Luxury car manufacturer Bentley is extending its plant closure by three weeks and will start regularly reopening from May 11, as coronavirus lockdown measures remain in place in Britain.
The U.K. has the fifth-highest official death count from COVID-19 in the world, and its health minister has mentioned it’s too early to ease the most stringent bans on people’s movements in British peacetime history.
The Volkswagen-owned model, which builds around 11,000 luxurious models at its northern English Crewe manufacturing unit, will start a ramp-up with limited staffing from May 11 with full production due to recommence on May 18.
The declaration comes a day after Aston Martin stated it could delay reopening its two production sites by a week.
Some car manufacturers plan to resume certain operations on the continent next week; however, in Britain, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the biggest auto manufacturer, has yet to decide on a reopening date whilst Nissan’s manufacturing is suspended “throughout April.”
Several new models are due out of British car plants over the next year, along with Aston Martin’s first 4×4, crucial to a turnaround plan, and Nissan’s new Qashqai sport utility vehicle (SUV).