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Lime will begin winding down and pausing its service in certain markets to reflect public health guidance. Those markets include the U.S., Canada, France and Germany.

In the markets where it’s still operating, it is conducting emergency hygiene measures such as increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of its scooters.

Writing in a blog, Brad Bao, Lime’s CEO & Founder, says: “Let’s take care of each other. Because as challenging as this is, we’ll get through it together. At Lime, we’ve always believed the people make the city. That’s doubly true now, when we need to step up and help each other.” 

Meanwhile, Porsche has announced that it will suspend all production for an initial period of two weeks.

“With these measures, our company contributes to the protection of the workforce and the reduction of the spread of the coronavirus. The actual consequences are not yet predictable. It is therefore too early for forecasts. What is clear is that 2020 will be a very challenging year,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

“We can only overcome the pandemic together and by taking rigorous measures.”

Rolls Royce Motor Cars has also joined VW, Ford, Toyota and Nissan in suspending production in Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The luxury brand’s UK-based manufacturing plant will be suspended from Monday 23 March for two weeks. In order to further secure the health and welfare of the employees, this suspension will be followed by an already-planned two-week Easter maintenance shutdown.

Social distancing measures have been introduced throughout the company.

This unprecedented action has been taken following the introduction of additional measures by the UK Government to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, says: “This action has not been taken lightly, but the health and well-being of our exceptional workforce is first and foremost in our minds. We are a tight-knit community at the Home of Rolls-Royce and I have no doubt that our resilience will shine through during this extraordinary time.”

He adds: “As a deeply customer-focused company we are aware that this decision to pause our production will possibly cause some discomfort or inconvenience to a few of our esteemed patrons, for which we apologise while seeking their understanding at this difficult times.”

In Italy, the European country worst-hit by the outbreak, Maserati has announced that its brand relaunch event ‘MMXX: The Way Forward’ has been postponed to September in light of the current situation. It was originally planned for May 2020. As previously stated, the event will still be held in the city of Modena. 

In a press statement, the company says: ‘Maserati has 100% Italian DNA, and is in continuous movement, pushed by the audacity to never give up even in the toughest times. So the House of the Trident looks to the future, and has now chosen September 2020 for its restart, when it will take to the world stage for the future of mobility’.

The Volkswagen Group has also announced that its Passenger Cars brand will gradually suspend production at its European plants. The move will also affect the Volkswagen Group Components plants. 

Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operation Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, says: “The spread of coronavirus in Europe is increasingly having an adverse impact on the demand situation. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to supply our plants with outsourced parts. For this reason, we have decided to run production down in a coordinated way from the end of the late shift on Thursday. We are convinced that this will also be in the interests of our employees who are becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of corona.” 

Auto Futures will have regular updates on the impact of the coronavirus on the automotive industry. You can also check out our hub of coronavirus content on our sister channel, thenewsmarket.com.

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