Audi is being forced to cut the production of several models for a short time, due to a lack of availability of certain wiring harnesses built in the Ukraine. Due to the Russian invasion into Ukraine, production of such harnesses has obviously stopped. Which now means Audi must halt the production on different models, over different time periods.
Production of the Audi A4 and A5 at the Ingolstadt plant will be temporarily halted from March 7-11, while A6 and A7 production in Neckarsulm will pause from March 7-18. Plug-in hybrid models, however, are currently halted until at least the end of the year.
“Due to high demand as well as some restrictions caused by the supply situation, the production volume is currently already exhausted for the Audi PHEV models for 2022,” said an Audi spokesperson to Automobilwoche.
Further production cuts are likely to happen, too. It doesn’t seem as if production of such wire harnesses will start back up anytime soon, which means Audi will have to find a new supplier, which could take some time.
Audi isn’t the only German brand affected by this. Obviously, Audi’s own sibling VW and Porsche have faced similar production issues. BMW and Mercedes-Benz have also both slowed production of certain models, due to the lack of wire harnesses available. Considering all German brands will be searching for new suppliers, it might take some time to get the logistics of new wire harnesses sorted out.
Obviously, the lack of wire harnesses for expensive luxury cars isn’t exactly world-shattering news, especially when compared to the horrors that the people of Ukraine are facing. The war in Ukraine is heartbreaking. I’m not a smart enough man to comment on the politics of it all but it’s hard to see what’s happening and not be disturbed. So while it might be frustrating that some customers can’t get their Audis, BMWs, Porsches, or Mercedes, they’ll live…
[Source: Automotive News Europe]