Audi resumes production at German plant after severe flooding

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

German carmaker Audi resumed production at its second-biggest plant on Monday after severe flooding in southwestern Germany brought assembly of its high-end luxury vehicles to a standstill in the first half of the day.

Parts of Audi's factory in Neckarsulm near Stuttgart, where premium rival Mercedes-Benz is based, resumed production when the late shift began at about 1230 GMT.

Assembly of models such as the A8 saloon, R8 sports car and top-selling A4 saloon was halted Monday morning because some areas of the plant, where over 16,000 people work, were flooded after heavy rain overnight.

A spokeswoman had declined to specify the production shortfall at the site, which builds about 1,300 cars a day.

The floods have caused no disruptions at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertuerkheim, a borough of Stuttgart, where about 18,000 people make engines, transmissions and axles, a spokesman said.

Audi is due to report first-quarter results on Wednesday after delaying publication because of Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

Four people have been killed in the floods and storms in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where Neckarsulm is located.


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