COVID-19 has claimed another automaker.
Aston Martin has a ton of new products in the pipeline including a new hybridized V6 that will be used in the company's upcoming Valhalla supercar. The UK automaker was also hard at work producing its new SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, though it seems like the company's eagerness will have to be put on hold due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Other European automakers have already shut down production including Lamborghini in Italy and several UK automakers such as Bentley, Jaguar, and Land Rover. After opting to remain open for as long as possible, Aston Martin has now decided to temporarily suspend all manufacturing operations.
The move is in-line with the UK Government's instructions on COVID-19. This suspension will go into effect at all sites simultaneously, starting after March 24, 2020. Aston Martin says the decision to close its factories was difficult but necessary to ensure the health and safety of its workforce, its suppliers, and their families. The suspension is currently planned until Monday, April 20, 2020, but Aston says it will continue to review the situation and will resume operations as soon as it is reasonable to do so.
"It is our responsibility to ensure we do all we can to support the Government's efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the coming weeks and, with the health of our amazing workforce front and center of our minds, we have taken the tough decision to temporarily suspend operations at our sites around the UK," Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said.
"I hope and believe that our national fight against this dreadful virus will be successful and as soon as we have the ability we will, of course, return to normal operations. In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone associated with this great company good luck, and good health," Palmer added.