Aside from Jaguar and Land Rover, another British automaker has announced the suspension of production. That company is Bentley, and they will put all manufacturing on hold for a whole month. Bentley says this decision is based on the accelerated rate of infection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All Bentley vehicles are manufactured and assembled in Crewe, located in Cheshire, England. The vehicles that roll out of that plant are the Bentayga, Continental GT, and Flying Spur. At the same time, Bentley has covered all vehicles that have been left on the assembly line. They aim to restart manufacturing on April 20.
“The well-being of our colleagues is our number one priority and although this was a difficult decision to take, and doesn’t change our strategic direction, it was necessary to protect them as best we can during these unprecedented times,” said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman, and CEO of Bentley Motors.
That said, Bentley will retain a skeletal workforce that can work either remotely or on-site. For those who will report to the office, the British automaker said that their employees must follow social distancing policies. They have also implemented a work-from-home arrangement for the rest of the working staff. Bentley will even provide special protection for employees with special health risks as a result of pre-existing conditions affecting the heart or lungs and employees with weakened immune systems, or any factor that makes their personnel more vulnerable to the virus.
As Bentley only has one assembly line, there will be no new deliveries coming from Crewe. The company has also told its associates abroad that all business trips will be canceled for the time being. All events from the automaker will also be canceled and will only resume when the pandemic has abated.