source: Reuters and Volkswagen Group, words: Bill, photos: Audi AG
Editor’s note: Volkswagen press release about the shutdown was just released so we added it to the bottom of the article.
According to a news bit from Reuters, Volkswagen Group is suspending production at most of its sites. These include Audi AG’s facilities in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels, Mexico, and Gyor (Hungary). Volkswagen Group facilities in Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, and Italy are also shutting down. Volkswagen’s factories in the United States (Chattanooga, TN), Mexico (Puebla), and Brazil are not affected at this time.
The reason, of course, is the coronavirus pandemic disrupting supply chains, sales, and general life in Europe. The shutdown will probably last for two to three weeks.
Chief Executive Herbert Diess:”Given the present significant deterioration in the sales situation and the heightened uncertainty regarding parts supplies to our plants, production is to be suspended in the near future at factories operated by group brands.”
“2020 will be a very difficult year. The coronavirus pandemic presents us with unknown operational and financial challenges. At the same time, there are concerns about sustained economic impacts,” Diess said.
Update: press release from Volkswagen Group