The most-recent earthquake that shook the country of Mexico spared Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. Thanks to improved construction and regulations, FCA plants and operations walked away unscathed.
Automotive News reported on FCA’s status in the country following the earthquake, which caused numerous buildings to collapse and killed nearly 300 people. In Toluca, a suburb of Mexico City, FCA said its operations were running normally with no major damage of effects to report.
The country of Mexico learned a hard lesson after the 1985 earthquake, which took down thousands of building and killed an estimated 10,000 people. Since then, Mexico has stepped up its construction codes and it takes the enforcement of building regulations seriously.
However, the automakers constructing plants in the country do their part as well. All facilities built in the country meet the specifications of their home country. Any plant FCA builds in Mexico will, in turn, meet U.S. or Canadian building codes. The new structures are much more resilient to natural disasters, such as earthquakes.
Officials in Mexico expect any effects on the local auto industry to be temporary, while other industries may see longer-lasting effects.