BRATISLAVA -- Volkswagen Group has extended the shutdown of its three plants in Slovakia until April 19 after closing them for two weeks on March 17 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Falling demand and supply chain disruptions spurred the company to prolong the closure, VW Slovakia spokeswoman Lucia Kovarovic Makayova said on Wednesday.
VW's sprawling factory in Bratislava 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.
VW's other Slovak plants produce components including transmissions.
The move comes after Volkswagen Group said it is extending the production shutdown at its German factories until April 19.
Kia said on Tuesday it would resume production at its plant in Slovakia on April 6, as planned.
Hyundai said its factory in in Nosovice in the Czech republic will restart output on April 14.