After the respective shutdowns of the factories of Lamborghini and Ferrari in Italy, it seems even larger automakers are now being forced to shut down their manufacturing plants as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to sweep all over the world. The PSA Group, comprised of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and Vauxhall/Opel has announced a series of planned factory closures in the upcoming days.
Starting last Monday, PSA Group has begun shutting down its factories all over Europe. The first to stop production is located in Mulhouse (France) and Madrid (Spain) which began on March 16. The plant in Mulhouse currently produces the Peugeot 208 while the Madrid plant builds the Citroen C4.
On March 17, the plant closures will include those in Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux, Zaragosa, Eisenach, Russelsheim, Ellesmere Port and Gliwice facilities will follow suit. Operations of the Hordain, Vigo, Mangualde, Luton, and Trnava plants will also stop by the end of the week. PSA Groups says that “closure of the mechanical sites will be adjusted accordingly”.
The PSA Group European factories will be closed until March 27. Aside from the coronavirus pandemic, the French automaker says closure of the plants is also due to “supply disruptions from major suppliers” and the “sudden decline in the automobile market”. They will be “going beyond the recommendations of the health authorities on the sites” in order to protect against the spread of the virus.
In Europe, the situation is getting worse by the minute as more countries are starting to close its borders to contain the spread of COVID-19. As such, PSA Group will likely be the first of many European automakers to be stopping production. All over the world, Hyundai has already halted operations at one of its SUV plants in South Korea due to the virus. With the number of cases increasing in the US, it might also force American manufacturers to do the same in the not so distant future.
So if you happen to have any special model from PSA Group ordered (or from any manufacturer for that matter), don’t be surprised if your unit arrives a lot later than expected.