BySteph Willemson April 24, 2020
On Thursday, Toyota said that, beginning the week of May 4th, it “intends to gradually resume its North American manufacturing operations in compliance with federal health and safety guidelines, and local and state ordinances where our facilities are located.”
New safety protocols will be in place, Toyota said, as it turns on the lights andÂ “carefully” ramps up production in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada.
Honda’s taking a different approach, deciding yesterday to sit it out for another week. The automaker now saws it will idle production through May 8th, saying it “must continue to take steps that align product supply and business expenses with market demand.” Powersports production in South Carolina will resume on May 4th, however.
In Chattanooga, TN, Volkswagen of America is ready to come back online on May 3rd â€” a return helped by newly lessened state coronavirus measures.
“Weâ€™ve dedicated the past several weeks to implementing stringent health and safety measures,â€ said plant president Tom du Plessis in a statement. A 90-point list of health measures will greet returning workers.
â€œAfter assessing the current situation, weâ€™ve decided to resume production under clear safety measures and with the health of our employees as our highest priority.â€
Elsewhere in the industry, Nissan says it won’t resume U.S. production until mid-May, with Hyundai, Kia, and BMW targeting May 4th.