New Production Restart Dates for Toyota, Hyundai

new production restart dates for toyota hyundai

Toyota and Hyundai are now aiming to bring assembly plants back online later than initially planned. News of the shutdown extension comes as other automakers, notably Fiat Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan, announced a targeted return to work in the first week of May.

Toyota first said April 6th would be the return date, pushing that back to April 17th in late March after the scope and duration of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the U.S. became clear. April 20th was then floated.

Now, Toyota says another two weeks will go by before workers return to the automaker’s four U.S. assembly plants and various powertrain facilities, and the same goes for Canadian and Mexican manufacturing sites. May 4th suddenly seems like a popular choice in the industry.

The company says that workers will be asked to forgo two days of pay during the extension, or give up two paid days of leave. Roughly 5,000 Toyota workers are employed by outside agencies; these workers will not receive pay until work restarts, though health benefits will continue to flow.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action in a timely manner,” the automaker said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the tentative April 13th restart date floated by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has fallen by the wayside. The automaker now says workers will return to its Montgomery plant on May 4th, though the automaker hasn’t set the date in stone. During the extension, workers are asked to draw from paid vacation time or leave, with health benefits maintained. Those unable to tap into such reserves will have to apply for employment insurance benefits.

When production does return, Hyundai says measures will be in place to ensure worker safety, including “pre-screening for elevated temperatures, ensuring physical distancing guidelines throughout the facility, expanding cleaning protocols and increasing distribution of health and safety materials.”

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 09, 2020

    "... increasing distribution of health and safety materials" Just thought of this... if health care workers can't get masks, etc to do their job, how will tens of thousands of returning workers in other industries get them when they return to work?

  • MoDo MoDo on Apr 09, 2020

    They'll only be down as long as current inventories last

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
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