COVID-19 and automakers: All the plant shutdowns due to the coronavirus

COVID-19 and automakers: All the plant shutdowns due to the coronavirus

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As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, automakers are taking extreme measures in the form of plant closures to halt the spread of COVID-19, which the coronavirus causes. So far, here in the US, auto plants continue to hum along, but with such a fluid situation, that could change quickly.

So far, here are all the automakers and companies that have elected to halt production in Europe. As of March 18, the first US-based plants faced a temporary closure.


The automaker hasn’t announced any major changes here in the US, but in Europe, the automaker said on Sunday it will close its plant in Valencia, Spain, for one week. The shutdown comes after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. On March 17, the automaker went a step further to announce all plant operations in continental Europe will close temporarily starting March 19. The company said it expects the shutdown to last “a number of weeks” and cited disruptions to its supply chain and a number of dealers closing down to slow COVID-19’s spread.

In the US, Ford confirmed with Roadshow on March 18 that its plant in Chicago has halted operations due to a “supplier part shortage.” The automaker said the suspension is temporary.


The Japanese automaker became the first company operating in the US to announce a major production stoppage. Starting March 18, all North American facilities, including US plants, will cease operations for six days. Honda said it expects this will reduce production capacity by 40,000 vehicles. The production suspension also applies to transmission and engine plants.

During the six-day period, Honda plans to perform a deep cleaning procedure at every location and announced plans to pay workers their full wages.


The German automaker that oversees the Mercedes-Benz brand said on Tuesday it will stop all production in Europe for at least two weeks. The automaker cited global supply chains that cannot operate at their full capacity and said the precaution is also meant to protect its workforce from the virus’ spread.


The automaker said on March 18 it will stop production at its German plants to keep its workforce safe and healthy. The work stoppage will last at least two weeks, and like Daimler, Porsche said the global supply chain makes it impossible to continue output as normal. The company is also prepared for a decline in demand and will work to secure its finances.


The British luxury marque said on March 18 it would suspend production at its UK facility for two weeks starting March 23. The shutdown will extend into a pre-planned two-week shutdown for the Easter holiday as an effort to keep workers healthy and follow new guidelines put in place by the federal government.

PSA Group

The automaker that oversees the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands announced all of its plants across Europe will shut down on a tiered schedule. As of today, two plants will shut down, one in France and one in Spain. On March 17, eight additional plants will go offline; three other plants will halt production on March 18 and two more on March 19. The plants are spread across France, Spain, the UK, Poland, Germany and other locations. The plants, as of now, should all reopen on March 27.


On March 17, Volkswagen Group announced it will suspend production at numerous production sites across Europe, including Slovakia, Portugal and Spain. Right now, the automaker said it expects the suspensions will last two weeks. The shutdowns also affect VW Group components plants.


France’s Renault said it will suspend production until further notice at 12 of its sites across the country. It’s one of the most aggressive actions we’ve seen an automaker take in Europe so far.


The Japanese automaker reportedly stopped production at its plant in Portugal this Monday, Automotive News reported. It will also suspend production in France starting March 18 and plans to restart operations at the end of this month. Additionally, a plant in the Philippines will reportedly shut down today until an unspecified date in April to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Toyota did not immediately return a request for comment to confirm the plant shutdowns.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

The automaker said last week it will close four of its plants in Italy this week temporarily. The plants produce the Jeep Renegade and Compass, and also the Fiat 500X and Panda.


The Italian supercar maker announced Monday that both of its plants in Maranello and Modena, Italy, will shut down until March 27.


The automaker said last Friday it will halt operations at its plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese. For now, the automaker plans to restart production on March 25.


The motorcycle maker first announced it would stop production at its plant in Italy on March 13, but on Monday, it said it will extend the production stoppage through March 25.

Originally published March 16 and updated frequently.

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