The automotive industry has set the handbrake on the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) across Europe. Ford, Renault, BMW, Daimler, PSA and Volkswagen have thus suspended their production activities.

No one is spared. The coronavirus pandemic which currently affects the whole world, and especially Europe, which has become the epicenter of this health crisis since March 14, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has a direct impact on the automobile industry of the Old Continent. The watchword is simple: the outright shutdown of production plants.

Auto industry takes responsibility

One by one, the major manufacturers in the sector have published a press release to announce the cessation of their activities within their European sites. Clubic already told you about the measures taken by the PSA and Renault groups, stopping de facto assembly of the electric city cars e-208 and ZOE. To this duo are also added Ford, BMW, Daimler or Volkswagen.


Ford has split a press release issued on March 17 to logically announce the suspension of its activities: this period should " last several weeks »And will evolve according to the pandemic situation. Same story with Daimler, owner of the Mercedes and Smart brands, which lifts the foot for a minimum of two weeks, said the manufacturer on its official website.

BMW: closed for one month

The same day, Volkswagen followed suit by taking similar measures, shutting down the sites in Wolfsburg, Emden, Dresden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Bratislava, Pamplona and Palmela, as did the component factories in Brunswick, Chemnitz, Hanover, Kassel and Salzgitter, for at least two weeks. Without forgetting BMW, which is also withdrawing until April 19, for a month.

Source: Europe Auto News