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How automakers are helping out during the pandemic

How automakers are helping out during the pandemic

With the world effectively on pause for a few weeks, manufacturers are either shutting down or switching production to help maintain supply for medical equipment. Most of the automakers we know and love have done the latter and are using their manufacturing might to help combat COIVD-19.

Automakers and supporting manufacturers across the world have switched production from transmissions and tires to facemasks and ventilators. All to help struggling governments deliver essential equipment to the front lines.

PSA Group

PSA Group, who own Peugeot and other makes have switched to making ventilators and ancillary equipment.


Ford has switched to making facemasks and are working on ventilators as part of Project Apollo. The current output is said to be 750,000 facemasks per week, manufactured by 260 volunteers on two shifts. Project Apollo is a joint venture with GE to manufacture 50,000 ventilators by July. They are also working with 3M to deliver respirators.

General Motors

General Motors is working on Project V and Project M. Project M is for the facemasks, around 50,000 per day if estimates are true. Project V is for Ventilators and production is being set up as you read this. The aim is to deliver 20,000 of them as soon as possible.


FCA has switched production in its various plants to general medical equipment and is making a significant effort to help feed children in the US during the pandemic. The food scheme aims to help children eat when not in school by delivering 1 million meals to underprivileged children in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The meal project will also be rolled out to Canada soon.

Fiat and Ferrari

As well as the main FCA effort, Fiat and Ferrari have begun producing electrovalves at their plant in Cento, northern Italy. These are an essential component for ventilators.


Toyota has switched its US production to facemasks and hopes to deliver thousands of them as soon as possible. As a leader in 3D printing, Toyota has also made its printing infrastructure available for printing parts for ventilators and respirators.


Nissan is also using its 3D printers to make facemasks and face shields.

Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen Group, owner of Seat, Audi and others is also shifting to PPE such as gowns, facemasks and supporting equipment.

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce has also shifted production from cars to ventilators.

Land Rover

Land Rover has donated 27 new Defenders to the British Red Cross to help deliver medicine and food to those in need and provided 140 vehicles to emergency workers across the world.


Lamborghini has also converted part of its factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese to making surgical masks and face shields for local hospitals.

While nobody wants to see factories sitting empty, it takes a lot of work and investment to switch manufacturing from car components to medical components. Yet automakers have stepped up. For that, we here at Car Nation Canada thank you.

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