Audi AG has reportedly paused its productions for models including the A7, A6, A5, A4, Q4 e-Tron, Q7, Q8, and TT until April 2022 on account of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Apart from these models, other Audi products have also been impacted due to the ongoing conflict.
The luxury automotive brand has warned its dealers to be prepared for long delays in deliveries of the affected models. However, the production of a few affected models, predominately the sedans such as A4, A5, A6, and A7, will be resumed in the first and second week of April 2022.
The production of the rest of the models including the Audi Q8, TT, and Q4 e-Tron is likely to begin in mid-April, although at low volumes.
The decision to relax the production of all Audi models has been taken due to the supply chain crisis that stemmed from the Ukraine crisis. For those unaware, Ukraine is known to be one of the key suppliers for Audi’s of wiring harnesses.
Audi is not the only automaker to be affected by the Ukraine crisis. While some automakers have entirely halted their production, others have restricted their production volume, with some even going as far as revising their whole 2022 production output target.
The automobile industry is facing a multipronged crisis globally, where fuel prices have hiked rapidly, the supply chain enduring disruptions, and even shipping routes being impacted severely.
It is also worth mentioning that Groupe Renault was one of the few automakers who has not halted its production in Moscow even after the country invaded Ukraine. The French carmaker was found to be already concerned about the high cost it would have to bear if it pulled out from a joint venture with a local partner.