Automakers are taking extreme measures in the form of plant closures to halt the spread of COVID-19 and keep their workers safe during the global pandemic. The situation remains fluid as more European companies suspend work and the first US plants go offline.As of March 18, the first US-based plants faced a temporary closure. As of March 19, Ford will suspend all production work in North America. The automaker made the decision on March 18 to shut its factories down to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Luxury automakers are taking similar measures to protect their workers and combat the outbreak of coronavirus. France’s supercar marker Bugatti said on March 20 it has closed its production plant in Molsheim to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The firm threw all its support behind French regulations and stated that keeping its workers healthy is its number one priority. Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The cars were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories.
Porsche has also followed suit as the automaker stated that it will stop production at its German plants to keep its workforce safe and healthy. The halt in production will last at least two weeks, and like Daimler, Porsche said the global supply chain makes it impossible to carry on with output as normal. The company has also braced itself for a decline in demand and will work to secure its finances. Porsche AG, is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans. Its headquarters is situated in Stuttgart, and is owned by Volkswagen AG, which itself is majority owned by Porsche Automobile Holding SE. Initially, the company did not build any cars under its own name but offered motor vehicle development work and consulting. One of the first assignments the new company received was from the German government to design a car for the people, that is a “Volkswagen”. This resulted in the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful car designs of all time.The Porsche 64 was developed in 1939 using many components from the Beetle.
Bentley has also decided to put a pause on production due to the global pandemic.The British luxury brand stated that it will suspend production in the UK. The factory shutdown will last four weeks, according to the company. Like so many other automakers, the company said it wants to protect its workers, but also acknowledged a slowdown in demand in markets around the world and supply chain interruptions. Headquartered in Crewe, England, the company was founded as Bentley Motors Limited by W. O. Bentley in 1919 in Cricklewood, North London. Today most Bentley models are assembled at the company’s Crewe factory, with a small number assembled at Volkswagen’s Dresden factory, Germany, and with bodies for the Continental manufactured in Zwickau and for the Bentayga manufactured at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant.