MEXICO CITY — Volkswagen will temporarily close its factories in Mexico’s Puebla and Guanajuato states amid growing worries over the spread of the coronavirus.
Nearly all light vehicle production in North America is being idled for at least several days amid the crisis and its associated impact on vehicle sales. The shutdowns also will be cascading throughout the North American supply chain in the coming weeks.
VW’s Mexican unit said Friday the upcoming shutdowns will take effect on March 30 and extend through April 12.
The automaker also pointed to slowing demand and the risk of shortages of parts as factors in the decision to suspend production in the factories.
BMW said on Friday that it would extend an already-scheduled Easter stoppage at its factory in San Luis Potosi state….