit News Story Here

March 22

"Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST!" - POTUS Tweet

March 21

Mercedes-Benz to Idle U.S. Plants in Alabama and South Carolina: "Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in North America, Mercedes-Benz has decided today [Friday] to halt the majority of its local production as well as work in selected administrative departments."
Read More Here

Volkswagen Idles Chattanooga Plant: Effective March 21 production will be suspended for one week.
Read More Here

BMW To Idle South Carolina SUV Plant: BMW will idle the plant that makes SUVs on April 3rd for more than two weeks.
Read More Here

March 20

GM Will Help Produce Ventilators to Fight Coronavirus: GM and Ventec Life Systems, in cooperation with, the nation's coordinated private sector response to the COVID-19, are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase production of its respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More Here

Toyota Extends U.S. Shutdown: Toyota plants will be closed from March 23 through April 3, resuming production on April 6, 2020. Read More Here

Automakers Seek Help From U.S. Government: Read More Here

March 19

Nissan to Suspend U.S. Production: Late Wednesday Nissan announced that it will temporarily suspend production of its manufacturing facilities in the U.S. starting March 20 through April 6. The company is taking this action to boost containment efforts where possible around the COVID-19 coronavirus. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus at any Nissan facility. Areas deemed business-essential will operate with enhanced safety measures.
Read the Nissan Press Release Here

March 18

FCA statement on suspending its production though the end of March: Read More Here.

March 18, 3:30pm CST

Toyota to Suspend U.S. Production: According to Automotive News, Toyota reportedly says it will stop production next Monday and Tuesday.

March 18, 2:45pm CST

Hyundai Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19. Hyundai confirms a case of COVID-19 among its workforce. The individual who tested positive is not currently on site at HMMA. HMMA is suspending production in all areas, for all shifts, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [UPDATE: Facility will be closed through March 31.]

Read the Hyundai Press Release Here

March 18, 1:30pm CST

GM Will Suspend U.S Production Until March 30: This afternoon, GM announced it will begin a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions, to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that.

“GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We have been taking extraordinary precautions around the world to keep our plant environments safe and recent developments in North America make it clear this is the right thing to do now. I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step.”

Read the GM Press Release Here

March 18, 12pm CST

Ford Suspends U.S Production Until March 30: Production at Ford’s U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities will be halted after Thursday evening’s shifts through March 30 to thoroughly clean and sanitize the company’s plants.

“We’re continuing to work closely with union leaders, especially the United Auto Workers, to find ways to help keep our workforce healthy and safe – even as we look at solutions for continuing to provide the vehicles customers really want and need,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America. “In these unprecedented times, we’re exploring unique and creative solutions to support our workforce, customers, dealers, suppliers and communities.”

Read Ford’s press release here.

March 18

Honda Announces It Will Suspend Production at North American Plants: Honda says starting next week it will suspend production at its plants March 23rd for six days to an “anticipated decline in market demand." It says during this time it will continue to pay its associates. Read Honda statement here.

Fiat-Chrysler Plant Closed Briefly After Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19: Wednesday, Fiat-Chryler confirmed it sent workers home from its Sterling Heights, Michigan plant Tuesday after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. The plant, which builds the Ram 1500, underwent a deep cleaning before employees went back to work. Read the Detroit Free Press story here.

March 17

Detroit Big 3 Meets with UAW: Tuesday night, the Detroit 3 automakers met with members of the United Auto Workers and they agreed to take a number of enhanced safety measures at U.S. plants to combat the spread of novel Coronavirus. The United Auto Workers had pressed for a two-week shutdown, but so far that is not planned.

“We spent hours tonight [Tuesday] in talks with the leadership of the Big 3, demanding that they do the right thing for our members. All three companies have agreed to new measures that will increase adherence to CDC recommendations on social distancing in the workplace. Most importantly, all three companies have agreed to review and implement the rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep cleaning of facility and equipment between shifts, extended periods between shifts, and extensive plans to avoid member contact. They will be working on shift rotation to minimize risk. The companies have also agreed to work with us in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our members as we manage the disruption in the industry.“rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep cleaning of facility and equipment between shifts, extended periods between shifts and extensive plans to avoid member contact.” - UAW

"These changes, which include rotating shifts to allow for greater separation of employees and further enhancing our new sanitation protocols, are focused on providing a safe environment and peace of mind to our employees at their place of work." Fiat Chrysler said in a statement released late Tuesday. "Despite the continuing economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, FCA continues to work on fulfilling a strong North American order book from both fleet and dealer partners." - FCA Statement

March 16

Detroit Big 3 COVID-19 Task Force Announced: The United Auto Workers, General Motors Co., Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler announced the formation of a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.

A joint GM, Ford and FCA said: “This is a fluid and unprecedented situation, and the task force will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place. We are all coming together to help keep our workforces safe and healthy.”

Action to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus includes social distancing, enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and implementing safety protocols for people with potential exposure, as well as those who exhibit flu-like symptoms. Other actions include health and safety education, health screening, food service and any other areas that have the potential to improve protections for employees.

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