Harley, Ducati, KTM, Yamaha Suspend Production Due to Coronavirus

Coronavirus impact on the auto industry could be devastating. Many makers the world over are forced to shut their operations temporarily!

Coronavirus has caused havoc in the world and its fears fail to die. In a new update, an employee at Harley Davidson’s Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The company has immediately shut down the center and are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the building.

As a precautionary measure, The US motorcycle giant has announced a suspension of production in its American manufacturing facilities till March 29, 2020. It has also asked its employees to work remotely till the end of March.

Jochen Zeitz, company CEO and President said,

We recognize the unprecedented nature of this global crisis,

He added,

We will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary steps to prioritize employee health and safety.

The company has also cancelled all sponsored events till mid-April to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

Ducati has also announced production halt for the coming week till March 28. KTM has announced two week company vacation from March 30. Yamaha Europe is not manufacturing new motorcycles in France and Italy till 22 March.

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No two-wheeler manufacturer has announced production suspension in India so far but every maker is keeping a close eye on the updates. Apart from China, US, Germany, Italy and many others are severely impacted by this deadly communicable disease. The good news is that China is not reporting any new community-spread cases now.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested for a self-imposed ‘Janta Curfew‘ in the country on 22 March.

Source – Forbes