FILE PHOTO: Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s new CEO, poses during the Volkswagen Group’s annual general meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
(Reuters) – German carmaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said on Saturday its factories will be closing for two weeks and in some regions three, amid growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
“Most of our factories are closing for two weeks, in some regions for three. The spreading of the virus will not have come to a standstill in several weeks from now,” Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said in a LinkedIn post bit.ly/33CpfPx.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 2,705 within a day to reach 16,662, the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.
Volkswagen on Tuesday said it was suspending production at factories across Europe as the pandemic hits sales and disrupts supply chains.
The carmaker, which owns the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands, also said that uncertainty about the fallout from coronavirus meant it was impossible to give forecasts for this year.
Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely