TURIN -- Stellantis has halted production at its van factory in Russia because it has run out of parts, the head of the automaker’s European light-commercial vehicle unit, Eric Laforge, told Automotive News Europe.
Stellantis said earlier that it was suspending imports and exports of vehicles from Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine in February. The group operates a van factory in Kaluga, 180 km (120 miles) southwest of Moscow, in partnership with Mitsubishi, where it builds midsize vans for the Citroen, Opel and Peugeot brands.
CEO Carlos Tavares said in late March that it was likely the Kaluga factory would have to stop production as parts supplies dwindled. On Thursday, Laforge told ANE that the factory had halted operations.
Many automakers have suspended or halted operations in Russia since the war in Ukraine began, including Ford, BMW, Renault Group and Volkswagen Group. VW has stopped production at its own factory in Kaluga.
Stellantis also confirmed the stoppage on Tuesday in a news release.
"Given the rapid daily increase in cross sanctions and logistical difficulties, Stellantis has suspended its manufacturing operations in Kaluga to ensure full compliance with all cross sanctions and to protect its employees," the automaker said.