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Automakers are Tired of Being Afraid of COVID-19 and Restart Production

Automakers are restarting production at their plants in Europe and North America, which shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting from May 4, Porsche launches manufacture at Zuffenhausen and Leipzig facilities. The company has taken proper protective measures for employees. Remote work, online meetings, ban on business travel continue acting where possible.

Healthcare budget increased by € 5 million. Porsche is supplying protective equipment for medical staff, foodstuffs to food banks, and is making charitable contributions to hospitals.

In addition, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen are extending the new car warranty by a further 3 months for all vehicles with a new car warranty expiring between March 1 and May 31, 2020. This measure is free of charge for customers and is valid worldwide. 

Jaguar Land Rover plans to restart production from May 18, 2020. The first to open will be the factories in the UK (Solihull), Slovakia and Austria.

The company has prepared the instructions to safely return employees to work. Reopening of other plants will be announced later depending on the situation.

Volkswagen resumed production at its Wolfsburg plant on April 27. The first vehicle to roll off the assembly line was a Golf. The carmaker’s 100-point plan provides maximum health protection for employees.

Production started at 10-15 percent of capacity, and it increases to around 40 percent the following week. The Tennessee plant will reopen on May 3, 2020.

Tesla has decided to call workers back to works before the stay-at-home order is lifted, and bring them back the day after the order ends. It is scheduled for May 3, but may be extended.

Detroit automakers, namely General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, are going to resume production at their U.S. factories on May 18, 2020. Ford says it will begin with a May 4 return in European facilities and move into U.S. and other locations after that.

They have agreed this timeline with with United Auto Workers leaders and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office, as well as discussed the ways to protect employee health and to inform suppliers how to implement safety protocols.

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