By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. 

The company noted that the suspension of production would begin on March 19, and it’s anticipating that it would last for 10 working days.

Production at plants in Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Italy are all affected.

The company said the reason for the suspension is because of the uncertain sales environment for light commercial vehicles, the suppliers’ volatile supply chains and to protect the health of all employees: “The coronavirus pandemic is naturally having an impact on our entire business: on supply chains, on our production operation, on sales and on our distribution and service partners,” Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the VWCV brand’s Board of Management, stated in a news release. 

“In close consultation with our works councils and within the Group network, we have therefore decided at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to shut down production at all three sites. This is the only right decision to take, not least so as not to expose our workers to any unnecessary health risk.”