Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have announced plans to shut down their assembly plants in the Southeast U.S. as Hurricane Irma makes its way north out of Florida. The shutdown will last only a couple of days, but could also help the company right-size inventory as well.
According to Automotive News the company issued a statement confirming that Hyundai’s Alabama assembly plant would be shut down Monday to Wednesday, while Kia’s Georgia plant will temporarily close between Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Reports suggest the closures could result in Hyundai and Kia building 3,000 fewer vehicles than originally planned, which may not be a bad thing for the company.
Hyundai’s U.S. sales are down 11 percent thus far in 2017; in a market that is only down 2.9 percent. The variance has highlighted strategy issues for the Hyundai brand, which recently announced plans to bolster its crossover SUV lineup and add a new midsize pickup truck to hedge its recent sales decline.
After Wednesday both assembly plants are expected to return to normal operations.