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Latest on assembly plant closings

in Automotive News Europe, by Staff and wire reports, 16-03-2020 (updated 06-04-2020)

Here is a roundup of factory closures:

Aston Martin

Aston Martin halted production at its UK manufacturing facilities until April 20.


BMW’s factory shutdowns in Europe will last at least until April 19. The closures include Mini and Rolls-Royce operations in the UK.

Nedcar in the Netherlands, which builds some Mini and BMW models, has also paused production.


Daimler aims to reopen its Mercedes-Benz factories in Germany between April 20 and 22, reports Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

The automaker’s plant in Hambach, France, is scheduled to resume output on April 20, while the Mercedes factory in Hungary is due to reopen on April 22.

Production of the Mercedes GLC at contract manufacturer Valmet in Finland has been suspended until May 5.


Ferrari extended the shutdown of its two Italian plants until April 14.


Fiat could restart assembly lines for the Jeep Compass and new hybrid models in Melfi on April 14, said Gianluca Ficco, a representative of the UILM metal workers’ union. The automaker’s Atessa plant making light commercial vehicles could also resume output on the same date and preparatory operations could restart for the new electric 500 in Turin’s Mirafiori factory, provided the government’s lockdown is relaxed, Ficco said.

Production at the automaker’s plant in Tychy, Poland, is paused until April 10. Fiat’s factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, which produces the 500L, is closed.

Fiat’s Tofas joint-venture plant with Koc Holding in Turkey is running as usual.


Ford extended the suspension of vehicle and engine production at most of its European manufacturing sites until at least May 4.


Honda said the reopening of its plant in Swindon, England, will depend on advice from government and health authorities, as well as market and supply conditions.


Hyundai said its factory in in Nosovice in the Czech republic will restart output on April 14, the same date as its factory in Turkey starts building cars again.

Jaguar Land Rover

The company paused output at its UK plants and intends to resume production in the week of April 20. Production has stopped at its plant in Nitra, Slovakia.


Kia said it will re-open its plant in Slovakia on April 6.


Production at Nissan’s factories in the UK and Spain is suspended throughout April.

PSA Group

The automaker is establishing a timetable for a “gradual and safe resumption” of industrial activities, PSA said in a statement. Plants building Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles, as well as Opel’s factories in Germany and Poland, and Vauxhall plants in the UK, remain closed.

PSA Slovakia extended the shutdown of its plant in Trnava until April 13.


Renault has paused production at all its plants apart from those in China and South Korea. Output will resume at the closed factories as soon as conditions permit, the company said.

Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia, extended its shutdown beyond the initially announced April 5 date but did not specify when it might resume output. Dacia is working on a strategy to resume production after mid-April, the website reported, citing a television interview given by Romania’s economy  minister, Virgil Popescu.


Toyota has suspended production at all of its factories in Europe with the exception of Russia, with a restart expected no earlier than April 20.

Volkswagen Group

VW extended the production shutdown at its German factories until April 19, citing the decline in demand for vehicles and continuing challenges in the supply chain.

VW Slovakia also extended its shutdown until April 19.

VW brand plants in Pamplona, Spain and Setubal, Portugal are also closed.

In addition, the automaker has paused production in Russia.

Audi said its European factories will not reopen until after the Easter holidays.

Seat has halted all output.

Skoda has extended stoppages at its domestic plants to April 20, Czech Television reported.

Porsche suspended production on March 21.

Bentley stopped production at its factory in Crewe, England, on March 21 for four weeks.

Bugatti suspended output at its factory in Molsheim, France, on March 20.


Volvo’s  three plants in Sweden are scheduled to re-open on April 14.

The automaker’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, is scheduled to restart production on April 6.


Nick Gibbs, Christaan Hetzner, Andrea Malan, Douglas A. Bolduc and Reuters contributed to this report









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