BERLIN (Reuters) -- Volkswagen Group will halt production in Russia again as Western sanctions and the weak Russian ruble keep hurting auto demand.
VW is shutting its factory in Kaluga for five working days through Nov. 7 to adjust volume to the "general economic market situation in Russia," a VW spokesman said on Monday.
The stoppage is the second shutdown at the plant, which builds the VW Polo subcompact and VW Tiguan compact SUV as well as the Skoda Fabia subcompact and Octavia compact.
VW already halted assembly lines for 10 days starting Sept. 8.
Volkswagen Group’s Russia sales fell 13 percent to 193,354 in the first nine months, matching an overall decline in the market, the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses (AEB) lobby group said in a statement on Oct. 8. VW brand sales were down 20 percent through September while Skoda sales dropped by 2 percent.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report