In an email to Automotive News Europe, an Audi spokesperson confirmed that there are currently production stoppages at several Audi locations, although other lines are producing according to planned schedules.
For the TT, Q8 and Q4 e-tron models, production restarts are planned for mid-April, but only at a reduced level.
Things are looking better for other models: The A1, A3, Q2 e-tron, Q5 and A8 models are only affected to a minor extent, Audi said. However, not all engine variants are available.
Audi expects to resume production for the A4/A5 at its factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, starting March 30, and the A6/A7 model series starting April 4.
At Boellinger Hoefe, production of the e-tron GT and R8 will resume regular production on two shifts starting from March 28.
At the Ingolstadt site, production of the A4 and A5 will resume on a single shift starting April 4, and on a double shift the following week. The line that produces the A3, A4 and A5 will restart the week of April 4 on a single shift and move to a double shift the following week.
Like many other automakers, Audi has suppliers in Ukraine. At some suppliers, production has collapsed completely due to the war, while at other companies it has been severely restricted.
In particular, the supply situation with customer-specific cable harnesses poses a major challenge, Audi said.
Audi said it works with more 14,000 suppliers from whom the company sources cable harnesses or preliminary products for them, among other things.
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