Research Highlight: Vehicle Production and Sales Rise in Face of Increased COVID-19 CasesNovember 5, 2020
Along with positive production numbers, light weight vehicles sales have also increased steadily since the initial impacts of COVID-19. The decline in sales began in March 2020, as dealerships closed in many states. Sales went from 994,202 units in March 2020 to 717,040 in April 2020. This is the lowest total United States monthly vehicle sales since early 2010. However, in Sept. 2020, 1.34 million units were sold.
Overall, in spite of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the United States, the production and sales numbers show a strengthening V-shaped recovery and a positive outlook for the automotive industry.
However, the question is whether this “return to normal” is sustainable. In order to ensure automotive manufacturing continues to operate and production and sales numbers continue at their current levels, employees need to commit to personal safety protocols too. Therefore, MICHauto is asking employers to share “SMART” Covid-19 personal safety protocols with their employees through commitment to the Work Smart, Play Smart to Keep Manufacturing Open campaign. If workers implement the simple practices included in the toolkit, they will ensure automotive manufacturing continues to operate and workplaces remain safe. Help keep manufacturing open, up and running. View the toolkit by following the link below.