Renault and Peugeot have logically closed their French and European production plants in view of the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19). Consequences: the competing city cars e-208 and ZOE see their respective production suspended.
The automotive sector is suffering the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic that is currently raging around the world. Besides the postponement of the kick-off of the 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix or the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, in March, it is the manufacturers' production factories that close their doors one by one as the spread progresses.
Factories shut down
Renault therefore logically shut down production activities on French industrial sites, impacting de facto the assembly of the ZOE electric city car, built at the Flins plant in the Yvelines. In the same way as the Peugeot e-208, whose European infrastructures are temporarily easing, the time to manage this global health crisis.
In an official press release, the lion brand details the list of sites concerned: Madrid and Mulhouse since March 16, Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux, Saragossa, Eisenach, Rüsselsheim, Ellesmere Port and Gliwice since March 17, Hordain, Vigo and Mangualde on March 18, then Luton and Trnava in Slovakia on March 19. Assembled in Trnava, the Peugeot e-208 will therefore be paused.
All of these much-needed precautionary measures will logically lead to delivery delays. The PSA group, for its part, no longer takes any orders until the resumption of production, confirmed the brand to Clean Automobile.
Source: Clean Automobile