Volkswagen continues to feel the effects of the new corona virus in China. The automaker keeps its factories in the country, which it controls together with the Chinese Shanghai Automotive (SAIC), a week longer until at least 24 February.

Volkswagen is forced to do this because it is struggling with problems in the supply chains and logistics. Also, many of the factory staff cannot come to work due to limited travel options. In the factories that Volkswagen operates with First Automotive Works, production is gradually restarted.

Initially, it was intended that the Chinese factories would be restarted after the holiday period around the Chinese New Year on 3 February. Beijing extended the holiday period by two weeks to try and curb the spread of the virus.

China is the most important market for automakers. Volkswagen says it will focus more on online marketing in China to boost sales.

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