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VW, Airbus Shut Plants as Pandemic Slams European Industry

  • German carmaker joins Daimler, Ford, PSA in halting output
  • Airbus to close main factory in Toulouse for four-day cleaning
Volkswagen AG Outlook Darkens on Virus Fears
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Europe’s biggest industrial manufacturers from Volkswagen AG and Airbus SE to Daimler AG are taking unprecedented steps to idle plants across the region as the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak inflicts increasingly greater economic pain.