Latest on plant reopening dates

Below is a roundup of European factory closures and planned reopening dates.

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Aston Martin

Aston Martin restarted production of its DBX SUV on May 5 at the company’s new factory in St. Athan, Wales. Sports-car production will restart later at its core plant in Gaydon, England. Aston Martin did not name a date for the Gaydon restart.



BMW restarted output in Dingolfing, Germany, and in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on May 11. German plants in Munich, Leipzig and Regensburg will open after May 18, as will the company’s factory that builds Mini cars in Oxford, England.

The company’s Rolls-Royce factory in England has resumed output.



Mercedes-Benz’s Germany factories have restarted production.



Ferrari restarted operations at its Maranello and Modena plants on May 4.


Fiat Chrysler

Fiat has restarted van production at its Sevel plant.

Preseries production of the Fiat New 500 electric car has resumed at Mirafiori.

Production of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass hybrids is underway in Melfi. The Melfi plant will resume full production from May 21, according to unions said.

Production of the the Fiat Panda in Pomigliano and the 500L in Serbia, as well as of Alfa Romeo models in Cassino, will restart between late May and early July.

Maserati will resume sports-car production at its Grugliasco plant and will restart output of the Levante SUV in Mirafiori in the week of May 25. Its plant in Modena will begin production of a new MC 20 sports car in early July.



Ford will restart output at its two British engine factories and its engine plant in Valencia, Spain, on May 18. These will be the last of its European manufacturing sites to reopen. Ford resumed production at most of its main continental European vehicle and engine plants on May 4.



Honda plans to reopen its Civic factory in Swindon on June 2, starting with welding and painting operations, followed by all other production on June 3. The plant will ramp up to 450 cars a day by the week of June 15.



Hyundai restarted output at its factory in in Nosovice in the Czech Republic on April 14.


Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover’s plants in Solihull, England, and Nitra, Slovakia, will resume production on May 18.

Contract manufacturer Magna Steyr will also restart production in Graz, Austria, on the same date, as will JLR’s engine factory in Wolverhampton, England.



Kia reopened its plant in Slovakia on April 6.



Nissan will resume production at its Sunderland plant in England in early June. The automaker restarted production at its Barcelona factory on May 4.


PSA Group

PSA is gradually restarting production at its European plants building Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles, as well as Opel’s factories in Germany and Poland, and Vauxhall plants in the UK.



Renault restarted operations at its factory in Flins, France, on April 28. Other French plants will resume production in May.

Revoz, Renault’s Slovenian arm, has resumed production.

Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia, resumed operations in Romania on May 4.



Suzuki planned to restart its plant in Esztergom on April 27 in a single-shift operation.



Toyota’s joint venture minicar plant with PSA in Kolin, Czech Republic, extended its production stoppage until at least May 25.

Production of the C-HR crossover and Corolla sedan in Sakarya, Turkey, resumed on May 11.

The company’s car factories in Burnaston, England and St. Petersburg, Russia will reopen in the coming weeks, Toyota said in a news release.

Toyota reopened its Yaris factory in Valenciennes, France, on April 21.


Volkswagen Group

Audi has resumed production at its European car and engine plants.

VW has reopened its factories in Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal and Russia. Through May, production will be resumed successively in South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. VW is indefinitely delaying the resumption of production at its U.S. plant.

Seat restarted output at its Martorell car plant and its Spanish components plants on April 27. Martorell’s three production lines are working at one third of capacity. The company increased production on May 11 by adding a shift to the line of the new Leon.

Skoda resumed production at its three Czech sites on April 27.

Bentley reopened its factory in Crewe, England, on May 11. The automaker said the factory will run at 50 percent capacity for the first few weeks due to new health and safety measures.

VW Group’s Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti brands resumed production on May 4.



Volvo resumed vehicle production at Torslanda, Sweden, and Ghent, Belgium, on April 20. Its powertrain plant in Skovde, Sweden, also reopened on April 20.

The automaker also has restarted limited production at its body components plant in Olofstrom, Sweden.

Volvo’s U.S. plant in South Carolina was scheduled to reopen on May 11. Volvo reopened its four plants in China last month.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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