Audi forced to halt production at a German plant because of flooding image

The premium German brand temporarily stopped production on Monday at its second-biggest plant in Germany because of flooding.

Following severe flooding in southwestern Germany, Audi had to temporarily stop its operations yesterday morning at its plant in Neckarsulm near Stuttgart. This is the brand’s second-biggest facility, where the automaker builds models such as the A6, A8, R8 sports car and the top-selling A4 sedan. The site resumed output later in the day, but Audi did not want to specify what was the production shortfall at the factory. Four people have been killed in the floods and storms in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg where Neckarsulm is located and where Mercedes also has a plant in Untertuerkheim. However, Daimler’s premium division has not been affected by the floods. Audi employs over 16,000 staff in Neckarsulm, where it made 272,103 cars last year.

It is not the first time this year when Volkswagen’s unit was forced to suspend its operations. On March 22, Audi told its employees from the afternoon shift at its Brussels plant to stay at home after the Belgian government recommended its citizens not to go on streets, after the deadly terrorist attacks on the city’s airport and metro station.

Separately, Audi is going to finally release this week the report over its first-quarter results, after delaying publication because of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal.

Aerial Photo of Audi site Neckarsulm