Carmakers and coronavirus – what are they doing?

The coronavirus outbreak hasn’t just affected individuals on a personal level, it’s also resulted in some of the largest carmakers closing their doors temporarily or shifting to produce equipment to help treat those affected by the virus.

We’ve pulled together a list of the major carmakers and how the production of each of their cars has been affected, and provided links so you can see models that are available right now.

Which carmakers are helping fight coronavirus?

Some carmakers have switched to producing equipment vital to help support those being treated for coronavirus. These include ventilators for patients and personal-protective equipment to be used by health workers.

Honda

Along with Toyota and Vauxhall, Honda has announced that it’s willing to turn over some of its U.K.-based production capacity to build ventilators to help treat those affected by the coronavirus. 

Lamborghini

Despite being located at the centre of the Italian coronavirus epidemic, carmaker Lamborghini has started producing facemasks and face shields for use in local hospitals. The staff who usually adorn the interiors of 200mph supercars with intricate leather stitching will produce 1000 masks per day while the firm’s research and development team will use 3D printing techniques to build 200 plexiglass face shields every day. 

Land Rover

Land Rover has donated 160 cars to emergency services across the world to help them deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Among them is the British Red Cross, which has been sent 27 brand-new Land Rover Defenders to help them support vulnerable members of society during the outbreak. Cars have also been sent to Australia, Spain, South Africa and France, and the British firm plans to use its 3D-printing facilities to produce up to 5,000 protective visors per week for use by NHS staff. 

McLaren

The British sportscar maker has teamed up with the University of Southampton to develop a prototype breathing apparatus to be worn by hospital workers. This portable respirator would reduce the risk of infection for NHS staff treating patients affected by the coronavirus. McLaren is also part of the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium – a collaboration between seven Formula One teams, Ford, Rolls-Royce, aerospace manufacturer Airbus, technology giant Siemens and Unilever – that aims to produce affordable, reliable ventilators to help treat COVID-19 sufferers. 

Mercedes

Mercedes’ Formula One team has developed a ventilator that’s already been approved for use in hospitals to help treat patients suffering from COVID-19 without them needing intensive care. 

SEAT

SEAT has confirmed that 150 of its staff have produced 13 different prototype ventilators using repurposed car components. The most promising solution, which uses 3D-printed gears and windscreen-wiper motors, is currently undergoing medical trials to make sure it’s safe to be used to help treat those suffering from COVID-19.

Tesla

The mass-market electric-car pioneer Tesla has donated hundreds of ventilators to hospitals in New York to help it treat patients suffering from COVID-19. These 1,255 ventilators were purchased and donated by Tesla, but the firm is reportedly working on building its own ventilators in the near future. 

Toyota

Along with Honda and Vauxhall, Toyota has announced that it’s willing to turn over some of its U.K.-based production capacity to build ventilators to help treat those affected by the coronavirus. 

Vauxhall

Along with Honda and Toyota, Vauxhall has announced that it’s willing to turn over some of its U.K.-based production capacity to build ventilators to help treat those affected by the coronavirus. Vauxhall has also opened its roadside-assistance scheme to all Vauxhall-driving NHS workers in addition to drivers of new Vauxhall models. 

Which carmakers have closed factories due to coronavirus?

Almost every carmaker in the world has been affected by the coronavirus in some way. The following is a list of the factories currently closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Abarth factories

Factory: Hiroshima, Japan
Models made: Abarth 124
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Tychy, Poland
Models made: Abarth 595, Abarth 595C, Abarth 695 
Open/closed: Closed until April 10th

Alfa Romeo factories

Factory: Cassino, Italy
Models made: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Stelvio 
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Alpine factories

Factory: Dieppe, France
Models made: Alpine A110
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Aston Martin factories

Factory: Gaydon, U.K.
Models made: Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin Vantage
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th 

Factory: St. Athan, U.K.
Models made: Aston Martin DBX
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Audi factories

Factory: Bratislava, Slovakia
Models made: Audi Q7, Audi Q8
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

Factory: Brussels, Belgium
Models made: Audi e-tron
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

Factory: Ingolstadt, Germany 
Models made: Audi A3, Audi S3, Audi A4, Audi S4, Audi A4 Allroad, Audi A5
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

Factory: Gyor, Hungary
Models made: Audi TT, Audi TT Roadster, Audi TTS, Audi TTS Roadster, Audi TT RS, Audi TT RS Roadster 
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

Factory: Martorell, Spain
Models made: Audi A1, Audi Q3
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

Factory: Neckarsulm, Germany
Models made: Audi A4, Audi A5 Cabriolet, Audi S5 Cabriolet, Audi A6, Audi S6, Audi A6 Allroad, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi S8, Audi R8
Open/closed: Closed until April 1st

BMW factories

Factory: Dingolfing, Germany 
Models made: BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW 8 Series, BMW M5
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Graz, Austria
Models made: BMW Z4
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Greer, South Carolina, U.S.A
Models made: BMW X4, BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X7 
Open/closed: Will close from April 3rd until April 19th

Factory: Leipzig, Germany 
Models made: BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series Coupe, BMW i3, BMW i8
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Munich, Germany 
Models made: BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring, BMW 4 Series Coupe
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Regensburg, Germany 
Models made: BMW 1 Series, BMW X1, BMW X2, BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW 3 Series, BMW M3, BMW 4 Series Convertible, BMW M4 Convertible
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Rosslyn, South Africa
Models made: BMW 3 Series
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.A
Models made: BMW X3
Open/closed: Will close from April 3rd until April 19th

Citroen factories

Factory: Kolin, Czech Republic
Models made: Citroen C1
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Madrid, Spain
Models made: Citroen C4 Cactus
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Mangaulde, Poland
Models made: Citroen Berlingo
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Rennes, France
Models made: Citroen C5 Aircross
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Trnava, Slovakia
Models made: Citroen C3
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Vigo, Spain
Models made: Citroen C4 Spacetourer, Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Zaragoza, Spain
Models made: Citroen C3 Aircross
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Dacia factories

Factory: Mioveni, Romania
Models made: Dacia Logan MCV, Dacia Logan MCV Stepway, Dacia Duster, Dacia Sandero, Dacia Sandero Stepway
Open/closed: Closed until April 5th

DS factories

Factory: Mulhouse, France
Models made: DS7 Crossback
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Poissy, France
Models made: DS3 Crossback
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Fiat factories

Factory: Bursa, Turkey
Models made: Fiat Tipo, Fiat Doblo
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Giambattista Vico, Italy
Models made: Fiat Panda
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Factory: Hiroshima, Japan
Models made: Fiat 124 Spider
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Kragujevac, Serbia
Models made: Fiat 500L
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd

Factory: Mirafiori, Italy
Models made: Fiat 500
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Factory: SATA Melfi, Italy
Models made: Fiat 500, Fiat 500C 
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Factory: Tychy, Poland
Models made: Fiat 500X
Open/closed: Closed until April 10th

Ford factories

Factory: Camacari, Brazil
Models made: Ford EcoSport
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Cologne, Germany
Models made: Ford Fiesta, Ford Puma
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Michigan, Michigan, U.S.A
Models made: Ford Focus, Ford Mustang
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Models made: Ford Edge
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Saarlouis, Germany
Models made: Ford C-Max
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Tychy, Poland
Models made: Ford KA+
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Valencia, Spain
Models made: Ford Kuga, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Mondeo, Ford S-Max, Ford Galaxy
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Honda factories

Factory: Celaya, Mexico
Models made: Honda HR-V, Honda Jazz
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: East Liberty, Ohio, U.S.A
Models made: Honda CR-V
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Greensburg, Indiana, U.S.A
Models made: Honda Civic, Honda CR-V
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Marysville, Ohio, U.S.A
Models made: Honda NSX, Honda CR-V
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Factory: Swindon
Models made: Honda Civic
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th at the earliest

Hyundai factories

Factory: Izmit, Turkey
Models made: Hyundai i10, Hyundai i20
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Models made: Hyundai Santa Fe
Open/closed: Closed until April 13th

Factory: Nosovice, Czech Republic
Models made: Hyundai i30, Hyundai Kona Electric
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th

Factory: Ulsan, South Korea
Models made: Hyundai i40, Hyundai i800, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Tucson
Open/closed: Open (previously closed in February due to supply issues) 

Jaguar factories

Factory: Castle Bromwich, U.K.
Models made: Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar XE, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Factory: Graz, Austria
Models made: Jaguar E-Pace, Jaguar I-Pace
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Jeep factories

Factory: Belvedere, Illinois, U.S.A
Models made: Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: SATA Melfi
Models made: Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Factory: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A
Models made: Jeep Wrangler
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Kia factories

Factory: Hwaseong, South Korea
Models made: Kia Ceed
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Gwangju, South Korea
Models made: Kia Soul, Kia Sportage
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Models made: Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Pesqueria, Mexico 
Models made: Kia Rio
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Seosan, South Korea
Models made: Kia Piccanto
Open/closed: Open

Factory: West Point, Georgia, U.S.A
Models made: Kia Optima, Kia Sorento
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Zilina, Slovakia
Models made: Kia Ceed, Kia ProCeed, Kia XCeed
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th

Land Rover factories

Factory: Halewood, U.K.
Models made: Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Factory: Nitra, Slovakia
Models made: Land Rover Defender
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Solihull, U.K.
Models made: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Maserati factories

Factory: Giovanni Agnelli Plant, Italy
Models made: Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Factory: Mirafiori, Italy
Models made: Maserati Levante
Open/closed: Closed until April 3rd at the earliest

Mazda factories

Factory Hiroshima, Japan
Models made: Mazda MX-5
Open/closed: Open 

Factory: Hofu, Japan
Models made: Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-5
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Miyoshi, Japan
Models made: Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-30, Mazda MX-30
Open/closed: Open

Mercedes factories

Factory: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Models made: Mercedes GLB
Open/closed: Closed until April 13th

Factory: Bremen, Germany
Models made: Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes EQC, Mercedes GLC, Mercedes GLC Coupe, Mercedes SL, Mercedes SLC
Open/closed: Closed until April 22nd

Factory: East London, South Africa
Models made: Mercedes C-Class
Open/closed: Closed until May 5th

Factory: Graz, Austria
Models made: Mercedes G-Class
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th

Factory: Kecskemét, Hungary
Models made: Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Sindelfingen, Germany
Models made: Mercedes CLS, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Maybach
Open/closed: Closed until April 22nd

Factory: Rastatt, Germany
Models made: Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes GLA
Open/closed: Closed until April 22nd

Factory: Valmut, Finland
Models made: Mercedes GLC
Open/closed: Closed until May 5th

Factory: Vanca, Alabama, U.S.A
Models made: Mercedes GLE, Mercedes GLS
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th

Factory: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Models made: Mercedes V-Class
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

MINI factories

Factory: Oxford
Models made: MINI 3-door, MINI 5-door, MINI Clubman, MINI John Cooper Works models, MINI Electric
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Mitsubishi factories

Factory: Kurashiki, Japan
Models made: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Laem Chabang, Thailand
Models made: Mitsubishi Mirage
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Okazaki, Japan
Models made: Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Sakahogi, Japan
Models made Mitsubishi Shogun, Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
Open/closed: Open

Factory: TCMA Segambut, Malaysia
Models made: Mitsubishi ASX
Open/closed: Open

Nissan factories

Factory: Flins, France
Models made: Nissan Micra
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Kanda, Japan
Models made: Nissan X-Trail
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Sunderland, U.K.
Models made: Nissan Qashqai, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke
Open/closed: Closed throughout April

Factory: Tochigi, Japan
Models made: Nissan 370Z, Nissan GT-R
Open/closed: Open

Peugeot factories

Factory: Poissy, France
Models made: Peugeot 208
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Mulhouse, France
Models made: Peugeot 208, Peugeot 2008
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Rennes, France
Models made: Peugeot 508
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Sochaux, France
Models made: Peugeot 308, Peugeot 3008, Peugeot 5008
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Mangualde, Portugal
Models made: Peugeot Partner
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Porsche factories

Factory: Bratislava, Slovakia
Models made: Porsche Cayenne
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 4th

Factory: Leipzig, Germany
Models made: Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Macan
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 4th

Factory: Osnabrück, Germany 
Models made: Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayman
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 4th

Factory: Zuffenhausen, Germany
Models made: Porsche 911
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 4th

Renault factories

Factory: Busan, South Korea
Models made: Renault Koleos
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Douai, France
Models made: Renault Scenic, Renault Gran Scenic
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Flins, France
Models made: Renault Zoe
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Models made: Renault Clio, Renault Twingo
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Palencia, Spain
Models made: Renault Megane, Renault Megan RS, Renault Kadjar
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Valladolid, Spain
Models made: Renault Captur, Renault Twizy 
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Rolls-Royce factories

Factory: Goodwood, U.K.
Models made: Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Rolls-Royce Phantom
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

SEAT factories

Factory: Bratislava, Slovakia
Models made: SEAT Mii, SEAT Mii Electric
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Kvasiny
Models made: SEAT Ateca
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Martorell, Spain
Models made: SEAT Leon, SEAT Arona
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Palmela, Portugal
Models made: SEAT Alhambra
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Wolfsburg, Germany
Models made: SEAT Tarraco
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Skoda factories

Factory: Bratislava, Slovakia
Models made: Skoda Citigo, Skoda Citigo e iV
Open/closed: Closed until April 14th

Factory: Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Models made: Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda Superb
Open/closed: Closed until April 14th

Factory: Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Models made: Skoda Fabia, Skoda Kamiq, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Scala
Open/closed: Closed until April 14th

Factory: Osnabrück, Germany
Models made: Skoda Karoq
Open/closed: Closed until April 14th

Smart factories

Factory: Hambach, Germany
Models made: Smart ForTwo
Open/closed: Closed until April 22nd

Factory: Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Models made: Smart ForFour, Smart ForFour EQ
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

SsangYong factories

Factory: Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Models made: SsangYong Korando, SsangYong Rexton, SsangYong Tivoli, SsangYong Turismo
Open/closed: Open

Subaru factories

Factory: Gunma, Japan
Models made: Subaru BRZ, Subaru Forester, Subaru Impreza, Subaru Levorg, Subaru XV
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A
Models made: Subaru Outback
Open/closed: Closed until April 7th

Suzuki factories

Factory: Esztergom, Hungary
Models made: Suzuki SX-4, Suzuki Vitara
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Kosai, Japan
Models made: Suzuki Ignis, Suzuki Jimny
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Makinohara, Japan
Models made: Suzuki Swift
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Manesar, India
Models made: Suzuki Baleno, Suzuki Celerio
Open/closed: Open

Toyota factories

Factory: Arifiye, Turkey
Models made: Toyota C-HR
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Burnaston, U.K.
Models made: Toyota Corolla
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 20th

Factory: Georgetown, Kentucky, U.S.A
Models made: Toyota Camry
Open/closed: Closed until April 20th

Factory: Gunma, Japan
Models made: Toyota GT86
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Graz, Austria
Models made: Toyota Supra
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 20th

Factory: Kolin, Czech Republic
Models made: Toyota Aygo
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Onnaing-Valenciennes, France
Models made: Toyota Yaris
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 20th

Factory: Takaoka, Japan
Models made: Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Tsutsumi Plant, Japan
Models made: Toyota Prius
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Valenciennes-Hordain
Models made: Toyota Proace
Open/closed: Closed until at least April 20th

Factory: Yoshiwara, Japan
Models made: Toyota Land Cruiser
Open/closed: Open

Vauxhall (Opel) factories

Factory: Ellesmere Port, U.K.
Models made: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, Vauxhall Viva
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Eisenach, Germany
Models made: Vauxhall Adam, Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Corsa-e
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Figueruelas, Spain
Models made: Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Corsa-e, Vauxhall Mokka X
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Gliwice, Poland
Models made: Vauxhall Astra
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Luton, U.K.
Models made: Vauxhall Vivaro
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Russelsheim, Germany
Models made: Vauxhall Combo Life, Vauxhall Insignia, Vauxhall Zafira
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Factory: Zaragoza, Spain
Models made: Vauxhall Crossland X
Open/closed: Closed until further notice

Volkswagen factories

Factory: Bratislava, Slovakia
Models made: Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen Up, Volkswagen e-UP
Open/closed: Closed until April 9th

Factory: Chatanooga,  Tennessee, U.S.A
Models made: Volkswagen Atlas
Open/closed: Closed until April 5th

Factory: Emden, Germany
Models made: Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Arteon
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Dresden, Germany
Models made: Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen e-Golf
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Palmela, Portugal
Models made: Volkswagen Sharan, Volkswagen T-Roc
Open/closed: Closed until April 9th

Factory: Pamplona, Spain
Models made: Volkswagen Polo
Open/closed: Closed until April 9th

Factory: Wolfsburg, Germany
Models made: Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf SV, Volkswagen Golf R, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Volkswagen Golf GTE, Volkswagen e-Golf, Volkswagen Touran, Volkswagen Tiguan
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Factory: Zwickau, Germany
Models made: Volkswagen ID.3
Open/closed: Closed until April 19th

Volvo factories

Factory: Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A
Models made: Volvo S60 
Open/closed: Open, due to close on March 26th and reopen on April 14th

Factory: Daqing, China
Models made: Volvo S90, Volvo XC90
Open/closed: Open

Factory: Ghent, Belgium
Models made: Volvo XC40
Open/closed: Closed until April 6th

Factory: Torslanda, Sweden
Models made: Volvo V60, Volvo V90, Volvo XC60
Open/closed: Open, due to close on March 26th and reopen on April 14th