DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plan to resume North America production begins with its Mexico van plant on April 20 before a progressive restart of U.S. and Canadian facilities on May 4 and May 18, the company told suppliers during a webinar on Wednesday.
The automaker also said several key products would be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and next-generation Grand Cherokee. The automaker estimates that each of those models, expected to arrive in 2021, will face three-month delays.
Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. operations have struggled significantly with the coronavirus pandemic — at least 15 hourly workers who have been linked to the disease have died, according to the UAW.
Company executives said plants will begin with one-shift patterns. Marlo Vitous, FCA’s head of North America supply chain planning and global inter-regional flow, said during the supplier presentation that the company will only restart operations with “safe,…