Of the Big 3 American auto manufacturers, only Ford had not yet confirmed the date of the resumption of activity at its North American assembly plants. The Dearborn-based automaker has now confirmed what was predicted by many: it will, like GM and FCA, restart its activities on May 18.
As with the others, the resumption of operations will be gradual. Ford says that, as of that date, it will invite back some employees whose work cannot be done remotely, such as those responsible for testing vehicles and working on their design. This includes about 12,000 workers in North America.
The company also indicated that it will restart component manufacturing to support the dealerships. That is underway as of today.
Auto123 launches Shopicar! All new makes and models and all current promotions.