Bugatti has suspended production of its sports cars in Molsheim, Eastern France.
The various necessary regulations implemented by European governments to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have made it impossible, says the automaker, to maintain the supply chain of production and spare parts.
In addition, it is almost impossible to deliver vehicles to their owners due to travel restrictions.
“We decided to suspend production to protect our staff and prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from spreading to our sites,” said Bugatti president, Stephan Winkelmann.
“In this extreme situation, our social responsibility demands we take such a drastic step. For us, the health of our staff and their families, our customers, our business partners and suppliers has top priority.”
There has already been a ban on business travel in recent weeks. Through the expansion of mobile work wherever possible, most employees have also already been working from home for some days.
Now, employees who have been working directly on the sports cars will also stay at home for the time being. Special protective measures additionally apply to employees with a particular health risk due to pre-existing conditions related to their heart, lungs and a weakened immune system.
“Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation in France, Germany and throughout the world to be able to quickly react to any changes,” added Winkelmann.
“As soon as the situation permits, all employees will return to their usual workplaces. Until then, I hope all staff members and Bugatti enthusiasts stay healthy.”
Bugatti said it supported regulations implemented by European governments as well as the recommendations of health experts and will intensify the measures already taken.