Factory shutdowns cost EU-wide loss of 1,231,038 vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 06 Apr 2020

The all-pervasive impact of the coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis on the automotive industry worldwide is set to have a ripple effect across OEMs and the automotive supply chain. The effect of the pandemic on society and the global economy is unprecedented, with grave consequences for the automobile industry.

Most of the members of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have already announced temporary closures of plants due to collapsing demand, supply shortages, and government measures, and are facing cases of corona infections and quarantines among their employees.

A few days ago, ACEA which represents the 16 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group, released an  interactive map that shows the impact of the coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis on the production of motor vehicles for each of the 27 EU member states plus the United Kingdom.

Production impact, by country
EU-wide production losses due to factory shutdowns amount to at least 1,231,038 motor vehicles so far. This figure includes passenger cars, trucks, vans, buses and coaches. The average shutdown duration is 16 working days  as of March 30.

Production losses are obviously set to increase if shutdowns are extended or additional plants are brought to a halt. ACEA says this is, by far, the most comprehensive EU-wide overview currently available, combining all known information and available sources.

The data is aggregated by ACEA and updated on a weekly basis using multiple sources, including IHS Markit, MarkLines, national automobile manufacturers' associations and (public) announcements by manufacturers. ACEA says while this overview is non-exhaustive, it serves as a tool to show the EU-wide impact of the crisis.


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