Detroit carmakers GM, Ford & FCA target May 18 to restart US operation



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Detroit carmakers GM, Ford & FCA target May 18 to restart US operation

The Detroit-based United States’ first- and second-largest automotive industry tycoon, General Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. respectively alongside the London-based Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, had been exploring an option to resume productions at some of their US plants as early as by May 18th following a nearly eight-week long forced shutdown, a Wall Street Journal report published late on Monday, the 27th of April 2020, had revealed citing people directly briefed over the subject-matter.

On top of that, Monday’s (April 27th) Wall Street Journal report had also added that a number of top-level executives of the Detroit carmakers had reached an accord regarding the timeline of their reopening over the recent past following several rounds of tentative talks with the UAW (United Auto Workers) union leaders and the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat.

Nevertheless, as a consequential repercussion of Monday’s (April 27th) Wall Street Journal report, Ford Motor Co. said in a statement that it was yet to decide when it could be able to resume operation, while a spokesman for FCA was quoted saying the Italian-American carmaker would state new restart dates.

As the head of UAW union had raised an alarming bell over a pre-matured opening of the manufacturing plants in Michigan citing risks to the workers, the Michigan Government was quoted saying on Monday (April 27th) “(Restarts) would be guided by data, not artificial timelines”.