FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Team will suspend creation this 7 days at plants in Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain and is preparing to shut down the relaxation of its factories across Europe due to the unfold of coronavirus.

“Specified the current significant deterioration in the product sales scenario and the heightened uncertainty pertaining to sections materials to our plants, creation is to be suspended in the close to foreseeable future at factories operated by group models,” VW Team CEO Herbert Diess claimed on Tuesday.

Production will be halted at VW’s Spanish plants, Setubal in Portugal, Bratislava in Slovakia and the Lamborghini and Ducati plants in Italy ahead of the conclusion of this 7 days, Diess claimed.

Most of the other German and European plants will start off preparing to suspend creation, most likely for two weeks.

“The personal models will communicate aspects of working plans as soon as achievable,” Diess claimed.

VW Group’s highly effective works council has concluded it’s not achievable for personnel at its plants to keep a protected distance from a person yet another to protect against contagion and suggested a suspension of creation.

Forecast ‘impossible’

VW Team, which owns the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda models, claimed on Tuesday that the uncertainty about the fallout from the pandemic meant it was unachievable to give any forecasts for its effectiveness this yr.

“2020 will be a very tough yr. The corona pandemic provides us with mysterious operational and economic troubles. At the exact same time, there are issues about sustained financial impacts,” Diess claimed.

Only last thirty day period Volkswagen had predicted that motor vehicle deliveries this yr would be steady at 2019 concentrations and forecast an working return on product sales in the variety of 6.5 percent to seven.5 percent in 2020, but claimed this depended on exterior things.

CFO Frank Witter claimed it is unsure how severely or for how extensive the unfold of coronavirus will also impact the automaker. “At present, it is nearly unachievable to make a dependable forecast,” he claimed.

VW Team claimed its comprehensive-yr working income rose 22 percent to sixteen.9 billion euros ($eighteen.5 billion) in 2019, thanks to powerful product sales of larger-margin automobiles and reduced diesel fees, defying an industry downturn that has cut the earnings of rivals.

Earnings were being driven by larger gains at its VW, Porsche, Seat and Skoda models, and a return to profitability for Bentley.

Enhancements in the combine and rate positioning in certain compensated for reduced product sales of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles versions and for launch expenses and adverse trade amount consequences, the organization claimed.

Automakers are navigating “a landscape of plummeting around the world demand” as personnel quarantine in China, Europe and the U.S., Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Kevin Tynan and Michael Dean claimed in a report.

Bloomberg contributed to this report