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Volkswagen Cuts Output at Biggest Plant as Chip Shortage Bites

  • Audi division will extend summer break due to dearth of supply
  • Toyota succumbs to disruptions linked to Covid-19 outbreaks
Automobile delivery towers at the VW plant in Wolfsburg.

Automobile delivery towers at the VW plant in Wolfsburg.

Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
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Volkswagen AG plants are set for a bumpy restart after the traditional summer break as the car industry remains in the grip of a chip shortage that most recently engulfed holdout Toyota Motor Corp

VW’s Wolfsburg plant, the world’s biggest employing some 60,000 people, will restart with only one shift next week Monday through Friday, Europe’s biggest automaker said. Audi, the group’s biggest profit contributor, will extend the summer break by one week at its two factories in Germany as semiconductor supply remains “volatile and tense.”