Honda, Nissan to lay off 10,000 workers each as coronavirus hits economy

The layoffs come as the COVID-19 pandemic presses pause on car sales worldwide.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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As Honda and Nissan extend work stoppages at US production plants amid the coronavirus pandemic, both Japanese automakers will reportedly take more drastic measures as world economies remain at a standstill.

Nikkei reported Tuesday that the companies plan to lay off 10,000 workers each at US plants. Honda's US operations have remained idle since March 18 with plans to restart production on May 1. Nissan says it will keep its plants offline through "late April."

A Nissan spokesperson told Roadshow, "The company is implementing temporary layoffs to help manage the business where activity is reduced. Affected employees will be eligible to apply for government support such as enhanced unemployment benefits." 

Since the start of Honda's work stoppage, the automaker has paid full wages, but according to the Nikkei report, the automaker will cease pay starting this Sunday. Honda didn't directly comment on the layoffs.

Nissan operates plants in Tennessee and Mississippi, while Honda's major US manufacturing facilities are located in Ohio and Alabama, among other states. 

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Numerous automakers began to shutter their manufacturing plants as the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, spread across the US, with the ultimate goal of protecting workers and slowing the spread. All the while, new car sales plunged in March as stay-at-home orders in a majority of US states keep potential car buyers out of dealerships. Often, state orders closing nonessential businesses leave dealerships closed, save for service centers.

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