Volkswagen Group will extend stops to production in Germany as it deals with fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. VW said that it was responding to weakening demand and supply chain disruptions.
The extension of four days until April 9 involves all its German plants for Volkswagen passenger cars, commercial vehicles and components, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
“The health of our employees has the highest priority. We will ensure that they can return to safe workplaces when production and logistics activities are resumed,” VW brand’s production chief, Andreas Tostmann, said in the statement.
“In this context, we are also incorporating our experience in China where almost all our plants have now resumed production and the market seems to be gradually returning to normal. To date, there has not been a single case of corona among our employees in China,” Tostmann said.
VW Group owns the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands.
The company has been taking measures to secure liquidity, its supply chains, and to continue with strategic projects such as the launch of VW brand’s ID3 mass-market full-electric car and the supply of battery cells.
VW said that it had applied for a government program to reduce the working hours of 80,000 employees in Germany.