As of Thursday the 19th of March Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be suspending vehicle production in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This suspension of vehicle production is anticipated to last for ten working days.
Volkswagen has stated the following in a press release:
"VWCV UK will continue to work closely with the factories to ensure we can see which vehicles are delayed due to this production suspension – and get updates on when we expect them to recommence.
VWCV UK will work closely with our retailers to ensure “Required by Dates are accurate” and monitor vehicle status codes in SLI. Retailers will be updated regularly to ensure that customers are advised of potential delays."
The Factories affected by this are those in Hannover and Poznań in Poland, with reasoning being due to "uncertain sales environment for light commercial vehicles, the supplier' volatile supply chains and to protect the health of all employees."
The Chairman of VWCV brand Board of Management, Thomas Sedran, has said:
"The coronavirus pandemic is naturally having an impact on our entire business: on supply chains, on our production operation, on sales and on our distribution and service partners. In close consultation with our works councils and within the Group network, we have therefore decided at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to shut down production at all three sites. This is the only right decision to take, not least so as not to expose our workers to any unnecessary health risk."
Volkswagen joins other car manufacturers that are shutting down or scaling back European production, this list includes;
- PSA who own Peugeot, Opel and Vauxhall brands
These other manufactures have stated, alongside health of employees, that their factories need a steady supply of parts to produce vehicles, and with Coronavirus causing problems with supply chains, is it not feasible to keep their factories open.
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