Fiat halts production of 500L compact vans in Europe due to coronavirusFebruary 17, 2020
FCA forced to suspend production of 500L compact vans at a plant in Serbian Kragujevac due to shortage of components from China
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is forced to suspend the production of 500L compact vans at a plant in Serbian Kragujevac due to a shortage of components from China, whose deliveries are delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Earlier, the FCA could temporarily stop production at one of its European plants, warned the head of the Italian-American concern Mike Manley. It has now become known that the conveyors are stopped due to a lack of components for the Fiat 500L audio systems shipped from China. It is noted that the release of Komaktven should be resumed before the end of February.
The first company to stop production due to coronavirus outside of China was Hyundai. Due to the shortage of components from China, Hyundai announced an unscheduled vacation at its enterprises in South Korea.
Previously, many car companies were forced to suspend production in China. In particular, we are talking about Honda, Toyota, General Motors and PSA. In addition, many major automobile events, including the Beijing Auto Show and the Formula 1 stage in Shanghai, were postponed indefinitely.
A new coronavirus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei Province in mid-December 2019. At the moment, it is known about more than 70 thousand infected and over 1.7 thousand dead. In Wuhan and neighboring cities, quarantine was introduced – the authorities, in particular, stopped public transport, and also closed the city for entry and exit.
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