Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a host of European manufacturers have chosen to shut down their operations temporarily.
South Africa has yet to reach those levels, or so it seemed until today when BMW announced that it would be shutting down its Rosslyn facility, which builds the X3 for local and export markets.
“We have made far-reaching decisions that affect our daily business. Many people are focusing on their health and well-being and what is most essential right now. In light of this, we have already temporarily closed the first dealerships in Europe. Demand for cars, like many other goods, will decrease significantly.
Our production is geared towards sales development forecasts – and we are adjusting our production volumes flexibly in line with demand. Since yesterday: We began to shut down our European and Rosslyn automotive plants, which will close by the end of the week. The interruption of production for the mentioned plants is currently planned to run until April,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG