VW said production was suspended for about six weeks in Germany and Europe and for about ten weeks in South America as a result of the coronavirus crisis. As the plant in Mexico resumed production on June 16, after a temporary closure of about 11 weeks, all 16 manufacturing plants of the carmaker have now resumed operations, with different capacities; capacity deployment at the plants is on average about 60 to 70% of capacity levels prior to the Covid-19 crisis, according to VW. The first vehicle plant, Zwickau in Germany, resumed production of the ID.31 on April 23, followed by the brand’s largest plant in Wolfsburg on April 28. All the plants in China have also returned to production.

“We have succeeded in resuming production with priority on maximum health protection. Not a single part has been missing in production”, said Andreas Tostmann, Member of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand Board of Management responsible for Production and Logistics. VW said that, for the European plants of the brand alone, it purchases about 100,000 different parts from its suppliers.