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Coronavirus: When Each Automaker Will Restart US Production

Monday, March 30th, 2020

After weeks of down time, North American automaker prolongation plants are gearing adult for a lapse to work.


For a latest information on a COVID-19 pandemic, make certain to check a World Health Organization website.


With many plants going still in mid-March, a initial devise during many was for a two-week suspension. As COVID-19 continues to spread, however, that was not to be, with manufacturers like Ford announcing an extension—and plans to build much-needed respirators and other medical equipment.

We’ve gathered a list of indeterminate restart dates for many automakers, and will keep a info updated as we hear more. Keep an eye on this, as good as a updated list of what deals and support programs automakers are offering during a ongoing pandemic.

SEE ALSO: Coronavirus: All a Deals and Support Programs Automakers are Offering

BMW

BMW creatively designed on shutting a Spartanburg, South Carolina plant for dual weeks, from Apr 3 to 19. The plant produces many of a SUV lineup, from a X3 by to a X7. However, supply sequence disruptions brought a stop forward, with prolongation crude Mar 25. BMW Plant Spartanburg will sojourn sealed until during slightest Sunday, Apr 12.

Ferrari

No, Ferrari doesn’t have a North American prolongation plant. However, Italy is a European epicenter for COVID-19, with over 97,000 cases as of Mar 30. So it’s value observant Ferrari is aiming to restart prolongation during a Maranello plant Apr 14, so prolonged as suppliers and reserve allow.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

FCA is targeting Apr 14 for resumed prolongation during a Canada and United States plants. Products influenced by a tide shutdown embody a Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Chrysler Pacifica (all constructed in Canada), as good as countless Jeep and Ram models.

Ford and Lincoln

Ford will be one of a initial to restart prolongation on Apr 6, if all goes to plan. The immeasurable infancy of a brand’s tide lineup is constructed in a US, including a F-Series, Escape, Explorer, Expedition and Mustang. The Ford Bronco is set to start prolongation after this year during a Michigan Assembly Plant, alongside a Ranger. There are also 3 plants in Canada: one in Oakville, Ontario, producing a Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, and dual engine plants.

Honda and Acura

Honda might be a Japanese brand, yet scarcely all of a tide offerings are built right in a US of A. Across 4 plants in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana, Honda produces a Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline. These plants also furnish a Acura ILX, TLX, RDX, MDX and NSX. A solo plant in Canada adds nonetheless some-more Civics and CR-Vs. The code is targeting a lapse to prolongation starting Apr 7.

Hyundai

Hyundai has a solitary prolongation plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The plcae is obliged for prolongation of a Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe. Currently a devise calls for prolongation to resume on Apr 13.

Kia

Like a associate South Korean sibling, Kia is anticipating to restart prolongation on Apr 13. Its plant in West Point, Georgia builds one automobile and dual crossovers: a Optima, Sorento and Telluride.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes’ categorical American prolongation plant is located in Vance, Alabama. The plant employs roughly 3,800 people to furnish a GLE (in both physique styles) and a GLS full-size SUV. Mercedes creatively settled a plant would tighten for dual weeks starting Mar 23, suggesting a lapse of Apr 6.

Nissan

Nissan has dual plants in America (Tennessee and Mississippi), where it produces all from a electric Leaf by to a full-size Titan pickup. Production stopped during both by Mar 20; Nissan has a indeterminate restart date of Apr 6.

Polestar

Polestar, like Ferrari, is not US-based. We’ve enclosed it for a rather doubtful stat: amidst a closures of plants in America, Polestar sensitively announced prolongation of a second model, a aptly named Polestar 2, had begun in China. The association has pronounced it has taken additional precautions during a plant obliged for a new electric sedan.

Subaru

Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana plant, that produces a Impreza, Legacy, Outback and Ascent, was creatively going to resume prolongation Mar 30. It has given extended a down-time to Apr 6.

Tesla

Right as prolongation of a Model Y was entrance on stream, Tesla was compulsory to shiver a California plant due to Bay Area shelter-in-place orders. While it primarily continued production, Tesla relented dual days after a sequence went out. The tide finish date for a shelter-in-place sequence is Apr 7, yet that might change.

Toyota and Lexus

Toyota is, during a time of essay (March 30), a peculiar one out: a largest Japanese automaker announced it won’t restart US and Canadian prolongation until during slightest Apr 20. That’s a week or dual longer than others on this list. The association has 4 plants in a US, producing a Corolla, Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES350, RAV4 Hybrid, Sienna, Sequoia, Tundra and Tacoma. In addition, dual Canadian plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario build a Corolla, RAV4, and Lexus RX.

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen prolongation plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be one of a initial to restart production, on Apr 5. The plant, that non-stop in 2011, produces a Passat, Atlas, and newly-introduced Atlas Cross Sport.

Volvo

Volvo’s South Carolina plant usually non-stop dual years ago, yet a COVID-19 pestilence has forced it closed. The Swedish code announced a three-week closure in mid-March, aligning with a factories behind in Europe. The Ridgeville plant will hopefully resume prolongation on Apr 14.

2021 Genesis G80 Revealed: Look Out E-Class, 5 Series

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Genesis kicked off a week by pulling a piece behind on a second era of a midsize G80.

The oppulance marque teased a sedan progressing this month. Those murky initial images teased a prolonged and low figure with a near-fastback profile. Now we’ve got a correct look, and it continues a graphic code temperament that SUV debuted progressing this year.

The 2021 G80 rides on a new platform, mostly identical to a upcoming GV80. Despite being bigger in many measurements than a prior model, it’s most lighter, shedding adult to 275 lb depending on configuration. The 2.5T rear-drive indication will now tip a beam during 3,935 lb, contra a 4,210 lb 3.3-liter 2020 model.

SEE ALSO: 2021 Genesis GV80 Revealed in North America: 5 Things You Need to Know

Yes, a G80 is going all-turbo for a dual North American engine options. A 2.5-liter four-pot is standard, producing 300 hp and 311 lb-ft, with a 375 hp, 391 lb-ft 3.5-liter V6 optional. These are a same dual engines entrance to a GV80, nonetheless we haven’t seen SUV-specific energy outputs yet, officially. The sedan will come with possibly rear- or all-wheel drive.

Genesis’ confidant grille is benefaction here, usually like a GV80 and a G90 full-sizer. The twin-line headlights are identical too, with a daytime using lights aligning with a faux-vent usually abaft of a front wheels, and a taillights too. A strong, somewhat forward impression line runs a length of a car, lending it a genuine clarity of magnificence in profile. It’s a transparent looker, a G80.

Even better, during slightest in a opinion, is a interior. Like a GV80 it shares a height with, a G80 boasts a purify pattern with plenty amounts of transparent space. What’s more, it doesn’t bashful divided from color: check out that blue leather! Open-pore timber stretches opposite a lurch and core console, providing acquire contrast.

The G80 brings as most tech as it does style, with a 14.5-inch infotainment shade sitting on tip of a lurch and a 12.3-inch digital sign cluster. Drivers can bond around Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with over-the-air updates for a local navigation complement too. A knurled aluminum rotary dial controls a executive touchscreen, and can accept blemish in a core section. Think of it like a click circle on a classical iPod—a pleasing pleasure and, formed on a hands-on knowledge with a GV80, utterly accurate during reading duck scratch.

A whole horde of reserve and motorist aids are benefaction opposite a line. This includes an adaptive journey control with appurtenance learning, able of adopting identical pushing patterns as a owner. Forward collision-avoidance, blind-spot assist, remote intelligent parking, cheuffer mode, lane-keep and lane-change support are also standard.

Genesis is on a roll: we gave a G70 a 2019 Car of a Year award, and it surfaced a list of Most Dependable Automakers from J.D. Power this year. According to a company, deposits on a GV80 are also distant outpacing any other Genesis model’s launch.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Dependable Automakers of 2020 According to J.D. Power

The G80 goes on sale Mar 30 in South Korea. It will arrive on these shores after in a year. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for some-more sum as we get closer to a launch.