How automakers make up for lost production timeJune 4, 2020
The largest automakers have many opportunities to catch up.
Two months of plant downtime due to coronavirus, led to the fact that the stocks of automakers such as Ford, GM and others, with US manufacturing bases and not releasing new vehicles, were greatly depleted. For some this was partially offset by a slowdown in economic growth, which meant a relatively lower number of sales during this period. To make up for lost time, Ford, GM, and FCA plan to shorten or cancel many of the summer vacations that are typically reserved for automotive workers across the country.
As GM spokesman Jim Kane recently said, General Motors plans to leave most of its plants open from June 29 to July 6, a period when they usually close. Meanwhile, an FCA spokesman said that this year there will be no summer stops at most of the company’s assembly sites in the United States without specifying which plants will be excluded.
At Ford, several plants will be closed for one week instead of the usual two. The Ford Flat Rock assembly plant, which produces the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental, is reported to close only for the week of August 3, while Chicago Assembly, Louisville Assembly and Kentucky Truck will only be suspended for the week of June 29. The last three produce the majority of Ford’s SUVs and crossovers, as well as the F-250, F-550, Ford F-Series Super Duty models.
Despite the fact that reducing pauses in factories should help to reduce car inventories, they are not expected to produce new products at the same speed as usual, as a result of taking additional precautions to reduce the risk of distribution of Covid-19.
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