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Global auto output could fall by 20% in 2020
21.April 2020

Global light vehicle production is now expected to fall more than 20 percent to around 71 million units in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing recession, a top automotive forecaster said Monday.

VW Group sales fell 23% in first quarter
20.April 2020

Volkswagen Group’s global vehicle sales fell 23 percent to 2 million in the first quarter. In March alone, sales were down 38 percent overall at 623,000 vehicles, reflecting the coronavirus crisis.

Hungary’s auto industry plans gradual restart of production
15.April 2020

Automakers are restarting production at their factories in Hungary gradually after weeks of shutdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Hungary’s economy is heavily dependent on the vehicle manufacturing sector, which all but halted production last month when the pandemic began to spread in the central European country.

SEAT Martorell: from making cars to ventilators
1.April 2020

The SEAT Leon line at the Martorell plant starts to produce automated ventilators to collaborate with the healthcare system in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Going from producing cars to ventilators in record time is the result of the intense work of many SEAT employees. The project is still in development phase and the ventilators are waiting the final homologation.

Fiat’s European plants will remain closed
30.March 2020

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has extended production stoppages at its plants in Europe by at least one more week. The automaker’s factories in Italy will remain closed until April 3 to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Originally the plants were due to resume production on March 27

VW extends production halt in Germany
27.March 2020

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.

Rolls-Royce to suspend production
20.March 2020

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today that production at the company’s Goodwood-based manufacturing plant will be suspended from Monday 23 March for two weeks.

VW to shut down production in Europe
17.March 2020

Volkswagen Group will suspend production this week at plants in Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain and is preparing to shut down the rest of its factories across Europe due to the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus to hit German supply chains
11.March 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is hitting the German economy leaving supply chains at risk the in coming weeks, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday.