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Audi production in Germany hit by chip crisis

The automaker has cut production at its Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants as the semiconductor crisis continues to hamper the industry.

in Automotive News Europe, by Nathan Eddy, 24-11-2021


Output of several key models impacted by lack of semiconductors

Audi is building fewer vehicles at its German plants as the semiconductor crisis continues to hamper the industry well into the fourth quarter.

Production losses at its factories in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm will continue, Audi told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

At Ingolstadt, the late shift was cancelled this week on assembly line 1, which produces the A4 and A5 models, as well as on assembly line 2, which is responsible for the A3, A4 and A5 models.

Last week there was also no production on this line during the early shift.

The Ingolstadt assembly line 3, which builds the A3 and Q2 models, is also only producing in the early shift, with no late shift or permanent night shift.

The situation is somewhat better in Neckarsulm, where, according to the Audi spokesperson, production is only on a single shift on the C line, responsible for the A6 and A7 models.

The R8 and e-Tron GT models continue to roll off the production line at Neckarsulm’s Boellinger Hoefe plant without any problems.

Due to the semiconductor crisis, German automakers are lacking important components for new vehicles, and the situation is only expected to ease in the middle of next year.

Daimler and BMW, Audi’s competitors in the premium segment, are also delivering significantly fewer cars this year than in previous years. Here, too, the plants are not running at full capacity.

Last week, Volkswagen Group was forced to stop electric vehicle production for a week due to the chip shortage impacting manufacture of important control units.

Ford has also said that it continues to lose production in Europe from semiconductor shortage, with three of four car plants reporting halts or slowdowns.

An analyst with AutoForecast Solution estimated the total hit to Ford resulted in 375,000 lost units.

 

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