In spite of the global spread of COVID-19 affecting vehicle manufacturing and motorsports all over the world, the situation may have improved for some Italian motorcycle manufacturers, particularly Piaggio Group and MV Agusta.
Piaggio – together with its subsidiaries Aprilia and Moto Guzzi – have resumed production after a three-day halt in operations. This is also after the reorganization of production lines with respect to the proper social distancing protocols. More stringent sanitization measures were also put in place.
MV Agusta, on the other hand, had told reporters that the company never stopped production amid the coronavirus pandemic and the total lockdown measures by Italy. Rather, they continued working with reduced manpower and, of course, with more stringent social distancing and sanitization protocols. Ducati and Moto Morini factories remain closed until further notice.
Last week, MotoPinas.com has reported that Italian motorcycle production was badly hit by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered the total lockdown of the entire country. Similar to some of the protocols imposed locally, it's important for manufacturing, particularly products for export, to continue in order to keep a country's economy alive.