COVID-19 and The Industry

Unified Action in Unprecedented Times

The auto industry, like the rest of the nation, continues facing the global pandemic’s unprecedented toll on individuals, families, communities, and the nation’s economy. Though facing shuttered factories and sluggish sales, the industry quickly stepped-up.  And continues to do so.

Industry Response

The gears of motor vehicle manufacturing ground to a halt, but the automotive industry did not stop working.  Instead, our members continued to innovate - redeploying supply chains, leveraging purchasing networks and utilizing their precision manufacturing prowess to make and distribute medical devices and personal protective equipment to their team members and those on the battle’s front lines. Technology and new mobility companies deployed automated vehicles to provide contactless delivery of supplies and meals to individuals and communities in need. They have contributed and retrofitted vehicles to provide transportation for health care workers and community members. The contributions of Auto Innovators member companies underscore why motor vehicle manufacturing and associated supply chains are designated Critical Infrastructure.


The entire sector – from vehicle manufacturers to suppliers and dealers – remains committed to restarting in the safest manner possible, for workers, team members, and customers. With the entire auto industry supporting nearly 10 million jobs and contributing almost six percent to the nation’s GDP, now more than ever, the economy’s health and rebound will depend on the strength of this sector.