Most of us are still struggling with the smoking remnants of a once-healthy economy, but the affluent really are different than you and I. Demand for German luxury cars from Mercedes Benz and BMW has forced the automakers to abandon a long sacred holiday tradition: assembly line workers have historically been given the week between Christmas and New Years as a paid vacation. Now, increased demand for luxury cars is forcing Daimler and BMW to stay open during this holiday week at select manufacturing facilities. Autoevolution quotes BMW’s Michael Rebstock as saying, “We are producing as much as we can and are happy for every additional shift we can get.”
So happy, in fact, that line workers will be paid overtime for working during the traditional holiday break. That’s quite a change from last year, when over-supply and decreased demand forced several manufacturers to shutter plants for up to three weeks during the holiday season. Other German manufacturers, such as Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche have not yet announced changes to their holiday schedule, despite increased sales. If you can’t enjoy additional time with the family at Christmas, maybe job security and a little extra money isn’t a bad consolation prize.