The Fiat Chrysler group was forced to shut down the plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, for a few days due to the shortage of components produced in China. The plant is expected to remain inactive until next Tuesday.
The coronavirus now affects Europe. Indeed, following the growing shortage of supplies caused by the epidemic, the factory producing the Fiat 500 L is closed. As said above, the plant should reopen on Tuesday if the situation improves.
Here is the speech by one of Fiat-Chrysler's spokespersons: “Due to the unavailability of certain components from China, we stopped production in the factory Kragujevac in Serbia. We are working to secure the supply of components and the assembly line will be restarted later this month. We do not expect this change in planning to have an impact on the total production forecast for the month. “
Update on the situation
In recent days, the Coronavirus Has Affected Asia's Auto Industry. Lack of parts prompted Hyundai, Kia and Renault to shut down several factories in South Korea for a few days. A similar decision was made by Nissan with the cessation of production in two Japanese factories.
Meanwhile, confirmations of a prolonged shutdown of certain productions continue to arrive from China, in particular at Wuhan and in neighboring Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic which has so far caused the deaths of nearly 1,400 people. Mitsubishi postponed to February 27 the reopening of the factories of the joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group in Hunan province and two engine factories in the provinces of Liaoning and Heilongjiang. Honda also postponed the restart of its activities in Wuhan for an additional week until February 21.