Many businesses around the world are suspending operations due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. For the past couple of weeks, automakers have been announcing the suspension of production in heavily affected areas. For instance, the entire Italian car industry has announced the suspension of vehicle production.
Volkswagen, Europe's largest vehicle manufacturer, has announced that they will be momentarily halting production all across Europe.
With this announcement, the European production of those companies will also be put on hold in the meantime. Their Italian marques, Lamborghini and Ducati, suspended production before their parent company's announcement due to the situation in their home country.
Back to the production facilities, the Wolfsburg, Emden, Dresden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Bratislava (Slovakia), Pamplona (Spain) and Palmela (Portugal) will pause for two weeks. Volkswagen adds that the components plants at Brunswick, Chemnitz, Hanover, Kassel, Salzgitter, and SITECH will follow the order as well. It's not just Volkswagen products that are affected some of the plants mentioned also produce various models from SEAT and Skoda. Other brands from the Volkswagen Auto Group, such as Porsche and Audi, have yet to announce a temporary production stoppage.
Volkswagen adds that employees returning to Germany from other countries after March 14 are forbidden with immediate effect from entering the plant sites and other facilities during the incubation period of 14 weekdays.
Aside from vehicle production, Volkswagen Auto Group has canceled events and will not hold any more until the pandemic subsides. Business trips have also been put on hold for the safety of their personnel.
Here in the Philippines, all Volkswagen dealerships in Luzon have suspended operations. However, you may still contact them through their e-mail at [email protected] or call for their emergency roadside assistance at (02) 8459 4772.