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Parts Maker Visteon Expects Global Auto Output To Plunge Up To 25%

IHS, which closely tracks automotive sales and production trends, has forecast global light vehicle sales to fall 22 per cent to 70.3 million units in 2020, from its prior estimates of a more than 12 per cent drop.

Visteon Corp says it would take a couple of years for the auto industry to return to 2019 levels expand View Photos
Visteon Corp says it would take a couple of years for the auto industry to return to 2019 levels

Highlights

  • Visteon Corp forecasts auto global production to fall 20-25% this year
  • Light vehicle sales are expected to see sales fall 22% in 2020
  • Detroit automakers resumed production in the US on May 18, 2020

Major auto parts supplier Visteon Corp on Thursday forecast global production volumes for the auto industry to fall between 20 per cent and 25 per cent this year and warned it would be a couple of years before they returned to 2019 levels. The US auto industry has been struggling to recover after the coronavirus pandemic shut down factories and disrupted global supply chains for two months.

"Even before COVID-19, the auto industry was slowing down globally and most notably in China, and COVID-19 has dealt a significant blow, pushing the industry to levels that have not been seen in a long time," Visteon Chief Executive Officer Sachin Lawand said at a Deutsche Bank auto industry conference.

IHS, which closely tracks automotive sales and production trends, has forecast global light vehicle sales to fall 22 per cent to 70.3 million units in 2020, from its prior estimates of a more than 12 per cent drop.

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The US auto sector is slowly recovering after the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic

However, Lawand said China has now rebounded, with Visteon, a key supplier to General Motors and Ford Motor Co, at almost pre-COVID production levels in China.

The automotive industry in the United States has been ramping up after the pandemic-driven shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico to ensure the pandemic does not disrupt the flow of auto parts.

Yet another supplier BorgWarner Inc said on Thursday its plants in North America and Europe have been running for almost a month, but flagged volatility in production schedules for OEMs.

Detroit automakers resumed production in the United States on May 18, and Mexico's export-focused auto industry has been slowly reopening under pressure from its top trade partner, the United States.

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Visteon's shares, which have fallen 16.8% this year, were down 6.8% at $70.85 in late morning trade.

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