Jaguar Land Rover said its plant in Nitra, Slovakia, continues to operate normally despite the country's lockdown and Volkswagen's suspension of production at its plant in the country's capital of Bratislava.
"Our plants are fully operational," a JLR spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of all relevant authorities," she said.
JLR's Slovakian plant is ramping up production of the new Defender as sales of the SUV begin globally. The plant also builds the Discovery large SUV. The facility opened in 2018.
The Defender replaces the original Land Rover off-roader and is a key model for JLR as it attempts to return to profitability after sales dropped in China during 2018.
The Nitra region has five reported cases of coronavirus, with three in the town itself, local news website SME Nitra has reported.
Slovakia has 61 confirmed coronavirus cases, up 17 from a day earlier. The country has reported no deaths.
The country has declared a state of emergency and has shut borders to those without permanent residency in the country. The country has exempted those who live outside the country but live within 30km of the border and have temporary residency.
VW shut its Bratislava plant following a potential coronavirus case at the plant, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrinim said on Sunday.
VW did not comment on whether that was the case.
VW builds the Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and Audi Q7 large SUVs, along with the VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii minicars, and axles and floor platforms for the Bentley Bentayga at the plant.