Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and Subaru joined the parade of U.S. automakers suspending their production operations -- at least temporarily -- because of the coronavirus and the impact it's having on new auto sales.
Toyota Motor North America said it will suspend production at all of its North American assembly and component plants beginning Monday, March 23, though at least April 5, with production tentatively scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.
Canadian radio station 570 NEWS reported a worker at Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, plant tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked there March 12.
Volkswagen of America said it is halting production at the plant from Saturday until at least the evening of March 29. The Chattanooga plant builds the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport crossovers as well as the Volkswagen Passat sedan. The two-row Atlas Cross Sport is just beginning to arrive in U.S. dealerships, while a refreshed three-row Atlas was expected to begin rolling into dealerships is a few weeks.
In a release Thursday, VW said it planned to "conduct additional sanitation and cleaning procedures throughout the factory. We will also use this time to assess future production plans and market developments."
VW suspended production Monday for a deep cleaning of the plant and to allow its employees to make arrangements within their families to fight the coronavirus.
So far, Volkswagen's other North American plant, in Puebla, Mexico, remains operating. However, parts shortages were impacting production at sibling brand Audi's plant in Mexico.
Volvo said it will temporarily stop production at its three plants in Sweden and its U.S. factory. The plant will be closed from March 26 until April 14 as Volvo joins other automakers and suppliers in stopping production to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the company said Friday.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Subaru's lone manufacturing facility in North America, said it would shut down vehicle production for one week starting on Monday, March 23.