And other FCA brands have been impacted too.
The coronavirus outbreak has caught many companies off guard, the automotive industry included. Automobili Lamborghini was the first Italian company to halt production at its manufacturing facility in Sant'Agata Bolognese and Ferrari quickly followed suit, closing down its Maranello and Modena production facilities. Lamborghini isn't slated to resume production until March 25 at the earliest and Ferrari will be shut down until March 27, possibly later.
Italy has been a hot spot for the virus with over 21,000 cases and 1,441 deaths as of this writing. Now, more Italian manufacturing has been put on hold as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the closure of several plants in three different countries.
FCA has announced that its two subsidies, FCA Italy and Maserati, will all suspend production through March 27. This will impact the Melfi, Pomigliano, Cassino, Mirafiori Carrozzerie, Grugliasco, and Modena plans in Italy. These measures will also be implemented at the company's plants in Kragujevac, Serbia, and Tychy, Poland.
Maserati's entire lineup of vehicles will be affected, including the recently announced Maserati MC20 supercar. Other FCA vehicles to be impacted include the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, Fiat 500, 500L, and 500X, Jeep Compass and Renegade, and Lancia Ypsilon.
"The temporary suspension continues the implementation of a comprehensive set of actions in response to the Covid-19 emergency and enables the Group to effectively respond to the interruption in market demand by ensuring the optimization of supply", FCA announced in a statement. "In particular, the suspension of production is being facilitated to enable the Group to be ready to commence production promptly once market conditions allow."
This announcement seems to mostly cover FCA's European operations but in the US, the company has taken precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. These include additional social distancing, break and cleaning schedules, health and safety education, and health screening.
In a joint statement, the leaders of GM, Ford, and FCA said, "This is a fluid and unprecedented situation, and the task force will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place. We are all coming together to help keep our workforces safe and healthy."