Detroit’s big Three auto manufacturers plan to extend a present shutdown of car production in North America into April as the coronavirus pandemic continues, people briefed on the matter stated Tuesday.
Two sources briefed on the matter stated Ford doesn’t plan to restart production till at least April 6; however, it warned it might be delayed into April.
General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles don’t plan to resume manufacturing on March 30, three people briefed on the matter stated. It was unclear when they may resume manufacturing or if some factories might restart before others.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an order on Monday barring non-essential businesses from working until April 13. A spokesperson for Whitmer was unable to clarify on Tuesday whether auto manufacturing is considered important or not.
Michigan has declared vehicle sales by auto sellers to be impermissible under the order; however, dealerships and other services can make repairs.
United Auto Workers (UAW) President Rory Gamble stated in a letter to union members on Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler had told the union that it will comply with the Michigan governor’s decree and had “no plans to reopen on March 30.”
Fiat Chrysler declined to comment on the UAW letter. The UAW stated two Fiat Chrysler union members — one in Indiana and one in Michigan — have died after infecting with the novel coronavirus.