In Asia the situation is no better.
In 2020 in Germany was 6% less new cars than a year earlier. With the corresponding statement was made by a local Association of automotive industry (VDA), quoted by Automotive News Europe.
The reason – to spread from China throughout the world epidemic of the coronavirus, which has hit the activities of automakers and their suppliers. VDA had previously forecast a sales decline of 4% – and this despite the fact that in 2019 the German market finished with a five percent growth was realized by 3.6 million cars – more than in any other European country.
For China, the German industry Association has lowered its forecast for a fall in sales – from 2% to 7%. The VDA President Hildegard Mueller said that to calculate all the effects of coronavirus on the industry is not yet possible, but rapid improvement can be expected.
Meanwhile, in the Korean city of Ulsan has closed the Hyundai plant: one of his employees was sick. Company that produces Hyundai Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis GV80 going to disinfect and employees in contact with infected put under quarantine. When the plant will return to work is unclear, and for Hyundai it’s a severe blow in early February, this company became the first automaker, which was forced to stop the production of cars outside of China. She South Korea also ranks second in the number of infected people.