The corona virus pandemic is now having a major impact on car production in Europe. The French PSA group, to which the German manufacturer Opel belongs, announced the temporary closure of 15 car factories in seven European countries. This affects the production of the fully electric Opel Corsa-e, which has been rolling off the assembly line in Zaragoza, Spain for a few weeks. Other groups and models are also affected.
PSA with the other brands Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Vauxhall helped to establish the factories "The acceleration of serious Covid-19 cases near certain production facilities, supply difficulties with large suppliers and the sudden decline in the automotive markets that have been observed over the past few days". The component and engine plants would be closed accordingly. Depending on the location, the factories will close between March 16 and 19, and March 27, 2020.
The fully electric Corsa-e was to roll off the line in Zaragoza from January 2020 and be delivered to customers in the spring. The Corsa-e is the group's first all-electric car and is based on the e-CMP platform, which the Peugeot e-208 and the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense also use.
Renault stops production in France
The French company Renault announced alsoto temporarily shut down all production sites in his home country. This affects twelve locations with 18,000 employees. This also paralyzed the production of the fully electric Zoe at Renault's Flins plant near Paris. Depending on the situation, plant closings could be extended to other European countries. Renault did not specify a planned date for the resumption of production. This will take place as soon as the conditions allow.
The FiatChrysler group also announced the closure of several production facilities in Italy, Serbia and Poland (PDF). The stop was justified with the "Interruption of market demand". The US company Ford closed according to Spanish media his factory in Valencia for a week.
E-Tron production temporarily stopped
The Volkswagen Group is also affected by the corona virus pandemic. According to the Reuters news agency Production in the Brussels plant was stopped because employees temporarily stopped working because of virus protection concerns. However, these concerns could have been resolved in discussions between union representatives and management. In the production of the E-Tron, Audi is already struggling with delivery problems with the battery cells.
Relying on an insider, Reuters reports that VW must suspend SUV production at the main plant in Wolfsburg for two days because of missing parts. According to a VW spokesman, supplying the plants with parts is becoming increasingly challenging due to the border closures in Europe. So far, the supply of the German plants has been guaranteed. VW has so far not responded to Golem.de's request whether the production of the fully electric ID.3 in Zwickau would be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.