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VW and Renault to Idle Some Car Plants on Russia-Ukraine Bottlenecks

  • Factories in Germany, Russia face multi-day shutdowns
  • Impact on EU carmakers varies according to market exposure
The body of a Volkswagen ID.5 electric vehicle on the assembly line during a media tour of the automaker's factory in Zwickau, Germany, in 2020.

The body of a Volkswagen ID.5 electric vehicle on the assembly line during a media tour of the automaker's factory in Zwickau, Germany, in 2020.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Factories operated by Volkswagen AG and Renault SA will suspend operations next week as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends ripples across European supply chains.

VW will halt production at its Zwickau and Dresden plants in eastern Germany for a few days in early March because of a shortage of parts made in Ukraine, including electric cable sets, a spokesperson said Friday. Zwickau is home to Europe’s biggest electric-car plant, with a capacity of about 330,000 vehicles a year.