AGENCIES, Detroit: Three non-US branded automakers with manufacturing facilities in the US have announced that they are suspending their production operations temporarily because of the coronavirus and the impact it’s having on new car sales.
Toyota Motor North America will suspend production at all of its North American assembly and component plants beginning Monday, March 23, though at least April 5, with production tentatively scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.
Volkswagen of America said it is halting production at the plant from Saturday until at least the evening of March 29. The Chattanooga plant builds the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport crossovers as well as the Volkswagen Passat sedan. Volkswagen’s other North American plant, in Puebla, Mexico, remains operational. However, parts shortages were impacting production at sibling brand Audi’s plant in Mexico.
Meanwhile, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Subaru Corp.’s lone manufacturing facility in North America, said it would shut down vehicle production for one week starting on Monday, March 23.
“To further ensure the health and safety of associates and to adjust volume for market demand as a result of COVID-19, Subaru of Indiana Automotive is suspending production, March 23-29,” a plant spokesman said in an emailed statement.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) also confirmed on Saturday that it will extend its suspension of production of automobiles in Montgomery, Alabama.
Nissan on Saturday announced that it will temporarily suspend production of its manufacturing facilities in the U.S. starting March 20 through April 6.