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VW Is Latest Automaker Ensnared by Chinese Covid Plant Shutdowns

  • Toyota site also closed as virus spreads in Tianjin port city
  • China’s omicron outbreak sends jitters through supply chains
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More global automakers have been caught in China’s latest coronavirus outbreak in Tianjin, adding further stress to already strained supply chains. 

A production plant operated by Volkswagen AG’s joint-venture with FAW Group has been shuttered since Monday, along with a gearbox supplier controlled by the German automaker, according to an emailed statement Friday. They join a Toyota Motor Corp. factory with a yearly output of half a million cars that has been closed for five days.