Following the announcements by the Australian governments of further restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has advised that automotive brands and their dealer networks will remain open to provide sales and service support to customers.
“The industry has considered and adopted a number of additional hygiene and safety protocols, including extended cleaning processes, personal distancing, and contactless sales and service consultations – all with the number one priority of ensuring the safety and security of our communities,” Mr Weber said.
“It is largely business as usual – but with extra care and consideration for our key stakeholders.”
Mr Weber also commented on the current supply status of new vehicles and vehicle parts and components.
“The industry is keeping a watchful eye on the activities of parent companies across the globe, including in Europe, the USA, the UK and Asia, where production facilities in some plants have been temporarily closed.
“At this stage there are no major restrictions on stock of either vehicles or parts,” Mr Weber said.
Several car makers have put a temporary stop to production including Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce. For the moment, the majority mainstream manufacturing remains in production.