April 9 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG said Thursday it will leave of absence 1,500 specialists at its U.S. gathering plant in Tennessee beginning April 11 as the business thinks about the progressing coronavirus pandemic.

The German automaker said the impermanent crisis leaves for its creation and support workforce are relied upon to last close to about a month.

The automaker said its “essential target is to secure the monetary soundness of Volkswagen to help our group as we address the rising and progressing effects of the COVID-19.”

VW said workers and creation temporary workers at the plant need to date got full compensation and advantages during the shutdown that started March 21.

Automakers are confronting a sensational drop in deals in the United States, the world’s second-biggest vehicle advertise, after certain states banished vendors from selling new vehicles while “stay-at-home” orders are set up. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Monday expanded its shutdown of U.S. furthermore, Canadian plants until May 4.

On Tuesday, Honda Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co said they had furloughed a large number of laborers at their U.S. activities.

A representative for Honda, which utilizes around 18,400 specialists at plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, said the Japanese automaker would ensure pay rates through Sunday, having suspended procedure on March 23. The plants will be shut through May 1.

Nissan said it was incidentally laying off around 10,000 U.S. hourly laborers compelling April 6. It has suspended activities at its U.S. fabricating offices through late April because of the effect of the episode.

Toyota Motor Corp said for the current week it intends to revive its North American auto plants on May 4, expanding its present shutdown by two extra weeks. Toyota said it will quit paying compensations for 5,000 specialists gave by outside organizations.

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