BMW, will temporarily stop production at three German factories due to a supply shortage caused by the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.

The carmaker will halt its plant in Dingolfing, which produces 5- and 7-Series vehicles, starting with the late shift today, Mathias Schmidt, a spokesman for the manufacturer said in a telephone interview. A plant in Munich, which assembles the 3- Series, and a facility in Regensburg, where 1-Series and Z4 models are produced, will stop production starting tomorrow.

BMW aims to restart production for all three plants on April 23, he said. The temporary production shutdown, caused by a shortage of interior and electronic parts which are normally delivered by air, will delay production of about 7,000 vehicles. No plants outside Germany have been affected, Schmidt said.

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