Below are a number of updates on individual manufacturers that have been sense checked with the VM's themselves.
Some quotes are available in the public domain but may not have been entirely understood by the press and or explained in the correct context.The detail below is designed as a market sample and although it doesn't cover every manufacturer it should be deemed representative of the current market conditions at the time of writing.
It is also worth noting that a major driver for shut down is also the lack of sales due to decreased foot fall and the resulting stock piling of completed vehicles.
Toyota – Lexus:
Brussels, 18 March 2020
Suspended production at European plants due to coronavirus pandemic: – In light of acceleration of the current coronavirus pandemic in Europe and its social and economic impact, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) would like to provide an update on the status of its operations. With the acceleration of the coronavirus in various European countries or regions and the associated "lock-down" measures taken by various national and regional authorities, an uncertain short-term sales outlook and difficulties in logistics and supply chains are being felt and will increase in the next weeks.TME has consequently decided to organise a progressive suspension of its vehicle and engines/transmissions production plants in Europe starting on 18 March until further notice. The plants affected will be: Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Onnaing – production already suspended. Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) in Burnaston and Deeside – on 18 March. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) in Walbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice – on 18 March. Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (TPCA) in Kolin, Czech Republic – on 19 March. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya – on 21 March. Processes that are important for society, such as the continued provision of service parts for customer vehicles – which can be public safety vehicles – will continue. Likewise, processes and projects deemed essential to a smooth re-start and to the future activity of the plants, such as new vehicle projects, will be maintained with necessary staff.
COLOGNE, Germany, March 17, 2020
Ford is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its manufacturing sites in continental Europe in response to the growing impact of the Coronavirus. Effective from Thursday, March 19, it is expected that this action will continue for a number of weeks. The action follows the World Health Organization's designation of Europe as the new epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic with the number of reported cases growing significantly in recent days and expected to continue to rise rapidly. Ford's decision to temporarily halt production also will contribute towards the efforts to contain the virus spread. "While the impact of coronavirus at our facilities so far has been limited thankfully, its effects on our employees, dealers, suppliers and customers, as well as European society as a whole, is unprecedented," said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. "Due to the dramatic impact this ongoing crisis is having on the European market and the supplier industry – together with the recent actions by countries to restrict all but essential travel and personal contact – we are temporarily halting production at our main continental Europe manufacturing sites." Component supplies to Ford manufacturing sites in Europe have been increasingly interrupted, while sales of vehicles across the industry have declined with dealerships required to temporarily close their sales operations in some countries. However, the servicing of vehicles is regarded as an important societal need and Ford dealerships are continuing to provide essential maintenance and service across the continent. While it is hoped this action will only be required for a short period, the exact duration depends on a number of factors. These include the spread of the coronavirus; national government and European Union restrictions on movement, including across borders; the supplier industry's ability to supply components; and the return of customers to dealerships, many of which are now closed as part of the measures taken at a national level. "It is at difficult times like these when we must stand united and put people first," added Rowley. "We at Ford will play our part in the weeks ahead to help get through this crisis, reduce its spread and alleviate its effects wherever we can."
Other Makes in Brief: Nissan has restarted operations in three of its plants in China, but at this time, the restart timing of Xiangyang Plant (Hubei Province) and Zhengzhou Plant (Henan Province) had not been determined. The spokesman added: "In Japan, we are planning or have carried out temporary production adjustments at certain plants. There has been no impact on our plants outside China." Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), BMW, Kia, Hyundai, Vauxhall, and the Volkswagen Group, including Audi, Škoda, Seat and VW Commercial Vehicles all have similar closures. All have stated that they currently have no parts issues outside of the production lines and that there is nothing that would indicate any imminent problems with supply. They continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as the situation progresses.
We are not currently experiencing any parts delays more than would be expected within the network. Back ordered parts averages are actually reducing, this may be in line with a reduction in new vehicle assembly releasing more parts to the repair sector. Risk parts could be engines for a very new models coming out of Europe. Engines are rarely required however and are normally special order and in some cases built to order, so this is more for an awareness at estimating/authority situation should an engine replacement be required.