If you have an Audi A4 or an A5 on order, we have some bad news. Audi's main factory in Ingolstadt, Germany has paused production of both model lines after parts supply from a supplier was halted due to a fire. This may well impact upon delivery dates of models on order.
According to a company spokeswoman, the supplier is in charge of making front wall cladding and had to halt production on Monday in the aftermath of the fire. Audi assembles around 1,400 units of the A4 and A5 models and their many versions on a daily basis, which means that it’s going to lose several thousand vehicles this week at the second-largest car plant in Europe. Approximately 8,500 workers have been asked to stay home during this production hiatus.
Besides the A4 and A5 models and their derivatives, the Ingolstadt facility is also responsible for the Q2 crossover and the A3 range (including S3 and RS3 models). All of these models are being produced by around 44,000 employees at a massive factory that has a site area of 2,737,500 square meters (29.5 million sq. ft.).
In 2016, Audi’s Ingolstadt manufacturing facility managed to build a total of 592,337 vehicles. A car rolls off the assembly line once every 30 seconds, or more than 2,500 units each day. The previous generation Q5 midsize crossover was among the models produced at the plant, but assembly of its successor has been relocated to the company’s shiny new factory in San José Chiapa, Mexico.
The A4 and A5 are also being built by Audi in Neckarsulm: interestingly, the parts shortage has not impacted on production there.
Source: Audi via Automotive News Europe