While the production of cars and components in Europe slowed due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Daimler, Volvo and vendors report that their plants in China back to work.
The Daimler company reopened its factory in China, where demand for cars recovers. In an interview with Handelsblatt newspaper reported the company’s CEO Ola Kallenius (Ola Kallenius).
“The vast majority of our dealerships reopened, customers come back,” said Kallenius. “Every day more and more people coming to the showrooms. Demand is growing and it gives us optimism.”
Earlier Volvo Cars has reopened four plants in China after a long period of cessation of works (to cope with an outbreak of the coronavirus).
According to information from the press release of the company, the number of people in the showrooms indicates a return to a normal state of the automotive market in China. Volvo produces cars in Chengdu Luqiao and Daqing, the engines gather in Zhangjiakou (Zhangjiakou).
Another positive sign is that in a subsidiary company Volvo Polestar today (March 24) started production of the first electric vehicle brand – Polestar 2 (plant in Luqiao).
“This is a great achievement that is the result of great efforts from the staff of the factory, as well as the team providing the supply chain”, – commented General Director of Polestar Thomas Ingenlath (Thomas Ingenlath).
The plant, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding and Volvo managed, is the only production site for the all-electric midsize ultimately the newest power of 408 HP, which will challenge Tesla Model 3. Expect delivery of the car in Europe should begin this summer.
In addition, the message to customers Polestar pointed out that the Chinese team manage to avoid diseases of coronavirus due to the temperature checks, a thorough disinfection of the plant, as well as providing masks and conducting medical examinations for all employees.