From the Geneva Motor Show to the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 Championship, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been hitting the automotive world hard, causing postponement and cancelation of major events worldwide. Now, the continuous spread has began affecting the manufacturing plants in Europe and has even caused Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini to temporarily shut down its production plant.
Lamborghini has announced that they will be stopping production for nearly two weeks until March 25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has hit Italy very hard. The closure is in support of the new strict quarantine measures implemented by the Italian government, effectively putting the country on lockdown.
“This measure is an act of social responsibility and high sensibility towards our people, in the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves right now in Italy and which is also evolving abroad due to the worldwide spread of Coronavirus. As we have done up until now, we continue to monitor the situation in order to react rapidly and with the right flexibility, in collaboration with our people and in order to restart with energy in the right moment,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman, and CEO of Lamborghini.
Unlike other manufacturers though, all Lamborghini models are built in one factory – the Sant’Agata Bolognese production plant. As such, it is possible that deliveries of vehicles to customers around the world will be delayed given the temporary stop of production.
Italy has been greatly affected by the coronavirus outbreak. In the latest report, the total number of COVID-19 cases have risen to 15,113 throughout the country. Meanwhile, the death toll has jumped to 1,016. Due to the alarming number of cases, the Italian government has essentially put the country on lockdown, requiring everyone to stay at home in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.