Electric Vehicles

China Covid Wave Halts Work at Volkswagen Plant in Chengdu


Covid cases have halted production over the past week at the car factory run by Volkswagen and FAW in Chengdu in southwestern China, a VW spokesperson said on Monday.

It has also caused two of the five production lines at Volkwagen’s Changchun plant to be put on hold, because of a lack of available parts, the spokesperson said.

Other plants are stable, but the situation was volatile, they said.

Protests erupted in cities across China over the weekend – in Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and Lanzhou, as frustrations mounted over the government’s zero-Covid policy.

While low by global standards, China’s case numbers have hit record highs for days. Chengdu residents have been subjected to mass testing from November 23 to Sunday the 27th.

BMW chief executive Oliver Zipse said on Friday the company’s plants in China were running as normal, but that offices were closed with staff working from home.

Mercedes-Benz did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether its plants were affected.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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