VW stops production all over Europe amid global pandemic

Published On : 18 March 2020
By Tarashekhar Padhy

Volkswagen Group will halt manufacturing this week in Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain and has decided to lock down the rest of its factories over the rest of Europe because of the global pandemic coronavirus, its CEO stated on Tuesday. The German automaker, which is the parent organization of Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, and Skoda brands, revealed the improbable parameters from the fallout from the epidemic.

Volkswagen's effective works council has concluded it's now not viable for workers at its flora to preserve a secure distance from each other to prevent contagion and recommended a suspension of manufacturing from Friday. "Given the present enormous deterioration inside the income situation and the heightened uncertainty concerning parts components to our plants, manufacturing is to be suspended inside the near destiny at factories operated by institution brands," Chief Executive Herbert Diess stated on Tuesday.

Production will be halted at VW's Spanish plant life, in Setubal in Portugal, Bratislava in Slovakia and at the Lamborghini and Ducati vegetation in Italy earlier than the end of this week, Diess stated. Most of its other German and European factories will prepare to suspend manufacturing, probably for two to three weeks, VW stated. "2020 can be a very hard year. The corona pandemic affords us with unknown operational and monetary challenges. At the identical time, there are worries approximately sustained economic impacts," Diess stated.

Only remaining month the auto and truck maker primarily based in Wolfsburg in Germany anticipated that vehicle delivery these 12 months would be solid at 2019 stages and forecast a working return on income inside the variety of 6.5% to 7.5% in 2020. "The unfolding of coronavirus is currently impacting the worldwide economy. It is unsure how severely or for a way long this can also affect the Volkswagen Group. Currently, it is almost impossible to make a dependable forecast," Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter stated.

While the organization changed into preparing to close down production in Europe, a number of its production has resumed in China, apart from the VW flowers in Changsha and Urumqi. Volkswagen Group also stated its full-12 months operating income rose 22% to 16.9 billion euros ($18.5 billion) way to the strong income of higher-margin motors and lower diesel charges, defying an enterprise downturn that harms rivals. Earnings had been pushed by higher profits at its VW, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands, and a go back to profitability for its luxury sportscar emblem Bentley.

Improvements in the blend and rate positioning especially compensated for lower-income of Volkswagen passenger motors and for launch costs and poor exchange rate effects, the organization said. Philippe Houchois, the automobile analyst at Jeffries, stated the results had been impressive. "Very solid high-quality numbers with sturdy unfastened cashflow coming in element from working capital."