The Detroit 3 (FCA, Ford, GM) and their international counterparts and suppliers with manufacturing and assembly in North America have started to return to life this week after a two-month lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The automakers have redesigned assembly lines and added additional training for autoworkers in an increased effort to avoid additional outbreaks of COVID-19 that could throw off production for a second time. Although plants are coming back online, additional precautions are leading to fewer shifts and slower rate of production, which in the near term is exactly what the industry needs to ensure they are making the right models (that consumers want) and not filling up lots with models that will have to be heavily discounted down the road.

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