BMW joins other car manufactures in closing factories and reducing vehicle production due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Due to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation, the BMW group has responded by adjusting production. All BMW plants in Europe and South Africa have been shut does as of today (March 19th), With most cases, the plants will not reopen until 19th April 2020.
Chief Executive of BMW, Oliver Zipse has said "From today, we will shut down our European car factories and the Rosslyn factory in South Africa".
BMW joins Ferrari, Ford, PSA, Renault, Volkswagen, Daimler, Nissan and Toyota in either fully closing factories or reducing production of vehicles.
The latest closures mean that the outbreak has closed plants that employee about 20,000 workers over the entire industry.