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News Volkswagen Jetta and Tiguan Production Latest Affected by Chip Shortage

Volkswagen Jetta and Tiguan Production Latest Affected by Chip Shortage

VW latest to shut down production

  • Two weeks of production lost for hot models at Mexico plant

  • VW says situation will be “complex”


The latest automaker to stop production as a result of an ongoing semiconductor shortage is Volkswagen. Volkswagen de Mexico said earlier this week that it would pause assembly of two models in that country for multiple weeks in May and that the situation will continue to be “complex.”

It’s the Volkswagen Jetta and the Volkswagen Tiguan models that will be affected by the production stoppage, VW said, with the former seeing production suspended for two weeks May 3 to 19 and the latter from May 6-16. Both are built in VW’s Puebla, MX, plant, which is also the home to some VW Golf production as well as the Volkswagen Taos.

In a statement, the automaker said that “we assume the chip supply will continue to be complex in the coming months.”

The global semiconductor shortage has been shuttering auto plants since the start of this year, which has included production stops of multiple major nameplates including nearly every automaker who sells vehicles in North America. There’s no firm end to the shortage in sight, which could continue past the end of the year.

The total impact so far on global auto production is estimated to be more than 1.68 million vehicles, according to AutoForecast Solutions data reported by Automotive News.

 

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