Last week, the A4, A5, A6, and A7 saw a complete production suspension. The A8 was down to one shift. Meanwhile, the Bollinger factory, home of the R8 and e-tron GT, still remains unaffected by the chip shortage. That’s the good news. But, this isn’t the first or probably the last time the luxury brand’s assembly lines will grind to a halt or run on a limited capacity.
The chip shortage situation isn’t expected to subside until sometime next year at the earliest. Some industry watchers predict it won’t be until 2023 when things get back to normal. Until then, automakers like Audi have to find creative workarounds.