In the course of just a few short weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating effect on daily life in America, as well as each of the automakers that builds cars here. Tens of thousands have been infected, hundreds have died, many are unemployed or furloughed, and most of us have been advised to stay at home except for occasional runs for essentials like groceries and medications.

In this post we’ll take a look at what actions US automakers are taking in response to the constantly evolving coronavirus situation and how these actions are affecting the millions of people earning a paycheck directly or indirectly from companies like General Motors (GM) and Ford.

Plant Closures: US Automakers

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and growing concern from employees, GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) formed an agreement on March 17 to throttle down production while also focusing on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, such as providing 6 feet of distance between workers, increasing the frequency of workplace cleaning, and allowing eligible employees to work from home. That plan was scrapped just one day later; on March 18, the three companies, often collectively referred to as the Detroit 3, announced they would suspend production at all their U.S. production facilities until March 30. Since then, Ford has reported that it will monitor developments daily but delay reopening its plants. GM has also shuttered operations indefinitely, while FCA has informed the UAW that it now tentatively plans to restart operations on April 14. Tesla shut down its California factory March 23 with a restart date to be determined and drastically reduced production at its Nevada plant.

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By: Thom Blackett
Title: U.S. Automakers Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Sourced From: blog.cargurus.com/2020/03/27/u-s-automakers-respond-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic
Published Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:10:20 +0000

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