If you’ve put in an order for a new Porsche Macan or Panamera here, we’ve got some bad news. Porsche has hit the brakes on production at its factory in Leipzig, Germany, due to supply chain issues that are a result of the war in Ukraine. Unfortunately, that factory delivers the two aforementioned models to Porsche Malaysia.
Production was suspended from last Wednesday afternoon until the end of this week according to a report by Automotive News Europe. Although a temporary stop, expect an impact on global deliveries of the models.
Porsche goes on to maintain that production of its 911 and Taycan models were not affected as their put together at the marque’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory which isn’t impacted by the supply chain issues.
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“Further steps will take place in an orderly process. In the coming days and weeks, we will continuously reassess the situation. The degree of impact on our business activities is determined on an ongoing basis by experts in a task force,” explained Porsche.
As part of the Volkswagen Group umbrella, Porsche, Volkswagen and Skoda source wiring harnesses from western Ukraine; as does BMW. It goes without saying that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has disrupted deliveries of the harnesses.
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BMW has gone down the same route as Porsche by halting production at its factories in Germany as well as other locations in Europe due to the supply bottlenecks.
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War wreaks havoc on almost all industries and the automotive one is among the hardest hit with supply-chain issues, delivery stoppages and production halts.
Even Volkswagen has warned that production at its main Wolfsburg plant may have to be halted during the 14 March week if the supply chain issues aren’t rectified or alternatives sourced.
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Other carmakers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin completely halted vehicle shipments to Russia as sanctions implemented by nations opposing the war have resulted in trade obstacles. Ford has taken the extra step of suspending its operations in Russia following the country’s decision to invade neighbouring Ukraine.