Coronavirus: How can the car industry hope to recover?

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Showrooms have been closed. Vast factories, which normally produce hundreds of cars every day for sale here and abroad, have been standing idle. But now the sector is slowly shuddering back to life. So far only a handful of factories have resumed operations, among them BMW’s engine plant at Hams Hall, just outside Birmingham, Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, and Toyota’s engine facility at Deeside, North Wales. Others will follow next week, including the BMW Mini plant near Oxford, Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR’s) sites in Solihull and Wolverhampton, Ford’s engine factories in Dagenham and Bridgend, and Vauxhall’s van manufacturing facility in Luton.