Published on March 18th 2020 in

Vehicle manufacturers pause production in North America

Several vehicle manufacturers have announced plans to pause vehicle production across North America in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced it would cease production at its plants across North America, which started progressively from March 18 through the end of March. While production is paused, the Company will put actions into place to facilitate the steps agreed to through the joint task-force set up between the UAW and the automakers.


Ford announced plans to temporarily stop production at its plants in North America and Europe starting immediately. The actions were taken to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to issues with the supply chain and other constraints. The company will work with labour representatives to safely and effectively restart production in the weeks to come.

General Motors

General Motors confirmed 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 30 March, when production status will be re-evaluated on a  week-to-week basis.


Honda announced it will suspend production for six days beginning March 23, with current plans to return to production on 31 March. Honda transmission and engine plants in North America that serve Honda auto plants also will suspend production for the same time period. Honda will reduce production by approximately 40,000 vehicles during these six days.


Nissan announced that it will temporarily suspend production of its manufacturing facilities in the US starting 20 March through 6 April. 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.


Toyota is suspending production at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the US. The manufacturing facilities will be closed from 23 March, resuming production on 25 March. Toyota announced its service parts depots and vehicle logistics centres will continue to operate.

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