Automobile manufacturers in Europe have been shutting down their plants left and right due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Big-name brands such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot have all stopped production. In fact, even supercar builders such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have ceased production indefinitely.
In line with the various regulations implemented by the European Union (EU), hypercar builder Bugatti also shut down its factory last March 20.
“Today we decided to suspend production to protect our staff and prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading to our sites. In this extreme situation, our social responsibility demands that we take such a drastic step. For us, the health of our staff and their families, our customers, our business partners, and suppliers has top priority,” says Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti.
Bugatti notes that the shutdown was implemented to protect its employees from the disease. Furthermore, supply chains and production of parts have also affected the capacity of the plant. As such, they add that it has become impossible to deliver completed vehicles to customers due to travel restrictions.
Unlike other automakers, all Bugatti models are built in one factory – the Molsheim plant in France. As as result, customer deliveries will very much be delayed unless production continues. Combine that with the fact that completed vehicles cannot be delivered at the moment due to the travel restrictions imposed. Then again, the last thing we should be worried about is waiting delivery of a million dollar hypercar.
“Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation in France, Germany and throughout the world to be able to quickly react to any changes. As soon as the situation permits, all employees will return to their usual workplaces. Until then, I hope that all staff members and Bugatti enthusiasts stay healthy,” adds Winkelmann.