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Auto Industry Coping with COVID-19

By Alejandro Enríquez | Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:29

COVID-19 continues to disrupt OEM operations in the country, while workers and dealerships are drafting strategies to cope with the situation.

COVID-19 has disrupted production operations globally. In the country, 31.4 percent of manufacturing and maquila contracts have not been fulfilled. OEMs’ halt in operations continue and in the case of Ford, FCA and GM, the cease in operations has been extended for two weeks. In total, 10 out of 12 light-vehicle OEMs have suspended operations. Only JAC, manufactured by Giant Motors Latinoamérica, and Kia continue operations.

Different sectors had come up with proposals to cope with the situation the virus is creating. Unions in the automotive industry continue negotiations to stablish working conditions during this period. Meanwhile, AMDA’s Director General has urged the federal government to take action to help the dealership network during and after the crisis.

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Here is the recap of OEMs in the country that have suspended operations in the country.

     OEM

               Suspension Period in Mexico

Audi

March 23 – April 13

BMW

March 28 – April 19 (Eastern break extension)

FCA

March 19 – end of March – extended to April 14

Ford

March 19 – March 30 – extended to April 6

GM

SLP: March 20 (assembly) – extended to April 14

Silao: March 30 (assembly) – extended to April 14

Ramos Arizpe: March 30 – extended to April 14

Toluca: March 26 – extended to April 14

Honda

March 23 – March 31

JAC

Announced enough stock for five months

Kia

Continues operations

Mazda

10 Days starting on March 25

Eastern break from April 9 to April 17

Nissan

March 25 – April 14

Toyota

March 23 – April 5

Volkswagen

March 30 – April 12

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Reuters, El Financiero, Mexico Business News, El Economista
Photo by:  
Mazda Motor Corporation
Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst

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