COVID-19: American car manufacturer Ford to extend production shut down, General Motors and FCA to join

03/27/2020

Posted by: Oluwaseun Adeniji

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The giant American automaker Ford is set to extend the resumption date for production due to the growing rate of coronavirus cases in the US.

Top automakers like Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler earlier last week made an announcement of their plans to temporarily halt North American production until March ending.

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The growing cases of coronavirus infections in the U.S have made it impossible for Ford to end production shutdown

Unfortunately, the number of tested cases for the deadly coronavirus has increased a great deal, making this earlier resumption date somehow impossible. From the look of things, their factories will be closed for a longer time than expected.

This latest development was first confirmed by the American automaker, Ford. According to Kumar Galhotra, who happens to be North American president of the company:

“top priority is the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.” He added, “In light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Ford is not planning to restart our plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as originally hoped.”

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Ford, FCA and GM are expected to extend resumption date for production at their abandoned plants

Ford hasn’t decided on the new date yet but the president revealed that the company is still evaluating many options and having talks with union leaders in determining the perfect timing for the new resumption date.

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According to a report from many reliable sources including Reuters, it looks like Ford will not resume production until April. General Motors (GM) and FCA have reportedly abandoned their initial plans to restart production on the 30th of March, 2020.  Even though we are yet to ascertain the specific date for production to kick off, the 3 car manufacturers have factories in Michigan, which have been under total lockdown until middle of April, next month.

Here is the video on the current crisis confronting automakers all over the world since the outbreak of this deadly coronavirus:

Former Ford CEO on how the coronavirus outbreak affects the auto industry

Additionally, 2 workers were confirmed by UAW to have lost their fight against COVID-19. One of the deceased members worked at the FCA manufacturing plant located in Indiana, and the other was a staff at the same company’s plant situated at Sterling Heights in Michigan.

The figures of people with the deadly coronavirus in the U.S keep increasing daily. From the latest report given by the John Hopkins University, the country now has over 55,000 confirmed cases and 802 deaths. Although we do not have such disheartening figures yet in Nigeria, it is important you note the Tips for cleaning and disinfecting your car against coronavirus.

>>> Check out the latest auto news on Naijauto.com for more updates!

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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