Volkswagen workers in Wolfsburg are looking forward to a long weekend. No work on Monday, come back Tuesday. Are people not buying enough cars? Im Gegenteil. They are buying too many. Volkswagen is seriously running out of parts.
The parts shortage is on a large scale, reports Automobilwoche [sub]. Both external suppliers as well as internal parts production can’t keep up. From the smallest part to engines: Shortages everywhere.
A Volkswagen spokesperson confirmed a “stutter in the production pipeline.” Volkswagen had to stop the lines elsewhere before because parts were missing, but closing down all of the monstrous 3000 units per day plant in Wolfsburg because of parts shortages is unprecedented.
Others makers, such as Daimler or BMW, are grappling with strained supply lines, but see no reason to stop work.