Production in Bratislava will be discontinued due to a shortage of chips and a supply chain disruption due to the war in Ukraine.
Volkswagen Group is discontinuing production at its plant in Bratislava, Slovakia due to a lack of parts.
Production is shut down Monday through Friday this week, a spokesman for the German news agency’s factory, dpa, said.
The factory builds the VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Q8 SUVs, as well as the VW Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo minivans.
Stopping production is linked to a shortage of semiconductors and supply chain problems stemming from the war in Ukraine, VW said.
VW said production will be used to replenish supply chains and achieve greater supply stability.
Production was previously interrupted at the factory at the end of March for two days.
The situation does not seem to be resolved any time soon
VW, along with German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz, was forced to cut production after supply of components, mainly wire harnesses built in Ukraine, was cut off following Russia’s invasion of the country.
The carmaker resumed production sooner than planned at its plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, but production of ID electric cars for the VW, Audi and Cupra brands will take longer to return to normal at factories in Zwickau and Dresden.
Moreover, Volkswagen had to postpone the launch of its ID5 car for a month due to interruptions in the supply of wiring in Ukraine, a company spokesman said.
ID5 sales were pushed into the first week of May due to supply disruptions, a VW spokesman said. The lack of supply meant that the car manufacturer could not produce enough exhibition and demonstration vehicles for all its dealerships.