In line with various governments’ efforts on slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and, crucially, to protect the health and safety of its people, many car manufacturers are suspending production for about a month until things get better.
That said, below are what some of the manufacturers’ course of action are for the time being:
All manufacturing operations in the UK are suspended until 20th April.
While production in Japan will be suspended for 13 days from the 28th of March, production outside Japan, namely in Mexico and Thailand will be suspending production for 10 days from the 30th of March.
All of Ford’s factories in the Americas, Europe, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and South Africa have either been shut down, or will be shut within the next couple of days for the next few weeks. The company said that the resuming date will depend on factors like the pandemic situation, national restrictions, supplier constraints and dealer stock requirements.
The company manufacturing plants in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig closed their doors on the 21st of March, with suspension expected to last for two weeks. The brand also announced that its staffs are banned from travelling on business purposes during this period.
Jaguar Land Rover
JLR announced that it will temporarily suspend production in the UK and Slovakia from now until the 20th of April.
Production in UK and across Europe has been suspended until 20th of April.
Volkswagen has announced that it will be gradually suspending production at its European plants for two weeks in Wolfsburg, Emden, Dresden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Bratislava (Slovakia), Pamplona (Spain) and Palmela (Portugal).
Peugeot, Citroen, DS
The PSA Group has halted all of its factory operations in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be progressively closing operations across the continent until the 27th of March.