Volkswagen's Mexican unit said it was ready to restart operations in the states of Puebla and Guanajuato on 15 June after activity was idled in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Volkswagen has had to wait to restart the plant in Puebla, one of its biggest worldwide, due to a decree from the state government which said conditions were not yet right for a restart because of the pandemic's ongoing spread, Reuters reported.

General Motors late in May said it was gradually restarting the transmission and engine lines at its Mexican facilities in Silao and Ramos Arizpe while supplier Lear also geared up for production.

GM Mexico told Reuters at the time assembly plants at Ramos Arizpe in the northern state of Coahuila, and Silao in the central state of Guanajuato, could restart operations on 22 May depending on suppliers, and that it was assessing when to reopen plants in the central state of San Luis Potosi, and in Toluca, near Mexico City.

The government said in mid May Mexico's automotive industry could exit the coronavirus lockdown before 1 June if firms had approved safety measures in place.