•    The global spread of coronavirus is causing the car industry to shut down production facilities around the world.

At the start of the week, FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced they would be closing the majority of its European plants until 27th March. Ferrari also announced it would be closing down its factory in Italy.

PSA Group is planning a phased closure of all factories across Europe, including the UK Vauxhall plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton.

Ford initially closed its Spanish factory at the start of the week and as of yesterday has also announced it would suspend production at its Germany and Romania plants. Ford have also since suspended production at its North American factories, as have Hyundai.

The Volkswagen Group is shutting down the majority of its European factories, including Porsche. Toyota are also closing their European factories as well their South African site, which they currently schedule to last until 19th April.

Volvo will be closing its two plants in Sweden and North American. This follows previous announcements of closing its Belgium and Chinese factory, with the Chinese plant reopening earlier this month.

Honda is suspending production of all North American plants as well its UK plant. Whereas Tesla is being forced to close their factory in California after defying the local County order which determines the factory as “non-essential” business. Tesla’s production factory will therefore have an “orderly shutdown” at the end of Monday.

As of this morning, Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley have also announced they will close their UK plants. Following news earlier in the week of Rolls-Royce suspending production at its Goodwood manufacturing plant, this now brings all mainstream car production in the UK to a halt.


•    Hyundai has confirmed their Konda Electric models will soon be getting a boosted electric range.

Through the use of new low rolling resistance tyres and alterations to the chassis, customers ordering cars to be built from July will be receiving cars with an increased WLTP range of 301 miles, rather than the current 278 miles.

These updates will only apply to the 64kWh variant of the car, with the battery pack remaining the same and no software revisions being made. The lower powered 39kWh models will remain unchanged and continue to offer a WLTP range of up to 180 miles.



•    Volkswagen previously announced at the start of February it would cease production of its Amarok pickup due to new average emissions limits set by the EU. Production in Europe is therefore due to stop in May and Volkswagen have now given a glimpse at how the second-generation model will look.

Due to launch in 2022, the new Amarok will be one of the first vehicles produced though the technical collaboration between Volkswagen and Ford. The next iteration of the Ford Ranger will also be based on the same platform.

The collaboration between Volkswagen and Ford will extend beyond 2023, in which Ford will being to produce electric vehicles on Volkswagens’ MEB platform.